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Cailey Rizzo
September 06, 2016

Brad Pitt could be joining the list of celebrities transitioning into the hotel market.

Pitt visited the proposed site of a luxury development in Zablace, Croatia, last week. The actor could invest in a luxury $1.5-billion real estate project, according to local reports.

Zablace’s already-existing marina is projected to be transformed into a luxury hotel, complete with shops and villas. In addition to the luxury, the plan also calls for schools and clinics on site, including a permanent community population of 2,500 people. In the spirit of the Jolie-Pitt brands, the Croatian luxury resort will be “a modern ecologically-responsible planned community,” according to People.

Pitt went to the project site alongside Nikola Bašić, a Croatian architect who has designed many iconic structures in the country, most famously the Zadar sea organ.

Pitt stayed in the newly-opened D-Resort in Sibenik, not far from Zablace. He is rumored to have visited the St. James Cathedral in Sibenik, a UNESCO National Heritage Site while in town. Sibenik is considered an up-and-coming resort town in Croatia. Over the past year, several luxury hotels and beach clubs have opened up along its Adriatic coast.

Although Pitt is not the first celebrity to move into the hotel market. Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo just opened up the first of his four hotel properties on Madeira Island. Leonardo DiCaprio is developing an eco-tourism resort in Belize. And Robert De Niro is expanding his hotelier reach. After opening a luxury hotel in Manhattan, the actor announced the opening of a new London hotel in 2019.

Cailey Rizzo writes about travel, art and culture and is the founding editor of The Local Dive. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @misscaileyanne.

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