Glowing Jelly Hotels -The Abu Dhabi Yas Hotel is the World’s Largest LED Structure

December 9, 2009

The Abu Dhabi Yas Hotel is one of the city’s most elaborate and magnificently designed luxury hotels, but now it will boast another title—it is the world’s largest LED structure.

Designed by Asymptote Architecture, the Abu Dhabi Yas Hotel features LED lighting designed by Arup, which wraps around the building like a dazzling neon shell due to its more than 5,300 sparkling diamond-shaped LED panels. According to Inhabitat, the curvilinear structure of lights can also change color as well as display low-resolution 3D videos.

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The World’s Most Expensive Hotels

August 30, 2009
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The Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva commands $65,000 a night for its four-bedroom penthouse.

Amid the recession, rock stars, diplomats and other celebrities find solace from the doom and gloom by spending their time in sanctuary provided by the world’s most luxurious, and expensive, hotels. While many of us are tightening our belts, shortening our summer holidays or even abandoning them, hoteliers to the rich and famous claim to have no trouble filling their most exclusive accommodations, and in the case of the most expensive suite in the world, managing to double its rate to $65,000 (€45,642) a night.

In an annual survey by Financial News’ sister publication Wealth Bulletin, the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, tops the list as the most expensive hotel room in 2009, commanding $65,000 for its four-bedroom penthouse — twice as much as patrons paid a year ago for its luxurious setting and views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.

The hotel’s management puts the rise down to “buoyant demand” from government officials and U.N. diplomats.

Last year’s winner, the iconic Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, came second this time, at $35,000, $1,000 up from last year.

New entries this year were the third-placed Presidential Suite at the Hotel Cala di Volpe in Sardinia, the Villa La Cupola Suite at the Westin Excelsior in Rome and the Presidential Suite at the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo.

Despite the past year’s financial and economic turmoil, prices at the best hotel suites have risen by an average of 10% this year. Herbert Ypma, founder of the Hip Hotels brand, said: “The very high end hasn’t suffered all that much. A lot of hotels used to having upmarket clientele are getting the benefit of them taking far more time off than usual — so they have more time to stay in hotels. Money was never the issue, time was.”

Hoteliers said that although the number of business travellers has fallen in the past year, government officials have taken their place in the best rooms and suites.

President Barack Obama and his entourage took over the entire Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow for three nights in June. The President Wilson Hotel said heads of state and other high-level government officials are fuelling demand for its hugely expensive Royal Penthouse Suite.

Vivian Deuschl, spokeswoman for Ritz-Carlton Hotels, said demand is also coming from wealthy leisure travellers: “Last year they might have taken three or four cheaper holidays. This year they are taking one big vacation, but pulling out all the stops.”

The 10 most expensive hotel suites according to Wealth Bulletin’s survey for 2009 are:

Four Seasons
The library of the Ty Warner Penthouse at New York’s Four Seasons Hotel.

1. The Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva — $65,000 per night

Complete with a cocktail lounge, the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson is so exclusive that bookings reportedly have to be made through the hotel’s chairman. The suite occupies the entire top floor of the hotel. It is reached by a private elevator, has four bedrooms overlooking Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc and comes with six bathrooms. Equipped with bulletproof windows and doors, it is almost exclusively reserved for celebrities or state heads, ideal with the United Nations headquarters a five-minute drive away.

2. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel, New York — $35,000 per night

Business at the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York has remained as buoyant as when the suite opened in 2007, according to a spokeswoman. The nine-room suite has walls inlaid with thousands of pieces of mother-of-pearl. There is an indoor-outdoor Zen garden, a private spa room with a screen of living bamboo and a book-lined library, which has a grand piano at its centre.

3. The Presidential Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia — $34,000 per night

The Presidential Suite at Hotel Cala di Volpe near Porto Cervo, averages around $34,000 a night, although during the peak summer season will cost as much as $45,000. Located in the hotel tower, the multi-level Presidential Suite sprawls across 2,500 sq ft and has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a private gym, a steam room and a wine cellar. It is crowned by a rooftop terrace with an outdoor saltwater swimming pool.

4. Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome — $31,000 per night

Villa La Cupola Suite in Rome’s Westin Excelsior embodies all things Roman and excessive: a cupola, a Pompeii-style Jacuzzi, frescoes and stained glass windows detailing allegories of a mythological figure paired with a modern one, such as Atlas and Television, Hypnosis and Neurosis, Hermes and Marketing and Hermaphrodite and Fashion. Located on the fifth and sixth floors, the suite covers 6,099 sq ft and has an additional 1,808 sq ft of balconies and terraces overlooking Via Veneto.

