Information on the top 7 most luxurious hotels on the planet.
For those in search of the ultimate 5-star experience and the ultimate in service and pampering, a stay in a top luxury hotel is the ideal way to live the life of the rich and famous, at least for a short while.
These hotels are characterized by incredible architecture and state-of-the-art amenities, as well as cuisine that ranks amongst the best in the world. Luxury hotels are a refuge for the elite – and those travelers who boast exceptional taste.
For those who want to experience the ultimate hotel experience, Carmen’s Luxury Travel has put together a list of 7 of the most luxurious hotels on the planet.
1. Mardan Palace – Turkey
The Mardan Palace can be found in Lara, part of Antalya). It was constructed at a cost of around 1.4 billion dollars and boasts over 560 rooms. It is part of what has been recognized as Europe’s most costly luxury resort
It is home to a number of exceptional attractions. These include 4 world-class aquariums, a spa measuring 12,000 sq ft, a total of five pristine acres of clear water at various pools – and a private beach (with sand sourced from Egypt) for guests to enjoy. The furnishings are incredibly luxurious and velvet upholstered furniture, hardwood floors and marble bathrooms are standard.
2. Burj Al Arab – Dubai
The iconic Burj Al Arab hotel seems to float just offshore of Dubai. The billowing architecture is reminiscent of the full sail of an Arab dhow and is the seventh tallest hotel in the world. This hotel has been recognized as offering what is simply one of the most decadent guest experiences on the planet. Take for instance the ‘Pillow Menu’ with nine types of pillows available or the Hermes amenities in each suite – or the 24-carat gold leaf walls.
The standard hotel rating system only goes as high as five stars – but the Burj Al Arab is widely recognized as offering what is called a ‘seven-star’ experience. The service is exceptional and offerings such as the chauffeured Rolls-Royce offering put this hotel in a class of its own.
3. Atlantis Paradise – Bahamas
This aptly named hotel does indeed seem like a slice of paradise. It’s set in one of the most scenic parts of the Bahamas and the emphasis is on entertainment and relaxation. Guests are offered a choice of 11 swimming pools, along with a water park and an 18-hole golf course.
There are also 21 restaurants, numerous gyms and tennis courts, and a Pilates and Yoga studio. For those wishing to be pampered there is of course the world-class spa.
This hotel and resort offers and combination of family-friendly activities and more adult-themed after-dark attractions. There is simply something for every type of guest.
4. Emirates Palace – Abu Dhabi
The heart of Abu Dhabi plays host to the golden architecture of the $3 billion Emirates Palace, perched on the shore of the Arabian Gulf is a hotel that has received worldwide recognition for its lavish furnishings and design – and the exceptional quality of the cuisine that is on offer at the hotel.
It also offers guests the exclusivity of 1.3 kilometres of private beach, and a private marina. Many guests will opt for the ‘Coral rooms’ with their magnificent views over the gardens. This is a hotel where indulgence is standard – and it stands as a testament to the vibrancy of Abu Dhabi and Arabian culture.
5. The Plaza – New York City
For over 100 years, The Plaza in midtown Manhattan has been one of New York’s most iconic landmarks. It has hosted movie stars, world leaders, rock legends and some of the most powerful people on the planet.
It has been the backdrop to many scenes in Hollywood classics and the 5-star experience at the center of vibrant New York, close to the Rockefeller Center, Central Park and Radio City Music Hall is still sought out by those who are looking for a truly exceptional hotel stay.
6. Westin Excelsior – Rome
For those who want to be treated like a Roman emperor, the Westin Excelsior is the destination of choice. It is not only recognized as one of the finest hotels in Europe but is a landmark in a city that is already blessed by architectural wonder.
The Roman Empire-style furniture and the indoor swimming pools that bring to mind the baths of ancient Pompei, combined with stunning Bohemian-inspired chandeliers make the Westin Excelsior the epitome of Italian opulence and style. Cafe Doney and the lounge bar with live opera during Sunday brunch add to the feeling of absolute decadence.
7. The Palms – Las Vegas
For those in search of bright lights, excitement, and sheer indulgence, The Palms ticks all the right boxes. Not far removed from the famed strip this hotel offers exceptional levels of service and is billed as ‘Different by Design’.
That may very well be true, seeing as the destination recently underwent a $690 million renovation and refurbishment. It is now one of the world’s premier luxury hotels. Artwork by Andy Warhol and Jean- Michel Basquiat grace the lobby – and the jaw-dropping $3 million whisky line-up, combined with the rooftop nightclub and Michelin-starred restaurants are only some of the attractions.