Travel Like Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn: Inside the Most Iconic Celebrity Hideaways
Before celebrities and socialites bought entire islands or rented massive Airbnb homes, Hollywood stars, royals, artists, and fashion designers spent their holidays at classic, historic hotels. Elizabeth Taylor preferred to take her après-ski in the Gstaad Palace, while Audrey Hepburn could be seen flying down the slopes near Badrutt’s in St. Moritz. Emilio Pucci sat poolside at Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole, and at La Colombe d’Or in Saint-Paul de Vence, a dinner guest at the next table might have been Pablo Picasso or a young Jane Fonda. Though many decades may have passed, the hotels and resorts remain as enchanting as they once were.
Below, six of the most glamorous European destinations for a taste of just how alluring the good life was, and still is today.
Gstaad Palace, which celebrated its 100th birthday last year, once played host to the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Roger Moore, and Madonna. Surrounding the hotel, the town includes shops like Louis Vuitton and Cartier, and inside there are indoor and outdoor pools, five restaurants, and a spa with a hammam. The rooms are decadent but cozy, with alpine-inspired interiors and incredible views of the surrounding mountains.
Hotel Il Pellicano
Situated on a cliff overlooking Argentario Bay in Porto Ercole, Tuscany, the Hotel Il Pellicano is one of the most stylish and exclusive resorts in the world. Photographer Slim Aarons famously captured the hotel’s panache in the ’70s and ’80s—royals, socialites, and celebrities lounging on the rocks or by the pool with colorful umbrellas overhead. Today, the hotel has 50 rooms and suites decorated by Marie-Louise Sciò, as well as a spa that features Santa Maria Novella products.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel
A favorite of Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, and Marlene Dietrich, this charming 120-year-old hotel is set on the Lake St. Moritz deep in the Swiss Alps. There are seven restaurants, one of which, La Coupole, was built in the space that used to house Europe’s first indoor tennis court. When guests aren’t skiing or watching a polo match on the frozen lake, they can indulge in Badrutt’s latest luxury offering: The 1.2 Carat Cocktail, which actually contains a real Graff diamond.
La Colombe d’Or
Originally opened in 1920 as a café and bar, La Colombe d’Or is now home to some impressive artwork, much of it given to the owners by the artists in gratitude for their stay. Built on the hill of Saint-Paul de Vence in the South of France, the hotel guest book holds such illustrious names as Miró, Chagall, and Picasso. The quaint, rustic hideaway has only 13 rooms and 12 suites, with a traditional French restaurant and a pool and courtyard punctuated by an Alexander Calder mobile.
Hotel Alfonso XIII
Originally built in Seville for King Alfonso XIII of Spain, the hotel was and is now as grand and regal as one might imagine. Previous frequent visitors included Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, and Grace Kelly, all of whom came to indulge in the spectacular antique decor of the hotel’s common areas, as well as the Royal Suite, which today contains two bathrooms, a living room, and an office. For some real throwback glamour and romance, the hotel’s Bar Americano is the perfect place for a nightcap.
Belmond Hotel Caruso
In Ravello on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, the Belmond Hotel Caruso has one of the most striking infinity pools in all of Europe. The Italian palazzo–style building overlooking the Mediterranean was once the holiday destination for Jackie Kennedy and Greta Garbo. In fact, the hotel offers Jackie O–style experiences, like dining at her favorite restaurant, Ravello’s Pizza Duomo, or touring one of her favorite private beaches near the resort.
The post Travel Like Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn: Inside the Most Iconic Celebrity Hideaways appeared first on Vogue.