When one percenters travel they tend to like to go big or stay home. So it is not surprising their homes away from home would be as grand as possible.
Best coiffed guests: In the first position for being not only exclusive and expensive, but also enormous, is the Grand Penthouse at the Mark Hotel in our very own New York City.
At a whopping 12,000-square-feet and $86,000-per-night price tag, this five-bedroom, duplex penthouse suite features a grand piano, 2500-square foot rooftop terrace and chef Jean-George room service. Because who wants messy looking guests, suite residents are treated to 24-hour access to Bergdorf Goodman tailoring and in-suite hair styling from Frédéric Fekkai Salon.
Avoid assassination attempts: The Royal Penthouse at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva is the perfect place if you travel with an entourage or roll ten deep with a high-powered crew. The 18,000-square-foot suite offers 12-bedrooms, and is highly secure. Not only does it have a private elevator, but features armored doors, bulletproof glass and a panic room. But for quick getaways, it offers its own helipad, all for $59,000 a night.
Beach-seekers paradise: If tropical locales are your style, Delana Hilltop Estate atop Laucala’s Nawi Mountain in Fiji, owned by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz might be your jam. The residence is occasionally available (by application only) for $55,000 per night. The suite has low-key thatch roofs, spaces that open to gardens and infinity pools lit by Tiki torches.
On-call staff: The perfect combo of city and sea, The Royal Villa, Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens is located on the Athenian Riviera. For a nightly charge of $50,000, one gets three bedrooms, two pools and their own private beach. Also included are staff members on call — like a personal trainer chef, butler, a pianist along with VIP transport via helo or limo.
Most bizarrely furnished: If you are looking for something a bit more esoteric, the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City has a rather unique aesthetic. The “castle in the clouds” runs $45,000 a night because apparently furnishings made up of calfskin leather, afrormosia, Venetian velvet, Chinese onyx, Japanese silk are not cheap.
Live like royalty: At Raj Palace Hotel in Jaipur, India, this restored ancient royal castle’s Shahi Mahal Presidential Suite features interiors we suspect Donald Trump would love. Awash in gold leaf, stucco, ivory, silver, ornate mirrors and furniture, and Italian marble floors, the 16,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, four-floor suite is $45,000 a night.
Celeb hotspot: Get starstruck at the Grand Hyatt Cannes (Hôtel Martinez) in Cannes, France. The 17,976-square-foot, four-bedroom penthouse suite offers views of the Boulevard de la Croisette,the bay and the hotel’s private beach from it’s 3, 122-square-foot terrace. The $41,000-per-night pricetag is cheap when you consider you may see a bikini-clad award winner.
Drive a Bentley: The Presidential Suite, in New York City’s St. Regis Hotel will not only offer you a grand apartment overlooking Central Park and Fifth Avenue, but guests have access to the property’s fleet of Bentley so they can cruise the streets of Manhattan, seeing and being seen.
Beach-seekers paradise II: Amanyara Villa at Amanyara in Turks & Caicos is located on the beach voted #1 in the world for several years (via Traveler’s Choice) But if staring at the glorious beach isn’t enough, the hotel’s villas offer “large decks, day beds, outdoor showers, infinity pools, lush landscapes and even private reflecting ponds.” They range from $34,000 per night for five bedrooms—including an office, housekeeping, food service and golf cart.
Pop bottles: Get a taste of old school Parisian life in the Royal Suite, Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. For $27,000-a-night, guests can lounge on French Regency furniture while marveling at antiques and a view of the Eiffel Tower in the 4,850-square-foot, four-bedroom suite. A stay includes Krug champagne so you can truly experience joie de vivre.
Best place to dream: If you care about getting some serious Z’s, the Royal Two Bedroom Suite in The Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah in Dubai has you covered — in plush Egyptian cotton bedding, Eiderdown duvets and 14- pillow types on posture-controlled king beds, that is. The 8,396-square-foot suite with views of the Arabian Gulf comes with a $27,000 price tag that may keep many up at night regardless of the remote-controlled curtains.
Most likely to house The Artist Formerly Known as Prince: The Apartment, Hotel Connaught in London’s big claim to fame is its bold purple door. Inside, the suite is bathed in a soothing lavender color scheme. “From $24,000 per night, the bespoke apartment purple reigns over the blue-blood Mayfair district where ambassadors and hedge funders mingle,” according to Forbes.