Posts Tagged: Celebrity Travel

Jun 11

Hats, Horses and Prince Harry! Celebrate Royal Ascot at Coworth Park

It’s all about the Royals at the moment! First the magnificent Royal Wedding, closely followed by Hollywood royalty strutting their stuff in Cannes, and now it’s time for the fashion extravaganza that is Royal Ascot! There’s no doubt that Royal Ascot is one of the most famous and prestigious events in the sporting calendar where first class horseracing is combined with spectacle, style and tradition. This year, Royal Ascot celebrates its 300th anniversary and it’s a sure bet that fashionistas will be pulling out all the stops to commemorate this momentous occasion – and the odds are pretty good for spotting a royal visitor or two this year too. So, there could be no better time to turn your day at the races into a luxury holiday with a stay at the nearby Coworth Park Hotel.












The Coworth Park has been a glittering success since its opening in 2010 and is now looking forward to hosting its first Ascot season. Situated in the heart of Royal Berkshire’s polo playing country, yet only forty-five minutes from London, and twenty minutes from Heathrow, the hotel makes for the perfect celebrity retreat. The Coworth Park is part of the Dorchester Collection and perfectly complements its big city sister – it’s kooky, capricious and contemporary while at the same time it manages to lovingly uphold the tradition for fine dining, inspired interiors and impeccable service that the Dorchester is so famous for. Its wonderful eco-spa has also been attracting a load of A-listers with its innovative indulgent treatments … but more on that later.



This cool country manor comes complete with its own equestrian centre, and is the only UK hotel to have its own polo field, and an equestrian centre with stabling. Prince Harry is a regular visitor who was most recently seen charming Charlize Theron at the Audi Challenge charity Polo Cup, and when his royal hotness needs to cool down there’s a good chance he’ll be sipping his Pimms at the Coworth.

And Harry is not the only red-hot royal to be spotted here; during their courtship, the Cambridges were also seen strolling hand in hand through the ambling countryside. Blue-bloods abound but they are not the only ones who love this place; as I checked in, Paloma Faith tweeted that she had just checked out of “the best hotel in the world”. Cheryl Cole was here last year to film parts of the X-Factor and the local press recently reported that Jonny Depp, Vanessa Paradis, and family were staying at the five-star manor while Depp was shooting his new film, Dark Shadows, on our shores.



I loved so many things about this hotel that it’s hard to pick favourites, but I’ll have a go. First the Spaaaaaah! This thoroughly modern spa is bathed in light and has lashings of high-end glamour. Sculpted into the lush green landscape with a “living roof” herb garden, this holistic haven has fabulous eco-credentials as well fabulous treatments. The Dr Alkaitis Organic Skinfood Facial left my skin with the glow of new bride and my husband was more than a little bit impressed with the super-stylish indoor pool, which was lined with amethyst sculptures, lit with luminous LEDs, and had underwater music – he was so surprised when he popped up from his first dip that I thought he must have discovered a new life form down there! The Spa also has its own eatery, The Spatisserie, where you can lounge around in enormous duvet-like robes drinking champagne (or tea if you prefer) and tickling your tastebuds with zingy snacks, amid the postcard-pretty English countryside. Bliss.








Post-spa we spent a couple of hours in our Junior Suite to revel in its understated luxury before dinner. Celebrities tend to stay in the jewel in the Coworth’s crown, the Dower House, a Grade 2 listed building that has been lovingly restored to include three bedrooms, a private kitchen, dining and living area. It also has its own gardens, a babbling brook and a family of swans. All the rooms, however, have every amenity you would expect from a classy hotel. Chicly decorated in far-from-boring neutral tones, every accommodation comes with a wonderful woodland-inspired four-poster bed, pop-up Bang and Olufsen TV, sumptuous furnishings and under-floor heating to keep you cosy after a dip in the freestanding copper tub.












An evening at the John Campbell restaurant completed the A-list experience. The delightful dining room honours the hotel’s natural surroundings with elegant leather seating, beautiful floral displays and a simply stunning copper halo of oak leaves and acorns to dine beneath. The vivacious eight-course degustation menu was described as a “journey through the senses” and with everything from pea and ham ice-cream to rabbit ragout and a divine chocolate, lychee and rose dessert on the menu, it certainly lived up to its spirited description. Throw in some fabulous cocktails and outstanding service and it’s fair to say that John Campbell has ruined me for all other restaurants!












