The Glitz and The Glam: Luxury Travel’s Ritziest Resorts in The World

Luxury travel is in! We rounded up some of the most exclusive and expensive resorts and private islands around the world.

When it comes to luxury travel, the world is a playground for those who are lucky enough to enjoy it. The sky is the limit when money isn’t a factor. Luxury travel boasts the utmost relaxation, destinations that you’ve never even heard of, tantalizing views and world-class customer service. Beautiful getaways, secluded resorts and private islands are among the choices for where to vacation in the world of elite travel.

The amount of ritzy hotels and resorts in the world is infinite and every new place seems more extravagant than the next. We’ve chosen some of the most shocking and over the top luxury hotels in the world that’ll make your jaw drop because of the views, the sought-after destinations and the price per night. These resorts are so ritzy that they are usually frequented by the likes of millionaires and A-list celebrities.

15.) Luxury Island Resort: Naladhu Private Island Maldives

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Maldives Luxury Resort

Starting price per night: Ocean Pool Villa $709 per night

Two Bedroom Pool Residence: $4000 per night

Nothing says exclusive quite like a private island, and nothing says ritzy like a private island in the Maldives. A stay at the Naladhu Resort in the Maldives is so exclusive, you’re one of 20 guest houses on the island. Each colonial-style house come fully equipped with a private pool, in home spa and complimentary breakfast. At every turn you’re surrounded by the beautiful Indian Ocean and the other coral islands that make up the Maldives.


14.) Luxury European Villa: The Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens

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The Grand Resort Athens Lagonissi

Starting price per night: Royal Villa price available upon request

Standard rooms starting at $311 per night

Live like royalty in Greece’s capital city and enjoy the top tier suite at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens. This suite in particular comes with spectacular views, exclusivity, and a long list of amenities to indulge in. The Royal Villa includes two master bedrooms and indoor and outdoor heated pool, your own personal spa and tons of other opportunities to unwind and relax while on your Greek adventure.


13.) Luxury Bangkok Resort: Anantara Hua Hin Resort

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Starting price per night: Premium Sea View Rooms starting at $1,495 per week

Escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and get some R&R at the Anantara Hua Hin Resort . Anantara is modeled after a traditional Thai village and is designed with the true Thai experience in mind. Take Thai cooking classes with lead chefs, Thai boxing and yoga classes and enjoy a multitude of other authentic experiences in the palm tree gardens.


12.) NYC Luxury: The Grand Penthouse at The Mark in NYC

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The Mark Hotel

Starting price per night: Penthouse suite is $100,000 a night

Standard Courtyard Room $550 per night

The famous penthouse suite in the The Mark has been the resting place for many celebrities and wealthy socialites who come to New York City. At a steep $100,000 per night, only the ritziest of the ritzy could even think about staying somewhere so glamorous.

The Mark is situated in the heart of the city and is one of the best places to enjoy everything Manhattan has to offer. The Guggenheim, Central Park and the best of NYC shopping are at your doorstep when you stay at #TheMark. While the Penthouse suite starts at $100,000 a night, for a standard room with a courtyard view you’re looking at about $550 a night.


11.) Luxury European Hotel: The Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson

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Hotel President Wilson

Starting price per night: Penthouse is $80,000 per night

Live large in Geneva, Switzerland when you stay at The Luxury Collection’s Hotel President Wilson. Hotel President Wilson boasts one of the largest and most luxurious penthouse suites in Europe. The Penthouse has a shocking 12 bedrooms, with two master bedrooms overlooking the beautiful Leman Lakeshore.

Discover the refined Swiss lifestyle and high-class customer service while enjoying the amazing amenities at Hotel President Wilson. Included in the price tag is guaranteed fine dining by Michelin starred Chef Michel Roth.

