Live the presidential life in these ritzy mansions. Here’s the ultimate global index of luxury suites.
Backpacking through Europe, checking in to charming little hostels, savouring street food – humble adventures have their perks, for sure. But these gems right here, are a glimpse into another world altogether. Take a peek into the palatial wonders under the roofs of the most expensive suites across the world. They’ll each set you back a few ‘ka-ching’s, but YOLO, right?
Royal Penthouse, Hotel President Wilson in Geneva
Stayed in by the likes of Michael Jackson, Richard Branson, Rihanna and Bill Gates, the Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland, is renowned as one of the biggest suites in the world. Along with world-class amenities, it also has extravagant features like a panic button, bulletproof glass, Steinway grand piano and the works. You get to live this Hollywood life for US$80,000 (approx 55 lakhs INR) a night.
Lover’s Deep Luxury Submarine, St. Lucia
Do you want to dine, sleep and chill in the deep sea? With $150,000 (approx 1 crore INR) per night, you can now live a luxurious mermaid’s life. The Lover’s Deep Luxury Submarine is the world’s most expensive hotel that is located in the coastal reef off the coast of St. Lucia. You get an underwater view of the entire marine world and every possible amenity including a chef, a personal butler and more.
The Aurora Borealis is one among nature’s best wonders. Hotel Kakslauttanen, located in the wilderness near Finland’s Urho Kekkonen has built an igloo village to experience the northern lights at its best. The hotel has built 20 glass igloos within the park, with each just large enough to accommodate two people. The prices begin at INR 14,000 per night, making this a luxurious experience that doesn’t exactly burn a hole through your pocket and a reasonable item on the bucket list.
Suite 5000, Mandarin Oriental New York
Listed at the top of the most expensive places to stay in New York, Suite 5000 is a spacious three-bedroom suite that blends the city’s finest art, fashion, and design. Located on the hotel’s 50th floor it has the best view of the city. What do we love the most about this suite? It comes with personalised styling from Christian Dior. With a bedroom-size closet housing a hand-selected wardrobe and accessories from the designer’s current collection, the closet might as well be a private Dior showroom. Dior’s stylists, seamstresses, and makeup artists are all on call, and can be summoned at will!
Villa de Stephen, The 13, Macau
If art is your thing then Villa de Stephen, The 13, is your cup of tea. Situated in the southern Chinese city of Macau, the hotel’s whole interior was inspired by Baroque. Four-poster bed, velvets, and framed ceilings; everything is richly ornamented, from frescoes to furniture and sculptures. The luxurious suite is made of several million dollars, to suit the taste of royalty. Each room features its private elevator lobby, butler service, and marble Roman bath with enough space for up to eight guests, all decorated in grandiose Baroque style, with stained-glass windows, neoclassical columns and crystal chandeliers.
Shambhu Prakash Suite at Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman have all stayed in this suite during their visits to India. The vibrant colour scheme and the high arches make the Shambhu Prakash an iconic mainstay as far as suites go. This regal life can be claimed at about 10 lakh INR per night. One among the most sought after palaces in India, it is known worldwide for its most stunning structures that beautifully showcase the royal heritage.
Capella Ubud, Bali
Located amid lush green forests in a village called Keliki, in Bali, Capella Ubud is a Dutch-style tented camp. With dimpled hand-made teak floors, traditional Balinese patterned hand-carved doors, this 23 tent-style retreat, features private saltwater pools, indoor and outdoor bathrooms. This unconventional luxury retreat will cost you about 1 lakh INR per night.