9 luxury hotels owned by celebrities: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi run hospitality groups, as does Robert De Niro with Nobu – and Leonardo DiCaprio’s private island resort is also in the works

Cristiano Ronaldo has multiple properties with Pestana CR7 Hotel, while Hugh Jackman co-owns Australian wellness retreat, Gwinganna. Photos: @thehughjackman, @cristiano, @pestanacr7, @gwinganna/Instagram

While Leonardo DiCaprio’s eco-luxury hotel on his private island, Blackadore Caye, has yet to start its construction, other celebrities have already opened the doors to theirs.

Leonardo DiCaprio bought Blackadore Caye, in Belize, in 2005 and will be transforming it into a “Restorative Island”. Photo: @strongtravels/Instagram

From wellness retreats in Australia and DJ-fuelled pool parties in Miami, to castle living in Scotland and afternoon tea in London’s Chelsea, whatever you are in the mood for, these celebrities have you covered.

1. Elizabeth Hurley’s 11 Cadogan Gardens in the UK

Elizabeth Hurley in The Royals season one. Photo: E!
Did her role as the queen of England in the E! TV show The Royals inspire 11 Cadogan Gardens?
Boutique luxury hotel 11 Cadogan Gardens is made up of four Victorian town houses. Photo: @11cadogangardens/Instagram

The boutique hotel is quintessentially British – bathed in Victorian architecture but haute, opulent yet chic.

London’s 11 Cadogan Gardens is regally opulent. Photo: @11cadogangardens/Instagram

The delicate hotel is located in posh Knightsbridge where the shopping haven in Sloane Square is a stone throw’s away.

2. Lionel Messi’s MiM Hotels all over Spain

Lionel Messi is one of the world’s most famous footballers. Photo: Xinhua
Football royalty Messi is not just a prodigy on the field, but is also known for his business acumen.

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The MiM Hotels chain is spread across Spain. Photo: @hotelmimibiza/Instagram

He partnered with the Majestic Hotel Group and is now dabbling in hospitality.

There are currently five operating hotels under Lionel Messi’s MiM Hotels group, operated by Majestic Hotel Group. Photo: @hotelmimsotogrande/Instagram

MiM Hotels has five top-of-the-line properties all over Spain (Sitges, Ibiza, Mallorca, Pyrenees, Andalusia) and its sixth location opens soon in Andorra.

3. Bono and The Edge’s Clarence Hotel in Ireland

Musicians The Edge (left) and Bono of U2. Photo: AFP

Don’t let its facade fool you. Despite the hotel’s mashed up Victorian and Edwardian style, inside, the Clarence Hotel screams rock ‘n’ roll.

The Clarence Hotel in Dublin. Photo: @theclarencehotel/Instagram

Located in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar neighbourhood, expect to live large as rock stars do.

The Clarence Hotel exudes rock ‘n’ roll charm. Photo: @theclarencehotel/Instagram

But if you’re on a budget or travelling solo, consider a snug room stripped of square metres, but not of luxury. Bono and The Edge could have found what they were looking for all along.

4. Hugh Jackman’s Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in Australia

Australian actor Hugh Jackman poses during the photocall of the premiere for the film The Greatest Showman in Paris. Photo: EPA-EFE

If you accidentally bump into Hugh Jackman in Gwinganna, he would most likely be wearing a name tag like all the staff on-site, according to numerous sources.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is located in Australia’s Tallebudgera Valley. Photo: @gwinganna/Instagram

It is said that his first visit to the resort was so transformative for him that he bought a stake and is now a part-owner.

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Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat has been hailed for its transformational benefits. Photo: @gwinganna/Instagram

It goes to show that there is power in healing.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Pestana CR7 Hotels all around the world

Cristiano Ronaldo partnered with Pestana Hotel Group. Photo: @cristiano/Instagram

Unlike the other celebrity-owned hotels, Ronaldo stays true to his brand – expect a lot of football-related decor in all of his properties.

Pestana CR7 Hotels are located internationally. Photo: @pestanacr7/Instagram

His CR7 hotels are in partnership with the Portuguese Pestana Hotel Group and are located worldwide – in Marrakech, NYC Times Square, Madrid, Lisbon and Madeira.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Pestana CR7 Hotels are tastefully football-themed. Photo: @pestanacr7/Instagram

Only the most iconic locations for the most-followed person on Instagram (469 million and counting).

6. Andy Murray’s Cromlix in Scotland

Andy Murray was ranked tennis’ world No 1 for 41 weeks in 2016. Photo: @andymurray/Instagram
A part of tennis’ Big Four (with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic), Andy Murray’s career is somehow like the Cromlix.
The Cromlix hotel is located in the Perthshire countryside. Photo: @cromlixhotel/Instagram

He was at the top, only to suffer from several surgeries. But whenever he emerges, he remains at the apex every time.

The Cromlix hotel exudes sophistication and charm. Photo: @cromlixhotel/Instagram

The Cromlix, built in 1874, was destroyed by fire, then rebuilt and transformed into the grand dame it is today. After all, it was once home to the lairds of Scotland.

7. Pharrell Williams and David Grutman’s Goodtime Hotel in Miami, USA

Pharrell Williams and David Grutman are business owners. Photo: @thegoodtimehotel/Instagram
There is no way a hotel named Goodtime in Miami wouldn’t be co-owned by Pharrell Williams.
Pharrell Williams and David Grutman’s Goodtime Hotel has an aesthetic that looks like it’s straight out of a Wes Anderson film. Photo: @thegoodtimehotel/Instagram

With a whimsical pastel theme, it looks like a scene from a Wes Anderson film.

Pool loungers galore at Miami’s Goodtime Hotel. Photo: @thegoodtimehotel/Instagram

Add in the quirky details, the delicious cocktails and the energetic atmosphere in the pool area and you’re bound to be playing Happy inside your head the whole time.

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8. Robert De Niro’s Nobu Hotels worldwide

Robert De Niro introduces a performance by Bruce Springsteen at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in June 2018, in New York. Photo: Invision/AP

When it comes to who has the most hotels under their belt on this list, Robert De Niro wins. He has more if the Nobu Restaurants count, but it’s still a couple more properties away from his 127 acting credits.

Nobu Hotels is quickly expanding. Photo: @nobuhotels/Instagram

With 13 locations worldwide including one in the Philippines, the brand has 16 more hotels coming soon.

Nobu Hotels have a modern luxury charm. Photo: @nobuhotels/Instagram

De Niro co-founded Nobu with fellow actor and producer Meir Teper and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Hence the blend of Japanese-inspired architecture with modern cool luxury.

9. The Libertines’ The Albion Rooms in Margate, UK

The Libertines Pete Doherty (left) and Carl Barat perform during the Clockenflap festival at West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong, in 2015. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Another musician-owned hotel, The Albion Rooms is born from the creative minds of unlikely hoteliers, The Libertines.

The Libertines’ The Albion Rooms is located in Margate. Photo: @thealbionroomsmargate/Instagram

It is everything that you’d think a rock band would create, from the recording studio to the themed rooms and a bar that has live band performances.

The suave accommodation at The Albion Rooms. Photo: @thealbionroomsmargate/Instagram

But what you might not expect is tasteful decor and furniture, including the elegant wooden flooring, as well as executive chef Joe Hill’s delightful menu.

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  • U2’s Bono and The Edge run a rock star-worthy hotel in Dublin with Clarence Hotel, and have got fierce competition with The Libertines’ edgy Margate abode
  • Wolverine aka Hugh Jackman co-owns a wellness retreat in his native Australia, while Pharrell Williams and David Grutman have a whimsical pastel-themed property in Miami