The World's Best 7-Star Hotels
The 'seven-star' hotel is the new generation of opulence. The unofficial term is used to describe the world's most luxurious hotels, whose services, décor and general style have been deemed far greater than the traditional five-star designation.
We've ranked the five best seven star hotels.
1. Burj Al Arab, Dubai
The term 'seven-star hotel' was coined by a journalist who was struggling to turn the overwhelming opulence of the Burj into words.
Standing on its own artificially made island, and built to mimic the design of a sail, it has become the icon of Dubai.
With an underwater restaurant with a Michelin Star chef, a fleet of Rolls Royce cars for guests, a helipad and many more incredible features, it has everything you would expect from the world's first seven-star hotel.
The hotel has also gained fame for a series of high profile publicity stunts, including Andre Agassi and Roger Federer playing tennis on the helipad.
2. Town House Galleria, Milan
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world's oldest shopping centres. Dating back to 1877, it is located in the very heart of Milan. Aside from a maze of luxury shops, it also hosts the Town House Galleria.
With its renowned oyster bar, spectacular city views and opulent spar it is considered to be one of the most spectacular hotels in the world.
3. Morgan Plaza, Beijing
Brazenly rebranding itself the Pangu 7 Star Hotel, the Morgan Plaza has broken with hotel tradition by openly referring to itself as seven-star.
Situated near the site of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it blends Chinese and European style abd boasts not one but two ballrooms, various dining rooms and the usual array of high-class hotel requirements.
4. Laucala Island Resort, Fiji
Recently voted the 'Most Luxurious Hideaway of the World', Laucala is one of the world's most exclusive and incredible resorts.
The publishing magnate Malcolm Forbes purchased the island in the early seventies, and did much to improve the infrastructure and lives of the inhabitants. Turning the place into an island paradise for himself and his family.
When Dietrich Mateschitz purchased the island for £10 million in 2003 he pledged to continue Forbes' conservation and sustainability efforts, but also open up a small hotel / resort complex for the rich and famous.
5. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates Palace was designed to showcase Arabian culture in its most luxurious form.
Unlike many other high end hotels, it actively describes itself as a going beyond 5-star service. The hotel cost £1.9 billion to construct, boasting a private beach, luxury marina, temperature controlled swimming pools, a fitness centre and the fastest internet in Abu Dhabi.
Hotel rooms are decorated in marble and gold, and the top floor has six rooms that are reserved for dignitaries and celebrities.
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