International travel has never been more accessible. From budget airlines to pay-per-hour sleep tanks, globe-trotting no longer needs to break the bank.
But, at the other end of the scale, luxury jet-setting has never been so expensive – as Elite Traveler has proved with their annual guide of the world’s Top 100 Suites.
Released this week, the latest run-down has ranked the globe’s most extraordinary places to stay in a definitive chart. From secluded islands in the tropics to some of the world’s most exciting cities, no stone has been left un-turned.
Read on to discover what makes these suites the priciest in the world…
1) Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson, Geneva £62,000 per night ($ 80,000)
Lap of luxury: Spanning a massive 18,000-sq-ft, the Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson boasts panoramic views overlooking the Alps and is believed to be the best hotel suite, anywhere
A favorite among heads-of-states and celebrities such as Richard Branson, Rihanna and Bill Gates, the 12-bedroom penthouse, on Lake Geneva, covers the entire eighth floor of the hotel.
Spanning a massive 18,000-sq-ft, it boasts panoramic views overlooking the Alps and is believed to be the best hotel suite, anywhere in the world.
As well as a personal chef, butler and security team, perfumes emanate from the wardrobes of the 12 bedrooms – each with an en-suite bathroom – and guests can either play billiards or have a tinkle on the Steinway grand piano for entertainment.
And after a hard day seeing the sights of the the Swiss capital they can relax with the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision flat-screen TV and audio installation – or simply just admire their sumptuous surroundings.
2) Maharajah Pavilion at Raj Palace, Jaipur, India – £50,000 per night ($ 65,000)
Get saving! The four-floor, 16,000-sq-ft apartment at the Raj Palace, Jaipur, is perhaps unsurprisingly the largest suite in Asia and was once the home of the maharajah
Compared to Geneva’s President Wilson, the Maharajah Pavilion at India’s Raj Palace is practically a bargain – if you happen to have a spare £50,000 in your bank account.
The four-floor, 16,000-sq-ft apartment is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the largest in Asia and was once the home of the maharajah.
Think gold leaf décor and mirror walls, as well as gold and silver furniture, a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool.
One of the most impressive rooms is the double-height reception room, with a giant chandelier, topped off with lashings of red velvet. Fit for a king, you might say.
3) Ty Warner Penthouse at Four Seasons, New York – £38,000 per night ($ 50,000)
Now that’s a view: Soaring 500 feet above Manhattan, guests of the Ty Warner Penthouse enjoy panoramic views of Manhattan from the suite’s four cantilevered glass balconies, the highest in the world
If you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple, you may as well stay in a big suite. And this is it.
Soaring 500 feet above Manhattan, guests of the Ty Warner Penthouse enjoy panoramic views of Manhattan from the suite’s four cantilevered glass balconies, the highest in the world.
A chauffeured Rolls-Royce; dedicated Guest Relations Manager; and massages are also at your disposal. This one-of-a-kind suite truly is the crown jewel in NYC’s ultimate luxury hotel.
The Ty Warner Penthouse is a one-bedroom accommodation. Should a second bedroom be required, the suite’s private spa can be converted to a second bedroom, upon request.
4) Hilltop Villa at Laucala Island, Fiji – £34,000 per night ($ 45,000)
Private and confidential: The hilltop residence in Fiji is billed as ‘a resort within a resort’, offering rooms for six guests
Set up high on a green hill on an island owned by Red Bull co-founder Dietrick Mateschitz, the hilltop residence is billed as ‘a resort within a resort’, offering rooms for six guests when the business mogul isn’t staying there.
It is the crown jewel of nearly two dozen luxury villas, boasting panoramic views of the island and sea, nearly 120,000 square feet of bedroom space, a private cook, chauffeur and nanny, and access to a private airstrip.
When it’s time to leave the comforts of this temporary home away from home, guests can retreat to a golf course, hike to waterfalls, go diving in the sea or learn how to ride a horse at an on-site training facility.
Those who choose to pamper themselves at the spa can pick their own spices, herbs, flowers and fruits, and create an oil, soap or lotion to their liking.
5) Five-bedroom Terrace Suite at The Mark, New York – £34,000 per night ($ 45,000)
Big apple of our eye: The cavernous suite has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a stately dining room that can seat 24 people, and a 2,500-sq-ft rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of the city’s skyline and Central Park
Set in New York’s Upper East Side, The Mark Hotel’s 12,000-sq-ft penthouse is sheer extravagance.
