If you’ve ever wondered where the rich and famous spend their holidays, you’ve come to the right place.
From grand ballrooms and bulletproof glass to rooftop swimming pools and private islands, the luxury travel industry has a laundry list of lavish accommodations on offer – provided you can afford the accompanying price tag.
On a journey from Las Vegas to Lake Geneva, FEMAIL takes a look inside the world’s most expensive hotel rooms.
Luxury hotels are big business nowadays, with guests willing to shell out large sums to spend a night in exclusive suites (pictured, a lavish sky villa at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas)
North Pole Igloos – Arctic Circle and Norway
Taking the trophy for the world’s most expensive accommodation are the North Pole Igloos – and they haven’t even opened yet.
Slated to open in April 2020, this luxury pop-up hotel offers guests the chance to sleep beneath the stars at the North Pole for just one month, during the only month when travel is accessible to the region, according to CNBC.
Operated by upscale sustainable travel group Luxury Action, the heated glass igloos feature fully transparent ceilings and walls to create the illusion of being fully immersed in the frozen nature outside.
The North Pole Igloos, operated by Luxury Action, are set to open in April 2020 offering guests a once in a lifetime chance to spend a night beneath the stars of the Arctic Circle
A stay at the igloos comes as a package, which includes two nights on the Norwegian island of Svalbard and one night at the North Pole itself.
Flights between Svalbard and the Pole, meals and a daytime guided tour are also included.
For anyone who can’t manage the price tag of this once in a lifetime experience, guests can book in for a three-night stay inside an igloo in Svalbard, which opens all year round, with prices starting from $77,705.
Cost: $150,000 for one night in an igloo, two nights in Svalbard, Norway, return flights between Svalbard and the North Pole and a daytime sightseeing tour.
A stay at the igloos includes a two-night stopover on the Norwegian island of Svalbard, as well as meals, return flight transfers and a daytime guided tour
The Empathy Suite at Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas, US
Designed by acclaimed contemporary artist Damien Hirst, the Empathy Suite Sky Villa at Palms is the currently world’s most expensive hotel room.
Often reserved for million-dollar casino players, this opulent two-floor, 836 square metre suite is home to many original Hirst pieces.
The penthouse offers an unparalleled view of the Las Vegas strip from the custom butterfly mosaic tiled pool on the second floor terrace.
The Empathy Suite at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas (pictured) was personally designed by acclaimed artist Damien Hirst
The 836 square metre suite is spread across two floors and is home to many Hirst originals
Guests enjoy a highly personalised, exclusive experience inside the Empathy Suite, with 24-hour butler service, chauffeured car service and VIP access to Palms’ resort venues including KAOS Day and Night Club.
Private tours of Hirst’s on-site collection are also available.
The resort also reward elite Empathy guests with $14,600 resort credit to use as they wish.
Cost: $138,804 per night (by request only)
The suite offers unparalleled views of the iconic Las Vegas strip
Private tours of Hirst’s on-site collection are also available
The Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson – Geneva, Switzerland
Spread across the entire eighth floor of the Hotel President Wilson on the shores of Lake Geneva, this suite is truly fit for royalty.
The sprawling 2,500 square metre living space offers sweeping views over the lake, with a Steinway grand piano and 1930 Brunswick billiards table for entertainment.
The suite contains 12 bedrooms, each with their own ensuite decorated in luxury Hermès grooming products.
Guests can entertain friends in the 26-person dining room, and talk business in the 16-seat meeting room.
The 12-bed Royal Penthouse at the Hotel President Wilson offers unrivalled views of Lake Geneva
The suite is home to a vintage billiards table and a Steinway grand piano for entertaining
The suite has its own gym and boasts a 103-inch Bang and Olufsen plasma TV – one of the largest in the world.
So elite is the typical clientele, the windows of the Royal Penthouse are reinforced with bulletproof glass to protect high-profile guests.
The suite has hosted esteemed heads of state including Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Business Insider reports.
Cost: $116,671 per night
The royal penthouse has hosted heads of state like Bill Clinton and King Salman of Saudi Arabia
The Terrace Suite at The Mark – New York City, US
Nestled high above the bustling streets of Manhattan, the Terrace Suite at the iconic Mark Hotel offers big city luxury with an equally hefty price tag.
This 929 square metre residence contains five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a 12-seat dining room, as well as a private rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the NYC skyline and Central Park.
With 26 foot ceilings throughout, the Penthouse living room can be transformed into a ‘full-sized Grand Ballroom’ per guests’ request.
The Terrace Suite at the Mark Hotel (pictured) sits high above the busy streets of Manhattan
The opulent residence includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a private rooftop terrace and a 12-seat dining room
The master bathroom features a black-and-white marble bathtub, double wash basins and heated towel racks.
Designed by renowned French interior artist Jacques Grange, the extravagant two-floor space is described as a ‘majestic residence representing the pinnacle of modern luxury with exception comfort and care in every detail’.
Guests can avail of a daily shoeshine service and morning delivery of the New York Times or Wall Street Journal, as required.
Meghan Markle celebrated her baby shower with a cohort of close friends at the Terrace Suite in February.
Cost: $109,379 per night
So how do we compare Down Under?
While the trappings may not match the sheer excess of our American or European counterparts, Australia and New Zealand still boast an impressive array of exorbitantly priced accommodation.
Chairman’s Villa at Crown Towers – Melbourne
This sprawling 1,090 square metre penthouse sits on the 38th floor at Crown Towers in Melbourne and really packs a punch in the art department.
Redesigned by luxury interior experts Blainey North, the cavernous space features a 14-seat dining area and its own bar.
