Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hotels Push the Boundaries; {ldquo}The Hotel Is a Self-Rated Seven-Star Establishment, Built on a Man-Made Island 280 Metres from Shore.{Rdquo}

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hotels Push the Boundaries; {ldquo}The Hotel Is a Self-Rated Seven-Star Establishment, Built on a Man-Made Island 280 Metres from Shore.{Rdquo}

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GLAMOUR and travel can go hand in hand.

It's not hard to name some of the world's most glamorous destinations.

Depending on your definition of the word glamour, it can be Tokyo, New York or even Paris.

Glamour can be in the places that you visit, or the places that you stay.

And depending on your fortune, there's the extreme end of the scale.

Got a spare $50,000 lying around?

How about lashing out on a night in the Royal Villa at Grand Resort Lagonissi in Greece?

Like a bit of room to move in your hotel suite?

Ask for the keys to the royal digs at the Grand Hills Hotel and Spa in Lebanon.

Hotels are pushing the boundaries to claim an "est" title - the priciest, the biggest - and lure travellers to check out their record-breaking offerings.

Accommodation website hotels.com has compiled establishments from around the world which break the norm.

The world's tallest - Burj Al Arab, Dubai:

The building, standing at 321 metres high, will only have top billing for a few more months - it will be outgrown by the nearby Rose Tower when it's completed at the end of the year.

The hotel is a self-rated, seven-star establishment, built on a man-made island 280 metres from shore.

It's one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, boasting a fleet of Rolls Royce cars, a personal shopper for patrons, a helicopter landing platform and Versace bedspreads in each of the 202 suites.

The world's largest number of rooms - The Palazzo Resort Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, US:

The establishment nestled on the strip in Vegas operates under the same license as the neighbouring Venetian hotel - together they have 8108 rooms.

The Palazzo is fitted out with a large selection of restaurants, retail outlets and its own Lamborghini dealership, boasting the only Koenigsegg dealer in the US.

The world's oldest - Hoshi Ryokan, Komatsu, Japan:

This ancient hotel has been operating for over 1300 years - first opening its doors in 718 - and has been kept in the family for 46 generations.

In the 100-room establishment, the focus is on ensuring comfort and relaxation. …

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