This Valentine’s Day, if you’ve got deep pockets and a demanding partner, chances are you’ll be under a degree of pressure. Roses aren’t going to cut it and who really wants chocolates? So, how about a night to really remember.
With the help of travel consultants Kiwi Collection and Elite Travel International, Billionaire.com has compiled the definitive list of the most exclusive hotel rooms on the planet. Naturally, they don’t come cheap but a stay in one of these suites will earn its weight in ‘brownie points’ several times over. Each suite has been judged on the average rack-rate price, size and amenities, as well as points for exclusivity and style.
A disclaimer: at Billionaire.com we consider it our duty to uphold a certain level of taste for our discerning readers. So, in compiling the shortlist we have deliberately omitted any suite offering rotating beds, frescoes of Ancient Rome, mirrors on the ceiling, 24-carat gold iPads or Jacuzzis tiled with the Playboy bunny logo. And yes, they do all exist.
A final word of warning. If you are lucky enough to stay in one of these off-the-wall once-in-a-lifetime über-suites, there is a downside. Your home, on return, may feel rather less impressive than you remembered. Sorry about that.
Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Average price per night: US$67,000
Square metres: 1,800
You’ve got to hand it to the Swiss. When they do luxury, they do it well. We’re talking 12 palatial bedrooms complete with 12 marble bathrooms and a terrace spanning the entire suite with panoramic views over Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. Cavernously huge, the suite is filled with every conceivable — and inconceivable — amenity. There’s the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4 103in plasma TV, the Steinway grand piano and, of course, the handpicked art collection. The Royal Penthouse is a favourite among VIPs and politicians. Famous guests have reportedly included Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Rihanna. And, being Swiss, security is peerless, with bulletproof windows and a private lift.
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Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel
Location: New York City, US
Average price per night: US$45,000
Square metres: 400
Named after the billionaire owner of the Four Seasons Hotels in New York, this suite took seven years and a staggering US$50 million to build. And it shows. Hotel suites simply do not come more stylish than the Ty Warner in the Four Seasons New York. The vision of legendary architects IM Pei and Peter Marino, every inch of this suite is painstakingly considered and beautifully conceived — from the 18th century Japanese silk pillows to the extensive library filled with hundreds of volumes on art and culture. The suite even has its own private art concierge. In a city of skyscrapers this is the highest hotel room in New York with incredible floor-to-ceiling 360-degree views. Billionaire doesn’t pick favourites, but if we did...
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Hilltop Estate Owner’s Accommodation, Laucala Island Resort
Location: Laucala Island, Fiji
Average price per night: US$40,000
Square metres: 1,200
Once the property of media magnate Malcolm Forbes, Laucala Island (pronounced Lauthala, for those in the know) is now owned by Red Bull billionaire Dietrick Mateschitz. The resort comprises 25 ultra-luxurious villas with private-beach access. Guests on the island enjoy everything included, from the gourmet food and Champagne to beach horse riding and a welcome massage in the spa. When Mateschitz visits his Fijian retreat he stays at his private accommodation, the spectacular owner’s hilltop residence: a pagoda crowning the peak of the island with panoramic views. When the villa is vacant it is available for rent, but only upon application. You have to fill out a form and wait for an invitation to stay in this most exclusive of paradise villas.
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Penthouse Suite, Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez
Location: Cannes, France
Average price per night: US$37,500
Square metres: 180