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Comprising 7,000 square feet, the recently refurbished five-bedroom Presidential Suite at the Intercontinental Hong Kong is fit for a head of state. For around $12,000 a night you can play potentate and enjoy 24-hour personal butler care, roundtrip Rolls Royce Phantom VI limousine service and more A-list cachet than Bono in the Oval Office. The hotel, a Victoria Harbour landmark since 1980, recently completed a $70 million renovation and has been re-branded as the Asia Pacific flagship of InterContinental Hotels Group. With restaurants SPOON by Alain Ducasse (Condè Nast Traveler 2007 “Hot Tables” list) and NOBU on site, the hotel also offers cabinet-level gourmet appointments. To get into the inner-circle, try Dim Sum at Yan Toh Heen and complimentary early morning Tai Chi lessons with master teacher William Ng, who has showcased his skills to Tony Blair. After addressing the state of your Chi’s union, book a 30-minute private spa suite with sauna, steam shower and whirlpool bath, followed by an aromatherapy massage at I-Spa ($121). Get there:18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852-2721-

Want Presidential? What is better than luxury and legendary ervice just a block from the White House at the St. Regis? In ecember, after extensive renovations, the famed hotel will re-open with 175 guest rooms and 25 luxuriously appointed suites that mix glamour with tradition. The hotel will offer signature butler service and modern amenities, including state-of-the-art technology like a Bose iPod SoundDock and DVD player. Get there:923 16th St NW, Washington, DC, 202- 638-2626,

If Air Force One is in the shop and you can’t make it to Hong Kong, there is another presidential getaway just a short motorcade away. The Inn at Little Washington has just opened a
presidential suite of its own, the Claiborne House – named for late food writer and cookbook author Craig Claiborne, who celebrated many birthdays there when it was the private residence of the Inn’s chef, Patrick O’Connell. The house features two bedrooms, two and one-half baths, living and dining rooms, a media room and library (plus views of the Inn’s herb and cutting garden). Past guests include Al and Tipper Gore and Warren Beatty and Annette Benning (none presidential, though one got awfully close). Get There: Middle and MainSt., Washington, Va., 540-675-3800, www.theinnatlittlewashington.com



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