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These are the most expensive stays in Australia

From harbourfront suites to private residences on rainforest-clad islands, discover the priciest accommodation in Australia.

When you’re greeted with marble stairwells, private terraces and a 24/7 butler service, it should come as no surprise that you’ll be expected to pay a premium. For those willing to splurge a little (read: a lot) on bespoke travel experiences or those who simply enjoy window shopping, we’ve compiled a list of the most expensive accommodation in Australia. These hotels, resorts, lodges and villas are the epitome of luxury living, fusing outstanding designs with unsurpassed scenery. Discover what’s included – and just how much it costs – to check in for a night.

The Presidential Villa, Crown Towers Sydney

Whoever coined the phrase ‘space is a luxury’ must have been talking about Crown Towers Sydney’s presidential villa, which occupies a colossal 880 square metres across two stories. That’s almost three and a half times the size of the average Australian home. The suite is rumoured to have recently housed superstar Taylor Swift and leaves no stone unturned, with a media room, massage suite, infrared sauna, butler’s quarters, open-air terrace and a private bar.

But the real showstopper is the villa’s dining area. Perched atop a tiled island surrounded by an indoor infinity pool, the dining table overlooks spectacular Sydney skylines from behind floor-to-ceiling windows on the hotel’s 88th floor. Invite-only availability for a two-night minimum stay makes this presidential suite one of the most expensive (and exclusive) accommodation in Australia.

Price: from $38,888 per night

Sydney Suite, Park Hyatt Sydney

If you were to pinpoint the most lust-worthy piece of real estate in Australia, you’d probably land on Park Hyatt Sydney. Commanding sweeping waterfront views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the 350-square-metre Sydney Suite comes at the hefty price tag of $26,000 a night for a minimum two-night stay.

If you’re not won over by the master bedroom’s incredible marble spa bath, dry sauna or steam room, the $9000 music-playing toilet might just do it (why don’t all toilets have speakers?). A 24-hour butler service and limousine airport transfers are also included.

Price: $26,000 per night

Sydney Suite master bedroom at Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney Suite © Park Hyatt Sydney

The Presidential Villa, Crown Towers Perth

Like its showy Sydney sister, The Presidential Villa in Crown Towers Perth is one of the most expensive accommodation in Australia, reserved for elite audiences. With a grand wrap-around balcony, a white baby grand piano, alluring custom-designed carpets and a chandelier weighing two and a half tonnes, there is no shortage of splendour in this two-story, 715-square-metre suite. Slip away to the massage room upstairs for a specialty treatment or perhaps use the private gym before soaking in one of the best views of Perth from a freestanding jacuzzi.

Price: $25,000 per night

The Presidential Villa, Crown Towers Melbourne

The Presidential Villa at Crown Towers Melbourne sure knows how to make an entrance, with a private foyer that’s possibly the most elaborate of its kind in Australia. The luxury keeps flowing when you continue through to the living area, with custom, sports car-inspired furniture and a dining table fit for royalty. The best part? You can access this villa via an express elevator.

Price: $25,000 per night

The Presidential Villa at Crown Towers Melbourne
The Presidential Villa © Crown Towers Melbourne

Pelorus Private Island

Nothing says seclusion more than a private island, right? Guests staying at Pelorus Private Island, the most expensive accommodation in Australia’s Whitsundays, can arrive by private helicopter from Townsville or Cairns with views over kilometres of sprawling coral systems. This single residence, designed by Melbourne-based Dubois, has five suites featuring hand-made furniture and bathrooms with Palladian limestone floors that beckon bare feet.

While visitors can benefit from unlimited boat charters to surrounding islands, there’s no need to board a yacht when you can snorkel the beautiful Great Barrier Reef right off the beach. Or maybe a jet ski tour is more your style. Although there are endless exciting ways to fill your days around the island, including an exclusive tour to Orpheus Island Research Station, you’ll have every reason to look forward to coming home, with chef-prepared meals and sommelier-selected beverages waiting.