The Coworth Park has its very own fashion ambassador, the celebrated milliner Stephen Jones. OBE Jones has created enchanting headwear for the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce, and Dita Von Teese. This collection of four couture hats, however, has been inspired by the celebrity bolthole, and will be available for suite guests to borrow to attend the legendary Ladies’ Day.





Coworth Park: 01344 876600; Doubles from £282.















May 11

Where the Stars Check-In at Cannes

Hollywood has taken its annual working holiday to French Riviera for the International Cannes Film Festival and when the stars roll into town, more often than not, they check in to the glitzy Carlton Cannes International.



The Belle Epoch palace that is the Carlton Cannes has long been associated with the film festival and is the place to see and be seen in Cannes. The high-wattage hotel has sweeping views of the bay, a pool, casino, and gastronomic glamour at the seventh-floor La Belle Otero.






A veritable mother ship for decades of visiting movie moguls and super-celebs, its also a star in its own right having been the location for Hitchcock heist movie, To Catch a Thief, starring Cary and Grace Kelly.  During the film’s release at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955 Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier for the first time, at the Prince’s request. They married the following year in what was dubbed the “Wedding of the Century”.






The Cannes Carlton has a long list of celebrities who are regular clients and as a tribute to its illustrious guests, the hotel has named some of its most prestigious suites after celebrated celebrities, the Sean Connery and Sharon Stone suites are just two of the options.


The Sophie Marceau Suite


This year, Jack Black and Rachel MacAdams have been spotted in the lobby, as has Dustin Hoffman. Jamie Foxx, Kanye West and Lady Gaga have all performed there during the 2011 festival and Brangelina and their family are also said to have a set-up camp in a stunning sea-view suite.



Mar 11

Jet Set Chic: How to Travel Like a Star

Whether they’re checking out the latest international hotspots, skipping between continents, or filming on location, the world’s most fashionable leading ladies are always packing a well-put together landing look – it’s so annoying! Take, for example, fabulous frequent flier, Kylie Minogue, who can step off a twenty-hour flight looking as though she has stepped out for a stroll in the park.


Mere mortals though generally arrive looking as if they have spent the night in a tumble drier being mauled by hair-hating monsters. Now, I’ve done my fair share of travelling and carry a pretty comprehensive in-flight kit but I’m always on the look-out for new travel tips so I asked my friend, and make-up artist and stylist to the stars, Phoebe, for a few of her top tricks for travelling and, more importantly, disembarking like a star.




Pre-Flight Prep

Pack like an A-lister. Stick to casual but sophisticated; team a great pair of jeans or leggings with a long-sleeve tee and some edgy boots or pumps. Wraps are also ideal for travelling, opt for cashmere as it won’t wrinkle and can be thrown over your shoulders for an effortlessly put-together look. White and Warren have a gorgeous range of knitwear with fans that include Gossip Girl, Blake Lively, Alexa Chung and Reese Witherspoon.





In-flight Beauty

The super-trendy Rodial Glam Balm range is a celebrity favourite. Scarlett Johanson and Kate Hudson are said to use the Glam Balm cleansing wipes (£15) en route. Packed full of vitamin E and camomile these designer wipes are perfect for replenishing dried-up in-flight skin. Rodial’s Glam Balm (£45) is another must-have product. It’s perfect for plumping skin, moisturizing lips and taming stray eyebrows and can also be used for a little in-flight facial – Nicole Richie apparently rates it as her number one travel essential! And SJP, Paris Hilton and 50 Cent (yes really) also swear by Glam Balm powers of rehydration.

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In-flight Comfort

As you probably won’t have an onboard entourage to keep you looking your best it’s really important to stay as comfortable as possible. I don’t go anywhere without ear-plugs, an eye-mask and slippers but those airline amenity kits just don’t cut it. To travel in true celebrity style try Holistic Silk’s exquisite in-flight accessories. Catherine Zeta-Jones is said to love their lavish silk slippers with magnetic massaging insoles, and Isabella Rossellini and Jessica Lange are known to adore Holistic Silk’s lush lavender-infused eye-masks.



