LAYAN RESIDENCES HOME TO 007
In 1974, the now-famous "James Bond Island" (The Man with the Golden Gun), was just a speck on the map. But today the region of Phuket is a well-known travel destination. With Layan Residences by Anantara offering the most seductive accommodations. And access to the legendary golden gun, used by the film's villain Francisco Scaramanga. Guests have opportunity to handle the fabled, custom-built pistol during a wine tasting in a 007-esque 'man cave' complete with leather sofas and antique billiards table.
Layan Residences by Anantara
GOLDEN DOOR GETS REAL WITH ANNIE LEIBOVITZ
When Golden Door's Kathy Van Ness wanted to tell the 'real stories' of Golden Door - the deep healing and transformation that takes place every day - she went to renowned photographer, Annie Leibovitz. Who photographed real people, capturing their real experiences at Golden Door. Masterfully executed in a splashy ad series. Bold. And humbling.
San Marcos, CA
WHAREKAUHAU OFFERS CLOSE CINEMA TIES
Wharekauhau's cinema ties run deep. Peter Jackson, creator of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, lives in nearby Wellington ('Wellywood'). While even closer is direct neighbor and good friend, director James Cameron who fell in love with New Zealand while using local film studios to finish Avatar. Now, "Wharekauhau looks forward to spending quite a bit of time with Jim over the coming years as all of the next Avatar movies will be finished here," says GM Richard Rooney." Very fun.
Wharekauhau Country Estate
Wellington, New Zealand
MONTEVERDI TUSCANY PERFECT FILM BACKDROP
Under the Tuscan Sun. The Gladiator. Twilight and Medici: Masters of Florence. All have been filmed nearby. And few know that screenwriter Wes Anderson actually wrote The Grand Budapest Hotel during his stay at Monteverdi. The hotel has its own cinematography immersions - movie nights in the lavender gardens - during total guest takeovers. Ultimate set design.
Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Italy
THE GREENWICH IS HOTEL OF CHOICE AMONG POWER PLAYERS
Owned by leading actor and director Robert De Niro, The Greenwich Hotel has established itself as the hotel of choice for Hollywood power players. The Greenwich is run like a private members club. While guests may invite whomever they like to join, the private areas of the hotel are not otherwise open to the public. Many a movie deal has been made in the courtyard and drawing room bar.
The Greenwich Hotel
New York City, NY
PRIVACY IS PARAMOUNT AT VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
A film - or two - may or may not have been filmed at Velaa Private Island in the Maldives. The staff remains mum on the topic. But notes that movie nights - complete with inflatable screens on the beach - are a popular offering. And come with Moroccan-style lounge, carpets, pillows, Arabian lanterns. And even shisha pipes.
Velaa Private Island
SHEEN FALLS LODGE CLOSE TO BLOCKBUSTER FILM LOCALES
"From the dramatic rocks of the Skellig Islands to the beauty of Inch Beach near Dingle, we are proud of our movie connections," says Sheen Falls' Sheila King. Both with actor Michael Fassbender, a Kerry native. And the impressive list of movies - many major - filmed on location in Kerry, including Star Wars - The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi; Ryan's Daughter; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Excalibur; Far and Away; and The Lobster. We, for one, had no idea.
Sheen Falls Lodge
Co. Kerry, Ireland
TIERRA ATACAMA OFFERS MOONLIKE SCAPE
With its craggy moonlike scape, surreal light, spouting geysers, pink flamingos and salty lagoons, it's surprising more movies haven't been filmed in the Atacama desert. But Tierra hotels guests are just fine with it - preferring its remote, far-from-the-maddening-crowd beauty. Combined with luxurious creature comforts. That's not to say, the high desert is void of Hollywood connections. Part of the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, was filmed here.
Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
BODYHOLIDAY BRINGS WELLNESS HOME
After their wellness vacation ends - or even before it begins - BodyHoliday guests can follow the action through the resort's own BodyHolidayTV channel (via YouTube). Here, viewers may enjoy a selection of fitness routines, yoga classes, breathing exercises and healthy recipes. And even enter into BodyHoliday's signature BodyScience program, a personalized blend of eastern practices and western knowledge. Based on both state-of-the-art technology and ancient Ayurvedic principles.
