Cristiano Ronaldo’s Pestana CR7, Lisbon
There’s no mistaking the man behind this fashionable hotel at the centre of Lisbon. A veritable shrine to the Real Madrid striker, the lobby is smattered with sports memorabilia including framed football shirts, and a foosball table takes pride of place in the bar. Further sporting flourishes come in the form of studded footprints across bedroom rugs and moody black-and-white stadium pictures above the beds. Ronaldo is, in fact, the proud owner of another Pestana CR7 hotel on the island of Madeira, where his hometown of Funchal is. He shoots, he scores – twice!
Gloria Estefan’s Coste D’Este, Florida
Coste D’Este in the sleepy beachside town of Vero Beach (105 miles south of Orlando, and 135 miles north of Miami) was opened by the queen of Latin pop and her husband Emilio in 2008. Evidence of the Cuban-American singer is everywhere: in the bold retro architecture, in the playful graphic prints of the communal areas, in the spicy Cuban dishes taken from the couple’s very own cookbook. Overall, the vibe is laid back and conducive to doing very little. You’ll be handed a Mojito when you arrive; there’s a DJ at weekends for shaking your thang, and a beautiful pool (pictured top); but other than that it’s wonderfully peaceful. Be sure to join one of the free yoga classes on the beach.
Donatella Versace’s Palazzo Versace, Dubai
Fit for a princess, this gloriously OTT 215-room hotel opened to great gasps last year. Everything about it is ludicrously decadent: the parquet floors, the silk cushions, the walk-in rainforest showers, lashings of gold leaf at every turn. Of course, when it comes to the Italian fashion designer, no expense is spared. The spa, decked out in marble, mosaics and mother-of-pearl, is the jewel in the crown, delivering treatments involving 24k gold dust and green caviar. And music supremo Quincy Jones designed the bar, which features a regular roster of live music acts. Just 15 minutes from the airport and eight minutes drive from Dubai Mall, there’s no better place for fashionable types who fancy a dash of sun, spa and the chance to rub shoulders with supermodels – Helena Christensen, Natasha Poly and Alessandra Ambrosio have all been guests.
Andy Murray’s Cromlix, Scotland
The essence of grand country living, this mansion hotel near Murray’s hometown of Dunblane has recently undergone a major renovation. The Scottish tennis pro bought it in 2014 and was so enraptured by it, he even threw his own wedding bash there. Beyond the sumptuous bedrooms, of which there are 15, there’s a billiards room and a smart dining room overseen by French uber-chef Albert Roux (word has it Andy’s mother, Judy Murray, is also a regular in the kitchen). Outside, woodland stretches as far as the eye can see. Try your hand at fishing or archery –and tennis, of course, is an option too.
Richard Gere’s Bedford Post Inn, New York
Just an hour’s drive from New York City, this charming eight-room inn is every inch the A-list hideaway. The Hollywood actor teamed up with two of his best friends to restore the historic building which dates back to 1860, and all the rooms have been done with a genuine loving touch featuring real log fires, handmade throws and sumptuous Frette bathrobes. There’s an al fresco patio for feasting on Hudson Valley burrata, wild caught rainbow trout and rigatoni a la vodka, and a yoga studio for the locals. But best of all, you never know who you might spot by the pool – Blake Lively and Taylor Swift have both visited.
Published February 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.