The World Travel & Tourism Council stated that global tourism accounted for $7.6 trillion of the global GDP. The average vacation costs about $1,145 a person, or nearly $5,000 for a family of four. Of course, you could spend much more than that!
There’s a wide variance in quality when it comes to hotels. You could stay at a Holiday Inn or a Fontaine Bleu. Or, you can stay in one of the fanciest hotels in the world. Click here to read about the 10 best.
1. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
The Emirates Palace is hard to beat – it’s at the top for a reason. It cost nearly $3 billion to build! You can see the price tags as you look around at the more than 1,000 crystal chandeliers and marble imported from 13 various countries!
With 394 suites and rooms, this hotel also has a myriad of fountains and pools, lavish spas, and a white sand beach. This hotel is a fortress with the most distinguished marina in the Middle East.
There are palace suits if you want to feel like a Sultan back in the day. Don’t worry you can still enjoy all the modern amenities of today.
2. Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai
The Burj Al Arab Hotel looks a heaving sail. It is one of the most photographed buildings in the world because it is so impressive. All rooms are luxurious suites reaching two floors with spectacular views.
You will find everything is state of the art. Other amenities fit for the most wealthy include heliports, hovering tennis courts, unique dining, and luxurious nightlife you can’t experience just anywhere.
Guest are assigned personal butlers that are available 24/7. You can also request personal chauffeurs in Rolls Royces and catering that only the royalty or the most wealthy could afford.
3. The Westin Excelsior, Rome
If you want a fancy hotel that has stood the test of time, check out The Westin Excelsior Rome. Built in 1906, this hotel stands out in the Via Veneto district.
Some rooms are much more affordable than others, but if you want luxury, the Villa La Cupola Suite will definitely not disappoint. The recent $7 million renovation offers a luxury cocoon reaching two floors.
This is the most lavish suite in all of Italy. You can find the old world style with cathedral domes and furniture. Modern amenities include its own private workout room, steam bath, formal room, modern high gadgets, and a sauna.
4. Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
The Alila Villas offers one of the most spectacular views around. The hotel sits on limestone cliffs about 100 meters above the Indian Ocean.
You can enjoy a natural design, which blends the outdoor and indoor spaces with the utmost luxury. You can also get in touch with your natural side with various onsite therapists that specialize in natural, organic living through massage, meditation, nutrition, and spa services.
5. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
Atlantis Paradise Island resembles the lost city. It spans more than 141 acres to make it one of the premier luxury resorts in the world.
If you want the most luxurious suite, check out the Royal Towers Bridge Suite. Located on the 23rd floor, this suite pulls out all the stops with a 22-karat gold chandelier, 10 rooms, 12-foot ceilings, and two entertainment centers. If you book this room, you have a permanent staff of seven to make your stay the most lavish experience.
6. Ivory Lodge Lion Sands, South Africa
You can experience the splendor of African nature in the Ivory Lodge. Using only natural materials, the lodge is an expression of earth’s natural beauty. This lodge is surrounded by African Bush to give you nature stay you’ve always dreamed of.
This lodge also has a private rim-flow pool, an exquisite master suite with a private lounge area, and an outdoor shower in the garden forest. You can enjoy all that nature offers with the utmost privacy and luxury.
There are 8 single villas and 1 double villa that overlook the perennial Sabie River. You can browse through the art gallery and get fit in the Africology spa and gym.
7. Soneva Fushi, Maldives
If you love Robinson Crusoe, you could check out the Soneva Fushi Resort, which is Maldives’ native island hideaway. Taking the whole family? Check out the nine-bedroom retreat.
Enjoy your own private island with dense tropical foliage and the most serene, clear lagoon. Several villas resemble tree houses with nature-inspired designs. Each villa also has its own private beach of white sand and a private saltwater pool.
Need something? No problem, your personal butlers offer intuitive services so you may not have to ask after all.
8. The Boulders, Arizona
If you want to stay in the United States but get the wow-factor, check out the Boulders in Scottsdale, Arizona. This resort is surrounded by rock formations that are more than 12-million years old!
The resort spans 1,300 acres with a massive spa, two golf courses, and upscale shops in the Sonoran Desert. You can choose from a variety of accommodations including a 550 square foot casita up to an exuberant 5,700 square foot Villa Retreat where you get the privacy and anonymity of any celebrity or royal.
Enjoy southwestern decor like no other with natural stone showers, beamed ceilings, and authentic wood-burning fireplaces. Enjoy natural rejuvenation at the spa.
9. Soneva Kiri, Thailand
Stay at one of Soneva Kiri’s private villas on the hillsides of the ancient rainforest. You will get your own buggy to get your private, pristine beach.
How exclusive is this resort? You can only get to the island on a 1.5-hour private jet ride.
The beaches on this island are some of the most beautiful around surrounded by the untamed jungle. You can also dine at a lantern-lit eatery for a true nature experience with the open air.
10. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
View the magnificent Caribbean on top of a hill for the most spectacular views. There are 29 suites at Jade Mountain that are called sanctuaries for a reason.
The resort offers mesmerizing experiences with infinity pool suites and stone columns reaching for the sky. Known to cater to romance, Jade Mountain offers an art gallery, boutiques, spas, scuba, and numerous restaurants.
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