We all want what we can't have. Whether that's a Ferrari, a rose gold Apple Watch, a dress from the Alexander McQueen SS16 collection or a crystal jacuzzi, there's no denying that ours is a culture which can't get enough of lavishness and extravagance.
These decadent items may only be within the reach of that oft-referenced, much-maligned “one percent”, but that doesn't stop the rest of us daydreaming. If you're a fan of the finer things in life and enjoy a luxurious daydream or two, we've scoured the globe for some of the most lavish bedrooms in the world.
Modern gadgets and finishes may characterise contemporary lavishness, but what bedroom today could possibly compete with the sheer grandeur of the residence du jour of France's Medieval monarchs? Located around 30 miles South of Paris, the Château de Fontainebleau is home to some of the most jaw-dropping and ornate boudoirs in the world.
The decadence of this bedroom in Mukesh Ambani's Mumbai home is put into perspective by the sheer, insane opulence which surrounds it. India's richest man built the world's first $1bn home in 2010, second only to Buckingham Palace as the world's most expensive residential building. It features not one but two helipads, numerous floating gardens and even a “snow room” where guests can escape the Mumbai heat in a flurry of cooling flakes.
Purchased by Ukraine's wealthiest man, Rinat Akhmetov, in 2011, the three-storey penthouse apartment surrounding this luxurious bedroom set the record for the most expensive apartment in London at the time of purchase. Featuring views over Hyde Park, bulletproof windows, a panic room, a cinema and virtually everything a modern day James Bond could possibly want, this is a seriously lavish, highly-exclusive bedroom.
This Belgian castle is flanked by two canals, in the heart of a National Park. A masterpiece of Neo-Flemish Renaissance and Neo-Baroque architecture, every room in the 21,000 square ft 16th-century castle is a work of art – including its decadent bedroom suites.
It may look like a suite in a historic French château, but this is a lavish bedroom suite located in the famous Fleur de Lys mansion, in the exclusive California neighbourhood of Bel Air. Sold for $102 million in 2014, California's answer to the Palace of Versailles features 12 decadent bedrooms and a mirrored ballroom, all bedecked with Italian marble and gold-embossed leather wall coverings.
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