Bucket List Adventure: Sleep like a celebrity Part 1

Soak in sybaritic abandon in a “levitating” tub or sip your wine

Bucket List Adventure: Sleep like a celebrity Part 1

Bed down at one of Nick Lachey’s or Eva Longoria’s favorite haunts. Rise and shine atop the trees in an open-air suite with authentic Bali bridal bed. Soak in sybaritic abandon in a “levitating” tub or sip your martini (shaken, of course, not stirred) in a luxury suite recalling the world’s most debonair spy.

And if you have to ask the price for these outrageously decadent retreats, best pack your bags for more mundane parts – because while sleeping ‘neath the stars is possible, sleeping like the stars can be extremely hazardous to your bank account.

Forget hidden passageway – here’s an entire trio of luxurious floors with 30 rooms and 14 suites tucked away in another hotel. Ultra-modern, urbane and exclusive, the Hotel Beaux Arts Miami is a sanctuary sheltered within the JW Marriott Marquis on floors 39, 40 and 41.

Here, the likes of Eva Longoria and Sheila E are whisked from the spotlight to refresh and retreat in sleek surroundings with views overlooking the city from floor-to-ceiling windows. Within, views are equally impressive, with teched-up rooms warmed with Brazilian cherry wood floors, Italian marble bathrooms with touch-controlled faucets and one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork.

Guests also enjoy access to the JW Marriott Marquis’ entertainment complex, comprising Jim McLean Golf School, NBA-approved basketball court and virtual bowling alley, as well as a 3D Media Room on the 19th floor and a 2nd floor chocolate shop, wine boutique and vue lounge overlooking the Miami River. Rates begin at $449/night.

Decadence, sheer decadence

Tucked into the Latin Quarter near the famed Jardin du Luxembourg, the Seven Hotel, a luxury 35-room boutique Parisian hotel and member of Sterling Design, is renowned for impeccable service, “glowing” rooms and levitating tubs and beds. Cloud-comfy beds and soaking tubs appear to hover inches above the floor; both usher guests blissfully into nirvana. Rates start at $306/night.

Even more over-the-top is the hotel’s 007 Suite. This bach pad a la “The Spy Who Loved Me” is as suave as you might expect, with mid-century modern detailing and a silhouette of a Bond girl in all her come-hither glory. Step into the Turkish bath steam shower or avail yourself of the entire James Bond movie library. It’s easy to deduce why it’s a Preferred Hotel Group hotel. Rates begin at $576/night.

From sterling silver to leafy green

One suite shines with hand-hammered sterling silver furniture; another sports a safari vibe tempered by a Caribbean sensibility. Both are extravagant retreats set amidst Curaçao’s breathtaking scenery of cliffs falling away into the sea.

At Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino, an 80-room luxury boutique resort and member of Leading Small Hotels of the World, the Indian Bridal Suite is a paean to precious metal. Its centerpiece: a sterling silver four-poster king size bed whose corners are coquettishly draped and tasseled. Steps away is an Indian marble soaking tub with tiered entry.

The suite is situated over the resort’s Indian Marble Garden, lush courtyards and two swimming pools, and located in a village setting comprising the Museum Kurá Hulanda – an internationally renowned anthropological museum – a European split-level boutique casino and the Spa Kura Hulanda.

At sister property Lodge Kura Hulanda, the Tree House Suite channels guests’ inner Swiss Family Robinson for adventure atop verdant island foliage. Follow the spiral staircase up and into the open-air living room with its ornate Bali Bridal bed. The sun melts into water’s horizon right outside the windows, returning in the morning to warm the Caribbean sea for a day of snorkeling and sand castle building.

The roomy two-bedroom, two-bath suite is laden with antiques, and civilizes the Robinson experience with 300-thread Egyptian cotton sheets and comforters. For either suite, rates begin at $1,000/night; when you book three nights you get a fourth night free.


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