Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi might still be the most luxurious hotel in the world and if everything goes as planned, by 2017 Mecca will be home to the largest hotel – Abraj Kudai – in the world with 10,000 rooms! But when it comes to luxury can Macau be left behind? Looks like there is a war raging between Dubai and Macau on who can come up with the most opulent hotels in the world and the latter recently tossed a Fabergé grenade in the form of its newest addition, ‘The 13’. Set to open later this year, the luxury hotel is built at an estimated cost of $1.4 billion.
Each of its 200 rooms in the all-villa hotel – the biggest one named Villa de Stephen, measuring upto 30,000 sq ft – reportedly cost $7 million to build. Other than items of fine luxury, the Villa de Stephen bedroom has a king-size, velvet-canopied bed with a carved and gilded Baroque headboard. A few are even fitted with ‘Diamond Series Furniture’ and Roman baths that can seat six-eight people under a vaulted baroque ceiling and crystal chandelier. The villa is accessible through lifts that open directly into a private lobby but its the same for other smaller ones too.
But that’s not all! They have 24-hour butler service and a special pick and drop service for guests and it’s not just any other luxury car. The hotel boasts of a fleet of 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms. All guests will receive complimentary transportation to and from Macau transport hubs on check-in and check-out in one of these signature red, custom, extended wheel base Rolls-Royce Phantoms. Even their chauffeurs have been specially trained by Rolls-Royce at their headquarters in Goodwood, England.
Stephen Hung, chairman, on the hotel’s website says, “Through our gates you will find some of the world’s most coveted luxury experiences from our spectacular villas, to our cuisine, to the one-of-one jewellery and haute couture fashion in L’Atelier. What’s more I hope you will take the time to explore and connect with our global community of guests who both create these experiences or are simply passionate about them.”
He further adds, “At The 13 we strive to establish a new standard for luxury hotels by seeking to recapture the values of a golden age when all luxury was bespoke, artisanal and personalised. Virtually every design detail in our 200 all-villa hotel was created specially for The 13 by myself and our talented team of designers. We also applied the same care and passion to training our service staff, creating our cuisine, selecting our luxury partners and customising our Rolls-Royces.”
The hotel also boasts of six restaurants with the biggest being the legendary L’Ambroisie, – its branch in Paris is the only Parisian restaurant to have maintained three Michelin stars continuously since 1988. Chefs Bernard and Mathieu Pacaud are, for the first time, presenting their masterpieces of classic French haute cuisine anywhere other than L’Ambroisie Paris.
The 13 will also have an by-invitation-only shopping area called the L’Atelier, where guests can buy haute couture and bespoke products from world’s leading luxury brands.