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The world’s Top Celebrity Owned Resorts

by Marquette Turner

in Lifestyle, Location, Luxury is..., Real Estate Radar, Rich & Famous, Travel, Variety

What do Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, and Francis Ford Coppola have in common besides directing? They are all hoteliers.

Here’s a list of the world’s top nine celebrity owned resorts where the celebrities lay out the red carpet.

1. Robert Redford’s eco-conscious Sundance Resort, North Fork Provo Canyon, Provo, Utah

The 5,000-acre resort at the base of Mount Timpanogos hosts musicals six times a week in summer, shows screenings of indie films and documentaries, and offers art classes.

2. Richard Branson’s Necker Island, The Valley, Virgin Gorda, Necker Island, British Virgin Islands.

Branson’s private island resort is one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive and expensive retreats where guests rent the entire island at a cost starting from US$23,500 per night. Its sister property comes No. 7 in this list.

3. Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn, Stann Creek Distrcit, Placencia, Belize

Located 3 kms out of town, this luxury resort with 18 rooms skirts a palm-studded beach. It is a chic beach counterpart to the jungle-bound Blancaneaux, listed No. 5 in this list, which is also owned by Coppola. Guests will often book partial stays at both.

4. Bono’s The Clarence, 6/8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, Ireland

Founded in 1852, the property was a declining middle-grade house until its 1996 reincarnation as a posh 50-room boutique hotel. Across the river from The Morrison, this hotel is partly owned by impresario and venture capitalist, Bono, the frontman for the rock band U2, but his interest is purely profit.

5. Blancaneaux Lodge, Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo District, San Ignacio, Belize

Located 130 km southwst of Belize City, in the hard-to-reach foothills of the Mountain Pine Ridge National Park, guests can sip cocktails in a bamboo bar or play croquet on the velvety lawn amid lush foliage.

6. Clint Eastwood’s The Mission Ranch Resort, 26270 Dolores Street, Carmel, California

Located on the Carmel River facing extensive wetlands, this resort has a reputation as an unpretentious and affordable retreat which continues to thrive under the guidance of owner Clint Eastwood. He converted a working ranch into this unique farm-style hotel. Local craftsmen replicated the original woodwork and iron hardware during restoration.

7. Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Game Reserve, Sabi Sands Reserve, Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park, South Africa

At $2,400 a night, the Ulusaba Game Reserve on the banks of the Mabrak River is a place to relax after a long day of safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

8. Doris Day’s Cypress Inn, Lincolm & 7th Street, Carmel, California

Just six blocks east of the ocean, this Carmel landmark has been successfully owned and operated by Doris Day and her son Terry Melcher for nearly three decades. Pet friendly — with dogs parading and playing in all public areas — this 1929 Moorish Mediterranean landmark property is for travellers and their four-legged friends.

9. Gloria Estefan’s Cardozo Hotel, 1300 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, Florida

Owned by singer Gloria Estefan and producer and husband, Emilio Estefan Jr., this 1939 art-deco hotel is a frequent backdrop for celebrity sightings, and its popularity with Cubaphiles and salsa fans.

Take your pick as to where you start on the list – you are likely to be pampered regardless.

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