The Emirates Palace luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi is displaying a jewel-encrusted Christmas tree, which it says is worth millions of dollars.
Items of jewellery studded with scores of precious stones are draped on the tree’s branches, along with more traditional baubles and lights. While the tree alone is worth a mere $10,000 (£6,400), the jewellery adds more than $11million ($7 million) to the value, according to the hotel’s General Manager, Hans Olbertz.
The luxury hotel is asking the Guinness Book of Records to certify the tree as the world’s most expensive.
The vast majority of the population of the oil-rich UAE are Muslim, but Mr Olbertz said he didn’t think the tree would offend local sensibilities. “It’s a very liberal country,” he said.
The tree sits in the sumptuous lobby of the 302-room hotel – which is bookable, of course, through Luxique.
by Andy Moreton
A survey has found that Moscow, Abu Dhabi and New York City have the world’s most expensive hotel rooms.
Even though there was a worldwide decrease in hotel rates in 2009 because of the economic climate, the average cost of a room in Moscow was $420 (£268) a night. It’s the fifth year in a row that the Russian capital has had the dubious honour of topping the list.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, was the second-most expensive, with a room costing about $350 (£224) per night on average.
New York City, which is famous for its sky-high luxury hotel rates, came in third with a room costing about $320 (£205) per night, despite most Manhattan hotels lowering their prices last year.
Average room rates in London fell by five per cent to £151 ($236), placing the capital in 29th position on the list.
Of course, with the economic downturn still being felt, it continues to be a buyers’ market, with hotel chains seeking to entice travellers with cut-price deals. Luxique can secure the best possible rates at luxury hotels throughout the world. Check out our unrivalled selection!
by Andy Moreton