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December 6, 2016

Top 10 Party Places

By Samantha Coles

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2016 issue of Elite Traveler.

Dance beneath the stars or sip cocktails on a terrace in the sky. Here is Elite Traveler’s pick of the top suites around the world for a get-together or an intimate wedding. From London to Singapore, and in-between, there is plenty on offer for the discerning host.

Casa Laguna

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-14-34-02For a relaxed affair, look no further than the private Casa Laguna at
Rosewood Mayakoba. With a dedicated staff of five, you won’t have to lift a finger at your gathering. The open-floor plan with living room,
dining room and chef’s kitchen opens onto a large terrace for enjoying the sunshine or hosting an al fresco dinner. Have your personal boat captain take the group out for an expedition from your private boat dock, and return to a gourmet meal on the dining terrace prepared by your personal chef.
Special amenities Media room, private plunge pool, butler, chef, boat captain, airport transfers, breakfast, private fitness instructor, personalized robes and pillowcases, private golf cart driven by butler, bicycles for each guest, packing and unpacking services, Xbox One
Size 6,500 sq ft interior, 3,500 sq ft exterior
Number of bedrooms Three
Nightly rate From $12,500
Contact Daniel Scott, general manager,, +1 888 767 3966,

Photos: Rigoberto Morenol


screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-14-36-45A triplex at the top of one of New York’s best boutique hotels, the Penthouse is ready for nearly any event. The open-floor living area includes a luxury professional-grade kitchen, expansive living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and, what sets it apart in New York, a 1,300 sq ft terrace. The Quin has an exclusive hotel partnership with world-renowned event planner Jung Lee, who works with guests to plan every aspect of an event. Don’t miss one of Jung Lee’s signatures, the Decadent Dessert Table, where every piece of edible art is hand-picked by Jung and her team.

Special amenities Option to rent the 17th floor to create a private space for up to 20 guests, direct dial to personal stylists at Bergdorf Goodman, in-room mixologist, floral arrangement by Noir Hanna, Sferra Venetian linens, marble wet room with deep soaking tub, access to Lincoln Center Patrons’ Desk, 24/7 Attaché service
Size 3,400 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Two
Nightly rate From $10,000
Contact Erica Simmons, senior sales manager,, +1 646 589 6536,

Dome Penthouse

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-14-38-29One of the most unique suites in London, the Dome Penthouse is a three-bedroom suite overlooking Regent Street. The main circular room under the copper cupola is divided by an emerald green partition separating the entertaining area from the master bedroom, with a stunning ming-green marble tub as the centerpiece in the master bathroom. The living space has a large dining table for six, bar, curved sofa and two furnished terraces. The suite has a DJ sound system with concert speakers and several lighting schemes you can project onto the domed ceiling for a truly party-ready environment.
Special amenities Butler service, full kitchen, access to Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, access to The Club at Café Royal, Floris bath amenities, Frette linen, retractable screen and projector
Size 3,100 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Three
Nightly rate From $17,500
Contact Marie Kelly, reservations manager,, +44 20 7406 3322,

Room 64


screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-14-40-39The Chateau Marmont has long been a staple of the Hollywood scene, associated with iconic parties, decadence and scandal. Thanks to its security and discreet staff, not to mention the soundproof walls, a sense of freedom washes over you when you step into the gothic lobby. Up in the two-bedroom penthouse suite, where Howard Hughes famously lived for three years – and spied on actresses at the pool – you can throw your own Hollywood party in the large living room, that opens to a 1,500 sq ft private terrace overlooking the city.

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Special amenities marble entrance, grand piano, full kitchen, formal dining room, working fireplace in living room, cashmere throws, 24-hour concierge

Size 3,800 sq ft

Number of bedrooms Two

Nightly rate From $5,000

Contact, +1 323 656 1010,

Royal Penthouse Suite


screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-14-43-01One of the largest suites in Europe, there is a reason why it is a favorite of heads of state and celebrities. Ensuring complete privacy, the suite comprises the entire top floor of the hotel. Why not hire a pianist to play the Steinway grand piano while you’re enjoying a dinner party courtesy of your personal chef? Or, host a screening on one of the largest home televisions in the world, a Bang & Olufsen BeoVison 4-103. The well-designed living area with plenty of intimate seating areas allows for larger cocktail parties that won’t feel crowded. Entertaining royalty or heads of state is easy thanks to bulletproof windows, emergency alarm buttons, reinforced safe and private elevator.

