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The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

Luxury-Hotels.com has conducted a survey that identifies the most expensive hotels in the world. The findings came from an analysis of average room rates for standard double rooms in hotels around the world during the June to August 2012 summer season.  Interestingly, half of the top 10 most expensive hotels in the world are all based in Sardinia, Italy, with Le Dune at Forte Village Resort being the most expensive of them all by a significant margin, with an average nightly rate of $2539. The survey found the top most expensive hotels were as follows (with the average nightly rate for a standard double in brackets):
1. Le Dune, Forte Village Resort Sardinia, Italy $2539
2. Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco $2060
3. Hotel Pitrizza Sardinia, Italy $2041
4. Villa del Parco Sardinia, Italy $2031
5. Amankora & Spa Paro, Bhutan $1910
6. Hotel Cala di Volpe Sardinia, Italy $1904
7. Hotel Romazzino Sardinia, Italy $1850
8. Maia Luxury Resort and Spa Anse Louis, Seychelles $1692
9. Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island, Australia $1665
10. Lizard Island Great Barrier Reef, Australia $1651
11. Song Saa Private Island Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia $1649
12. Burj Al Arab Dubai, United Arab Emirates $1611
13. Viceroy Maldives Vagaru Island, Maldives $1589
14. Anantara Kihavah Villas South Male Atoll, Maldives $1574
15. Amanyara Turks and Caicos Islands $1549
16. Naladhu Maldives South Male Atoll, Maldives $1540
17. Gora Kadan Kanawaga, Japan $1538
18. Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli Lombardy, Italy $1498
19. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia $1459
20. Saffire Freycinet Cole’s Bay, Australia $1457

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. I’m sorry but I don’t undestand this top list!! It’s impossible create a list without understand tipology of room, area, and many other things included or not included!!!

  2. Hello Renata

    This is not a list of the most expensive hotel rooms or suites in the world, but rather a comparison of the most expensive average room rates for ** standard double rooms **.

    Hope this clears that up.


  3. Great list. Wow, the prices are way too high for me. I’ve seen the hotel #11 in Cambodia, but haven’t stayed there unfortunately, couldn’t afford it :-(

  4. This list is not well researched , in Kenya and Tanzania we have luxury hotels and lodges going for over USD$2,000.00 per person per night and non of them in shown on that list . Please always give parameters of your reseach . We are a luxury tour provider and we have lots of luxury properties costing alot in Eastern and Southern Africa .
    Odek Fred

  5. For a standard double, Odek?! Pray tell…

    If you follow the link I gave, you will there’s a section at the end titled “about the methodology”.


  6. Do people decide to stay somewhere just because it is expensive? Is this a marketing tool targeting the 1%ers. A fool and his money are soon parted. You should decide a place to stay based on location and amenities and of course one within your price range. If one of these fit the bill than great, but do people choose based on ‘high’ price. I am dumbfounded!

  7. I don’t think this is quite a comprehensive guide to the best luxury hotels, they just go by the price, but many times this won’t reflect on the quality you’re getting.

  8. This list is not correct. There are addresses that far much expensive and exclusives than this. The Dune in Sardinia is a massive family resort only four star rated and Viceroy Maldives and Maia Seychelles are definitely not expensive compared to the Banyan Tree Madivaru Maldives, or Fregate Private Island and North Island in Seychelles… What about Musha Cay Bahamas, Cipriani Venezia or Grand Hotel Quisisana in Capri… ?? Sorry but your list is far from reality.

  9. thanks man good job.

    please understand what paul said,
    a comparison of the most expensive average room rates for ** standard double rooms **.
    u idiots

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