It would seem that media superstars know a thing or two about glamorous experiences and luxury surroundings. After all, if you had mega-millions at your disposal, you’d definitely have a taste for the finest luxury goods and most breathtaking settings. So it should be no surprise that many media celebrities have purchased resort properties to reflect their personal vision of resort utopia. While some have failed, many have succeeded in becoming the most glamorous and sought after resort properties in the world.
Let’s take a look at The World’s Most Glamorous Celebrity Owned Resorts
#1 The Brando – Private Island Resort, Tetiaroa Island, Tahiti
Perhaps the epitome of glamour and indulgence is The Brando, a private island resort located on Tetiaroa Island in the South Pacific. The Tahitian Atol is comprised of a dozen small islands that surround a glittering lagoon. Marlon Brando proclaimed it to be “beautiful beyond my capacity to describe”. The resort offers 35 private villas that stretch along seemingly endless stretches of white-sand beaches. You would gladly jump ship like Marlon Brando in The Bounty,, for a chance to stay at his namesake resort.
#2 Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize by Coppola Resorts
You will definitely want to be adopted by the Coppola family once you’ve stayed in one of their five resort properties. The Blancaneaux Lodge was the first resort endeavor by Director, Francis Ford Coppola, and he absolutely sets the scene for tropical romance. This is Mr. Coppola’s vision for a “rainforest wonderland where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy”. Following the acclaimed success of this property, the Coppola family have opened Turtle Inn – a seafront hideaway on the Caribbean Sea, La Lancha – a 10 room retreat in Guatemala, Palazzo Margherita – a poignant home coming venue for the Coppola family and yours, this grand palazzo was the birthplace of Francis Ford Coppola’s grandfather, Agostino. It has been lovingly restored and has become one of the grandest Palazzo boutique hotels in Italy. Finally, there’s Jardin Escandido, a lush oasis right in the middle of vibrant Buenos Aires, Argentina. A great place to relax, sip splendid wines.
#3 Palazzo Versace, on the Gold Coast, Australia, by Donatello Versace
For five star glam, you just can’t top Donatello Versace’s Grand Palazzo, seaside at the Gold Coast of Australia. Inspired by the legacy of fashion genius Gianni Versace, the Palazzo glitters with marble, mosaics, vaulted ceilings hand-painted in gold, and a stunning location. Every detail of the resort exudes chic styling, haute living, and an uncompromising commitment to luxury. Two Rolls-Royce Phantoms stand at the ready for your arrival transfer, or arrive by private yacht and moor in the 5 star marina. Shopping of course is an essential experience at the Versace Boutique or nearby Marina Mirage with designer shops and fashion boutiques.
#4 Costa d’Este Beach Resort, Vero Beach Florida, by Emilio & Gloria Estefan
Latin super-duo Gloria and Emilio Estefan have designed their beachfront resort, Costa d’Este, for pampering, relaxation and inspiration. Located directly on the golden sands of Vero Beach, the resort is “Maimi Chic”, sophisticated without being pretentious. You’ll find all the deluxe amenities of a luxe resort including indulgent rejuvenation spa, oceanfront infinity pool, eco-friendly practices, and their signature playful monkey sculptures to add a smile to your day.
#5 Musha Cay – Private Island Resort, Exuma Bahamas, by David Cooperfield
Dazzling blue-green waves gently lap the shores of Musha Cay in The Bahamas revealing dramatic sandbars that beckon you to follow them right into the sea. David Cooperfield’s private paradise is one of the world’s most indulgent tropical experiences. Cooperfield Bay is made up of 11 private islands, 700 lush acres, and 40 sparkling white-sand beaches. The island can accommodate up to 24 of your invited guests in five guest houses, or can be yours alone to luxuriate in. Relax and become one with nature, or follow the island treasure map to become part of a grand island adventure written and scored by legendary magician David Cooperfield and his team.
#6 Mahali Mzuri, Kenya Africa, Virgin Limited Edition, By Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson’s visionary concepts have set the standard for privileged travel experiences for decades. Today his Virgin Limited Edition properties offer uncompromising luxury across the globe. His Mahali Mzuri tented safari camp, tucked into the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy in Kenyan Bush country, not only gives guests a front-row seat for the Great Migration, but brings Glamping to a new level. 12 stylish state-of-art safari tents have all the amenities of a fine hotel including en-suite bathrooms and private decks with expansive views. Guests have the opportunity to experience the local Masai community, dine under the stars in the African bush – from BBQ to champagne, its all possible at Mahali Mzuri. Other Virgin Limited properties include Necker and Moskito Islands in the British Virgin Islands, Mount Rochelle and Ulusaba in South Africa, The Lodge in Switzerland, Roof Gardens in London and Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco.
In The Works – watch for super-lux resorts opening in the next few years: Blackadore Caye, Belize, by Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ariel Sands rebuild by Michael Douglas and Katherine Zeta Jones in Bermuda.
Other Noteworthy Celebrity Owned Hotels
Greenwich Hotel – New York, by Robert DeNiro
Sundance Mountain Resort – Utah, by Robert Redford
Mission Ranch Hotel – Carmel California, by Clint Eastwood
The Clarence Hotel – Dublin Ireland, by Bono and The Edge
Lodge at Koele, Four Seasons Hotel Lanai Hawaii, by Larry Ellison
Gwinganna Health Resort, Gold Coast Australia – Hugh Jackman
#11 Cadogan Gardens , London England, by Elizabeth Hurley
Gaia Retreat and Spa – New South Wales Australia, Olivia Newton-John
The Trump Collection – There’s probably no larger celebrity at the moment than Donald Trump. He has built his empire on developing ultra-luxury, glamorous resorts across the globe.