Ever wonder how the other half lives? Word is, they live quite nicely — and travel even better, plopping down bundles of cash a night at some of the world’s top hotels. “When it comes to luxury,” says Jack Bloch, president and CEO of JB’s World Travel Consultants in New York, “it’s only getting more luxurious.”
Take the Peninsula Paris, which is upping the ante with three “themed” suites this fall as part of a $576 million renovation. The largest of them, the Peninsula Suite, is primed to deliver the royal treatment — 24-hour butler service, on-hand massage, access to an underground spa, a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom — for $33,500 per night.
“It’s not so much about the suite — it’s about the lifestyle it offers,” says Jack Ezon, president of Ovation Vacations in New York. He’s talking full-on champagne wishes and caviar dreams. “It’s about the service and staff and what they can get you at a moment’s notice. You want to go to the Chanel show in Paris? It’s that kind of access you get.”
Here’s what a billionaire’s bank account can get you in 10 of the world’s most expensive hotel suites.