Somerset Maugham Royal Suite at The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

Lounge in luxury in The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice’s Somerset Maugham Royal Suite. (Photo: Marriott International)

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11 Over-the-Top Hotel Suites to Add to Your Travel Wish List

Often spanning thousands of square feet of upscale amenities, decadent decor and jaw-dropping views of sea and city, hotel suites around the world seem to be getting grander by the day.

Case in point? These 11 over-the-top hotel suites that invite dreamy vacation escapes in remarkable settings, from a modern villa at the edge of a turquoise bay to a sky-high penthouse overlooking the world’s tallest building.

Read on for some suite inspiration, and as always, check for travel guidelines and closures before planning your trip.

Somerset Maugham Royal Suite; The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

Inspired by the English playwright and novelist W. Somerset Maugham, a frequent guest of Venice‘s Gritti Palace, this lavish one-bedroom suite is a lesson in opulence.

Guests can languish around its 870 square feet bedazzled with fine antiques, Murano glass chandeliers, watercolor paintings and works from the suite’s namesake. There are also gondola and Grand Canal views from the suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows and generous full-length balcony.

The Barcelona Penthouse; Hotel Arts Barcelona

modern penthouse living room above Barcelona; the Barcelona Penthouse at Hotel Arts Barcelona
Take in panoramic views in the Barcelona Penthouse. (Photo: Marriott International)

You’ll feel right at home in your own modern three-bedroom apartment on Barcelona‘s beachfront. The standouts are endless, including the impressive city and sea vistas from oversized windows and the exclusive-use terrace.

With more than 3,200 square feet spread out over two floors, there’s plenty of space to sprawl between the living room, dining room, fully-equipped kitchen and guest bath on the main level. Upstairs are the three spacious bedrooms, each with an en suite bath with Acqua di Parma amenities, walk-in closets and views that beg you to sip coffee in bed just a little longer.

Secluded Bay Villa; Le Méridien Bodrum Beach Resort

dock and private pool on the rocky Aegean coast at the Secluded Bay Villa at Le Méridien Bodrum Beach Resort
Savor your time on the sea in the Secluded Bay Villa. (Photo: Marriott International)

A secluded turquoise bay on the Aegean Sea is vacation nirvana on its own, but add in a private four-bedroom, four-bathroom villa and the wow factor soars. Close to 2,700 square feet of contemporary living space includes a full kitchen, dining area and spa room.

Tall windows welcome in twinkling water views, while tons of alfresco dining space and an outdoor pool, cabana and direct access to the sea make a stay here as unforgettable as the wild Turkish coast setting.

Penthouse; The Madrid EDITION

penthouse at The Madrid EDITION
Unwind above Madrid in The Madrid EDITION Penthouse. (Photo: Marriott International)

Even Eloise at the Plaza would be envious of this posh, two-story, one-bedroom penthouse in the Spanish capital.

Its 4,950 square feet is minimalist and modern, with custom furnishings in a palette of soothing neutrals and naturals. Double-height windows bathe the penthouse in light, and super-sized doors open onto an exquisite terrace whose pool, lush landscaping and lounge areas show off enviable views of Madrid’s city lights and architectural wonders.

Presidential Suite; JW Marriott Cannes

JW Marriott Cannes Presidential suite living room and dining room with ocean views
Find joy in the French Riviera in the JW Marriott Cannes Presidential Suite. (Photo: Marriott International)

There’s plenty of room to perfect your red carpet sashay around the 1,829-square-foot Presidential Suite that drips with Riviera glamor around the living room, two large bedrooms and dining room.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors face the Mediterranean Sea and the Lérins Islands, including around the soaking tub in the master bath. The suite’s spacious and sunny private terrace is made for after-party cocktails and leisurely lunches while watching the well-heeled promenade along Cannes’ famous La Croisette.

