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For most of us, the thought of shelling out thousands of dollars for a one-night stay at a hotel is, well, ridiculous. Then again, you only live once. If we had the money, we’d happily blow it on one of the beautiful suites listed here. Read on for some serious travel lust, inspired by cursory research and recommendations.
1. Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Daily Rate (excluding taxes and fees): AED 33,000 ($8,895 as of May 4)
The leopard-print furnishings aren’t for everyone, but we can all get behind a private cinema. And library. And elevator. Did we mention the panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf? A “brigade of butlers” are on call 24/7 should the remote-controlled curtains, all-in-one printer or entertainment stop working. However, the complimentary selection of more than 200 international newspapers should keep you busy.
2. Hilltop Estate, Laucala Island Resort, Fiji
Daily Rate (excluding taxes and fees): $6,000
Private cook, private nanny — what more could you need? Try a chauffeur, private beach, dreamy views of the Fijian archipelago and an infinity-edge pool lit by Tiki torches at dusk. All villas come with a buggy so you’re free to explore the five-star resort, but chances are you won’t want to leave.
3. Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva
Daily Rate (excluding taxes and fees): Unlisted
The Royal Penthouse Suite really does have it all, from Steinway grand pianos and Brunswick billiards to Hermès bath products and a lake-facing Jacuzzi. For those who require the utmost privacy, the suite features bulletproof windows, emergency alarm buttons and a private elevator. PS: This hotel awards Starpoints, so pack your Starwood Preferred Guest credit card.
4. The Sultan Suite, Çirağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul
Daily Rate (excluding taxes and fees): 30,000 EUR ($32,905)
Located on the second floor of the palace, the spacious suite features panoramic views of the Bosphorus, a living room with a dining area for 12, a kitchenette and two bedrooms on either side. Thirsty? Grab a drink from the mini-bar — it’s all free, of course — or telephone the 24-hour butler to fix you a cold one.
5. Presidential Suite, Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan
Daily Rate (excluding taxes and fees): Unlisted
The only thing better than a trip to Milan: having your own Pompeii-style spa with a large private swimming pool, whirlpool, Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. Oh, and a fireplace to help you warm up. Step onto the balcony to admire the ever-growing skyline or consider dining en-suite off the fancy French crystal.
6. Villa Rockstar, Eden Rock, St. Barths
Daily Rate (excluding taxes and fees): 20,000 EUR ($21,937)
All 16,000 square feet of this modern villa can be yours — including the fountain courtyard and cloisters. A private gate sets you apart from the crowd, where you can enjoy the gym, pool table and fully stocked whiskey bar to your heart’s content. Be sure to bring your guitar for an impromptu jam session in the professionally equipped recording studio, which doubles as the Villa’s screening room.
Save on Your Next Trip
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