How many times have you been watching a movie and thought, ‘If only I could step onto the silver screen myself’? It’s not impossible… Holidays to filming locations have become increasingly popular. And it’s only right that you enjoy such magical breaks just like the film stars themselves – in total luxury.
Here’s just some of the locations you can visit for real, and the extravagant touches that will make it a truly memorable trip.
Wondering where the awesome opening sequence of the latest Bond movie was filmed? It’s Istanbul, a wonderfully cosmopolitan city that’s the perfect combination of East-meets-West culture. Soak up the unique atmosphere of Eminonu Square, shop up a storm at the Grand Bazaar and then retire to one of the city’s two Four Seasons hotels to relax in indulgent comfort.
Life of Pi
Ang Lee’s visually stunning adaptation of the popular book has captured the imagination of so many. The majority of filming took place in India, and tourists have since been flocking to this vibrant country to visit the beautiful Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. After a day of game drives, why not spend the night in your very own luxury tent at the stunning Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore?
As the home of Hollywood, Los Angeles has long attracted film buffs looking to get ‘behind the scenes’. Fans of Pretty Woman, still one of the most popular romantic movies of all time, can re-enact Vivien’s fairytale love story by staying in The Beverly Wilshire. Don’t forget to spend some time enjoying the incredible shops and eateries in and around nearby Rodeo Drive, too.
The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated version of the classic film may be set in New York, but it was actually primarily shot in Sydney. So, whether you’d prefer the bright lights of the city that never sleeps, or a sunny break in the ultimate harbour town, there’s plenty of opportunities to explore the inspiration behind this mesmerising film. From the Mandarin Oriental to the Four Seasons, New York offers a wealth of luxury hotels to choose from, while Sydney’s The Langham is legendary for its incredible décor and tranquil ambience.
Bring Middle Earth to life with a once-in-a-lifetime luxury holiday, travelling across New Zealand… Visit Matamata, where you’ll find the real-life setting for Hobbiton, and take in the stunning scenery that so inspired Peter Jackson. And you can stay in some of the country’s finest hotels along the way, from The Spire in Queenstown to The George in Christchurch.
Luxury travel agents Carrier offer tailor-made holidays to all these destinations, plus many more.