10.) Luxury African Resort: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

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Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Starting price per night: Villas start at 970 euros per night

Take a journey over to the tropical paradise of Seychelles island, a small island off the eastern coast of Africa. True luxury awaits you at the Four Seasons Resort in the secluded island of Eden. You can choose from an array of beautiful oceanfront villas with private pools, spas, and breathtaking views of the Petite Anse Bay and the Indian Ocean. Need some relaxation and reconnection? Enjoy hilltop yoga and spa services that will bring you inner peace.


9.) Luxury Machu Picchu Adventure: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu

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The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Starting price per night: $1,755 per night

An oasis in the heart of one of the wonders of the world, The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu is your destination to uncover the treasures of the Lost City. The Sanctuary Lodge is your exclusive ticket into Machu Picchu since it is the only hotel in the entrance of the city. Explore the Lost City in style, and relax and unwind with some of the world’s most coveted views in the backdrop.

While staying at the Belmond is ideal, it is not cheap. One night in a deluxe room will put you at $1,755 per night, but with that comes the privilege to stay in one of the most spectacular places in the world, and beat the crowds that flock to it every day.


8.) Luxury Villas: Cheval Blanc Randheli

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Cheval Blanc Randheli

Starting price per night: Villas start at $1,375 per night

The Maldives is full of plenty of luxury resorts that you can lounge in and the Cheval Blanc Randheli is another one that will take your breath away. The Cheval Blanc Randheli doesn’t hold back when it comes to luxury and indulgence. The resort has three different types of villas to choose from, ranging from island villas to lagoon villas. Whatever you want is yours at the Cheval Blanc. If waking up surrounded by piercing blue water is your thing, then you will be more than satisfied at this palace in the Indian Ocean.


7.) Luxury Mexico Resort: Chablé Resort and Spa

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Chable Resort and Spa

Starting price per night: Resort and Spa packages start at $1,168 per night

Discover the treasures of the Yucatán in Mexico and stay at the Chablé Resort near Mérida, Mexico. The Chablé’s villas are situated amongst the resort’s luscious gardens and designed to make you feel like you’re apart of the nature surrounding you. This is the perfect resort to soak up the adventure and history of Mexico’s Yucatán, while prioritizing your wellness and relaxation.

The world-class spa is minutes away from your villa and is fully equipped with every luxurious treatment you can imagine. It’s also built around a natural “cenote” or the Riviera Maya’s beautiful swimming holes. The Chablé Resort and Spa is all about fostering a peaceful coexistence with the environment.

6.) Luxury Palace: Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

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Emirates Palace

Starting price: Rooms start at $1,400 for 7 nights, and $6,000 for a suite

Nothing says luxury and opulence like the United Arab Emirates. Images of royals and gold and beautiful shiny buildings are the first thing that comes to mind when the names Dubai and Abu Dhabi are mentioned. The Emirates Palace is both a hotel and a landmark in Abu Dhabi. The palace is a blend of Arabian and lux with perfect 5 star luxury to make you feel like a royal guest.


5.) Luxury Fiji Villa: The Hilltop Villa at Laucala Island Resort in Fiji

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Starting price per night: $4,800 per night

One of the main factors of elite, luxury travel is the feeling of exclusivity and nothing is more exclusive than a private island. Private islands are perhaps some of the most luxurious types of destinations in the world, especially if you rent out the entire island to yourself (which some people actually do).

Beautiful is an understatement at Laucala, a private resort island in Fiji. The island is surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters and 4.6 square miles of luscious green tropical rainforest and volcanic mountains. The island is owned by the founder of Red Bull and is a hideaway for the ritziest travelers of the world. At the Hilltop Estate on Laucala Island, you’ll truly feel like you’re in another world. Among the beautiful villas in the resort, you’re surrounded by land that has been mostly untouched.

Staying at the exclusive Hilltop Estate will not only give you breathtaking views but also access to the private pools, personal library, hot tubs, a golf course and a luxurious spa for ultimate relaxation. All of these wonderful amenities can be enjoyed at the special starting price of $4,800 per night. The Hilltop Estate, which is the most exclusive accommodation on the island has a special price of $44,000 and is only available upon request and with the owner’s approval. To rent out the entire island, you’re looking at a whopping $170,000 per night with a maximum of 74 people. On top of that, landing on the island can cost up to $20,000 in landing fees and private jet charter fees.


