With summer well upon us, a single thought dominates - holidays.
This year, take your vacation to new heights by staying at the homes of the rich and famous. Take a look at five of the most fabulous celebrity houses you can rent for the weekend (provided you have the cash.)
Gianni Versace - Miami, Florida, US
It doesn’t get more luxurious than the former home of Italian fashion impresario, Gianni Versace. The late designer lived in this palatial abode on Miami’s Ocean Drive until his murder on its front steps in 1997.
Fifteen years later, the opulent, marbled mansion reopened as a luxury boutique hotel christened The Villa Casa Casuarina, giving fans of the iconic designer the chance to relax in the mosaic tiled swimming pool and spend a night in Versace’s former bedroom, is now known as the Villa Suite - assuming you can foot the bill.
A night in the Villa Suite starts at €1,937, excluding breakfast. Florida tourists on a tighter budget can peek inside the Versace mansion as day visitors, with a meal at the property’s five-star restaurant, Gianni’s.
Jack Nicholson - Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Fancy a trip to Bora Bora? If this otherworldly island in French Polynesia is already on your bucket list, why not give your once-in-a-lifetime holiday a touch of old Hollywood glamour by staying at the former home of iconic actor, Jack Nicholson. Nicholson once owned the uber-exotic bungalow which sits atop stilts in the middle of an impossibly blue lagoon in a quiet part of the tourist island.
Now known simply as Bungalow No. 3, Jack’s old holiday home comes with a five star rating and is available to rent for €380 a night.
Leonardo DiCaprio - Palm Springs, California, US
Few of us can ever expect to meet Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, but anyone can stay at his house - provided your bank balance is large enough, of course. DiCaprio previously lived in this six-bedroom desert oasis which is sheltered by palm trees with stunning mountain views.
He isn’t the only A-lister to have lived at this quirky property - the legendary Marilyn Monroe also spent time here! See what life was like for these Hollywood greats, if you can afford the staggering €3,500 a night price tag.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Madeira Island, Portugal
Technically, football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has not lived at this property, but he did have a major role in designing it! Nestled on the idyllic Portuguese isle of Madeira, the four-star Pestana CR7 Funchal Hotel was created by the world-renowned athlete, just seven-minutes walk from the Cristiano Ronaldo museum.
Guests can enjoy a luxurious rooftop infinity pool, sauna and jacuzzi, as well as a modern open-air gym (abs like Ronaldo’s not included). The hotel is decorated with shirts, trophies and photos of Portugal’s most famous athlete, and you can dine in-house at the Pestana’s restaurant and bar.
At a remarkably reasonable €98 a night, the Pestana is far and away the best value celebrity stay on this list.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Montgomery, Alabama, US
Author F. Scott Fitzgerald cemented his name in history thanks to The Great Gatsby. And now, literary fans can experience a slice of the writer’s idyllic existence by spending a night at his sprawling American mansion in Montgomery, Alabama where he lived with his wife Zelda from 1931 until 1932.
After the Fitzgeralds moved, the large house was divided into four apartments and thanks to Airbnb, four guests can share one for just €150 per night.
The property, which acts as a living museum to the talented writer couple, comes with a five-star rating.