Post-flight fabulous

When it’s time to hit the tarmac, dry shampoos are an absolute lifesaver. For most people an onboard wash and blow is out of the question so a great way to eliminate the signs (and smells) of a long flight is to reach for a travel size can of Bumble and Bumble’s Hair Powder (£28 for 125g and £14 for 28g). I’m a bit of a Bumble and Bumble devotee and love this product; it’s ideal for adding a bit of va-va-vroom, smells lovely and, as it comes in five colours, it’s perfect for touching up between visits to the salon. Miuccia Prada counts B&B’s Brown Hair Powder as her vital travel accessory and Renee Zelwegger and Avril Lavigne are also firm fans.


There are just two more things that you need to travel in celebrity style: some chic sunglasses and a designer carryall à la Beyonce.


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Follow in the Beautiful One’s footsteps with some HUGE sunglasses – the rule is go big, go dark, or go home – and haute holdall from the newly revived and truly fashionable MCM label.

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Since Joy Gryson started designing for the German label a slew of A-listers have been spotted sporting MCM bags and luggage. Other recent newcomers to the brand include Lady Gaga and Eva Mendes. I want!

Feb 11

W London Wows Top Celebrities

There’s been much hype surrounding the opening of the new W London Leicester Square and it seems it was all well deserved. The W threw open its doors for the first time last week and welcomed a feast of fashionable celebrities to its star-studded opening event – which happily coincided with the official BAFTA after-party.

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Guests were hosted by The Weinstein Company and included gorgeous girlies Emma Watson, Minnie Driver, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Gemma Arterton, the magnificent and award-laden Colin Firth also made an appearance, as did music legend Paul McCartney.






The illustrious attendees are said to have partied until the wee hours in the W’s sleek rock’n’roll bar, Wyld, where they were treated to signature tequila cocktails served by a cast of beautiful attendants. We’re not sure which of the party-goers chose to stay over in one of the W’s super-suites although several newspapers have reported that the lovely and newly-single Lily Cole checked in for the night with delectable man-candy, David Gandy.

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So what’s it’s like? Well the W is kind of place where you can get your groove on. Clearly inspired by the theatrical district it inhabits, the W is a glittery sparkly affair with an ever so naughty vibe. Adorned with more mirror balls than Studio 54 and more bling than Liberace’s loungewear it’s the kind of place where glamourpusses can strut their stuff – perfect for the likes of who were also wowing the W this week whist celebrating their15th anniversary with a champagne-filled London Fashion Week bash.


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W guests can relax, refuel, and rock’n’roll without ever leaving their laid back Leicester Square lair. The Wyld bar is bound to be the next late-night place to be, and the Spice Market Restaurant, which is the baby of New York chef and multi-Michelin award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is already attracting all the right kind of attention. Also on-site are a state-of-the-art rooftop gym with views over Soho and a swish space-age spa. The hotel also has its own private cinema,  and being situated in the epicentre of London’s movie land, it’s bound to have a flood of celebrity-filled parties lined up in its opening year.


Feb 11

A Model Hotel: The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

This week, I really wanted to blog about my old hometown, Hong Kong, not only because it’s Chinese New Year - may you all hop to new heights in the Year of the Rabbit – but also because my brother, who still lives in HK, called me to tell me Kate Moss was floating around town a couple of weeks ago. Apparently the luscious Miss Moss regularly swoops into the Asian metropolis and the word is that she usually stays at the gorgeous Mandarin Oriental Hotel – which happens to be a hotel that I know and love from my childhood years in Hong Kong. So here’s the lowdown…


Star Destination

Like catching a glimpse of your favourite celebrity, seeing the Hong Kong skyline for the first time is a breathtaking heart-racing experience. This little island is unbelievably glamorous: a vertical playground full of colour, aroma, and taste, with more light, spectacle, and sparkle than the Bulgari Christmas window display. Celebrities have been streaming in to the city since it exploded onto the celebrity scene in the Sixties and Seventies when iconic couples like Mick and Bianca Jagger, and Anjelica Huston and Jack Nicholson rubbed shoulders with sporting legend Muhammad Ali and political heavyweights Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon. The rich, the beautiful, and the powerful still love to swing by Hong Kong; recent sightings include Nicole Kidman, Bill Clinton, and, of course, Kate Moss.


