Elite Traveler’s 4th Annual ‘Pure Decadence’ List Showcases The Most Extravagant and Expensive Hotel Suites & Villas In The World

2005 List Selected by Celebrity Panel of Elite Travelers and the Magazine’s Editors

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ — While other travel magazines use the summer to announce their lists of top rated hotels and resorts, Elite Traveler, the worldwide luxury lifestyle magazine distributed onboard private jets and mega-yachts, announced its selection of the 101 Most Decadent Suites in the World.

“Our readers are spending on average $147,000 this summer on hotels, resorts and spas, and in a typical stay, they take two suites and two regular rooms to accommodate their party,” said Douglas Gollan, President and Editor-in-Chief of Elite Traveler. “Therefore the goal of our Pure Decadence feature is to showcase for these super wealthy travelers the best suites and villas in the world, no expenses spared.”

Highlighting the enormous amount of money being spent by super rich private jet travelers, 14 suites featured by Elite Traveler cost over US$10,000 per night. They are:

— The Presidential Suite #5102 at The Four Seasons New York ($15,000)
— The Presidential Suite at The Mandarin Oriental New York ($12,595)
— The Penthouse Suite at Hotel Victor Miami ($10,000)
— The Chairman’s Suite at The Venetian Las Vegas ($10,000)
— The Penthouse Suite at The Fairmont San Francisco ($12,500)
— The Royal Suite at The Dorchester Hotel London ($25,910)
— La Belle Etoile Suite at Hotel Meurice Paris ($15,139)
— The Peninsula Palace Suite at Elounda Peninsula Crete, Greece ($25,200)
— Villa Terre Blanche at The Four Seasons Resort Provence, France
($11,340)
— The Sean Connery Suite at The Intercontinental Carlton, France
($15,018)
— The Royal Suite at The St. Regis Grand Hotel Rome, Italy ($14,382)
— Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy ($10,271)
— The Royal Suite at Burj Al Arab Dubai ($10,210)
— The Palace Suite at Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi ($12,260)

As a comparison, here are some other things $10,000 would buy:
— 42 months (at $237 per month) of monthly unlimited travel commuter
railroad tickets on Metro North Commuter Railroad between New York’s
Grand Central Station and Greenwich, CT
— Take yourself and 44 friends coach class on American Airlines ($218 per
ticket) between Los Angeles and New York
— Buy 101 Apple iPod shuffle 512MBs from Best Buy at $99 each
— Order 909 Medium one-topping pizzas from Domino’s
— Charter a GV Private Jet for one hour

“While $10,000 per night might seem like a lot of money, the fact is flying by private jet runs around $10,000 per hour for long-range private jets, so a reader flying from New York to Los Angeles is spending well over $100,000 just getting there and back,” Gollan noted. “For our readers, spending $10,000 is like buying a Starbucks coffee.”

The hotels and resorts included in the issue were selected by the editors of Elite Traveler in conjunction with a celebrity panel of elite travelers, including Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, President & CEO of Def Jam Recordings, Fashion Designer Roberto Cavalli, Jewelry Designer Neil Lane, Fashion Designer Tommy Hilfiger, Toyohiko Mikimoto, Chairman of Mikimoto Pearls, Franck Dubarry, Technomarine Watch Founder and Ferruccio Ferragamo, Ferragamo CEO. Criteria were that each suite had to provide a unique experience and the highest standards of service. New and newly renovated suites were given priority.

Each of the suites and villas have numerous outstanding amenities, such as outdoor showers, private butler service, full saunas, private gyms, grand pianos, plunge pools and panoramic balconies. Among the most interesting features, The Presidential Suite at The Fairmont San Francisco and The 9 1/2 Weeks Suite at The Hillside Su Hotel in Antalya, Turkey both feature billiard rooms; The Peninsula Suite at The Peninsula Bangkok features direct access to the rooftop helipad, The Presidential Suite at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo has a sculpture by Isamu Noguchi and a Zen garden, The Dorchester’s Royal Suite has its own screening room and The St. Regis Grand Hotel in Rome’s Royal Suite boasts a private wine cellar.

The full list of US-based suites, is as follows:

Continental USA
Presidential Suite #5102-Four Seasons Hotel (New York, NY)
Presidential Suite-Mandarin Oriental (New York, NY)
Presidential Suite-The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel (New York, NY)
Three-Bedroom Penthouse Suite-The Atlantic Ft. Lauderdale
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Penthouse Suite-Hotel Victor (Miami, FL)
Three-Bedroom Loft-Skylofts Hotel at MGM Grand (Las Vegas, NV)
Fairway Villa-Wynn Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
Chairman’s/Presidential Suite-The Bellagio (Las Vegas, NV)
Chairman’s Suite-The Venetian (Las Vegas, NV)
180-Degree Strip View Suite-Four Seasons Hotel (Las Vegas, NV)
Presidential Suite-Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles, CA)
Presidential Bungalow #5-The Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills, CA)
The Peninsula Villa-The Peninsula Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, CA)
Catalina Suite-Montage Resort & Spa (Laguna Beach, CA)
Penthouse Suite-The Fairmont San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Ritz-Carlton Suite-The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (Beaver Creek, CO)
Presidential Suite-The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island (Kiawah Island, SC)
Vera Wang Suite-Halekulani (Honolulu, Big Island)
Bird of Paradise Bungalow-The Bungalows at Mauna Lani Bay (Kohala Coast,
Big Island)
Presidential Villa-Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (Ka’upulehu-Kona,
Big Island)
Fairmont Gold Presidential Suite-The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
(Kohala Coast, Big Island)

* This is an abbreviated list featuring properties located in the
continental U.S.

For a complete listing of Pure Decadence 2005, contact James Henderson at JHenderson@elite-traveler.com or 1-646-658-7596. Pure Decadence is published annually in the July/August issue of Elite Traveler, a bi-monthly publication that delivers the wealthiest readership of any consumer magazine in the world.

About Elite Traveler:

Elite Traveler is a bi-monthly luxury travel and lifestyle magazine published exclusively for the International community of Elite Affluent consumers (USD $910,000+ Household income). Launched in 2001, each issue of Elite Traveler explores subjects that embody the essence of luxury – the best in travel, fashion and jewelry, automotive, private jets and yachts. Elite Traveler is distributed exclusively through private jets, mega yachts, premier country clubs, first-class lounges, professional sports locker rooms and its subscriber-base. For more information, visit www.elite-traveler.com.

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