Location can make or break a wedding, event, corporate meeting or even just your vacation. Most of us worry about the service on site, if the space will blow us away and perhaps even if there is room for all of our guests. The celebrity set do not really have these worries when planning their events or vacations. They hole up in private islands, grand villas and even across acres and acres of land to get away from it all and truly celebrate
Some of the star crossed aren’t greedy with their homes around the globe. Rather they invite your average Joe and Jane to rent out their properties for a pretty penny in order to have the ultimate location for gatherings or weekends away. If you fanaticize about parking your toothbrush where the celebrity set do for your wedding, event or gathering, there are a number of star studded properties available for rent around the globe. These celebrities have handed over their keys to paradise.
1. Il Palagio, Italy
A wedding or vacation under the Tuscan sun is a dream for many. Now imagine bunking up in a 16th century villa for your event, the same villa Trudie Styler and Sting have made their summer retreat for more than 15 years. Located near the town of Figline Valdarno just south of Florence, this restored slice of la dolce vita lends views of rolling countryside, olive groves, oak forests and vineyards. In fact, Il Palagio yields its own wine, olive oil and honey. Guests can appreciate amenities such as a swimming pool, tennis court, serene lake and even the chance to book the recording studio on site and the conference/yoga center.
Il Palagio is available for weddings, family functions, corporate events and parties. Coupled with the main villa, there are also three smaller separate villas within the grounds and two large villas nearby. With the capacity to host anywhere from 20 to 400 guests, Il Palagio is fitting for those affairs seeking a certain Italian edge.
2. Necker Island, The British Virgin Islands
For the couple looking for privacy or the company in search of sweeping their employees away to a private island, you can by renting Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island. Located to the north of Virgin Gorda, Necker Island is part of the British Virgin Islands. It consists of a Great House, perched at the heart of the island. The island also holds the Bali Houses, six open villas with plenty of views, sea breezes and privacy. Necker Island spans 74 acres, making it ideal for events where you don’t want to be bothered, all while soaking up turquoise waters, coral reefs and sandy beaches. Overall, the island can sleep up to 30 adults and 6 kids in the Great House bunkroom.
To sweeten the price for this private island, Branson has thrown in food and drinks, all prepared by Michelin trained chefs. The tycoon purchased the island in 1978 and seems to hold a sweet spot for those who want to marry on Necker Island. Branson also married on the island and offers up this slice of paradise for weddings. When you hit the pillow at night, you can dream of all of those before you who snuck off to the island for privacy including Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
3. The Sinatra House, Palm Springs
For your retro inspired event or wedding, you can even do a bit of time traveling and rent out a home of one of Old Hollywood’s stars. The Sinatra House in Palm Springs, called Twin Palms, invites paying parties to rent out the former desert estate of old blue eyes, Frank Sinatra. Available for weddings and receptions, the home sets up just minutes from downtown Palm Springs.
While only a few can stay the night in one of the property’s four bedrooms, weddings are a popular occurrence on Sinatra’s former lawn. Twin Palms can host up to 150 guests for a wedding. Sinatra commissioned the home back in 1947. While he sold it in 1954, it looks very much as it did in Sinatra’s heyday. One of the quirks to the property is easily its piano shaped pool.
4. Vermejo Park Ranch, New Mexico
You might be looking for space and lots of it for your corporate retreat. Of course, Ted Turner has the perfect spot for those who want to sprawl out on lots of land. Vermejo Park Ranch straddles northern New Mexico, just beyond Raton. The first real settlement on these grounds hails from 600 to 700 A.D. However, Ted Turner runs things now, opening up the ranch to those who want to appreciate the great outdoors. Vermejo Park Ranch is lauded as one of the West’s premiere hunting, fishing and nature tourism resorts. In fact, the land itself claims to be the largest tract of privately owned property in all of the West.
Guests who don’t want to fish or hunt can also take advantage of the many ecosystems present on the property. Hikes and trips to old mining settlements and adobe ruins can be arranged. While mostly advertised for family gatherings and simple weekend’s away, the ranch seems ideal for a corporate retreat. There is an 800 square foot meeting space on site that has hosted some of the bigwigs in industry for their own company gatherings. In addition, there are a number of houses on the property you can rent along with lodges for bigger parties.
5. Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Some 925 kilometers from Miami, you can be sunning yourself with the likes of Bruce Willis, Christie Brinkley and Donna Karan or at least share the sun that they do when they drop in for a stay. Parrot Cay is a Caribbean private island resort in the Turks and Caicos, the archipelago of eight main islands and more than 40 smaller cays, Parrot Cay being one of them. While you can have your vacation directly at the resort, Parrot Cay is also home to a number of private residences owned by the celebrity set. The Sanctuary for example is the home of fashion designer Donna Karan. Composed of a main house with three bedrooms and two four-bedroom guesthouses, the Sanctuary lends that touch of celebrity. In fact, you can surround yourself with antiques collected from the designer’s own travelers throughout the residence. The Sanctuary also boasts four swimming pools and complete butler service.
Perhaps one of the most famous residences on Parrot Cay is that belonging to Bruce Willis. Appropriately named, “The Residence,” the space lords over six acres of oceanfront property. Willis’ paradise comprises of five bedrooms in the main residence and two three-bedroom guest villas. The Residence is the largest private villa in Parrot Cay, making it appealing for a small wedding, family gathering or even a small business looking to de-stress away from the office. The main residence and the guesthouses can be rented out individually. Amenities include a private 24-hour butler service, Wi-Fi, satellite television and large living and dining spaces.
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