A-list hotels: Hugh Jackman relaxing in his co-owned wellness resort, Gwinganna
Breakfast with Robert De Niro, share spa space with Hugh Jackman, and hit the yoga mat with Richard Gere - all are possibilities by checking into one of these amazing celebrity-owned hotels
THE BEDFORD POST INN, NEW YORK, USA
New York's Bedford Post Inn, which is owned by Hollywood star, Richard Gere
Located in the sleepy town of Bedford, New York and set amidst lush forest, what this small historic inn lacks in size it makes for in Hollywood stature. Though unassuming, this little slice of luxury bucolic bliss is owned by none other than Richard Gere.
Legendary actor, Richard Gere, owns New York's Bedford Post Inn
Each of the eight-rooms in the luxury hotel come with working fireplaces, so guests can have their very own romantic Pretty Woman experience. Plus, the Relais & Chateaux property houses two restaurants and, true to form, the yoga-loving actor has also installed a yoga studio that offers daily Vinyasa and Yin classes and meditation workshops.
The Clarence Hotel in Dublin was purchased by Bono and other members of U2 in 1992
Located smack bang in the happening Temple Bar area, the boutique hotel remains one of the hippest in the Irish capital. Channelling a 1930s vibe, rooms offer king-size, wrought-iron beds, paired with thick velvet drapes and custom-designed furniture, but it’s the wealth of eating and drinking venues within the same venue that make this place really stand out.
Dublin's Clarence Hotel is owned by Bono and other U2 members
The Octagon Bar serves award-winning drinks under an impressive octagon shaped dome, while the prohibition-era drinking den, the Liquor Rooms, prides itself as having one of the best cocktail menus in town. The hotel is also home to the Ireland’s first authentic Texan BBQ and whiskey bar serving up 14-hour slow cooked meats and more than 150 whiskies.
The amazing Japanese Shibui Spa in Robert De Niro's Greenwich Hotel, New York City
When he’s not starring in blockbusters, Robert De Niro indulges in his acting sideline: hotels. Co-founding Nobu Hospitality Group, which includes 32 restaurants and nine hotels. But it’s the Oscar-winner’s first venture that is still regarded as his best.
A born and bred New Yorker (he was born in Greenwich Village) means that his boutique Greenwich Hotel is something of a passion project. As a result there’s been no attention to detail spared across its 88 rooms, each decorated with unique, luxe small touches, such as Italian marble in the bathrooms, or hand-laid Moroccan tiles.
Actor Robert de Niro with chef, Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa
Other standout features include the house-guest-only Drawing Room with wood-burning fireplace and the wow-worthy Japanese Shibui Spa. Housed in a basement, a lantern-lit heated pool is under the roof of an actual 250-year old wood and bamboo farmhouse, which was reconstructed on site. There’s also a shiatsu room, traditional bathing room with large tub, and treatment room for facials and massages.
For famous Australians in need of a red carpet detox, then Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat has been a go-to for years. Attracting a who’s-who of our shiniest stars, even its co-owner has celebrity pedigree in the form of Hugh Jackman. The actor spent time here while getting in shape for “Wolverine” and liked it so much he ended up investing in the sprawling Gold Coast hinterland property.
Gwinganna co-owner, Wolverine star, Hugh Jackman, enjoying the resort's spa facilities
Taking a holistic approach to wellness, the range of breaks cover the introductory two night weekend program, through to five and seven day packages for a more immersive stay. Days begin with meditation and Qi Gong and activities include everything from wellness seminars and hikes, to counselling and treatments in the $6.5 million spa, which is also the largest spa in the southern hemisphere.
Robert Redford's Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah is the home of the eponymous festival
The birthplace of the famed film festival of the same name, the Sundance Resort is the largest celebrity-owned property on our list.
Belonging to longtime silver screen legend - and director and Sundance Film Festival founder - Robert Redford, who purchased the mammoth mountain resort in 1969, the Utah property is a Mecca for skiers in the winer and a peaceful retreat in the summer.
The Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah owned by legendary actor, Robert Redford
Guests can choose to stay in the main lodge or in one of the discreet cottages tucked into the mountainside. There’s award-winning foodie fare across several eateries and an array of outdoor activities ranging from mountain biking and skiing, to fly fishing and horseback riding. And if you’re visiting during the annual Sundance Film Festival in January, the huge independent film calendar of events takes place an easy 45 minutes away from the resort in Park City.
Quaint rooms and a cute garden courtyard - these are hallmarks you’d likely expect of a small in owned by Hollywood’s former ‘girl next door’, Doris Day.
Located in the scenic Californian town of Carmel-By-The-Sea, the boutique hotel has been co-owned for more than 20 years by the Que Sera Sera singer and in keeping with her staunch animal rights beliefs, it’s pet-friendly.
TERRACE BEACH RESORT, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Actor Jason Priestley co-owns this resort hotel in Canada's British Columbia
Cast your mind back to the early 90s and to the small screen obsession that was Beverly Hills 90210 - were you team Dylan or team Brandon? If you fell into the latter camp, then the news that the TV heartthrob - or the actor who played him to be precise, Jason Priestley - actually co-owns a resort in Canada’s British Columbia may be very welcome.
From Hollywood to hotel owner - Jason Priestley in his Beverley Hills 90210 heyday
Nestled in the surfing village of Ucluelet on Vancouver Island in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the Terrace Beach Resort offers a rustic beach getaway for nature lovers. The timber cottages come with fully equipped kitchenettes, barbecues and some even have hot tubs with ocean views.