1. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace cost approximately $3 billion to build. It has 394 rooms and suites, 40 meeting and conference rooms. A beach, pools and fountains, spa, and over 1,000 crystal chandeliers. It’s like a small pleasure fortress that also boasts the most prestigious marina development in the Middle East. So, people who want to feel Luxurious can likewise reside in one of the many palace suites. They all have lavish surroundings that would be comparable to a Sultan, with equally enough modern amenities to please today’s top tycoons.
2. Mardan Palace Hotel, Turkey
It was built by Russian Billionaire Telman Ismailov in 2009 for $1.65 billion. The Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya, Turkey boasts the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean (fits 1,000 guests). It is also touted as one of the most elite luxury hotels in Europe. Beyond the sinfully sumptuous suites and jaw-dropping interiors of gold leaf, crystal, and Italian marble, there are also ten dining spots, 17 bars, a lavish spa and a sunken aquarium full of exotic fish. There’s more: 9,000 tons of white sand was flown in from Egypt for the beach alone, and 24/7 personal butler service is also included.
3. Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai
The stunning architecture of Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai makes it one of the most photographed in the world. And it notably resembles a swelled sail. Furthermore, all rooms are luxurious suites spanning two floors with state-of-the art everything and incredible views. And beyond the unique over-the-top amenities like the attached Heliport and hovering tennis courts, there is also a vast array of futuristic dining and nightlife options. Their guest care is also seriously intensive. Additionally, the upscale extras include in-suite check-in, 24/7 personal on-call butlers, and Rolls Royce fleet. And these all are catering to an extremely well-heeled VIP clientele that often includes royalty.
4. The Boulders, Arizona
This is an extremely prestigious golf and spa resort. In fact, the decor here is left up to Mother Nature, as it’s impossible to compete with stunningly 12-million-year-old rock formations. Spanning 1,300 acres of the Sonoran Desert, ultimate natural rejuvenation is also promised at their massive spa compound, and their two golf courses are world class. There’s also a über private gated Villa Retreat for celebs seeking anonymity. PR rep Deborah Bridges says, “Our clientele is among the wealthiest in the world, but we’re not allowed to talk about who our VIP guests are until they’re dead.” That says it all.
5. Secrets Marquis, Los Cabos
Inspired by a celestial legend of two angels seeking paradise on earth, the spectacular lobby of Secrets Marquis, Los Cabos opens out onto the wildly restless sea like a temple to its creation. Furthermore, it has gorgeous sculptures, massive waterfalls, spectacular infinity pools, and a lovely serene spa set the stage where VIPs love to come and play. Luxurious rooms boast balconies where you can often spot migrating whales, and there are also private villas with personal dipping pools. This is where many foreign dignitaries stay when in town.
6. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
Was Built in tribute to the legendary lost city, Atlantis Paradise Island. It is a 141-acre waterscape and touted as the premier luxury resort destination in the Bahamas. But it’s their Royal Towers Bridge Suite on the 23rd floor that really pulls out all the swanky stops. Additionally, it spans ten plush rooms topped by 12-foot ceilings and full-length windows, and includes a grand piano, twin entertainment centers, a formal dining room with a 22-karat gold chandelier, whirlpool tubs, and more… plus a permanent staff of seven to cater to your every whim and fancy.
7. Palms, Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Palms is famous for high roller living. And what’s the better way to really indulge in Sin City than jumping into one of its luxury rooftop suites, like the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa? It holds up to 250 people for a get-together and also boasts of a massive rooftop Jacuzzi hanging over the Strip. A private glass elevator, rotating bed, gym, sauna, media room, full bar, and more like this make this a spot to fulfill the fantasy of living in the style of the world’s most famous playboy. (Did anyone say bachelor or bachelorette party?)
8. The Westin Excelsior, Rome
Built in 1906, The Westin Excelsior Rome has an impressive pedigree in the Via Veneto district. Though most rooms are affordable, Villa La Cupola Suite that has recently been “refreshed” with a $7 million renovation. While this signature luxury cocoon spans two full floors, making it the largest suite in Italy. It is in fact furnished in grand old style with modern high-tech gadgets, cathedral style domes, private fitness room, sauna, steam bath, and Jacuzzi, and a formal dining room. It’s a perennial favorite for those who deem money to be no object.
9. Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa, Anguilla
It was originally built as a tropical playground for its owner, but later expanded to include guests. Luxury guest rooms and villas dot the massive grounds covering Anguilla’s world class beaches. Their Venus Spa & Fitness complex has been rejuvenated to the tune of ten million dollars, and they have just acquired a $50 million dollar Greg Norman-designed golf course next door. This comfortable hideaway is as a matter of fact, very popular for celebrities seeking barefoot luxury at its finest, away from the spotlight.
10. The Plaza, New York City
The Plaza is often the top choice for visiting VIPs, especially for its Royal Plaza Suite that boasts of the best views of Manhattan. The three-bedroom/ three-bathroom suite furthermore is styled in the most opulent of old-world charm with a formal dining room, a library, a gymnasium, a grand piano, full kitchen (for personal chefs), a butler’s pantry, and is serviced by its own private elevator. Built in 1907, the iconic structure was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1969.
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