The Presidential Suite at Tokyo’s Ritz-Carlton.

5. The Presidential Suite, Ritz-Carlton Tokyo — $25,000 per night

The Presidential Suite, on the top floor of the city’s tallest building, has spectacular views of Mount Fuji and Roppongi Hills, as well as an expansive vista of Tokyo’s impressive cityscape. It occupies 2,368 sq ft. For refreshments, guests may enjoy the $18,000 Diamonds-Are-Forever Martini, which comes with a one-karat Bulgari diamond at the bottom.

6. The Bridge Suite, The Atlantis, Bahamas — $22,000 per night

The 10-room Bridge Suite is actually a bridge spanning the two towers of the Atlantis Hotel. The 23rd-floor suite is decked with marble floors, a grand piano and a 22-carat gold chandelier. It was known in former times as “the Michael Jackson Suite” because of his regular stays. Prices have come down from $25,000 last year and fees are negotiable. Nevertheless, the suite is so exclusive the hotel does not even advertise it.

7. The Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt Vendôme, Paris — $20,000 per night

The Imperial Suite at the Park Hyatt in Paris provides guests with an “in-suite-spa” concept — with the bathroom/spa comprising a whirlpool bath, a steam shower room and a massage table. The 2,500 sq ft penthouse suite has a huge living room, a dining room, a kitchen and a work area.

Burj Al Arab
The Royal Suite at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

8. Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai — $19,600 per night

Since it was built in the mid-1990s, the Burj Al Arab has become one of the world’s most instantly recognizable hotels with its billowing sail-like structure stretching out on an artificial island into the Gulf of Arabia. The Royal Suite on the 25th floor has a marble-and-gold staircase, leopard print carpets, its own private lift and a rotating four-poster canopy bed.

9. Royal Armleder Suite, Le Richemond, Geneva — $18,900 per night

The Royal Armleder Suite at the Le Richemond Hotel is named after the wealthy family who used to own the famous hotel before Rocco Forte bought it in August 2004. The three-bedroom suite, which stretches over 2,500 sq ft on the seventh floor, has a 1,000 sq ft terrace with panoramic views of Lake Geneva, a real log fire and floor-to-ceiling bulletproof windows. Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte’s sister and well-known hotel interior designer, designed the suite.

10. The Ritz-Carlton Suite, The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow — $16,500 per night

To stay at the best suite in Moscow’s Ritz-Carlton would cost around $16,000 a night — $500 less than last year. Furnished in Russian imperial style, the 2,370 sq ft suite has views of famous Moscow sites including the Kremlin and Red Square. The suite comes with that necessity for the security-conscious Russian billionaire — a panic room with its own energy and telecommunications facilities.

Research for this survey was compiled during mid-August. Prices are rate per night including taxes.

by Tara Loader Wilkinson

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Will Nakheel Sell The QE2?

July 13, 2009

A few months back we saw that plans to turn the Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship into a floating hotel in Dubai had been delayed. The owner, developer Nakheel had planned to moor it at the Palm Jumeirah development but now word has come that the ship may be on the move. The AP has an email from Nakheel saying that other ports have expressed interest in hosting the ship. Nakheel had purchased the ship for a reported $100 million and had plans to recreate the original decor and fittings of the ship from when she was launched in 1967 only with a modern day spin that included adding a 500-seat theater and building a massive spa complex. Those plans are are on hold as Nahkeel, which has developments across Dubai, is considering all offers and has applied to anchor the ship in Cape Town, South Africa.

The email said that the company is working “to ensure opportunities to experience QE2 in her current condition are maximized whilst ensuring her important heritage is at all times protected.” This seems like more continued spin from Nakheel which has been hard hit by Dubai’s real estate slump and tourism decline. The company has shelved a variety of projects including Donald Trump’s planned hotel and has received some of the $10 billion in government bailout funds. There are also reports of widespread layoffs. The company has said before it has no plans to sell the ship. There is widespread speculation as to whether the company will be able to pay off $3.5 billion worth of debt coming due this year so it seems that they might be willing to sell the QE2 if they can find a buyer.  by Deidre Woollard – Luxist


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Do Some (Legal) Skiing With Paris Hilton In Dubai

June 25, 2009

Paris Hilton is back to work on her BFF show in Dubai after taking a break to dump her boyfriend and dance on tables. She’s already raised controversy after reports surfaced that she had gotten in a rift with local authorities for wearing a bikini, but Paris was quick to take to Twitter saying, “One of my friends just called me from back home and asked if I got in trouble for wearing a bikini at the beach here and once again – FALSE”.

