As social media continues to prove its prominence in society, the relevance of celebrities and their whereabouts become common knowledge. Easy access to today’s entertainment industry allows people across the globe to know exactly when and where celebrities are traveling, and even what they are wearing. It is this access to celebrities’ lifestyles that has piqued the curiosity of millions, encouraging the masses to go where the famed and fortunate have also gone and stay where they have stayed. In this lies the intrigue of celebrity owned hotels: an experience unique to public icons can be your own.
There are a number of hotels owned by celebrities which are surprisingly overlooked considering the interest so many have in these celebrities. Travelers are not often given the opportunity to vacation somewhere where their accommodation is directly related to a pop culture icon they follow. Not only does the existence of these hotels allow guests to feel close to the big name that owns them, but many are located in top destinations for travel.
Lead image: Cadogan Gardens
Grace Williamson is a travel intern with Paste and a freelance writer based out of Athens, Georgia.
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1. Sundance Mountain Resort, Sundance, Utah
Actor and founder of the Sundance Music Festival Robert Redford owns the Sundance Mountain Resort ... perfect for the outdoorsman. The resort is made up of homes, cabins, and cottages spread across a vast 450 acres of land for skiing, fly fishing, snowboarding, mountain biking, river rafting, snowshoeing, and hiking. Six different restaurants are found on the property, each with a unique menu designed by a well-trained chef. Guests can also enjoy an art studio, which offers classes including pottery, and jewelry making.
Photo by Sundance Mountain Resort
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2. Ariel Sand Cottage Colony Hotel, Bermuda
Hollywood power couple Catherine Zeta Jones and husband Michael Douglas are in the process of re-creating the Ariel Sands resort in Bermuda. The new design will include 28 luxury suites and 26 two to three bedroom cottages, all of which have an ocean view. Guests will have easy access to the powder-white beaches, as well as a freshwater swimming pool. Other amenities include a spa, salon, gym, lounge and an ocean-front restaurant. You can be the first to stay in the newly re-mastered Ariel Sands at the end of this year, when reservations will be accepted.
Photo by Ariel Sands
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3. Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay, Bahamas
World famous magician David Copperfield owns the incredible Musha Cay , located amongst a string of private islands in the Exumas. True to his trade, Copperfield gives guests the opportunity to disappear in the seclusion of the islands, where they may find themselves basking on the beaches or lounging by the pool. The options for accommodations include five different guest houses. Copperfield adds to their uniqueness by incorporating collections of antiques and treasures from around the world in the décor.
Photo by Musha Cay
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4. Gaia Retreat & Spa, Brooklet, Australia
Grease superstar and owner of the award-winning Gaia Retreat & Spa Olivia Newton-John has created an accommodation experience leaving guests relaxed and rejuvenated. Tucked away on 25 acres of secluded land in Bundjalung Country, the spa offers a number of retreat packages with varying prices. Luxury accommodations range from single rooms to villas. The extensive list of activities offered by the resort reflects a spectrum of variety: yoga, meditation, cooking classes, clay sculpture, and fitness. "Tell me about it, stud."
Photo by Gaia Retreat & Spa
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5. 11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London
English actor Elizabeth Hurley owns this beautiful boutique hotel 11 Cadgoan Gardens inside a historic Victorian townhouse in Chelsea, London. There are 56 rooms including 6 different types of suites, ranging from a Sloane Suite to a Superior Suite. Rents vary depending on suite style, but all guests can enjoy the luxury features the hotel has to offer. Tartufo, the hotel's restaurant with a Modern European and Italian influence, includes a fully stocked bar. A well-furnished library, a drawing room and an extraordinary terrace and conservatory are also available at guests' disposal.
Photo by Cadogan Gardens
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6. Terrace Beach Resort, Ucluelet, British Columbia
Beverly Hills 90210 actor Jason Priestley owns Terrace Beach Resort , unique of its kind for being both child and pet friendly. The luxury resort includes beachfront cabins as well as suites with private balconies. Its location on the Pacific Ocean gives guests the opportunity to choose from a number of outdoor activities, including kayaking, surfing, fishing, whale watching, and golf.
Photo by Terrace Beach Resort
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7. Cromlix Luxury Hotel near Dunblane, Scotland
Cromlix —a 10-bedroom, 5 suite mansion—is owned by tennis athlete Andy Murray. Murray's recent tournament results prove to be just as impressive as his luxury hotel, where the uniqueness of each room is found in the details: hand-painted, free-standing bath tubs come in silver, gold, and copper. The suites take the names of famous Scots Robert Burns, Robert the Bruce, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Eden, and Sir Alex Ferguson. Guests' rooms come with 32-inch televisions masquerading as mirrors, a safe, free internet and the beds don Peter Reed 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linens.
Photo by Cromlix