18 of the Fanciest Hotels in the World

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Curious to see how the other half lives? With five-star rankings, world-renowned spas, and superb locations, the following hotels will cost you a pretty penny for a standard room. But if you dare to dream, here are some of the fanciest — and most expensive — accommodations around the world.

Burj Al Arab (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Located on a human-made island that juts out from Dubai’s spectacular shoreline, the Burj Al Arab became the tallest solo-use hotel in the world when it was built in 1994. It’s also one of the most luxurious hotels on the planet, with a magnificent terrace that overlooks a private beach, a world-class spa that offers private swims in pools filled with rose petals, and a private helipad for jet-setting clientele.

Each hotel suite is outfitted with a private butler and luxury Hermès products, costing guests upwards of $1,500 per night. Of course, that’s a bargain compared to the $24,000 nightly rate for the Royal Suite, a decadent space featuring a rotating canopy bed, gold-and-marble staircase, and private Rolls Royce chauffeur.

The Ritz-Carlton (Moscow, Russia)

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Situated in a historic building from the 19th century, the Ritz-Carlton Moscow harkens back to Old-World luxury. The lavishly designed gilded lobby features crystal chandeliers and silk couches, while the hotel pool is studded with Swarovski crystals. For a taste of Moscow’s finest offerings, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, O2 Lounge, serves its Russian caviar alongside stellar city views.

The hotel’s large suites provide direct views of the nearby Kremlin complex and Red Square, with a going rate of $400 per night. The most expensive room is the Presidential Suite, a massive apartment with a private sauna, jetted tub, multiple fireplaces, and a grand piano. Priced at $18,000 per night, the suite has hosted numerous U.S. presidents and is outfitted with a panic button for its most high-profile guests.

Mandarin Oriental (Hong Kong)

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Although Hong Kong has two top-notch Mandarin Oriental hotels located within minutes of each other, the brand’s flagship hotel has a slight edge. Overlooking Victoria Harbour and conveniently situated next to Central Station, the city’s original Mandarin Oriental is a Hong Kong institution and remains a well-known landmark on the city skyline.

With a top-rated spa coveted by visitors and residents alike, the hotel also offers room service from its best restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Man Wah, which serves first-rate Cantonese fare. If you prefer a livelier evening, the Captain’s Bar is one of the most famous establishments in Hong Kong, and worth a visit if you can’t afford the hotel’s high price tag for accommodations. Rooms start at $300 per night and climb to $10,000 per evening for the hotel’s most luxurious suites.

La Réserve Hotel and Spa (Paris, France)

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With a near-perfect location next to the Champs-Élysées, La Réserve Hotel and Spa is a boutique hotel situated between the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. The lavish rooms feature classic Parisian décor paired with direct views of the Eiffel Tower from the building's top floors. Famous for its white-glove service, the hotel staffs butlers and prestigious concierges who assist guests with anything, at any time of day.

Since La Réserve is home to Gabriel, a two-Michelin-star restaurant, guests needn’t travel far for some of the best food in the city. There’s also the Duc de Morny Library, a lounge that manages to be just as luxurious as it is cozy. Rates range from $700 to $1,000 for a standard room, and climb to $8,000 per night for the best suite in the house.

Titanic Mardan Palace (Antalya, Turkey)

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The luxurious Titanic Mardan Palace in Antalya, Turkey, features 650 rooms, four aquariums, and a 12,000-square-foot spa. In addition to a massive indoor/outdoor aquatic complex and a waterpark with six slides, the palace is also home to a private five-acre beach with sand imported from Egypt.

Everything about the resort exudes Turkish luxury, from the extravagant interior featuring velvet furniture to the marble chambers where guests can partake in the Turkish bath ritual of hammam. The resort’s extensive grounds also house three soccer fields, 27 holes of golf, and a bowling alley. The Presidential Suite, with its private cabana, terrace jacuzzi, and butler services, costs upwards of $3,000 dollars per night.

Baccarat Hotel (New York, New York)

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Opened by its namesake French crystal company in 2015, the Baccarat Hotel in New York shines brighter than other hotels in Manhattan. Thanks to its 15,000 Baccarat crystals, every corner of the luxury hotel in Midtown shimmers with opulence. And between the world-class spa by La Mer and afternoon tea in the Grand Salon, the hotel is a magnet for high society.

