Height of pampering

Height of pampering
A passenger enjoying a beverage in the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Suite.

Singaporean blogger and entrepreneur Derek Low made waves on the Internet last month with an envy-inducing account of his Singapore-New York flight, where he was ensconced in Singapore Airlines' Suites paid for with his frequent flier miles.

He revelled in its double bed and five-star meal service so much, he was loathe to leave the plane when it landed.

A step above First Class, Suites offers well-to-do fliers their own private cabin in the skies.

Mr Low first went viral in 2012 when a video he posted on YouTube of his Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm, or BRAD, garnered more than one million views.

His room in the University of California, Berkeley, had motion-activated lights and settings such as "homework mode" and "romantic mode" and revealed his penchant for high-tech and aesthetically attuned settings.

He has followed up this class act by cashing in his miles for the luxe flight, worth $18,788 round-trip.

Singapore Airlines, however, is not the only airline with gobsmacking luxury on-board.

SundayLife! looks at other luxury seats and suites available on international airlines and how many miles it would take to get to the stratosphere.

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Singapore Airlines' Suites has made the news, thanks to local blogger Derek Low's account of his flight in Suites from Singapore to New York last month.

But Suites is not new. It was introduced on the airline's inaugural A380 flight from Singapore to Sydney in October 2007 and has been in use on the airline's A380s ever since.

This does not diminish the ultra-first class experience, though.

In Suites, 12 passengers are cocooned in individual cabins separated by dividers and sliding blinds to ensure their utmost privacy.

The cabins include an 89cm-wide reclining armchair made of hand-stitched Italian Poltrona Frau leather with accompanying chaise longue for companion seating and a stand-alone bed which is 69cm wide and 1.98m long. It is prepared by the crew's turndown service and covered in Givenchy fine linen and plush, full-sized pillows.

If travelling as a pair, neighbouring seats can be converted into a double bed on which passengers can recline and enjoy their personal entertainment systems on a 23-inch high-definition flat-screen monitor.

A personal flight attendant will serve prepared-toorder gourmet meals in the comfort of the suite. Dishes include rack of lamb and lobster thermidor plated on Givenchy tableware, and top shelf drinks such as Dom Perignon champagne.

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