Hotels around the world strive to offer a lavish experience for customers that stay in their rooms but some go above and beyond when it comes to catering for the rich and famous. Here are 10 of the most incredibly luxurious hotels from around the world.
10. Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, USA
We start this list in the United States but away from the usual suspects located in New York and Washington DC. The Chateau Marmont is a popular hotel built back in 1929 for some of Hollywood’s A-listers with the building drawing inspiration from Chateau d’Amboise located in the French Loire Valley. There are both hotel rooms and Spanish villas available on-site and The Garden restaurant boasts famous chef Carolynn Spence at the helm.
9. Burj al-Arab, Dubai
Decadence and wealth are the buzz words in Dubai and Burj Al Arab offers both in overwhelming abundance. It stands as the fourth tallest hotel in the world and was built on an artificial beach. The hotel took 5 years to build and was finally finished in 1999 at a cost of $1 billion. 202 rooms are available across 56 floors. The stunning design is what puts the hotel ahead of the competition with the interior atrium reaching a height of 590 feet tall. Such is the level of luxury associated with the hotel that it has been labeled as the “world’s only 7-star hotel”.
8. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
Sun, sea, and sand are the order of the day at Atlantis Paradise Island. Originally opened back in 1998, the hotel is relatively new compared to some of the older hotels across the world. Its idyllic position on Paradise Island in the Bahamas offers serene views of the ocean and golden sands. It offers a staggering 3,805 ocean-themed suites. The hotel is also built around the Aquaventure waterscape which holds Mayan Temple slides, The Rapid River, Power Tower, Splashers, The Dig, and an 18-hole championship golf course.
7. Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton is a name that transcends cultures and borders with it being globally renowned as one of the most luxurious brands in the hotel industry. The Tokyo venue is up there with the finest in the world. Located on floors 45 to 53 in the Midtown Tower skyscraper it is an understated position but this does not lessen its lavish offerings. Possessing 248 rooms it also boasts Japan’s most expensive Presidential suite that costs a stunning $20,000 per night to book.
6. Westin Excelsior, Rome, Italy
This luxurious hotel in the centre of the capital city of Italy was initially opened way back in 1906 and has been visited by some of the world’s most glamorous stars over the years. It was purchased by Qatari-based firm Katara Hospitality in 2015 for approximately $250 million. There are 281 rooms with 35 luxury suites. The hotel is renowned for its famous cupola that gives it a recognisable architecture and the two-storey Villa la Cupola is regarded as one of the most beautifully extravagant suites in the world holding seven bedrooms and a cinema.
5. Mandarin Oriental, London, UK
Not many hotels around the world can match the Mandarin Oriental for its sheer majestic presence with its Edwardian-style architecture. Located on Hyde Park, the hotel could not be more conveniently situated in the English capital city and has been a part of the London landscape for over 110 years after first opening back in 1902. It is a venue that comes with 173 rooms and 25 executive suites. It also hosts legendary events such as the Balaclava Ball and has been frequently visited by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
4. InterContinental, Hong Kong
This is one of the more recently opened hotels on this list having only opened its doors to the public in 2001. It comes with 503 rooms, 87 suites, and is ideally situated close to some of Hong Kong’s most-loved tourist attractions such as Hong Kong Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong Space Museum, and Star Ferry Pier. The Presidential Suite is one of the most expensive hotel rooms to book in the world at $13,715 per night. It is also home to the famous Nobu restaurant that is the brain child of world famous chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.
3. Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo, Monaco
The solitary casino hotel on this list comes in the form of the Hotel de Paris. It is one of the oldest hotels in the world having originally opened its doors in 1863 and is still consistently listed on the Conde Nast Traveller Gold List. There are 187 rooms with 59 Exclusive Sea View rooms, 20 Exclusive City View rooms, and 29 Supreme Courtyard View rooms. It is home to some fabulous restaurants including the Michelin 3-star Louis XV and Michelin-starred Le Grill restaurant. The presence of the casino also allows for guests to enjoy a flutter during their stay. The fact that online gambling has been legalised since 2010 in France and is regulated by the independent ARJEL authority means players can get their practice in for the slots on their mobile phone before hitting the casino floor.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, India
Being set within 26 acres of stunning greenery in the middle of India is always going to give a hotel a head start but the Umaid Bhawan Palace takes full of advantage of its surroundings to maximise its appeal. This 5-star hotel dominates the skyline in Jodhpur and comes with 70 guest rooms including the Regal and Vice Regal Suites that take quintessential lavish living to a new level. It was first opened in 1943 after taking 15 years to be built after construction began in 1928. It was officially named as the best hotel in the world by TripAdvisor in the Traveller’s Choice Award category.
1. Mirihi Island Resort, Mirihi, Maldives
Mirihi Island Resort is undoubtedly the most unique hotel on this list because it is essentially its own island. It is only sized at 300 metres by 50 metres in the Alif Dhaal Atoll region of the Maldives. It has 36 guest bungalows that are propped up on wooden boardwalks above the sea. The reef of the island is its most iconic feature and can be easily accessed via the beach. This offers isolated and peaceful living in a luxurious setting that cannot be matched anywhere in the world.