Fancy bumping into Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John or Richard Branson? Find out where the stars stay, play and buy property near Brisbane.
It’s not often you can draw parallel’s between Brisbane and Hollywood, but as it turns out some of the world’s most formidable names and A-list star’s have set up shop and brought property right here on our very doorstep.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat on the Gold Coast is partly owned by Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman. The 200-hectare hinterland property has luxurious accommodation and a 33-room spa facility surrounded by rainforest. At Gwinganna you’re encouraged to get fit, healthy, relax and switch off from the fast pace of modern life. Jackman reportedly loves the idyllic lifestyle the rainforest retreat offers and makes several secret trips to the area each year, staying at a private home near the retreat.
Byron Bay is no stranger to the odd celebrity spotting but Olivia Newton-John appears to be one of it’s biggest fans. The Grease star owns Gaia Retreat and Spa, which is nestled in the stunning hinterland region of Byron Bay. It bills itself as an “unpretentious retreat” – a place where “barefoot meets Armani”. So if you’re looking to lose weight, detoxify, de-stress or get fit, or just find some peace and serenity this place could help you. It has also attracted quite the celebrity following, with recent guests including pyjama king Peter Alexander, fashion designer Peter Morrissey and singer Delta Goodrem, the later who wrote in the guestbook: “It’s breathtakingly beautiful and the people are so friendly and charming, you won’t want to leave”.
Makepeace Island is the name of the heart shaped private hideaway a few minutes upstream from Noosa Heads and is owned by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Blue Australia co-founder Brett Godfrey.The island accommodates up to 22 castaways exclusively and all the attractions that the Sunshine Coast has to offer are just a mere boat ride away.
Fancy some globetrotting? Here are the star-owned hotels located around the world.
THE CLARENCE, DUBLIN, IRELAND
U2’s Bono and The Edge (with a consortium of Irish investors) purchased one of their old haunts in Dublin in 1992 with a view to restoring it to its former glory. This 50-room hotel is elegant, luxurious and yet unpretentious. It’s situated on the River Liffey and is no doubt where the owners would choose to stay when visiting Dublin.
BEDFORD POST INN, NEW YORK
Richard Gere‘s Bedford Post in Bedford, a town in Westchester County, an hour north of New York, is home to an eight-room luxury inn, a yoga studio, and two restaurants.Westchester resident Gere joined with two other locals in 2007 to rescue and restore the historic property dating back to the 1860s.
COSTA D’ESTE BEACH RESORT & SPA, VERO BEACH, FLORIDA
Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio’s oceanfront resort is set alongside kilometres of pristine golden sand beaches in Florida. Each of the 94 guestrooms feature lavish decor and pets receive VIP treatment. There’s enough pools and hot tubs to have you waterlogged in no time.
BLANCANEAUX RESORT, BELIZE
American film director Francis Ford Coppola has three properties in Central America – La Lancha Resort in Guatemala and Turtle Inn and Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize. In the early 1980s, Coppola visited Belize and immediately fell in love with the location. He purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge and originally used it as a family retreat before he opened his tropical paradise to the public in 1993. The lodge is tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains and is a 20-room luxury resort hotel where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy.
THE GREENWICH HOTEL, NEW YORK
Robert De Niro’s stunning hotel has 88 rooms and suites, of which no two are alike.Furnishings draw from a wide range of cultural influences, from hand-loomed Tibetan silk rugs to English leather settees.Bathrooms are designed in unique patterns of hand laid Moroccan tile or Italian Carrara marble.