Traveling is one of the most fascinating hobbies someone could have. It’s exciting, refreshing and it puts you in contact with different cultures and civilizations. And since I’d say Earth is pretty big, and our budgets limited, it’s very likely that we’ll never run out of places to visit until the end of our lives. There is a small possible downside to it, though: it can be rather expensive. It’s not a general rule, since nowadays anyone can opt for affordable packets for an array of destinations. Obviously, the price of a holiday is directly proportional to the place you’re going to, so the more exotic and luxurious your chosen destination is, the more money you’re going to have leave your pockets. For example, if you feel like pumping all of your kid’s college tuition savings into a few nights in one of the 8 Most Luxurious Hotels In The World, here’s a guide to help you choose which one.
1. Emirates Palace
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
What was that? Why is there a “palace” in the name? That’s because, when you invest three billion dollars into a hotel, you might as well make it a palace. The Emirates Palace is the host of almost 400 suites and rooms, 40 conference rooms, a luxurious beach with the finest white sand, numerous fountains and pools, a spa and I’m assuming, many other recreational areas. Moreover, the interiors are decorated with marble exported from over 13 countries, a perfect match for that 1,000 of crystal chandeliers lighting up the building. All in all, the Emirates Palace is what you need if you ever want to feel like true royalty.
2. Mardan Palace Hotel
Location: Antalya, Turkey
Antalya is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, for its attractive price-conditions ratio. Ironically, it’s also the location for one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The Mardan Palace Hotel was founded by a Russian billionaire in 2009, for the price of a mere one billion dollars. It houses the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean area, able to welcome a total of 1,000 (rich) guests in. Other facilities include tens of dining rooms and bars, a spa and an aquarium that exhibits numerous exotic fish. And bonus: guests of the Mardan Palace Hotel can also benefit from non-stop personal butler assistance.
3. The Westin Exelsior
Location: Rome, Italy
You might not think that Rome would be on this list, and you’re both right and wrong. It’s not the Westin Exelsior itself that landed a spot here, but one of its most jaw dropping suites, the Villa La Cupola Suite. Having recently been renovated for no less than seven million dollars, it’s extended on two floors full of delights and luxury, making it the biggest suite in all of Italy. Among the multitude of things you can enjoy in Villa La Cupola, we note a personal fitness room, sauna, steam bath, a Jacuzzi and a hand painted fresca on its giant dome, in case you want a cultural experience as well.
4. Burj Al Arab Hotel
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The only official seven star hotel in the world, there is nothing about the famous Burj Al Arab that’s not impressive. From its unique shape, to its position among the waters of the Arabian Sea, there is a reason why it houses numerous VIP’s that include celebrities and royalty. It’s packed with many high-tech features, including a fantastic hovering tennis court and an annexed heliport, and it benefits from an always attentive and nurturing customer care service.
5. The Plaza
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Now a National Historic Landmark, New York’s famous Plaza was built in 1907, something reflected in the classic and elegant luxury that defines it. Often a primary choice for VIP’s, its Royal Plaza Suite is famous for the stunning view of Manhattan it provides. What should you expect if you ever wish to pay this hotel a visit? Expect a library, a dining room, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a piano for the musical enthusiasts and a personal, private elevator so you can avoid all unwanted human contact.
6. Atlantis Paradise Island
Location: Nassau, Bahamas
The legendary Atlantis city may be gone and buried, but the Atlantis Paradise Island is as shiny and obvious as a diamond that just smacked you right in the eye. Although it’s impressive in its whole, massive entirety, its main attraction is the Royal Towers Bridge Suite, which takes eccentric to a whole new level: plus rooms, insanely tall ceilings, entertainment centers, whirlpool tubs, a giant piano and a luxurious entirely gold made chandelier.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
A list full of luxury and excesses wouldn’t be complete without the infamous Sin City. Palms is most famous for its Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, located on the rooftop of the hotel. It’s not necessary for guests who choose to check-in there to go all out and live the playboy life, but it’s pretty tough not to when so many crazy features are at your disposal. A rotating bed, media rooms, a sauna, a gym and an elevator made from glass are some of the things that would make a party hosted at Palms an unforgettable experience.
8. The Boulders
Location: Carefree, Arizona, USA
Among so many man-made hotels, The Boulders really manage to stand out the most. A resort carved in a twelve million old rock formation, this hotel is perhaps less extravagant (it owns two golf courts, after all), but it makes for an unique and plenty luxurious experience. Also, it housed many VIP’s, but the hotel benefits from a policy that forbids them from revealing the identities of their famous guests until they are dead. Seriously, what’s going on there?
Did you take a special liking to any of the hotels presented above? Well, then, what are you waiting for? If you start saving up money now, in about thirty years you might be able to afford a holiday within the walls of one of the 8 Most Luxurious Hotels In The World. And if you decide you want to bring someone else along… let’s just say you’ll probably end up having the retirement vacation of your dreams.