CLAYOQUOT OFFERS NATURAL MOVIE SET
Remote. Magnificent. Vancouver Island offers a stunning au naturel movie set. Which is why Twilightand Planet of the Apes movies were filmed here. Clayoquot too, attracts its own celebrity clientele who come in search of adventure and relax. And while the staff does not reveal its who's who list, one prominent morning show host (whose husband films nearby) raved of their family vacation at Clayoquot.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Vancouver Island, Canada
LAKE KORA PERFECT MOVIE NIGHTS
From its earliest days as an escape for Manhattan's elite set, Lake Kora has been a place to unwind. Do nothing. Swim. Hike. Boat. Listen to the call of the loon. But when the mood strikes, there's no better place for a 'movie night.' After dinner and s'mores around the fire, guests love hanging in the movie screening room (located above the original Brunswick bowling lanes) to watch vintage and classic movies. Family time.
Adirondacks, New York
WATER BY DAY, MOVIES BY NIGHT ON EUSTATIA ISLAND
Water sports - every shape, every kind imaginable - by day. And fabulous toes-in-the-sand movie screenings - by night. That's the stuff private Eustatia Island is made of. "We have set up many movie nights on the beach - huge movie screen, projector, bean bags, and popcorn in hand - for guests to watch their favorite movies under the stars," says Eustatia Island's Lucy Smith.
British Virgin Islands
ANNANDALE HOST TO THE BACHELOR NZ
Many high-end productions have been filmed at Annandale. Including The Bachelor NZ. During the 2016 season, bachelor Jordan Mauger brought two of his dates to Annandale. Where filming took place at the historic homestead, a restored 1880s house. And the glass seascape cottage overlooking the sea. Mauger sent one of the women home - which had nothing to do with Annandale's magical setting.
Akaroa, New Zealand
GIRAFFES WOW AT GIRAFFE MANOR
Photographers and models use them as backdrop for fashion shoots. Country music stars find inspiration in them. And Ellen makes no secret her love of them - gushing especially over their eyes. There are no boundaries to the love and awe Giraffe Manor's eloquent Rothschild giraffes evoke in travelers of all ages. From all walks of life.
The Safari Collection: Giraffe Manor
LAUCALA ISLAND REFUGE FOR HOLLYWOOD SET
No movies have ever been filmed on Laucala Island. Perhaps because the island is a refuge for so many noted Hollywood actors, movie producers and screenwriters who, since 2009, have come here to relax. That's not to say movies aren't on the screen. Movie nights served with snacks (popcorn, ice cream) from the pastry team are always a favorite.
BALLYFIN TOPS HOTEL SECRETS
Ballyfin made its film debut when actor, screenwriter and director Richard E. Grant came calling. And included the Irish manor house in his documentary, Hotel Secrets. "This isn't any old swanky hotel," says Grant. "This is the full-on Georgian experience... Just as you come around [the bend], bang, there she is." Grant later claimed he should be the PR manager, he was so taken with Ballyfin's grace and style.
Co. Laois, Ireland
KATIKIES OFFERS DREAMY SETTING
Over the years, many celebrities have stayed at Katikies hotels. As have many directors who've chosen Santorini's dreamy setting - Cycladic architecture, white-washed houses hanging from cliffs, and awe-inspiring beauty of the caldera - as the backdrop for their films. Among some of the most famous titles made here: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; Summer Lovers and Santorini Blue. Sigh.
HOTEL LE TOINY CREATING THE ULTIMATE SET DESIGN
Skip the movies. St. Barth is rewriting its own dramatic story following last year's Hurricane Irma. With Hotel Le Toiny leading the island's new set design. In the capable and aesthetically-talented hands of interior designer Bee Osborn, the hotel is being transformed - oyster shell by oyster shell (bar). And with soothing new coastal-chic villas. All set to open October 15. Exciting.
Hotel Le Toiny
HOTEL ESPRIT SAINT GERMAIN HOME TO STARS
Soon to shoot its own video, Hotel Esprit Saint Germain is no stranger to filming. Or film crews. Paris is, after all, Paris. And perhaps the most romantic movie set of all time. In Hotel Esprit's neighborhood of Saint Germain, The Da Vinci Code was shot next door to the hotel. And it's a known fact the area is home to many famous actors, including the legendary French actress, Catherine Deneuve.
Hotel Esprit Saint Germain