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Earlier this year, Francis Ford Coppola opened his fifth hotel, the Palazzo Margherita in Italy, adding yet another outpost to the expanding Coppola Resorts chain.

travel Updated: Mar 15, 2012 19:21 IST

Earlier this year, Francis Ford Coppola opened his fifth hotel, the Palazzo Margherita in Italy, adding yet another outpost to the expanding Coppola Resorts chain. 

But read further than just the first page of a hotel's website and you'll find that several properties have celebrity proprietors or backers -- here, a list of some of the best.

Palazzo Margherita
Bernalda, Italy

Coppola's nine-room palazzo in the southern Italian town of Bernalda is inspired by a family home, and features luxurious rooms designed by -- among others -- his children Roman and Sofia and French designer Jacques Grange.

The Clarence
Dublin, Ireland

This boutique property was saved from destruction by Bono & The Edge of Irish rock group U2. Guests can choose from 49 individual suites and while away the night in the historic Octagon Bar. Rooms from €109 ($142)

Mission Ranch
Carmel, CA, USA

Clint Eastwood lovingly restored this 1800s ranch into a 'unique resort experience' on 22 acres of land in California overlooking Point Lobos, Carmel River Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Rooms from $135

Sundance Utah
Timphaven, UT, USA

Robert Redford bought Timphaven in 1969 and has spent over half a century turning it into the luxury Utah ski resort, which also happens to boast the world-famous Sundance Institute. Rooms from $189

Cardozo Hotel
Miami, FL, USA

Gloria and Emilio Estefan have added their own brand of ' flair, pizzazz, and multi-cultural ambience; to the Cardozo Hotel, an Art Deco property close to Miami Beach. The hotel features 43 rooms and four suites -- although if that's not enough, the couple own another property in Vero Beach, Fl. Rooms from $21

The Greenwich

New York City, NY, USA

Robert de Niro oversees this 88-room luxury hotel in the TriBeCa area of downtown Manhattan. Look out for the pool and spa, as well as Locanda Verde, the hotel's 'Italian tavern' restaurant. Rooms from $495

The Rival
Stockholm, Sweden

This 99-room property boasts the distinction of being Sweden's first boutique hotel and being owned by ABBA star Benny Andersson. Alongside the stylish rooms are several popular dining establishments, including a Swedish bistro and Café Rival. Mamma mia! Rooms from 1,395 SEK ($205)

Musha Cay
Southern Bahamas

David Copperfield's luxury islands boast a giant outdoor movie theater, 40 secluded beaches, Houdini's personal billiards table, a whole host of accommodation options and five enormous beach houses. Rates from $37,500 a day, four-night minimum

Cypress Inn
Carmel, CA, USA

Doris Day has been a co-owner of this boutique property for over 20 years, with Day's love of animals helping to give it a pro-pet vibe. The hotel offers 44 guest rooms, a courtyard and a restaurant. Rooms from $188

Gaia Retreat

Brooklet, NSW, Australia

Olivia Newton-John is the name behind this luxurious award-winning hideaway, described as 'barefoot meets Armani.' Guests can check in for 'refresh' and 'restore' packages, making use of the sumptuous spa, healthy food and plenty of relaxation areas. Two-night packages from AUD1,145 ($1,480)


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