Located across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, the Baccarat is a short walk to many New York landmarks, including Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Its rooms, the most affordable of which go for $700 per night, are inviting yet chic, featuring sumptuous linens and bath products imported from France. The Baccarat Two-Bedroom Suite costs a cool $20,000 per evening and features floor-to-ceiling windows, a deep soaking tub, and a dedicated team of butlers.

St. Regis Residence Club (Aspen, Colorado)

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As part of the Marriott chain, the St. Regis Residence Club provides the finest of accommodations in Aspen, Colorado. Visitors can book a private mountain lodge that features a fireplace, multiple bedrooms, and a kitchen. Despite the seclusion of these lodges, guests still benefit from all of the amenities of a luxury hotel, including nightly turn-downs, 24-hour room service, and shuttles to and from the airport.

A lodge with two bedrooms costs upwards of $3,000 per night, with the base of Aspen Mountain a mere two blocks away. And since St. Regis is home to the Mountain Social and Lounge and the Chefs Club — which features renowned dishes by celebrity chefs — guests don’t need to travel far for the best après-ski in town.

Soneva Jani (Manadhoo, Maldives)

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Lauded as one of the best hotels in the Maldives since it opened in 2016, Soneva Jani is paradise masquerading as a resort. The luxury villas are built over the water and outfitted with personal waterslides and retractable roofs. But paradise isn’t cheap — the nightly rate starts at $3,600 a night and goes up to $30,000 for a 10-person occupancy.

As Soneva Jani has its own fleet of seaplanes, guests arrive by private plane from Malé International Airport. Other unique offerings include the resort’s outdoor cinema, where guests can watch movies on the big screen from the privacy of personal hammocks while partaking in delicious treats from the resort’s chef.

Forestis Dolomites (Brixen, Italy)

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Situated 5,000 feet above sea level in the Dolomites mountains of Italy, Forestis Dolomites was created to be a refuge from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Built as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients in 1912, the historic building re-opened in 2020 as a modern hotel with a mission of sustainability and a zero-waste policy.

Each room offers a stunning view of the mountains, with prices ranging from $700 to $3,380 per night. With plenty of hiking trails and a ski lift nearby, the hotel is an ideal home base for active pursuits in the mountains. On rest days, guests can indulge in the unique offerings provided by the luxury spa, such as Wyda, a movement class derived from the region’s Celtic roots, or a tree circle ceremony, which calls upon the energy of trees to heal the body.

Connaught Hotel (London, England)

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A London fixture since 1897, the Connaught is refined and sophisticated — just what one would expect from an upper-crust London establishment. Situated in Mayfair, a posh London neighborhood, the hotel is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful properties in the city. It’s also home to a three-Michelin-star restaurant, a Jean-George establishment, a pâtisserie, and two upscale bars.

The more affordable rooms, such as the Superior King Room, start at around $600 per night. If you have $18,000 to spare, the hotel’s iconic penthouse, known as the Apartment, is yours for the taking. Featuring a wraparound balcony, a working fireplace, and 24-hour butler service, the Apartment is London luxury at its finest.

Hôtel Martinez (Cannes, France)

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Located on the fabulous French Riviera, Hôtel Martinez is one of the most fashionable hotels in Cannes. With its private beach and stunning views, the luxury hotel has been a go-to establishment for celebrities since it opened in 1929. Today, it continues to be favored by actors who attend the world-famous Cannes Film Festival, including Bruce Willis, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Pattinson.

With over 400 guest rooms to choose from, Hôtel Martinez also features one of the biggest penthouse suites in Europe. The 17,975-square-foot apartment has two bedrooms, a private sauna, and an outdoor terrace with views of the Mediterranean. Priced at $50,000 per night, this room requires deep pockets and a true love of luxury.

Rambagh Palace (Jaipur, India)

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The most expensive hotel in India, Rambagh Palace was constructed in 1835 and has had several iterations since then. The onetime home of the queen’s handmaiden, the property has also been a hunting lodge, a royal guesthouse, and the official residence of the Maharaja. Today, Rambagh Palace’s 18th-century ballroom, glittering chandeliers, and elaborate courtyard reveal the grandeur of days gone by.

Suites are generously sized and outfitted with furnishings fit for royalty, such as palatial marble bathrooms, four-poster beds, and lush oriental rugs. Smaller suites typically cost 40,000 rupees, while larger suites can cost as much as 400,000 rupees (roughly $5,000 USD). Outside of the lavish rooms, guests can be pampered at the Ayurvedic spa or visit nearby Hawa Mahal, one of Jaipur’s most famous sites.

