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    The top celebrity-owned retreats

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    For a true taste of luxury, with a dash of Hollywood glamour, why not treat yourself to a stay at a celebrity-owned retreat on your next holiday? For a getaway amongst the stars that you’ll never forget, here are some suggestions of the top places to stay, owned by the glitter set –

    Gaia Retreat and Spa, Byron Bay – Australia ­– Relax, unwind and recharge with a soothing stay at the spa that’s the last word in luxury

    This luxury hideaway, nestled in the peaceful Byron hinterland, offers the ultimate in relaxation and indulgence. Owned by Australian icon Olivia Newton-John, Gaia Retreat and Spa reflects her connection with the environment, and offers custom packages including meditation, art and yoga. The award-winning spa facility offers a choice of many specialised holistic treatments, with fresh organic products sourced from local suppliers and the onsite garden.

    Ulusaba Private Game Reserve – South Africa – Luxury resort meets wildlife safari, at this exclusive yet family-friendly game reserve
    Set on more than 13,000 hectares of land, bordering Kruger National Park, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is part of the Virgin Limited Edition collection, owned by entrepreneur Richard Branson. The reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, including elephants, leopards and many more. With no fences between Ulusaba and Kruger, a much wider body of land is available for the wildlife to roam, increasing the chances of some incredible sightings. Ulusaba is also very family-friendly, with a special ‘Cub’s Club’ offering special meals and activities especially tailored for children under 11 years of age. When you’re not out on safari, take advantage of the full resort facilities, including spa, tennis court and private indoor and outdoor pool. Who knows, you may even spot a few furry friends while doing a few laps or relaxing on the deck, watching the sun set over the plains.

    Sundance Resort, Utah – United States – Enjoy a spot of skiing, horse riding and let your creativity run free in rural America

    When many people think of ‘Sundance’, the first thing that comes to mind may be the famous film festival, but it’s also the name of the environmentally-friendly retreat where the event is held, and a great place to visit all year round. Sundance is the culmination of the vision of actor and director Robert Redford, who envisaged a creative hub in the mountains, a place for artistic experimentation, and peaceful contemplation. If you’re after a little more action, Sundance also offers fantastic ski facilities in the winter, and during the warmer months, it’s the perfect place for a spot of mountain bike, or horseback riding.

    Turtle Inn, Placencia – Belize – Be treated to a world-class Thai massage overlooking the crystal blue waters and yellow sands of Belize

    The multi-award winning and legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola owns not one, but three luxury resorts in Belize each with a beachfront location. Of these, it’s Turtle Inn that stands out, consistently rated amongst the prime resorts in Central America. Accommodation is Balinese-style cabanas, each with a luxurious private bath. The open-air Sunset Spa offers spectacular views over Placencia Lagoon, with indulgent treatments, perfect for relaxing the stresses of daily life. The spa staff at Turtle Inn also specialise in traditional Thai massage, learning their craft at Bangkok’s sacred Wat Pho Temple.

    Hotel Rival, Stockholm – Sweden – Have your very own ABBA experience in Stockholm, for a relaxing break amidst the bustle of the city

    Which better Swedish celebrity to own a luxury hotel in the capital Stockholm, than a member of all-conquering, legendary pop group ABBA? Benny Anderson is part owner of the Hotel Rival in the city, which has also increased in popularity as a tourist destination thanks to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books and films. Although it’s not a beachside hideaway with peaceful spa, if you’re someone who finds relaxation in the  bustle of the city, Hotel Rival is the perfect choice. The concept here, is to provide guests with what they really need for the ultimate in comfort – this means all-day breakfast, so you can sleep as long as you like, resting your head on your choice of dozens of pillows, selected from the catalogue. Each room is also fitted out with an extensive CD collection (featuring ABBA of course!) and a state-of-the-art entertainment system.  

    Start planning your trip among the stars with your local, personal travel manager. Visit http://www.travelmanagers.com.au/ptm-search/

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