Star Sanctuary

Any first time visitor to Hong Kong should definitely traverse the Victoria Peak, float across the harbour on the Star Ferry, and the visit the legendary Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Affectionately known to the locals as the Mandarin, this hotel is part of the island’s social fabric. It’s out of town guest list includes at least six former US presidents, two princess – Diana and Grace, as well as Sultans, Shahs, Sheiks, moviemakers and models but it’s also much loved by the local ladies who lunch, trendy Taipans, international tycoons, British expats and well-to-do Chinese.



The Mandarin Oriental is considered by many to be the best hotel in the world. Centrally located in the ever-beating heart of Hong Kong, just a few minutes through an air-conditioned walkway will take you to some of the planet’s best shopping, top dining in SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong’s rockin’ nightlife. The hotel itself has nine incredible bars and restaurants – my favourites are the Clipper Lounge for afternoon tea and people watching, and M Bar for SATC style cocktails with the girls. The hotel also features luxurious state-of-the-art rooms and suites, and a spa so good you will feel reborn. The decor throughout is opulent, shades of honey and cognac mingle with richly carved wood furniture, Asian antiques and enchanting orchids and beautiful bitty Bonsai plants. The bathrooms are striking, swathed in dark marble and deluxe details; some with spectacular views of the city. It’s no surprise that Kate Moss is rumoured to return to the MO on every trip.










Star Treatment

It’s difficult to choose just one star treatment from this amazing hotel. The food is truly orgastronomic! Hong Kong legend Jackie Chan has been spotted enjoying mouth-watering specialities like salt and pepper squid in the superb Man Wah restaurant and the great and the good are also regularly seen hiding in the shadows of the theatrical, and multi-award winning, Pierre restaurant on the 25th floor.




Celebrity guests who are more concerned with slimming than sinning though are certain to be found in the Mandarin Oriental Spa. Treatments here are divine; Chinese steam baths, Kneipp pools and Vichy showers feature, massage rituals are tailor made to suit each individual customer and the world famous Shanghai pedicure by Samuel So will have your feet ready to grace any red carpet – highly recommended.




Star Style

Just a few steps away from the Mandarin Oriental is Hong Kong’s hautest designer store, Shanghai Tang. Decorating its walls is a collection of cheongsam wearing celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jodie Foster and Kate Moss. The Shanghai Tang sleepwear range is apparently a big hit with celebrity clients and Kate Moss is said to adore their pyjamas.



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Jan 11

Treasure Beach Barbados – Part Two

Ah, the crazy weather has finally died down and allowed us all to escape its wintry vortex. Since I last blogged Christmas, Crimbo, Winter Light Festival, or whatever you wish to call it has now passed, as have the New Year celebrations (more on that later). And as I have consumed my own body weight in champagne and cake during the festive season, I have had to turn my mind to sunnier thoughts to get through the grimmest (and flabbiest) weeks of the year. So it’s back to Barbados and bikinis …



Star Destination

Barbados, home of rum and Rihanna, has long been one of the top celebrity destinations in the Caribbean. The West Coast in particular with its white beaches, warm waters and cocktailed-coloured sunsets is the place to spot some celebrity eye-candy. Simon Cowell, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, and the Rooneys, to name a few, have all splashed out on sqillion dollar villas in the area. You’ll also find as many Sirs and Dames in Barbados as you would on Her Majesty’s New Year Honours list; Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Judi Dench, Joan Collins, Lulu and Sir David Frost are just a few of the island’s illustrious guests.





