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The Royal Treatment: Splurge-Worthy Hotel Suites
Patricia Kaowthumrong

From oh-my-goodness views and celebrity-worthy amenities (butler service, anyone?) to primo locations at the center of the world’s hottest destinations, the sky’s the limit when it comes to staying at a luxury hotel — but booking a suite takes comfort to new levels. Read on to learn about some properties from THOR’s 2017 Worldwide Hotel Program that are offering unparalleled suite experiences.

Loews Regency New York Hotel

New York City’s Park Avenue is famously synonymous with opulence, and Loews Regency New York Hotel has offered first-class accommodations on the storied street since 1963. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from iconic attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the Empire State Building, the hotel has 379 guestrooms, including 58 roomy suites.

The hotel’s Terrace/Atrium and Signature Suites are equipped with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, showstopping vistas of the city and tons of space for entertaining — making them perfect for business travelers hosting intimate meetings or families with kids in tow. Other options include the one-bedroom Pop Art Suite, which boasts décor that explores the concept of living with Pop Art from the midcentury period to the present, and the Uptown Bohemian Suite, intricately furnished in the style of a chic loft in SoHo Manhattan (the notably fashionable South of Houston Street neighborhood).

Treat your taste buds to Flavor by Loews Hotels, a culinary experience at Loews Regency New York that captures the city’s food culture through partnerships with some of the destination’s most innovative food and beverage pioneers. The property’s bustling The Regency Bar & Grill offers specialty cocktails created with spirits from Brooklyn Gin (we recommend the lemoninfused Bee’s Knees), to-die-for petit four cakes from Bon Vivant on Manhattan’s East 58th Street and other local delights.

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Book a spa appointment at the onsite Julien Farel Hair Care & Day Spa, where you can pamper yourself with everything from therapeutic scalp treatments to anti-aging facials, massages and body treatments. To melt away the stress of your journey, try the Traveler, a package that includes a Jetlag Aromatherapy Massage, Double Detox Facial and blow-dry.

Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa

Baja California’s distinct natural beauty, miles of unspoiled beaches and worldrenowned championship golf courses make Los Cabos a coastal destination like no other. Ranked on Golf Digest magazine’s top 10 list of the “Top 50 Best Golf Hotels in the World,” Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa deserves a spot on every links lover’s bucket list.

The resort has 249 rooms, including five suites. Opt for the two-bedroom Imperial Suite to enjoy amenities like a private pool, Jacuzzi, secluded outdoor shower and balcony with breathtaking panoramas of the Sea of Cortez. Snuggle up with a blanket under the stars next to your own personal fire pit, sunbathe in a hammock and soak in panoramas of the tranquil sea and the sixth hole of one of the world’s most scenic golf courses.

When you’re not lounging in “tu casa en la playa” (your home on the beach), there’s a bounty of activities to choose from, including golf at The Ocean Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Cabo del Sol Desert Course, fishing, diving, tennis and horseback riding. Visitors also have no trouble satisfying their stomachs, with eight eateries onsite serving up fl avors from Mexico’s different regions as well as cuisines from around the world. And don’t pass up an appointment at Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos’ SOMMA WineSPA, which offers unique treatments infused with the fine wines of Baja California.

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Dubbed the “Marlin Capital of the World,” Los Cabos is known for its epic catches. In fact, visitors have reeled in marlins and swordfishes weighing in at more than 100 pounds. Plan your trip during blue and black marlin season (June through December); the friendly folks at the resort are happy to help you arrange a sport-fishing charter or tour.

The Milestone Hotel

Known as one of London’s most affluent districts, Kensington is home to the Kensington Palace and Garden — the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and other members of the British Royal Family. While you can’t stay at Kensington Palace, visitors can get a taste of splendid livin’ next door at The Milestone Hotel, where amenities include 24-hour butler service, five-star service for pets (custom-made pet bed and “Do Not Disturb/Pet Sleeping” card included) and a chauffeur-driven Bentley transport service.

The hotel has 44 deluxe guestrooms, 12 suites and six long-stay apartments — each decorated in romantic elegance and equipped with modern technology. Book the Prince Albert Suite, with peaceful views of Kensington Gardens, a spacious marble bathroom and a statement-making fourposter wooden bed; or choose the Safari Suite, featuring furnishings that might be found in a swanky South African safari camp, original artwork and an adjoining dressing room.

The Milestone Hotel is also lauded for its offerings of fine-yet-modern British cuisine. Pair dishes like Irish and Scottish smoked salmon with wine from a list of more than 300 expertly selected vintages at Cheneston’s, and don’t miss sipping an Old Fashioned at the stately Stables Bar. If you’re visiting during the summer, go for an extra-fancy afternoon tea at Kensington Gardens, served in traditional wicker baskets from The Milestone Hotel. The alfresco meal comes with finger sandwiches, French pastries, decadent scones with Devonshire clotted cream and preserves, strawberries and cream, a pot of tea of your choice and Champagne for two.

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Always wanted to open a bottle of Champagne with a sabre? Get your chance at The Art of Sabrage, a program at The Milestone Hotel that includes a demonstration on how to open a bottle of bubbly with a blade, the opportunity to open your own bottle, certificate of the event and an exquisite three-course meal.

Whether you’re planning a life-list-worthy getaway or an elevated business trip, slumbering in a hotel suite will enhance your visit to any destination — so don’t forget to upgrade your next stay. After all,

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