For travelers on big-budget, luxury holidays knowing what they can expect to get at their destination is crucial. These super-rich travelers seek privacy and one-of-a-kind amenities including private elevators, personal shopping assistants, helipads and even their own postal codes, are what luxury hotels, airlines and cruise ships are catering to. This niche crowd is which forms the wealthiest 20 per cent of Americans have increased their holiday spending on hotels by 7.1 per cent since 2009, according to inflation-adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The next 20 per cent? A mere 1.8 per cent. Not surprising at all. But these over-the-top travel experiences are no longer exclusively for the rich and the famous. Now the Associated Press is offering a virtual reality tour of some of the world’s most extravagant accommodations: a suite on a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380, Cunard’s duplex stateroom aboard the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, and the Ty Warner Penthouse suite at the Four Seasons hotel in New York – watching the dream for the average middle-class.
Each of the spaces was extensively photographed using the Matterport Pro 3D camera, and then reconstructed for use in virtual reality. Users just have to walk through and explore every nook and corner of the suites and experience them virtually-firsthand.
So what can guests expect to see at these top-notch suites?
Four Seasons Ty Warner Penthouse
The 4,300 sq ft suite sits on the 52nd floor of the Four Seasons in New York and offers its guests a panoramic 360 degree views of the city below. Guests can walk through the marble hallways adorned with sculptures and into the living room where hand-lacquered walls with mother of pearl inlay and a fireplace take center stage. There is a library – larger than many Manhattan apartments – that comes with a 26-foot high cathedral ceiling and a Bosendorfer grand piano.
The bedroom mattress was handmade in Sweden, taking 160 hours at a cost of $65,000. There’s even a room for private spa treatments or a quick workout.
The cost for a night at the Four Seasons Ty Warner Penthouse is $50,000/night for a minimum three nights. Perks that you might not enjoy on a virtual visit include meals, spa treatment, chauffeured Rolls Royce, personal trainer and the butler service.
Singapore Airlines Suites
Singapore Airlines suite-class is the ultimate flying experience. Its plush 36-inches wide seats on this Airbus A380 could set traditional passengers back by $12-14,000.
Each suite comes with its own sliding doors offering maximum privacy and comfort. The seat is three-feet-wide and faces a 23-inch television loaded with more than 100 movies and 180 television shows. At bed time, flight attendants will convert your seat into a bed complete with linens and full-sized pillows. For couples traveling together, the two middle seats can combine into a double bed.
Queen Mary 2 Grand Duplex Suite
A 2,249 square feet grand Duplex Suite of luxury liner Queen Mary 2 is all about space, comfort and the best kind of luxury while you enjoy a seven day trans-Atlantic crossing.
Passengers can spread out on couches, relax on their own private outdoor deck and head to their second-storey bedroom via a private staircase. There’s also a walk-in wardrobe, a hot tub and a fully personalize Butler service to assist with pretty much everything. The stateroom on this Cunard vessel comes with personalized stationery, fresh fruit replenished twice a day and priority access on and off the ship.
The cost for a night in the grand duplex suite is $20,000/person
Note: For a virtual reality version of these experience, visit the Oculus Store using the Samsung Gear VR and download “The suite life”.
[Via – Interactives]