Have you ever wondered what it's like to stay at the most expensive luxury hotels in the world? From Humphrey Bogart's old stomping grounds to a hotel designed by Baz Luhrman himself, these luxury digs include the two most expensive hotel suites in the world, private islands, and more spas than the world reasonably needs amongst star-studded favorites and secret escapes. Infinity pools, hidden beaches, and suites fit for royals (and regularly used by them) await, but only if you're willing to spend a small fortune. Something tells us we won't be able to book our stay on a freelancer's budget.
To find out how much a Royal Villa costs, you’ll have to make a call to the Four Seasons bookings team (and your bank), but a standard two-bedroom accommodation alone already averages $2,610 per night. No matter where you stay, you’ll be able to enjoy deep soak tubs, a walk across their dramatic suspension bridge, and chakra ceremonies at their full-service spa. Enter their best and most expensive villa through its elegant rooftop to find open-sided dinging areas, a pool and sundeck overlooking the lush forest, and a rare collection of Indonesian art. Let the Ayung River soothe you to sleep as you read the royal villa's extensive amenities list.
If you have $11,450.23 lying around (before tax), head to the private island of Félicité, where you’ll find Six Sense Zil Payson’s thirty pool villas and three- to four-bedroom residences in their near-constant state of summer. Félicité is the first-largest island in Seychelles and one of its most stunning. If you book one of the hotel’s exclusive residence escapes, you’ll automatically receive an all-inclusive upgrade including meals, alc, laundry, spa, island shuttles, and boat transfers. Its villas offer scenic vistas through their glass fronts, including a clutch view of your private plunge pools, and guests can swing the day away in a hammock at the beach bar or enjoy a rum tasting in between coral reef dives and sunrise yoga sessions.
If you can’t afford a Bulgari bag (or don’t know when to spell the brand’s name with a “v”), you should probably skip to the next entry on our list. An average room will run you over a thousand dollars, but their bigger suites are fairly reasonable at $2,652 per night. That’s only like two months of rent for me, no big deal! Leave it to Dubai to understand luxury with villa-lined beaches and its own Bulgari Yacht Club alongside its gourmet restaurants and truly ridiculous spa. Real gold tiles? Check. Hammam? Naturally. Ice fountains? You betcha.
Song Saa’s most affordable offerings at $715 per night are pretty decent compared to their big-ticket villa’s $3740 nightly cost, but this destination hotel almost single-handedly reignited tourism to Cambodia after what we’ll call a rough few decades (understatement of the century). Each villa comes with a private pool, some directly over crystalline ocean waters, others hidden away in the dense jungles or decorating the shoreline. The second of the two islands is a nature reserve, untouched by their inspired architecture, aligning with the Song Saa Foundation’s socially and environmentally conscious outreach efforts.
If you think the Oberoi Udaivilas’s nearly $16,000 suite is a lot to process, just wait for some of our other luxury picks. You *can* swing a one-night stay at their basic offerings for $366, but you’d be missing out on a huge private pool, mirror mosaics, golden-domed ceilings and three television sets with a view of the City Palace and a fully marble bathroom (with a tub!). The hotel’s Rajput era craftsmanship is bar-none, as it used to be the Maharana of Mewar’s hunting estate. Arrive by motorboat on its glittering lake and prepare for small gifts to be left in your room and the entire staff to know you by name.
Good luck making a reservation at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa anytime soon — this reservation is one hot ticket. If you do manage to swing a reservation, it will be a *minimum* of $2,000 per night to stay at this glistening wonder tucked next to Torres del Paine National Park and Lake Sarmiento. This property is a nature-lovers dream with thrilling biking, hiking, and horseback riding to occupy your days between specialty spa treatments. Learn about the Indigenous History of the region, explore glaciers, and board a modern catamaran, then retire to your deep soak bathtub or your two-level suite.
Nightly rates at the Amilla Fushi range from $1,320 to a cool $26,000. We’d imagine it’s hard to go wrong in the Maldives, but not every luxury accommodation has baby sharks swimming next to their favorite breakfast spot (if you choose to opt-out of their floating tray breakfast at your private infinity pool), treehouses that can almost touch the sky, and a house reef. Play badminton, beach volleyball, and soccer against hired pros, taste wine on Mondays and lobster on Sundays with themed nightly dining, or just charter their yacht-sized Dhoni for a 36-hour excursion complete with your personal butler. Their lodgings are equally breathtaking, including all-inclusive residences outfitted with a PlayStation 4, an iMac, a cinema room, volleyball, a gym, and a 65-foot pool. PS: There’s also on-sight childcare whenever you want.
You could probably afford a sh*tty room at the Palms Hotel because it’s Las Vegas. There’s always a way to make it work in Vegas. There isn’t, however, always a way to get to the Palm’s Sky Villas. High Snobiety gave the resort a call and discovered that their largest Sky Villa is $100,000 per night. I’ll give you a moment to process that. $100,000. Who on Earth is paying $100,000 to stay at the *Palms* of all places? It’s not even on the Strip! Honestly, even their smaller (but still baller) theme suites are too dope to process from private bowling alleys to personal basketball courts and what we’re pretty sure is an authentic Jeff Koons balloon animal just chilling on a table. The biggest sky villa, The Empathy Suite, is nine-thousand feet designed by artist Damien Hirst with a literal *wall of diamonds* and a request-only booking policy. We’re pretty sure it’s called the Empathy Suite because whoever is staying there must feel horrible for anyone who isn’t them.