While I was there, a team of ex-sports stars, including  my parent’s old football buddy Gordon Strachan, were gracing the Bajan greens at a charity golf competition. The Linekers were in town to celebrate Gary’s 50th Birthday and during a paddle in Payne’s Bay I could have sworn I spotted the actor Ralph Fiennes having a little shore-side snorkel – in the name of reportage, I waded in as discreetly as I could but as the mystery swimmer moved through the water faster than an Egyptian shark, I’ll never know if it really was the man himself …


Star Sanctuary

There are some very well known luxury hotels in Barbados by my favourite is the discreet and elegant Treasure Beach hotel that I featured in my last blog. The hotel’s General Manager was charming but remained tight lipped about his celebrity guest list but the hotel’s customers, on the other hand, were more than happy to tell me about their famous fellow-guests. Over an al fresco breakfast, I was fed on bacon, eggs, and stories of barbequing with Ainsley Harriet, dining alongside Dame Judi and lunching with Living Doll legend, Sir Cliff Richard. One thing though that all the guests insisted on was that every guest is treated the same, every guest is special and – just like you and me – wants to feel comfortable and be taken care off. There are no stuffy staff here. They are both professional and super-helpful. As one guest told me “It’s heaven, nothing is ever a problem”.





Star Treatment

As I said, star treatment at the Treasure Beach’s is all about making celebrity guests feel normal. The huge suites are private enough for the stars to feel like they are staying in a private luxury home and come with lots of (high-end) homely touches. If guests do want to stray away from their plush surroundings and private plunge pools then they can enjoy blending into the hotel’s chic and relaxing atmosphere.









hotel sits right on the snow white beach and its outdoor areas and gardens are infused with the kind of colonial charm that fills so much of the island. And right on its doorstep is the celebrity world’s aqua-playground – luxur yachts drift by like floating mansions while PYTs race around on brightly-coloured jetskis – and if you go for a dip at the right time you can also swim with the island’s Green Turtles. This little hotel is truly exceptional. Small but beautifully formed, with genuinely friendly service, it’s obvious why its guests, celebrity or otherwise, return year after year.


Star Style

It’s all about the beach in Barbados so some seriously stylish swimwear is in order. One girl who knows how to work her beachwear is local lovely Rihanna, who was spotted over Christmas in this panther print “We Are Handsome” one piece.

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Dec 10

National Treasure at the Barbados Treasure Beach – Part One

I know a lot of people love winter, but I’m not one of them.
I’ll give you that it does have a great range of rib-sticking stodgy
food, and it’s grand that you can drink with impunity a whole host of hot
beverages all of which are simmering with alcohol or topped with cream and
marshmallows. Bonus snow days off work are also good, as is the opportunity to
layer your clothes and accessorize with fun stuff like mittens and leg warmers.
I though, would be willing to give up all these wintry delights to live in a
land of perpetual summer. So imagine my joy when I got the opportunity to escape
the chill for a few days to visit beautiful bountiful Barbados.


The perfect Payne’s Bay, Barbados.


I arrived last night, peeled off my nineteen layers of
clothes and joined the jet set on the island’s glorious West Coast. The
Treasure Beach Hotel
on Payne’s Bay had been recommended as one of Barbados’ favourite
celebrity hideaways and apparently national treasure, Dame Judi Dench is one of the many admirers of its intimate beachfront setting. 


National treasure, Dame Judi Dench

The Treasure Beach has just thirty-five accommodations all
of which are suites. I had been treated to one of the best rooms in the house –
some gorgeous young European honeymooners had bolted themselves into the number
one spot so I was to be indulged in the alternative Hummingbird Suite. It was stunning,
in fact as soon as my escort was out of earshot I actually squealed and jumped
in the air a little bit! The bedroom area was spacious and luxuriously
furnished with a tres romantic
vaulted ceiling, fresh orchids, and enough wardrobe space to keep Mariah Carey
happy. The living room area was equipped with a sofa, a gigantic plasma TV, and
a mini-kitchen and dining area. And leading off of this was a quite spectacular
rooftop terrace with plunge pool. This was enough to make me a little bit dizzy
but the huge spa bathroom stuffed with fluffy white towels and Molton Brown
goodies sent me into raptures.


The Hummingbird Suite – a room with a view

Unfortunately though, jetlag was having its wicked way with
me so it was downstairs for a quick, although truly delicious dinner (amuse
bouche, fois gras and melt-in-the-mouth chicken) in the hotel’s poolside restaurant, Al Fresco, and then off to sleep in my super-king size bed … but not before I had sat on my
private terrace for five minutes and blissed out on the sound of the waves. Ahh
sweet dreams.


Today promises to be action packed. I’m only here for a
couple of days so I’m going to scour the most famous celebrity beach in the
world for your reading pleasure. I’ll be back soon with part two.



