These are Bollywood’s favourite hotels
AKA how to holiday like a movie star
With a sizeable chunk of the summer (and the monstrous heat) left ahead of us, we don’t blame you for innocuously slipping a leave request onto your boss’ desk. But if all the options have you confused, sit down and sip on a chilled sangria: Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma and the rest of Bollywood’s big guns have done all the legwork for you.
Want a spot by the beach where you can be one with the sand and the surf? Jacqueline Fernandez can vouch for One & Only Resorts’ lush beach villas in Maldives. Or would you rather have a private cabana overlooking a majestic city? Sonam Kapoor has personally tried and tested Burj Al Arab.
If you’d like to cut through the endless spiral of online research, we’ve lined up the top notch resorts that’ll indulge you like a true A-lister.
Alia Bhatt: Four Seasons, Maldives
Where better way to blow off your hard-earned cash than in sunny Maldives? Alia Bhatt popped into the Four Seasons for a quick time-out from her schedule of award-winning films. If you manage to tear yourself away from the infinity pool, you can cycle around the quaint property and toast your efforts by a campfire at night.
Jacqueline Fernandez: One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Sitting pretty on a lounger and indulging in the latest detox? Not for Jacqueline Fernandez. The actress whisked her mom away to One & Only Reethi Rah in Maldives and made optimal use of the crystal waters by swimming alongside whale sharks. You can burn off any excess adrenalin at their five different rock climbing routes or hire a speedboat for the day.
Sonam Kapoor: Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Nothing but Dubai’s most luxurious hotel will do for the Kapoor sisters: Sonam and Rhea skipped out of town and checked into a private cabana at the iconic Burj Al Arab for some TLC. If you’re looking to pamper yourself, the chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, scenic helicopter trips from the in-house helipad and private beach access will have you in a state of zen.
Parineeti Chopra: Palazzo Versace Hotel, Dubai
A 16th century Italian retreat that’s furnished with bespoke Versace designs? Sign Parineeti Chopra right up. The holiday-hopper sat still for long enough to take in the sights and sounds of Dubai’s skyline at the luxuriously anointed Palazzo Versace Hotel. The plush rooms will guarantee that your Instagram feed looks as good as you do.
Anushka Sharma: Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Looking for something secluded and cosy? Take notes from lovebirds Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli who escaped to Ananda in the Himalayas to bring in the new year. If gorgeous infinity pools, unparalleled views of the Himalayan foothills and spiritual retreats sound like your jam, you know where to head the next time you’re looking for some me-time.
Malaika Arora Khan: Amilla Fushi, Maldives
If you’re too hipster for generic hotel rooms, follow beach bunny Malaika Arora Khan all the way over to Amilla Fushi’s personalised island homes in Maldives. The infinity pool is perfect for some downtime with your girl squad, and as for that romantic ocean-facing balcony? We’ll let your imagination take over from here.
Kareena Kapoor: Glacier 3000, Switzerland
Sure, Saif Ali Khan is a huge fan of skiing, but we’re guessing that Saifeena’s annual Swiss blowout has a lot more to do with Bollywood’s never-ending love affair with the snowy peaks of Switzerland. Isolated from the tourist-y crowds, the duo is known to rent a private chalet for themselves. The peace, postcard-perfect views and adrenalin-pumping sports have turned Mr. and Mrs. Khan into loyal patrons.