Secret Celebrity Hideaways
Where star couples stay—secret hotel hideaways from India to Utah.
The rumor mill was churning—an A-list
celebrity going by the code name “Cherry-Cola” had checked into the newly
Seasons Nevis and was happily installed in a beachside cabana with her
love. It turns out Mary Louise Parker, actress and star of Showtime series Weeds,
and her singer/songwriter beau, Charlie Mars, were indulging in a little
It’s no surprise that sometimes
paparazzi-plagued celebrities want their hideaways (and trysts) to remain a
secret. Whether they’re heading off on a honeymoon in the Maldives or a romantic
Mexican beach weekend with someone who may or may not be their spouse, stars
are choosing hotels that offer more than just impeccable service, palatial
suites, and sunset views. They want discreet check-ins, private entries, empty
beaches—and sealed lips.
“Some of our guests register under an
assumed name. They don’t want to be identified,” says Mark Kerwin, director of
sales and marketing at the super-secretive Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort in Los Cabos,
which recently hosted Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson—together. Thanks to the
property’s reputation, it’s become a choice destination for Hollywood types
looking to fly under the radar.
But while stars crave privacy, they also
want romance. For A-listers, these two things often go hand in hand. “Guests
bring their own romantic ideas, but sometimes they need a little help [in making
sparks fly]. The Romance Director meets these needs,” says Kerwin of Las
Ventanas’s unique staff position.
While everyone’s idea of romance is
different—staff at Las Ventanas have buried a proposal-containing bottle in the
sand (and stood nearby to make sure the right woman found it), sent a cowboy in
an elaborate silver-studded outfit to read a love poem, and screened private
movies on the beach—it’s almost always on the hush-hush.
Sometimes however, word leaks out.
While Aman Resorts won’t confirm or deny that staff at Aman-i-Khás,
a luxury safari camp in Rajasthan, India,
organized pop star Katy Perry and actor-comedian Russell Brand’s exotic,
over-the-top wedding last fall, it did drop a few hints about special moments
other unnamed guests have enjoyed—a private “Maharaja-style” dinner by the
lake; breakfast near the 1,000-year-old fort; rose-petal baths; and “poojas”
(special Hindu blessings).
Read on to discover where the
stars stay—and where you can, too.