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Luxury Hotels for the Rich and Famous
There are so many beautiful and luxurious hotels in many destinations and most of them are for the rich and famous! Here are a few of the most luxurious in the world. Some of them have not been opened yet.
The hotels that have the most exoitc menu's ranging from gold flaked ice - cream to linen that has thread counts the regular folk will never get to experience.
For those of us who will never be able to afford these places, you can look inside and dream!
Burj Al Arab Hotel (Tower of the Arabs)
This luxurious hotel is located in Dubai. It is officially a 5 star hotel but is rated 7 star unofficially. It stands at 1053ft tall and is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. The shape of this structure was designed to resemble the sail of an Arabian vessel with two "wings" spread in a "v" to form a vast mast with an enclosed atrium.
The hotel took five years to build and it was opened in 1999 after a cost of $650 million.
Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island from Jumeirah Beach and is connected to the mainland by a private bridge.
Burj Al Arab has 28 double-story floors which accommodate 202 bedroom suites.
The smallest room occupies a space of 169 square metres and the biggest at 780 square metres.
Prices of the rooms range from $1000 per night to $27000 per night.
Reception desks are situated on every floor, rain showers and jacuzzis in every suite, a Rolls Royce fleet at your disposal and on call butlers around the clock.
The stylishly appointed Presidential Suite overlooks the waters of the Arabian Gulf from high up on the 24th floor, offering unrivalled luxury, space, décor and amenities.
Location – 24th floor
Lower level – Spacious living area with private bar, large dining area with kitchen and separate butler entrance, study area and library, Majlis (reception) style lounge
Upper level – Master bedroom and second bedroom, each with adjoining marble bathrooms with spa bath, walk-in shower, fine porcelain fittings, and full sized Hermes fragrances and body products.
Centaurus Hotel, Pakistan (not complete)
This hotel is currently under construction. It is situated in Islamabad, Pakistan. It will consist of three skyscrapers; corporate offices, residential apartments and a five star hotel.
It is going to be the symbol of a new and modern Pakistan and its estimated cost is $350 million.
The hotel is 656ft high and will have 41 floors.
Centaurus is 20 minutes away from Benazir Bhutto Airport and easily accessible to Islamabad's key destination points.
Luxurious rooms with panoramic views. A central atrium, 24hr concierge services, individual butlers, fitness centre, hair salon, travel shops and restaurants.
The rates are not available yet and they are expecting it to be complete by 2014.
Morgan Plaza Hotel (Pangu 7star Hotel)
This is a multiple building complex, overlooking the busy Olympic district of Beijing.
The hotel occupies the first block of the "Pangu" and it contains two pavillions, a temple, Japanese restaurant and a 600 metre long corridor.
Designed by Milan based Maestro uniting Chinese classical tradition with European glamour.
The hotel has 234 luxury rooms, including 140 suites, Baker furniture (as found in the "White House")
and soaring 3.5 metre ceilings.
Personalised butler services, 24 hour in- room dining service, call conference phones, t.v screens in living room and bathroom, dvd player, surround sound system, executive desk, automatic curtsin controls, digital fireplace, 600 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding, free shoe shine, Gianfranco and Hermes bathroom amenities and a monsoon rain shower.
Flower of the East Hotel, Iran
The Flower of the East Hotel is situated on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf. Construction began in 2004 at a cost of $1.7 billion. It was expected to be completed in 2010 but the project was cancelled in 2007.
The width is 2.38 million square metres and would include three hotels, three residentisl areas, shops, offices etc.
The centrepiece is a hotel in the shape of a flower, combining Persian and modern architecture.
The project is delayed and will apparently continue ahead.
Palacio da Quinta, Algarves (Conrad Algarves Hotel)
The Conrad Algarve Hotel is the most exclusive Algarve holiday resort. It is 20 minutes away from Faro International Airport and the Rio Formosa Park is on its doorstep.
The hotel's collection of suites are a destination unto themselves, the pinnacle being the Roof Garden Suite. The Roof Garden Suite features, amongst many other luxurious features, a plunge pool in the lounge, as well as direct private access to the spa.
It has 154 guestrooms with airy balconies and views of the destination.
This hotel has a spa, concierge services and restaurant.
