Live like a star

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First Published: Sat, Mar 06 2010. 01 15 AM IST

High life: A celebrity villa in Miami that you can rent for a week. Roberto Adrian
High life: A celebrity villa in Miami that you can rent for a week. Roberto Adrian
Updated: Mon, Mar 22 2010. 12 08 PM IST
High life: A celebrity villa in Miami that you can rent for a week. Roberto Adrian
You admired the architecture, delighted in the décor, sighed at the stretches of white sand and revelled in the idea of complete solitude, away from prying paparazzi and red-carpet events. Straight out of the pages of the world’s biggest glossies, the homes of the rich and famous are yours to rent. Luxury Escapes, specializing in bespoke holidays for the privileged, has on offer a bouquet of celebrity homes, hideaways and entire islands.
• Try the disappearing act at illusionist David Copperfield’s private island resort Musha Cay. Located in the Exuma chain of islands in the pristine waters of the southern Bahamas, just 45 minutes from Miami, the colonial English mansion features West Indian-style interiors, a 35-person staff, championship tennis courts, a private helicopter and scores of ocean activities. For up to 12 people, charges start at $37,500 (around Rs17.4 lakh) per day.
• Maverick entrepreneur Richard Branson chanced on an uninhabited island in
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the British Virgin Islands in the 1970s and has transformed it into a romantic hideaway like no other—so much so that he himself chose to tie the knot here. Necker Island is 74 acres of hiking, swimming, or doing absolutely nothing at all. The custom-built, Balinese-style villas have more staff members than the guests they can accommodate—a maximum of 28 at any point—and redefine the term “360-degree ocean views”. Take over the entire island for $53,000 per night (a minimum number of nights apply) or participate in the Celebration Weeks (starting17 September, 24 September, 9 October and 16 October for seven nights, and 23 October for three, four or seven nights) when couples or singles can book individual rooms and share the island “house-party” style, with weekly rates beginning from $25,400, all inclusive.
• For a taste of the rock ‘n’ roll life—or not—consider Mick Jagger’s utterly serene, Japanese-style, four-bedroom residence on the island of Mustique, in the Grenadines. The hot tub, pool and croquet court add to the relaxed ambience of the dream villa where you can dine, eat, bathe and relax like a rock star. Rents start at $7,000 per week—but apparently not everyone with the greenbucks gets in: Jagger is said to screen each application himself.
To book any of these villas, and many others—including Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye Island in Jamaica, recently named one of the 25 sexiest places on the planet—visit www.luxuryescapes.in or call +91-9810728910.
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First Published: Sat, Mar 06 2010. 01 15 AM IST