Are you planning to visit the Bahamas, Dubai or Turkey for your summer vacations? Need help deciding where to stay? Read on for our 5 recommendations!
August is just around the corner, which means – if you haven’t already – you only have a few more weeks to plan and fully enjoy your summer vacations. But the question remains: which are the best luxury hotels to stay in? Which have the best beaches and promise a holiday to remember? Let’s find out!
#1 Atlantis Paradise Island – Paradise Island, Bahamas
One Casino Drive, Paradise Island, Bahamas / atlantisbahamas.com
If you’ve never seen Atlantis Paradise Island in person, you’ve no doubt seen it on the silver screen: Duplicity, After the Sunset, and Casino Royale are just a few of the movies that featured scenes of the iconic landmark. Also, if you’ve indeed not seen it in person, perhaps it’s time that you did. In fact, you should probably spend your summer vacations there and, more specifically, in the Royal Towers Bridge Suite.
Although it will set you back some $25,000 a night, the Bridge Suite really is something else. At 16 stories high, its 800-square-foot balcony offers guests spectacular views and features 10 equally spectacular rooms, including a 1,250-square-foot living room that comes with its own grand piano and a 10-seat dining room with a 22-karat gold chandelier. The suite, meanwhile, also offers a “permanent staff of seven” to attend to your every need.
But you can’t stay in the Bridge Suite for the entire duration of your stay, no matter how lavish it is. You need to get out and, thankfully, Atlantis Paradise Island has a lot to offer. There are three white sand beaches available to guests as well as 14 lagoons showcasing 20,000 tropical fish and aquatic animals. But that’s not all. You also have unlimited access to the resort’s movie theater, daily casino lessons, and fitness center, and there are 18 waterslides to keep the daredevil happy – including the Leap of Faith, a 60-foot slide that sends riders into a transparent tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon.
#2 Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates / burj-al-arab.com
Since its grand opening in 1999, the Burj Al Arab has become quite an iconic landmark in Dubai, and exudes elegance and luxury that no other hotel has been able to emulate. At 1,035 feet tall, it features 202 two-story suites – each with its own whirlpool bath, living and dining areas, and dedicated butler.
However, there’s one suite in the Burj Al Arab that trumps them all: the Royal Suite. At $24,000 a night, its “opulent color scheme, sumptuous furnishings, and exclusive amenities” (which include a private lift and cinema) make the price look very reasonable indeed. A butler service is available 24/7, its two bedrooms both have their own full-size Jacuzzi, and you’ll even receive a complimentary bottle of wine as well as bespoke fruit baskets, Arabic sweets, and dates upon arrival.
Along with the “magnificent panoramic views of the tranquil azure ocean” the suite provides, guests are also treated to full access of the Talise Spa and the wild Wadi Wadi Waterpark
#3 Mardan Palace – Antalaya, Turkey
Merkez Özlü Köyü, Tesisler Cad No: 450, 07110 Aksu, Antalya, Turkey / mardanpalace.com
The Mardan Palace in Turkey is the most recent hotel on this list, having been built by Azerbaijani businessman Telman Ismailov in 2009 to the tune of a staggering $1.4 billion. Yes, one-point-four billion dollars. It has since been hailed as the most expensive hotel in Europe and in the Mediterranean, and with over 20 restaurants and bars (including the underwater Aquamarine Restaurant) as well as a lavish spa, we can easily see why.
Rooms start from $480 a night, but if you’re going to splurge on your summer vacations, you might as well go all the way and book the Royal Suite. Described as a “palatial suite,” it features two en-suite bedrooms, a sauna, and a private office. It also comes complete with a private plunge pool and a personal butler.
As for activities, the hotel’s Swim Reef, a manmade aquatic adventure looks, allows guests to swim with and feed more than 3,000 tropical fish – including Brown and Eagle Rays. You can also sunbathe on the hotel’s own private beach of 9,000 tons of sand specially imported from Egypt.
#4 Marquis Los Cabos – San José del Cabo, Mexico
Carretera Transpeninsular Km 21.35, Fracc. Cabo Real, 23400 San José del Cabo, Mexico / marquisloscabos.com
As one of the top holiday destinations in the world, Mexico is renowned for its hot weather, beautiful beaches, and wonderful hospitality, and there’s one place in the country where you can enjoy all three in style: the Marquis Los Cabos hotel in San José del Cabo.
Nestled between two professional 18-hole golf courses and near the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, the Marquis Los Cabos is an adults-only all-inclusive resort that features a 36-foot waterfall, a major Latin American art collection, a Michelin-pedigreed chef, and a spa where stars like George Clooney love to come and play (in fact, his beach villa is right next door, so you might be able to catch a glimpse of him and his new wife Amal).
Of course, stargazing isn’t the only thing to do around here. Between Spanish lessons, tequila tasting, nightly shows, snorkeling and scuba diving excursions, and live music performances (and much, much more), don’t be surprised to spot a migrating whale or two from the comfort of your luxurious suite. The Marquis Los Cabos is considered to be one of the most expensive hotels in Mexico – and of the world – and with a plethora of amenities offered to guests (including a full hydro-massage bath with an ocean view, and plush robes and slippers), it’s not hard to see why. Meanwhile, you could go all out and stay in the Grand Marquesa del Mar Presidential Suite or one of the hotel’s 28 casitas which all offer a private pool.
#5 Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas, USA
4321 Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103 / palms.com
If you’re planning to travel to Las Vegas, aka Sin City, the Palms Casino Resort near the famous Las Vegas Strip where most of the city’s resort hotels and casinos are concentrated is the best place to go. A popular destination for many Hollywood actors and celebrities, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of your favorite singers at the Palms’ recording studio that has been used by many chart-topping artists like Beyoncé Knowles, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Jay Z.
As for suites, you’re spoiled for choice. However, the Two Story Sky Villa (formerly known as the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa) comes highly recommended. Located at the top of the Palms Fantasy Tower, the Sky Villa guarantees 9,000 square feet of the “highest of high class” with a glass-enclosed cantilevered swimming pool, a 24-hour butler service, a dry sauna, a personal glass elevator, a private balcony overlooking the Strip, and much more.
There’s much to do here: from partying to gambling, enjoying a well-deserved massage to sunbathing by the pool, and eating at the Michelin-starred Alizé restaurant to watching a movie at the 14-screen movieplex, you’ll never get bored during your stay here. And if you do, you could always attend one of the many shows in town from Celine Dion to Cirque du Soleil and Britney Spears to Jennifer Lopez.
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