From a private beach house floating in the ocean to city hideaways nestled in green parks – step into seclusion at some of the world’s best suites.
Whether you're on the lookout for an escape to a private island or a sanctuary in the city - just away from the hustle and bustle of people and traffic - read on to see what our contributor Ollie Poole has to share about our edit of places to get away from it all.
Our suggestions below have been carefully curated to give you the pick of the crop when it comes to choosing somewhere to hole up for a few days to a couple of weeks.
If you're keen to kick off the year right, take a break between hectic work projects, or ignore a barrage of social invites, these suites at some of The Sybarite's favourite hotel properties across the globe will cater to your every need.
Heritage Suite, COMO Castello Del Nero
Perched amidst pillowy green Tuscan hills, Como Castello Del Nero hotel halves your heart rate on arrival. The lush 740 acres-large landscape surrounding this elegant 12th century Castle sets the tranquil tone – reflected in the delicate, airy hotel rooms inside. The Heritage Suite stands out even more than rest: marked by 18th century frescoes, striking vaulted ceilings and a bed draped in gorgeous Egyptian cotton.
A short hop away, the suite’s red terracotta flooring marks a large living space – where a striking fireplace, soft-toned furniture and white-on-white linens exist side-by side. Remember to gaze out the wide windows at the green lung of Tuscany; as olive groves, twisting vines and cypress trees dot hills that extend further than your vision allows.
To wrap yourself in yet more bliss, step foot into 1,000 square metres of holistic wellness at COMO Shambhala Retreat for “Asian-inspired mind and body treatments” and yoga across 7 treatment rooms. Complete with massage oils and pitch-perfect Tuscan views.
Signature Royal Suite, Fairmont Windsor Park
The Signature Royal Suite in Fairmont Windsor Park hotel blends grand elegance with a cosy, intimate feel. Much easier said than done. Set in a blissful green parkland (and a stone’s throw from all 4,800 acres of Windsor’s Great Park), you’d think guests spend all their time outside. Yet those in the Signature Royal Suite find it hard to leave – thanks to its stunning living area (perfect for hosting), walk-in dressing room and grand dining room, which offers jaw-dropping panoramic park views.
Not to mention the two luxurious en-suite bedrooms that radiate a natural cosiness due to their nature stone and soft textures, and blissful beds that allures all into a deep sleep. Elsewhere, you must remember to take the private lift up to enter the VIP Spa, ‘Salutaris Suite’ during your stay to hit ultimate relaxation.
CAYO's Grand Villa, CAYO Exclusive Resort & Spa
Offering otherworldly views over blue Cretan waters, a night in CAYO's Grand Villa (at CAYO Exclusive Resort & Spa) is the definition of bliss. You’ll feel warm Greek hospitality woven into luxurious elegance here – as friendly staff walk you through three bedrooms (separated among three floors a staircase and lift). Admire an astonishing interior made of rare materials like glowing white marble from Brazil submarine quarries and black volcanic pebbles from Sumatra. Including a massive, airy bathroom. Outside, a balcony and your own private pool overlooking the Cretan archipelago's azure waters remind you that this is paradise.
Perfectly suited for culture-craving families, its location in Plaka village (near Elounda Bay) and just over a minute from Plaka Beach – makes soaking in local life easy. Remember to listening to the gentle lapping over the waves here during your stay, thanks to the plush daybeds, parasols and towels provided for guests.
Royal Suite, The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel
The Cadogan speaks the truth when it calls itself an “indulgent city hideaway”. Nestled in the heart of Chelsea (London), its “modern, understated luxury” gives a gentle nod to the past while indulging in the present. If you’re searching for ultimate peace and delight, the Royal Suite (number 118) is calling your name. It was here that poet Oscar Wilde was arrested, and you can feel history and past romances exhale through its walls as you step inside.
This haven boasts an expansive lounge with a roaring fireplace, huge windows through which sunlight pours in, and a beautiful marble bathtub overlooking the Cadogan Place Gardens. Say yes to ultimate tranquillity.
The Sanctuary, COMO Parrot Cay
Just southeast of the Bahamas, dotted on the Turks and Caicos – your secluded slice of Caribbean luxury awaits. Privacy comes first at The Sanctuary (part of the award-winning COMO Parrot Cay resort) – which prides itself on its ‘peaceful spirit’. As guests can unwind on their private strip of beach tucked under 2 of the 3 bedrooms in the Sanctuary’s main house (while the other room overlooks lush gardens). Surrounded by jungle, there’s a serene and secluded feel here. While it’s also blessed with 9,000 square feet of space: in addition to the bedrooms, the main house contains 2 dining areas, an airy living space of walnut floors and teak furniture. Plus a sun-soaked outside deck and infinity pool overlooking the glistening ocean to relax in.
But wait: there’s more. Two four-bed guest villas can be rented a together to create an extra-large suite perfect for friends and family. We think it would be rude not to.
The Villa, Thanda Island
Stop your search: because you’re looking at the definition of ‘idyllic island escape’. This is The Villa – a beach house on Thanda Island in Tanzania – and the world’s only exclusive private island surrounded by protected marine reserve (called Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve). This is arguably the world’s best spot for quality, interrupted family time.
With 5 gorgeous en-suite bedrooms and a dining room with 180-degree ocean views greeting you on arrival. As well as a glass rim-flow swimming pool, cool gym, and library with a stand-out Ernest Hemingway book collection.
We suggest tucking into their extensive wine collection as you bond with close ones. And take a moment to appreciate the ultra-clean air. Welcome to headspace at its finest.
Romantic Pool Residence, Velaa Private Island
Heart’s flutter just looking at the Romantic Pool Residence on Velaa Private Island, Maldives. So imagine staying there! Hovering above a lagoon and offering stunning ocean views, you can only access this paradise by boat – letting you know right away this is no ordinary spot.
All rooms in this one-bed paradise are made from natural materials and lead out onto sun-kissed sundecks and terraces on the water’s edge. And you’ll enjoy romantic sunset meals inside or outside (on a gazebo on a jetty outside), as you spot sailing boats drift sleepily across the sheet of blue.
Unwind in your private pool, jacuzzi, pool, and sunken bath to enjoy every second of the pinnacle of private romance. As well as on the sundowners and cosy daybeds.
The ratio of the villa to staff and dedicated butlers is 1:8, who are there to make your stay as blissful as possible. Question is: when is your stay?
"The smell of jasmine fills the air as we walk through the lush and plentiful grounds; it is hard to comprehend that there are over a hundred beautiful rooms hidden away in this captivating Greek resort."
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