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Staying with the stars

From the Caribbean to New York, from Florida to Australia, the rich and famous are used to travelling the world and staying in the most luxurious of hotels. Now, there's a trend for the stars themselves to take over and open up their own hotels, and, of course, they know how to do it in style.

Maybe it's their own tendency to demand the little – and sometimes not so little – luxuries when they themselves travel; maybe it's just a whim, or another outlet for their creative talents; perhaps they want to set their stamp on a high-profile luxury business project, or perhaps it's simply another investment opportunity. Whatever the reason, many actors, musicians, sports and fashion celebrities are diversifying and becoming owners of exclusive hotels. And staying in one of these high-class resorts and hotels is a sure way to feel like a star yourself.

Then there's always the chance you might just meet up with the owner: maybe bump into Bono at the bar in the magnificent Clarence Hotel in Dublin, or find Francis Ford Coppola at his beautiful Belize retreat. How do you fancy the undoubtedly fashionable options of the Palazzo Versace or Oscar de La Renta's Tortuga Bay Villas? Perhaps you'd rather spend those summer nights on Olivia Newton-John's Australian resort? We invite you to dream a little as we take a peek inside some of the hotels of the stars.


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The Greenwich, New York
Robert de Niro has said New York is “the most exciting city in the world” and that's where his boutique hotel, The Greenwich, is located 

The Greenwich, New York
The pool at The Greenwich is just one of the elements that make de Niro's hotel one of the most luxurious in New York 

Clarence Hotel, Dublin
The duplex Penthouse Suite of the Clarence Hotel owned by U2's Bono, in Dublin, his home city 

Clarence Hotel, Dublin
When the stars visit Dublin, who could blame them for choosing the Penthouse Suite at the Clarence, with its magnificent views over the city? 

Gaia Retreat & Spa, Australia
Olivia Newton-John's Gaia Retreat & Spa is set in the wide open spaces of her Australian homeland. With just a score of rooms, it is clearly designed with relaxation in mind 

Gaia Retreat & Spa, Australia
Kukura House, at Gaia Retreat & Spa, includes a reception area, main dining room and lounges 

Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize
The Mayan mountains of Belize are the setting for Blancaneaux Lodge, a luxury resort that Francis Ford Coppola used as a family retreat for many years before opening it up to the public 

Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize
The 20 rooms of Coppola's Blancaneaux Lodge are a perfect place to relax and unwind in the natural paradise of the lush rainforest 

Costa d'Este Beach Resort, Florida
Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio are behind the luxurious Costa d'Este Beach Resort in Florida 

Costa d'Este Beach Resort, Florida
The Estefans' Costa d'Este Beach Resort is designed on a large scale: it has 94 rooms and suites, a spa, fitness centre and areas for private meetings and events 

Tortuga Bay, Dominican Republic
The Tortuga Bay villas look out over the clear blue waters of the Caribbean and display all the elegance you'd expect from the hand of Oscar de la Renta 

Tortuga Bay, Dominican Republic
The rich local culture of the Dominican Republic inspired Oscar de la Renta in his design of the Tortuga Bay villas 

Palazzo Versace
The famous Palazzo Versace on Queensland's Main Beach, Australia, exudes the unmistakable style of Donatella, queen of the catwalks 

Palazzo Versace
The design of the Palazzo Versace was inspired by a Renaissance palace and it boasts a spa that's a replica of a Roman baths, but there's nothing old-fashioned about the hotel's furnishings and services 

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