When you think of expensive hotels, you probably think of one that's $500 or maybe even $600 a night. Without a doubt, there are plenty of hotels out there that cost more than that. As a matter of fact, it will likely surprise you when you learn just how expensive a single night's stay can be in some of these places. Below is a list of 20 of the most expensive hotels in the world in 2022.
There is no doubt about it, the overwhelming majority of these hotels are for the people who are so wealthy that they can spend a ridiculous amount of money without even missing it.These hotels make the Fort Village Resort in Sardinia, Italy look cheap at a cost of $2,539 a night. Each hotel on this list is ranked from the least expensive, at number 20, all the way to the most expensive option that sits in the number one spot. Keep in mind, the prices listed are for a single night's stay.
20. Singita Boulders Lodge, South Africa ($4,456)
If you're going to spend almost $5,000 for a single night, you would probably expect amenities like a pool and an air-conditioned room, both of which are available here. You also get standard amenities like free parking, Wi-Fi at no extra cost, and even a free breakfast. In case you want to do the laundry, there is a place to do that as well. What makes this particular location so special? For starters, it's not your ordinary hotel. It's actually an entire lodge set next to the Sand River in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. It's the perfect adventure for people who want high-end accommodations while simultaneously having an opportunity to see animals that they might only see once in a lifetime. Everything is all-inclusive and there are daily flights to and from the location.
19. Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, Maldives ($4,473)
There are so many things unique about this particular resort that you can practically write a book about it. First and foremost, you can only get there by boat or seaplane. It's located in the Indian Ocean and is comprised of 15 private bungalows, all of them either one- or two-bedroom. If you're looking for high-end luxury and you want the utmost in privacy, you can't hardly beat this place.
One thing is certain, no one is going to bother you. Of course, your every want and need is catered to the entire time you're there. They have all the standard amenities that you would expect such as free Wi-Fi, a complimentary breakfast and laundry services. They also have staff that are there to handle your every want and need, no matter how small it might be. If you're wondering about the accommodations themselves, they are indeed the epitome of luxury with a definite flair for all things tropical.
18. Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, Botswana ($4,550)
This is another resort that is designed for those with a bit of an adventurous spirit, again related to guided safari tours. The building itself is quite misleading from the exterior. In fact, it looks more like a multi-story concrete building that would house a factory more than it does a resort. However, all of that changes once you get inside. The location offers a fully stocked mini bar and same-day laundry service along with other amenities such as an oversized bathroom attached to each suite (complete with both an indoor and outdoor shower).
Don't worry, the outdoor shower is completely walled off so you'll have total privacy. Each room also has its own plunge pool and you get complimentary slippers and robes when you sign in. Of course, you have all the standard amenities that you would expect from any decent hotel. They also offer their own doctor and emergency medical personnel that are located right there on the grounds.
17. Singita Lebombo Lodge, South Africa ($4,688)
If you like the idea of a more adventurous lifestyle that you could potentially enjoy in South Africa but you don't particularly relish the thought of roughing it, then this is the place for you. They have some of the largest, most inclusive suites of any lodge on this list. They also have a rooftop terrace that offers a view of some of the best sunrises and sunsets you will likely ever see.
If that's not enough to make you cough up almost $5,000 a night, consider this. This particular lodge also has a fully stocked library, its own wine cellar that you have unfettered access to, and a massive kitchen. There, you can either have meals prepared for you or, if you prefer, do it yourself. Last but not least, they have an espresso bar that will truly make you weep if you're a coffee lover. It's like nothing else on Earth.
16. The Brando, French Polynesia ($4,818)
This is another resort that can only be obtained through restricted access. In this case, it’s by seaplane. Why? It sits roughly 30 miles from Tahiti, on its own Island. There, you'll find 35 separate bungalows of various sizes where you and those closest to you can get away from everything for a while. The island was actually designed to help people get more in tune with the French Polynesian lifestyle. It's also a great place to watch the local wildlife. While you're there, you are likely to see all kinds of exotic birds that can only be found in the area. There are also plenty of manta rays and even sea turtles.
