The Plaza Hotel
Location: New York City, NY
Why It’s Worth Every Penny: At the Plaza, you’re paying for a classic NYC experience (pro tip: stay there at Christmas, and you’ll feel like you’re in a movie). The Plaza is where iconic movies like Eloise at the Plaza and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York were filmed. Many of the suites are themed, the views are spectacular, and the experience one-of-a-kind. The Plaza’s convenient location is also worthy of the high price tag, as it’s close to a lot of New York hotspots.
The Amangiri Resort
Location: Canyon Point, Utah
Why It’s Worth Every Penny: Don’t let that starting rate scare you! You’re not exactly paying for a rest stop here. For starters, the landscape and architecture of the resort is like something out of a sci-fi movie, minus the creepy parts. After all, the resort is in the middle of the desert, so if you’re looking for a luxurious escape from civilization, the Amangiri might be your way to go! Along with your suite, you get patio spaces, a gourmet restaurant, a spa, and personal pools. The Amangiri is also within driving distance of Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon! At Amangiri, you’re paying for the experience and location, not just a typical hotel room.
Como Laucala Island
Location: Laucala, Fiji
Why It’s Worth Every Penny: This might be the kind of destination that pops in your head when you hear “luxury”. With rates starting at $5,600 per night, you’ll get your bang for your buck for sure. Firstly, it’s Fuji, which is the quintessential tropical paradise located off the eastern coast of Australia. Second, on Como Laucala Island, you get 5 different kinds of residences to choose from based on how many are in your party. All the residences include private beach access, ocean views, private pools, sundecks, and a personal “Tau” (“friend” in Fijian) who can help you arrange your daily activities on Como Laucala. When you’re not lounging around enjoying your private home, the island offers plenty of activities from various water sports like kayaking, sailing, diving, and snorkeling to land-based options like hiking, biking, and golfing. There’s also plenty of opportunity to learn about Fiji’s rich culture through their food, arts & crafts, and history!
Location: The Maldives Islands
Why It’s Worth Every Penny: On the other side of Australia lies the Maldives: a country of 1,192 islands that boast some of the best beaches and resorts in the world. Kudadoo, however, is a private island. Everything you’ll need during your stay there is right in your backyard- or, I guess in this case, back”sea”. Step out of your room into your personal little pool of the Indian Ocean, ask your own butler for snacks and drinks, and figure out whether you’re going to start your day at the spa or snorkeling. Other activities include boat excursions, fine dining, and a cheese and wine cellar! Rates start at around $3,500 a night, and because Kudadoo is a private island, everything is all-inclusive. Also, fun fact! Kudadoo is completely solar-powered, making it one of the only sustainable, environmentally-friendly five-star resorts in the world!
One & Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda
Location: Rwanda, Africa
Why It’s Worth Every Penny: Lastly, we’ll finish our tour of the world’s most luxurious hotels in Rwanda, a small country in the heart of Africa that is known for its lush green rainforests, diverse population of wildlife, and its scattering of volcanoes, including Volcanoes National Park. Rates for this all-inclusive resort start at around $5,500 per night, and according to past visitors, it’s worth every penny. First, you get to choose between a private lodge or suite complete with private viewing decks, swimming pools, and living and dining rooms. Accommodations include five-star dining at The Nest, visit Volcanoes National Park, enjoy the spa, and drink in Rwanda’s culture, landscape, and wildlife through a local tour.