Whether you are travelling for business or for pleasure, it’s always nice to enjoy a little luxury – or a lot. For a truly opulent experience, these magnificent, extravagant hotels are truly the last word in luxury – but a word of warning, it’s quite likely that you’ll never want to leave!
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
No list of the world’s best in luxury would be complete without the undisputed king of them all, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. The Burj Al Arab occupies its own island, connected to Jumeirah beach and the rest of the mainland through a private bridge. Although often debated, the Burj is consistently cited as the world’s first seven star hotel – why not splash out on a stay and decide for yourself? For the very best of the best, the Burj’s Royal Suite, occupies the entire 25th floor, and is the epitome of opulence. Featuring its own private elevator, cinema, dining area and library. with a marble and gold staircase opening onto a sprawling master bedroom, complete with a rotating four poster bed. Helicopter transfers are also available upon request.
The exclusive Ritz-Carlton suite at the five star hotel of the same name offers unrivalled, panoramic views of many of the iconic sites of Moscow – including the Kremlin, the Red Square and St Basils Cathedral. When you’re finished gazing out the window, relax amongst the Russian Imperial-style setting of your grand abode, and perhaps take in a movie in the state-of-the art private entertainment system.
InterContinental, Hong Kong
The Presidential Suite at the Intercontinental is easily the largest in Hong Kong, and often cited as the most lavish in the entire Asia Pacific region. Your every need will be attended to, with a personal on-call butler available 24 hours a day. The suite also boasts five spacious bedrooms, as well as a private rooftop terrace, complete with infinity pool and Jacuzzi, offering sweeping views over the city skyline and harbour. Add to this your own gym, study and steam room, and you’ll never want to go home.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul
This sprawling, lavish hotel occupies a huge space on the shore of Bosporus in Istanbul. The hotel buildings themselves are beautiful, impeccably restored and converted palaces of the Sultan Abdulaziz – the Ciragain Palace hotel allows you to experience the exclusive panoramic views over the peninsula. This is a hotel truly fit for royalty. The Sultan Suite is one of the largest in Europe, and features a private steam room, a gold-plated and crystal-finished bathroom.
President Wilson Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland
The Royal Penthouse Suite of the President Wilson hotel is among the largest and most luxurious hotel suites in the world. Featuring 12 rooms and 12 bathrooms, the Royal suite also boasts a private elevator, terrace and fitness centre. Unwind and play a tune on the Steinway grand piano, or catch a film on the innovative, world-class Bang & Olufsen BeoVision entertainment system. Explore the city’s beautiful parks in just a few minutes’ walk, and take in the crystal-blue Lake Geneva, and impressive peak of Mont-Blanc in the background.
The Plaza Hotel, New York
This iconic hotel has long been a favourite of visiting dignitaries, celebrities and royalty – and it’s not hard to see why. The hotel is furnished in a rich, art-decorative style, and is right in the centre of the action in downtown Manhattan. The 3 bedroom Royal Suite is the most luxurious in the hotel, with a formal dining room for 12, a personal library and gym, and a personal dressing room. The bathrooms are finished with a unique marble mosaic pattern, inspired by the leaves of nearby Central Park.
Park Hyatt, Sydney
The Governor’s Suite of the Park Hyatt, located in the historic Rocks area of Sydney, is one of the most lavish in Australia, and ranks among the very best hotel suites in the world. Perhaps most striking is the large Italian marble spa – looking out over the harbour through frosted glass panelling, offering truly one-of-a-kind views of the Sydney Opera House.
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