St. Regis Princeville
Sweeping shots of Hawaii’s natural beauty are hallmarks of last year’s Academy Award-nominated The Descendants. In fact, the spectacular tropical scenery functioned as much as a main character in the story as the Oscar-winning George Clooney himself (who, by the way, we’d also agree is just as nice to gaze upon). One such awesome location is the newly revamped St. Regis Princeville on Kauai, where gleaming white sands are punctuated by towering palm trees and low-slung, breezy accommodations. From the 252-room resort’s infinity pool you can spy the “Garden Island’s” towering, verdant ocean-side cliffs. But the best spot to soak in the view may be from your room’s bathtub, which has a special privacy window that opens to the expansive island vista and closes on your command (room rates start at $400 a night; stregis.com).
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Le Bristol Paris
The romantic appeal of the City of Light is as timeless as the capital itself, which may explain Woody Allen’s back-in-time look at Paris in last year’s Midnight in Paris. The star-studded, Oscar-nominated movie embraced not only the classic sights of the city, but also one of its greatest hotels, Le Bristol, and its chic honeymoon suite. Set on the 8th floor, the newly refurbished room offers panoramic views of the capital’s most beautiful buildings. The Eiffel Tower can also be spotted from the hotel’s rooftop pool—the only of its kind in all of Paris (room rates start at about $1,040 a night; lebristolparis.com).
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Perhaps no film best captures the delicate balance between a traveler and her foreign surroundings than Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning Lost in Translation. It also artfully depicts the nuances of luxury hotel living with the majority of the scenes taking place in the Park Hyatt Tokyo. The soaring tower is a sleek combination of Western amenities (spacious guest rooms, oversize beds and marble soaking tubs) and Japanese sensibility—Zenmodernist decor, local art and unbeatable views of Mt. Fuji. Public spaces, including the movie’s most shot spot, New York Bar, offer sweeping city views. At sunset, order a cocktail, listen to live jazz and watch as Tokyo’s skyline starts to twinkle with night lights. Aglow with paper lanterns, the hotel’s The Peak Bar offers a more traditional vantage point (room rates start at $553 a night; parkhyatt.com).
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Mention the words “Miami” and “hotel” in the same sentence and you’ll hear Fontainebleau in return. A fixture since 1954, the splashy resort has not only welcomed a litany of bold-faced names, but has also appeared in numerous films including Goldfinger, Scarface and The Bodyguard starring the late Whitney Houston. Today, after a billion—yes that’s a B—dollar renovation, the oceanfront property continues to entice the A-list with more than 1,500 luxury guest rooms, a bi-level spa, 12 restaurants and lounges, and LIV, one of the city’s hottest nightclubs, among other amenities. In addition to the thumping pool scene (complete with comfy VIP cabanas), a top see-and-be-seen hangout is Hakkasan, an outpost of the modern Chinese fusion Michelin-starred London restaurant of which Lady Gaga and Princess Beatrice are regulars (room rates start at $369 a night; fontainebleau.com).
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