The World’s Most Ex­pen­sive Suites

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What would you do with a spare $100,000? In the un­likely event that noth­ing springs to mind, here are a few op­tions: You could buy two kilo­grams of gold, take out a five-year lease on a two-bed­room apart­ment in cen­tral London, or pur­chase a Porsche 911 or Corvette St­ingray. Al­ter­na­tively, how about tak­ing up res­i­dence in a 5-star ho­tel on Paris’ Champs El­y­sees for four months, buy­ing 1,460 shares in Mi­crosoft, or bag­ging your­self a small but per­fectly formed apart­ment in Dubai? For those with all of the above, or those who sim­ply like to en­joy the mo­ment, why not splash the cash on a sin­gle night of lux­ury in one of the world’s many ex­clu­sive ho­tel suites? Here is a round-up of the most ex­pen­sive on earth.

Em­pa­thy Suite Palms Casino Re­sort, Las Ve­gas Price per night: $100,000

This 9,000-square-foot du­plex sky villa over­look­ing the Ve­gas Strip, is the most ex­pen­sive ho­tel room in the world, and it's made all the more ex­pen­sive by the ho­tel's min­i­mum-two-night-stay pol­icy.

The suite was de­signed by artist, Damien Hirst, and con­tains a medicine cab­i­net filled with di­a­monds. Vis­i­tors are greeted by two 13-foot bull sharks in a tank set into the suite wall. The room also fea­tures a 13-seat curved bar, two lounge and the­ater ar­eas that can ac­com­mo­date up to 52 guests, a can­tilevered Jacuzzi, a pri­vate heal­ing salt room, and two mas­sage rooms—be­cause let's face it, one is not enough.

Villa de Stephen The 13, Ma­cau Price per night: $100,000

The 13 is the most lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel ever built, at an es­ti­mated cost of $1.4 bil­lion—or $7 mil­lion per room. It comes as lit­tle sur­prise, there­fore, that the ho­tel is also home to one of the most ex­pen­sive suites: The Villa de Stephen.

The 30,000 square-foot villa is named af­ter Stephen Hung, co-chair­man of The 13 Hold­ings Limited, which owns the ho­tel. The suite is ac­cessed via a pri­vate el­e­va­tor and oc­cu­pies al­most a whole storey on the ho­tel's top floor. In­side, the rooms are in­spired by Baroque, with fres­cos, or­nate fur­ni­ture and sculp­tures as far as the eye can see. The 13 also pos­sesses an im­pres­sive fleet of red and gold Rolls-Royce Phan­toms, with one re­served specif­i­cally for Villa de Stephen.

Grand Pent­house

The Mark Ho­tel, New York City Price per night: $86,000

The Grand Pent­house is New York's most ex­pen­sive ho­tel room, and at 12,000 square feet, it is also the largest. The apart­ment, which is re­port­edly worth $60 mil­lion, was re­cently ren­o­vated and is now ready for book­ings. It com­prises five bed­rooms, six bath­rooms and a grand liv­ing room spread across two floors, as well as a 2,500 square-foot ter­race with panoramic views across Cen­tral Park.

Royal Pent­house

Ho­tel Pres­i­dent Wil­son, Geneva Price per night: $80,000

This 18,080 square-foot pent­house of­fers one of the best views in Switzer­land, with floorto-ceil­ing bay win­dows that look out onto both Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.

Se­cu­rity is para­mount at the Royal Pent­house, with added “ex­tras” such as bul­let­proof glass, ar­mored doors, a panic room, a gi­ant for­ti­fied safe, CCTV sys­tems and a Heli­pad. The suite comes with a pri­vate lift, as well as a round-the-clock per­sonal as­sis­tant, pri­vate chef and but­ler. As for in­te­ri­ors, on en­ter­ing the pent­house, guests are greeted by a 1930 Brunswick bil­liard ta­ble, Stein­way grand pi­ano, and Bang & Olufsen home cin­ema sys­tem. With a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of lux­ury and safety, it's no won­der high pro­file fam­i­lies such as the Clin­tons and the Gates have cho­sen to stay there.

