Ten hotels owned by celebs

If you've ever wanted to holiday like the stars, these celeb-owned hotels are where it's at.

Andy Murray invested millions in the  Cromlix Hotel near Dumblain in Perthshire Scotland. Photo / Supplied
Andy Murray invested millions in the Cromlix Hotel near Dumblain in Perthshire Scotland. Photo / Supplied

Andy Murray: The Cromlix Hotel

Tennis star Andy Murray has invested millions into his luxury Scottish hotel after purchasing the sprawling estate in 2012. Housed in a Victorian country house, the hotel offers a full Scottish breakfast, Egyptian cotton linens, fishing on a private loch and, of course, a tennis court.

Hugh Jackman: Gwinganna Health Retreat

Hugh Jackman honed his Wolverine abs at Gwinganna Health Retreat. Photo / Supplied
Hugh Jackman honed his Wolverine abs at Gwinganna Health Retreat. Photo / Supplied

Hugh Jackman loved this Gold Coast bush hideaway so much he invested in it and built his own house next door. The retreat focuses on organic living, spa treatments, movement and relaxation and holds regular "vital wellness seminars" in a "dedicated low tech environment". Sounds like the perfect escape from Hollywood.

Benny Andersson: Hotel Rival

Mamma Mia was premiered at Benny Andersson's Hotel Rival. Photo / Wikimedia Commons
Mamma Mia was premiered at Benny Andersson's Hotel Rival. Photo / Wikimedia Commons

Abba's Benny Anderson bought this 1930s Art Deco cinema turned boutique hotel in Stockholm in 2003. While it's not quite "Abba-themed", each room contains one of the group's CDs in its music collection and the occasional band poster features among the hotel's signature cinematic poster decor. Mamma Mia premiered at the hotel's cinema as well.

Robert Redford: Sundance Mountain Resort

The Sundance Mountain Resort was founded by Robert Redford in 1969. Photo / Facebook
The Sundance Mountain Resort was founded by Robert Redford in 1969. Photo / Facebook

Founded in 1969, Redford's resort is located on the picturesque slopes of Mt Timpanogos in Utah and as well as skiing, offers river rafting, horse riding and fly fishing. The actor envisioned the resort as a "community committed to the balance of art, nature and community". The Sundance Institiue was founded here in 1981, as was the Sundance Catalog in 1988. This beautiful canyon has been the inspiration for many visiting writers, directors, actors and artists.

Leonardo DiCaprio: Blackadore Caye

Well-known as an environmental activist as well as an actor, DiCaprio purchased Blackadore Caye as 42ha of overgrown, unpopulated land off the coast of Belize a decade ago. Last year, he joined forces with a developer to transform the land into a luxury, eco-conscious resort. It opens to guests in 2018.

Doris Day: The Cypress Inn

Doris Day's Cypress Inn is very animal-friendly. Photo /  Facebook
Doris Day's Cypress Inn is very animal-friendly. Photo / Facebook

The Cypress Inn has been co-owned by actress and singer Doris Day for over 20 years. Her love for animals is evident in its titles as the "pet friendliest" inn in what is reportedly the "pet friendliest" town in America. Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, the boutique hotel has been a landmark of the area since 1929.

Clint Eastwood: Mission Ranch Hotel

The Mission Ranch was once a dairy farm. Photo / Wikimedia Commons
The Mission Ranch was once a dairy farm. Photo / Wikimedia Commons

Just down the road from Doris Day's Inn is Clint Eastwood's offering, located on a former dairy ranch that dates back to 1800. A longtime resident of Carmel, Eastwood saved the landmark ranch from being developed into condos. The property now consists of 31 hotel rooms located within ten buildings.

Kate Pierson: Lazy Meadow Motel

Kate Pierson's Lazy Meadow Motel offers campy cabins in the mountains. Photo / Facebook
Kate Pierson's Lazy Meadow Motel offers campy cabins in the mountains. Photo / Facebook

Kate Pierson, former singer of the B52s, opened this crazily camp motel in 2004, taking on a collection 1950s cabins in Mt Tremper, New York State, in the Catskill mountains. The lodgings are decked out in mid-century stylings with over-the-top decorations and 50s amenities. Also included are DVDs and VHS players, with a "unusual selection of films". There's even a West Coast edition, Kate's Lazy Desert Airstream Motel, where guests stay in vintage airstreams restored by artists and designers.

Olivia Newton-John: Gaia Retreat & Spa

Olivia Newton-John is passionate about the Gaia Retreat and Spa. Photo / Supplied
Olivia Newton-John is passionate about the Gaia Retreat and Spa. Photo / Supplied

Named after the Greek primal goddess of the earth, this boutique resort is one of the great passions of Olivia Newton-John. Located on the rolling hills of the Byron Bay Hinterland, Gaia Retreat offers a variety of services and treatments to help you relax and renew your soul - from juice fasting to guided peace walks.

Bono & The Edge: The Clarence Hotel

The Clarence Hotel Dublin is a must-stay for U2 fans. Photo / Wikimedia Commons
The Clarence Hotel Dublin is a must-stay for U2 fans. Photo / Wikimedia Commons

A must-stay for all U2 fans taking on a tour of Dublin, the Clarence is owned by Bono and The Edge and is also a favourite hotel for visiting celebrities. Described as Dublin's "original rock 'n' roll hotel", it's also well-known for the great cocktails in its Octagon Bar.

- nzherald.co.nz

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