4.) Luxury Mountaintop Getaway: Chalet Zermatt Peak in Switzerland

Chalet Zermatt Peak

Starting price per week $57,000

Aficionados of skiing will love this one. The Chalet Zermatt Peak in Switzerland is the perfect luxury ski paradise for the ultimate winter vacation. Imagine coming back to a view like this after a long day of hitting the slopes with your friends. The Chalet Zermatt is an exclusive private chalet in the heart of the  Swiss Alps overlooking the Matterhorn. Four slopes, Michelin-star restaurants and winter hiking are only some of the adventurous activities available in this winter wonderland.

The Chalet estate is one of the most luxurious ski resort destinations in the world. For a luxury week-long ski vacation in the Chalet Zermatt, you’re looking at $57,000 to $191,000 depending on the season.


3.) Luxury Belize Getaway: Cayo Espanto in Belize

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A Private Island

Starting price per night: $1,595

We can’t get enough of private islands. The idea of being secluded while enjoying some of the most breathtaking views in the world is enticing. Cayo Espanto in Belize has all of the perks of luxury travel packed into one, a tiny island off the coast of mainland Belize.

Anyone who has experienced traveling to Belize would know the enchanting nature of travel throughout the country. Despite its proximity to many major American cities, it is still overlooked when it comes to travel in the Caribbean. Skipping Belize would be a shame however, and if you can afford it, then a stay at the Cayo Espanto is a must.

Cayo Espanto has a modest feel to it, but it is nothing short of luxurious island life. Booking a stay on this private island will get you exclusive access to the island, including the beautiful villa tucked in the natural greenery. On the island, you can enjoy exclusive beachside dinners prepared by world-class chefs, an at-home spa, and a plethora of adventurous activities that you can add on to your experience. Renting out this beautiful island will put you at $1,595 per night.


2.) Luxury Caribbean Getaway: Amanyara in Turks and Caicos

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Starting price per night: $1,400

A true luxury experience in Turks and Caicos means the views of the breathtaking white-sand beaches and crisp blue waters within a few feet. You can’t beat the coral reefs and the diverse marine life of the Turks and Caicos waters. A few nights at the Amanyara will leave you feeling extremely refreshed and pampered without a doubt. After all, the name directly translates to peace place in the Sanskrit and Arawak languages.

With its four state of the art spa pavilions, extravagant facilities, and it’s open concept in its rooms, Amanyara is the perfect relaxation getaway for the rich and famous. Just how much does waking up in this open-air villas? The rooms start at around $1,400 for a 2 person villa.


1.) Luxury Italian Getaway: Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy

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Starting price per night:$800 for a room $3,000 for a suite

Positano, Italy is arguably one of the most enchanting places in the world. Located on the Amalfi Coast, the Italian beach town is carefully built into the cliffs and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The Positano views are so mesmerizing, a simple stroll through the quaint Italian village is an activity in itself.

Positano may seem modest but its prices are not. A dinner in the coastal town could usually starts at $30 minimum, so you can imagine the types of accommodation available. Le Sirenuse is one of the most sought-after hotels in Positano. It is located perfectly along one of the main roads, giving you access to all of the best that Positano has to offer, including the beach and delicious restaurants and artisan shops.

LeSirenuse stands out with its bold red and white colored walls, its balcony’s with those classic Positano views, and it’s classic Italian decoration style. The hotel is extremely popular among those who frolic along the Amalfi coast and like to travel in style. But you’re lucky if you get a room in this resort, the rooms are usually sold out well in advance, especially during the high season, June-September.

The rooms start at $800 for an inner courtyard room to $3000 for a suite. Enjoy a fresh Italian breakfast with a view from each room.


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