15. Amangiri, United States ($4,913)
Located in remote Canyon Point, Utah, this resort is actually built directly into the landscape, so much so that it actually becomes a part of it as if it was always there. It’s a place that people go to both unwind and get their adrenaline up. The resort tailors your stay to fit the activities that you are most interested in. The adventurous part comes in the form of guided tours and hikes that are so steep they can really get the blood pumping. What if that's not really your thing?
You can also stay in the high-end resort and enjoy your own pool as well as your very own terrace that offers a panoramic view of the scenery as it unfolds right before your eyes. There are plenty of other things there that will get your attention, too. The resort has its own wine cellar, sauna, fitness center, yoga pavilion and even a separate area that offers flotation therapy. Just in case you're wondering, the resort is also designed to bring strangers together. As such, it has communal living and dining rooms, as guests are expected to partake in both preparing and sharing meals with one another.
14. Singita Grumeti Sasakwa Lodge, Tanzania ($5,800)
Have you ever had a desire to go on an East African safari? If you have, this is a lodge that can take you there, complete with transportation, experts that know both the wildlife and the region, and anything else you could possibly imagine. It's definitely designed for getting you out there to experience life. However, that doesn't mean that things have to be boring while you're at the lodge itself. You also have the option to go for long nature walks, partake in all kinds of wellness activities or even play sports such as tennis. It's like going to a wellness spa that also allows you to go on safari. For a lot of people, it's like experiencing two completely separate dreams become a reality, all at once.
13. Como Laucala Island, Fiji ($6,440)
The hallmark of this particular location is versatility. There are 35 different individual villas located on the grounds and you can choose which one resonates most with you. They have them built in different locations. Some are on the beach, others overlook lagoons and still others are built on the very tops of cliffs. If you really want to kick things up a notch, they have a few that are located in the bush. You'll have your every want and need attended to in complete and utter privacy. You also have the chance to participate in all kinds of fun, adventurous activities such as going for an ocean dive, riding horses along the beach or hiking the numerous trails in the area.
12. One & Only Gorilla’s Nest , Rwanda ($6,800)
Do you want to see a mountain gorilla in the wild as opposed to going to visit one in a zoo? Have you ever fantasized about staying in a hotel where you can wake up in the midst of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of eucalyptus trees? If either one of those things are on your bucket list, then it's worth spending almost $7,000 a night to stay here. They have every amenity you could ever imagine such as laundry service, free Wi-Fi, a free breakfast, your own bathroom suite and even an oversized bed. Surprisingly, the lodge is also kid friendly. What about seeing that gorilla? The lodge will take you out on a guided tour so that you can see one up close in its native habitat without getting lost in the process.
11. North Island, Seychelles ($6,851)
This is the place to go if you want privacy. That's because it sits on a private island owned by the resort. No one can have access to the resort or the island itself unless they have reservations through resort management. It makes it the perfect place for you to go if you're in the public eye and you just want to get away from it all for a while. In addition, they offer bespoke service. Whatever you want, all you have to do is ask and they will make sure it's done.
10. The Royal Suite at the Burj Al-Arab, United Arab Emirates ($28,000)
This one seems to have everything, including your own butler. Of course, it also has a private lounge as well as its own dining area. By the way, the entire suite is covered in 22-karat gold. It's also worth noting that this one suite actually covers two entire floors, occupying the top two floors of the hotel. The hotel itself is labeled as a 7-star resort, so you can imagine the type of service you'll get if you're staying in the Royal Suite. Just in case you're still not sold, the private resort also has its own helipad and if you're in the mood, you can go to dinner in an underwater restaurant via submarine.