Dec 10

Six Celebrity Christmas Getaways

Mere mortals, like myself, will no doubt be trundling their way through the snow to join loved ones for a Christmas celebration that involves turkey, TV, Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and too much washing-up. But the rich and famous have the chance to get away from it all –  here’s a sneaky peak at a handful of luxury hotels where they prefer to hideaway for the holidays.


A calypso Christmas in Barbados is a favourite with
celebrities looking to escape the cold over Christmas. Come December, the
laid-back island is home to the über-rich, über-famous and über-cool and its
beaches, bars and restaurants are positively packed with A-list lovelies.

Who goes there: Tiger
Woods, Hugh Grant, The Rooneys, Robert de Niro, Kate Middleton, Jude
Law. Rihanna is from Barbados and bllionaires Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates also own homes on the island.


  Simon Cowell pictured on holiday in Barbados

Where do they stay:
At Barbados’ most extravagant retreat, The Sandy Lane, where X-Factor mogul
Simon Cowell is reputed to take his mum every year for a swanky Christmas



Otherwise known as Hollywood On Ice, Aspen, Colorado is one of
America’s permier ski destinations and a favourite for the “Holidays”. Mariah Carey
apparently slips into a bikini and rolls around in the snow and Goldie Hawn
loves nothing better than partaking in a bit of jewellery shopping with
daughter Kate Hudson.

Who goes there: Mariah
Carey, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Paris Hilton, Will Smith, Sarah Jessica
, Owen Wilson.

Where do they stay:
The Little Nell or the St.Regis where every festive guest is treated to their
own in-room Christmas tree or menorah.

Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith are Aspen regulars.


Not since the heady days of Elvis’ hip-swinging have the
islands of Hawaii been quite so hot. The beautiful Pacific islands have come
back into fashion again, thanks in no small part to the fact that Barack Obama
spent his formative years there and returns regularly for a bit of tropical sun
and surf.  

Who goes there: Paris
Hilton, The Obamas, Britney Spears, Kelly Osborne, Cameron Diaz, Donald Trump.


Cameron Diaz enjoying the Hawaiian Surf

Where do they stay:
The Four Seasons Hualalai for a romantic break on the Big Island or the Kahala
Resort in Waikiki for a bit of old school glamour.

The Maldives

It’s no surprise that celebrity couples love the Maldives.
These dreamy islands just ooze romance and their remote location in the middle
of the Indian Ocean also gives celebrity guests the kind of privacy that they
rarely manage to enjoy.

Who goes there: Sir
Paul McCartney, Fergie, Beyonce, Kate Moss, Roger Federer, Tom Cruise and Katie
Holmes have all been spotted celebrating Christmas in the island nation. This
year also saw Katie Perry and Russell Brand enjoying themselves on an
island-hopping honeymoon. And it has been reported recently that the Beckhams have
invited Gordon Ramsey and wife Tana to join them for the festive season.


The One and Only Reethi Rah Resort

Where do they stay: If
you can’t carve your turkey on your own private yacht like Jay-Z and Beyonce
then check in to this year’s Indian Ocean hotspot, The One and Only Reethi

St. Moritz

Big on style and glamour, St. Moritz has long been the
high-end ski destination of choice for jet-setters and European royalty. Festivities
in the sophisticated resort includes Christmas shopping in Chopard, Cavalli,
and Chanel, world-class skiing, Christmas day caviar and oyster buffets and
Boxing Day champagne and chocolates.  

Who goes there: The
Clintons, Eva Longoria Parker, Boris Becker, Claudia Schiffer, George Clooney.

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Christmas at the gorgeous Badrutt’s Palace

Where do they stay:
The spectacular Badrutt’s Palace has been a favourite of celebrities and
royalty since its opening in 1896. 

Miami Beach

The city of Miami Beach is America’s most popular celebrity
playground. The stars hang out in the South Beach area where they can beach and
bar hop all day (and night) long. With its legendary Christmas and New Year
celebrations, every winter, Miami sees an influx of models, moguls and millionaires
enjoying a haute holiday.

Who goes there:
Shakira, Justin Timberlake, P-Diddy, Lindsay Lohan, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer
Hudson, Owen Wilson, Lady Gaga.


