2017 is nearing an end and it’s time to plan a travel again - to ring in the New Year, of course! The choices are aplenty but if you want to make it really special, be prepared to spend a fortune. These are some destinations that are the playground of the rich, the reckless and the famous. If you want the A-list lifestyle and money isn’t an issue, check right in to these super luxe, super expensive and ultra-private suites in some of the plushest properties around the world.
VILLA NORTH ISLAND, NORTH ISLAND, SEYCHELLES
Located 30 kilometers from the main island of Mahe, North Island Seychelles enjoys a spectacular view of the ocean from a secluded abode of luxury. Perched on granite boulders overlooking the waters, Villa North Island is the embdiment of serenity.
At 750sqm, Villa North Island offers ample room for your mind to float free and for all your island fantasies to become a stylish, spacious reality. The villa is equipped with a master bedroom suite with an oversized custom-made bed, his and hers changing rooms, a spa bathroom complete with massage bed and indoor and outdoor shower and a private study and library that converts into a cinema lounge, just to name a few. Villa North Island has been designed differently to accommodate the incline along the extreme northern side of the Anse d’est Beach and is secretly tucked away in the Takamaka forest.
The beach view from this Villa is truly spectacular and it is this, together with the unique manipulation of the deck design and space that separates this remarkable Villa from the rest.
RATES: Dhs 39,565 per night
BAROS RESIDENCE, BAROS MALDIVES
Hidden by green foliage and bird-of-paradise blossoms but seconds from the crystal blue water and white sandy beach, lies the most private and luxurious retreat at Baros Maldives, the Baros Residence. The award-winning Baros Residence is the most exclusive and private villa on the island and the perfect destination for a tranquil holiday.
The bedroom comes furnished with a king-sized bed while the bathroom has a luxury shower and bathtub for its guests. Right outside the villa is a sundeck with a canopied four poster day bed for undisturbed relaxation. With its 268 square meters of refined style, private swimming pool and personal butler on call 24 hours a day, the Baros Residence is every luxury traveller’s dream come true.
RATES: From Dhs 37,250 up to Dhs 68,000 during peak seasons
ORIENTAL SUITE, MANDARIN ORIENTAL, NEW YORK
Offering a bird's eye view of the city, Mandarin Oriental, New York is home to one of the most expensive suites in the Big Apple.
The sumptuous Oriental Suite enjoys a panoramic view of Central Park, the Hudson river and the Manhattan skyline. Located on the 52nd floor, this beautiful suite boasts an impeccable design and a spacious layout. The suite boasts a magnificent living room dotted with contemporary black and silver furnishings, and fine silk textiles and includes a large master bedroom with king bed, bathroom with bath and walk-in shower, and a walk-in wardrobe. In addition, there is a kitchen which features custom designed Italian cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. From runway fashion and exciting new restaurants to world-leading museums and landmark buildings, the five-star hotel is located in the core of the Big Apple and with everything a traveler could wish for just minutes away.
RATES: Dhs 51,422 per night.
ROYAL MANDARIN SUITE, MANDARIN ORIENTAL, PARIS
Mandarin Oriental, Paris, one of only ten hotels in the city honoured with the prestigious ‘Palace’ distinction, has a premier location on Rue Saint-Honoré and just steps from Place Vendôme, surrounded by history and fashionable shopping. The hotel's 98 luxurious rooms and 40 suites offer guests an eminently stylish Parisian experience, and are among the most spacious in Paris.
Situated at the top of the hotel, the Royale Mandarin Suite offers panoramic views of the city. Decorated in a palette of gold, white, beige and plum, the split-level suite enjoys an opulent 1930s feel. With bespoke furnishings and artwork - such as a staircase fashioned from guilloche metal and an embroidered headboard featuring work by Man Ray - the overall effect is breathtaking. Guests can connect to the adjoining split-level Panoramic Suite. The suite includes a terrace, vast living room, dining room, kitchen, bar, study and private gym, as well as a huge bedroom. The ensuite bathroom features gold cabochons on the floor, a steam room and bath.
RATES: Starting from Dhs 86,182 per night.
THE CRESCENT, NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLANDS, MALDIVES
Nestled in Dhaalu Atoll, Niyama Private Islands is a 40 minute seaplane flight away from Male. The edgy, modern resort offers a romantic and stylish escape for the discerning traveler. This popular A-list hideaway also offers guests exclusive access to its twin pristine islands – Chill and Play – conveniently connected via a picturesque bridge. The highlight of this chic resort is The Crescent, a group of ultra-glam villas with private pools, private chef, butlers and a host of complimentary activities.
With everything from a sunset dhoni cruise to a movie under the stars on offer, this overwater sanctuary is a perfect paradise treat for families and honeymooners. Each accommodation comes with the standard extraordinary accompaniments from private pools to fully stocked Deli-In refrigerators to state-of-the-art entertainment systems. You can be entertained by your own private Boduberu performance where drummers, dancers, and singers will regale you with Maldivian tradition. Then when you fancy a meal, just have your private staff prepare a private barbecue and movie under the stars. Wow!
RATES: Dhs 56,433