‘I know money can’t buy happiness but I think I’d cheer up much faster sipping champagne in my Presidential suite.’
Well, that’s life! Some of us are, by default, inclined towards the good things…err… things that come at a good price. And no, there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence. It’s what keeps us motivated.
The idea of proudly walking up to the grand foyer, sleeping on the softest mattress under a crystal chandelier and tasting some of the finest gourmet meals makes us want to know where to seek unparalleled hospitality with opulence galore. So suit up and get ready to discover the world’s top 7 luxury hotels.
1. Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi
This grand hotel cost nearly $3 billion to construct. Its marble alone has been imported from 13 countries! The hotel comprises 40 conference halls, 394 rooms plus suites, a gold-coin dispensing machine, a beach with white sand, a plush spa, a number of pools, splendid fountains and more than a thousand crystal chandeliers. Royalty or not – staying here will certainly make you feel like a king.
2. Mardan Palace in Turkey
This property’s opening was graced with the presence of Mariah Carey, Richard Gere, Paris Hilton, Sharon Stone, Monica Bellucci and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Telman Ismailov, a Russian billionaire, built the Antalya-based hotel in 2009. It may have set him back by $1.65 billion, but the extravagant suites and glamorous interiors (with gold leaves and crystals) have brought worldwide recognition to Mardan Palace.
Not to miss the Mediterranean’s biggest swimming pool with a capacity of a thousand guests! 17 bars, ten separate dining areas, spa along with an aquarium of exotic marine life, and that’s not all! The sand on its private beach has 9,000 tons of white sand specially imported from Egypt. And then there’s the around-the-clock butler service! Need we say more?
3. The Westin Excelsior in Rome
Some believe the rooms offered at the Westin Excelsior are affordable, yet you will notice that this 1906 Roman property manages to hit the bull’s eye when it comes to luxury. Its Villa La Cupola Suite was recently renovated for $7 million! Its sheer size makes it the biggest suite in Italy.
Spread across two floors, the suite has cathedral-style domes with hand-made fresco and is furnished with high tech gizmos. It also boasts a private gym, Jacuzzi, sauna & steam and a formal dining hall.
4. Burj Al Arab in Dubai
The iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel at Jumeirah, made to look like a billowing sail, is a landmark building of Dubai. At present, it is the only 7-star hotel in the world. The splendid suites of this resort span two floors and have the best view of the city. This property was inaugurated in 1999 and is the fourth tallest hotel in the world.
Guests can spoil themselves with unlimited luxuries. The amenities offered include hovering tennis court, a heliport, buzzing nightlife and futuristic dining options. Upscale services for VIPs include arrival by helicopter, 24×7 butlers on call, chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, personalized private bars and in-suite check-in with personal elevators. You can also hire your dream cars from a fleet of mean machines, including latest models of Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin. Whew!
5. The Plaza in New York City
Now the Big Apple and swanky hotels may go hand in hand, but The Plaza is an inevitable name when you think of luxury accommodation. Built it 1907, it’s where the old world charm meets oozing opulence. The Plaza offers 282 beautiful guest rooms, which includes 102 splendid suites. Often the first choice for VIPs visiting NYC, this 20-storey landmark hotel is highly desirable for its three-bedroom Royal Plaza Suite that offers the best view of Manhattan.
The suite consists of a formal dining hall, a private gym, a majestic piano, a library, functional kitchen for personal chefs, a private elevator and the butler’s pantry, along with the butler service. This hotel is also a great choice for hosting your dream wedding! Remember the movie Bride Wars?! You have also seen The Plaza in movies like The Great Gatsby and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
6. Atlantis Paradise Island in Bahamas
Built for paying homage to Atlantis Paradise Island, the legendary lost city, this resort is a waterscape spread across 141 acres and is considered as the most sought-after luxury resort in the Bahamas. Its Royal Towers (one of the many towers) offer different types of accomodation, such as guest rooms, Regal Suites, Grand Suites, Presidential Suites and Bridge Suite. The Bridge Suite boasts 10 exquisite rooms with a 12-feet ceiling plus life-size windows.
This masterpiece located on the 23rd floor also includes whirlpool tubs, twin entertainment centers, a grand piano and a formal dining hall with a chandelier made of 22 karat gold! You also get a permanent staff (seven people) to cater to your whims and fancies.
7. Palms in Las Vegas
The ideal place for a high roller! The property has three wings, namely Palms Place, Palms Fantasy Tower and Palms Ivory Tower. You can invite as many as 250 people for a private event and show off that luxury rooftop suite (check out the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa). Best known for bachelor and bachelorette parties.
The suite includes private glass elevator, rooftop Jacuzzi, rotating bed, personal gym, media room, sauna, full bar and the works. Cavorting in Las Vegas was never so glamorous!