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Top 10: the world’s most over-the-top hotel experiences

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (May 11, 2015): top 10 most outrageous, over-the-top hotel experiences in the world.

These days, the world’s most luxurious hotels try to lure their high-end clients with spectacular pools, magnificent lobbies, exclusive locations (such as private islands, high atop cliffs or along the world’s best beaches), and – last but not least – rooms that come with private plunge pools and phenomenal bathrooms. But some super-rich, refined jet-setters want more – a lot more – from the properties where they choose to spend their holiday. That’s why some ultra-luxurious hotels now offer unique, totally over-the-top, lavish experiences to cater their extremely well-heeled VIP clientele, that often includes celebrities. I hereby present you my top 10 of the most extraordinary hotel experiences in the world.

There is more information below the slideshow. Think I missed one? Share your most amazing hotel experience in the comments section, or take my poll below!

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10. BOOK A 20 HANDS MASSAGE AT GRAND WAILEA, HAWAII, USA

Hilton’s flagship hotel in Hawaii, Grand Wailea (part of the Waldorf Astoria portfolio) offers the globe’s most lavish spa treatment: a 20-hands duo massage. This luxurious treatment is recommended for experienced spa-goers only, due to the overwhelming stimulation of 10 hands simultaneously massaging each body. One therapist is focused on the scalp, one on the lower left-side of the body, one of the lower right-side of the body and two on the upper portion of the body including back and torso. The Swedish massage technique is performed in perfect unison.

BOOK A 20 HANDS MASSAGE AT GRAND WAILEA, HAWAII (USA)

BOOK A 20 HANDS MASSAGE AT GRAND WAILEA, HAWAII (USA)


9. LAND WITH A HELICOPTER ATOP DUBAI’S BURJ AL ARAB HOTEL, UAE

The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, a glittering architectural marvel in the middle of the Arabian Gulf,  is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai. Connected to the mainland by a slender, gently curving causeway, there’s no better way to arrive at this iconic hotel than by a dedicated helicopter transfer service. A 15 minute birds-eye-view of the desert city’s glimmering skyline, culminates in a dramatic landing on the hotel’s helipad on the 28th level.

LAND WITH A HELICOPTER ATOP BURJ AL ARAB, DUBAI

LAND WITH A HELICOPTER ATOP BURJ AL ARAB, DUBAI


8. ARRIVE BY PARAGLIDER AT SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY, OMAN

If a heli landing on Dubai’s most iconic hotel will not do it for you, there’s an even more outrageous way to arrive at a hotel about a 2 hour drive to the east of Dubai. There, on Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. you will find one of the world’s hidden gems, a resort as spectacular as its setting, with dramatic mountains on one side and a 1.6 kilometer (1 mile) sandy beach on the other. For the ultimate arrival experience, the hotel’s guest can travel as a companion passenger with the Six Senses’ professional paraglider.

ARRIVE BY PARASAIL AT SIX SENSES ZIGH BAY, OMAN

ARRIVE BY PARAGLIDER AT SIX SENSES ZIGH BAY, OMAN


7. BOOK YOUR PRIVATE JUNGLE CINEMA AT SONEVA KIRI, THAILAND

At Soneva Kiri, you can watch classic movies under the stars in a return to the old traditions of Hollywood enjoyment. The magnificent resort’s Cinema Paradiso marries three passions close to the founder’s – Sonu Shivdasani and Eva Malstrom – heart: classical beauty and elegance, immersion in nature and relaxed indulgence … a luxury that lets its hair down and kicks off its shoes. Films screen in the resort’s open-air “theatre”, a jungle-enshrouded auditorium of cascading cushions over the waters of the reservoir lagoon.

Contact me to receive a complimentary room upgrade at the time of booking when you decide to spend your holiday at Soneva Kiri (which I highly recommend!).

ENJOY YOUR PRIVATE, OUTDOOR JUNGLE CINEMA AT SONEVA KIRI, THAIILAND

ENJOY YOUR PRIVATE, OUTDOOR JUNGLE CINEMA AT SONEVA KIRI, THAILAND


6. INDULGE IN CAVIAR UNDERWATER AT CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND

Rated ‘the most beautiful restaurant in the world’ by the New York Daily News in 2014, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s Ithaa restaurant sits five metres below the surface, offering 180-degree panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens surrounding it. Expect indulgences such as caviar in a six-course set dinner menu while the four-course lunch menu offers lighter fare, with colourful fish all around you. Ithaa (meaning ‘mother of pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dihevi) restaurant can be transformed into a wonderful, private bedroom ($11,710 per night).