Price: $20,000 per night

The House, Lizard Island

Despite its name, The House is far more than just a house. Guests are granted their own private slice of paradise on the outer Great Barrier Reef, where jaw-dropping views of the Coral Sea, wondrous wildlife and exquisite dining await. The accommodation itself comes with a 56’ Riviera Motor Yacht that is available for custom day trips including reef snorkels and fishing trips. Also included are return scenic charter flights from Cairns, private access to three glorious beaches, a private chef and sommelier for premium dining, national park tours and a private host to curate tailored itineraries for the duration of your stay. What more could you ask for? A minimum stay of three nights is required to book this luxury accommodation.

Price: from $16,000 per night

The Ritz Carlton, Melbourne

There’s something magnetic about The Ritz Carlton suite at The Ritz Carlton, Melbourne. This luxury guest room is as cosy as it is sophisticated, replete with a fully-equipped kitchen, enormous dressing room and separate living area to achieve a luxury residential feel. Ideally situated in Melbourne’s central business district, the penthouse commands some of the most spectacular views of the city’s sparkling nightscape. Besides, who can resist such a splendid bathtub?

Price: $12,000 per night

The Ritz Carlton, Melbourne
© The Ritz Carlton, Melbourne

Capella Suite, Capella Sydney

The walls of Capella Sydney are steeped in heritage and history. Housed within the Department of Education building that was originally designed by NSW government architect George McRae, Capella Sydney forms part of Sydney’s prestigious Sandstone Precinct.

The 235-square-metre Capella Suite is the pinnacle of elegance, offering unparalleled views of the Royal Botanic Gardens and awaiting guests with Italian Frette linen and an opulent marble bathroom. If you can be swayed to leave the hotel, join the two-hour storytelling tour, which leads guests from the hotel to the historic laneways of The Rocks, to learn about the culture and convicts that shaped the city.

Price: $12,900 per night

The Cape Residence, The Cape at Wategos

The Cape at Wategos in Byron Bay, NSW, is where the ultimate Aussie beach house meets modern opulence. Find sun-drenched serenity at this luxury residence, which hosts up to six and is known to be a favourite among celebrities seeking time out of the limelight. Airy, open plan spaces merge seamlessly with a commodious outdoor deck that makes the perfect spot for spotting bottlenose dolphins in the transparent waters of Wategos Beach. With a seven-night minimum and applications on request only, this luxury residence could very well be the most expensive accommodation in Australia.

Price: $11,000 per night

The Imperial Suite Residence, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Did somebody say gold-plated bathtub, fresh blooms and quality chocolates (topped up daily, might I add)? Extraordinary is an understatement at the Imperial Suite at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, one of the most expensive accommodation in Australia. Set on the 50th floor, this luxury two-bedroom suite is an indulgent haven fit out with plush buttoned sofas and symmetrical sets of cream-panelled windows.

Price: $8,000 per night

Glasshouse Hamilton Island

Nothing beats freshly-caught fish paired with a peach bellini on the Glasshouse’s open-air terrace while watching melon pinks meld together at sunset. Situated at the top of prestigious Melaleuca Drive overlooking subtropical archipelagos and reefs, this five-bedroom house makes an exceptional tropical retreat for larger groups. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a wealth of lounge and dining spaces and will hardly have to lift a finger thanks to the Glasshouse’s Smart Home automations.

Price: from $7,500 per night

The Grace Villa, Eos by Skycity

Effortless velvet touches, clean lines and a cool-toned palette are what make the Grace Villa at Eos by Skycity easily one of the sleekest suites in Adelaide. The expansive 305-square-metre guest room is the most luxurious suite option in the $330 million hotel, Eos by Skycity, and is designed for pleasure-seekers. Bespoke services including jet-lag treatments, in-room tablets and an on-call mixologist ensure that nothing gets in the way of comfort or class.

Price: from $6,999 per night

The Presidential Suite, Four Seasons Sydney

When Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson have stayed in your suite, you know you’ve reached the height of hotel excellence. Four Seasons Sydney has checked this box thanks to its 156-square-metre, two-bedroom presidential suite. Unwind in a bathtub that feels big enough to wash an elephant in the master bedroom or soak in panoramic, 180-degree vistas of the Sydney Opera House from the light-filled dining room. To top it all off, guests are granted exclusive access to Lounge 32 every day.

Price: $7,000 per night

The Presidential Suite living room at Four Seasons Sydney
The Presidential Suite © Four Seasons Sydney

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