Ensure sparks fly in one of these grande dame suites – vibrating rings, pillow menus and all.

By Helen Warwick, Deputy Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Plaza Athenee, Paris

Craving knockout views with your bedroom antics? Decadence reigns supreme at this Parisien member of the Dorchester Collection, surrounded by plush boutiques in the super swish Haute Couture area. Jazz nights, outstanding food by Alain Ducasse, and a 24-hour concierge service with its nifty ear-to-the-ground all up the ante. But it’s the lavishly designed Signature Eiffel Suites (Italian marble, pillow menus, giant chandeliers) with cracking private panoramas of the Eiffel Tower that’ll send your excitement into overdrive. dorchestercollection.com

Shangri-La at the Shard, London

Cough up the eye-watering £10,000 a night for the outrageously opulent Shangri-La Suite on Level 39 of The Shard, and you know you’ve made it. The jewel in the crown in one of the capital’s most talked about hotels, it features a private lift from street level to suite door, round-the-clock private butler service and floor-to-ceiling windows revealing a vision of the some of the Big Smoke’s greatest buildings and the Thames below. shangri-la.com

Hotel Gotham, Manchester

This hotel-of-the-moment in Manchester’s grand Midland Bank building has been billed one of Europe’s sexiest. Why? Make a beeline for its Inner Sanctum Suites and you’ll discover dark polished woods, furs, cocktail cabinets and intimacy kits‘ of massage oils and ‘vibrating rings’. Can someone pass the ‘Do not disturb’ sign? Hotelgotham.co.uk

De l’Europe, Amsterdam

A magnificent circular bed, bathtub for two and a starry ceiling of lights set the stage in this flashy hotel’s colourful Provocateur Suite. And if that’s not quite enough encouragement to get you going, book the Romantic Package – which includes a bottle of Billecart Salmon Champagne and a ‘Seductive Love Present’ of bedroom accessories, specially designed by local erotic company 210th. Deleurope.com

Cap Estel, Côte d’Azur, France

This palatial pad on a secluded peninsular exudes Riviera glam. A former summer residence built in 1898, the Cap has a private beach to strut down, fabulous French food, and a saltwater infinity pool – it’s the place to spot A-lister punters in large sunglasses and tiny bikinis, while slurping on an iced cocktail. But it’s the Junior Suites that set the mood in no uncertain terms – think pillowy beds and vast terraces with gorgeous views of the med. capestel.com


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