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From Timesonline.co.uk

$plash the cash on the world’s most expensive beds (gellar mention)

Monday 17 October 2005, by Webmaster

They’re the 10 priciest hotels in the world - but what does 8,000 per night actually get you? Susan d’Arcy finds out North Island, in the Seychelles, yours for 1,752 a night Would you spend the better part of 8,500 on a hotel? We don’t mean to buy it, lock, stock and two smoking barmen. Oh, no: that’s just for a one-night stay. That is the price of the top villa at The Mansion in Las Vegas, where even the cheapest suite costs a cool 2,810. Forbes, the in-house magazine of America’s super-rich, puts The Mansion at the top of its list of the world’s most expensive hotels in the world, based on standard high-season room rates. So, what do you get for your money? Are you and your credit card sitting comfortably? Then I’ll tell you.

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NORTH ISLAND, Seychelles

The cost? 1,752 per night, rising to 3,191 for Villa North (three bedrooms, tucked away in a forest, with spectacular beach views). At least this price is all-inclusive, except for premium champagne and cocktails ... bet you can manage without them.

Who goes there? Pierce Brosnan, Ben Kingsley and Sarah Michelle Gellar, when they need to get back to basics.

What’s so great about it? It’s the ultimate haute Robinson Crusoe hideaway: a handful of thatched villas, constructed by local artisans without recourse to a single nail, incorporating driftwood and reclaimed tree trunks as wall supports and table legs. Air conditioning? Pah. Rooms are raised one metre from the ground to catch the cooling sea breezes. Curtains? Behave. Think strings of carefully threaded shells and corals instead, all adding up to an unbelievable attention to detail. If you can tear yourself away from your huge and gorgeous cocoon, each comes with keys to a buggy, so you can scout the best locations for watching the sunset. You can sunbathe on the four powder-fine beaches, dive the pristine reefs with guides or just chill in your private pool - all the while considering important questions such as what to have for dinner. It’s all fresh food, in season (not flown in, as with so many Indian Ocean resorts) and the chef operates a “no-menu” concept, tailoring dishes to guests’ every whim. One large portion of paradise, please, with a side order of smugness.