Luxurious, opulent, grand, lavish, palatial, extravagant…there are many words which can be used to describe the world’s most luxurious hotels, but no matter how you articulate it, the 5-star treatment offered will make you feel like instant royalty.
Not only are these the most luxurious hotels in the world, but they’re also the most expensive. Pack your Louis Vuitton luggage and head off into the sunset!
1. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace is made up of 394 rooms and suites, 40 meeting and conference room, a glistening white sand beach, countless pools and fountains, a plush spa, marble imported from 13 different countries, over 1,000 crystal chandeliers, and cost approximately $3 billion to build.
Boasting the most distinguished marina development in the Middle East, the Emirates Palace is best described as a fortress of pleasure.
2. Mardan Palace Hotel, Turkey
Boasting the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean which can house over 1,000 guests, the Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya, Turkey was built by Russian billionaire Telman Ismailov in 2009 at a cost of approximately $1.65 billion.
Celebrated as one of the most elite hotels in Europe, the Mardan Palace offers guests interiors of gold leaf, crystal, and Italian marble, and there are also 10 eateries, 17 bars, and a recessed aquarium full of exotic fish.
3. The Boulders, Arizona
Spanning 1,300 acres of Sonoran Desert, The Boulders in Arizona is a highly esteemed golf and spa resort surrounded by dreamlike 12-million-year-old rock formations.
Forget casino no deposit, the ultimate natural rejuvenation experience is guaranteed at the massive spa compound and there is also a secluded, completely private gated Villa Retreat for the wealthiest of clientele seeking anonymity.
4. W Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit
Situated on Mexico’s Riveria Nayarit, excessive luxury meets fun at the avant-garde W Punta de Mita. With bizarre accessories at nearly every turn, packed with colour and culture, the W Punta de Mita is a surfer’s paradise and spa lover’s ultimate fantasy, and suites are separated into Ocean Escape Villas and Jungle Escape Villas.
5. Palms, Las Vegas
World-renowned for high roller living, the Las Vegas Palms offers luxurious rooftop suites – including the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa which holds up to 250 people for the ultimate glitzy get-together, with a monumental rooftop Jacuzzi overhanging The Strip.
With a private glass elevator, rotating bed, gym, sauna, and full bar, this ultra-elite suite boasts everything that the world’s most famous playboy was accustomed to.
6. The Westin Excelsior, Rome
With an impressive degree of pedigree in the Via Veneto district in Rome, the Westin Excelsior was built in 1906 and while most of their rooms are relatively affordable, the Villa La Cupola Suite is the ultimate centrepiece fit for a king.
Recently renovated at a cost of $7 million, this secluded villa spans two floors, making it the largest suite in Italy. The ultimate modernity is coupled with lavish old-style design and the Villa La Cupola has its own fitness room, sauna, steam bath, and Jacuzzi.