Here are 7 of the most luxurious vacation destinations in the world!
7 – Mardan Palace Hotel, Turkey. Let’s say you’re in Turkey, and you have some money that’s burning a hole in your pocket. If that’s the case, be sure to check out the Mardan Palace Hotel. This masterpiece of a hotel cost 1.4 billion dollars to build, and was the brainchild of businessman Telman Ismailov. The hotel has 560 rooms, a 12,000 sq ft spa, and its own beach that had 9,000 tons of sand imported from Egypt!
Hey, that Egyptian sand is key right? More than 100,000 square feet of gold, 240,000 square feet of Italian marble, and 500,000 crystals were used in the construction of the hotel! Mardan Palace is also home to the largest swimming pool in all of the Mediterranean.
Apparently, more than 1000 guests can splash around in the pool at the same time. At the center of the pool is a seafood restaurant, and it’s surrounded by 4 aquariums that host over 3,000 varieties of fish. The main reason being, food tastes much better when it’s surrounded by 4 aquariums than none, come on! Inside the hotel, you’ll find eye popping interiors of gold leaf, crystal, and Italian marble.
There are also ten gourmet restaurants, 17 bars, and a full-service luxury spa on the property. I think the perk I’d take advantage of the most is the 24/7 personal butler service that’s also included. Those acres of private sandy beaches that’s outside that cost millions of dollars…….yeah, they replace that on a yearly basis to keep it fresh. What kinda sand is this, cat litter?! Oh…did I forget to mention that this resort also has its own zoo? Because, f*ck it, why the hell not?!
Might as well go see some exotic animals after throwing back a few drinks on that Egyptian sand!
6 – Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas. Atlantis Paradise Island is a luxury resort housed on a 141 acre waterscape. Freshwater and saltwater lagoons run throughout the property, as well as the rope bridges and waterfalls. There are also marine habitats, water slides, river rides, and several sparkling pools that helps guests soak up that island sun. What sets this place apart from other high class resorts is one of its suites.
The Royal Towers Bridge Suite on the 23rd floor is one of the most decadent places in the world. It’s made up of ten rooms, with 12 foot ceilings in each, and full length windows everywhere. There’s a formal dining room, a grand piano, a 22-karat gold chandelier, a 1250 square foot living room, whirlpool tubs, just to name a few things. And of course, in my personal opinion, the best part of staying at a luxury resort. A permanent staff of seven on call to make sure that every need is met. The view from the suite is also nothing to sneeze at, as the suite is housed on top of a bridge that connects the two Royal Tower Buildings.
This suite is up there for one of the most expensive places to stay in the world at an average of 25 thousand dollars a night. This isn’t close to being the most expensive room in the world, but you’ll find out a bit later which hotel that could be at and how high the price can get to stay just 24 hours. But still, 25 thousand dollars is still a lot of money to blow on a hotel. How many times do you think Floyd Mayweather has stayed in this suite?!
5 – Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. If you ever get the chance to go visit Abu Dhabi, check out the Emirates Palace Hotel or even better, stay there if you have the cash! With construction costs around 3 billion dollars, the Emirates Palace Hotel is the 3rd most expensive hotel in the world right after The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
This hotel has over 1000 exquisite and sparkling Swarovski chandeliers, a lavish display of intricate pools and fountains, and marble flooring and accents imported from 13 different countries! This place has been said to be a hotel that’s beyond 5 stars and that it should really be described as a 7 star facility. Every corner is meticulously planned out, with flawless architectural design, while still maintaining the traditional feel that can be appreciated by a sultan. The majority of the suites are fully finished in gold and marble. There are 394 suites with amazing views of Abu Dhabi’s beautiful white sand beaches.
The penthouse suites are referred to as “Rulers’ Suites”, and are reserved for people who’re actual VIP’s, and not people who’re just trying to ball outta control. If you ever want to see what the suites look like in real life, you’re gonna need some connections, because they’re reserved exclusively for dignitaries and royalty. The resort also has not one, but TWO helicopter landing pads, a private marina, and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 2500 guests. If you have the feeling this place looks kind of familiar to you, you probably saw it in Fast and Furious 7 or The Kingdom, since both were filmed at the hotel. Christina Aguilera also performed here in front of 15,000 people during her Back to Basics tour in 2008.
Just don’t drive the car off one of the top floors like they did in Fast 7 when you visit though!
4 – Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai. This spectacular structure is one of the most photographed hotels in the world. The Burj Al Arab hotel sits on a tiny peninsula, and the architecture is modeled after a sailboat, in case anyone couldn’t figure that one out. While the unique architecture of the hotel is quite distinct and amazing, the accommodations in this hotel don’t exactly disappoint either.
