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Matterport + Associated Press (full story: http://interactives.ap.org/2015/suite-life/)

Hotels, airlines and cruise ships around the world are catering to a new group of super-rich travelers who seek extreme privacy and amenities that most can only dream of.

Luxury accommodations today feature private elevators, personal shopping assistants, helipads and even their own postal codes. The travel industry is adopting to a world where travelers from Russia, China, Brazil and the Middle East now routinely hop around the globe and don’t think twice about spending $20,000-a-day or more in search of new “authentic experiences” as opposed to just purchasing luxury goods.

Essentially, they want an over-the-top experience that few others have.

Several of these suites, prepared by the companies as they would be for new guests, were made available to The Associated Press, providing a glimpse of luxury that most can only dream of.

Note: For a virtual reality version of this experience visit the Oculus Store using the Samsung Gear VR and download “The suite life”.

Four Seasons Ty Warner Penthouse

Size: 4,300 square feet

Cost: $50,000/night (3 night min.)

Perks: Meals, spa treatment, chauffeured Rolls Royce, personal trainer, butler service

From the 52nd floor of this New York luxury hotel, guests are treated to panoramic 360 degree views of the city below. The living room has hand-lacquered walls with mother of pearl inlay and its own fireplace. The library – larger than many Manhattan apartments – 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.