There’s a certain type of travel that fits within the budget of everyday people, then there’s the type of travel that is reserved for people like royalty and movie stars. Reserving a special place in our dreams are these incredibly luxurious and expensive hotel rooms that give new meaning to the term ‘the sweet life’ (or should we say the suite life).
THE APARTMENT AT THE HOTEL CONNAUGHT IN LONDON
Coming in at around AUD$31,000 per night, The Apartment at the Hotel Connaught in London takes luxury travel to a new level. Designed by David Collins, this iconic apartment features a large wrap around balcony, 24-hour butler service and a dining table for 8. Situated on the 6th floor of the Connaught and with panoramic views of Mayfair, this destination is reserved for the most distinguished traveller.
THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AT THE HOTEL CALA DI VOLPE IN PORTO CERVO, ITALY
For a sweet AUD$34,000 a night, you could be living a life of luxury in this 250-square metre rooftop terrace. Complete with a solarium, steam room, private swimming pool and fitness area, the Presidential Suite at the Hotel Cala Di Volpe in Poro Cervo Italy reaches a whole new level of elegance.
THE SHANGRI-LA SUITE AT THE SHANGRI-LA BOSPHORUS IN ISTANBUL
At AUD$37,000 a night, The Shangri-La Suite at The Shangri-La Bosphorus in Istanbul is the definition of luxury travel. Occupying its own floor of the hotel, it features 800-threadcount linen, a marble-clad bathroom with heated floors and Vblgari amenities.
THE ST. REGIS VILLA AT ST. REGIS MAURITIUS
The hotel website states that The St. Regis Villa at St. Regis Mauritius will promise to exceed expectations, and at AUD$39,000 a night it would want to. Nestled in tropical surroundings and with the ocean at your door step, this private villa features a Jacuzzi, a bar, a private chef and ocean views as far as the eye can see.
THE ROYAL SUITE AT ST. REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND, IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The largest hotel suite in all of Abu Dhabi, this AUD$46,000 a night suite occupies the top two floors of the St. Regis Saadiyat Island and features a movie theatre, game room, spa, sauna, and an outdoor swimming pool. With sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf, the suite also features a winding staircase, a master bedroom that takes up the entire lower floor and a dining room that seats 12 (where meals can be catered through the hotel’s butler service).
THE ROYAL VILLA AT THE GRAND RESORT LAGONISSI IN ATHENS
At AUD$46,000 a night, The Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens is reserved for prestigious guests such as the likes of Leonardo Dicaprio and Mel Gibson who have stayed there in the past. Featuring 2 master bedrooms, an indoor and outdoor heated pool, a fully equipped gym, steam bath and private massage area, The Royal Villa is the epitome of luxury living.
THE SHAHI MAHAL SUITE AT THE RAJ PALACE HOTEL IN JAIPUR, INDIA
Located in one of India’s best known heritage hotels, The Raj Palace Hotel, the Shahi Mahal Suite will set you back for around AUD$60,000 a night. It’s certainly a place fit for a king, complete with multiple bedrooms, home theatre, gym, spa, pool, library and private kitchen staff. Blending 17th Century opulence with 21st Century technology, The Raj Palace Hotel attracts movie stars and royalty alike.
THE TY WARNER PENTHOUSE AT THE FOUR SEASONS IN NEW YORK
At a staggering AUD$66,00 a night, The Ty Warner Penthouse at The Four Seasons in New York epitomizes the highest standard of luxury. Offering sweeping 360-degree views of New York, this ‘Castle in the Clouds’ features four glass balconies that are set on a diagonal to the north-south, east-west grid of Manhattan providing captivating views of the city. In addition to the infinity soak tub or in the oversized steam rain shower, a chauffeured Rolls-Royce, dedicated Guest Relations Manager and a masseuse are also at your disposal.
THE ROYAL PENTHOUSE SUITE AT THE HOTEL PRESIDENT WILSON IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Taking the crown as the most expensive hotel room in the world is The Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson. At an eye watering AUD$90,000 a night, the Suite offers panoramic views of Lake Geneva, with its own private elevator, gym, pool table, grand piano and Hermes bathroom products. Located on the entire top floor of the hotel, the Suite has accommodated the likes of Bill Gates and Michael Douglas.