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The High Life

The High Life

If you’ve always had a taste for the high life and find it exciting to sleep with your head in the clouds, then our list of TOP 10 TALLEST HOTELS IN THE WORLD will interest you

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While most of the tallest hotels are centred around wealthy Dubai, first-tier cities in China and Asian capital cities are fast catching up with their own fair share of hotels that reach into the skies and offer a panoramic view of the city skyline. Read on as we take you to dizzying heights with recommendations on where to stay.

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1. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, China
Currently topping the list as world’s tallest hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, is located on the 102nd to 118th floors of International Commerce Centre in Kowloon. It also lays claim to having the highest bar and swimming pool in the world on the 118th floor which is 484 metres high. The 312-room five-star hotel offers six dining options which include Michelin-starred restaurants, a spa, swimming pool and space for meetings and wedding events. Rates start at around US$422 per night.

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2. Gevora Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Standing at 356 metres, the 77-storey Gevora Hotel lays claim to being the tallest hotel in the world housed within its own building. It features 528 rooms with three dining options, a pool and a health club. The hotel may be rated four-star but it is hard to tell by just looking at the posh art deco-style interiors. Starting at around US$90 for a deluxe room per night, Gevora offers luxury that most people can afford.

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3. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE
The 77-storey JW Marriott Marquis, standing at 355 metres, may have been nudged into second place recently as world’s tallest hotel but it remains the most luxurious with five-star amenities including a staggering 10 dining options, a spa, health club, swimming pool and ample space for meetings and wedding events. It is also conveniently located within walking distance to shopping malls. Rates start at USD150 per night.

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4. Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur, soaring 343 metres, is the newest addition to the list of world’s tallest hotels. Located within a 65-storey mixed-use tower beside the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in the city centre and surrounded by shopping malls, the five-star hotel features 209 rooms with six dining options, swimming pool, spa, fitness centre and facilities for meetings and events. Rates start at US$250 per night.

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5. Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, Dubai, UAE
Rose Rayhaan is a luxurious 72-storey hotel in Dubai. Standing at 333 metres, the five-star hotel features 462 rooms, a rooftop swimming pool, a spa and beauty salon, a fitness club and gym, three dining options and space for meetings and events. Located within a prime location, it is only minutes away from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and a metro station. Rates start at US$100 per night.

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6. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
If you are looking for unrestrained luxury with interiors designed to impress even the most seasoned traveller, book a room at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Despite its size, the five-star hotel has just 202 suites and that’s because even the smallest suite is 1,820 sq ft in size. The 60-storey hotel stands at 321 metres and sits on a man-made island off Jumeirah Beach. The iconic sail-shaped silhoutte of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is so well promoted that it has become the symbol of Dubai in travel brochures. Rates start at around US$1,550 per night.

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7. Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, at 309 metres, may be not be as tall nor as expensive as its sibling Burj Al Arab Jumeirah but it is equally luxurious. The 56-storey hotel, located in the financial district, features 400 rooms, 11 dining options, a spa and fitness centre. A popular stay for business travellers, the five- star hotel has eight meeting suites and a huge ballroom for business and social events. Best of all, hotel guests get unlimited complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark and Jumeirah’s private beach. Rates start at around US$220 per night.

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8. Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Baiyoke Sky Hotel, standing at 309 metres, is a tourist attraction on its own with a wide range of entertainment options for hotel guests and visitors. It claims to have the fastest "crystal" elevator in the country, taking you up from the 1st to the 88th floor in just 80 seconds. Other amenities include a viewing deck on the 84th floor to enjoy the city skyline, a massage, spa and beauty salon and space for meetings and events. There are about 10 restaurants within the five-star hotel, mostly on the higher floors, including the popular roof top bar on the 83rd floor. Baiyoke Sky offers 658 rooms from the 22nd to the 74th floors with rates starting at around US$90 per night.

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9. Millennium Plaza Hotel, Dubai
Millennium Plaza Dubai is a five-star hotel with 401 rooms located in a 65-storey tower. Standing at 294 metres, the hotel offers a panoramic view of Zabeel Palace and Jumeirah Beach. If your room is on the 26th floor and above, you will get an unobstructed view of the city skyline. Hotel amenities include a pool, health club, club lounge, four dining options and space for meetings or wedding events. The infinity pool lounge on the rooftop offers the best view of the city during sunset while sipping on a mocktail or fruit juice – no alcohol is served, though. Rates are surprisingly affordable, starting at around US$105 per night.

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10. JW Marriott Panama
The JW Marriott Panama is a 369-room five-star hotel housed within a futuristic mixed-use building facing the ocean. At 284 metres high, it is the tallest building not just in Panama but also in Central America. The 70-storey hotel offers three dining options, an infinity pool, fitness centre and space for meetings and wedding events. Rates start at around US$158 per night.

Here’s a tip for those who enjoy sleeping at dizzying heights but may find prices too steep. Look for low- season rates which can be considerably cheaper and opt for the lower floors. Even as a guest on the lower floors, you can still make your way up to hotel’s bar, swimming pool or other amenities which are usually located on the higher floors.

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