The five most expensive hotel suites in the world

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1. From US$65,000 (RM229,450) a night
This 12-bedroom, 12-bathroom suite sprawls across 18,000 sq ft, taking up the entire eighth floor of the hotel, which is why nightly rates start at US$65,000 (and can reach upwards of US$80,000). Features include armoured doors, a human-sized safe, bulletproof windows, a private elevator and helipad access — making it a favourite among visiting dignitaries, heads of state, and other VIPs in need of privacy.

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2. From US$47,000 a night
Stay at the Royal Villa, and you’ll be flown into Athens on a private jet, courtesy of the hotel. You’ll also have a private chef, personal trainer and personal pianist available during your stay. Not sure which pool you want to take a dip in? No problem: The suite has both an indoor and outdoor pool. If it’s good enough for Leonardo DiCaprio or Meryl Streep, it’s good enough for us.

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3. From US$45,000 a night
Sitting pretty on the 52nd floor, this 4,300-sq-ft suite features a 360-degree view of Manhattan. It has cathedral ceilings, diamond skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows, offering the greatest luxury in the city: space. Inside the dressing room, walls are decorated with soft calfskin leather. This lavish suite comes with a 24-hour personal butler, personal trainer and Rolls-Royce chauffeur.

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4. From US$40,000 a night
The Raj Palace really was a raj’s palace before it was converted into a hotel, so expect some major opulence. This six-bedroom suite has ivory and gold furniture, a private theatre, a library and a dining room. Guests also have access to a personal kitchen staff and a team of butlers.

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5. From US$40,000 per night
Billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz owns the Laucala Island Resort in Fiji and the Hilltop Estate — a suite running US$40,000/night — is only available by application or personal referral. You’ll be spoiled with a private chef and nanny, plus access to a horse-riding school, 72-hole golf course and a private beach. — Bloomberg

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on January 5, 2015.