Sleeping with the stars
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.
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.
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 â¬109 ($142)
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
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
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
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
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 CafÃ© Rival. Mamma mia! Rooms from 1,395 SEK ($205)
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
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
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)
First Published: Mar 15, 2012 19:21 IST