5 Top Famous Luxury Hideaways

The dog days of summer are almost over, but it’s not too late for one to while away one’s leisure hours at some of the world’s luxurious hideaways.

Here is a list of five of these spots that you may want to check out:

1. Round Hill Hotels and Villas

Photo Credit: Round Hill Hotels and Villas.
Photo Credit: Round Hill Hotels and Villas.

This hotel and villa is a historic resort sited near Montego Bay in Jamaica. It is located on a 100-acre peninsula that was originally a sugar plantation.

It is voted as one of the top 25 resorts in the Caribbean.

It provides an impeccable wide range of services.

The resort boasts celebrities who have visited such as John F. Kennedy, Ralph Lauren, Paul Newman, Bob Hope, Ian Fleming, and Princess Margaret.

In general, visitors describe the resort as: “a little piece of paradise,” “fabulous,” “just amazing,” and “a perfect Jamaican resort.”

2. Hotel du Cap, Antibes, France

Photo Credit: Hotel du Cap Eden Roc.
Photo Credit: Hotel du Cap Eden Roc.

This is a resort hotel in Antibes on the French Riviera. Built originally as a private mansion, it opened as a hotel in 1870. Rates at the Hotel du Cap begin at USD $1,050 per night.

The Kennedy family summered here in 1938 when John F. Kennedy was 21 years old.The hotel also boasts guests such as Marlene Dietrich, Orson Welles, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Winston Churchill, and Charles De Gaulle.

The hotel has traditionally been a particular favorite of film stars, especially during the annual Cannes Film Festival.

3. La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

Photo Credit: La Mamounia.
Photo Credit: La Mamounia.

This Hispano-Moresque palace near the centre of Marrakech is a favourite haunt of Kate Hudson, Bruce Willis, and Hugh Jackman (and Winston Churchill, long ago).

Set in what were once royal gardens, the hotel overlooks the desert, the city’s ancient Medina, and the glorious Atlas Mountains. Here you will find the best food in Morocco — two of La Mamounia’s four restaurants have Michelin stars.

La Mamounia’s spa is an immaculate marble and mosaic seraglio fit for a star. Black soap, Ghassoul clay, Argan oil, rose water, and orange blossom water are among the unguents on offer. To truly pamper yourself, try the three different Turkish baths.

4. Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida

Photo Credit: Little Palm Island.
Photo Credit: Little Palm Island.

This is a tropical getaway located on a private six-acre island in the keys of Florida. The resort is accessible only by boat or seaplane.

It offers different types of price packages to accommodate the needs of guests.

In addition it provides a wide range of activities including snorkeling, fishing, water sports, and spa, among others.

5. Villa d’Este, Como, Italy

Photo Credit: Villa d'Este Hotel, Como, Italy.
Photo Credit: Villa d’Este Hotel, Como, Italy.

This is a former 16th century princely residence surrounded by a 25-acre park.

The classic architectural type a former residence of the noble has not only change ownership over the years but also has undergone significant changes to both its grounds and structure to become what is today a luxury hotel for wealthy people and a high level congress center.

With room rates averaging $1,400 a night and top suites at $5,000 per night, this hotel by the shores of Lake Como north, of Milan spells nothing but luxury.

Built by a Renaissance Cardinal, it was a resort for politicians, intellectuals, and ecclesiastics before becoming the home of an English Queen.

In the modern era, the biggest stars of every decade have made a call here: De Niro, Elton John, Madonna, Clooney, and more celebs than you could shake a diamond encrusted sceptre at.

How do you pass the time in this expensive Eden?

Swim in the cool waters of the crystal clear lake or explore it by boat, play tennis on clay courts, or work up a sweat hitting squash balls or jogging on

their track. Afterwards, you might choose to luxuriate in a sauna or submit body and soul to the Zen- inspired beauty center.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow