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Chic Suites: Six Spectacular Themed Stays From Around The World

Brought to you by Pink Hope


It’s about the journey, they say, not the destination. But sometimes it’s not about either. Sometimes it’s really about the hotel. A disappointing stay can put a dampener on even the most carefully planned trip, but the best experiences are memorable for all the right reasons.

Individual style is key. Hoteliers know this, so they’ve curated some extravagant places for you to stay in style. Whether you opt for oriental opulence, lavish Roaring Twenties style, or feel-good indulgence in a pink playground, book a night at one of these unforgettable suites and you’ll have bragging rights for years to come.

In fact, the hardest part might just be finding a reason to leave the room.

Be Tickled Pink At The Langham

Surrounded by cobbled alleyways and imposing colonial architecture, The Langham is already one of Sydney’s most-sought-after stays. Now, the hotel in the heart of Sydney’s historic harbourside Rocks district has become even more exclusive, with the creation of Australia’s first-ever charity suite.

Dedicated to pure indulgence, the interior of the Pink Hope Suite is decorated in stylish millennial pink and the theme isn’t limited to the decor – guests can expect pink macarons and a gift hamper on check in, as well as Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Champagne that begins flowing as soon as they arrive.

A stay includes access to the day spa and Sydney’s most famous hotel pool, which sits under a starry ceiling that resembles the night sky. Of course, to get there you’ll need to leave the room, which might be a challenge. Free mini bar access, all-you-can-eat ice-cream and marshmallows and unlimited movies mean you just might need to take it easy and stay in the room until breakfast in bed arrives.

And, best of all, this indulgence is for a good cause. Until September 30, all proceeds from the Pink Hope Suite go to Pink Hope, a charity that supports women and families at risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.

Enjoy The Movie Star Treatment

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Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were regulars at the Plaza during the wild nights of the Roaring Twenties, and the timeless New York hotel’s historic facade is largely unchanged since that time. Inside, things look a little different, but there’s still an Old-World elegance to the building, which looks out over Central Park.

If you want to channel the famous author or his most celebrated creation, head straight for the Fitzgerald Suite. A stunning shrine to the Jazz Age, it’s filled with period furnishings and props from Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby – no surprise, given the suite was designed by Catherine Martin, the Oscar-winning producer and costume designer for the film.

The Art Deco fantasy evokes the sexiness and glamour of the era, with dark-grained wood and smoky mirrored ceilings. Over-the-top crystal chandeliers are designed to sound like champagne glasses clinking while modern touches are discreet, like a gramophone that acts as an iPhone dock. A built-in bar and library pay tribute to Fitzgerald’s twin obsessions and, as well as a library with his complete works, there’s a writing desk in case inspiration strikes.

Get Artistic In Ibiza

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With an in-house gallery and rooms designed by artists Iñakis Domingo and Aussie Stavroula Adameitis and photographer Diana Kunst, Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel is aptly named. Each suite has its own theme, but the art doesn’t just hang on the walls; the whole hotel is a colourful pastiche of Miami’s South Beach style and ‘80s Memphis design.

If you want to learn about either, you can consult the library full of contemporary art books, but you don’t need a background in art to appreciate this candy coloured wonderland. Soft pastel walls and eye-popping neon fittings make the entire property an Instagrammer’s dream. In the common areas, guests can play on a vibrant purple pool table or lounge by the pink-tiled pools under the Balearic sun.

Inside the visually spectacular suites, brightly coloured furniture and little touches like Rubik’s Cubes cultivate a kitsch retro vibe. Features like Marshall speakers and a Smeg fridge are perfect for getting into party mode, and you don’t even need to leave the property to get a taste of Ibiza’s hedonistic nightlife. The calendar of events includes dance parties, movie screenings and special events like ‘80s-style aerobic workouts.

Dive Into An Old Singapore Opium Den

Today, Six Senses Duxton is surrounded by Singapore’s prosperous Chinatown district, but the surrounding area was once a den of vice that housed everything from gambling parlours to opium dens. So, while other hotels may celebrate the grandeur of colonial Singapore, this property channels a different experience from that era.

The boutique hotel occupies a series of adjoining 19th-Century three-storey shophouses dating back to 1860 and the moody gold-and-black design reaches its apex in the Opium Suite.

Inspired by the opium dens that once proliferated in the area, it has an air of intrigue thanks to low lighting, shiny black lacquerware and latticed screens. Modern touches like two flat-screen TVs and a Bluetooth speaker have been discreetly added and the four-poster bed adds a touch of opulence. And, if you do need a pick-me-up, an emphasis on wellness means each stay includes a free consultation with a traditional Chinese doctor who practices in the area, along with specially prepared tonics.

Play Ball In Your Own Private Stadium

When the Palms Las Vegas asks guests to “please dunk responsibly”, it’s not talking about Oreos. It’s because its Hardwood Suite comes with its own regulation half-size basketball court, electronic scoreboard, and a professional locker room that can be stocked with jerseys on request.

When you need a break from shooting hoops, the 10,000-square-foot, two-storey suite is decked-out with rich upholstery and dark wood all over. It has a frankly outrageous 11 televisions, a games room with pool and poker tables, a 16-seater bar, and a hidden “whiskey room”. And, if you can’t find what you need, there’s a 24-hour butler service as well. Then, when you’re done, you can indulge in some hoop dreams on the extra-long, NBA-approved beds that fold down from the walls of the court.

Live Like A Secret Agent

You don’t need to be 007 to figure out which fictional spy this room is dedicated to. Many actors have played the secret agent over the decades, but the vintage fit-out here is a tribute to the classic Bond movies.

In Paris’ boutique Seven Hotel (which has a number of other themed rooms), the Secret Agent Suite honours a chic purple-and-gold vision of the future straight out of the ‘70s, with ostentatious touches like a mirrored ceiling, golden toilet and Turkish bath. Other additions like curved wooden panels and soft lights add a touch of sophistication.

You can watch any of the Bond films on the giant 62-inch TV, which is hidden behind a curtain and doubles as a gadget that dispenses “mood fragrances”. There’s even a tailored suit if you want to really get into the theme, but you’ll need to provide your own Aston Martin.

To book a gorgeous getaway in the Pink Hope X Langham Sydney Suite and enjoy all its delicious extras, whilst giving back to an incredible cause visit The Langham Sydney.

Published 09 August, 2019