Los Angeles, US
Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Gloria Swanson all called this small collection of 1920s houses home at one time, and now the likes of Robert Pattinson keep a low profile here (the discreet patios are a privacy plus point). Think of an English country hideaway rather than louche West Hollywood crash pad, with pretty gardens, fancy iron gates, wooden window shutters and rustic-chic interiors aplenty.
Best for: Its proximity to Animal – LA’s hottest dining room for meat lovers – on nearby North Fairfax. From $250; thecharliehotel.com
Lord Howe, Australia
Actors Eric Bana and Judy Davis have both (separately) sought solitude on Lord Howe, a cinematic island off the coast of Australia that boasts Capella Lodge. The nine-suite resort is worthy of a Bond villain’s hideaway – in prime position, surrounded by jagged, bright green mountains. Dinner comes with great views from the glass fronted restaurant, and the majority of the menu’s ingredients are grown locally on the island.
Best for: Bird spotting. It may not sound exhilarating, but the island’s rare bird life is stunning.
From AUD$1,200; lordhowe.com
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Escape from the hustle of LA to The Charlie’s cottage-style interiors
Take a stroll in the idyllic rose gardens
Panoramic views ensure you’ll wake up happy
Lush forest, sapphire waters and volcanic peaks – Lord Howe is a wonder of natural beauty