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Star stay: take a peek inside Pharrell Williams’ new hotels!

Celebs love a glam hotel but some go one step further and open their own, like singer Pharrell Williams' new Miami and Bahamas resorts. No wonder he's so happy...

Pharrell’s Goodtimes Hotel

Musician Pharrell Williams is opening a new hotel on Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, and it’s sounding all kinds of dreamy. 

Apparently the pink-hued hotel will be called Somewhere Else and you’d better pack your bikini because it’s going to be ocean-themed with saltwater lagoons, lots of pools, marine habitats and river rides. 

The star’s linking up with hospitality king of Miami David Grutman to deliver the 400-room getaway, which will also have bungalows with recording studios (yes, Muddy can lay down a track between pina coladas) and access to Paradise Resort’s enormous Mandara Spa, with its pick of Euro and Asian treatments. 

Bonus points for the retro pink phone in the bedrooms

The catch? It’s slated to open in Jan 2024, so until then we’ll just have to check into his Goodtime Hotel in Miami Beach which opened last year. Muddy has a crush on the decor of this cool 266-room escape that lives up to its name, from the beach club to the stylish Strawberry Moon pool bar and restaurant. 

Pink pool cabanas make us happy

Decor-wise it’s throwback Miami glam with a nod to Art Deco, yet feels thoroughly modern, with accents of pink everywhere from the private pool cabanas to the retro in-room telephones, tropical murals and scalloped bar chairs. 

The peach-hued library inspired by Margot Tenenbaum!

Muddy loves all the frivolous details like rattan animal lamps in the seriously stylish peach-coloured library inspired by Margot from The Royal Tenenbaums.

It’s a real mix of wellbeing and hedonism – think a rooftop gym with MyBeast equipment, sunset yoga lessons and meditation, followed by Purple Reign cocktails by the pool. 

World’s glammest lifts, anyone?

Even the lifts are extra, with gold-coloured doors and jungle scenes and don’t get us started on the pink leopard-print bathrobes that you’re welcome to wear by the pool…

Go find your happy place, from £192pn. 


Palazzo Versace, Dubai and Australia

Donatella doesn’t just make slinky dresses for super models and Elizabeth Hurley, oh no, the designer also has two opulent hotels, one on Oz’s Gold Coast, the other in glitzy Dubai. Bespoke Versace furnishings (loving the cushions) and even tableware (gold-rimmed water glasses, anyone?) make these OTT resorts a fashion-lovers dream.

MIM Hotels, Spain

Football star Lionel Messi invested some of his squllions in Spanish hotel group MIM and we have to admit to liking the results, particularly Ibiza Es Vivé with its lush rooftop bar, VIP sunbeds and DJs. Next opening? MIM Andorra!

The Greenwich Hotel, New York 

“You lookin’ at me?”…This classy Greenwich Village joint is owned by actor Robert De Niro and has a super popular restaurant, Locanda Verde, and classy Shibui Spa. De Niro also invested in Nobu hotels, which have been rolled out worldwide including London, New York, Ibiza and Las Vegas.

Cromlix Hotel, Scotland

Tennis ace Andy Murray’s Victorian mansion in Perthshire is a knock-out. It’s old school plush, with a library, billiards room and whisky tasting room. Set in 24 acres there’s a vegetable garden, tennis courts and loch to explore. Definitely a place we fancy cosying up by a roaring fire with a wee dram. 

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia 

Movie star Hugh Jackman co-owns this stunning retreat in the Tallebudgera Valley, Queensland. It’s hidden away in 500 acres of forest and is health-focused, with organic food, yoga, meditation and a luxurious spa on the menu. It’s also an alcohol and stress-free zone (you can only use your phone in your room). When can we check in?

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