Multi-Room Sky Suites are the Latest Thing in Luxury Travel

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has come up with posh accommodations that include a private bedroom, bathroom and butler.

Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Etihad Airways Actress, singer-songwriter and X Factor judge Dannii Minogue enjoys a gourmet meal in a mock-up of the living/dining room of "The Residence," at a Beverly Hills event where the world's most luxurious airliner was revealed.

You’ve heard of lavish state rooms on cruise ships, but a luxury suite on an airliner? You knew it was coming sooner or later. Making it happen sooner is Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, which recently unveiled the world’s first private multi-room suite on a commercial passenger aircraft, complete with a a living room, double bedroom, separate ensuite shower room, and even a dedicated and professionally trained butler! 

The unique, specially designed private suite measures 125 square feet in total area, and will be known as ‘The Residence.’ It will be located on the forward upper deck of the airline’s new fleet of Airbus A380s. These special accommodations have all the comforts of home – if you live in the most upscale of luxury condominium complexes.

For example, the living room is furnished with a two-seat reclining sofa upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather, dual marquetry dining tables and a chilled mini-bar. There’s a also a 32-inch LCD TV. A touchscreen control unit operates the retractable ottoman, the ambient and mood lighting and window shading, adjusts seat position and firmness, and activates the in-seat massage functions. What luxury airline suite would be complete without magic fingers?

Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Etihad Airways The bedroom in The Residence Suite features a Poltrona Frau upholstered 82-inch long double bed with a custom-made mattress, bedside unit, wardrobe so you can hang up the ensemble you were planning to wear when you arrive, and under-bed stowage for hand luggage. The bedroom also has its own 27-inch LCD TV.

A door and passageway separate the living room from the master bedroom and the ensuite bathroom. The bedroom features a Poltrona Frau upholstered 82-inch long double bed with a custom-made mattress, bedside unit, wardrobe so you can hang up the ensemble you were planning to wear when you arrive, and under-bed stowage for hand luggage. The bedroom also has its own 27-inch LCD TV. The private bathroom has all the usual amenities, plus luxury shower products, plush towels, robes, a full-height shower, a vanity with a magnifying makeup mirror and a hair dryer. We suppose you’d have to provide your own stylist.

The Residence is decorated in a contemporary style influenced by modern Arabian design, and has unique decor elements such as custom carpets, table marquetry and soft furnishings. All rooms in the suite are fully Wi-Fi enabled and equipped with the latest Panasonic eX3 entertainment system, controlled by video touch screens and handsets. The communications functions include broadband with internet mobile and data capability, live TV, HDMI, AC outlet and USB ports.

And if all that isn’t luxe enough for you, you will also have the services of a dedicated butler at your beck and call. The butlers are currently undergoing specialist training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London, part of the world-famous Savoy Hotel, and will be available throughout the flight. Other services are provided by accomplished chefs who will prepare a range of gourmet a la carte dishes or customized menus to accommodate your specific dietary requirements. And of course there’s a dedicated VIP Concierge team that will ensure all aspects of the experience, including booking luxury limousine transfers, check-in and custom menu planning. The “hospitality professionals” (don’t call them flight attendants) on these special flights will wear uniforms designed by Rome-based fashion designer Ettore Bilotta.

Now, should you want to mingle with the other passengers, you can enjoy “The Lounge” on the A380, which is comprised of a 6-foot circular sofa, a table, a television monitor, a serviced refreshment bar, decorative sconce lighting and display cases with unique artwork.

“The Residence” accommodations will soon be available on non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, as well as select other routes. Prices are likely to run upwards of $20,000. 

Officals at Etihad are deservedly proud of their most luxurious project yet. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “This is the culmination of five years of intensive effort and research into how Etihad Airways can provide an unparalleled VIP experience. Without doubt, we are ushering in a new era of luxury travel in commercial aviation.”

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