A hotel is more than just a place to put your head at night. It is an experience that can make or break a holiday or business trip. Not all hotels are created equally. Some are far more extravagant and luxurious than others and the best hotels don’t come cheap. You can experience a slice of heaven on holiday for a small fortune.
A great hotel isn’t just four walls and a bed. It is a place full of great amenities to go along with a soft bed to sleep in. If you have an unlimited budget, try these spectacular hotels on your next trip.
The Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson
Located in Geneva, Switzerland, the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson doesn’t come cheap. Named after the United States’ 28th president, the hotel suite has been the home away from home for many politicians and celebrities. It is located near the United Nations building in Geneva giving world leaders the chance to stay the night at the famed hotel.
You don’t have to be a president, prime minister, or head of state to get the Royal Penthouse Suite, however. The likes of Bill Gates and Michael Douglas have all stayed at the hotel and enjoyed its five-star luxury. One of the best reasons to stay in the Royal Penthouse Suite is its views. The suite’s balcony gives you a perfect panoramic view overlooking pristine Lake Geneva.
For a mere $60,000 a night, you can enjoy the marble bathrooms, gym, jacuzzi, and billiards room located in the Royal Penthouse Suite. You don’t even have to be a head of state to lay your head down on the hotel’s plush pillows.
Four Seasons Hotel Ty Warner
New York City’s Four Seasons Hotel Ty Warner will set you back a cool $50,000 to $60,000 a night. But what better way to experience the City that Never Sleeps than in a ritzy hotel room that towers 52 storeys above New York City? The hotel cost $50 million to build and seven years to finish. It was well worth the money and the wait.
The inside of the hotel is pure New York opulence with its Venetian velvets and rock crystal sinks. Guests can experience a 360-degree view of the city from inside the hotel’s penthouse. Guests in the hotel’s will also get a personal butler and chauffeured Rolls Royce. What better way to cruise around the city than in a Rolls driven by a driver that knows the five boroughs well.
Delana Hilltop Estate
Situated on the Fijian island of Laucala, the Delana Hilltop Estate is an exclusive hotel that not everyone can stay at. Owned by Red Bull energy drink impresario Dietrich Mateschitz, the Delana Hilltop Estate approves its guests before granting them the opportunity to stay in the amazing island getaway.
Guests must book a minimum of four nights at the Delana Hilltop Estate at a price of $55,000 a night. In all, you will pay nearly a quarter of a million dollars for a holiday on the Fijian island. If you are approved to stay on the island, you are in for a treat. It is surrounded by beautiful turquoise water and lush palm trees.
A private chef, nanny, and swimming pool is available to guests at the hotel. You will also have plenty of activities at your fingertips including horse riding and scuba diving.
Grand Resort Lagonissi Royal Villa
The Athens-based Grand Resort Lagonissi Royal Villa is a spectacular hotel that has hosted a number of high-profile Hollywood stars. Situated near the Athenian Rivera, you will find 10 restaurants to suite all of your needs when booking a room at the hotel.
You will find 197 hotel rooms and 76 suites at the Grand Resort Lagonissi Royal Villa with plenty of cool perks including a chauffeur-driven limo service. You can also rent yachts and land your personal helicopter at the heli-pad located on the hotel’s grounds.
A night’s stay at the Grand Resort Lagonissi Royal Villa will set you back around $40,000. In 2012, it was reported that the Grand Resort Lagonissi Royal Villa was the world’s most expensive hotel. It has fallen from that spot thanks to new hotels popping up and more expensive suites being opened. Still, the Grand Resort Lagonissi Royal Villa in Athens is a beautiful holiday retreat that shouldn’t be missed if you can afford a night to live like a Greek god.
Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez
The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is something out of an Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot novel. Walking around the art deco hotel, it wouldn’t feel out of place to see the diminutive Belgian detective strolling about and taking in the views of the Mediterranean Sea. Yes, the art deco decor and hotel exterior are a throwback to yesteryear, but the luxury experience is not.
Opened in 1929, the hotel was originally under the ownership of Emmanuel Michele Martinez. Today, it is owned by the Hyatt brand which oversees the hotel being a jewel in one of the most beautiful cities in all of France.
The gem of the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is the Penthouse Suite. The suite is situated on the seventh floor of the hotel and offers awe-inspiring views of the waterfront. It has a gorgeous balcony with sunbeds and fragrant plant life. For around $40,000 a night you cannot go wrong with the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez as you get the great customer service of the Hyatt brand in a sunny, luxurious French city.
A great stay doesn’t come cheaply and a night at one of these dream destinations is an experience all its own.
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