Presidential Suite; Sheraton Ningbo Xiangshan Resort

Modern Presidential Suite; Sheraton Ningbo Xiangshan Resort
Sit back in style in the Sheraton Ningbo Xiangshan Resort Presidential Suite. (Photo: Marriott International)

Contemporary and chic, the two-bedroom Presidential Suite delivers on magnificence around its 3,024 square feet, with a balcony overlooking the shores of the East China Sea.

Guests enjoy a dining area with seating for four, a separate kitchen and a gracious living space furnished in contemporary style, plus two marble spalike bathrooms, making it an ideal five-star home base from which to enjoy the resort’s two restaurants, indoor pool and health club.

Penthouse Panoramic Suite; The Dubai EDITION

View of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai night skyline from Penthouse Panoramic Suite; The Dubai EDITION hotel
Spend a night in Dubai’s skies in the Penthouse Panoramic Suite. (Photo: Marriott International)

Dubai is all about over-the-top superlatives, and the Penthouse Panoramic Suite lives up to them all with some of the best views in the city, including of the soaring Burj Khalifa. Sleek yet timeless design takes over the 2,120-square-foot interior, whose sliding doors connect the separate living room to the spacious terrace furnished with plenty of seating to take in Dubai’s intangible dazzle.

Lucky guests will also find a king-sized bedroom, rain shower, signature Le Labo bath amenities, a stocked mini-bar, a flat-screen TV and many other elevated accoutrements.

Penthouse; The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

patio lounge and Carribean views at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Lay back in a lush escape in The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Penthouse. (Photo: Marriott International)

Immersed in stunning Caribbean scenery, the three-bedroom Grand Cayman Penthouse Suite is one of those “pinch me I’m dreaming” kinds of places. Not only does it offer more than 8,000 square feet of living space, including a living room, full kitchen and dining table for eight, it also has outdoor space galore, with seating and lounge areas kissed by ocean breezes and abundant sunshine.

With grocery shopping service and 24-hour room service available, it will be hard to leave this lofty oasis with unobstructed views of renowned Seven Mile Beach.

Grand Suite; Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

gold luxury hotel suite; Grand Suite; Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
Relax like royalty in the Grand Suite. (Photo: Marriott International)

Historic and elegant meet modern amenities in the hotel’s Grand Suites, whose luxurious king-sized beds are dressed with soft linens and plump pillows. Floor-to-ceiling windows framed by silky drapes overlook Athens views, and a marble bathroom is home to a generously sized soaking tub and rain shower.

Around each suite’s 538 square feet are carefully chosen artwork and antiques, which add Old-World sophistication to the bedroom and separate sitting area, where you’ll also find a comfortable sofa, writing desk and flat screen TV.

Penthouse Suite; The Reykjavik EDITION

white and blue living room with water views and fireplace at the Reykjavik EDITION penthouse hotel suite
Warm up by the fire in The Reykjavik EDITION Penthouse Suite. (Photo: Marriott International)

Exploring the wonders of Iceland is even better knowing you can curl up with a fuzzy blanket by a fire at the end of the day. The luxe living room in the Penthouse has soft rugs and cozy sofas and chairs, with a palette of light wood, grays and blues that mirror the harbor, city and mountain views seen through ample floor-to-ceiling windows.

A full kitchen and eight-seat dining table makes it an easy choice to stay in for the night, while the suite’s spalike marble bathroom with rain shower and plush king-sized bed with down comforter ensure deep and sound relaxation.

Presidential Suite; The Westin Yokohama

modern tan and wooden living room at Presidential Suite; The Westin Yokohama
Step away from the city and see it all from The Westin Yokohama Presidential Suite. (Photo: Marriott International)

A stay in Japan’s second-largest city deserves grand style, and this one-bedroom Presidential Suite delivers. Tall and wide windows frame sparkling Yokohama skyline views, while 2,260 square feet of modern living space are awash in calming neutral and warm wood tones to counter outside’s hustle.

Sleek bathrooms are equipped with rain showers, white tea aloe bath amenities, and extra-large towels and robes, which add to the tucked-away refuge feel of one of the city’s most sumptuous hotel suites.