Now that the economy’s showing some signs of skipping back to health, a handful of high-end hotels are proffering packages so expensive, so luxurious, they seem to chuckle and say, “What recession?” From chauffeured limos and butlers at your beck and call, to lavish dinners and diamond-studded photo shoots, they’ve got enough ooh-la-la to dazzle any member of the jet-set elite. Meanwhile, the rest of us can dream right?
Star-style Makeover in Miami
The Setai South Beach’s two-night “Star Style Experience” starts with A-list hair and makeup professionals working their magic smack dab in your ocean-view suite. Guys don a custom-tailored suit by Italian designer Domenico Vacca featuring diamond and sapphire cufflinks, while ladies slip into a posh cocktail dress and diamond drop earrings (jewelry supplied by Asprey of London). Flaunt your new looks during your own professional photo shoot with the hotel’s sexy Asian architecture as the backdrop, before heading to the wine cellar for a private tasting of champagne and golden Caspian Sea caviar. Cap it off with a five-course dinner prepped for you personally by a Michelin-star chef, then catch eyes at the Miami hotel’s newly opened, members-only club. (Did we mention you get to keep the fab duds?)
Price Tag: $50,000 (sans tax and gratuity; double occupancy)
London Like a VIP
In honor of its 100th anniversary, The Stafford London is hocking a whopping three-night “£100,000 VIP Experience” celebrating the finest things in London life. Arriving at Heathrow alone nabs you your own lounge, customs escort, and transfer service normally reserved for diplomats. Shack up in a traditional duplex or contemporary penthouse with a private butler and cart around town in your pick of a chauffeur-driven Bentley, Jaguar, or Rolls Royce. Get fitted for a custom suit by Henry Poole & Co. (outfitter to King Edward VII and J.P. Morgan) and choose a hat from Kate Middleton’s favorite milliner. Take afternoon tea at Kensington Palace and a speedboat tour of the Thames; taste bubbly in a capsule of the London Eye Ferris wheel; sit for a photo shoot with Alistar Morrison (whose work hangs in the National Portrait Gallery); and sip a £100 Treasure Chest cocktail at the Mayfair’s chick Mihiki club. And if you’re still hungry after your private dinner party for 10 in The Stafford’s 380 year-old wine cellar, just use that extra £10,000 (about $16,000) in dining credit for room service.
Price Tag: £100,000, or around $160,000 (excluding taxes and gratuities; double occupancy)
A Million Dirham Discovery in Marrakech
It doesn’t get more exotically opulent than La Mamounia, a glamorous Moroccan property whose guest list is a constant slew of rock stars and royalty. The Marrakesh hotel’s “One Million Dirham Ultimate Experience” defines the meaning of exclusive, entailing three nights in your own riad in addition to the requisite 24-hour butler service, sommelier-led wine tastings, and multicourse dinners. Plus, there are a few choice add-ons, like an evening helicopter ride over the Atlas Mountains to a secret desert location where a full service “bivouac” (fancy tent) awaits; multiple hammam beauty treatments; personalized cocktails crafted by the chief mixologist; and an in-riad jazz recital. Oh yeah, Mamounia will also foot the bill for your private jet if flying to/from any European city within a three-hour range. Yowza!
Price Tag: One million dirhams (approximately $122,629; double occupancy)
Chocolate Galore in Charlotte
Launched on Valentine’s Day, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte’s two-night “14-Carat Chocolate Package” is a chocolate cornucopia tailored to sweethearts in the 14-percent tax bracket. Upon arriving, enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of downtown Charlotte from a lavish suite and receive his-and-her gifts of a 14-carat white gold necklace with chocolate diamond pendant from Le Vian and a chocolate-brown pen, courtesy of Montblanc. At the hotel’s popular Cocoa Lab, learn how to make Minny’s infamous chocolate pie from the movie The Help and savor a five-course, all-dessert dinner. To sweeten the “deal” even more, the hotel is throwing in a private car and driver, limousine airport transfers, weekend brunch, and a Chocolate Truffle Body Treatment at the on-site spa.
Price Tag: $14,000 (including tax and gratuity; double occupancy)