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Middle East & Africa

Our definitive list of the most opulent, extravagant and decadent accommodations on the planet takes you on a journey of discovery from the hills of Bali to the shore of Lake Geneva. Exceptional amenities, stunning design and over-the-top attention to detail ensure these suites are a cut above the rest.

Armani Dubai Suite, Armani Hotel, Dubai

Forget what you think you know about hotels in Dubai: The Armani Hotel has none of the over-the-top, extravagant design of many of its counterparts. Instead, you’ll find a serene and ever-so-slick space that serves as a breath of fresh air from the flashy city. Giorgio Armani was heavily involved in the design, so the details in the Armani Dubai Suite are as elegant as you’d exp[...]

Grand Palm Suite, One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Despite its beachfront location on Palm Island, this One&Only resort is surprisingly private — it’s set right on the edge of the West Crescent and has just 64 guest rooms, 27 suites and four villas. The extravagant decor blends Andalusian and Moorish elements, and no detail is overlooked. The Manor House is at the heart of the resort, and the Manor Grand Palm Suite takes up the entire[...]

Grand Riad, Royal Mansour, Marrakech

There are five-star hotels, and then there’s the Royal Mansour. A magnificent collection of riads set among 12 acres of exquisite, fragrant gardens, it was designed by King Mohammed VI; absolutely no expense was spared in its creation, including the warren of tunnels for staff to service the riads without disturbing guests. The Grand Riad is ‘a medina within a medina’ at 19,375 sq ft spre[...]

Nelson Mandela Villa, Shambala Private Game Reserve, South Africa

After a 45-minute helicopter journey from Johannesburg, you’ll land on Shambala Private Game Reserve’s private helicopter pad. The eight-chalet Zulu Camp is set within a 24,700-acre reserve, where you’ll more than likely spot at least one of the Big Five before you’ve even unpacked, and the chalets have charming leather-bound notebooks so you can log what you see. The Nelson Mandela Villa[...]

Singita Castleton, Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa

Found within 45,000 acres of private reserve in Singita Sabi Sand, Singita Castleton is an exclusive-use lodge comprised of a main house with communal living spaces and six individual (and utterly delightful) cottages. The original Castleton house was the family home of Singita founder Luke Bailes’s grandfather, and that home-away-from-home vibe has been maintained. The decor is classic s[...]

Three-bedroom Royal Mountain Villa, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman

Escape the heat of Muscat and head to the dramatic Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain). Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is right on the edge of a vast canyon, and the awe-inspiring views are best enjoyed from Diana’s Point, a wood-and-glass platform that appears to hover over the edge and was named for the British royal princess after she visited the very spot in 1986. The Three-bedroom Royal Mount[...]

Villa North Island, North Island, Seychelles

If you’re looking for paradise, consider it found at North Island. This 500-acre private island in the Seychelles has just 11 beautifully appointed villas; Villa North Island (or Villa 11) is the most sublime (it was Prince William and Kate Middleton’s honeymoon destination). The sprawling one-bedroom suite tumbles down through a coconut grove and spills out onto East Beach, where you’re [...]

The Bulgari Villa, The Bulgari Hotel, Dubai

This hotly anticipated hotel opened in late 2017 to great fanfare, and it certainly lives up to the hype. It is the largest Bulgari hotel in the world with 101 rooms and 20 private villas, the most fabulous of which is The Bulgari Villa. The 5,813-sq-ft villa has three bedrooms, a 14-person dining space, large living room, kitchen, home cinema, indoor Jacuzzi and hammam. The out[...]

Royal Two-bedroom Suite, Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah, Dubai

You’ve no doubt heard of the Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah: It’s often called the world’s most luxurious hotel, and with good reason. It has a fleet of Rolls-Royces, a seawater aquarium, 12 restaurants and bars, five swimming pools and a private beach, which was built in Finland and transported to Dubai to minimize guest disruption. The recognizable structure is an icon of the Dubai sky[...]