The short review: Seabourn’s Penthouse Spa Suites are, overall, the best suites on the Odyssey-class ships.
|Seabourn Quest’s Penthouse Spa Suite|
A few steps and on the other side is a long desk with additional storage below and glassware above. It is sufficiently wide to work as a good desk, but narrow enough to stay out your way walking into the main portions of the suite. Lighting is excellent and there are – get this – 3 110 volt outlets and 4 220 volt outlets (with two different configurations. I didn’t need to use my usual power strip. Also, since the area is separated from the bedroom by a solid wall and the large walk-in closet, you can work without waking up your partner.
|Seabourn Penthouse Spa Suite’s Work Area
(I know you are on a cruise, but sometimes work happens!)
The dark woods are complimented by a variety of soft, beige, fabrics which cover both the chairs at the glass dining table for four, the sofa with chaise (with big white and cream throw pillows) and the occasional chair.
But what strikes me the most is the 15 feet of floor to ceiling glass leading out to the huge balcony overlooking the stern, complete with two cushioned lounges, all weather wicker table and cushioned chairs for four and a three person sofa. The newly installed awning provides just the right amount of shade along with protection from the rain (and wash-downs from the deck above).
The entertainment center has a 42 inch television (with all of the hundreds of movies, etc.) and two refrigerators (one regular with beer, soda, etc. and one spa healthy with fruit and vegetable drinks, spa waters, etc.) To the side is a cupboard with flat and sparkling water, dried fruits/nuts and tea cups. Also provided are tea infusers with a variety of comfort botanical teas and, of course, honey pearls for sweetness. (A hot water kettle and/or Nespresso machine would be a nice touch as so many other amenities are provided, but room service provides the hot water and coffee quickly upon request.)
|Many of Seabourn’s Penthouse Spa Amenities are presented by, or tucked way under,
the console holding the 42″ flat screen television.
|Seabourns’ standard refrigerated setup to the left and the spa amenity setup to the right.
(Another nice touch: Both refrigerators light up when you open the door!)
|Very interesting floral tea infusers. (Your stewardess will explain!)|
The bedroom is literally perfect. It is feels more secluded than the standard Penthouse suites because there is only one double door of etched glass so you feel much more private. Also, the corner Penthouse Spa Suites have a window overlooking the port (or starboard) side of the ship making it feel truly like a bedroom. At the foot of the bed, but with plenty of room is a separate vanity. The flat screen television is mounted flush on the wall and is very easy to view.
Closing the etched glass doors is easy and they feel solid. Want to black out the bedroom? Soft curtains are provided…they make the room truly cozy.
|Seabourn Penthouse Spa Suite Walk-in Closet
Lots of storage with more hidden throughout the suite
Because the walk-in closet is now behind the bed there is no conflict with the doors or having to walk through the closet to get to the bathroom.
The bathroom is near perfect.As you enter the huge shower is to one side and the large soaking tub is on the other along with a large vanity with two sinks. The floors are black slate with a matte finish.
|Seabourn Penthouse Spa Bathroom Approaches Perfection|
The glass–enclosed shower has a rainfall shower head and a shower wand, but the finishes are what wow me. Black slate floor around the edges with a smooth river stone in the middle (to massage your feet while you shower) and up the wall. (If you don’t like that, a shower mat is provided.) On the opposite side from the shower is a wall of complimenting black and white marble and a rich teak bench.
|Seabourn has thought of everything from cushions for your head to a rubber duck!|
In the Seabourn Penthouse Spa Suites you are almost overwhelmed with the plethora of spa amenities. A basket is presented with a treasure-trove of different sponges, vegetable scrubbing gloves, loofahs, soaps by Hermes, Ferragamo, Molton Brown and Essence, L’Occitaine aroma oils and more. Along with the Seabourn specially designed Molton Brown shampoo, conditioner and body wash, a range of aromatherapy baths are supplied along with Molton Brown Thermal Salts Muscle Soak, Purifying Ambrusca Bodywash and Polish and Sleep Cedrus Temple Soother.
There are so many little touches and to me, whether you find them useful or not, knowing that someone has thought of them…made them available to you…created things that you didn’t even know you might enjoy makes the entire experience far more rewarding…and comfortable. (Did I mention the light switches actually make sense, are properly located and have integrated dimmers?)
One area of polish that is being worked on: Integrating the spa personnel (not Seabourn employees) into the Seabourn Penthouse Spa experience. As these are brand new, some training is needed to assure the guests are aware of all of the spa amenities available to them. Just a little tweak to be sure.
|Seabourn Quest’s Spa Relaxation Area|
If you are fortunate enough to be able to book these suites and can deal with the sweeping staircase the Seabourn Spa Penthouses represent the best of the best in luxury cruise suites.