With summer winding down, lots of us are panicked, researching last-minute breaks to make the most of the sun. While the less extravagant among us would be looking for motels, hostels and bed and breakfasts, a really good hotel room is the most relaxing option. The luxury of having a newly-made bed, an on-site pool and sauna, along with tea, coffee and your own television, is hard to beat, and the novelty of hotel breaks makes them all the more appealing. For most, a reasonably lengthy stay in a hotel is a once- or twice-yearly event, not counting brief and necessary overnight stays. As such, most of will find a stay in just about any decent hotel room a luxurious and decadent experience, even if it comes in at under two hundred dollars.
For those with a little more to spend, however, there are countless beautiful rooms and suites that more closely resemble works of art or showroom pieces than actual hotel rooms. These luxurious rooms and suites often come complete with private swimming pools, kitchen staff and butlers, and use of chauffeur-driven cars, along with numerous other perks which vary from hotel to hotel. Here, we've taken a look inside ten of the world's most expensive hotel suites, along with the amenities they offer — so that we can at least imagine we're staying there, even if we just can't quite afford it this year....
10 Hardwood Suite at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas — $25,000
A must-visit for avid sports fans, the Basketball Hardwood Suite at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, USA, is at number ten, and is the only hotel suite in the world to have its own indoor basketball court. The suite, which costs twenty-five thousand dollars a night, also has a locker room and a scoreboard for its inhabitants' use. For those so inclined there are even fold-out beds to allow sleeping on the court. However, for those less basketball-fixated, there is also a fully-stocked bar, dancefloor and lounge, to keep everybody happy.
9 St. Regis Villa at the St. Regis Mauritius Resort — $30,000
At number nine is the St. Regis Villa, part of the newly opened St. Regis Mauritius Resort in Mauritius, Eastern Africa. A night at the villa goes for a cool thirty thousand dollars, but the space was at least designed with a family in mind, and so caters comfortably for four people (who each have their own individual pool). The villa comprises four suites, each of which have a spectacular ocean view, and comes complete with a personal chef, a security guard and a butler, as well as a private gym.
8 Penthouse Suite at the Four Seasons, Paris — $30,700
The Penthouse Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, France, is at number eight. This suite costs thirty thousand, seven hundred dollars per night, and resembles in layout a particularly decadent Parisian apartment. On top of this, the customer has incredible views of numerous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and also (strangely) gets their own indoor garden, along with an impressive plasma TV tastefully hidden behind a black mirror.
7 Presidential Suite at the St. Regis New York City — $35,000
Costing thirty-five thousand dollars a night, the Presidential Suite at the St. Regis New York City, New York, USA is at number seven. With a perfect view of Central Park, the suite has its very own wood-panelled library. Customers can also expect use of the hotel's Bentley Mulsanne and constant access to personal butler service, as well as a luxury dressing room and access to a fitness centre and spa.
6 Royal Suite at St. Regis Saddiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi — $35,000
At number six it's the St. Regis Saddiyat Island Resort's Royal Suite, which also costs thirty-five thousand dollars per night. The hotel is in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and its Royal Suite is one of the largest in the whole nation. This suite is a duplex facing the sea, and accordingly has an aesthetically pleasing ocean theme, which includes shades of teals and ice-cream in its colour scheme and white sand, sea shells and driftwood in its ornamentation. The suite also boasts a mini-cinema, games room, spa room and sauna, along with its very own grand piano.
5 The Royal Villa at Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens — $35,000
At number five is the Royal Villa at Greece's Athens hotel the Grand Resort Lagonissi, which goes once again for thirty-five thousand dollars a night. The villa offers an outdoor and indoor heated pool, which along with gym and steam bath suits guests who want to work out with a personal trainer. The suite also comes with a private massage area, two entirely marble bathrooms, and its very own butler's quarters. The villa also has its own private business centre, and a path leading to the beach exclusively for its occupants.
4 Hilltop Estate Owner's Accommodation at Laucala Island Resort, Fiji — $40,000
In at number four is the Hilltop Estate Owner's Accommodation at the Lacuala Island Resort, Fiji. The South Pacific-based hotel is already exclusive and very private, since Laucala is a private island, and the Estate Owner's Accommodation stands on top of a hill, overlooking the whole island. An impressively spacious suite, the accommodation costs forty thousand dollars a night, and offers a panoramic view of the entire island, a private cook, a private nanny, and a chauffeur. There are also two private swimming pools and outdoor dining pavilions, so that guests can make the very most of their surroundings.
3 Ty Warner Penthouse Suite at Four Seasons, New York — $45,000
At number four is a suite which encompasses everything about New York chic: the Ty Warner Penthouse Suite at the Four Seasons, New York, USA. The suite, in New York's highest hotel, is situated a considerable eight hundred feet from the ground, and includes in its make up cathedral ceilings and diamond skylights. The sinks in the Chinese onyx bathroom are carved from rock crystal, and the penthouse comes complete with a bejewelled guest bathroom. The suite also boasts a calfskin-walled dressing room, use of a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, and a panoramic view of the New York skyline.
2 Shahi Mahal Suite at Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur — $60,000
The penultimate hotel suite is India's Shahi Mahal suite, in the Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur. The illustrious suite is currently undergoing renovations and is not due to open til October 2014, at which time it will cost sixty thousand dollars a night. The Shahi Mahal suite already has a private theatre, astrology room, access to private kitchen staff, and a huge library, and will also include post-renovations a twenty-four thousand square foot landscaped terrace garden and an infinity pool.
1 Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson, Geneva — $83,200
At number one is the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson, Geneva. Considerably higher-priced than any other suite on this list, the Royal Penthouse Suite goes for eighty-three thousand, two hundred dollars a night. For its price the suite offers twelve bedrooms, each with its own marble bathroom, and an entire private staff, including a butler, chef and personal assistant. The stunning panoramic view of the Alps and Lake Geneva have reportedly moved many guest musicians to song composition. The suite has bulletproof glass in its windows, and perhaps wisely; some of the biggest names in the world have stayed there, including Bill Gates and Richard Branson.