Special amenities Private terrace, Brunswick billiard table, collection of rare books, unique art pieces, Hermès bath amenities, marble master bathrooms with Jacuzzi facing Lake Geneva, boardroom

Size 18,084 sq ft

Number of bedrooms 12

Nightly rate From $75,000

Contact Pablo Pizarro, general manager,,

+41 22 906 6113,

Royal Suite


screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-14-44-03No matter the occasion, the Royal Suite at the Burj Al Arab is ready for you and your guests. Whether a dinner party for 12, private screening in your cinema, or entertaining in the majlis-style lounge, the world’s largest brigade of butlers is there to anticipate your needs. Surrounded by 24K gold leaf, an explosion of rich colors and patterns, and the opulence of the Burj Al Arab, we would fly to Dubai just for a party.

Special amenities Two master bedrooms with Jacuzzis, guest bathroom, library, private elevator, two personalized bars, butler’s kitchen, 24-hour butler and concierge, 24K gold iPad, pillow menu, Hermès toiletries, in-suite check in and out, entrance to Wild Wadi Waterpark, breakfast for four, packing and unpacking services, evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, bottle of wine upon arrival

Size 2,560 sq ft

Number of bedrooms Two

Nightly rate From $8,900

Contact Anthony McHale, generalmanager,, +971 4301 7400,

Kohinoor Villa


screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-14-45-16It’s difficult to imagine amore beautiful setting than the 32-acre Oberoi Rajvilas, but hidden within the property is the Kohinoor Villa Suite, a private 11,377 sq ft oasis comprised of three separate buildings surrounding a private garden. Outdoor entertaining in your space is amust, and so easy with your own heated 60-ft swimming pool and outdoor dining pavilion. We recommend having guests for a luxurious afternoon spent around the pool, topped off with a personalized dinner cooked for you by the chef.

Special amenities Personalized welcome at Jaipur International Airport and transfer in an Audi Q5/Q7, butler service, traditional welcome with flowers and custom cocktails, pantry, pillow menu, Italian marble bathtubs

Size 11,377 sq ft

Number of bedrooms Two

Nightly rate From $13,500

Contact Vivek Singta, front office manager,, +91 141 268 0101,

Presidential Suite


screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-14-47-05While the Principe Bar is always one of the best spots to be seen in Milan, especially during fashion week when the crowd spills into the lobby, the Presidential Suite has seen its share of decadent parties. The sumptuous French and Italian decor has rich woods, velvets and marble, with touches of gold and leopard print. Antiques, Venetian mirrors and artwork adorn the rooms. The dining room is furnished with French crystal and a Murano chandelier, the perfect setting for enjoying a dinner party for up to 24 guests courtesy of a personal chef, followed by cocktails on the terrace, grand living room, or in the pool.

Recover from your soirée in the suite’s Pompeii-style spa, with large swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and Turkish bath.

Special amenities Krug champagne on arrival, private elevator, butler service, balcony overlooking Piazza della Repubblica, fireplace in living room, closed-circuit TV monitors for security, private elevator

Size 5,400 sq ft

Number of bedrooms Three

Nightly rate From $19,770

Contact Sara Mella, reservations manager,, +39 02 6230 2468,

Seven South


screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-14-48-16Planning a trip for yourself and 20 of your nearest and dearest? The largest connected configuration of luxury suites available in the Caribbean is just the ticket. Including the Grand Cayman Penthouse and four two-bedroom suites, Seven South allows you to take over the entire top floor of the Ocean Tower. Entertaining can take place in the8,000 sq ft Grand Cayman Penthouse, which has an enormous outdoor terrace with dining for 12, an open living room with further dining for 12, a wet bar and full kitchen. Pop the kids in the entertainment room or in one of the other connecting suites, then host a soirée under the stars.

If you didn’t bring your own superyacht, be sure to charter a day trip to enjoy some of the best marine sights in the Caribbean.

Special amenities Soaking tubs, guest bathroom, library/office, private elevator, private check-in, daily beach cabana, airport transfers, service kitchen, dedicated concierge

Size 20,000 sq ft

Number of bedrooms 11

Nightly rate $37,000

Contact Heidi Nowak, director of sales and marketing,, +1 345 815 6865,

Photos: Don Riddle

Extreme Wow


screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-14-49-38Thanks to a DJ booth with two state-of-the-art turntables and sound system, fully stocked bar, massive sofa and terrace with plunge pool and an additional DJ console, you are ready to entertain from the moment you step into your seriously sexy suite. Design elements from firms HBA and AvroKO – a reflective ceiling with art installation, marble floors and abstract chandelier – set the mood as you gaze through the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the South China Sea.

Special amenities Record selection from hotel’s artistic director, guest bathroom, full kitchen with barbecue grill, wine chiller, connecting room available, balcony with plunge pool, 55-inch Bang & Olufsen LED IPTV with Blu-ray player, Bose surround sound

Size 2,100 sq ft

Number of bedrooms One

Nightly rate From $8,620

Contact Stephane Fabregoul, generalmanager,, +65 6808 7288,

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