Posts Tagged: Celebrity


26
Aug 11

Kim Kardashian’s Honeymoon Night Hotel

I was planning on writing about Las Vegas this week having visited the oh-so-cool Cosmopolitan Hotel last week but Kim Kardashian’s wedstavaganza has proven to be big enough to overshadow even the bright lights of Sin City. So, look out for a post soon on Vegas’ latest haute spot but for now let’s take a wee peek at where Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries celebrated the exchange of their million dollar rings.

 

 

With a 20-carat ring, a Vera Wang wedding dress and a $1.5 million magazine deal it was unlikely that the bride-to-be-would settle for anything less than an amazing honeymoon suite. Last week it was reported that friends and family of “Team Hump” had booked up many of the guest rooms and suites at the Four Seasons Resort and Hotel, otherwise known as “the Biltmore”, near stylish Santa Barbara, California. There was, of course, a firm “no comment” from the management but the smart money was on the Four Seasons hosting the happy couple. The ceremony itself took place on Saturday at the $30 million mansion of Frank Caufield in the ultra-exclusive neighbourhood of Montecito but sure enough wily photographers did manage to get a couple of snaps of the couple exiting the hotel on Sunday morning.

 

 

Santa Barbara has long been on my lust-list of places to visit and the Biltmore looks like it would more than satisfy my California dream of staying in a Spanish colonial mansion on America’s romantic Riviera. Room and suites at the resort look charming but the stars of the biggest reality wedding ever are sure to have booked up the Ty Warner Cottage, a 2000-square-foot Iberianesque cottage hidden away in the hotel’s verdant tropical gardens, with its white-shuttered living area, large master bedroom and spa bathroom with rain shower. Sigh…

 

 

 

 

There’s going to be loads of fabulous exclusive pictures in next week’s HELLO! Out Monday 29th August.

 

 

 

 

 

 


18
Jan 11

Celebrity Romance in Rome, Prague, and Paris

 

It’s my anniversary this month! On the 23rd of January I will have been married for two years and I’m pleased to say that we still don’t go to bed angry – we prefer to stay up and fight! Oh, just joking, I’m still mad about the boy and am prone to getting a bit misty-eyed when I think about my beautiful wedding day and honeymoon.

After giving an emphatic “YES!” to my sweetheart’s impromptu proposal – in Venice under a star-filled sky – my bambino and I organised our wedding at lightning speed and married just four months later in beautiful Lake Garda. Anxiety-ridden brides-to-be are always amazed when I tell them that I just turned up with my dress and shoes but that’s pretty much the truth. My husband-to-be was living in Italy at the time so it was down to him to organise the Big Day. I didn’t see where I was getting married until I arrived outside the beautiful Baroque town hall of Arco del Garda with my bouquet in one hand and my Dad holding the other, and I didn’t know where the reception was being held until my new husband and I were winding our way up the side of the Rochetta mountain to the Il Ristorante Belvedere al Bastione, an extraordinary eatery located in a sixteenth-century fortification overlooking the lakeside town of Riva del
Garda.


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I always dreamed my wedding pictures would grace the (web) pages of HELLO!

 

The whole day bloomed with romance. The food, the wine, the scenery, the culture, the look in his eyes – everything was perfetto. Anyway, the point of my romantic remembrances is not only so that I can swim happily in the still clear waters of my memory but also to tell you about three exquisite European hotels that celebrity couples love to nest away in – and one of which I was lucky enough to spend my honeymoon in.

 

Where: Rome Cavalieri

This hotel is top of my romantic hot spots, partly because it is the gloriously beautiful hotel that I honeymooned in but also because it has been attracting celebrity clientele for decades. Located in the hills overlooking Rome, the Cavalieri was built in the 1960s to attract the elegant cocktail set of La Dolce Vita and still tingles with that magical A-list allure. Every inch of the Cavalieri positively exudes beauty, romance and lashings of luxury from its impressive art collection, to its decadent Grand Spa, three Michelin star restaurant, La Pergola, and its luxurious rooms and suites.