De­lana Hill­top Es­tate

Lau­cala Is­land, Fiji Price per night: $64,000

Lau­cala Is­land in Fiji is a pri­vate is­land home to just 25 vil­las—the Hill­top villa is the most prized of them. Perched atop one of the is­land's high­est points, the villa en­joys panoramic views, over­look­ing white sandy beaches, co­conut groves and lush green rain­for­est.

With 1.5 acres of space, the De­lana Hill­top Es­tate is a re­sort in­side a re­sort. It con­sists of three build­ings, two guest res­i­dences, a jacuzzi and in­fin­ity swim­ming pool supplied by a wa­ter­fall. The suite also comes with a pri­vate cook, a chauf­feur and a nanny, as well as jet skis and pri­vate boat. If all of this isn't enough, then the ho­tel gives guests the op­tion of rent­ing the en­tire is­land for $170,000 per night.

Pent­house Suite Grand Hy­att Cannes (Hô­tel Martinez), Cannes, France Price per night: $53,000

The Grand Hy­att Cannes wit­nesses its fair share of Hol­ly­wood glamor dur­ing the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val which is held in the re­sort town ev­ery year, but it also at­tracts the rich and fa­mous all year round. The Art Deco ho­tel's 3,122-square­foot ter­race of­fers spec­tac­u­lar views of the Boule­vard de la Croisette, the bay and the ho­tel's pri­vate beach.

On the up­per­most floor of the ho­tel, guests will find the Pent­house Suite, com­plete with four master bed­rooms adorned with paint­ings by Pi­casso and Matisse. The lux­u­ri­ous suite comes with two grand liv­ing rooms, two din­ing rooms and mar­ble bath­rooms, as well as a pri­vate jacuzzi on the ter­race.

The Royal Villa Grand Re­sort Lag­o­nissi, Athens Price per night: $50,000

Perched on the edge of the Aegean Sea at Cape Sounio, this lux­u­ri­ous three-bed­room suite pam­pers guests with two pools (in­door and out­door), a 640 square-foot gar­den and even its own pri­vate beach.

It also comes with a pri­vate mas­sage area, gym and per­sonal trainer, as well as a chef, but­ler and VIP trans­port by he­li­copter and limou­sine.

Pent­house Suite Faena Ho­tel, Mi­ami Beach Price per night: $50,000

This Mi­ami Beach ho­tel, owned by Ar­gen­tine hote­lier Alan Faena, in­cludes a restau­rant run by celebrity chef Fran­cis Mall­mann, an ul­tra­lux­u­ri­ous spa, a cabaret-style the­ater, and a larger-than-life gilded woolly mam­moth sculp­ture by Damien Hirst.

Nat­u­rally, the 10,000-square-foot pent­house at the Faena Ho­tel is as over­the-top as the rest of the Art Deco-in­spired prop­erty. It boasts five bed­rooms, five bath­rooms, four pow­der rooms, a liv­ing room, a me­dia room, a great room, a chef 's kitchen, an open eat-in kitchen, and a laun­dry room. It also has an in­te­rior el­e­va­tor and a stair­case, as well as bal­conies with sun­set and sun­rise views. The ho­tel in­te­ri­ors were de­signed by film di­rec­tor Baz Luhrmann and his set de­signer wife, Cather­ine Martin.

Ty Warner Pent­house Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, New York City Price per night: $50,000

Hover­ing 700 feet above Man­hat­tan atop the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, this 4,300-square-foot suite of­fers a stun­ning 360-de­gree view of the city, as well as a $65,000 bed com­plete with 22-karat gold wo­ven through­out the cov­ers. The suite also boasts a wardrobe that cost al­most a mil­lion dol­lars, a pri­vate el­e­va­tor and an onyx-clad chro­mother­apy soak tub, which over­looks Cen­tral Park. For ev­ery guest, help is al­ways on hand, with a chauf­feur-driven Rolls-Royce and per­sonal but­ler ready to tend to your ev­ery need. The lux­ury suite is named af­ter the owner of the build­ing, Ty Warner, and re­port­edly cost $50 mil­lion to build.

Shahi Ma­hal Pres­i­den­tial Suite Raj Palace Ho­tel, Jaipur, In­dia Price per night: $45,000

This re­stored an­cient royal cas­tle, is lo­cated in one of In­dia's most well-known her­itage sites. The op­u­lent pres­i­den­tial suite glim­mers in gold leaf, stucco, ivory, sil­ver, or­nate mir­rors and fur­ni­ture, and Ital­ian mar­ble floors.

