For some travelers, any hotel stay is a luxury: After all, someone else makes the bed, cleans the bathroom, sets out a continental breakfast and maybe even brings the morning paper. For travelers with more extravagant tastes, only the most lavish accommodations and services will do. But luxury comes at a price -- a very steep one. So what exactly do you get for that four- or five-figure credit card charge? You might not believe it:
10. Ambassador’s Bure at Wakaya Club & Spa
Cost: $4,900 a night. If your idea of luxury is a secluded island hideaway, Fiji’s Wakaya Club & Spa is at your service. And interestingly enough, this secluded getaway is much more affordable than the other suites named in this article. This private island resort is composed of only 10 waterfront bures (or cottages), and the Ambassador’s is its largest at 4,500 square feet. The bure's own spa, a private pool, several decks and a hammock are accompanied by private access to the Pacific Ocean.
9. Imperial Suite at Park Hyatt Vendôme
Cost: $19,000 a night. You’ll be content as a cat, soaking in the Parisian sunlight from the second-floor rooms of the Park Hyatt Vendôme. $19,000 will get you about 820 square feet of high ceilings, a spa bathroom (with a massage table, should you get the yen for an á la carte rub-down), a large living room, dining room and a work room (if you’re on the clock). You'll also receive round-the-clock room service, along with an in-room safe for all your valuables.
8. The Royal Suite at Burj Al Arab
Cost: $22,900 a night. This 25th-floor, two-bedroom suite is the very definition of indulgence in über-luxurious Dubai. After being chauffeured around the city in your choice of a Rolls Royce or a BMW and then stepping off your own private elevator, you'll be enveloped by the suite's marble, gold, mahogany and leopard-print décor. Explore each room and find full-size Hermes' 24, Faubourg fragrances and body products in several marble bathrooms, a rotating four-poster bed in the master bedroom and even a private cinema and library. And just in case you need a helicopter ride, well, the hotel offers those too -- but at additional cost.
7. Bridge Suites, Royal Towers at Atlantis
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Cost: $25,000 a night. The Bridge Suites span the space between Atlantis, Paradise Island's two Royal Towers, hence the name "Bridge Suites." Along with an awesome 16-story-high view on an 800-square-foot balcony, guests will enjoy the undivided attention of a staff of seven. Luxurious embellishments like a 22-karat gold chandelier in the dining room and a grand piano in the living room make this suite the ultimate in Bahamian extravagance.
6. Presidential Suite at the Ritz-Carlton
Cost: $25,000 a night. Staying in Tokyo’s tallest building will cost you many, many yen, which shouldn't be surprising since, according to BusinessWeek, Tokyo is the world's most expensive city. For 2,100,000 JPY, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji and the surrounding Roppongi Hills. Beyond the usual luxuries -- marble bathrooms, 40-inch flat-screen, terrycloth towels -- this Ritz offers club use and concierge services.
5. Royal Plaza Suite at the Plaza Hotel
Cost: $30,000 a night. The Plaza Hotel’s Royal Plaza Suite was inspired by Louis XV’s royal court. Sumptuous décor complements square footage -- 4,400 to be exact -- which is at a premium in the city that never sleeps. But along with all of that, guests will enjoy a state-of-the-art kitchen (for their personal chefs, of course!), a dining room that seats 12, a library lined with a thoughtful selection of books and magnificent views of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue. To top it all off, there are even 24-carat gold faucets in the bathrooms -- yes bathrooms; there are three.
4. Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons
Cost: $40,000 a night. The Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons gives guests a wide-angle view of Manhattan, on display from the nine-room suite’s glass balconies and floor-to-ceiling bay windows. Inside, guests will enjoy the creativity of Ty Warner, Peter Marino and I.M. Pei, who planned every detail from the 25-foot cathedral ceilings to the cut-glass chandeliers. If all this isn’t luxurious enough, penthouse guests are also promised the use of a personal butler, personal trainer/therapist and personal chauffeur.
3. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at the Palms Casino & Resort
Cost: $30,000 a night. Yes, you can drop some serious dough in Vegas, and at the Palms Casino & Resort, you can drop five figures without even approaching a blackjack table. But then again, you'll get to live large in the same suite as Kanye West (back in '07). A full bar, a cantilevered Playboy pool (sorry, bunnies aren't part of the package), a sunbathing deck, pop-up plasma TVs, a rotating king-size bed and a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip are just some of this suite's accoutrements.
2. Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi
Cost: $45,000 a night. Nearly 4,500 square feet in size and overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Royal Villa drips with decadence. Several fireplaces, marble bathrooms and BVLGARI bath products, an indoor heated pool -- and outdoor one -- are just some of the amenities. Also at a guest's disposal is a staff of four -- one for personal training, another for spa treatments, a butler and a limo driver. And guests might even enjoy the exclusive service of flying to Athens by private jet, though certain conditions apply.
1. Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel
Cost: $65,000 a night. For a lofty price, guests can enjoy 18,083 square feet of luxurious accommodations overlooking sparkling Lake Geneva. Enter the marble bathroom and guests will find their own personal hot tub. By the way, you’ll be scrubbing up with Acqua di Parma bath products. Room service is 24 hours, and rumor has it, this suite is très secure -- with the ability to lockdown and watch suspicious hotel guests on closed-circuit TV. Of course there’s also satellite TV and a nearly limitless selection of movies and music. The suite also features a safe because if you can afford this room, you’ll be traveling with lots of treasures