Just what to celebrities do with all their riches aside from travelling to exotic locations, designer clothing and the odd private jet? Buy lavish homes with outrageous extensions and some of the best views in the world of course. Join us as we take a look through some of the world’s most private and exclusive keyholes.
There’s no doubt the likeable Men in Black star can afford the finer things in life, but surely even Smith winced upon first hearing the monthly rent rate at his current digs in New York City. His fourth-floor pad in Bond Street, NYC was reportedly once asking for $55,000 a month! Thankfully, the generous amenities just about justify the hefty price tag – the apartment covers a jaw-dropping 7,326 square feet and consists of 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and a gallery length living area. Enough space to rehearse his own stunt scenes or car chases if he so wished.
When the Hollywood heartthrob isn’t attending press events or filming the latest blockbuster, he’s leading a fairly quiet life in his chic Italian villa – and who could blame him. The $10 million villa is situated in the beautiful rustic town of Laglio, populated by only 930 people. Talk about peace and quiet! Clooney’s villa also boasts a swimming pool, fully equipped gym and tennis courts surrounded by immaculately manicured gardens.
With its vast looming structure and gigantic fountain, Oprah Winfrey’s Californian estate is akin to the Whitehouse (albeit a pinker, more feminine version). America’s favourite talk show host certainly knows how to live luxuriously, adding her own personal touch to an already impressive 42 acre pad by installing a home cinema, a man-made lake filled with exotic fish and a grand total of 14 bathrooms. Presumably a toilet for each unfortunate fish then?
Harrison Ford’s utterly stylish New York penthouse boasts some of the best views of the city that never sleeps. For a cool $16 million, Hans Solo can enjoy a 5,500 square foot living space complete with 5 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms, a spacious library, a home gym, a bar and a dress room. Oh, and his own private 2,300 square foot roof terrace for thinking time and throwing stylish New York wrap parties.
The Saturday Night Fever star and fully licensed pilot now spends most of his downtime in his $2.5 million Florida mansion. Not content with a modest parking space for both his private Boeing 707 and Gulfstream jet, Travolta has extended his back yard to create his own personal runway. He also houses his collection of 15 cars in several smaller garages, prompting neighbours to affectionately nickname the mansion ‘Jumbolair’.
As green-eyed as the home life of a celebrity makes us, we’re not entirely shut out from experiencing the finer things in life. Sometimes, life calls for a bit of extravagance and sophistication and whether you are dreaming of the perfect wedding venue or simply want to surprise a loved one with a once in a lifetime anniversary getaway, you can fail to do better with a stay in one of the world’s most exclusive Kempinski luxury hotels. Taste the A-list lifestyle if only for a brief time and escape to some of the world’s most enchanting destinations.