Prepare to drop your pants: it’s sexy o’clock. We asked, you replied – when it came to the Smith Hotel Awards 2014‘s Sexiest Bedroom in the World, our voters were vocal. So which romantic retreat is ripest for seduction? Which billowing bed could you bury yourselves in? Warning: we will not be held accountable for the consequences of you reading this blog post, particularly if you do so in close proximity to an attractive human.
Sexy bits Easy access to the sea from the private sunbathing deck • Terrace built for cocktail drinking • Private hydrotherapy bath tub
When in a hotel built on the remains of a Roman villa, do as the ancient Romans do and bed down in a grotto. Here’s introducing the eye-bogglingly beautiful Roccia suite, whose hydrotherapy bath tub (opposite the canopied four-poster bed) is more like a mini ocean, and whose sea views will have you booking a return stay before you’ve left.
Sexy bits Sun butler • In-room massages • Private plunge pool
If your bedroom doesn’t have a massage area, a huge terrace that faces a pine forest, and a leafy garden with a plunge pool, get the decorators in. The Allure Suite has two elegant bedrooms, a living room and a library – play lord and lady in its creamy splendour. Want to tan on the terrace? Call your sun butler, who will bring up (and even apply) sun lotion.
Sexy bits In-room spa treatments • Siren-red decor • Canal views
For Venetian va-va-voom by the gondola-load – canal views, Murano chandeliers, damask fabrics and unabashed red-and-gold opulence – opt for Ca Maria Adele’s Sala del Doge, an irreligiously good-looking suite clad from top-to-toe in red velvet, with a custom-made chandelier. The suite pays handsome homage to the city’s past (except, perhaps, for the Jacuzzi).
Sexy bits Personal host service • Private pool • Tranquil terrace
Hop onto volcanic black sand as glittery as the Balinese night sky from Ocean Pool Villa 202, which has a sea-view bath tub and a prime position on the beach. This handsome villa is shrouded by greenery, meaning maximum privacy, and there’s an emerald patch of lawn at the front where you can recline, holiday read in hand.
Sexy bits The ravishing fresco • Sultry interior • Ancient stone bath tub
The Italians ace romance; nowhere is this more apparent than in Il Salviatino’s Affrescco Suite – whose ceiling is decorated with a Domenico Bruschi mural that dates back to 1886, whose walls are hung with two oil canvases by Gabriel van der Leeuw and whose bath tub is fashioned from a sarcophagus. Chesterfields and fireplaces add cosiness to couture. And the bed – oh, the bed…
Sexy bits Ladder access to the ocean • Private plunge pool • Mini wine cellar
Nothing as common as a door leads to Six Senses’ five ravishing water villas, set right on the ocean, overlooking a coral reef; instead, a private seaside staircase yawns down to the hillside. Water Villa 5 is the pick of the bunch: we love its private plunge pool set amid boulders, the ladder that drops into the sea and the wood and white furnishings.
Sexy bits Panoramic city views • DIY Martini kit • Two-person tub
Let your hair down (or don a red wig like the lobby’s door gals) at QT Sydney’s Corner Suites, decorated with splashes of vermillion red and kooky ceramic animals. QT Junior Suite 07 is the quirky queen of QT’s rooms, with sweeping views of Market and George Street, a round bath tub and more space than the Junior Suites. N.B: any suite with a minibar martini kit is fine by us.
Sexy bits A magical four-poster bed • Anouska Hempel design • Antique bath tub
Marble, mother-of-pearl and milk-white furnishings won Anouska Hempel’s Corfu Suite the gong for ‘Sexiest Bedroom in the World’ in 2013. This year, our money’s on the Cardinal Suite, the vampy red bridesmaid to the Corfu Suite’s pallid bride. Scruple-loosening lures include a four-poster bed swathed in rich ruby fabrics and an enticing bathroom with an antique tub.
Sexy bits More window than wall • Freestanding bed • 400 sq feet of space to romp in
André Balazs gives good bedroom: the Empire Suite – an expanse of pearlescent perfection – is as white and shiny as an A-lister’s smile. Walls and ceilings glitter with custom lacquer, the bath tub surveys the Empire State Building, windows eyeball Midtown and there’s even a powder room for lucky guests.
Sexy bits Custom-made bed • Superior sound system • Half a floor of privacy
Sometimes, a mere room isn’t enough. Sometimes, only an entire floor will do. That’s why we love Suite 57, which sprawls across the north side of the hotel’s 28th floor. The parquet floor is as lustrous as honey, the views of Central Park and Manhattan’s urban playground will make your eyes widen and the sound system comes courtesy of Dr Dre.
Find out who tempted and tantalised our judges when we reveal the 2014 Smith Hotel Awards winners on November 7… or browse more irresistible hotels at mrandmrssmith.com.