The priciest listed rate at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is $4,340, but you’ll need to pull a High Snobiety and try to book yourself a room if you want to know how much their Presidential Villa will take to book. You won’t be able to enjoy their seven outdoor pools, cultural center, and sprawling golf course for less than $900, but lucky guests in Hualalai’s nicest accommodations can expect a private whirlpool facing the sand and direct walk-out beach access. Their King Pond is filled with rescue fish and the hotel instituted a commercial fishing ban to help restore the ocean surrounding their property, so you can relax with little-to-no environmental guilt, assuming you brought your reusable straw.
Manhattan has more exorbitantly expensive hotel suites than anywhere else in the U.S. We say this with absolutely no actual research to back us up, but from what we’ve learned today, we’re pretty confident that The Mark Hotel’s $75,000 per night penthouse suite has found itself in good company. It is the largest hotel penthouse suite in America with over ten thousand square feet, a fifth of which is dedicated to a private rooftop terrace with views of Central Park. The 25-foot ceilings can free you of any leftover congestion in your soul from walking the streets of Midtown (because we’re assuming you’re here for work to pay for this insane lodging) and there are four fireplaces, five bedrooms, and two wet bars. Imagine trying to find a lost hampster in there.
Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc’s $800 to $11,000 rooms might pale in comparison to the $75,000 you’d have to fork over at the Mark, but let’s remember that you could bring fresh water to over three hundred people for $11,000 via Charity Water and still have $3,500 to spend on your vacation plans. Still, the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is so beautiful that when we first saw it, we had heart palpitations. Literal, physical heartbeats are being skipped. Stay during the Cannes Film Festival to see your favorite A-Listers trying to find a calm moment amongst its hundred-year-old rooms and what F. Scott Fitzgerald described as its “deferential palms.” We’re pretty sure the guy who wrote The Great Gatsby knew a thing or two about old world glamour.
Amandari’s best suite (although it’s hard to distinguish “better” and “best” with such fantastic residences) is booked through 2020, but you can still try your hand at one of their $4,300 three-bedroom villas (or a more reasonable $830 Village Suite). The Amandari villa has a private infinity pool or a tropical garden if one ecosystem isn’t enough to soothe your soul, and the living room is its own separate pavilion. The hotel first and foremost wants to help you experience Bali with curated excursions meant to expose you to its historical, environmental, and artistic excellence.
The first thing you’ll notice upon entering Perivolas’s $1,060 to $3,370 lifestyles houses is how *different* this hotel is (if you can really call it a hotel). Perivolas was originally designed as a private residence, but every house is different. They replace harsh lines with curved doorways and pops of bold colors litter the all-white walls. The most eye-catching of these vibrant hues is undoubtedly the water itself, with sweeping cliff-side vistas being the suites' first priorities. You won’t find eight pools and seven flatscreens here — Perivolas prides itself on its intense stillness, its unplugged luxury, and its family-run unspoiled beauty. There is of course, one pool, a gym, and a yoga studio, but in a city overrun by tourist traps, Perivolas is classic Greek bliss.
Belmond Hotel Caruso isn’t just old. Before it was turned into a hotel in 1893, the Caruso stood through the Middle Ages after a shipwrecked family turned it into their good luck oasis in the 11th century. Modern history has smiled upon the Caruso as well, as Humphrey Bogart, Greta Garbo, and Virginia Woolf hid away in its terra cotta nooks and Jackie Kennedy allegedly began her affair with Gianni Agnelli in this Italian paradise. Paying one- to six-thousand dollars per night doesn’t sound so bad when you’re becoming a part of history.
While we weren’t paying attention, Marriott started killing the luxury resort game. $550 will get you *a* room, but for a real vacation, you’ll want their $41,177 penthouse suite. Naturally, there’s a swimming pool, a fitness area complete with a steam room, and a breathtaking view overlooking the Mediterranean, but guests will also enjoy their private wine cellar, a rooftop gazebo, and a Solarium. Dine poolside, book a private cooking lesson, or party at their nearby beach club accessible by boat. There’s also a romantic private dining grotto and a Sheseido spa for couples looking for some “us” time.
Faena Hotel was designed by Baz Luhrman, which in and of itself exemplifies the campy ostentatiousness of one of the most fun cities in the world (as does the gratuitous amount of animal prints and the grand piano in its signature suite). For just $39,500, you can stay in the hotel’s grand penthouse, complete with your own personal butler. Look out at the Atlantic from your fully-marble bathroom (and every other inch of this lavish lodging) and appreciate that Frank Pollaro’s living room furnishings are free from the bold red motif that Baz chose for the rest of the hotel. Who said that? Anyway, rock out at the hotel theatre’s karaoke night, take a grilling masterclass, or just chill on the beach before an evening out on the town.
Hotel President Wilson via Travel + Leisure
What was once the world’s most expensive hotel suite is now like the world’s second- or third-most expensive suite at $80,000 per night. Must be rough to be second-best. We’re just kidding, the Royal Penthouse Suite is doing just fine. It extends across the entirety of the Hotel President Wilson’s eighth floor with its grand piano, rare book collection, and Hermés-outfitted bathroom, and the room features an in-suite Jacuzzi with views of Lake Geneva and a billiards table if its guests get tired after meticulously counting all of their money. This Marriott property doesn’t even list the Royal Penthouse on their website, which epically one-ups the “If You Have To Ask, You Can’t Afford It” mentality of decades past.