A-listers including Beyonce and Jay Z, Elton John and George Clooney have all stayed at the five-star Crown Towers.
Cost: $25,000 per night
The Sydney Suite at the Park Hyatt – Sydney
With an unrivalled, almost 360 degree view of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, guests can relax in style on the 93 square metre terrace of the Park Hyatt’s Sydney Suite – and that’s before you step inside.
Sitting on the fourth floor, this palatial 350 square metre apartment boasts two-bedrooms, an eight-person dining room, spa bath, sauna and steam room with 24 hour access to butler service.
Cost: $18,000 per night
The Penthouse at Eichardt’s Private Hotel – Queenstown, New Zealand
Sitting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in scenic Queenstown on New Zealand’s south island, the 240 square metre penthouse is the most sought after properties in town.
Guests can enjoy in-room bottles of Krug Champagne, refreshed daily, a chauffeured Land Rover for the duration of your stay, private chef and a private terrace with spa hot tub.
Cost: $10,000 per night
The Penthouse Suite at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez – Cannes, France
Few places on earth are associated with such glamour and finesse as the French Riviera.
The resort of Cannes is, arguably, the chicest stop along said riviera with a catalog of chic hotels and restaurants to rival Paris itself.
And Cannes’ crowning glory is undoubtedly the iconic Penthouse Suite at the Hotel Martinez, an establishment steeped in elegant history thanks to the laundry list of stars who have stayed beneath its roof during the iconic Cannes Film Festival.
The Penthouse Suite at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez (pictured) is one of Europe’s largest hotel residences with sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea
The 300 square metre suite has a private garden, hammam and sauna and spa bath
The 300 square metre Penthouse, one of the largest hotel suites in Europe, boasts a 500 square metre terrace overlooking the famed Boulevard de la Croisette and the hotel’s private beach beside the Mediterranean Sea.
The four-bedroom residence has its own private garden which houses original works by Picasso and Matisse.
Inside, guests can avail of a private hammam and sauna, spa bath and 24-hour butler service, as well as a two-star Michelin restaurant downstairs.
Hollywood A-listers like Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria and Robert De Niro have all graced the sheets chez Martinez.
Cost: $77,586 per night
Hollywood stars like Robert De Niro and Scarlett Johansson have stayed at the Martinez
The Muraka Suite at The Conrad Rangali Island – Maldives
Renowned for luxury holidays, the Maldives arguably boasts more lavish resorts per square metre than any other country on earth.
And the crown jewel in its collection is the Muraka Suite at The Conrad Rangali Island, a unique two-level residence with a master bedroom submerged almost five metres below sea level in the Indian Ocean.
Above water, the opulent accommodation offers an ocean-facing spa tub, outdoor infinity pool and private jet skis moored beside the deck.
The Muraka Suite at the Conrad Rangali (outdoor view pictured) is split over two floors with the master bedroom submerged almost five metres below sea level
Guests at the Muraka can request a personalised arrival on a private seaplane or speedboat
A 24-hour butler and private chef service are open to Muraka guests, as well as an on-call fitness trainer and spa treatments on request.
Inside the master bedroom below sea level the bathroom and walk-in wardrobe boast floor-to-ceiling windows.
Guests at the Muraka can request a personalised arrival on a private seaplane or speedboat which are both available for the duration of your stay.
Cost: $72,000 per night (minimum four-night stay)
The Muraka Suite has a minimum four-night stay at a cost of $72,000 per night
The Hilltop Villa on Laucala Island – Fiji
Hidden atop a hill on Fiji’s Laucala Island, owned by Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, this four-acre luxury residence is split across three villas perfect for large families or groups friends.
The Delana boasts a sprawling master suite with a library, living area and large private pool complete with a waterfall and spa tub.
The bedroom of the Delana includes a walk-in wardrobe and mahogany bath tub.
Laucala Island (pictured) is owned by Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz
The Delana villa at Laucala Hilltop boasts a large mahogany bath tub and walk-in wardrobe
The Dua, a romantic villa perfect for two people, is decorated in rustic Fijian style with dark wood sliding doors separating the cozy bedroom and bathroom.
The third property, the Rua, can accommodate up to eight people and comes with its own private pool.
The Hilltop Villa offers guests a private cook, chauffeur and nanny on-site.
Laucala Island is a resort in itself, with an 18-hole championship standard golf course and private international airport.
Cost: $65,627 per night
Guests can enjoy afternoon tea by the sea on Laucala Island (pictured)
The Grand Riad at The Royal Mansour – Marrakesh, Morocco
Owned by King Mohammed VI himself, the Royal Mansour is the epitome of Moroccan luxury.
Sometimes dubbed ‘the hotel with no rooms’, the magnificent Royal Mansour boasts 53 individual riads – traditional stately homes designed in Andalusian style – but none come close to the extraordinary extravagance of the Grand Riad.
Spread across 1,800 square metres and three floors, this regally lavish accommodation boasts a traditional Moroccan lounge area, private gardens, a rooftop swimming pool, billiards room and its own elevator.
The Royal Mansour in Marrakesh (pictured) is owned by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI
The 1,800 square metre Grand Riad boasts a private garden, rooftop swimming pool and an elevator to take you between its three floors
The first floor is home to a master bedroom and two guest rooms, as well as four bathrooms and four dedicated dressing areas.
A private hammam – a traditional Moroccan spa – sits on the roof terrace along with a tented cabana, cinema and gym.
Guests can avail of free airport transfers to the Royal Mansour, as well as private chefs and butlers on-site.
Cost: $63,411 per night