From Robert Redford to Robert De Niro, loads of famous actors, directors, fashion designers and singers have become patrons if not owners of hotels, resorts and spa retreats. What’s more, us ‘normal folk’ can stay at them too.
Clint Eastwood was one of the pioneers of the ‘celebrity hotel’, with his Mission Ranch Resort in Monterey. He opened this ranch in 1986, and it boasts two ‘party barns’, guest houses and a honeymoon cottage with sweeping views of meadows, grazing sheep and the ocean.
Other great celebrity hotels include Benny Andersson of Abba fame’s boutique hotel in Stockholm, Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge in the jungles of Belize and Doris Day’s Mediterranean-style Cypress Inn, which offers Fifties movie nostalgia with vintage movie posters on the walls and DD tunes while you browse the website!
For those wanting to push the boat out, there is Donatella Versace's Palazzo Versace in Queensland, Australia. This is where the ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here’ cast stay when they are booted out of the jungle. A night at this pricey resort on Australia's Gold Coast will set you back more than £300, although free bottles of Versace perfume will provide some compensation!
However, if you’re more set on spotting celebrities, rather than just staying in one of their beds, then you should choose an exotic holiday at a Four Seasons hotel. The rich and famous seem to love this respected hotel brand, with the likes of Sir Elton John, Britney Spears, Brad and Ange and Hugh Grant using them as a home from home.
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