9. The Royal Suite at the Plaza, new York ($40,000)
Do you want to enjoy 400 square feet of luxury that overlooks New York's Fifth Avenue? If you have $40,000 to spend, you can have it for a night. For that, you'll get three bedrooms, the same number of bathrooms, and a private lounge. There's also a private dining room that's only accessible to you and your guests, of which you can have up to 12. There's also a fitness room, if you're so inclined. Of course, the hotel offers butler service around the clock.
8. The Hilltop Villa, Fiji ($45,000)
If you decide to stay here, you have four acres all to yourself. There are three villas located in that space, so there's room for you and your guests to enjoy a vacation together while still maintaining your own space. In addition to offering some of the most spectacular views you will probably ever have the opportunity to enjoy, you also have access to a library, private swimming pool and hot tub. Of course, anything that you might want in addition to that is also catered to you around the clock by the hotel staff.
7. The Muraka Suite at the Conrad, Maldives ($50,000)
This is one of the most unique hotels in existence, largely because the bottom floor sits more than 15 feet below sea level, in the Indian Ocean. When you arrive, you have everything you could ever want at your fingertips, including a butler and your own private chef. There is also a bar and your own gym. What if you want to experience what it's like underneath the ocean up close? The hotel is built so that you can do exactly that, thanks to several underwater observation decks.
6. The Penthouse Suite at the Hotel Martinez, France ($53,000)
Aside from being located in Cannes, one of the most beautiful cities in France, this hotel is the epitome of luxury. The suite itself is 1,000 square feet and is composed of four bedrooms. There are also multiple bathrooms, all of them made exclusively from marble. If you're interested, you also have access to a Turkish bath and there is a jacuzzi located on the terrace.
5. Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons, New York ($60,000)
If you stay here, you have the chance to see panoramic views of the city in every direction. You also have your own private bath complete with an infinity tub. Of course, there is a private elevator that takes you directly to the suite that sits on the 52nd floor of the building. While you're there, your every need and want will be catered to. If you should decide to go out, you also have a private driver and a Rolls-Royce that are willing to take you anywhere you please.
4. Penthouse at the Mark Hotel, United States ($75,000)
The hotel is located in New York City and if you stay here, you'll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the city like none other. You'll also have access to a suite that has five separate bedrooms and six (yes six) bathrooms. Just in case you're curious, the suite also has no less than four fireplaces. If you're in the mood to go out, there are two separate vanity areas where you can refresh your look and if you're in the mood to stay in, there are two separate bars attached directly to your suite. What if you're in the mood to go dancing? With the touch of a single button, the whole room can be transformed into a fully functional ballroom with 26 foot ceilings. That's something that no other hotel on this list can provide.
3. The Royal Penthouse at the Hotel President Wilson, Switzerland ($80,000)
Have you always wanted to visit Geneva in style? This will definitely get the job done. You'll have unfettered views of both Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva, not to mention an astonishing 12 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. Just in case that's not enough to get you interested, there's also a jacuzzi that actually overlooks Lake Geneva. In addition to the aforementioned luxuries, you get your own private butler, a private chef and a personal assistant that will work to fulfill your every need around the clock.
2. Empathy Suite at The Palms, United States ($100,000)
This hotel is the ultimate experience for art lovers, as it not only incorporates a lot of art into its own design, but also gives you the opportunity to go on private art tours throughout the city of Las Vegas. While staying there, you can also enjoy two bedrooms, complimentary massages anytime you want, a jacuzzi and even a salt-filled sensory deprivation chamber that is supposed to help you relax.
1. Lover’s Deep Luxury Submarine Hotel, St. Lucia ($150,000)
If you want to combine a luxury hotel stay with an adventure that you will truly remember for the rest of your life, this one is hard to beat. You get a full-on submarine experience that allows you to see sites in the Caribbean Sea that no one else has the opportunity to see. At the same time, you also get your very own private butler as well as a private chef. They even serve you champagne for breakfast.
Written by Dana Hanson
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