(CNN) — Your own private oasis, high above the fray. That’s what luxury hotel penthouses offer guests who are willing to pay a premium for some height and a lot of high design.
1. The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa
The penthouse at The Silo looks out at Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain.
Ornate crystal chandeliers, contemporary African art, lush velvets and bold patterns add a plush, yet homey patina to the building’s interiors.
The 2,012-square-foot, one-bedroom penthouse, located on the hotel’s 10nth floor (topped only by a rooftop pool and bar), faces Table Mountain.
Nightly rack rates for the penthouse start at about $5,500 and go up to more than $10,000 during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
2. The Whitby, New York
The Whitby’s two-bedroom penthouse also features a spacious patio.
Occupying the entire 16th floor of The Whitby hotel in upper Midtown Manhattan, the 1,845-square-foot Whitby Suite features a vibrant mix of pattern, color and texture from designer Kit Kemp, who owns Firmdale Hotels along with her husband, Tim.
In the living room, vivid splashes of blue and red are enhanced by natural light pouring in through a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass, with a large, inviting terrace just beyond.
Oversized king headboards covered in lively prints dominate the suite’s two bedrooms. In one of two full baths, a soaking tub sits in front of frosted windows that give way to clear views of the surrounding skyscrapers. A small kitchen and guest powder room are added bonuses.
The Whitby Suite starts at $10,000 a night.
3. Il Sereno, Lake Como, Italy
Il Sereno’s fourth-floor penthouses have views of beautiful Lake Como.
Each one-bedroom penthouse suite has two bathrooms, a living and dining area and a terrace complete with a hot tub.
The hotel also features a restaurant by Michelin star chef Andrea Berton, a 60-foot-long lakefront infinity pool and two vertical gardens.
Designed by Milan-based architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, the hotel is a relaxed, contemporary departure from the faux renaissance and neoclassic styles popular around Lake Como.
Nightly penthouse rates start around $3,200 during low season and go up to about $4,500 during summer.
4. The William Vale, Brooklyn, New York
The Vale Garden residence boasts 1,632 square feet of furnished patio.
An expansive terrace offering sweeping views of Lower Manhattan, an open-air Jacuzzi and ample dining and lounging space is a big draw for the Vale Garden Residence at The William Vale hotel.
Situated on the 20th floor of the trendy hotel in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, the 1,320 square foot, two-bedroom, two-bath suite boasts a whopping 1,632 square feet of furnished patio.
The sleek, yet whimsical interiors from Studio Munge are punctuated with splashes of color in the form of contemporary art, ceramics and fixtures.
Rates begin at $12,000 per night.
5. Hotel Eden, Rome
The Bellavista penthouse suite makes the most of its city surroundings.
After a 17-month renovation, Rome’s Hotel Eden reopened in April with fewer, more spacious rooms and suites, crowned by the 2,174-square-foot Bellavista penthouse suite.
Architect and interior designers Bruno Moinard and Claire Betaille put an emphasis on natural light, and the penthouse suite makes the most of it with tall windows that open onto fabulous views of Rome’s old city.
The suite features one bedroom and bath, a living room outfitted with dining and study areas, plus a powder room. The hotel’s overhaul also includes a spa and redesigned restaurants overseen by design firm Jouin Manku.
Fall/winter 2017 rates for the Bellavista suite start around $14,300 and include local airport/train station transfers, a bottle of Krug champagne and complimentary Wi-Fi.
6. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, California
The Presidential Penthouse at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills rents for $20,000 a night.
The elegant Presidential Penthouse at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills boasts a spacious 3,215 square feet, plus a 1,459-square-foot terrace with spectacular views of the surrounding hills.
Inside, a gold and cream palette is accented by touches of black and Noir Saint Laurent marble floors. The one-bedroom suite features two bathrooms, a dining room, a media room and a fully stocked kitchen. For guests who don’t feel like entertaining in the penthouse, there’s a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and a rooftop bar/restaurant at the hotel.
The penthouse is available for $20,000 a night.
7. The Beekman, New York
The Beekman recently completed two penthouse suites in the turrets of its 1883 building.
The Beekman, which opened in 2016, recently unveiled two penthouse suites in the turrets of its historic 1883 red-brick building.
The 1,200-square-foot rooftop suites are accessed via a private entryway from the hotel’s 10th floor. Guests are greeted by 40-foot pitched ceilings, beaux-arts chandeliers, intricate ironwork, plush furnishings and original artwork. A mezzanine bedroom area overlooks the living and dining space below.
The suites start at $6,500 a night, with complimentary concierge service, breakfast, luxury round-trip airport transfers and access to Lexus vehicles.
8. Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Hawaii
Yoga, cocktails, whale watching. Worthy pursuits right from your terrace.
Located on Oahu’s rugged western coast, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is all about sweeping views and the great outdoors.
The 17th-floor penthouse suite blends the two, with an 800-square-foot terrace that invites yoga, cocktails and private dining, plus whale-watching in winter.
Two bedrooms and two and a half baths feature muted, earthy interiors that play to the deep-blue ocean just outside.
And there’s no shortage of activities on the property with five tennis courts, a fitness club and spa, three pools, golf and complimentary paddle boarding and beachside yoga.
The starting rate is $17,000 a night. With any suite booked at the full rack rate, guests receive a complimentary Tesla to drive for 48 hours.