Even though she hasn’t gotten arrested yet, she has been keeping herself busy while filming abroad. So far she’s met a huge guy, rode a “cute” camel, gone skiing, and tonight she’s hosting a party at Club Neo.

Yep, skiing in Dubai. They happen to have one of the world’s largest ski domes, in a mall none the less. The Ski Dubai Resort, located just behind the Mall of Emirates and the Kempinski Hotel, features 5 runs that vary in difficulty. For newbies, there are pro ski instructors available for individual or group lessons. There is even a quarter pipe for snowboarders and a snow park for kids. And don’t worry about packing your snowsuit, the resort provides guests with winter clothing and ski gear, all of which is included in the price of admission. A day pass to the park is around $50 but you need to book in advance via their website.  by cmb – Jaunted

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The Most Expensive Luxury Holiday Experiences In The World

May 17, 2009
Burj Al Arab - 7 Star Luxury - Dubai

Burj Al Arab - 7 Star Luxury - Dubai

Via: Darshi Chohan

Downing 27,321’s in the Sky View Bar at the Burj Al Arab
A luxury break can’t get any more luxury than a stay in the world’s only seven star hotel, and with rooms starting at £550 per night, you need to do something spectacular to set yourself apart from the millionaires and celebrities that are often seen frequenting this lavish hotel. The solution is a visit to the Sky View Bar which not only offers panoramic views across the whole of Dubai, but also the most expensive cocktail in the world. The 27,321 is named after its price in the local currency but were the cocktail in England then it would have to change its name to the less salubrious £5,029.00.
Chartering a Private Yacht around the Maldives
The Annaliesse and her sister ship, the Alysia, are the most expensive chartered yachts in the world, and for a mere £85,000 per day, you and up to 36 guests can cruise around the Maldives in some serious style. The Annaliesse comes complete with 34 crew members eager to attend your every whim, and a range of on-board pamper facilities including a marble-faced Roman bath, sauna, steam-room, Jacuzzi, on-board beauty salon, therapy beds and even a massage centre. But even the most pampered princess can get bored from being polished and preened all the time, and if you find yourself needing to take a break from luxury, you can always escape to the yacht’s onboard cinema and library.
Travelling on the World’s Most Expensive Plane Ticket
Your luxury holiday begins the moment that you board the plane, so you probably want your outward journey to be as memorable as your luxury break. The world’s most expensive plane ticket was a $100,000 ticket sold via eBay in 2007 to an Australian man, and his date, for a journey on Singapore Airline’s inaugural flight using the jumbo A380 Airbus. But there’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition in the travel industry and with Boeing having scheduled the first flight on its 787-Dreamliner for July 1st, you may be able to get your hands on a pricier ticket. Best start watching eBay now!
Eating the Most Expensive Meal in the World
The most expensive meal in the world was sold at the Dome Restaurant, Bangkok in 2007. The guest-list was a mere 15 people largely made up of American and Asian gaming and media moguls, and the price of the meal was a gut-busting $300,000. This involved six separate chefs being flown in from separate corners of the world and whilst the eight course meal has now been and gone, you can still enjoy a slightly cheaper meal whilst on your luxury holiday in the hotel’s outdoor restaurant, Sirocco. The restaurant also boasts the accolade of the highest seafood restaurant in the world.
A Holiday in the Rani Resort, Maldives
The Maldives are a stunning destination for a luxury holiday and Rani is definitely one of the most luxurious and most expensive resorts in the world. A night here will set you back around £7,000 but you do get your money’s worth. The four-figured amount gives you several hours use of the resort’s main yacht and unlimited food and drink in the restaurant, as well as spa treatments. However, if you can’t quite justify spending that kind of money on a day’s worth of pampering, then not to worry as the Maldives has plenty of other lavish resorts and boutique hotels that are worth exploring.

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Darshi Chohan is a holiday expert for Tropical Locations, a specialist operator providing   luxury holidays  to the Far East, Indian Ocean, Arabia & India. Tropical Locations has a dedicated team of experienced travel consultants ready to share their knowledge and help you to plan and book your ideal holiday.

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