We endured a year with little chance of going on vacation and few new blockbuster movies to entertain us at home. But with borders slowly reopening and those long-delayed films getting new release dates, here’s a look at the luxury hotels and venues that will star alongside MM. Cruise, Craig, Reeves and Blunt in 2021 and 2022, available now through Inspiring Travel Company.
Two of the greatest blockbuster movie series of all time are heading to Italy soon, with James Bond No time to die make a stopover in Puglia in October this year and Ethan Hunt’s Mission Impossible: 7 wreaking havoc in Rome in May 2022.
The Borgo Agnazia in Puglia is exactly the kind of place Bond would head to – all the whitewashed walls and lazing by the pool. Built to look like an ancient Apulian palace and laid out like an Apulian village with suites and casettas (little houses), a beautiful setting on the Adriatic Sea and world-class facilities, including fine dining at the star Michelin Due Camini, if you don’t see Bond there you may just spot Daniel Craig in his place.
If Mission Impossible is more your flavor, the Hotel de Russie in Rome may just be your bag – chic, elegant, an oasis in the heart of the city between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo. A Rocco Forte hotel, it has retained the classic splendor of its original architecture while blending in with alfresco dining at Le Jardin de Russie restaurant and stylish cocktails at Stravinskij Bar in the stunning terraced gardens.
It’s an eclectic mix that arrives on US shores as Steven Spielberg brings the Jets and Sharks back to New York in December in West Side Story, while the eagerly awaited The matrix: 4 will also hit the streets of San Francisco just in time for Christmas.
The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, in New York, is a luxury hotel located on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park. Opened in the last Roaring Twenties, the Pierre is a quintessentially New York hotel with an Art Deco bar, jazz concerts and luxurious and opulent decor. Just the kind of place where you could imagine a romance between Romeo and Juliet.
Heading west towards the Pacific Rim of San Francisco, the Palace Hotel is as grand and spectacular as the storylines that run through the Wachowski siblings. Matrix movies. A cornerstone of San Francisco culture, stepping through the doors means entering an opulent dream of marble and gold, crystal chandeliers and Romanesque columns where luxury meets modernity. Do not take the red pill.
United Arab Emirates
Heading to the Middle East and Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, this October is yet another attempt to translate the vast sprawling world of Frank Herbert’s sprawling sci-fi epic into film, Dune. Inspired by its extraordinary desert environment, you might be inclined to visit the equally extraordinary Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort.
Located in the world’s largest unbroken sand desert, this Anantara resort offers a first-class Abu Dhabi experience. Rising like a mirage out of the barren landscape, it looks like an ancient desert fort hiding the kind of sleek interiors and Arabian flair you usually expect to see reserved on the big screen.