Some luxury hotels have something more to offer guests than just comfortable suites, making dinner reservations for them, or arranging for spa treatments. Affluent guests, of course, will want something more to spend their fat cash and credit cards on the hotels and resorts where they’re staying. Here are some of the luxury resorts that are considered quite outrageous and over the top.
We all know that Sin City is famous for its luxurious pleasures, and one of the best ways to indulge there is to stay at the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa. It can accommodate up to 250 guests for a party and boasts an enormous rooftop Jacuzzi that hovers over the Strip. It has a rotating bed, a private glass elevator, gym, sauna, a complete bar, and anything that will make everyone’s fantasy of living the world’s most well-known playboy come to reality even if it is just for a matter of days or weeks.
Located at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula where the desert meets the sea, the Secrets Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa features enormous waterfalls, dazzling sculptures, fabulous infinity pools, and a full-service spa. Of course, there are also stunningly beautiful suites, each of them boasting balconies that await every fat cat and VIP vacationing in beautiful Los Cabos.
The Allison Hill & Spa is nestled in the heart of the Oregon Wine Country, which has established an international recognition for its wines. The only luxury resort in Oregon’s wine-growing region, the Willamette Valley, this resort’s staff is passionate about educating you on Oregon’s home-grown wines. Guests and locals meet for the complimentary “Thursday Celebrity Wine-Tender Tasting” where the hosts tell interesting stories about Oregon wines and wineries.
The rich and the famous who are seeking some peace and quiet should make an escape to the natural splendor and seclusion of the Boulders Resort and Spa in Carefree, Arizona. The architecture of this luxurious resort successfully integrates with the awesome 12-million-year-old rock formations. Nestled in the 1,300 acres of the Sonoran Desert, guests can flex their club-swinging skills at its prestigious golf course, attain the ultimate rejuvenation at their class-A spa, and a gated Villa Retreat for those VIPs who are looking for anonymity.
Although New York City is known for its ritzy hotels, The Plaza is often the #1 choice for most visiting VIPs and foreign dignitaries. Each of its suites features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a formal dining room, a library, even a full-functioning kitchen (for personal chefs). Styled in the old-world charm and opulence combined with the modern facilities, the Plaza is a vintage jewel in the heart of the bustling city.
The Westin Excelsior is one of the most renowned hotels in the Via Veneto district. Although most of the rooms are affordable, the hotel’s masterpiece is its recently-renovated Villa La Cupola Suite. It covers two full floors, is still resplendent in its old Roman/Renaissance-style glory but equipped with modern facilities such as high-tech gadgets, steam bath, sauna, jacuzzi, and a fitness room.
The Waterfall Resort is Alaska’s most popular fishing lodge only a 90-minute flight from Seattle. And if guests have arrived at the resort by the morning, they can go on a full fishing in the afternoon. The staff will also go out of their way to make sure guests will be able to lure their prize catch out of the water.
After fishing, the fish processing team staff will do so much with the fish: cleaning, cutting, freezing, vacuum packing, filleting, canning, smoking or even mounting for display. The staff will also do any of these preparations upon the guests’ requests. On the guests’ departure, they can bring boxes of fish on their flights home. Or if the guests don’t want to bring a supersize salmon on their way home, the resort’s staff will be the ones to arrange the prepared fish for shipment and delivery.
Dedicated to the famous fictional island, the Atlantis Paradise Island has been promoted as the premier luxury resort in the Bahamas. But if it’s anything that this 141-acre resort puts the instant “wow” factor, it’s its Royal Towers Bridge Suite on the 23rd floor. It features 10 elegant rooms with high ceilings and full-length windows, entertainment centers, 22-karat gold chandeliers, whirlpool tubs, a formal dining room, and a seven-strong staff to serve the guests.
The world-famous hotel in Dubai is shaped like a billowing sail. What can you expect from a building standing on an artificial island, with futuristic architecture, and coming from one of the wealthiest Middle Eastern countries? Nothing but ultra-luxurious suites (which span two floors) with modern and state-of-the-art facilities and breathtaking views of the Jumeirah beach. As it is one of the most stunning places to see in Dubai, VIP guests here also enjoy the intensive clientele service from the staff.
This resort was originally built as a tropical escape/playground for the inventor of the Cuisinart food processor. However, it was later expanded and re-fashioned as a resort, situated on one of Anguilla’s world-class beaches. It boasts fine Moorish-styled villas, newly renovated Venus and Spa Complex, luxury guest rooms, and a Greg Norman-inspired golf course which the Cuisinart folks acquired to the tune of $50 million.
This might be one of the most expensive hotels/resorts ever built, costing about $3 billion! The Emirates Palace boasts 394 rooms and suites, 40 conference rooms, a lovely private white-sand beach of the Arabian Gulf, innumerable pools and fountains, thousands of crystal chandeliers, areas made of marble imported from more than a dozen different countries… need we say more? This palace is the epitome of opulence, sumptuousness, and luxury.
Hotel Teatro is a luxury boutique hotel which will show guests why Denver, Colorado is a lush beer garden. A lot of US breweries are concentrated in this city, and the hotel staff will go out of their way to arrange schedules for the guests to visit some of Denver’s local breweries. Not only will guests have the opportunity to taste and enjoy the best of the local craft beers, but also hop from brewery to brewery in style as they ride on the hotel’s specially-made vintage bikes.
Another billion-dollar hotel and resort, this time built by Russian tycoon Telman Isamilov, the Mardan Palace Hotel are situated in Antalya, Turkey. As of yet, this resort boasts the biggest swimming pool in the Mediterranean which can accommodate over a thousand people. It also has ten dining areas, seventeen bars, a sumptuous spa and a sunken aquarium with exotic tropical fishes. Guests can also rely on the hotel’s 24/7 butler service to cater to their every need and whim. It’s interiors? Oh, they’re nothing – just adorned with high-grade Italian marble, gold leaves, and crystals.