Money’s worth nothing until you spend it. So, if you are ready to live a life of champagne and caviar, blowing thousands on a place to sleep, shower and store your clothes, check out Travel Vivi’s Top 10 Most Expensive Hotels in the World, which stand aside with their unique style and unbelievable luxury.
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Built at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion and boasting an enviable location atop the crescent of Palm Island, the awe-inspiring Atlantis The Palm is a five star resort that since its opening in 2008 has redefined tourism in Dubai. Ideal for those looking for an extravagant beach escape, the resort is a combination of state-of-the-art rooms, specialty and casual dining restaurants, private beaches, luxury boutiques, bars and lounges. Water themed amusement is available at Aquaventure Waterpark and in the underwater world of The Lost Chambers Aquarium, featuring some 65 000 animals.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
A benchmark of no-holds-barred extravagance, the iconic Burj Al Arab opened its doors in 1999, soon becoming a symbol of modern Dubai. Yet for all the wonder this distinctive sail-shaped hotel provides when you finally come face-to-face, it is the service that truly makes Burj Al Arab so extraordinary. The total cost to construct the hotel was $650 million. The hotel is the world’s tallest structure with a membrane façade.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Fairytales come to life for those who venture through the magnificent gates of this enchanting landmark. Operated by the luxury hotel group Kempinski Hotels and Resorts, the 6-billion-dollars-cost Emirates Palace truly shows the beauty of Arabian culture. Amazingly decorated suites, palatial restaurants, 200 fountains, swimming pools, technologically advanced Conference Center, and so on make it one of the world’s most prestigious hotels, popular with dignitaries and celebrities, like Will Smith, Michael Jackson, Robert de Niro and Bill Clinton.
The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
The Strip’s latest addition, The Cosmopolitan promises to reset the standard for those visiting the ‘entertainment capital of the world.’ The fact that the developers have invested $3.9 billiard to construct the hotel, already gives an idea of what to expect in this majestic getaway. Dine on cuisine of famed chefs at the Restaurant Collection, relax at Sahra Spa & Hammam with cooling baths and a heated stone slab, dance until dawn at Marquee Nightclub and least but not last enjoy some of the best shows in the world, – The Cosmopolitan has so much to offer that it’s truly worth planning a stay of at least seven days to enjoy them all.
The Venetian, Macao, China
Perched on the Cotai strip, The Venetian Macao is another luxury getaway where your ultimate relaxation is simply guaranteed. Owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the majestic 40-story, $2.4 billion hotel is the largest casino in the world with more than 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables. Nowhere else in Asia will you find the finest in lavish suites, world-class shopping, sensational entertainment and irresistible dining – all under one roof. Of special interest are the three amazing Venetian canals, ideal for gondola rides.
City of Dreams, Macau, China
Ideally situated opposite The Venetian Macao China, the luxurious City of Dreams is an integrated entertainment resort that combines an amazing array of accommodations with electrifying entertainment, designer brand shopping and unique regional and international dining. There is much fun waiting for you in the City of Dreams, but among the must-sees is The House of Dancing Water, a fascinating show created by Franco Dragone, the world’s most spectacular showmaker, whose shows have been seen by over 65 million spectators worldwide. The complex was built in 2009 with an estimated construction price of $2.1 billion.
Mardan Palace, Lara, Turkey
A truly authentic world where the royal splendor of illustrious empires meets today’s modern luxuries, Mardan Palace Resort is located at the beautiful shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Lara region with an overall area of 180000 square meters. Stunning hand painted ceilings, chandeliers and unique art make it a place of stunning beauty, while the utmost facilities and amenities ensure guests’ comfort and pleasure. The hotel belongs to Russian businessman Telman Ismailov who invested $1.4 billion in this project.
Resorts World, Sentosa, Singapore
Asia’s ultimate destination that brought with it highly anticipated and exciting new attractions like Universal Studios Singapore and FestiveWalk and the breathtaking Marine Life Park, the Resorts World Sentosa offers a whole new world of truly rewarding experiences. Add to this, celebrity chef restaurants, a casino, an award-winning destination spa, and stylish accommodation in six unique hotels. Spanning 49 hectares, the 4.9 billion resort opened in January 2010, welcoming over 45 million visitors in its first three years of opening.
Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, Huzhou, China
Designed by Beijing-born architect Ma Yansong, the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort is a donut-shaped hotel located on the shores of Lake Tai in China that appeals business and leisure travelers from around the world. The form is an ideal essence of water, giving each room a perspective of a lake, healthy light and movement no matter where it is located. Standing at just over 100 meters high and 116 meters wide, the 27-floor hotel features 321 rooms, including 40 suites, 37 villas and presidential suites, and a total area of 95000 square meters, coming to an investment of about 1.5 billion dollars. An LED light system on the exterior skin of the hotel brings it to life at night, displaying colorfully animated textures and patterns, which find their reflection on the water’s surface.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Set to redefine the exhibition and meeting experience and to reinforce Singapore’s reputation as one of the best cities in Asia, the iconic $8 billion resort truly makes for an ideal urban retreat while in Singapore. Boasting an enviable location on the riverbanks in Singapore, near Gardens by the Bay, the Marina Bay Sands allures visitors with its whole world of sheer luxury and exclusivity, offering superb facilities and intuitive service to make your stay a truly memorable experience.