THERE’S luxury travel and then there’s off-the-charts, you-gotta-be-kidding travel. In this list, the hotels fall in the latter category.
Would you spend the value of a house or a car just for a night’s stay in one of these hotels?
Presidential Suite, Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur
Approximately US$45,000 per night
This suite at Raj Palace Hotel is truly fit for a Maharaja. Indeed, if you find yourself resting your head on the silk sheets or gold furniture, you’ll have shared this not only with the Maharajas of old, but the royalty of the modern world including movie stars.
This royal experience features four floors, six bedrooms, a private theater, a roof terrace with a whirlpool tub, a library, and private kitchen staff. Reportedly these were once the royal apartment blocks within the palace that dates back to the 1700s, which means that you also get your own private entrance through the Charbagh gardens.
If the suite is outside your budget, there’s also the Maharaja’s Pavilion at US$15,000 per night or other cheaper suites where heads of other royal families have stayed. There are also a number of rooms, each with their own charm and vista, starting from US$550/night.
The Hilltop Estate Owner’s Accommodation, Laucala Island Resort, Fiji
Approximately US$40,000 per night
At the privately owned island resort of Laucala, guests have to apply to stay at the Hilltop Estate and await approval. The lot’s owner is Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz and you can only stay here when he’s away.
The estate boasts 360-degree views over some of the most gorgeous jungle island and untouched reef views in the world. The hilltop villas are on the island’s highest hilltop and have sun decks, infinity pools, jacuzzis, al-fresco dining areas, a private nanny, a cook, and a chauffeur.
If that’s a little out of your league, you can slum it down at one of the 25 villas for US$5000 a night. One of the great things about the property is that it’s self-sustaining and produces 80 percent of everything it needs. They take just 89 guests and have 370 staff; an incredible staff-to-guest ratio that means you are guaranteed that all your desires are met.
Island activities include horseback riding, a welcome massage, gourmet dining and general lazing in complete opulence. One added bonus for those with their own jet: You can fly directly to Laucala and have your international procedures taken care of on request.
Presidential Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, Japan
Approximately US$25,000 per night
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The Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo offers you 307 square meters of unparalleled luxury. That means a four-poster bed in the master bedroom, a personal concierge, living room, access to a gym and indoor pool, a marble bathroom and views of the Imperial Palace and Roppongi Hills.
It’s also worth mentioning that the hotel is located on the top nine floors of the Midtown Tower, Tokyo’s tallest building, so that means all rooms come with a glittering view of the city skyline.
In keeping with the superlatives, the Ritz-Carlton is also known for its Diamonds-Are-Forever martini that costs a cool US$18,000. Before you choke, do note that you get to keep the Bulgari diamond at the bottom of the glass.
The Presidential Suite, Mandarin Oriental, Shanghai
Approximately US$23,000 per night
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There’s every chance you’ll want to make the most of the hotel’s 24-hour stay policy in this suite. And considering it takes up most of the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, there’s no real reason you won’t.
For a cool 23 grand, you can enjoy your own private wine cellar, a fully equipped kitchen, a private dining room, meeting room, two roof gardens, maid service twice a day, butler service, flexible check-in, and great views over Shanghai’s stunning skyline.
A bonus is the 50 square meter bathroom with a large bathtub and its own steam room. The suite can fit up to five people.