In the ever-competitive world of five-star hotels, top stays are continually upping the ante for luxury-loving guests. It’s no longer enough to provide artisan chocolates on the pillow or Frette robes in the marble-lined bathroom—now, the norm is Picassos in the bedroom suite, diamonds in your drink, champagne bubble baths and Bentleys on-demand. Here, the most jaw-dropping, over-the-top experiences from hotels around the world. Prepare for some serious #travelgoals.
30 Bottles of Cristal and Seaplanes on Standby
Where: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Perfect for weddings and reunions, for a cool $1 million dollars, guests will have exclusive use of the private island in the Florida Keys for four days and three nights—including 30 one-bedroom suites. As if that weren’t enough, each suite has a bottle of Cristal waiting (30 bottles in total), Tumi luggage is mailed to all guests before arrival, and two seaplanes (plus pilots), a limo and a driver are always on standby. On your last night on the island, they’ll arrange a grand finale fireworks show.
Alpine Ski Lessons With an Olympian
Where: L’Apogee Courchevel, Courchevel, France
Located in one of the world’s top skiing destinations, it’s only fitting that guests staying at L’Apogee Courchevel—in the celebrated Trois Vallées region—can train with the best. For $2,300 per day, including nightly accommodations, the five-star hotel offers private ski lessons with triple Olympic medalist (and 15-time French Champion) Florence Masnada in partnership with the exclusive Somewhere Club. Each day includes a morning workout, skiing in the Trois Vallées, recovery exercises and a post-ski pow-wow over drinks back at the chalet.
24-Karat Gold iPads
Burj Al Arab Jumeriah, Dubai, UAE
Considered one of the most extravagant hotels in the world,
Dubai’s Burj Al Arab
Jumeirah goes all out for guests staying in the $8,900 per
night Royal Suite. One of the coolest amenities on offer in the duplex—which also includes a rotating canopy bed and private cinema—is the
24-karat Gold iPad given to each guest upon arrival. iPads are programmed with
access to all guest services and hotel information, and guests can purchase the
64 GB version for $8,154.65.
A Private Wine Cave
Where: Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, California
Nested into a private canyon in Upper Napa Valley, serene getaway Calistoga Ranch offers a romantic package that takes advantage of America’s most celebrated wine region. Guests can stay in the two-bedroom, 2,400 square foot Estate Lodge—with an expansive deck, outdoor living space, private hot tub and outdoor shower garden—and enjoy a private candlelit dinner for two in Calistoga’s majestic wine cave carved deep into the hillside. Dinner in the cave underneath its iron chandelier features live violin music, a menu completely customized to your wishes and a bottle of 2007 Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon valued at a whopping $8,000.
A Helicopter Ride Across the Grand Canyon
Where: Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Arizona
Get up close and personal with the majesty of the Grand Canyon thanks to the $11,000 “Over the Top Grand Canyon Adventure” package at Sedona’s Enchantment Resort. Guests spend three nights in a two-bedroom Full Casita, including breakfast each morning, and get four 60-minute Sedona Clay Wrap spa treatments at the resort’s Mii Amo destination spa, plus a private guided hike. The highlight of the trip is a private helicopter flight from Sedona to the Grand Canyon to view the famous red rocks, dip into canyons, and explore ancient Sinagua Indian ruins.
A Good “Vibes” Curator
Where: Dream Downtown, New York City
A super cool suite like Dream Downtown’s new GuestHouse presidential suite—which includes a 900-square-foot garden terrace, a glass-bottom Jacuzzi, a Champagne Bar vanity, a private barista and a personal security guard—means you’re practically required to throw a party. The Vibes Curator, on offer to guests in the $5000 per night suite, has a litany of duties, including arranging art installations in partnership with the Morrison Hotel Gallery, customizing bedding and pillows, building bespoke music playlists, personalizing the in-room coffee program, coordinating consultations with in-house salon IGK, setting up personal fittings with stylists and tapping into a network of DJs and mixologists worthy of the downtown NYC scene.
A Downton Abbey-Style Butler and Ladies’ Maid
Where: The Dorchester, London, England
Channel your inner Lady Mary in the Dorchester Hotel’s Harlequin Suite. For $6,100 per night, guests have a bevy of butler services on offer, including the option to have your clothes unpacked and repacked for you, clothes pressed and shoes shined to a “Royal Household” standard and a chauffeured round-trip airport or train transfer in an executive saloon. Guests also receive a welcome gin & tonic, and a welcome bottle of Dom Pérignon upon arrival. The Harlequin Suite has a glamorous history—it’s where Elizabeth Taylor stayed when she was offered the part in Cleopatra. The pink marble bathroom that was installed for her still remains, and the suite also features a wrap-around terrace overlooking Hyde Park.
Become a Tequila Connoisseur
Where: Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico
The town that gave the spirit its name comes to life in this resort’s Ultimate Tequila Tour. For $21,000, two people can take a private helicopter ride to the Mundo Cuervo distillery in Tequila, Mexico, where Jose Cuervo and Hacienda Centenario are produced. After tequila tasting with an expert sommelier, you’ll bottle your own spirits, enjoy a private meal with live music and then return to the Four Seasons via helicopter for one night in a suite.
A Private Tour of the Vatican
Where: Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria, Rome, Italy
Travelers to the Eternal City have a bevy of benefits waiting for them at the Rome Cavalieri. For $2,550 per night, you’ll stay in a top suite, with perks including a transfer to and from the airport in a Mercedes S Class, a welcome flute of champagne and canapés, complimentary access to the Imperial Club & Grand Spa and a 7-course tasting menu dinner for two at La Pergola—Rome’s only three-star Michelin restaurant with a 60,000+ bottle wine cellar. Even better, you’ll get a private tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica along with tours of the four Basilicas, including St. Peter’s, St. John in the Lateran, St. Mary Mayor and St. Paul outside the Walls.
Your Own Private Australian Beach
Where: qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia
Hands-down one of the best luxury resorts in the world, qualia offers travelers a little slice of paradise on remote Hamilton Island, in Australia’s Whitsundays. For $9,000, guests can enjoy three nights in the airy two-bedroom Beach House (where Oprah stayed during her famed Australia trip), featuring a 40-foot-long private infinity pool and massive wrap-around deck overlooking the Whitsundays. The package includes a helicopter to your own private island, where guests will experience lunch for two and bottle of champagne. After returning to the Beach House, you’ll have a private dinner by torchlight, Bachelor-style.