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The Cavalieri’s rooftop restaurant, La Pergola

As neither my husband or I have a film deal, trust fund, or are major shareholders in Apple we couldn’t quite afford the $20,000 a night Penthouse suite but our Imperial room still exceeded all of our expectations and was the perfect little pleasure palace for our honeymoon. Awaiting us in our mahogany-filled, richly-draped room was an enormous bed fitted out with sheets any pharaoh would be happy with, a travertine marble bathroom stocked with Hermès toiletries, and a view over the city that was so spectacular that, when we stepped onto the balcony for the first time, I actually cried a little bit!

 

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Who: Amongst an illustrious guest list that includes heads of state, diplomats, and foreign royalty, George Clooney, and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, are rumoured to be regular guests. John Travolta and Kelly Preston are also thought to be big fans of the Cavalieri’s charms. Queen of the love song, Celine Dion, and unashamed king of
the ballad, Gary Barlow have also checked in to the Cavalieri for some Roman-style romancing. And Julia Roberts checked in for a whole month while filming Eat, Pray, Love.

Why: The saying goes that “You’ve never lived until you’ve loved in Rome” and the Eternal City certainly doesn’t disappoint. Whether you are lounging amongst the lovers on the Spanish Steps, ambling around ancient ruins, shopping along the Via del Corso, having a tipple in Trastevere, or watching the sun come up over the Trevi Fountain the sound of lovers footsteps from centuries past resonate everywhere. Kissing and cuddling seem almost to be obligatory in this city and even celebrities get caught up in the city’s unrelenting passion – Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were caught smooching in the street, as were Julia Roberts and husband, Danny Moder.

 

 

Where: Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague

 

The last few years have seen an ever-increasing list of celebrity visitors flocking to the cultural capital of the Czech Republic, with many of them making their way to one of the very desirable rooms at the Buddha-Bar Hotel. The hotel is located along a charming wee street near the Charles Bridge and Old Town and is considered to be one of the best boutique hotels in Europe. Like the sultry restaurant chain of the same name, Buddha-Bar Hotel is a grand homage to oriental splendour. All of the rooms are decked out in the style of a luxurious opium den, some come with private terraces or Japanese gardens, all come with baths big enough for two and the three show-stopping suites are a heaven-sent for hedonists. This hotel is for all about pleasure seeking and is packed with hot young things and beautiful people. And if they’re not checking in, then they can be found enjoying the “Eatmosphere” at the sophisticated Siddharta Cafe.

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The blissful bathroom at the Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague

 

 

 

 

Who: They were never going to give me their guest list – they’re far too cool for that – but my sources tell me that, since its opening in 2009, Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana, have been regular guests at the Buddha-Bar. Other star couples that have been spotted in the area include Kanye West and girlfriend, Amber Rose, Brangelina, Gwen Stefani and husband, Gavin Rossdale, and Kylie Minogue and Spanish sweetheart, Andres Velencoso.

Why: If you’re looking for old-fashioned fairy tale romance then you really can’t do much better than picture-perfect Prague. Take a wander through the city’s cobblestone streets and admire its wedding cake architecture, magical gardens and magnificent Charles Bridge. The Rooneys chose this destination for last year’s make-it or break-it holiday. Bill and Hillary Clinton apparently adore the city and have been spotted more than once having a romantic meal at the gorgeous Kampa Park restaurant, that overlooks the river.

 

Where: Paris Park Hyatt Vendôme

No romantic getaway list would be complete without including the world’s capital of romance, Paris. When celebrity couples are in the mood for love they head to the City of Lights and celebrity couples in need of a measure of red-hot Parisian passion can more often than not be found at the lush Park Hyatt Vendôme. Located just a (precious) stone’s throw from the Place Vendôme, the Place de L’Opera and the city’s exquisite jewellery stores, this beautiful Haussman period building is all about luxury, seduction, and style. The Imperial Suite at the PH is one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world, with multiple rooms for eating, sleeping and entertaining including an in-room spa, and is mainly reserved for celebrities and visiting dignitaries. Mere mortals however can stay in one of the Rue de la Paix facing lux rooms to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the heart of Paris.

