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The secret hotels of the stars

If you've ever dreamed of sampling the same pleasures the rich and famous enjoy, here are a handful of the exclusive hotels they favour when they want to get away from it all. Even if you can't actually stay there yourself, at least you can take a peek at these, the secret hideaways of the celebs.

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The Wakaya Club & Spa
Wakaya, Suva (Fiji)

Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas and Bill Gates are just some of the big names who have found refuge in this luxurious resort located on the private island of Wakaya, in the Fiji Islands. Away from all prying eyes and lenses, privacy is guaranteed as no more than eight couples can visit at one time. Everything about it sounds like paradise, from the bures - the individual cottage suites located along the Pacific Ocean beach - to the sophisticated cuisine based on locally-grown organic produce. Among the original activities on offer, guests can play golf in the shadow of coconut palms or venture into one of the planet's most beautiful submarine worlds, with coral rings and clear turquoise waters.

St. Regis Resort
Bora Bora (French Polynesia)
Bora Bora is one of the most exotic destinations in the world, a fact that two particular famous couples could no doubt attest to: Tony Parker and Eva Longoria, and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, came to this French Polynesian atoll in the South Pacific and discovered the luxury resort for themselves. A hundred beachfront and overwater villas make up the resort, tucked in the shadow of Mount Otemanu. A range of exclusive services and activities are on offer: personal chef, private pool and jacuzzi, massage at the Miri Miri spa... not to mention the luxury of sleeping in a room literally set above the clear waters.

Ritz
Paris (France)
The mere mention of the Ritz Hotel in Paris brings to mind images of pure luxury. Coco Chanel made it her residence for thirty years and Princess Diana, Elton John, and Hemingway - whose name graces the exclusive bar - have sought respite in this opulent establishment, unrivalled in the glamour stakes. All the pleasures and privileges you can imagine are at your fingertips.

Grand Wailea Resort
Maui, Hawaii (United States)
A complex maze of pools and waterfalls, gardens, golf courses and dream beaches provides the setting for this stunning luxury hotel located on the west coast of Maui, one of Hawaii's main holiday destinations. The rooms' comfortable furnishings combine art and nature in tropically themed decor, but it's the Grand Spa which has attracted celebrities like Magic Johnson and Kevin Bacon.

Le St-James
Montreal (Canada)
The distinguished guest rooms and suites of this centrally-located, exclusive Canadian hotel, with their antiques and works of art have housed celebrities including Madonna and the Rolling Stones. In addition to the spa - a peaceful sanctuary where you can relax with a seaweed treatment in unique surroundings - the hotel has an aura of mystery that is an added incentive to visit.

Eden Rock
St Barths (French Antilles)
From the loungers set on the white sand, a wooden staircase leads up to the hotel itself, situated on a rocky promontory overlooking the bay of Saint-Jean and the coral reef. The complex consists of a set of villas built on the foundations of the property belonging to the aviator adventurer Remy de Haenen, who was the first to land on the island in the Forties. The contemporary and eclectic style of the suites is reflected in their names: The Howard Hughes Loft Suite, the Fregate suite on two levels with private spa pool, the slightly eccentric Garbo Suite... Owned by the Relais & Chateaux group, it's the perfect place to bask in St Barth's glorious sunshine or hire a boat and explore the nearby islands.

Covent Garden
London (England)
All the rooms offer a view over Covent Garden, one of the most vibrant and exciting districts of London, but if you want to follow in the footsteps of celebrities who have stayed here - including Giorgio Armani and Scarlett Johansson - you should book the spectacular split-level Loft Suite, where the fine English style and beautiful design is most in evidence. In the heart of London's theatre land and just a short walk from the Royal Opera House.

Opus Hotel and Bar
Vancouver (Canada)
Sleek and elegant, this hotel, located in the old warehouse district of Yaletown, Vancouver, redefines the concept of boutique hotel. There's nowhere more  stylish and fashionable, as is apparent from the colourful, modern rooms, and no doubt the celebrity guests - who include Harrison Ford and Jennifer Lopez - would agree. The combination of personalised service, excellent contemporary cuisine served in the Elixir restaurant, spa, and the cocktail bar - the best place to spot famous faces -  make it difficult to leave.

The Carlyle
New York (United States)
Since 1930, this hotel has provided private and secure accommodation for artists, presidents, local and international celebrities. In fact, it is famed for its discretion and security, keeping the biggest secrets, scandal and intrigues of its guests safe within its walls. The hotel where JFK and Marilyn Monroe used to meet is still a favourite with celebs of today, including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes who held a party there for daughter Suri.

Mandarin Oriental
Miami (United States)
Located on Brickell Key, a small island off the coast of Miami, away from the major cities of Miami Beach, this exclusive and secluded retreat with its private beach, is perfect for celebrity couples who want to get away from it all. When they were together, John Mayer and Jennifer Aniston spent five private days here when they say he sent her flowers almost every day. Having a Thai massage, with the bay as a backdrop, is an experience you aren't likely to forget.

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