The most important element of a vacation, aside from the destination, is the hotel where you spend your downtime. If you’re going to take a true luxury vacation, of course, it won’t do to have anything less than one of the most expensive hotel suites in the world.
#1 Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva
For the security-conscious, or the merely paranoid, there’s nowhere better to stay than the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson Hotel, which has panoramic views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. With bulletproof doors and windows, it’s the perfect safehouse for visiting heads of state, or privacy-conscious celebs. Taking up the entire top floor of the hotel, the suite has its own private elevator to whisk guests to an apartment with 12 rooms, which hold a Steinway grand piano, billiard room, library and private fitness center.
+41 22 906 6666; www.hotelpwilson.com
#2 The Presidential Suite, The Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur, India
This positively palatial suite was a former Maharaja’s residence. At nearly 1,500 square meters, the suite is one of the biggest in Asia, and comprises a four-floor apartment lavishly decorated in gold leaf, stucco, ivory and mirror work. With a private roof terrace and swimming pool offering panoramic views of the pink city of Jaipur, and its own private museum, there seems little reason to leave.
+ 91 141 2634077; www.rajpalace.com
#3 Ty Warner Penthouse Suite, Four Seasons Hotel, New York
This 400-square-meter penthouse tops the entire top floor of this magnificent hotel, offering a 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline. The nine-room suite is the brainchild of designer Peter Marino, architect IM Pei and the hotel’s owner Ty Warner (the billionaire creator of the Beanie Babies). It sports fabrics woven with platinum and gold, an indoor-outdoor Zen garden, a stupendous chandelier, the services of a personal butler, personal trainer/therapist and private chauffeur.
+1 758 5700; www.fourseasons.com/newyorkfs
#4 Penthouse Suite, Hotel Martinez, Cannes, France
On the Croisette, Hotel Martinez has a Michelin-starred restaurant, piano bar and huge private beach. Decked out in art deco style, you’ll have a sitting room, dining room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms with hammam, shower, spa bath, dressing room and sauna at your disposal, as well as a huge terrace overlooking the Bay of Cannes.
+33 4 92 98 73 00; www.hotel-martinez.com
#5 Hugh Hefner Sky Villa Palms Resort, Las Vegas
The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, high in the Palms’ Fantasy Tower, is fitted out with everything Playboy: racy artwork selected by Hef himself, a huge, rotating circular bed and an indoor pool, branded withthe Bunny logo, leading to a hair- — and libido- — raising cantilevered spa bath high above the Strip. This 836-square-meter, two-bedroom pad also includes an orgy-sized bathtub, bar and poker table and an indoor waterfall. The eye-watering price doesn’t include breakfast — or Bunnies.
+1 702 942 7777; www.palms.com