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What it is about celebrities owning hotels? Is it the most convenient way for them to create their ideal holiday spot? A lucrative business to invest in? Or simply a vanity project? We’ve tracked down the world’s coolest celebrity-owned hotels – fancy running into Hugh Jackman at the Gwinganna Health Retreat? Or Leonardo DiCaprio in a Belize resort? Read on.
Bought by Andy Murray in 2013, this Victorian mansion has all the cosy feel of a Scottish hideaway, but with a sophisticated twist. Just outside of the tennis player’s hometown of Dunblane, the Perthshire hotel features ornate murals, leather chairs and restored artwork which lavishly adorns the library, billiards room, whisky room and two drawing rooms. Explore the 34 acres of grounds to find a herb and vegetable garden, tennis courts and even a loch, before retreating to cuddle up by fireplace with a wee dram.
While the original Palazzo Versace dominates Main Beach on Australia’s Gold Coast, its newer Dubai-based sibling is drawing in fans of unapologetic opulence. Gilded columns, marble tabletops and Versace Home Collection furniture decorates interiors, while the spa and fitness centre includes a 63m pool overlooking the Dubai Creek. Rooms are equally lavish, with deep bathtubs, rainfall showers and Italian mosaic tiling covering the floors and walls.
Increasingly popular among creatives, Sitges is a cultural hotspot just 40 minutes’ drive from Barcelona. Ever the risk-taker on pitch and off, Lionel Messi purchased The MiM hotel, which sits on the Mediteranean shores with sleek, polished interiors paired with sundrenched beaches and a world-class spa. The rooftop bar is the perfect place from which to watch the sunset while sipping on an ice-cold cerveza.
4. Sundance Mountain Resort, Robert Redford
Robert Redford, iconic actor, director, producer and founder of the Sundance Film Festival, owns the eponymous mountain resort – an ideal location for an unspoiled, authentic and intimate getaway. “People here come from all walks of life, but one belief is shared: our community should represent who we are and what we believe,” says Redford. “Sundance is an arts community, a recreational community, a community of people who appreciate the beauty of nature and feel the responsibility to preserve it.” Every January, film fanatics flock to the resort to take comfort between screenings and the ski slopes.
5. Marley Resort & Spa, The Marley Family
Don’t worry, be happy. The legend of Bob Marley sings on at the tropical oasis his family created in his honour. Escape to the Marley Resort & Spa – once the family’s own private haven – in Nassau, Bahamas and let your worries melt away. Relax in the sun or splash around in the pools and, as the sun disappears, visit the Natural Mystic Spa for a herbal bath or put your feet up with a cocktail at Stir It Up Bar.
6. The Greenwich Hotel, Robert De Niro
De Niro’s famed NYC hotspot offers the perfect city escape. With Shibui Spa and Locanda Verde restaurant in the hotel (not to mention the Hudson River just a block away) it’s a far cry from the hectics of Time Square. Take advantage of the location and the hotel’s hand-crafted finish and get in touch with the city’s quieter side.
7. Palazzo Margherita, Francis Ford Coppola
Nestled away in the small hilltop town of Bernalda lies an Italian palace destined to be the setting of a romantic film. And with owner Francis Ford Coppola’s close ties to the film industry, it just might be. With magnificent gardens and a salon for film screenings, it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic place. Including Palazzo Margherita, Coppola owns five resorts across Belize, Guatemala, Italy and Argentina, each equally as picturesque.
8. Gwinganna Health Retreat, Hugh Jackman
The Wolverine star first escaped to the retreat just before filming to whip himself into shape. He fell in love with the place and is now a co-owner. Seven day detoxes, ‘dreamtime’ and hikes through the rainforest are just a few of the retreat’s draws. Situated on a luscious mountain-top behind the Australian Gold Coast, you’ll be sure to find your zen.
9. Trump Hotels, Donald Trump
If there’s anywhere to go all out, it’s Vegas. The Trump International Hotel is just a short walk from the infamous Vegas strip. Check into a top-level suite for sweeping views of the city. The notorious celeb-cum-politician gives his name to an entire collection of luxury hotels, each boasting five or six stars. With properties carrying his name all over the globe, Trump is making sure he’s known worldwide.
10. Bedford Post Inn, Richard Gere
In attempt to save a local historic site dating back to the 1860s, Gere and his friends restored this property in the heart of Westchester County, NY and started Bedford Post Inn. At this eight-room luxury inn guests can take time to enjoy the simpler things in life by joining yoga sessions or dining in the casual rustic restaurant, The Barn.
11. Blackadore Caye, Leonardo DiCaprio
They must have run out of room on Long Island for Gatsby because Leonardo DiCaprio just bought his own private island in Belize. Set behind the world’s second largest barrier reef, the development will be a truly restorative retreat – one that centres on health, wellness and sustainability. It will be powered by renewable energy and have its own climate-change research station. The highly anticipated eco-conscious resort is set to open on Blackadore Caye in 2018.
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