Luxurious honeymoon suites for the one percent
September 22, 2014 | BY AFP
One hotel offers two of kinds of pads for newlywed couples -- a gold-plated iPad and a helipad. Another ups the ante on the pillow mint by throwing a diamond ring in with the reservation.
One hotel offers two of kinds of pads for newlywed couples -- a gold-plated iPad and a helipad. Another ups the ante on the pillow mint by throwing a diamond ring in with the reservation. They’re hotel suites for the one percent. Because that’s how millionaire lovebirds roll. Here’s a look at some of the most extravagant and outrageous honeymoon suites in the world, aimed at those for whom tens of thousands of dollars is chump change when it comes to celebrating their love.
New York Palace
It may sound extravagant to throw in a diamond ring with a hotel reservation, but given that the Jewel Suite at the New York Palace costs $25,000 a night, the ring could be construed as a courtesy amenity. While some hotels offer their VIP guests a complimentary bottle of bubbly, fruit basket or box of chocolates, the New York Palace comes with a gem worth $2,500, designed by jeweler to the stars Martin Katz.
The hotel also offers an ‘Ultimate Proposal Package’ that includes a private consultation with Katz for a custom-designed band and private, rooftop dinner.
Burj Al Arab Dubai
The helipad at the Burj Al Arab ©Burj Al Arab
Not one to do things the conventional way? Couples for whom there is no mountain high enough can book the hotel’s helipad as their wedding reception venue. For $55,000 USD, couples can select the hotel’s ‘Wedding in the Skies’ package for an unforgettable ceremony 212 m in the sky. Couples will exchange their vows on the same site where Tiger Woods teed off, and where tennis legends Roger Federer and Andre Agassi engaged in a friendly tennis match. Instead of a horse-drawn carriage, couples can also hire out an Italian twin engine Augusta 109 aircraft.
But wait, there’s more. Couples booked in at the Royal Suite will also get a personal butler and an iPad plated in 24-carat gold.
For the sum of a middle-income salary, you too, can book a one-night stay at the world’s most expensive hotel suite, The Residence at the InterContinental Geneva: Putting your head down in the 7,000-square foot apartment will set you back $56,000. With 11 rooms including a library, gallery, hammam, gym and sauna, the apartment is ideal for those who may be feting their wedding with out-of-town guests -- along with those couples who may need their space after the festivities.
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
For a fairytale honeymoon that plays into all the clichés -- but in an elegant and luxurious way -- incurable romantics may want to consider inaugurating their lives as husband and wife in the city of love, at the Four Seasons Hotel George V which offers wedding and honeymoon packages. Activities include private limousine tours of some of the city’s most iconic sites; a river cruise along the Seine; a day trip to the Loire Valley (chateau country), couples spa treatments; champagne tasting in the hotel’s cellar, and privately escorted tours of the Louvre after hours. Splurge for The Penthouse and you can share a kiss when the Eiffel Tower erupts in her fairytale lights on the hour, as the balcony offers 360 views of the Iron Lady.
InterContinental Hong Kong
In Asia, one of the most extravagant honeymoon suites can be found skyward at the Presidential Suite at the top of the InterContinental Hong Kong, the largest suite in the city and one of Asia’s most impressive rooms. Its most stunning feature? A 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace with a private infinity pool and Jacuzzi that offers dizzying views of the Victoria Harbour and city skyline. Expect a welcome that includes glasses of Dom Pérignon bubbly, rooftop dinner, and around-the-clock butler service to help you navigate around the 7,000 square-foot duplex.
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