Hotel President Wilson (Geneva, Switzerland)

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Located directly on Lake Geneva, Hotel President Wilson has been one of the city’s most desirable hotels since it opened in 1962. With stylish and practical rooms that offer sweeping views of the water, the hotel is also beloved for its Brunch by Chef Michael Roth — a decadent affair that takes place in the Poolgarden every Sunday.

Above all else, Hotel President Wilson is famous for the Royal Penthouse Suite. At over 18,000 square feet, the room is the largest penthouse in all of Europe, taking up the entirety of the eighth floor. For $80,000 per night, guests can enjoy the suite’s 12 bedrooms, a private terrace with a telescope, and the services of a personal assistant, chef, and butler. High-profile guests include Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, and Bill Gates, all of whom were protected by the suite’s bulletproof glass.

Fasano Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

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Since it opened in 2007, the location of Fasano Rio de Janeiro remains unbeatable. Located directly across from the famed Ipanema Beach, the hotel’s eighth-floor infinity pool provides some of the best views of the mountains that surround the city. The pool is an ideal spot to relax away from the activity of Rio de Janeiro, and to watch the sunset, preferably with a caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail made with fresh lime.

Inspired by the city’s heyday in the 1960s, the hotel’s interior is decorated with luxurious mid-century details that give off a distinct “Bossa Nova” vibe. Nearly half the rooms feature a small balcony with views of the beach, while the other half offer views of a verdant courtyard. The smallest rooms start at $500 per night and increase in price depending on the room's size and available view.

The Siam (Bangkok, Thailand)

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A modern boutique hotel, the Siam is a lush oasis away from Bangkok’s chaotic streets. Situated on the Chao Phraya River, the hotel has a central location with easy access to Bangkok’s most popular temples and museums. Hotel offerings include innovative Thai food at Chon Thai, a restaurant located inside an authentic Thai teakwood house, and a relaxing pool terrace directly over the river.

After it opened in 2012, the hotel was recognized for its unique interior design. Conceptualized by the celebrated Bill Bensley, the Siam features a light-filled lobby,  jungle-sized plants, and chic furnishings. Its spacious and trendy rooms start at $500 per night, depending on the time of year.

Giraffe Manor (Nairobi, Kenya)

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Located in a manor house from the 1930s, Giraffe Manor can be found on the outskirts of Nairobi. Situated on 12 acres, the manor is most famous for its herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes that roam the property. These giraffes are known to stick their long necks in the manor’s windows, delighting guests with their open curiosity.

With 12 rooms in total, the manor is divided between the historic Manor House and the newer Garden Manor. Elegantly outfitted with classic safari décor, such as canopied beds and double French doors, rooms start at $875 per adult, per night, with an additional $605 per child. As it's operated by the Safari Collection, guests often use the manor as a starting point for a privately guided safari adventure in East Africa.

Aman Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)

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Located on floors 33 through 38 of Tokyo’s Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo is a testament to the beauty of Japanese design. Featuring washi paper doors and a spectacular lobby with 100-foot-tall ceilings, the hotel is, quite simply, breathtaking. It also contains one the most comprehensive spas in the city and a full-service indoor pool, which includes a window-side jacuzzi with spectacular views of Tokyo.

The ryokan-style rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Tokyo and are outfitted with luxurious soaking tubs and walk-in showers. In a nod to Japanese hospitality, the minibars are stocked with complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, as well as free snacks for guests. A three-minute walk from the Imperial Palace, Aman Tokyo prices its rooms at $700 per night.

Explora Patagonia (Torres del Paine, Chile)

The Explora Patagonia Hotel in Chile.
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Explora Patagonia Torres del Paine provides visitors with a luxurious home base for exploring Patagonia’s rugged landscape. Located within the confines of Torres del Paine National Park, the five-star lodge has spacious rooms that are highlighted by natural elements, such as wood, copper, and slate. Starting at $1,500 per night, each room is also outfitted with a large window that provides guests with mountain, river, or waterfall views.

Guests flock to this luxury outpost on the shores of the Pehoé Lake to partake in the region’s abundant adventures. With over 35 excursions to choose from, guests can ride horses from the stables, hike through the valleys, or go on a mountaineering adventure with expert guides. On rest days, spa services include four open-air jacuzzis that overlook the Paine River.

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