What are you doing these Christmas holidays? If you’re great at saving up your cash or if you simply feel like a splurge, these luxurious hotels will definitely take you on a lavish spin around the affluent block. Forget 5-star, it’s all about 6 and 7-star with these beauties!
It’s become known as one of the pinnacles of hotel luxury and the Burj Al Arab is in a class all of its own. Staying here means taking advantage of gorgeous spas with incredible views, butler services, luxury car hire, an aquarium restaurant, a water park and of course, a helipad so you can arrive by chopper!
If you’ve ever dreamed of being a King or Queen, then you need to visit Ashford Castle. Outside, the grounds are beautiful and green, with turrets rising up into the sky. Inside, luxury abounds, with exquisite fireplaces still in use and chandeliers drooping from the ceiling.
You just can’t go past the magnificent views of the Cote d’Azur, or the French Riviera, and the Cap Estel hugs an entire strip all to itself. This opulent hotel sports 18 extravagant rooms, but the real perks here are the ocean side drop-off pool, the incredibly private beaches, and of course, the close proximity to both Nice and Monte Carlo.
Peeking up above the cedar forests of Shimla, Wildflower Hall is definitely one of the world’s most resplendent hidden gems. This hotel resort offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan foothills, not to mention marvelous cliff-top pools (the hotel rests at 8,250 feet!), private fireplaces, glorious spas and divine restaurants.
Celebrities and other 7-star people from all over the globe flock to the Maldives and when you glimpse the Villingili Resort and Spa, you can see why. Part of the Shangri La chain, this resort features private villas that stand over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. You can expect to pay around $1,000 a night for a room here – but surely it’s worth it!
It may not look that great on the outside, but this palatial building in the heart of Venice is one of the world’s best hotel diamonds. Built at the end of the 14th Century, the structure features incredible architecture alongside suites and services designed for the rich and famous. Most recently, Hotel Danieli featured in the Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie movie, “The Tourist.”
The Middle East is often known for its decadence and the Emirates Palace takes luxury hotel stays to another level. You can arrive by car, helicopter or boat and the interior architecture includes no less than real gold and marble.
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