1. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE [ book here ]
This hotel is unanimously the most luxurious, according to some of the best connoisseurs. The approximate building cost being $3 billion, this palatial hotel, which offers a genuinely royal experience, has been built with marble from 13 countries and features over a 1,000 chandeliers! It comes with a total of 394 rooms and suites, 40 meeting places, along with some other breathtaking facilities. The marina development of the Emirates Palace is also regarded as the best in the whole of the Middle East.
2. Mardan Palace Hotel, Turkey [ book here ]
Opening in 2009 after costing approximately $1.65 billion in building, this is almost a divine offering from Russian billionaire TelmanIsmailov. Located in Antalya, Turkey, the Mardan Palace Hotel happens to have the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean which can accommodate, urm, 1000 guests. The intricate interiors come with gold leaves, crystal and Italian marble, while the beach was made from 9,000 tons of white sand imported from Egypt. The hotel features 10 dining areas, 17 bars, a spa where you would feel like remaining for the rest of your life, and a sunken aquarium having exotic marine species.
3. The Westin Excelsior, Rome, Italy [ book here ]
This is the oldest in the list, being thrown open for the guests in 1906 that it was. Located in the classic Via Veneto district between the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens &Galary, it upholds every bit of the classical values of hospitality that it promises. Their masterpiece, the Villa La Cupola suite is the largest in Italy with its unique luxury cocoon covering two floors and was recently renovated with a $7 million budget. The classical architectural décor features hand-frescoed domes in cathedral styles. It offers the best views of its ancient surroundings.
4. Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, UAE [ book here ]
Dubai never fails to amaze with its modern architectural marvels, and the resemblance to a billowing sail makes the Burj Al Arab Hotel one of the most photographed man-made features in the world. Speaking of luxury, all the rooms happen to be luxury suites occupying two floors. Opening in 1999, this is the world’s first 7-star hotel. This hotel also happens to have its own heliport, along with amenities that seem straight out of sci-fi movies, like hovering tennis courts and amazing dining and clubbing features. Made specifically to cater to the poshest guests including royalty, the hotel has its own fleet of Rolls Royce driven by chauffeurs.
5. The Boulders, Arizona, USA [ book here ]
Featuring otherworldly 12 million-year-old rock structures and spanning around 1,300 acres of the Sonoran desert in Arizona, this is nature experienced at its luxurious best. Their two golf courses happen to be among the most prestigious of their kind in the world and their spa compound is simply HUGE. The hotel also features the Villa Retreat, an ultra off-limits area designed to cater to celebrities who want to remain anonymous. And the details of those stays are not made public during their lifetime, according to Deborah Bridges, a PR rep. Exclusive, huh?
6. The Plaza, New York City, USA [ book here ]
Granted a National Historic Landmark tag in 1969, The Plaza in New York City has been serving guests since 1907. Thanks to sporting the best views of Manhattan, The Plaza is the top choice for VIPs visiting the Big Apple which cluttered with some of the best and most famous hotels in the world. Especially popular is the beautiful Royal Plaza Suite with all its old world charm. Some classic Hollywood movies to have been shot at The Plaza, New York are North by Northwest, The Front, Home Alone 2, The Great Gatsby, among others. The hotel also offers drool-worthy services for pets.
7. Marquis Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Mexico [ book here ]
One of the most luxurious hotels in the world which derives its inspiration from a legend of two angels looking for paradise on earth beside the sea. Need we say more? The Marquis Los Cabos is in an elite seaside neighborhood with the likes of George Clooney next door. With its custom-made sculptures, huge waterfalls and visually delightful infinity pools, the Marquis Los Cabos seems to have been mostly successful in keeping up with the legend. From the balconies in its rooms, you can often watch migrating whales and dolphins and albatrosses out in the open sea. The hotel also offers private villas which come with their own pools.
8. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas, Caribbean Islands [ book here ]
Inspired by the legendary city of Atlantis, the Atlantis Paradise Hotel is one of the topmost destinations in the Bahamas and spans over an area of 141 acres. The icing on the cake is the Royal Towers Bridge Suite located on the 23rd floor of the hotel which stretches over 10 royally decorated rooms with 12 feet ceilings, wall length windows, its own formal dining area, a chandelier made with 22-karat gold, whirlpool tubs along with many other such awe-inspiring features.
9. Ivory Lodge Lion Sands, South Africa [ book here ]
Taking a break from urban wonders, a stay in the Ivory lodge Lion Sands is the best chance you can get of living the bush life for a few days without compromising on luxury. The recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, each of the 6 suites of the hotel operate as a private villa and comes with its own rim flow pool, lounge and other such facilities, surrounded by African bush in all its wilderness. Located in the Kruger National park, it of course offers all the customary safari amenities, along with some of the most exquisite dishes. You can even avail of the tree-house facilities for the ultimate African jungle experience. This is especially recommended for adrenaline junkies.
10. Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand [ book here ]
Situated in Thailand’s fourth largest yet the least populated island of Koh Kood in the Gulf of Siam, it takes a 1.5 hour ride to reach this place from the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Built on hillsides overlooking the sea among one of the oldest rainforests in the world, it boasts of 36 private villas which are among the world’s largest. You get to experience the best of Asian lifestyle with barefoot living and witnessing fishermen going about their daily routine around the natural beaches. Offering some of the best Asian dishes, you also get to experience tropical wildlife and marine underwater life through customary tours. If you are looking for some peace amidst nature among one of the oldest cultures in the world, Soneva Kiri is the place for you.
Along with offering you some of the most memorable experiences of your life, these hotels also happen to be remarkable achievements of our race in terms of imagination and skill. If money be no bar for you, book a stay in any of these places the next time you are nearby and pay tribute to some of the best architectural accomplishments.