Many people have dreamed about winning the lottery or coming into a lot of money, but what would you do with it if it happened to you? After you get over the shock of realizing you would never have to worry about money again, the top of most people’s list is a holiday. Obviously, when money is no object you want the best hotel you can find. Somewhere you are treated like royalty and pampered throughout your stay. So where would you go? Let’s have a look at the ten most expensive hotels in the world, counting down to number one.
10 Palms Hotel, Las Vegas
Situated on the famous Strip, the Las Vegas Palms offers a quiet retreat after a day’s gambling and wild partying in the city’s many casinos. If you want to live like a film star you can stay in the rooftop two-story “Hugh Hefner” sky villa which has a jacuzzi perched directly above the strip, above. There is also a private elevator, rotating bed, and its own gym and sauna. All the rooms have great views and you can choose either standard rooms, Palms signature suites and penthouses. Prices are given on an application basis, as the hotel always has different offers on depending on dates plus various discounts including 15 per cent off for members of the Armed Forces and 10 per cent off for AA members. But prices can be up to around $500 a night for a standard suite. A string of themed penthouses and suites are also available, however, which will cost you a lot more. There is a choice of six restaurants where you can again enjoy world-class fine dining, plus five bistros and cafes for more casual meals.
9 The Plaza, New York City
This grand hotel was built in 1907 and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1969. Every room and suite has 34 carat gold-plated sinks designed by top-end designer Sherle Wagner. Rooms start at $595 per night, while suites will set you back from $790 a night. The Plaza restaurant was featured in Leonardo DiCaprio film The Great Gatsby and has an a la carte brunch menu and a superb afternoon tea as well as exquisite lunches and dinner. The Rose Club cocktail bar and the champagne bar are nice to visit before and after dinner. The hotel also has two food halls for casual meals.
8 Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, Mexico
This glamorous hotel is set between a desert and the Sea of Cortes at the Baya Peninsula and boasts fine dining in SIX gourmet restaurants and a spa overlooking the sea. There are 235 guest rooms, each with a bathroom and hydro-massage tub and terrace, plus a choice of super-luxurious suites. Rooms start at $222.50 per night, but you can get one with a private pool for $716 a night. The most expensive suite is $775.50 a night and there is a large spa overlooking the sea. An all-inclusive stay gets you a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus a free mini bar and free premium drinks in two different bars and lounges.
7 The Boulders, Arizona
As well as being one of the most expensive hotels in the world, this has to be one of the most unusual. Set in 1,300 acres of the Sonoran Desert, the hotel is dominated by its surreal rock foundations which are 12 million years old. There is a large spa and two world-class golf courses, with guests among the wealthiest in the world. There is even a special villa retreat where they put film stars who want to holiday in absolute privacy and not be disturbed. Prices start from $277 a night and go up to around $1,400. There are seven different eateries to choose from including an elegant dining room called El Pedegral .
6 Mardan Palace Hotel, Antalya, Turkey
Imagine sitting in a restaurant surrounded by fish tanks with the most exotic fish swimming around as you enjoy fine food and wine. You can do this in the Aquamarine restaurant, one of ten restaurants in the sumptuous Mardan Palace. Each restaurant has a different menu ranging from Far Eastern to Western cuisine. There are also 11 bars in the hotel including the Onyx bar, nestling behind a waterfall, or the Bowling bar with its own ten pin bowling alley. This palatial hotel has 546 rooms and suites starting at 301 euros a night for bed and breakfast and up to 1,636 euros a night for an all inclusive stay in the garden suite. The interior is decorated with chandeliers and marble, while the gardens feature dancing fountains, and a landscaped pool. If you fancy pampering yourself the hotel also has a Spa with its own Thalaso Therapy pool.
5 Royal Towers, Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
This is the place for the ultimate in an all-in luxurious vacation in a magnificent hotel set in 141 acres of pure pleasure. The pinnacle is the Royal Towers Bridge Suite on the 23rd floor, which has ten rooms, picture windows and a 22 carat gold chandelier. You have a choice of more than FORTY bars and restaurants within easy reach for the rest of your meals. Every room has traditional Bahamian decor with stunning views and the grand suites have king size beds and walk-in closets. The royal suites have a personal concierge and a butler service. The resort also boasts 11 different pools, a cinema, library, three sand beaches and a water park. Prices are available on request but they do have special offers like rooms from £117 a night if you go there between September and December 25th 2014. The luxury Cove Atlantis tower costs over $2,000 per night for a room.
4 CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa, Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla
If you want to hang out with film stars then the place to go is this luxurious hotel in the Caribbean. $10million was spent on the rejuvenation of the resort, which was once a private residence, to turn it into one of the most lavish hotels on the planet. There are 97 luxury suites and Moorish villas, a magnificent beach, world-class restaurants plus a $50million golf course designed by golfing legend Greg Norman. Each room has a marble bathroom and private patio and you can walk directly on to the beach from the suites. There are also two luxury penthouses. Rooms start at $525 a night and suites at $690 a night. The penthouses cost $3,750 a night and $4,400 a night depending on which you go for.
3 Jumeirah Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai
This is the tallest hotel in the world and it is built in the shape of a sail standing on its own man-made island. It has its own heliport,a reception desk on every floor and butlers available 24/7. Chauffeur-driven Rolls Royces are provided for the use of guests. You cannot book a room in this hotel, only suites that take up two floors so they have their own spiral staircases. Seven restaurants serve gourmet food and the hotel has its own spa. Suites start at £1,440 a night.
2 The Westin Excelsior, Via Vittorio Veneto, Rome
The ultimate in a luxurious vacation is staying in the penthouse Villa La Cuppola that takes up the 5th and 6th floors of this 108 year-old hotel. It is the largest suite in Italy and has a magnificent painted dome roof, and its own fitness centre with sauna, steam bath and jacuzzi with mosaic floors, above. If you can’t afford that, there are 281 rooms and 35 suites with seven different categories of accommodation starting at 365 euros a night for a room, going up to 1,050 euros a night for a grand deluxe room. Junior suites start at 2,100 euros a night and go up to the grand imperial suite at 20,000 euros a night. You can dine on the extensive a la carte menu inside or out in the open air at the hotel’s world-famous Doney restaurant.
1 Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi
This amazing hotel has to be seen to be believed. It has marble everywhere, fountains outside it, 6,000m2 of gold leaf, 1000 Swarovski chandeliers and a dome that is higher than St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It is said to have cost approximately £2BILLION to build and it has 13 restaurants looked after by 130 kitchens and 140 elevators. The food served is among the best in the world including very rare Albino caviar and the rooms and suites all have a 24 hour butler service. The cheapest Coral rooms start at £300 a night going up to the three-bedroom Palace suite. For £1,000,000 you can get a very special package that includes a first class flight to Dubai, your own chauffeur for the duration of your stay, a trip to Iran by private jet, plus the best suite and lavish gifts.
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