10 outrageous resorts to add to your vacation wishlist [SLIDESHOW]

It’s that time of year when you start daydreaming about sun-kissed beaches, frosty beverages, crystal-clear pools and uninterrupted relaxation. To fuel your fantasies, here are 10 incredible resorts, featuring private islands, mountain retreats and untamed opulence that would impress even the most discerning tourist.

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  • Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Complete with a private beachfront, desert safari tours, 28 floors, 202 suites and extreme architectural features, the Burj Al Arab stands out not only as the fourth tallest hotel, but also as one of the most expensive. A night in the Royal Suite costs $18,776. (photo: eggle.me)
  • The Boulders: a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Carefree, Arizona. Vacation among 12-million-year-old boulders, while experiencing relaxing, modern amenities that augment Arizona’s desert landscape. Unlike other world-class resorts, the Boulders offers affordable accommodations, clocking in with rates around $150 for casitas, small adobe dwellings set among the boulders. (photo: theboulders.com)
  • Qualia Resort, Hamilton Island, Australia. Secluded beaches, private pools, seaside golf, the Great Barrier Reef and “creative dinners” featuring foam and caramelized concoctions await you at Qualia Resort for a whopping $5,000 per night during peak season. (photo: cntraveler.com)
  • Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri, Italy. A favorite of celebrities, Caesar Augustus offers panoramic views of the famous blue waters of the Amalfi Coast. The Caesar Master Suite costs approximately $2,600 per night. (photo: caesar-augustus.com)
  • Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. Although not a resort, this hotel is ridiculous enough to be included on the list. Guests stay in ice suites, sleeping on beds made of ice topped with a mattress, thermal sleeping bag, and reindeer skins. This hotel is the largest ice hotel in the world, featuring ice sculptures, suites for 100 guests and food specially designed for the cold environment. The deluxe suite costs approximately $1,000 per night. (photo: cdn.home-reviews.com)
  • Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India. Built in the middle of a lake by royalty in the 1700s, Taj Palace provides elegance and luxury, from lily ponds to moonlit dinners on the lake. Taj Palace also offers private butter service and security escorts. (photo: tajhotels.com)
  • Nygard Cay Beach Resort, Bahamas, Caribbean. Featuring a 24 seat movie theater, cliff-hanging bedrooms, two pools, five Jacuzzis, two Hummer SUVs, a staff of 20, water slides, a 48-foot fishing boat, two volleyball courts, a tennis court, a human aquarium, an 82-foot yacht and many exotic animals, the Nygard Cay wows the fortunate few who stay at this private resort. The Mayan-themed resort costs between $35,000 and $40,000 per night. (photo: 1000funfacts.com)
  • Mardan Palace, Antalya, Turkey. Complete with a private zoo, aquarium-side dining, gondolas floating in the Mediterranean’s largest swimming pool, a bridge built from Leonardo da Vinci’s designs, 560 luxury suites, remote-controlled toilets and 21 restaurants, Mardan Palace has been called the “Disneyland of the rich and famous.” (photo: nexustravelsolutions)
  • Jade Mountain Resort, Soufriere, St. Lucia. Featuring infinity pools or private Jacuzzis in every suite, covered in bright, one-of-a-kind tiles, Jade Mountain augments its 270-degree view of the mountains and sea bellow. However, “heaven on earth” isn’t cheap with prices ranging from $1,455 to $2,930 per night during peak season. (photo: jademountain.com)
  • Poseidon Undersea Resorts, Fiji. Although this resort has not opened yet, it will contain facilities above and below water. In the underwater portion, guests will find a chapel, library, restaurant and bar, spa and 24 suites with panoramic views of the aquatic environment. The above ground areas will feature larger suites, a golf course and 225 acres for guests to explore. The resort will also provide luxury submarine rides. A week at Poseidon Undersea Resorts is expected to cost $30,000. (photo: poseidonresorts.com)