The World’s Most Luxurious Hotels and Resorts / By Susan Camphel / Discover.Luxury / New York /
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Costing approximately $3 billion to build, Emirates Palace has 394 rooms and suites, 40 meeting and conference rooms, a white sand beach, a myriad of pools and fountains, a sumptuous spa, marble imported from 13 different countries, 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.
Royalty, or those who want to feel like it, can luxuriate in one of the many palace suites, all with lavish surroundings that would befit a Sultan of old, with enough modern amenities to please today’s top tycoons.
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Mardan Palace Hotel, Turkey
Built by Russian Billionaire Telman Ismailov in 2009 to the tune of $1.65 billion, the Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya, Turkey, boasts the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean (fits 1,000 guests) and is touted as one of the most elite and luxurious 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. Be sure to check out these hotels with incredible views as well.
Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai
Resembling a billowing sail, the stunning architecture of Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai makes it one of the most photographed in the world.
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 a vast array of futuristic dining and nightlife options.
Their guest care is also seriously intensive. Upscale extras include in-suite check-in, 24/7 personal on-call butlers, and a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce fleet, all catering to an extremely well-heeled VIP clientele that often includes royalty.
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The Boulders, Arizona
An extremely prestigious golf and spa resort, and one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the swanky decor is left up to Mother Nature at The Boulders, as it’s impossible to compete with stunningly surreal 12-million-year-old rock formations.
Spanning 1,300 acres of the Sonoran Desert, ultimate natural rejuvenation is promised at their massive spa compound, and their two golf courses are world class.
There’s also an 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.
W Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit
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Super luxe meets fun and funky at this avant garde escape on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. There are offbeat accouterments at every turn, and loads of color and culture peppered throughout.
Also a surfer’s haven and a spa lover’s retreat, you never know who you might run into here trying to escape the paparazzi’s prying eyes.
Was that Iman who just strolled by? Indeed, it was! Spacious suites are divided into Ocean Escape
Villas and Jungle Escape Villas each harmoniously ensconced into the natural elements, but if you really want to impress, book the Extreme Wow Suite with two bedrooms and its own pool. Check out the most beautiful underwater hotels while you’re at it.
Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
Built in tribute to the legendary lost city, Atlantis Paradise Island is a 141-acre waterscape and touted as one of the most luxurious hotels in the Bahamas.
But it’s their Royal Towers Bridge Suite on the 23rd floor that really pulls out all the swanky stops. 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.
Palms, Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Palms is famous for high roller living, and what better way to really indulge in the famous city than cavorting in one of its luxury rooftop suites, like the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa? It holds up to 250 people for a get-together and boasts a massive rooftop Jacuzzi hanging over The Strip.
A private glass elevator, rotating bed, gym, sauna, media room, full bar, and more make these swanky digs a spot to fulfill the fantasy of living in the style the world’s most famous playboy is accustomed to. (Did anyone say bachelor or bachelorette party?)
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, their piece de resistance is the Villa La Cupola Suite that has recently been “refreshed” with a $7 million renovation.
This signature luxury cocoon spans two full floors, making it the largest suite in Italy. Furnished in grand old style with modern high-tech gadgets, hand-frescoed cathedral style domes, its own 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.
Zemi Beach House, Anguilla
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