Sail shaped, white hotel on a small circular island with bridge extending to its base from white sand beach.
The hotel is so extravagant that it sits on a man made island.
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No Expense Spared at 10 of the Most Luxurious Hotels in the World

Where Nothing Is out of the Realm of Possibility

The most luxurious hotels in the world exist in a realm of wealth that most people can only dream of. While luxury travel in general doesn’t have to be out of the realm of possibility for those with a little more cash to spare or when it comes to the occasional splurge, sometimes it’s fun to go the extremes and see what true luxury looks like.

You can opt for small luxury hotels where all the amenities you can dream of are at your fingertips with a more personalized experience. But today we are going big. In these lavish buildings, suites are priced in the tens of thousands of dollars and guests’ every whim is catered for. Here’s a look at the top 10 luxury hotels in the world.

Burj al Arab Hotel, Dubai

The sail-shaped silhouette of the Burj al Arab is unmistakable. The unique exterior is just a hint of the exclusive luxury you can find within this hotel.

To give you an idea of the extravagance behind the creation of this building, it sits on a man-made island. Inside, there is an underwater aquarium restaurant, cappuccinos come sprinkled with gold dust and a fleet of Rolls Royces is kept on hand to serve guests.

This is opulence to the extreme, and with incredible views to match! Anyone wanting to experience this sultan-esque lifestyle should be prepared to spend around $20,000 on their room.

Violet hue to the Plaza's wall with apartment buildings on either side and trees down below.The suites in the Plaza have the largest square footage of any in New York.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / gregobagel

The Plaza, New York City

You can’t miss the castle-like building of The Plaza, located opposite Central Park. This five-star Manhattan hotel is Luxury with a capital L.

The iconic hotel has an old-world atmosphere with the beaux-arts décor underlining the lavish nature of the building. The suites have the largest square footage of any in New York and are fitted with features like gold-plated bathroom fixtures, commissioned art and mosaic floors.

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Marble floor outdoor with palm trees and benches. Steps leading up to cream colored hotel.The hotel has a one mile private beach for guests and 85 hectares of gardens.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / mlenny

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

This palatial building is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, built to showcase the best of Arabian culture. As well as having nearly one mile of private beach available for guests, the hotel is surrounded by 85 hectares of gardens.

The hotel cost around $3 billion to build. No expense was spared, a fact that is evident in the final product — most of the rooms are furnished in gold and marble.

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