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Ten ridiculously expensive hotels

SLIDESHOW: Got $28,000 burning a hole in your pocket? This is where you should go and stay.

April 1, 2010 7:09 by

  • Al Maha Desert Resort, a luxurious hotel modeled after a Bedouin camp, was developed by Emirates Airlines in 1999 for a reported $13.6 million. The architecture recalls the traditional style of buildings around dry riverbeds or oases.

    The resort consists of 40 tented suites decorated with antiquities, hand-crafted furniture, rugs and carpets – and each has a private pool. There are also activities such as falconry, camel-riding and archery.

    The catch? The cheapest room – the Bedouin Suite – will set you back around $1,500 a night during April. And the 530sqm Presidential Suite, which has three bedrooms and spacious lounge, is a cool $9,673 a night.

  • Minimalist style meets with maximum prices at this beautiful hotel in Oman. Flanked by azure ocean waters, the hotel has 156 rooms and suites, plus a spa and specially packaged sightseeing tours.

    Chedi ‘suites’ are currently available for around $1,267 – but cheaper rooms go for under $500 a night.

  • The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa complex is located on the bay at Barr Al Jissah in Oman. It consists of three hotels: Al Waha, the most family oriented of the three; the more luxurious Al Bandar; and the even more luxurious Al Husn.

    Al Waha superior rooms are currently available for $400 – but if you want to book a one-bedroom suite in the latter, it would set you back $1,300.

  • Emirates Palace, the landmark building in the UAE capital, cost $3 billion to build. It has 302 superior rooms and 92 suites, each with appropriate dollops of bling. While you can snap up a standard room for around $400 per night, the Palace Grand Suite (at 7,319 square feet) is the most expensive, at up to $11,500 per night.

  • ‘Sammy’ the whale shark may have been released, but there are plenty of other fishy goings on at Atlantis The Palm, located at the crescent of one of Dubai’s artificial islands. There’s the Aquaventure theme park and Dolphin Bay, where guests can swim and interact with dolphins.

    A standard room booked for later this month costs around $430 a night. But the Neptune Suite, which stretches over three floors with its own elevator and staircase, will set you back $8000 a night.

  • The Ritz-Carlton features more than 350 meters of white sandy beach, 138 seafront rooms and 13 suites. It was recognized by Tatler magazine for being one of the best resorts in the world.

    Deluxe rooms start at around $500 per night, but the Emirates Suite is around $1225.

  • Desert Islands Resort & Spa, on an island in Abu Dhabi planted with three million trees, boasts the unique Arabian Wildlife Park, where you can see once-indigenous animals such as the Arabian oryx and striped hyena.

    Sir Bani Yas island will have an alternative energy plant supplying all its energy needs, making it one of the most eco-friendly tourism projects in the region.

    A junior suite at the Desert Islands Resort & Spa will set you back $600 a night, but the Royal Villa costs $3,185.

  • When it opens later this year, the Armani Hotel in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, will be just as luxurious as the rest. Accessed through its own grand entrance, the hotel occupies eleven floors of the tower, “each one reflecting the essential values of pure elegance and sophisticated comfort that define the Armani style”, according to the blurb.

    But it comes at a price. The cheapest room available for pre-booking is around $762 – and you’ll pay $2450 a night for the ‘Armani Signature’ suite.

  • The Al Sahari Tented Pool villa at this upmarket resort in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, will set you back $1160 a night.

  • Lastly, the best-known – and most expensive – hotel in the Gulf. The so-called ‘seven star’ Burj al-Arab is consistently voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, and it’s got more bling than it knows what to do with. The interior of the hotel, which cost $650 million to build, has more than 9,000 square meters of gold leaf, marble, granite and crystal.

    The cost of staying in a suite begins at $2,000 per night; the Royal Suite is the most expensive, starting at $28,000 per night.

 

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