It’s Academy Awards season and time for Oyster.com and Travel Channel to show you how you can live like a star or a character from one of this year’s Oscar-nominated films. Get the star treatment! Pack your bags and stay at one of these Oyster-nominated, luxury hotels.
The Descendants, a heart-warming and heart-wrenching film, tells the story of Matt King, a successful Honolulu-based lawyer dealing with difficult family truths, after his wife slips into a coma. So you may not want to trade places with his character, but the real-life Clooney leads a pretty glamorous lifestyle that’s definitely envy-worthy. If you want to live like the actor, head to the luxurious Kahala Resort. This is where Clooney -- along with the rest of the cast and crew -- stayed while filming the movie. A celebrity retreat since 1964, the Kahala is one of the only quiet luxury options on Oahu. Amenities include a “swimming with the dolphins” program, a quiet, beautiful beach and large rooms with enormous bathrooms.
My Week With Marilyn depicts Marilyn Monroe’s alleged affair with an assistant director on the British set of The Prince and the Showgirl, where most of her dalliances took place stateside. Three years later, Monroe fell in lust with Yves Montand on the set of Let’s Make Love, co-written by her then-husband, Arthur Miller. Taking the film’s title to heart, the lovebirds shacked up at the Beverly Hills Hotel, set on 12 acres of lush grounds just five minutes from Rodeo Drive. The historic hotel has anachronistic charms, like an old-fashioned soda fountain, plus a great pool and fabulous restaurants. Check it out to see how Marilyn lived.
Touted by many as Woody Allen’s best film in over a decade, Midnight in Paris stars Owen Wilson as a young writer who meets his literary idols by transporting back to the 1920s. Gil, Owen’s character, and his wife stay at Hotel Le Bristol while in Paris. The luxurious hotel opened its doors in 1925 during the Roaring Twenties, fitting for the film’s plot. It remains one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. Not only does it offer a sunlit indoor pool, which is a rare find in Paris; it has 2 restaurants, including the 3-Michelin-star Epicure. There’s also a newly renovated spa with 3 floors.
Based on the uber-popular novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Although it’s a great flick for adrenaline junkies, this film will make you feel glad that you don’t live like the characters. But living like the real-life actors may not be all that bad. Oscar-nominated Rooney Mara and her co-star Daniel Craig stayed at the luxurious Lydmar Hotel during part of the filming. The 50-room hotel is a hip, design-centric choice located in central Stockholm. Paintings and photographs line the hallways, each floor has its own living room area and the 2-floor lobby boasts a popular restaurant, where Mara was spotted dining with her boyfriend. The views of the harbor are simply beautiful.