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Arabian Heights

With the world’s highest suspended hotel suite and a bounty of luxe accoutrements, the lavish The St. Regis in Abu Dhabi’s Nation Towers is truly larger than life.

The Abu Dhabi skyline got a showstopping addition late last year with the opening of the Nation Towers, a pair of sculptural 52- and 64-story forms designed by Toronto-based WZMH Architects. This prestigious address, right on the Corniche, happens to be the home of the latest incarnation of The St. Regis, boasting 283 guestrooms, all with views of the Arabian Gulf. The most spectacular vista, by far, is from the two-story, 12,000-square-foot, three-bedroom Abu Dhabi Suite (with a price tag of $40,840 per night), clad in over-the-top decor, including cascading strands of crystals, 24K gold-leaf accents and a glass-domed drawing room. A private kitchen, spa, movie theater and gym also occupy the space. Dubbed the world’s highest suspended hotel suite, it seemingly floats 660-plus feet above the ground between the two towers. Designer of nearby The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Hirsch Bedner Associates helmed this property’s interiors, blending a mix of Arabian and art deco design. The eight different eateries on-property include Rhodes 44 (helmed by British chef Gary Rhodes); the expected The St. Regis Bar; and a Champagne-specific counterpart, overlooking the hotel’s atrium, with a dramatic bubble-inspired chandelier and five-star version of a traditional Bedouin-inspired tea lounge. Other impressive features include the massive 34,000-square-foot Remède Spa and Nation Riviera Beach Club, which is accessible via a tunnel underneath the Corniche. If the wow factor is what you’re after, look no further than this seamless blend of skyscraper-chic and beachy resort. From $270 per night