Celebrity Owned Retreat Lists via TripAdvisor.com
Tripadvisor.com is now offering lists for Top Celebrity Resorts worth experiencing. So, will this service attract travelers looking to grab a piece of celebridum? Would you buy into this?
TripAdvisor.com thinks so…
“While travelers may visit a celebrity-owned hotel hoping for a brush with fame, these top celebrity-owned properties offer more than just star power,” Christine Petersen, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor said in a release. “Excellent accommodations, mixed with a famous owner’s personal touches, have earned these A-list hotels high marks with TripAdvisor travelers.”
1. Rustic luxe with Robert Redford: Sundance Resort, Sundance, Utah
What would you expect from the original Horse Whisperer but a sprawling ranch? Situated at the base of Mount Timpanogos on 6,000 acres of rolling hills and babbling brooks, the Sundance Kid’s retreat has TripAdvisor travelers raving about the resort’s rustic beauty, excellent service, and outdoor activities.
Ranked No. 1 in Sundance, Utah. Average nightly rate: $600
Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: romantic retreat, honeymoon
2. City chic with Robert De Niro: The Greenwich Hotel, New York, N.Y.
It’s a long way from the gritty streets featured in Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Many guests note the understated elegance and complimentary in-room snack baskets found at Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel in New York City. Located on a quiet street in Tribeca, De Niro’s hideaway features 88 uniquely decorated rooms and suites, plus a Zen-like indoor pool enclosed in a 250-year-old Japanese bamboo farmhouse.
Ranked No. 104 in New York, N.Y. Average nightly rate: $580
Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: stylish decor, romantic retreat
3. Rejuvenation retreat with Olivia Newton-John: Gaia Retreat & Spa, Brooklet, Australia
Olivia Newton-John gets physical with this 20-room, boutique retreat, which features a fitness center, pool, tranquil grounds, healthy food and of course a full-service spa.
Ranked No. 1 in Brooklet, Australia — Package deals start at $1,825 for two nights, shared accommodation for two people
Recommended by TripAdvisor travellers for: relaxation, spa vacation
4. In the jungle with Francis Ford Coppola: Blancaneaux Lodge, San Ignacio, Belize
Seems he didn’t get enough of the jungle during the 14 months he was filing Apocalypse Now in the 1970s. At Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge in San Ignacio, Belize, is situated in the northwest corner of the 107,000-acre Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The lodge’s high-end cabanas and villas enhance the natural surroundings with thatched roofs, open-air living areas, and hammocks.
Ranked No. 5 in San Ignacio, Belize — Average nightly rate: $315
Recommended by TripAdvisor travellers for: staff/service, honeymoon
5. Life’s a beach with Gloria Estefan: Costa d’Este Beach Resort, Vero Beach, Fla.
The former Miami Sound Machine front-woman hasn’t strayed too far — Gloria Estefan is running this hotel just two and a half hours north of Miami. Costa d’Este boasts a beachside location, pool, spa, and a Cuban restaurant.
Ranked No. 7 in Vero Beach, Fla., — Average nightly rate: $320
Recommended by TripAdvisor travellers for: prime location, beach/sun getaway
6. Haute travel with Donatella Versace: Palazzo Versace, Main Beach, Queensland, Australia
Become one of the beautiful people, darlink. High fashion and hospitality join forces at Donatella Versace’s trendy Palazzo Versace resort on Australia’s Gold Coast, of course. All aspects of the resort were designed to reflect the Versace brand, including high-end freebies like mini bottles of Versace perfume. With so much lavishness in one place, it’s no surprise that one TripAdvisor traveller wrote, “From the moment I stepped out of the limousine to the moment I walked through the doors too leave, it was pure luxury. Opulent furnishings, faultless service and sheer attention to detail made this hotel the Most Outstanding of All Time on my list.”
Ranked No. 1 in Main Beach, Queensland, Australia — Average nightly rate: $535
Recommended by TripAdvisor travellers for: cleanliness, stylish decor
7. Mission possible with Clint Eastwood: Mission Ranch, Carmel, Calif.
When actor and director Clint Eastwood purchased the historic Mission Ranch in 1986, he saved 22 acres of prime real estate on Carmel’s Monterey Peninsula from development. But this isn’t your typical spaghetti western digs. Eastwood, who owns a home nearby, is still spotted on occasion at Mission Ranch, a farmhouse with 31 rooms, ocean views, and sheep grazing in the meadow.
Ranked No. 2 for Specialty Lodging in Carmel, Calif., — Average nightly rate: $200
Recommended by TripAdvisor travellers for: location, culture/sightseeing
8. Cabin fever with Kate Pierson: Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel, Mount Tremper, N.Y.
After roaming around the world, lead singer for the B-52s, Kate Pierson caught cabin fever and decided to open her own love shack, Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel, near Woodstock, N.Y. Visitors have their choice of kitschy 1950s’ camp cabins, or vintage Airstream trailers.
Ranked No. 1 in Mount Tremper, N.Y. Average nightly rate: $150
Recommended by TripAdvisor travellers for: location, pet-friendly
9. Seaside trendy with John Malkovich: The Big Sleep Hotel, Eastbourne, United Kingdom
You too can be John Malkovich for a night, or at least sleep like him. TripAdvisor travellers admit that they were attracted to Hollywood heavyweight John Malkovich’s Big Sleep Hotel because of the budget-friendly prices, seaside location, and trendy reputation. While many travelers praise the hotel’s overall value and excellent free breakfast, opinion is divided on the funky decor, including photos of John Malkovich and furry curtains.
Ranked No. 8 in Eastbourne, United Kingdom — Average nightly rate: $90
Recommended by TripAdvisor travellers for: stylish decor, pet-friendly
10. Rockin’ yourself to sleep with Bono and The Edge: The Clarence, Dublin, Ireland
Purchased in 1992 by rockers Bono and The Edge of U2, The Clarence Hotel in Dublin, Ireland is adjacent to Temple Bar, a popular nightlife area. Although most travellers praise the hotel’s location, some cite the evening noise as a problem. But what would you expect from rock stars?
Ranked No. 74 in Dublin, Ireland — Average nightly rate: $270
Recommended by TripAdvisor travellers for: young singles, nightlife