THE TELEGRAPH: Book it: Four glamorous hotels where you can live the celebrity lifestyle

You’re more than like to find some of the glitterati at The Peninsula New York’s Gotham Bar.

Star quality: head to one of these luxe hotels for a taste of glamour (and a smattering of stardust).

Soho House Barcelona

Best for… members club luxury

The low-down: The 18th outpost of the London members club, Soho House Barcelona has all the hallmarks of the group’s properties (hip staff, modern country decor, flowing Cowshed products) but lots of locally-inspired flourishes too, such as Catalan tiles, rustic rugs and traditional red bricks on the vaulted ceilings.

The 57 rooms vary from Tiny to Penthouse and they’re all styled with vintage pieces, giant beds, generous tiled bathrooms and minibars to die for. House Kitchen on the fifth floor is the members’ restaurant (open to guests) with all the Soho House favourites (including burgers and Mac n Cheese) plus local dishes such as tapas and Catalan casserole.

The roof has a bar and restaurant too (and pool, and amazing views) while the ground floor is home to a rather fabulous branch of Cecconi’s. There’s also a Dirty Burgeroutdoor/Chicken Shop across the square and a blissful Cowshed spa plus small indoor pool in the basement, not to mention a fancy gym with boxing classes (pucker leather gloves) and a spin studio.

Out and about:The hotel is right on the edge of the city’s Gothic Quarter with its narrow walkways and not-to-be-missed La Boqueria food market just off La Rambla (best street food and juices in Spain), and many Barcelona‘s most popular attractions (the Picasso Museum, Parc De La Ciutadella) are also just a short stroll away.

Stella loves: ​Sunbathing on huge beds under candy-striped awnings, gazing out over the Port Vell to a glittering sea.

Words by Jane Bruton

From £260 (for non-members), room only;

• Read the full review: Soho House Barcelona

Soho House Barcelona features hip staff and modern country decor, but with plenty of Catalan flourishes.

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The Peninsula New York

Best for… city shoppers

The low-down: In the heart of Manhattan, nestled between some of the most celebrated landmarks and department stores the city has to offer, you’ll find The Peninsula New York. For first time visitors tourist hotspots like Central Park and Times Square are just a short walk away while seasoned travellers can hail a taxi down to Lower Manhattan and explore.

When you return to the hotel, indulge at Clement restaurant and its adjoining bar or take advantage of the award-winning spa for an hour of relaxation while enjoying breathtaking views of the city below. The pinnacle of classic luxury.

Out and about: Take a 20-minute stroll through Central Park and visit JG Melon for an authentic New York burger or make your way to the Momofuku Milk Bar in the Upper West Side for moreish desserts. Keen shoppers will find themselves spoilt for choice with Tiffany, Anthropologie, Saks Fifth Avenue and more just a short walk away.

Stella loves: The creative turndown service – staff pay an impressive amount of attention to detail, from leaving a glasses cleaning cloth on the bedside table to creating a chocolate display to say farewell.

Words by Saffron Alexander

From £527 per night;


• Read the full review: The Peninsula New York

Take advantage of The Peninsula New York’s award-winning spa for an hour of relaxation while enjoying breathtaking views of the city below.

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Les Airelles, Courchevel, France

Best for… spa and ski bunnies

The low-down: A cosy but super-luxe wooden chalet nestled near the lifts. Ski-in, ski-out, it takes all of the schlepp out of the slopes with a meticulous concierge service; on-site gear hire (with boots warmed for you in the morning); passes waiting with your kit.

For non-skiers, the Creme de la Mer spa offers spoiling facials and massages, while the kids’ room with arcade games and virtual reality headsets, ice rink and carriage (designed by Hermes, naturally) will keep little ones entertained while you relax. It’s where Kate and Will are rumoured to have spent their first ski holiday.

Out and about:Not strictly out: the unmissable two-Michelin-starred Pierre Gagnaire restaurant in the hotel offers a deceptively delicate tasting menu. You will covet the insanely beautiful tableware.

On the slopes, try Le Chalet de Pierres, with sun terrace overlooking the Verdons slope and cosiness indoors. We liked the hearty vegetable soup served inside a crusty round loaf and the steak tartar with the crispiest of chips.

Stella loves: ​Cyril, the in-house hair stylist, whose blowies are so good some guests have their dos done both pre and post-ski. Those cashmere beanies play havoc with Kate M-style locks.

Words by Olivia Walmsley

From £880 per night, including breakfast and lunch or dinner;

Les Airelles is a cosy but super-luxe wooden chalet nestled near the lifts of Courcheval.

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Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Surfside, Florida

Best for… old-school glitz

The low-down: Once the hub of 1930s glamour, with guests from Sinatra to Churchill, The Four Seasons at The Surf Club, has been revamped by designer Joseph Dirand, with architecture by Richard Meier.

Now with iPad operated curtains, you can wake up to the sun rising over the Atlantic ocean or, if you can bare to leave the irreplicable Four Season’s bed, start the day with NFIT’s beach workout. Take a 55’ yacht around the USA’s most expensive zip code, Indian Creek (and take a nose at homes belonging to Shakira and J-Lo) or shop the hours away at Bal Harbour Shops, a luxury fashion district just a short walk from the hotel.

However you decide to spend your days in Miami, be sure to return to the hotel for an evening soaking in the ambiance of the Le Sirenuse Miami Champagne Bar. Relaxation has never felt so chic.

Out and about: Whilst it may be difficult to tear yourself away from the pool, spa or beach services, Miami is brimming with excursions. Try something a little different and head to Wynwood, an up and coming urban area overflowing with street art, quirky bars and clothing stores including the infamous Zak the Baker’s bakery and sandwich shop. Feeling cultured? Hit up History Miami museum to stroll through archives of the golden era.

Stella loves: ​La Manga Reva Cocktail, on the rocks. Can be bought by bottle or at the Le Sirenuse Miami Champagne Bar.

Words by: Jessica Carpani

From £532 per night; Norwegian operates a year round direct service from London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale. All flights are operated by a fleet of brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with two cabins – Premium and Economy. Fares start from £159 one-way and £273 return in Economy, and £499 one-way and £913 return in Premium, including all taxes and charges and subject to availability. To book visit

Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club was once the hub of 1930s glamour on the Florida coast, and is still one of the most luxurious hotels in the Miami area.

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