INDULGE IN CAVIAR UNDERWATER AT CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND

INDULGE IN CAVIAR UNDERWATER AT CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND


5. FLY IN A DESIGNER SEAPLANE TO CHEVAL BLANC RHANDELI, MALDIVES

Some resorts are so exclusive that they can only be reached by private plane. And so is Cheval Blanc Randheli, which uses an exceptional seaplane, exclusively designed for the Maison, to transfer its guests. Prior to take off at Male airport, a private lounge awaits guests to relax and freshen up. Aboard the plane, leather interiors and high technology equipment welcome passengers for a 40-minute panoramic voyage that will undoubtedly make a mark. Each guests receives a cooling kit, which includes towels, amenities and bottles of ‘Island Chic’ scented water.

FLY IN A DESIGNER SEAPLANE TO CHEVAL BLANC RHANDELI, MALDIVES

FLY IN A DESIGNER SEAPLANE TO CHEVAL BLANC RHANDELI, MALDIVES


4. ENJOY FINE DINING ATOP A TREE AT SONEVA KIRI, THAILAND

Soneva Kiri takes 2 spots in our top 10 list! The childhood’s desire to climb into a leafy canopy and find shelter amidst a simple wooden construction – where imagination soared and dreams were born – inspired Soneva’s Kiri unique Treepod Dining experience, taking fine dining to new heights. From a bamboo pod high up into the ancient rainforest, you can gaze out across the boulder-covered shoreline dancing with gentle waves, as you savour gourmet delights and your chosen wines, delivered via the zip-line acrobatics of your personal waiter.

Contact me to receive a complimentary room upgrade at the time of booking when you decide to spend your holiday at Soneva Kiri (which I highly recommend!).

ENJOY FINE DINING ATOP A TREE AT SONEVA KIRI, THAILAND

ENJOY FINE DINING ATOP A TREE AT SONEVA KIRI, THAILAND


3. BE PAMPERED BY EXCEPTIONAL FOUR SEASONS SERVICE AT 30,000 FEET

Four Seasons, a regular in our top 10 lists, is your ticket to the globe’s most fascinating destinations. But now, the ultra-luxury hotel group is taking luxury to new heights – literally – as you can travel the globe aboard the custom-designed Four Seasons Jet, enjoying exceptional service at every point of the journey. The Four Seasons Jet experience offers  a variety of extraordinary itineraries that crisscross the globe and allow you to discover up to 10 international destinations on a single private journey.

BE PAMPERED BY EXCEPTIONAL FOUR SEASONS SERVICE AT 30,000 FEET

BE PAMPERED BY EXCEPTIONAL FOUR SEASONS SERVICE AT 30,000 FEET


2. MAKE EXCLUSIVE AMAN RESORTS YOUR HOME FOR ONE YEAR

Aman is the world’s most exclusive hotel brand. And if you have ever wished – in your wildest dreams, perhaps – that you could make your Aman experience go on endlessly, then we have a spectacular idea for you. Ampersand Travel & Aman offer the most phenomenal luxury tour to date: it entails a trip of epic proportions journeying across the world staying in every single Aman resort over the course of 1 year, which an average of 11 nights at each Aman. Year at Aman starts from $340,000 per person, but that includes Business Class flights and lots of extras.

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MAKE EXCLUSIVE AMAN RESORTS YOUR HOME FOR ONE YEAR

MAKE EXCLUSIVE AMAN RESORTS YOUR HOME FOR ONE YEAR


1. CRUISE IN YOUR OWN SUBMARINE AT LAUCALA ISLAND, FIJI

Laucala Island in Fiji has purchased a million dollar, two–person winged submarine for the exclusive use of its guests that want to explore the waters of the South Pacific Ocean without getting wet. From barrel-rolling with whales to flying down a wall that disappears into darkness, to cruising over shipwrecks, the submersible craft promises an exhilarating and safe adventure. Designed for comfort and 360 degree viewing from acrylic domes, guests can sit back and relax while observing the coral reef, abundant fish, and sharks, among other marine life.

CRUISE IN YOUR OWN SUBMARINE AT LAUCALA ISLAND, FIJI

CRUISE IN YOUR OWN SUBMARINE AT LAUCALA ISLAND, FIJI


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