14 March 2019
We’d all like a taste of the A-list celebrity lifestyle. Be it walking the red carpet at a lavish awards ceremony or living it up in a Hollywood mansion, there’s a part of us – no matter how minor – that would relish this glitzy level of luxury.
The truth is it’s really not that unobtainable. This month, we’ve been highlighting how you can enjoy a near-unsurpassable level of luxury from exclusive experiences to stately staycations and now, we’re looking at where the rich and famous head to after tying the knot.
Set on the beautiful Palm Island, the dazzling Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is one of the city’s most opulent contemporary hotels, which is really saying something considering Dubai’s lavish and often outrageous reputation. Elegant hotel rooms offer an unparalleled view of the famous Dubai skyline, while a choice of more than 20 restaurants do a solid job of covering virtually every kind of cuisine.
Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan and TOWIE star Mark Wright stayed here as part of their honeymoon, sleeping in an underwater Signature Suite which comes with floor-to-ceiling views looking upon the majestic Ambassador Lagoon towards the ancient ruins of the mythical lost city of Atlantis. The hotel has also appeared on Instagram feeds of some of the biggest stars on the planet, including David Beckham and Drake.
Few had heard of North Island in Seychelles before Prince William and Kate Middleton jetted here for their honeymoon in 2011. Each of the 11 private villas here have all been created using local materials harvested during the island rehabilitation process, balancing luxury and simplicity to form a signature architectural style they call “barefoot luxury.”
It’s likely that the Royal couple stayed in Villa 11 – it’s the largest accommodation here and the quintessence of privacy and seclusion, perched on the granite boulders at the far end of East Beach. It comes with an over-sized marble bathtub - ideal for sharing - and perfect sunrise views to deliver the ultimate in honeymoon luxury and romance. George and Amal Clooney also had their honeymoon on the island after their Venice wedding in 2014.
Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and Magic Mike actor Joe Manganiello stayed at COMO Parrot Cay on the celebrity hotspot of Turks and Caicos after what some labelled ‘celebrity wedding of the year’ in 2017.
Set beside a mile-long beach on grounds covering 1,000 acres, this secluded five-star spa Caribbean resort offers phenomenal accommodation with stylishly minimalist and airy spaces, creating sun-filled spaces facing the sea or the island’s lawned landscape. The villas and houses here have their own private pools and many have direct beach access as well as 24-hour butler service.
The 10 private estates – some owned by the likes of Bruce Willis, Donna Karan and Christie Brinkley – are truly unique, with bespoke amenities such as pools crafted from local lava rock. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner also wed at COMO Parrot Cay in 2005.
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel had their honeymoon at this superb all-villa resort in the Maldives after their Malibu wedding in 2009.
Located on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll, the ultra-luxury One&Only Reethi Rah (which translates as ‘beautiful island’) offers sleek and spectacular accommodation with unrivalled privacy and exceptional views of the turquoise ocean, and access to a private beach. Cuisine at the resort’s restaurants promise to ‘transcend sublime and defy expectations’, with guests able to choose from Yellow – an innovative 100% plant-based eatery, Reethi – which fuses Asian, French and Italian flavours, and the modern Japanese cuisine of Tapasake amongst others.
Couples don’t get much more high profile than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, but their honeymoon destination may have surprised many.
Rather than head for sea and sun on a remote island, the newly married Kimye boarded a £25 million private jet in Florence, Italy to the Castlemartyr estate in East Cork. According to local media, the region left an impression on the superstar rapper after playing two sold-out concerts at the 2006 Live at the Marquee and again three years later.
The Irish Examiner says Mr West told hotel staff that what he appreciated most was how his privacy was respected. He must’ve put in a good word to Jay Z too - his close pal at the time – who eventually tried it for himself by booking a stay at the hotel with Beyoncé.
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