Diddy entertaining the crowd at the Fontainbeau’s New Year party.

Where do they stay:
Those from the fashion and entertainment world flock to The Setai and the legendary
Fontainbleau Hotel is said to host the best New Year party in town – Lady Gaga helped Diddy to bring in 2010 by giving an impromptu performance at the hotel’s pool party.




Nov 10

J-Lo enjoys a Vegas room with a view

Las Vegas has more stars glittering through its cosmos than the Milky Way, and this past week it has sparkled as brightly as ever. The Latin Grammy Awards have been in town which has meant that musical superstars like Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, and Ricky Martin were in need of somewhere to rest their gorgeous heads following the ceremony. So where did they stay?




Las Vegas is one of the world’s best destinations for celebrity spotting and when there’s an award ceremony or a big boxing match in town, it’s practically impossible to turn around without seeing a top personality. The best places to rub shoulders with the world’s beautiful people are around the luxury hotel malls. The Caesar’s Palace Forum, The Wynn’s Esplanade and Mandalay Place are great places to catch a glimpse of stars stocking up on the kind of luxury goods we’ll all be coveting the following week. Star guests need their privacy though, so if you see a boutique that has been mysteriously closed in the middle of the afternoon, chances are there’s a celeb browsing inside. The Las Vegas club scene also makes for plenty of celebrity eye-candy with Sin City’s pool parties being this year’s hottest hang-outs.



The best guess as to where the lovely J-Lo might have stayed is with the host of the Latin Grammys, the Mandalay Bay. In the past, more than a few glitzy guests have been sighted amidst its South East Asian-inspired splendour including Fergie (the Black Eye Peas lovely, not the grumpy football manager!) and, in happier days, Sandra Bullock honeymoon here too. The Mandalay Bay itself is a fabulous five-star, but family gal J-Lo was apparently laying low in Vegas last week and, although top hotels never reveal their celebrity guest list, it is rumoured that Jen and husband Marc Anthony tucked themselves away in the serene Four Seasons instead.

Located on the 35th to the 39th floors of the Mandalay Bay tower, the Four Seasons offers its illustrious guests paparazzi-free access to their accommodation via a pretty porte-cochere and private elevators. The first thing I noticed when I entered was the hush of the lobby. There’s no casino cacophony here – slot machines are banned –  in fact the only thing to be heard is the occasional click of a Louis Vuitton clasp – it’s lovely, like an oasis of calm amidst the Vegas madness, and the perfect celebrity hideaway.

The most fabulous suites have a show-stopping one hundred and eighty degree view of the Strip, a kitchen, a dining room, a host of bedrooms, and a grand piano – perfect for an impromptu in-room performance! The spa-like bathrooms are enormous with lots of chic Italian marble, gold fittings and L’Occitane goodies. Although it’s been reported in the past that Lady J requests a jar of her favourite Creme de la Mer face cream for her bathroom amenities, as well as white sheets and furnishings, and Jo Malone candles to scent the star’s space.













The Four Season’s prides itself on its poolside pampering, and with good reason. The pool area itself is designed in the style of a verdant tropical garden with super-comfortable Daydream sunbeds (I loathe plastic pool furniture) and sweet little arbours to hide away when the wrinkle-causing midday sun gets too much.

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I need not have worried about the aging effects of the sun, though, as to my surprise and delight there were suncream stations positioned around the pool – how nice! And I didn’t need to worry about dehydrating myself either as it seemed that every time I started to feel like a delicate flower wilting in the sun, a pool-angel would appear to water me with ice-cold drinks, chilled fruit, sprays of Evian, cold towels, and cucumber slices for any puffiness that may have been threatening my eyes. I was already enjoying feeling so pampered but when the “Spa Tapas” came round I entered a new Zen-like level of happiness. FS pool guests can enjoy a twenty-five minute foot massage that uses cool scoops of fragrant body butters to soothe away any tension that might have been accrued from walking to and from the whirlpool baths. VIP guests can choose from green tea and lime leaf, pomegranate and cranberry, or mango and mandarin – all gorgeous! The star treatment finishes with cool towel wrap and a spritzes of neroli water.



If there’s one place that demands a bit of bling, its Vegas baby so make sure you shimmer in this fabulous Maxmara Gold Dress.









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