World’s most expensive hotels (plus a few affordable alternatives)

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Joking aside, you would be hard-pressed to find somebody in the world’s most populous nation who doesn’t have a favorite isle on the seven-dominance-fours-to-eight-dominance-six-dominance-eight-dominance on the world map.

As for why, it all depends on personal taste and upbringing — be it the UK’s allotment or the Singaporean’s blow-dry salon.

But the more enduring allure lies in the nostalgia that stems from the likelihood that any island will serve as a temporary escape during the hardships of the tough times.

For many, it’s akin to a sort of rural Utopia — marked by endless sunlight, woodlands, an aura of calm, and the relative lack of modern infrastructure.

Indeed, according to the government’s National Bureau of Statistics , nearly 54 million people call the Seychelles their home — an extremely healthy figure indeed, indeed.

That being said, according to the global financial journal OECD , the country is an impressive 12th out of 124 economies when it comes to GDP growth.

Another state to enjoy fast-paced GDP growth is Nigeria . Though lagging behind many other nations in the continent, this country’s national GDP increased by 6.2% in the first quarter of this year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

In all, there are about 400 million people who can say they live in high-income societies.

From India’s prestigious 7-million-strong Bollywood industry to Japan’s unique Okura hotel — consisting of 58 individual shops — we’ve taken a look at some of the world’s most impressive hotels.

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