Oscar Wilde once said that “moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” That seems to be the motto when it comes to the type of ultra-luxury that guests of the following hotels and resorts will experience.
The Westin Excelsior, Rome
While there are many websites and articles with diverse listings of “the most luxurious hotels in the world”, The Westin Excelsior is almost always featured on each list. The most opulent suite in the hotel, the Villa La Cupola Suite, underwent a $7 million renovation to become what it is today. It is not only the largest suite in Italy—spanning two floors—it is a hybrid of old-world and new-world luxury. The suite is outfitted with the latest tech gadgets, a private fitness room and also hand-painted ceiling frescoes on cathedral style domed ceilings.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai
This luxury hotel’s website boosts that its more than just a modern hotel, “it is a symbol of modern Dubai.” The hotel has 202 duplex suites with personalised butler service. For those who wish to arrive in style, there is a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce and also Mercedes and helicopter transfer service to and from the airport. Perhaps the hotel is most famous for its profile, it sits atop an artificial island and is built to look like a sail in the wind. Deemed by some to be “The world’s only 7 star hotel”, it is a landmark.
Four Seasons, George V’s Penthouse Suite, Paris
The view from this penthouse suite offers one a peek at every conceivable Parisian landmark—from the Eiffel Tower to Sacre Coeur Basilica. The hotel is famed for the floral displays by creative director Jeff Leatham, and guests of the penthouse get to experience their own private floral displays, along with an infinity bath with underwater lighting. The space is 1,630 square feet and offers the opportunity for private dining on the candlelit terrace and access to a wine cellar with 50,000 bottles. One can even partake in a Valentine’s package for exclusive use on February 14th for 24,935 British pounds.
The Boulders, Arizona
Known for hosting Hollywood’s most famous celebrities and the ultra-wealthy from around the world, this desert retreat is stunning because of the 12-million-year-old rocky cliffs surrounding its peaceful presence. The Boulders covers 1,300 acres of the Sonoran Desert and includes two world-class golf courses and one of the most luxurious spas in the US.
Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
At the Poseidon Undersea Resort, guests can explore the ocean without ever leaving their suites. The resort is the first permanent pressurized undersea structure in the world. Much of each wall and ceiling is nothing but glass with a view of the fish swimming by. There are 22 guest rooms in total with 270-degree windows. Couples can enjoy week-long retreats starting at $30,000 US.