First Posted: 03/21/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:15 PM ET

For the typical leisure traveler, this year is reportedly an exceptional moment to snatch up luxury hotel accommodations at bargain prices. As the downturn curbs the amount of time and money people are willing to spend on vacation, many upper-end resorts are scrambling to fill their empty rooms.

But things are a bit different at the world's most extravagant resorts, where the trend seems to be headed in the other direction. Some hoteliers say that demand for their swankiest rooms has boomed -- even in the recession -- and the rates for these rooms actually increased by an average of 10% in 2009.

Keeping this in mind, we compiled a list of the hotel suites that still command tip-top dollar, most of which raised rates last year. Check out the top suite, a plush hideout just a few miles from the U.N. headquarters in Geneva, which doubled in price last year.

Check out our list of the most expensive hotel suites in the world:

Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at Palms Casino & Resort, Las Vegas -- $40,000 per night
At $40,000 per night, the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at Palms Casino Resort is pricey, but some of the amenities -- like a cantilevered jacuzzi suspended over the Las Vegas strip -- are unusual.
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