World's Tallest Luxury Hotels.
Luxury Travel magazine - luxurytravelmagazine.com
Saturday, 17th November 2007
The 72-story Rose Tower Dubai housing the new luxury hotel - Rose Rotana Suites - will be the tallest hotel in the world at 1,093 feet when it is completed this year...

BURJ AL ARAB, DUBAI soars to a height of 1,053 feet, above the Arabian Gulf coastline in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Designed to resemble a billowing sail, the Burj Al Arab is a dramatic tribute to the region's seafaring heritage, and is currently the world's tallest hotel.

At night, the hotel presents an unforgettable sight, surrounded by choreographed color sculptures of water and fire. This all-suite hotel reflects the finest that the world has to offer with a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce, discreet in-suite check in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers who provide around-the-clock attention, guests are assured of a highly personalized service throughout their stay.

Arrive in style by helicopter to the hotel's sky-high helipad (seen in the photo to the right). The rooms are all duplex suites with marble staircases and the two Royal Suites are spread over the 25th floor, where palatial surroundings reach unsurpassed peaks of luxury, including a private elevator, private cinema, revolving canopy beds, meeting room, and dressing rooms larger than the average hotel bedroom. 

GRAND HYATT SHANGHAI, CHINA is the 'highest hotel in the world', on the 53rd to 87th floors (pictured left) of the landmark Jin Mao Tower in the centre of Pudong, Shanghai's financial and business district.

The Hotel provides easy access to the Shanghai Stock Exchange, Shanghai World Financial Centre and the International Conference Centre. Floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the Pu Dong skyline welcome you to a your spacious guest room. Cloud 9 restaurant is a 'must see' for every visitor to Shanghai, located on the 87th floor. From here, the highest point of Grand Hyatt Shanghai, the city can be observed in 360 degrees in a romantic yet dramatic setting.

The hotel also features the Oasis Fitness Centre, an indoor swimming pool, spa pools, sauna, steam room and massage rooms for hotel guests to unwind. Regarded as the symbol of China's modern economy, Shanghai is situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta and is the largest city in China and the 8th largest city in the world.

JUMEIRAH EMIRATES TOWERS, DUBAI soars high above the central business and commercial district at 1,014 feet. Jumeirah Emirates Towers is a dramatic backdrop to Dubai's skyline and a visible statement of the region's growing corporate success.

Set among landscaped gardens, ornamental lakes and waterfalls, it is the ideal environment for the discerning corporate traveler. Yet with its stunning architecture, stylish accommodation and thoughtful innovation, the hotel's appeal reaches far beyond the business world. Set in the heart of Dubai's commercial business district, yet only a short drive to the beach, the contemporary chic furnishings, designer bathrooms and incomparable facilities will ensure your business trip is restful and relaxed.

All 400 rooms and suites offer floor to ceiling windows, the latest automation systems and sophisticated business facilities to meet your every need. The uniquely shaped Club Executive Rooms feature a new interior with warm, modern and sleek furnishings appealing to contemporary trends along with in-room entertainment comprising of 32-inch Bang & Olufsen LCD television screens. 

THE RITZ-CARLTON JAKARTA is situated prominently in the newly developed Mega Kuningan commercial district and rises to 696 feet, alongside lush green spaces and stately residences. Sojourn to the bustling capital of the Republic of Indonesia, and take in its many distinct natural, historical and cultural opportunities.

The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta welcomes visitors to the fascinating mix of old and new that defines this burgeoning metropolis. The hotel features 296 guest rooms and Ritz-Carlton Club Level rooms, 37 suites including three Ritz-Carlton Suites and one Presidential Suite; A variety of world-class dining options from 3 exceptional restaurants; The Ritz-Carlton Spa and health club featuring 21 treatment rooms, pools and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Top Jakarta attractions include Sunda Kelapa, the early 16th-century fish market and trading post from which the Dutch domination of Indonesia began and flourished, Indonesia Miniature Park, Fatahillah Square, Istiqlal Mosque, the Maritime Museum, the National Museum, the Puppet Museum, Pasar Ikan Fish Market, and the National Monument. 

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL NEW YORK rises 682 feet/52 stories above Manhattan's premier business and shopping district, between Park and Madison Avenues. The I.M. Pei-designed Four Seasons features stunning views and gracious style – a remarkable luxury experience, even by New York standards.

The hotel offers 368 oversized guest rooms, some with furnished terraces, including 63 suites. All guest rooms feature comfortable seating, a king-sized bed or two double beds and a large marble bathroom. The amazing Ty Warner Penthouse Suite, occupying the entire top floor of the hotel, is 4,300-square-feet with cathedral ceilings that peak at 25 feet.

Guests of the penthouse have unlimited use of a chauffeured Rolls Royce or Maybach, a 24-hour-a-day personal assistant, a personal trainer and full spa treatments.

The penthouse, accessed by a private elevator, enjoys four glassed-in balconies, a library, living room, master bedroom, fitness/spa room, indoor Zen garden with waterfall, and a marble bathroom with a chromatherapy feature in the infinity edge bathtub, which changes the color of the water!

