Summer’s Most Expensive Hotels

If you searched the world for the most expensive retreat to impress your top clients this summer, you might not start in Utah. Who would guess a resort in Canyon Point, Utah, ranks as the priciest hotel on the planet right now?

But a May survey by—which crunched the numbers for stays from June through August 2015—placed Utah’s Amangiri at the top of the list. Price tag: $1,889. That’s the three-month average, per night, for the least expensive double lodging, the same criteria used for every property, plus the requirement of having at least 15 accommodations in a single building.

The runners-up, in descending order of price:

Hotel Cala di Volpe in Sardinia, Italy ($1,789)

Explora Rapa Nui on Easter Island, Chile ($1,733)

Cap Estel on France’s Cote d’Azur ($1,679)

Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui, Hawaii ($1,554)

Hotel Pitrizza in Sardinia, Italy ($1,543)

Explora Atacama in Chile’s Atacama Desert ($1,533)

Aman Canal Grande in Venice, Italy ($1,489)

Villa del Parco in Sardinia, Italy ($1,439)

La Réserve, Ramatuelle on France’s Cote d’Azur ($1,369)

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates ($1,345)

Huka Lodge on North Island, New Zealand ($1,323)

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers on North Island, New Zealand ($1,289)

Amankora in Paro, Bhutan ($1,287)

Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, California ($1,267)

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa in Chile’s Atacama Desert ($1,267)

Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, France ($1,247)

Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, France ($1,187)

Belmond le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, England ($1,143)

Résidence de la Pinéde in Saint-Tropez, France ($1,106)

Naturally, these properties all have lodgings that will set you back a lot more, if you like. But for the world’s most expensive suite, look to Geneva, Switzerland, where the Royal Penthouse at the Hotel President Wilson costs 60,000 Swiss francs, or, depending on the exchange rate, about $68,000 US per night. Move over, Bill Gates.

montagekapalua2Photo credits: Front page, courtesy of Amangiri. Top, clockwise from left, Four Seasons Hotel George V , Hotel Pitrizza Hôtel Plaza Athénée,  and Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa Bottom: Montage Kapalua Bay




Annette Burden

Annette Burden

Annette Burden has written and edited for Elite Meetings International since 2007. In addition to writing on travel for other publications, she founded and edited Meeting Traveler, Resorts & Great Hotels, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazines.

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