If you really want to splurge on a vacation, why not go all out and spend tens of thousands of dollars -- or more -- on an extravagant hotel package? Some of the most luxurious hotels around the world offer top-notch experiences curated to one's personal tastes. Below are some of the most expensive ones we’ve come across recently. Just note that the rates listed are simply the starting rate -- for longer trips or additional perks, you’ll have to pay up.
This Palm Beach property riffs off its Gold Coast location with the 24k Magic package, which covers a four-night stay in the Hepburn Suite. Some notable perks of the package: monogrammed 24-karat gold champagne glasses, an exclusive dinner at Café Boulud with gold in every dish and a $10,000 Cartier shopping spree.
Looking to party in style in Beverly Hills? If you drop $50,000, you can get a one-night stay in the Presidential Suite (a 3,700-square-foot accommodation with a private spa treatment room, a private theater and much more) for yourself, plus one-night stays in five Studio Suites for your guests. The package includes, among many other perks, a caviar reception in the Presidential Suite and six-course dinner with a champagne pairing for 12.
In true California style, the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad pairs fine cuisine with surfing. Guests who book this package are treated to breakfast with executive chef Pierre Albaladejo, a surfing session with him and a beachfront lunch prepared by him. Guests will go home with a personalized longboard, too (shipping is complimentary).
For Miami Music Week, high-end partiers might want to consider this over-the-top package for eight people. Guests will be flown to Miami aboard a private jet and given a JetSmarter membership, for starters. Once in Miami, they will enjoy a five-night stay in suites at the SLS South Beach. A few other goodies include backstage passes, a stage-side VIP table for the entire week (which comes with a $20,000 beverage credit and a personally engraved three-liter bottle of Ace of Spades) and an opening DJ set at the closing party.
|5. Après in the Air at the Fairmont Château Laurier, Fairmont Tremblant, and Fairmont Le Château Montebello -- $300,000|
This is easily the most over-the-top way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Thanks to Fairmont and Air Canada, 58 guests can enjoy a private flight through Jetz, Air Canada’s charter service, to Canada, where they will stay at three legendary Fairmont properties and enjoy a customized itinerary. Will you choose dog sledding and skiing or a spa day with a private dinner party? Luckily, the package could be tailored to include all of the above!
Two travelers looking for a romantic evening in the Maldives will be interested in this package, offered by Soneva Fushi. The package comprises a five-night stay in a villa, a five-course dinner paired with wines from the Bordeaux estate Château Angélus, and wine tastings with Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, the co-owner and general manager of Château Angélus.
Skiing aficionados will enjoy the Baur au Lac’s helicopter package, which includes two nights at the hotel, a helicopter ride to the slopes, ski equipment, a private ski instructor, an in-room massage and many more perks. If you’re feeling extra fancy, consider adding on the Rolls Royce excursion, which takes you on a trip in one of the hotel’s classic cars.
If you want to get away from it all, try this unique experience offered by the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Up to four guests will be whisked away on a helicopter tour of the Big Island (waterfalls and beaches and mountains, oh my!), at one point during which they’ll be joined by a volcanologist, who will educate guests on Kilauea as they tour the volcano. At night, guests will hike the volcano and see the active lava flows pour into the ocean. Guests stay overnight at the Rainforest Cottage Hideaway in a 1,000-year-old rainforest.
OK, this isn’t a one-off package per se, but it is an extraordinary hotel experience. Guests looking to stay at the Presidential Suite El Camaleon at the Fairmont Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen must book a stay of at least four nights, which will run some $22,900, on average, but the rate includes private transfers from the airport, butler service, all meals at the property’s restaurants, golf and a couples massage.