4Hoteliers Image LibraryFOUR SEASONS HOTEL HONG KONG stands 673 feet on the waterfront overlooking Victoria Harbour. As part of the prestigious International Finance Centre, the hotel offers unrivalled links to Hong Kong Station, with the famed Star Ferry steps away.

Its 399 guest rooms and suites, feature wall-to-wall windows offer captivating vistas of the city, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon and the Peak. Contemporary room décor includes wood- and silk-panelled walls and marble-floored entry foyers, while guests desiring a more traditional Chinese experience can choose from rooms featuring sculpted furnishings and authentic ink paintings.

For unparalleled entertainment and communications, every guest room is equipped with up-to-the-minute technology, including a 42-inch plasma screen satellite television. The hotel's pools and spa provide a calm oasis from the bustling activities of the city.

Enjoy a leisurely swim in the free-form infinity-edge pool, exercise in the lap pool, then take a cool dip in the plunge pool – or simply take in the magnificent harbour views from the whirlpool.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryWALDORF=ASTORIA & TOWERS, NEW YORK An official New York City landmark since 1993, the Waldorf=Astoria occupies an entire city block on fashionable Park Avenue and stands 625 feet. The Waldorf Towers, occupying the 28th through 42nd floors of the hotel, represents the pinnacle of prestige.

Offering utmost privacy and discretion, the Waldorf Towers has hosted Hollywood's elite, royalty and every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover. Each of the 183 overly spacious guestrooms with high ceilings has its own distinctive look and is appointed with chandeliers, precious antiques and rich fabrics. This exclusive hotel is just two blocks from Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center and four blocks from the Broadway Theater District.

Other landmarks within a few blocks walking distance include Saks Fifth Avenue, the Museum of Modern Art, the Chrysler Building, Carnegie Hall, Grand Central Terminal, the United Nations, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Tiffany & Co. and Central Park. Oscar's is an American brasserie named after maitre d' Oscar Tschirky, the inventor of the Waldorf Salad, Veal Oscar and Eggs Benedict.   

4Hoteliers Image LibraryWYNN LAS VEGAS is the tallest tower in Las Vegas at 614 feet, with 50 floors and more than 2,700 hotel rooms. This 5-star, 5-diamond bronze-colored reflective glass tower features two curved, winding atrium escalators in the main lobby, a 111,000-square-foot casino, a 3-acre swimming pool, the Strip's only 18-hole golf course, an expansive and gorgeous spa with 45 treatment rooms and an art gallery.

Each of the 2,700-plus guest rooms and suites has floor-to-ceiling windows, European linens and a flat screen TV. Celebrity chefs from around the world present gourmet dining in the hotel's 22 restaurants. Las Vegas is changing rapidly with many new luxury hotels and developments.

Top Las Vegas attractions include the Bellagio Fountains, the Graceland Wedding Chapel, the Little Chapel of the Flowers, fantastic shows like Cirque Du Soleil, Celine Dion - A New Day, and Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, among many more. Also visit one of the great wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas is all about "over-the-top" experiences.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryW TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY towers 52-stories and 583 feet above Times Square. This hip luxury hotel puts you in the pulsating heart of the city—Times Square—people everywhere, hustling, bustling, alive. Feel the energy, where you are literally steps away from over 30 Broadway theaters, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Virgin Megastore and MTV Store, Fifth Avenue shopping, The Good Morning America and Today Show sets, and all that New York City has to offer.

The hotel's innovative design begins with a "liquid ceiling" of water as you enter the space-age lobby. The hotel houses the Rande Gerber hotspot, the Whiskey Bar and screening room. Most guestrooms feature glittering views of the neon spectacle of Times Square, yet they create a quiet retreat, turning the city's roar to a purr.

With open showers, W signature beds, cool lighting and the latest technology (plasma TVs, DVD players, wireless Internet), the 507 guest rooms and 43 suites, make your stay truly comfortable (your pet is welcome, too). The hotel's Away? Spa provides a soothing refuge from the city that never sleeps...

4Hoteliers Image LibraryFOUR SEASONS HOTEL SHANGHAI opened in 2002 and is currently the only Four Seasons Hotel in mainland China. Towering 564 feet, this 37-story hotel is a tranquil sanctuary in the heart of the bustling metropolis of Shanghai, China's largest city, well-known as the "Paris of the East" for its intrigue and glamour.

The Four Seasons is ideally situated in Shanghai's downtown, a short distance from the prestigious shopping, entertainment and business areas of Nanjing and Huaihai roads. The hotel has 439 guest rooms and suites and offers an exemplary environment for both business and leisure, with impeccable service. The Executive Club Lounge on the top, 37th floor, offers an exclusive haven for business people.

Shanghai's roots go back some 5,000 years to its origins as a small fishing village, with its desirable geographic location on China's eastern seaboard, it has been a major port throughout its history.

Today, this city of over 17 million people is writing new history to add to its centuries-old traditions as Asia's born-again international boomtown, with huge developments and an influx of foreign capital.
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Edited by Christine Gray

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