What price would you pay for the ultimate night of vacation luxury? For most of us, our vacations are determined by, among many other more pleasant things of course, budget. But for those where money really is no object, there are some extraordinary hotel rooms and suites and – hey, why not? – submarines available that promise a truly memorable stay away. And hopefully not just for the enormous dent they’ll put in your bank balance.
To save the super rich the effort, Merchant Cash Advice has done much of the research for you, taking on the hard task of sifting through the world’s most extravagant and expensive ‘hotels’ to track down the top ten by cost.
First, the bad news. Tenth spot on the list – the Royal Suite at Dubai’s famous Burj Al-Arab – comes in at a princely $28,000 a night, giving you some indication of the price points we’re looking at. Promoted as (if not actually) the “world’s first seven star hotel”, the Royal Suite is every bit as glitzy and luxurious as you’d hope and expect for your money with a 22-karat gold theme decor, private spa and as many staff as you can beckon.
Ninth and eighth are taken by the The Plaza hotel’s Royal Suite in New York City and the Muraka Suite at The Conrad Maldives respectively. The former offers 400-square-feet of living space, a private lift to your suite and some pretty special views over Fifth Avenue from the master bedroom for $40,000 a night. The latter is a two-story villa with a bedroom sunken 16 feet below water so you’re essentially sleeping in your own giant aquarium. And for that you’ll need to pay $50,000 a night – but there’s a four night minimum stay!
The Hôtel Martinez’s $53,000 a night Penthouse Suite is next in fantastic Cannes, home to the rich, beautiful and a pretty well known film festival. That ludicrous sum will provide you with 24 hours of unfettered luxury, sumptuous Mediterranean views from your terrace and the chance to share your space with artifacts from the likes of Picasso and Matisse hanging on the walls.
Knowing the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel New York cost $50million to build may go some way to assuaging its $60,000 a night price tag. If not, maybe the 360-degree panoramas from its top floor setting and four glass balconies will help – all excellent locations to take advantage of the unlimited massages offered in the price tag.
Fifth sees us head to Fiji and the sprawling Laucala Island Resort Hilltop Estate. A picture postcard paradise popping with tropical blues and greens, this enormous estate works on invite (or application) only with its owner, Red Bull cofounder Dietrick Mateschitz, having the deciding say in who stays. But if you’re in the know hand have a spare $61,000 a night to fritter away, it’s regularly whispered of as perhaps the best hotel to stay at anywhere in the world.
The Mark Hotel Penthouse takes us back to New York, into fourth spot and some serious money now, coming in at a bank-bending $75,000 a night. The largest hotel suite penthouse in the US at 10,000 square feet over two floors, its five bedrooms, six bathrooms and two wet bars are impressive but fade into memory on site of the vast terrace with views over Central Park and a living room that converts into a ballroom with 26-foot-high ceilings. Bonkers.
Where can we go from there? Only upwards, or rather, eastwards to Switzerland and another Royal Penthouse suite, this time in the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva. Here $80,000 a night buys you the entire eighth floor complete with 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a Jacuzzi with pretty extraordinary views over the lake, 24/7 everything and, of course, bullet proof windows.
Runner up spot takes us back to the US and perhaps unsurprisingly to Vegas and the Empathy Suite in the Sky Villa of The Palms Casino Resort – the first hotel in our list to break the six-figure mark at a princely $100,000 a night (two night minimum stay!) With decor almost entirely drawn from the mind of Damien Hirst, the enormous suite features many of his unique artworks spread liberally among the 9,000 square feet of living space. Alongside the outrageous accommodation thrown in with the price is A-list entry to the Palms’ many clubs, bars and even the recording studio.
But the most expensive room in the world goes to something even more unique than dinner under a formaldehyde soaked fish – the Lovers Deep Luxury Submarine Hotel ‘starting from’ a cool £175,000 a night (around $235,000). Ouch. Head to St Lucia in the Caribbean and you can board the subaquatic hotel along with your dedicated captain, butler and chef and sail, within reason, to wherever you want.
Along the way you can revel in total privacy and luxury, with up-close underwater views of the Caribbean around you and the staff located at the opposite end of the sub in soundproofed rooms so they can’t hear your gasps of disbelief at the bill or efforts to join the ‘mile low’ club (which is how it was originally marketed!). Should a touch of claustrophobia kick in, beach landings are always available for that daily dose of fresh air.