Dubai and Macau are currently locked in a war of outrageously opulent hotels, and Macau recently tossed a Fabergé grenade in the form of The 13, a luxury hotel featuring 200 rooms, each of which over $7 million is being spent on. As The Independent reports, ‘Room’ doesn’t really do it justice and ‘suite’ isn’t customary in Macau parlance, each room is a ‘villa’, apparently, and the largest – Villa de Stephen (named after the man behind the hotel, Stephen Hung) – is 30,000 square foot. To give you a sense of scale in similarly absurd terms, that’s the same size as Mark Wahlberg’s entire Beverly Hills mansion.
The “entry-level” villa, if you can call it that, will be the Villa du Comte, which comes with the following:
– 24-hour butler service
– Your own private elevator that opens directly into the suite
– A roman bath that fits 6 to 8, situated betwixt neo-classical columns under a vaulted baroque ceiling and crystal chandelier and which can be covered over with a retractable marble floor
– Rain shower and electric bidet toilet (also situated in the stained-glass bathroom)
– King-size, velvet-canopied bed with gilded headboard
– ‘Diamond Series Furniture' (I don’t even know what that means)
– Arrivals and departures in a bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom
The hotel, described as a 'gateway to the refined and remarkable' is expected to be opening its presumably solid gold doors summer 2017, with room prices yet to be announced.
“This was a labour of love,” Mr. Hung commented. “The team and I put every ounce of creativity and passion we had into this project to ensure every detail was perfect. Our guests, I believe, will find the result truly remarkable and beyond anything they have previously experienced.”
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So to compete with a nation that is suffering from the economic woes of a prolonged low oil price environment, someone in another nation whose economy is creaking to a halt from a credit-fueled orgy of malinvestment, had the bright idea to build the world's most expensive, crazy, hotel ever… well, at least that wealth will trickle down, right?