Top celebrity hotels around the world
Fancy a taste of the celebrity lifestyle? Then travel like a star and take a private jet charter to one of the most luxurious celebrity-owned hotels in the world. From Robert De Niro’s swanky New York establishment to tennis superstar Andy Murray’s Scottish country retreat and Olivia Newton-John’s beach-side Australian resort, here are the top five celebrity hotels for your next vacation.
Andy Murray’s Cromlix Hotel, Scotland, UK
Courtesy of Julie, Cromlix Hotel
The luxury Cromlix Hotel, owned by British tennis hero Andy Murray, lies buried in the heart of the Perthshire countryside in Scotland. Once a stately Victorian mansion, the hotel is set on 34 acres including tennis courts, a chapel, and a loch. The hotel boasts 10 bedrooms, five suites, and a gate lodge, each individually decorated to showcase original period features with antique furniture. Just months after opening, the Cromlix was awarded the Scottish Hotel of the Year in 2014 and has won the Luxury Hotel of the Year title for the last three years.
Watch seasonal dishes prepared before your eyes when you dine at the Chez Roux restaurant, run by legendary French chef Albert Roux. Take advantage of onsite activities like fishing, tennis coaching, snooker, and falconry and for the full VIP experience, dine with Michel Roux Jr or play tennis with Andy’s mother Judy. The Cromlix Hotel is located near Murray’s hometown, Dunblane, where he trained as a child at the local tennis club. Today, the 29-year-old is the world number one men’s singles player, with 44 career titles including 2016 Olympic and Wimbledon victories.
Location: Kinbuck, near Dunblane, Perthshire, FK15 9JT, Scotland.
Nearest airport: Private jet charter to Glasgow airport.
Price: Suites cost between £495 and £595 ($610 and $732 USD) per night depending on the season.
Donatella Versace’s Palazzo Versace, Dubai, UAE
This neoclassical, Italian-style palace is one of Dubai’s most luxurious hotels, with 215 rooms and 169 private residences. You’ll also find three outdoor lagoon pools, landscaped gardens, a spa, and eight restaurants and bars. The Palazzo Versace has won numerous awards, including the Best New Hotel 2016 in the Middle East Hotel Awards, and was designed exclusively by 61-year-old Donatella Versace. The award-winning Italian fashion designer has created dresses for celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, and also has a hotel in Australia.
All the Palazzo Versace’s furniture and fabrics have been tailor-made by the House of Versace and the hotel design features marble mosaics, chandeliers, and Arabian architectural flairs. Don’t miss the Enigma restaurant, which features a new chef every three months from the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list and relax in the spa, which features steam rooms, pools, hammams, saunas, and private treatment rooms.
Location: Palazzo Versace Dubai, Culture Village, Al Jadaf , Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Nearest airport: Fly by private jet to Dubai International Airport.
Price: Double rooms start at £575 ($708 USD) per night.
Olivia Newton-John’s Gaia Resort and Spa, New South Wales, Australia
Australian actress and Grease star Olivia Newton-John founded the Gaia Resort and Spa with her interior designer friend Gregg Cave back in 2005. Since then, the wellness hotel has earned numerous accolades, including the 2016 World’s Leading Retreat at the World Travel Awards. The eco-friendly resort is set over 25 acres perched on a hill above Byron Bay. From the Samira Yoga lookout point you get epic views of the Pacific Ocean and Nightcap Ranges.
Gaia literally means ‘Mother Earth’ and the resort is designed to heal the mind as well as the body, featuring a Naturopathic Clinic, spa and classes in yoga, organic cooking, tai chi, pilates, and meditation. There are 22 rooms and suites featuring private decks, as well as hammock-spotted gardens and a Samoan-style longhouse with a restaurant serving organic dishes. Enjoy the salt-water pool, sauna, and vast array of decadent treatments.
Location: 933 Femleigh Road Brooklet, New South Wales 2479, Australia.
Nearest airport: P rivate jet charter can be arranged to Brisbane Airport.
Price: A two-night Revive Package for a couple including meals, transfers, treatments, classes, and accommodation in a luxury Komala villa costs $5,570 AUD ($4,266 USD).
Robert De Niro’s The Greenwich Hotel, New York, USA
The Greenwich Hotel is nestled in New York’s trendy Tribeca neighborhood, just a block away from the Hudson River, and is owned by the Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Robert De Niro. The Italian-American actor was born in Greenwich Village and is famous for his roles in Taxi Driver and The Godfather, as well as for setting up the Tribeca Film Festival. Stay in one of 88 unique rooms influenced by designs from the tropics, Morocco, and Europe.
Head to the Japanese-inspired Shibui Spa for a treatment, relax in the courtyard, swim in the pool, or take a bicycle out along the riverside bike path. Dine on rustic Italian cooking with a modern twist at the hotel’s Locanda Verde restaurant run by acclaimed chef Andrew Carmellini. If you’re looking for a VIP experience, book the three-bed Tribeca Penthouse with private terraces, drawing rooms, kitchen and living room, wet bar, and complimentary treatments.
Location: 377 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013, USA.
Nearest airport: Fly into Newark Liberty International Airport.
Price: A corner suite with Hudson views costs $1,995 USD per night, the Tribeca Penthouse costs from $15,000 USD.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Palazzo Margherita, Basilicata, Italy
Check into this historic boutique hotel in the Italian hilltop town of Bernalda, the home of film director, producer and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola’s grandfather. The hideaway resembles a 19th century Italian palazzo, complete with domed high ceilings, hand-painted frescos, marble floors, and painted shutters. The private gardens are filled with citrus trees and herb bushes, Baroque fountains, private dining areas, and a pool. Book one of the six traditionally-decorated suites and order an indulgent in-room spa treatment.
The hotel is located just 10 minutes away from the Ionian Sea and a private beach is available for hotel guests. You can also explore the UNESCO-designated Sassi area, have a suit tailored by the Italian brand G. Inglese or choose from one of Coppola’s film selections for a private screening in the salon. Although Coppola is most famous for directing The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, the Oscar and Palme d’Or winner also owns a Californian winery, restaurant, and several other resorts in Central and South America.
Location: Corso Umberto I, 64, 75012 Bernalda, Basilicata, Italy.
Nearest airport: Fly to Naples or Rome.
Price: Palace suites cost from €800 ($841 USD), the grand Sofia Suite costs from €1,100 ($1,157 USD).