The 17th cen­tury prop­erty has a po­tent blend of his­tory, lux­ury and state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy. Roy­alty and movie stars have been drawn like mag­nets to the 16,000-square-foot suite that comes with six bed­rooms, grand liv­ing rooms, a din­ing room, home the­ater sys­tem, gym, spa, pool, of­fice and li­brary.

The Grand Riad The Royal Mansour, Mar­rakech Price per night: $44,000

The Grand Riad was de­signed by or­der of Morocco's King Mohammed VI, which might ex­plain the gold-plated walls, ter­ra­cotta pink fa­cade and onyx floors. The three-story Riad, built in tra­di­tional Moroc­can style, is lo­cated in the most tran­quil part of the ho­tel com­plex. It houses three bed­rooms, a rooftop with views of the At­las Moun­tains, and a shel­tered court­yard with foun­tains and a pool set in a pri­vate gar­den. Add to this a pri­vate cin­ema room, pri­vate gym, and of course a pri­vate Moroc­can ham­mam and you have the per­fect com­bi­na­tion.

Royal Bridge Suite

The At­lantis Palm, Dubai Price per night: $36,000

One of Dubai's most iconic ho­tels, the At­lantis, The Palm's most ex­pen­sive room—The Royal Bridge Suite—is ac­cessed via pri­vate el­e­va­tor. The three­bed­room suite sits on the ho­tel's 22nd floor and spans a mas­sive 9,945 square feet, stretch­ing out to form the bridge that con­nects the two At­lantis tow­ers. Two grand ter­races of­fer panoramic views of the pris­tine blue wa­ters of the Ara­bian Sea and the Palm Is­land. It also comes with a pri­vate li­brary, a me­dia cen­ter, a mas­sage room, and a 24-hour ded­i­cated team of chefs and but­lers.

These fea­tures have en­ticed many celebri­ties and A-lis­ters from all over the world into choos­ing to spend the night, in­clud­ing Kim Kar­dashian, Char­l­ize Theron, Kylie Minogue, Justin Tim­ber­lake and Naomi Camp­bell. Bol­ly­wood megas­tar Sharukh Khan, also chose At­lantis, The Palm as the lo­ca­tion for his movie “Happy New Year” and stayed in The Royal Bridge Suite.

The Royal Suite

St. Regis Saadiyat Is­land Re­sort, Abu Dhabi Price per night: $35,000

This 22,600 square-foot suite is the largest in the U.A.E.'s cap­i­tal city, and the most ex­pen­sive. It oc­cu­pies the top two floors of the re­sort's west wing, and comes with a pri­vate movie the­ater, game room, spa, sauna and out­door swim­ming pool.

Grac­ing the first floor is a Stein­way grand pi­ano and the liv­ing room fea­tures sweep­ing views of the Ara­bian Gulf. Earth tones of beige, sand, teal and blue are used to dec­o­rate the suite and evoke the ho­tel's sea and desert sur­round­ings. There is a din­ing room that seats 12, and meals can be catered through the ho­tel's but­ler ser­vice. Guests de­scend the elab­o­rate wind­ing stair­case to ar­rive at the master bed­room, which takes up the en­tire lower floor and in­cludes an ex­pan­sive walk-in closet, dress­ing area, spa, sauna, and ocean-fac­ing bath­room with dou­ble shower and bath­tub.

Royal Two Bed­room Suite

The Burj Al-Arab, Dubai Price per night: $27,000

This 8,396-square-foot suite lets you live like roy­alty, with its glam­orous fur­nish­ings and op­u­lent color schemes, as well as the added bonus of breath­tak­ing views of the Ara­bian Gulf. The suite boasts su­per sleep tech­nol­ogy—with 14 pil­low types, Egyp­tian cot­tons, ei­der­down du­vets, re­mote cur­tains, and pos­ture-con­trolled king beds en­sur­ing a rest­ful stay. The suite also has an el­e­va­tor, cin­ema room, li­brary, dis­creet check-in, but­lers, Rolls-Royce chauf­feurs, and a heli­pad.

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