As the number of millionaires in the world grows, so does the desire for the best luxury accommodations. Some hotels are so expensive, that most of us can only dream of staying there. But for the lucky few with money, here is a list of the 10 most expensive hotels in the world.
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1. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Sir Richard Branson’s 74-acre private island is unquestionably one of the most idyllic places in the Caribbean. Branson first purchased the island in 1978 and it is now part of Virgin’s portfolio of unique retreats. There is a dedicated team of staff plus more than 200 flamingos who are all part of the Necker family. Normally the entire island is hired privately by an individual or group. It is 62,000 per night, but for that money, you can invite up to 30 adults and be served by a team of approximately 70 staff members.
2. North Island, Seychelles
North Island is located in the Seychelles. An island nation, set in the Indian Ocean and blessed with the most beautiful beaches in the world. The North Island is one the world’s most exclusive island hideaways. The island has 11 opulent hand-crafted villas overlooking the pristine, powder-white sands and turquoise waters. North Island comes with its own health spa, gym, library, dive centre and a rim-flow swimming pool. The resort hosted Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 for their honeymoon. Room rates start at €2,765 per night per person for the lowest room category (presidential villa) inclusive of food and beverages.
3. Laucala Island, Fiji
Laucala is a private island refuge located in the South Pacific. It unites dramatic rainforest-laced landscapes and white sandy beaches. Laucala offers unparalleled levels of luxury and privacy. It epitomises the seclusion and graceful hospitality for which the Fijian archipelago is famed. No expense has been spared at the exclusive tropical hideaway, where 25 Fijian-styled villas are set amid coconut plantations and beside deserted beaches, overlooking fertile coral reefs and endless jungle. Room rates start at US$5,500 per night for the cheapest room category (US$10,000 per night for the most luxurious villa) inclusive of food and beverages.
4. The Brando, French Polynesia
Located on the breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa. The Brando is a unique luxury resort set upon French Polynesia’s atoll. It is composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. The Brando offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. With access to the island by private plane, the resort features 35 villas on white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles, manta rays and exotic birds. The resort is designed to reflect the Polynesian lifestyle and culture. Room rates start at €3,000 per night for the cheapest room category (one-bedroom villa) inclusive of food and beverages.
5. Mombo and Little Mombo Camp, Botswana
Mombo Camp is situated on the northern point of Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta. It has been built under large, shady trees overlooking a floodplain generally filled with wildlife. It’s nine spacious en-suite tents are raised two metres from the ground, with a long veranda with both indoor and outdoor showers. Mombo Camp’s main living, bar and dining areas are set under thatch. There are two plunge pools in which to soak and a gym to work off the excellent food. Little Mombo which is situated on Chief’s Island, is a smaller and more intimate camp and has its own dining and lounge area with a sparkling pool. Room rates at Mombo start at US$1,783 per night per person in low season, inclusive all meals and camp activities.
6. Velaa Private Island, Maldives
An exceptional private luxury retreat in Noonu atoll with 45 all-pool villas. Velaa Private Island offers Michelin-star cuisine and one of the finest wine cellars in the Indian Ocean archipelago. It also boasts world-class watersports including its own private submarine. The exceptional facilities extend to the only Clarins spa in the Maldives and a ‘short game’ golf academy designed by two-time Masters Champion, Jose Maria Olazabal. This is currently the Maldives’ most expensive resort. Room rates start at US$2,400 per night for the cheapest room category (US$23,000 per night for the most luxurious villa) exclusive of food and beverages.
7. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand
The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle offers an unforgettable experience of Northern Thailand. Experience the unique three or four-night excursions, where you can experience the adventure of a lifetime trekking with elephants through lush jungle and spectacular mountain trails. In between excursions, you can unwind in one of the 15 superb luxury tented accommodations, which feature stunning views and handcrafted furnishings. As the sun rises over Northern Thailand, you will hear monks chant at a nearby monastery and enjoy watching geckos. Room rates start at US$2,200 per night for the cheapest tent category, inclusive of food and beverages.
8. Amanyara, Turks & Caicos Islands
Set on the beautiful island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Amanyara is a secluded haven embracing the best elements of the Caribbean. Bordering the pristine reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park, which is acclaimed for some of the world’s best wall and reef diving. The ultra-luxurious resort is blessed with crystal clear turquoise water and powder-white beaches. It offers 40 timber-shingled Guest Pavilions tucked along the coast and a number of Aman Villas. The resort enjoys a contemporary layout and design. Room rates start at US$1,500 per night for the cheapest villa category in low season (US$30,000 per night for the most luxurious villa in high season) exclusive of food and beverages.
9. Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, a glittering architectural marvel, set in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, is more than just a stunning hotel. It is a symbol of modern Dubai. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s oversized suite-only accommodation offers discreet check-in within your rooms, a private reception on every floor and a host of personal butlers who offer unparalleled hospitality. Soothe your soul in your spa-like bathroom with Jacuzzi, mosaic floor and full-size Hermes products. Room rates start at US$1,400 per night for a ‘standard’ suite in low season, exclusive of food and beverages. In high season, you can easily pay more than US$5,000 for a suite per night.
10. Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine surrounding wilderness. You will come face-to-face with sea lions, kangaroos and koalas. The island is called “Australia’s Galapagos” for its abundant wildlife. The Lodge’s 21 eco-chic luxury suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the incredible view, sunken lounges that are perfect for relaxing. Room rates start at a ‘modest’ $1,050 per night per person for a ‘standard’ room, which includes all dining, open bar with premium wines, spirits and island airport transfers.
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