Real Life. Real News. Real Voices.
Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
Join HuffPost Plus

The 5 Best Celebrity-Owned Resorts

For Condé Nast Traveler, by Paul Rubio.

From Marlon Brando’s reworked private island paradise to Francis Ford Coppola’s secret Guatemala retreat, here are ten of our favorite celebrity-backed resorts across the world.

1. The Brando, French Polynesia

The spirit of legendary American actor, film director — and environmental steward — Marlon Brando is immortalized at Tetiaroa, his beloved private atoll in French Polynesia, which now houses this 35-villa, eco-conscious (yet ultra-luxe) retreat, one of the Pacific’s greenest hotel projects to date.

2. GoldenEye Resort, Jamaica

Chris Blackwell has produced music for Bob Marley and U2, but he is also famous for his Island Outpost hotel collection in Jamaica, which includes this waterfront resort, an adaptive reuse of Ian Fleming’s former home that was expanded in spring 2016 with 26 new beach huts.

3. La Lancha, Guatemala

This ten-room boutique lodge overlooking Lago Peten Itza is director Francis Ford Coppola’s celebration of all things Guatemala, from authentic Guatemalan gastronomy, to bold textiles and furnishings representing the country’s colorful diversity, to an incredible location high in the rainforest canopy and a stone’s throw away from the most spectacular of Mayan archaeological sites, Tikal.

4. Mahali Mzuri, Kenya

Sir Richard Branson’s exclusive Virgin Limited Edition portfolio includes this luxury 12-tent safari camp, located on a private conservancy on the outskirts of Kenya’s game-rich Masai Mara.

5. COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

Several of the villas and estates of this private island resort are celebrity owned. Choose from actor Bruce Willis' The Residence, a beachfront enclave with a 5-bedroom main house and two 3-bedroom guest villas; rocker Keith Richards’ 3-bedroom Rocky Point Villa; or Donna Karan’s colossal Sanctuary, a ten-acre estate with a nearly-9,000-square-foot main house and two 4-bedroom guest villas.

See the rest of The Best Celebrity-Owned Resorts on

More from Condé Nast Traveler:

World's Best Islands