It’s no doubt that stars enjoy living a fancy and luxurious lifestyle, whether they are in the comfort of their own homes, or traveling the world to various countries and cities. With that being said, real celebrities don’t just stay in the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts – some celebrities actually own them. We can guess that all that extra cash has to go somewhere, right? These 10 clever celeb’s diversified their portfolios to become real real estate moguls, investors or co-owners in high-end, global resort properties. Would you like to sleep with the rich and famous? Then read on to find out what elite destinations these famous actors, rock stars, models and a fashion designers purchased, as their home away from home.
10. John Malkovich: The Big Sleep Hotel, England
John Malkovich has a reputation as an out-of-the-box actor and Big Sleep Hotel fits the same bill. Dubbed as the “UK’s first design hotel for budget travelers…” Big Sleep offers Travelodge prices “…but with more sex-appeal.” In line with that angle, Malkovich jumped in bed with 300 Welsh secretaries in the hotel’s lobby for a publicity stunt called “In bed with Malkovich.” The hotel boasts an uber-clean, modern design with three locations: Cardiff and Cheltenham (at the city center) and Eastbourne overlooking the English Channel. Despite its overdramatic PR, the hotel calls itself “the thinking man’s choice.”
9. Robert De Niro: The Greenwich Hotel, New York City
‘Wise guys only’, at Robert De Niro’s luxury hotel in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood, featuring 88 rooms of which no two are alike. With décor that ranges from English leather furnishings to Tibetan silk rugs, and bathrooms covered in either Moroccan tile or Italian marble, the hotel is noted for its distinct interior design. It’s definitely the place to be and The Greenwhich has enjoyed numerous write-ups in magazines like, Travel + Leisure, Vogue, W Magazine and more.
8. Mick Jagger: The Stargroves Villa, Mustique, Caribbean
Zip away on your private jet to Mustique island, one of the Grenadines Islands, (a chain of more than 600 islands in the Caribbean) just 45 minutes in flight from Barbados. Here you can rent Mick Jaggar’s private villa to the tune of around $12,000 minimum per week, depending on the season. This six-bedroom Japanese style beachfront villa is surrounded by swaying palms and has both indoor and alfresco dining rooms, a personal chef, game room with billiards and tennis courts.
7. Leonardo DiCaprio: Four Seasons Eco Resort at Blackadore Caye
The Eco-Resort at Blackadore Caye is yet to open, but design and planning services for the private Caribbean island east of Belize, note that the 80 residential units will have private beach access, while the hotel village, located on the northern portion of the island, will include over-water bungalows. DiCaprio discovered the island while on vacation in 2004 and after purchasing it, began working with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to create his eco-luxe dream.
6. Jason Priestley: Terrace Beach Resort, Ucluelet, British Columbia
Some of you may be wondering, whatever happened to Jason Priestley? Well, he seems to be doing just fine. He’s in Canada and welcomes you to join him at his beachfront resort on Vancouver Island. Nestled in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the waterfront cabins line Terrace Beach where guests can enjoy kayaking, fishing or strolling the coastal cliffs to spot whales or sea otters. If you’re feeling the call of the great outdoors, schedule a bear watching trip. The resort is also home to a bald eagle nest. Wow, that’s a long way from Beverly Hills, 90210.
5. Elizabeth Hurley: Number 11 Cadogan Gardens, London
Elizabeth Hurley owns a piece of this charming boutique hotel, which won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2013. Located in affluent Knightsbridge, London and built in the late 19th century with Victorian façade, it hearkens back to an era of extremely elegant private residences. Hurley called it “the most charming hotel in London.” You’ll no-doubt feel like a member of the London elite when staying at this exclusive retreat. Oil portraits of royal and aristocratic importance line the staircase walls, and the opulent décor and service is white glove with contemporary flair.
4. Jim Kerr: Hotel Villa Angela, Taormina, Sicily
Legend has it that in 1995, the lead singer of an 80’s pop band, Simple Minds, fell in love with the Mediterranean island of Sicily and the Italian culture. He decided to make this spot his home away from home. In fact, the website posts an intimate welcome letter penned by Jim Kerr himself, inviting guests to come and bask in the warmth of his Sicilian abode. But if Kerr’s personal letter doesn’t convince you, let the villa speak for itself. Large windows and oversized terraces allow the rooms to spill out onto the Italian landscape to reveal a view of Mt. Etna, olive groves and lemon trees. Savor a Sicilian breakfast by the pool and then relax in the Mediterranean sun while gentle breezes carry the scent of citrus your way.
3. Robert Redford: Sundance Resort, Utah
Born in 1969 of seemingly “hippie” ideals, the Sundance brand is now more synonomous with indie luxury. Robert Redford purchased this vast piece of nature, which grew into “Sundance,” a community based on arts, environmental conservation and the celebration of beauty and expression. The resort’s mission is to maintain the balance between art, nature, community and individuality – to be a haven for discovery and inspiration, celebrating the “spirit of Sundance.” But of course, not withstanding luxury. Sundance’s Luxury Mountain Home Collection allows guests to feel at home in 2-7 bedroom accommodations, in a tranquil mountain sanctuary with a hot tub, game room and views of the canyon and wildlife.
2. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones: Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa, Bermuda
If it’s lifestyles of the rich and famous that you intend to emulate, then head to Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa in Bermuda. Opened in 2009, by Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the property is comprised of private real estate, a resort and private members club with exclusive golf, tennis and beach amenities. Step out onto your terrace from the comfort of your suite, designed in classic British charm and wake up to sweeping views of turquoise blue waters and lush surroundings. Bathrooms feature marble stonework and deep soaking tubs for a truly indulgent experience, earning this celebrity spot a reputation as the ultimate romantic, royal getaway.
1. Donatella Versace: Palazzo Versace, Queensland, Australia
Supposedly the first fashion-branded hotel, Palazzo Versace is like an explosion of Versace style and soul come to life. The Palazzo features 200 hotel rooms and suites with neighboring condos and of course, it has a private marina for guests sailing into Australia’s famed Gold Coast. The property’s scheme incorporates architectural design and furnishings that are distinctly Versace, and oozing European baroque luxury. Throughout this elite palace, true Italian influence can be seen in the mosaics, golden detail and vaulted ceilings. The hotel has hosted numerous celebrity guests over the years. But perhaps, the most unique spin-off of the property is The International Hotel School @ Palazzo Versace, a hospitality program where you can train on the finer things in life if you can’t afford to buy them.