Sure, blowing $80,000 a night on a 12-bedroom penthouse suite in overlooking Lac Léman in Geneva is an opulent choice. The full-floor Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson in the Swiss metropolis is reportedly the most expensive hotel room in the world. But at MyDomaine, we know better than to spend money for money's sake.
Instead, we prefer throwing our hard-earned cash not just to the most expensive hotels in the world, but to the ones that will deliver unforgettable experiences: an African safari honeymoon, a once-in-a-lifetime stay in the Australian wilderness, a private island getaway for 12 of our closest friends, or a memorable escape to a historic Italian palazzo.
These luxurious hotels aren't cheap. But what they lack in great travel deals, they more than make up for in tailored bespoke services, from private chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce transport to 24-hour butler service, unlimited spa treatments, and Michelin-starred restaurants. Prepare to experience luxury at its most opulent, stylish, and unabashed at one of the most expensive hotels in the world.
Royal Mansour in Marrakech
The Hotel: To experience true opulence and wonder, check into Marrakech's Royal Mansour. The hotel, composed of a main Moorish-inspired reception building and 53 individual riads, is an endless array of plush lounges, verdant manicured gardens, and world-class spa facilities.
The 5-Star Service: In lieu of rooms or suites, guests are escorted to their private residences—each three stories tall with a central courtyard, living room, bar, dining room, plunge pools, and private rooftop terraces. The riads are connected by an intricate series of underground tunnels accessible only by staff to ensure utmost privacy.
Coco Privé in the Maldives
The Hotel: Why stay at a hotel when you can rent an entire private island? At Coco Privé in the Maldives, $45,000 a night guarantees you six private villas, each with a dedicated team, access to a substantive wine cellar, unlimited spa treatments, and island activities like sailing and windsurfing.
The 5-Star Service: Touch down at Malé International Airport and get escorted to your own private yacht, which will escort you to the private island in style. Upon arrival, a dedicated team of private chefs, personal therapists, concierges, and more, are available to answer virtually any request you can imagine. Time to get your 12 closest friends together for an unforgettable vacation.
Burj Al-Arab in Dubai
The Hotel: For unabashed opulence, check into Dubai's Burj Al-Arab. Widely known as the world's most luxurious hotel, the iconic sail-shaped building, which stretches out into the Persian Gulf, promises the finest hospitality you could ever experience.
The 5-Star Service: Ride in and out of the hotel in style in your chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, or opt to get around in a chopper instead—no request is too lavish. Enjoy private beach and terrace pool access, or eat in one of the nine world-class restaurants in the hotel.
Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel in Paris
The Hotel: While Paris is peppered with luxurious five-star hotels, from Le Bristol to the George V and the Plaza Athénée, there's something to be said about the newly renovated Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel, where the infamous Crillon Ball is hosted each year. This timeless Parisian landmark has been meticulously restored to showcase its glorious history—the building was commissioned in 1758 by King Louis XV.
The 5-Star Service: Call on your 24-hour personal butler for every wish and need, lounge in the outdoor courtyard, or get pampered at the on-site spa, all the while knowing that a courtesy car is always available for your Parisian escapades.
Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli in Gargnano, Italy
The Hotel: Step back in time in Italy's Lombardy region at the Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli—a place where time seems to have stopped to make space for dreams. Here, a rich history inhabits the walls of this palazzo, virtually unchanged since 1892. Each majestic room overlooks the perfectly calm Lake Garda. A fine selection of house wines and a personal valet are available.
The 5-Star Service: Have a sunset cocktail on the lakeshore, play a game of croquet in the lush gardens, take a boat trip on the lake, or dine in the Michelin-starred restaurant.
Amanemu in Shima-Shi, Japan
The Hotel: Aman resorts are notoriously unforgettable sensory experiences of the highest quality, but Amanemu in Shima-Shi, Japan, might be one of the most memorable. Amanemu, derived from aman, the Sanskrit word for peace, and nemu, the Japanese word for sharing joy, was inspired by a traditional Japanese village. Nestled in the scenic coastal landscape, contemporary interpretations of minka homes feature a private onsen (or thermal spring) and generous terraces.
The 5-Star Service: Wellness is at the center of this resort perched on the rolling hills of Ise-Shima National Park. Take a dip in the spring water onsen, and experience traditional Japanese dining, from Matsusaka Wagyu to bento boxes inspired by the ancient imperial court. Here, you'll experience Japan at its finest.
Cotton House in Mustique, Saint Vincent
The Hotel: As far as private Caribbean escapes go, Mustique's Cotton House is as exclusive as it gets. On the tiny private island that's known as a favored vacation spot by celebs from Mick Jagger to Tommy Hilfiger, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Cotton House is one of only two hotels. The resort is set amongst 13 expansive acres of tropical gardens leading down to a secluded bay.
The 5-Star Service: Enjoy the privacy of your own plunge pool in one of the 15 guest rooms, or rent a fully staffed villa. Enjoy tennis courts, gastronomic dinners, a full-service spa, and a myriad of island activities. Private charter flights are also available from St. Lucia or Barbados.
Bisate Lodge in Ruhengeri, Rwanda
The Hotel: In more ways than one, Bisate Lodge redefines what it means to be on an African safari. Located in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcano in Rwanda, the eco resort is composed of six en-suite forest villages and a full-service main building complete with restaurant and bar.
The 5-Star Service: The resort is committed to protecting local endangered species, the mountain gorilla. Daily gorilla treks are available daily, as are visits to the Iby'wacu cultural village, the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera, and the lava tunnels of the Musanze caves.
Southern Ocean Lodge in Kingscote, Australia
The Hotel: Experience South Australia's breathtaking wilderness at its most luxurious at Kangaroo Island's Southern Ocean Lodge. floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge blends into the cliffside, commanding unobstructed views of the Southern Ocean. From there, experience the rich wildlife that Australia's version of the Galapagos has to offer.
The 5-Star Service: Experience Seal Bay's colony of sea lions, get up close and personal with kangaroos, or simply hang back at the lodge for a day of pampering at its world-class spa. Whatever you choose to experience during your stay, you'll feel like royalty.
Il Sereno in Torno, Italy
The Hotel: Touted as Europe's most exciting new luxury hotel, il Sereno on Lake Como, is home to Berton al Lago, a Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the lake. The modern Patricia Urquiola–designed hotel spares no expense to delight guests.
The 5-Star Service: Take a boat ride on one of the hotel's custom Cantiere Ernesto Riva boats, experience the hotel's wine-tasting and cooking classes, or take a dip in the hotel's infinity pool. A special hotel package even includes exclusive transportation in a Maserati Quattroporte whenever you need it.