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A Look Inside Australia’s Most Luxurious Penthouses

What do Bill Gates, Beyoncé, George Clooney and Elton John all have in common? Each of them has stayed in the exclusive Chairman’s Villa at Crown Melbourne.

When it comes to sky high style, Australia delivers in all the right places. From the sought-after harbour view penthouse to romantic villas attracting the likes of Kylie Minogue and Bill Clinton, these ultra-exclusive suites offer the height of luxury and sophistication.

In no particular order, here are 10 of the best penthouse suites in Australia:

Chairman’s Villa, Crown Towers Melbourne

What do Bill Gates, Beyoncé, George Clooney and Elton John all have in common? Each of them has stayed in the exclusive Chairman’s Villa at Crown Melbourne. Occupying an enviable location of level 38, with jaw-dropping views of the Melbourne skyline to match, it comes in at a staggering 1090sqm in size – larger than the average house! The chic two-bedroom villa features a dramatic gallery-style entry, plush living areas, a dining room for 14 guests, and a glamorous bar – all furnished in a classic red, white and black colour scheme.

Price per night: $27,000

8 Whiteman St, Southbank 

Sydney Suite, Park Hyatt Sydney

There are views, and then there are views. The Sydney Suite at the Park Hyatt has the latter. Imagine waking up to see the Sydney Opera House, or gazing out directly to the Harbour Bridge from your bathtub. The 350sqm suite features a state-of-the-art kitchen, indoor dining for eight, a spacious living area designed around a central gas fireplace, and alfresco dining for eight on the private terrace, complete with sun lounges and plush day beds. The suite’s master bathroom features a large spa bath, dry sauna and steam room.

Price per night: $19,000, minimum two-night stay

7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks

Admiral Suite, Pier One Sydney Harbour

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Admiral Suite, Pier One Sydney Harbour. Photo: Supplied

Though technically not a penthouse, we couldn’t leave out the Admiral Suite at Pier One. Short of sleeping on a boat, you couldn’t get closer to the Harbour Bridge if you tried. Furnished in soothing tones of cream, stone and timber; this decadent suite was tailor made to capture the beauty of the harbour. Gaze out to Luna Park from your king-size bed, relax on the private deck, or indulge in some pampering in the egg-shaped bathtub. Past guests include Kylie Minogue, Marilyn Manson, Matt Preston and Rachel Griffiths.

Price per night: From $1,499

11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney 

Observatory Suite, The Langham Sydney

When an elegant five-star experience is what you’re after, The Langham Sydney is the one. Drawing upon the heritage charm of the surrounding Rocks neighbourhood, it feels like a property born straight from the pages of Home Beautiful. Situated on the third floor, with impressive views of the Sydney skyline, The Observatory Suite is the one that tickles our fancy. A double drawing room with stately fireplace, a grand dining room seating eight, tastefully furnished master bedroom and opulent marble bathroom – it’s divine.

Price per night: From $3,000

89-113 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Penthouse Suite, The Star Gold Coast

When you think of the Gold Coast, glitz and glamour are the first things that come to mind. And the Penthouse at The Star doesn’t disappoint. This opulent suite is incredibly versatile, allowing seamless indoor and outdoor entertaining with open plan living, dining and bar area, separate meeting space, and large terrace. High end finishes of Turkish marble, silver leaf, mother-of-pearl inlays and modern textural wallpaper add to the ultra-luxe feel. If we had to pick a favourite room, it would be the dazzling master suite.

Price per night: on enquiry

1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach 

Australia Suite, InterContinental Sydney

Floating 29 floors about Sydney Harbour, the Australia Suite is, in a word, breathtaking. A romantic space furnished in deep reds and chocolates, the InterContinental’s suite boasts a king-size master bedroom, separate dining room and kitchen, impressive terrace overlooking the Opera House, and a private lounge with grand piano. The lounge also features a large TV, though with views of Opera House and Harbour Bridge either side, you would barely give it a second glance.

Price per night: From $5,000

117 Macquarie St, Sydney 

Chairman’s Suite, The Langham, Melbourne

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Chairman’s Suite, The Langham, Melbourne

When a suite is known to specialise in welcoming visiting heads of state and the biggest names in music, you know you’re onto a winner. Past guests include President Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Mariah Carey, George Michael and Kim Kardashian, to name but a few. The Langham’s two-bedroom suite features a butler’s kitchen, dining room, office and spacious living area. With such a reputation, it is regularly booked out. Two months advance booking is suggested.

Price per night:  From $3500

1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, Melbourne

One Bedroom Crystal Villa, Crown Towers Perth

The Perth hotel scene has undergone a radical reinvention over the last ten years, thanks predominantly to Western Australia’s mining boom. Part of this new breed of hotels is the Crown Towers Perth, an ultra-exclusive oasis rising from the parklands of Burswood. In the hotel’s One Bedroom Crystal Villa, you’ll find handcrafted furnishings, a custom kind bed, oversized black and white accented bathroom, and more bling than a Tiffany & Co store. A wrap-around alfresco balcony provides the perfect vantage to enjoy the growing skyline.

Price per night: From $2558

Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood, Perth

Royal Suite, Sheraton on the Park

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Royal Suite, Sheraton on the Park

Sheraton on the Park is one of Sydney’s most loved hotels, and it possesses one of the city’s top penthouses to match. A contemporary New York-style penthouse filled with natural light, the two-bedroom Royal Suite features a sleek lounge, dining setting for eight, Calcutta marble bathroom, and private terrace with expansive views of the Harbour, Hyde Park and St. Mary’s Cathedral. The suite has welcomed Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, and Paris Hilton, and was even the location for Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe’s wedding.

Price per night: From $4,500

161 Elizabeth St, Sydney

Royal Suite, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

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Royal Suite, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Last but certainly not least, the Royal Suite at Shangri-La Hotel Sydney. This luxurious one-bedroom suite boasts a dazzling view across Circular Quay to the harbour beyond. It boasts a spacious living area, marble bathroom, separate kitchenette and executive study. Guests gain access to the exclusive Horizon Club Lounge, with its full range of privileges.

Price per night: From $3,500

176 Cumberland St, Sydney

Published 20 September, 2017