Hotels owned by Celebrities
You may be aware of Richard Branson’s exclusive Necker Island and the luxurious Palazzo Versace, but have you heard of any of these celebrity-owned hotels that are a little more under the radar?
The Cromlix Hotel, UK
British tennis star Andy Murray owns this five-star Victorian country hotel near his home town of Dunblane.
Set on 34 acres of grounds, the luxurious resort offers the use of a tennis court and fishing pond for those who wish to retreat outdoors. Inside, antique furniture, wood panelled walls and open fireplaces in the public areas perfectly complement the grand design of the building.
Blackadore Caye, Belize
Due to open in 2018, Leonardo Dicaprio’s luxury resort will give Necker Island a run for its money in terms of a private island retreat.
The project is being designed to conserve the island and surrounding waters, including artificial reefs that will protect the marine life, a mangrove planting programme, and a marine grass nursery.
Luxury villas will appear to float above the shoreline, with plans for infinity pools, gourmet restaurants and beach-side bars certain to attract a wealthy clientele.
The Cypress Inn, California
This pet-friendly retreat located in the beautiful California town of Carmel is owned and ran by Hollywood legend, Doris Day.
The quaint guestrooms come complete with Jacuzzi tubs and open fireplaces, ideal for a cosy weekend away.
In the morning, a refreshing buffet breakfast is served in the intimate restaurant that looks out onto the garden courtyard.
The Clarence Hotel, Dublin
Co-owned by Bono and The Edge (from U2), The Clarence Hotel is located in Dublin’s bustling Temple Bar neighbourhood.
The famous duo transformed the 19th Century building into a hip contemporary boutique hotel in the late nineties, offering 50 luxury bedrooms and suites filled with carefully considered furniture and fittings.
For fine dining and cocktail connoisseurs, the restaurant head chef, Oliver Dunne holds a Michelin star, and The Liquor Rooms cocktail bar is a previous nominee in the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
Bedford Post Inn, New York State
Actor Richard Gere and his wife have transformed a historic 18th Century building into a romantic and stylish boutique getaway where the famous couple frequently spend time themselves.
With only a handful of guest rooms, the Inn maintains an exclusive ambience, where guests can soak in claw-foot bathtubs, dine in the Farmhouse restaurant and warm up around open fires.
Terrace Beach Resort, Canada
Nineties teenage heart-throb, Jason Priestley may be most famous for his role in Beverly Hills 90210, but he is also quite adept at the hotel business.
His British Columbia-based beach resort (co-owned with his parents) is reminiscent of a 1920’s fishing village, paying homage to local culture and history.
The perfect contrast to the hustle and bustle of nearby Vancouver, the resort is perfectly positioned to allow sunset views from almost all of the suites.
Mission Ranch Hotel, California
Legendary actor, Clint Eastwood restored an old ranch back in the eighties, transforming it into a luxurious 32-room hotel located just outside Carmel.
This rural retreat is ideally situated for its proximity to the beach and relative seclusion, allowing guests to relax away from the busy centre of the town.
Elegant interiors, whirlpool baths, a piano bar and ocean views ensure that guests feel indulged.
Emma Lavelle is a UK based writer and photographer and has her own blog Field and Nest.