When a single night's stay in a hotel suite costs more than the average American's annual income, lavish ain't even the start of it. Here, we delve into 12 residence-style pads where 24/7 butler service, ultra-refined design, and courtesy rides in the back of a sleek Bentley aren't even the coolest things on offer.
Author: Chelsea Stuartwww.jetsetter.com
Starting rate: $75,000 per night
For just the price of a measly four-year college education, you can bed down at The Mark's Grand Penthouse for a single night. The palatial 12,000-square-foot space – which encompasses the entirety of the building's 16th and 17th floors – caters primarily to an elite clientele of A-list celebs and international billionaires, but should you have some cash burning a hole in your pocket, take a look. The extravagant suite is broken into five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a private library and conservatory, grandiose ballroom, 24-seater dining room, and 2,500-square foot roof terrace with unrivaled Central Park views. The hotel brought in French interior designer Jacques Grange to spruce up the space with his and her bathrooms, white oak flooring, mint-green dressing rooms, a grand piano, and Miele and Gaggena kitchen appliances. Should you need help working them, three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is at your disposal.
Starting rate: By request only (but we hear it's more than $65,000)
Looking for an insane bachelor/bachelorette party pad for you and 11 of your closest friends? Might we suggest Europe’s largest suite – the Royal Penthouse at Hotel President Wilson. A stone’s throw from the United Nations office and Avenue de la Paix, the suite takes up the entire top floor of the hotel with 12 luxury bedrooms dripping in silky linens and stately furnishings, 12 entirely marble baths (some with jacuzzi tubs – all with Hermès products), a mahogany dining table that seats 26, and a panoramic terrace that lends unparalleled views of sparkling Lake Geneva, Mont-Blanc, and the Swiss Alps. Take a tour of the lavish space and you’ll also come across a mammoth home cinema-worthy Bang & Olufsen TV and audio system, a Steinway grand piano, and a 1930 Brunswick billiard table.
Starting rate: $55,000 per night
If exclusivity tops your list of getaway priorities, then the Delana Hilltop Estate – on the private Fijian island of Laucala – demands immediate consideration. Perched high up on on a hill – looking down on a dramatic swath of verdant palms and far-reaching coconut groves, with a panoramic view of the impossibly turquoise South Sea and the resort’s private white sand beach – the three-piece thatch-roofed residence (check it: there’s a main house and two guest houses) reigns over the lush rainforest locale. Indoor spaces are posh, capitalizing on sea breeze and natural light, with floor-to-ceiling windows, dark wood and stone floors, and cozy hanging cocoon chairs. Outside, a tiki torch-lit infinity edge pool is lined with umbrella-shaded sun loungers. Guaranteeing that you won’t have to lift a finger the entire time is also a personal chef, chauffeur, and nanny.
Starting rate: $50,000 per night
There are enviable views of Manhattan’s skyline, and then there’s the absurdly dramatic Downtown, Midtown, Uptown, and Central Park vista that comes with a stay in the Four Season’s Ty Warner Penthouse Suite. With 52 stories beneath your feet, and four cantilevered glass balconies (all with single-paned glass aka zero obstruction) to choose from, you’ll feel like you’re at the center of NYC’s universe. Among the suite’s nine rooms are a master bedroom whose king bed dons a bedspread woven with 22-karat gold, and a private library with 26-foot cathedral ceilings ornamented with a gilded bronze chandelier. If the utterly opulent nature of the suite (see: walls and floors done up in mother of pearl, onyx and semi-precious stone inlays) doesn't completely do it for you, you also have access to chauffeured rides in the hotel’s Rolls-Royce Phantom, around the clock massages, and easy access to the luxury shops of Fifth Ave.
Starting rate: $50,000
Looking to live like European royalty (or the Kardashian-Jenners) for a quick second? Break out your best caftan and head for the buzzy Athenian Riviera. There, you’ll find the Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi, which stuns with two heated hydro-massage pools – indoor and outdoor; a private sea-level terrace with direct access to the beach; and marble bathrooms outfitted with glass-enclosed showers and separate steam rooms. The waterfront oasis relies on neutral cream decor, a largely open floor plan, circular skylights, and retractable sliding doors to accomplish an airy island feel. The suite is so sprawling, in fact, that there's even separate butler quarters.
Starting rate: $35,000 per night
If you find it hard to believe that people throw-down upwards of $35K on a single night here, then you’ll probably be astounded to find out that most Presidential suite guests actually bed down for a week, bare minimum! The apartment-style pad has catered to the likes of Hollywood bigwigs (i.e.; Elizabeth Taylor) with its three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and highly-refined classic-meets-contemporary design. The master bedroom alone takes up a good chunk of the 3,340-square-foot floor plan, with a separate sitting area, walk-in dressing room, and spa-inspired bathroom replete with a chandelier-studded Jacuzzi. Take in jaw-dropping views of Fifth Ave and Central Park from floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room, or get up close and personal with Louis Vuitton, Stuart Weitzman, and Giorgio Armani, via complimentary door-to-door chauffeur service in the flagship St. Regis’s sharp Bentley Mulsanne house car.
Starting rate: $ 19,000 - $30,000 per night
What better way to spend a night in Paris than with your own exclusive view of Avenue Montaigne and the Eiffel Tower, complimentary flute of Krug champagne in hand? For a cool $20-30K per night, the French Regency style four-bedroom (there are two masters with two private living rooms), four-bathroom (jacuzzi and steam room included) suite and highly-desired vantage point are all yours. Highly polished silk and damask accents steal the show throughout, while more than a handful of Bang & Olufsen flat screen TVs speak to the suite’s modern sensibilities. With Paris at your fingertips, we hope no one will be spending too much time on HBO, though.
Starting rate: $17,170 per night
Avid Goop readers should recognize this one, as the Apartment at The Connaught got the Gwyneth Paltrow stamp of approval back in 2010 (she stayed for a week as her London pad underwent renovations). The David Collins-designed two-bedroom penthouse is flooded with natural light which is only heightened by a soft palette of lavender, blue, white, and gold, as well as soaring slanted ceilings with exposed eaves. From the dining room, French doors open onto a wrap-around balcony with enviable views of Mayfair.
Starting rate: $15,000 per night
When it was built in 1727, The Raj Palace was one of Jaipur’s very first royal residences. Now, almost three centuries later, and after going through an impressive restoration – under the eye of 16th-generation royal family member, Princess Jayendra Kumari – kings, queens, and foreign dignitaries take to the Maharajah’s four-story pavilion for ultra-luxurious stays. Across the multi-level suite, you’ll find double-height ceilings embellished with crystal chandeliers; a terrace that overlooks the palace’s inner courts; a private museum with the palace’s original throne; and highly ornamented walls and furnishings finished with gold leaf foiling and ivory inlay.