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Gorgeous guest rooms at the Park Hyatt Vendôme


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Who: It might not have worked out for Eva Longoria and soon-to-be ex-husband Tony Parker, who were regular guests at the PH, and lodged their wedding guests here, but plenty other celebrities like the lovely Lily Allen and Sam Cooper, Rihanna and latest beau, Matt Kemp, and power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones swear by the Park Hyatt’s amorous atmosphere. And Sting and wife, Trudi, who are, of course, well known for their sizzling sex life apparently check in for weeks at a time!

 

 

 

 

Why: For nearly a millennium Paris has been famed as a city of lovers and it’s easy to see why. Whether it’s walking hand in hand along the Seine like Demi and Ashton, sauntering around the fabulous shops (Dior in Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr’s case), or just soaking up the sights; lovers of all ages, and celebrity statuses can immerse themselves in the same romantic Parisian atmosphere that has inspired centuries of literature, painting and poetry.

 

 


31
Oct 10

Queen of America flies into Edinburgh

I’m a big fan of Oprah Winfrey and I’m not alone. Every week, nearly fifty million people tune in to hear her well-chosen words of wisdom, celebrities clamour to be granted an interview with Her Majesty, and her power is so great that Oprah is thought to have been the direct cause of around a million voters swinging in Barack Obama’s direction at the last election. So when I found out that America’s most influential woman had been spotted recently in Edinburgh I just had to find out why this grande dame had chosen Scotland’s capital as her destination of choice.

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American Royalty – Oprah with the Obamas

 

 

 

 

STAR DESTINATION

Despite Edinburgh’s one hundred and ninety-one days of rain a year it really is a great place for a bit of stargazing. This year alone, Edinburgh’s cobbled streets have welcomed VIP guests from the Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI to the pop star, Lady Gaga.

Positively crackling with culture and heaving with history this splendid city has long been the realm of sovereigns, intellectual heavyweights, and leaders of finance but with the ever-growing summer Fringe Festival and the recent explosion of über-cool bars,clubs, restaurants and hotels Edinburgh has now become a hot weekend haunt for PYTs and fashionistas too.


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Apparently, Oprah swooped in to the Athens of the North to interview another self-made billionaire and fellow wonder woman, J.K. Rowling. The story goes that two of the world’s richest self-made women took tea in room 652 of the elegant Edinburgh Balmoral Hotel – now dubbed the “Harry Potter Suite” as it’s where Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Much as I would have loved to, I didn’t manage to stay at the beautiful Balmoral but I did take the time to pop by and sample their amazing award-winning afternoon tea, as enjoyed by the billionaires. Oprah was otherwise engaged so I promised my darling husband some “afternoon delight” if he would be my escort me for a day of old school glamour.

Initially he wasn’t half as excited as I was at the prospect of teeny tiny sandwiches and flouncy cakes but after taking
one step through the Balmoral’s majestic revolving door, complete with kilted footman, he was assured that even if the food was dainty the atmosphere was certainly going to be grand.

The opulent Palm Court is just gorgeous, the high-ceilings and harp music evoking a lovely atmosphere of time-honoured allure. We soon settled into a discreet and cosy booth for an A-list afternoon indulging in two of my favourite things – champagne and cakes! The cute crustless sandwiches were divine and the cakes, especially the Heather
Honey Scones, had me in raptures. I can totally understand why J.K. decided to stay for here for months – I would never leave if I had the promised of these heaven-sent scones every day!

 

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STAR TREATMENT

The Balmoral Hotel has pretty much everything that you would expect from an iconic Edwardian hotel. A Michelin starred restaurant (Number One), a great cocktail bar (The Balmoral) – try the Wild Rose, a delectable mix of rose and strawberry infused vodka with orange and cranberry. It also has an acclaimed spa on site and a regular sprinkling of stardust from its celebrity guests.

The Balmoral’s prime city centre location also means that there is a vast array of great girlie shopping literally on its doorstep – America Ferrera was spotted dress shopping at the Totty Rocks Boutique earlier this year and Oprah Winfrey is apparently a big fan of Scotland’s cosy cashmeres and warm wintry knits

 

STAR STYLE

Hide our cake-filledalexander mcqueen tummy and keep out the chilly Scottish winds with this beautiful Alexander McQueen Chunky Knit Fur Cardigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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