Each room has a balcony, t.v, dvd player, surround sound system, rain shower, bathrobe and slippers.
They have a selection of contemporary suites and most have a private entrance and exclusive bridge accessing the spa.
Seven Stars Galleria, Milan, Italy
This hotel is located in the heart of the city of Milan. It was opened in 2007 and the world press recognised it as worth being registered in the Guinness Book of Records.
It is built on a historical site and they have kept it in the theme of "history".
Each room has been dedicated to a musician from the "La Scala Opera" in order to create the original feeling.
All the rooms in this hotel have been renovated, maintaining the antiques in contrast with the contemporary and stylish bedrooms which contain all the of the latest technology.
They all have a view of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 11 and include a personal butler.
The rooms are soundproof, they have a wine cellar "Magnum" safe box, large comfortable beds.
Bathrooms include shower, bath, washbasin, bidet, bathrobes and towels and enchanting amenities.
Each suite is different and they range in size.
Fairmont Resort Sanya, Haitang Bay, China
This resort belongs to the Fairmont group and was supposed to be completed in 2011. It is located in the centre of Haitang Bay and is 120m high, 150 square kilometres and will have 702 guestrooms and suites, yacht club, golf course and the biggest ocean park in Asia.
The hotel will be designed by the same designer as Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
It will have ballrooms, spas, indoor and outdoor pools. Suites will have personal butlers, private reception desk.
Watch this space!
Palace of the Lost City Hotel
This hotel is situated at Sun City in the North West Province of South Africa. It is located between the Pilanesberg and Elands River about two hours away from Johannesburg.
The Palace is situated in the Sun City complex where you will find three other hotels, casino, timeshare and waterpark.
"Legend has it that an ancient civilization from North Africa journeyed south to build a palace for their much-loved King. They stopped in a long-extinguished volcano crater – a veritable cradle of life. This was a place where weird and wonderful creatures, both great and small, roamed free amidst glittering streams and dreamy waterfalls. Here, they built a magnificent palace to befit the surroundings, and their King was well-pleased. And so, the palace served as a spiritual centre of their vast empire until an earthquake reduced it to ruins."
The Palace has 338 rooms including four Presidential suites. The rooms all have bathrobes, slippers, breathtaking views, room service, housekeeping and amenities.
Reception area is at the entrance of the hotel but it is very private and exclusive. There are drivers to take you to wherever you need to go and if you have a private jet, it will land across the road.
The "Valley of the Waves" is a mechanical wave pool that is a must to try out and the garden walks are out of this world.
The smallest room is 39 square feet and the biggest suite is 250 square feet.
The suite comes standard with:
- Baby grand piano
- Sleeper couch
- Lounge area
- Dining area
- Private Outdoor Jacuzzi
- Entrance Hall
- Air conditioner
- Hair dryer
- Mini bar
- Satelite TV
- Universal adaptor socket (Voltage 220V)
- Writing desk
Hotel Le Meurice, Paris
I finally have to take you to Paris, the city of romance!
Hotel Le Meurice was built in 1835 and is ranked one of the most elegant hotels in the world for over two centuries.
It is situated opposite the Tuileries Gardens and close to the Louvre.
Past visitors of this hotel include; Queen Victoria and Salvador Dali.
The recent renovations make it one of the most sort after addresses amongst the luxury hotels.
These hotels are the most decadent and luxurious. Dubai has another one but to put two from the same country would be too much!
Enjoy these and hopefully it will inspire you to make it a reality. Don't forget to catch my next blog with the Best Tropical Hotels.
Each one of the 160 spacious rooms including 39 suites is decorated with gracious 18th century furnishings and luxurious fabrics. It is a Parisian Palace Hotel with an abundance of gilding, marble, chandeliers and antiques, combined with contemporary chic.
The Belle Etoile Suite takes up the entire seventh floor and has 360- degree views over the entire city.
The service is extremely formal and old school.
Each room is soundproofed, and every floor has a distinct style.
Private entrance, writing desk, custom bath products by Penhaligons,slippers and bathrobes, digital interactive television with a juke box and i.pod radio alarm clock.
Concierge service, housekeeping twice per day and to turn down beds, hotel limousine to take you wherever you need to be.