Each suite has two lavish stories, with every amenity you’d expect at a top hotel, along with spectacular views. Again, personal butlers are available 24/7, as you’d expect at a place like this. There’s also a famous hovering tennis court that was played on by Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, for publicity of course, because there’s no way real tennis could be played on that court without someone falling off! The Presidential Suite is open to the world’s most infamous leaders and dignitaries. At over 7000 square feet in area, this two-story, two bedroom presidential suite has floor to ceiling windows throughout and a panoramic view of the ocean.
There are two lounge areas, two bars, and two dressing rooms. There’s even a spacious formal dining area for your own dinner party. Dining and entertainment is top notch throughout the resort, with ten restaurants to choose from. I think the best part of the hotel is that the resort has a fleet of Rolls Royces that are at your service? Chauffeured of course. I don’t know about you, but I’d definitely be taking some mini trips through the city in the Rolls!
3 – Laucala, Fiji. Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz clearly went above and beyond with Laucala Island. This property, formerly a coconut plantation, has its own private submarine that can dive as far down as 500 feet! In case diving or going underwater in a submarine isn’t your thing, there’s also an 18 hole golf course, as well as horses that you can take around the island.
Of course, it goes without saying that there’s also a 24 hour butler service to make sure that your every last need is met. Laucala’s private island houses 25 villas, each modeled after a different type of traditional Fijian dwelling. Villas have every last detail thought through, and are all unique from one another in landscape and design.
One thing they all have in common is their decadence and privacy. Whether you want a plantation villa that’s comfortably nestled in a coconut grove with a private beach, or you want a villa from a plateau perched up on Nawi Mountain surrounded by rainforest and amazing views of the sea, there are different villas for different needs and desires. The cool part of all its villas is that they’re built with local natural materials in their construction. Private gardens, personal infinity pools, and your own all terrain vehicle to explore the island come with each villa. Really, what more do you need?!
2 – Soneva Resorts, The Maldives Fantasy Island meets Robinson Crusoe on this otherwise uninhabited little slice of heaven on earth. These super luxury resorts in the Maldives, is the creation of Sonu and Eva Shivdasani. Their vision was to create an environment in which “intelligent luxury” could be achieved, so that means that this secluded getaway has been designed to have minimal impact on its breathtaking surroundings. The luxury here is really in the preserved natural beauty that’s on the island, but the man-made stuff isn’t anything to sniff at either.
Powder white sands, unusually rich vegetation, crystal clear waters, and understated luxury is what the original desert island hideaway is all about. This UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve has 57 villas and private residences, ranging from one to nine bedrooms. You can get villas right on the water, or you can get it nestled in foliage on the island. The resort’s philosophy is “No news, no shoes”, which is an attitude that I can get used to if I visited this place. The only worry on this vacation is the decision making involved. Just as an example, they offer sixty flavors of ice cream, eleven types of pillows, five hundred different wines and countless destination dining options too, so good luck with all those choices!
There ARE some ballerific things as well, don’t get me wrong. Other than the fact that it’s one of the most beautiful islands in the world, guests arrive to this little paradise by private seaplane. I might even put that on the gram myself if I stayed at this resort. The 24/7 personal butler that’s paying a attention to your needs no matter how big or small is also provided. The word on the street is that the maldives are a destination that you’d bring that special someone to assist in making a new little human being, but I’d imagine that the 9 bedroom villa was definitely made for bringing the whole squad to turn up!
1 – The Thirteen, Macau. Located in the gambling mecca of the world, The Thirteen in Macau is one of the most luxurious hotels ever built.
Each guest room is said to have cost a ridiculous 7 million dollars to construct and furnish! The split-level Villa du Comte guest rooms will be the smallest rooms at 2,000 square feet in size while the largest, the Villa de Stephen, named for the hotel owner, is 30,000 square feet! The Villa de Stephen reportedly will cost around $100,000 a night, which would make the most expensive hotel room in the world where you can also play free pokies anytime! I wonder if they give a discount for a 7 night stay……hmmm. I bet even Mayweather has to be hoping for a discount at that price!
Anyways, each guest has 24 hour personal butler service, and every guest has access to one of 30 chauffeured custom Rolls Royce Phantoms! Accommodations at The Thirteen are unlike any hotel in the world. Every single room in the hotel is unique, and by everything, I mean everything. Everything in the hotel is custom made, down to the toilet paper. The decor combines floor to ceiling Baroque detailing and artwork.
Every villa also comes with a Roman bath, built to accommodate up to 8 guests, housed between classical columns, and underneath a spectacular crystal chandelier. When this ridiculous bath isn’t used, it’s covered by its retractable marble top, because who wants to have to jump over a large bath when they’re walking through the room?! Here’s what’s next!