The cavernous suite has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a stately dining room that can seat 24 people, and a 2,500 square foot rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of the city’s skyline and Central Park.
Billed as a ‘castle in the sky’, the palatial space is more like a grand residence than a hotel suite, covering the top two floors of a 1927 landmark building.
Designed by French interior designer Jacques Grange, the suite boasts a private lift and a living room that can be converted into a full-size grand ballroom with 26-ft high ceilings and a grand piano.
6) Penthouse Suite at Grand Hyatt Cannes, Martinez, France – £31,000 per night ($ 41,930)
Celeb fave: Eva Longoria, Bruce Willis and Robert Pattinson have all stayed in the famous suite during the Cannes Film Festival
Situated on the seventh floor of the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez, the penthouse suite measures 300-sq-ft and features four bedrooms.
As well as a living room, dining room and marble bathroom, guests can enjoy a large private terrace that looks out over the Bay of Cannes and the famous Boulevard de la Croisette.
There is also artworks by Picasso, a personal butler service, as well as the use of a jacuzzi and a hammam.
Eva Longoria, Bruce Willis, and Robert Pattinson have all stayed in the famous suite during the annual Cannes Film Festival.
7) Penthouse Suite at Hotel Cala di Volpe, Sardinia, Italy – £31,000 per night ($ 41,177)
House-sized: The Penthouse Suite at Hotel Cala di Volpe, Sardinia, can comfortably host up to nine people
Porto Cervo is a playground for the rich and famous, but one penthouse suite sits head and shoulders above the rest at the Hotel Cala Di Volpe.
For £31,000 a night, guests can enjoy the three-bedroomed luxury, with sweeping views of the azure coastline.
The room also comes with a solarium, a fitness area and a private swimming pool with a large terracotta-tiled terrace.
8) Suite 5000 at Mandarin Oriental, New York – £27,800 per night ($ 36,000)
Glamour: Suite 5000 at Mandarin Oriental, New York, drips style and is one of the city’s most popular hideaways
As the name might suggest, Suite 5000 offers luxury at every turn.
From the light-reflecting Swarovski crystal wall to the floor-to-ceiling windows with Manhattan skyline views to the artistic portraits and sculptures adorning the space, which you can buy with the push of an iPad button.
Not to mention, the suite is the only one in the world to partner with Dior to offer the exclusive Dior Cabine fashion experience.
Just say the word, and the staff will haul in the latest collection for you to peruse in privacy and comfort.
9) The Two-story Sky Villa at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas – £27,000 per night ($ 35,000)
Ker-ching! This features a glass-enclosed cantilevered pool, private terraces, fitness rooms and 24-hour butler service
Complete with a personal glass elevator, this 9,000-sq-ft palace welcomes you to a world of splendor.
The Two Story Sky Villa is the highest of high-class featuring jaw-dropping highlights such as a glass-enclosed cantilevered pool, private terraces, massage and fitness rooms and 24-hour butler service.
For your money you’ll get two king and two double queen beds, plus a living room, dining room, two salon suites and 5.5 Bathrooms.
10) The Royal Suite at Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris, France – £23,000 per night ($ 30,745)
Location, location, location: Situated in the heart of Haute Couture, on the renowned avenue Montaigne,this suite has some of the most magnificent views of the French capital
Lavishly decorated with French Regency furniture, stunning antiques and touches of silk and damask, the suite speaks to the city’s history and beauty.
The expansive suite has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, in addition to a luxurious sitting room, dining room and kitchen, making it ideal for families.
From the balconies, you’ll enjoy stunning views of avenue Montaigne and the Eiffel Tower.
When booking a signature suite, stay includes round trip local airport/main line train station transfers, bottle of Krug champagne and complimentary Wi-Fi.
THE TOP 10 LARGEST SUITES
· Penthouse Suite at Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel, Martinez, France – 17,975 sq ft
· Royal Suite at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, UAE – 16,867 sq ft
· Maharajah Pavilion at Raj Palace, Jaipur, India – 16,000 sq ft
· Amanyara Villa at Amanyara, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – 14,450 sq ft
· Two-story Sky Villa at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, USA – 9,000 sq ft
· Presidential Suite at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, China – 8,482 sq ft
· Presidential Villa at Royal Begonia, Sanya, China – 7,180 sq ft
· The Royal Villa at Grand resort Lagonissi, Greece – 6,458 sq ft
· Villa Rose Pierre at Grand-hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, France – 5,920 sq ft
· Summit View Penthouse at Montage Deer Valley, USA – 5,300 sq ft
Source: Elite Traveller