Academy award-winning holiday homes: where the stars spend their holidays
by Amelia Glean
With the 90th Academy Awards Ceremony taking place on March 4, we looked into where these Oscar-winning celebs like to spend their downtime. To our surprise, actors don’t only stay in five-star hotels!
Here, Holidu, the search engine for holiday lettings, highlights six holiday homes in which these famous film stars have stayed. These dream homes can be easily booked by anyone, with just a few clicks – some of them are even pretty affordable. Win!
1. Spain, Mallorca (Do a Halle Berry and Book an Island Overlook)
US actress Halle Berry has already enjoyed some out-of-office time in this luxury villa with spectacular sea views. From your choice of several terraces, let your eyes wander across the water to the sun setting in the horizon; even if the weather’s bad (a rarity in Mallorca). A pool and sundeck (of course) also come with the house.
From £330 per night (a property for 10 people) this is actually quite affordable. Bookable via Holidu or lacomunity.com
2. USA, Bahamas (Enjoy Classy Comforts like Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Glenn Close)
With prices starting at £2143 per night, we can’t say this is a bargain, but it’s a big house…If you split the cost between lots of friends, it wouldn’t be too bad!
Billionaires and Hollywood stars like Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Glenn Close have all spent time in this Bahamas villa. Two years ago, the US magazine Sports Illustrated also shot its cover photo for their Swimsuit Issue here. On-site amenities include not only a direct beachfront location and fantastic views, but also a private motorboat for up to 10 people. A private chef can also be booked for €600 per day.
3. USA, Las Vegas (Nick Cage Doesn’t Want to be “Leaving Las Vegas”)
This location has been an absolute pleasure for former resident and US actor Nicolas Cage. The mansion, fit for 12 can accommodate up to 10 cars. Thanks to the idyllic garden with ancient trees, you feel like you’re not even in Vegas. The city likely has a special place in Nick Cage’s heart, as he was nominated – and won Best Actor – in 1996 for a movie called “Leaving Las Vegas.” Bookable via Holidu, starting at £586 per day.
4. USA, New Hampshire (Bette Davis’ Former Mountain Lodge)
New Hampshire is the perfect spot for summer vacationers, and in winter, the White Mountains are great for skiing. The iconic Bette Davis has appreciated this region firsthand, from the comfort of her sprawling former estate. For £172 per night, you can actually her old house, which fits up to 8 people, and enjoy its exceptional antiques and rare works of art.
5. USA, Los Angeles (A Glamorous Oasis in the Middle of LA)
This hidden Los Angeles oasis has served as a temporary home to actors like Heath Ledger and David Arquette. And that’s because this place meets virtually every celebrity requirement: A spot smack-dab in the middle of the city, but within idyllic seclusion and complete privacy.
Owned by German film producer and actress Birgit Stein, the house has dense foliage surrounding the house, and the garden is indeed its own (privacy-inducing) paradise, shielding the house from the outside world. An absolute highlight are the two Tiki bars, where you can enjoy tropical toasts.
Best of all, the property sleeps up to 14 people; by splitting the costs, it can certainly be affordable. Holidu has determined it can start as low as £362 per night – though the price is subject to availability, and even negotiable.
6. USA, Hollywood (Concentrated Oscar Power: Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, David Bowie, Rita Hayworth)
This house isn’t only the place where Orson Wells wrote “Citizen Kane” – one of the most important works in cinematic history – but also boasts having had Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand (both double Oscar winners) as guests.
Other famous people who have stayed here include David Bowie and Rita Hayworth. So why not join this list of the rich and famous and relax in the large hot tub, play some billiards on your own pool table, or lounge on the terrace while taking in breathtaking views of Hollywood. Split the cost between eight people and it could be £493 per night.