World's Hottest Celebrity-Owned Hotels
Not getting enough celebrity sightings in your life? Check into a celebrity-owned hotel, where A-list owners and their famous friends have been known to kick back. From a restored inn in Upstate New York owned by actor Richard Gere to a cool, contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of Dublin envisioned by Bono and The Edge, these hotels offer all the creature comforts of home, in luxurious celebrity style.
There are only 8 guestrooms but, due to demand, 12 more are planned for 2013. Dine in the Farmhouse, which sources locally for its Mediterranean-inflected American fare, and check out The Barn for a cup of coffee before embarking on outdoor adventures like sailing, horseback riding and hiking. Richard plays a big role here and is seen frequently at the hotel, which also attracts famous guests like Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren.
Sixteen accommodations (from villas to houses) showcase a rustic yet modern feel (complimentary iPods are available), along with commanding views of the Pacific Ocean and Tallebudgera Valley. All meals are certified organic (many ingredients come from the retreat's own garden) and the spa is a haven. Book the "Australian Spirit of Sound" treatment, which features live percussion instruments and advanced massage techniques to soothe clients through the powers of vibration and rhythm.
The resort includes 92 rustic guest rooms built from local materials like stone, cedar, fir and pine. Accommodations are nestled in clusters around the resort, but should you prefer more privacy (as many celebrity guests do), Sundance Resort also offers mountain homes tucked in the mountainside, with private butlers and chefs at your disposal.
The Wave Kitchen & Bar showcases Cuban-fusion, Continental and Peruvian cuisine, while the resort’s pool and beachfront are helmed by splash stylists (pool concierge) who ensure top-notch service. The spa has a "secret" entrance for high-profile guests, and all rooms are designed to look and feel like modern yacht staterooms. Viva Costa!
Cabanas and villas are set far apart from each other, an outdoor spa and hot pool are heated solely by hydro-electricity and a 2-acre organic garden supplies produce for meals -- all presented in the most upscale way. After all, the property was good enough for Coppola, who held his private family retreats here until making the resort a public hotel in 1993.
The 88-room hotel makes anyone feel like a celebrity, with beds by Duxiana of Sweden, a 24-hour room service, luxurious bath and body products and all furniture made especially for the hotel. The building itself is made out of hand-made bricks with interior details including reclaimed wood, custom-made glass, and bronze and mirrors made from antique glass.
The hotel also features an eclectic array of culinary fare: Enjoy a full Irish breakfast in the Tea Room and more casual fare like an Irish beef cheese burger in The Study. All rooms showcase unique furnishings designed by Irish artisans, from the super kingsized beds to the nickel-plated desk lamps.