Where Oscar Winners Can Go to Decompress Post-Awards Season

6:00 AM 3/10/2018

by Beth Landman

Whether your idea of relaxation is beach, city or mountains, THR's top decompression spots are vetted by winners (Sam Rockwell, Guillermo del Toro) and awards strategists.

Turks and Caicos at Parrot Cay Pool - Publicity - H 2018
Courtesy of Martin Morrell

After months flooded by lights and targeted by lenses, those on the awards-show circuit are more than ready to shed their black gowns and black ties and retreat for a week or two. Original song nominee Common tells THR he's hoping to get to Tucson, Arizona's Miraval Spa for "a little air and a little relaxation." Guillermo del Toro has even more ambitious plans. The double Shape of Water Oscar winner says he's planning to visit Italy, Spain and Belgium — for a couple of weeks each, at least. "I'm taking a whole year from directing off, and I plan to stick to that," he says. Here are suggestions from insiders on where to escape by sea, city or mountain.

  • Beach

    The Caribbean archipelago famed for white sand beaches and turquoise waters is where 2016 Oscar host Chris Rock recently enjoyed a wind-down at The Shore Club (theshoreclubtc.com, rooms from $925). Opened in 2017, it features palatial rooms, awe-inspiring villas (starting at $4,500) unveiled in January and three restaurants, including Peruvian/Japanese Sui-Ren and is the only hotel on stunning Long Bay Beach. It's also where Oscar winner Sam Rockwell and partner Leslie Bibb recently got some R&R, staying at the sleek Gansevoort (gansevoorthotelgroup.com, rooms from $555), which offers beachfront yoga and an Exhale spa with some of the best therapists on island, and the noteworthy restaurant Stelle.

    "My sister and I both work for Paramount, and after the awards, we always volunteer in Turks at Potcake Place, where visitors can foster dogs for an afternoon on the beach," says awards consultant Lea Yardum, who had been working on the I, Tonya campaign this season. "It's an antidote to the glitz and pressure of Oscar season." Others who love to visit this British territory include Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer, Superb Entertainment president Meryl Poster, Gwyneth Paltrow (who owns land on one of the Ambergris cays) and Fox Searchlight vp national pub­licity Barry Dale Johnson, who's hoping to head there after finishing Oscar campaigns for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Shape of Water.

    Asian-inspired Amanyara (aman.com, rooms from $1,450) is where Brad Pitt found solace after his split from Angelina Jolie. Open-air pavilions float on dark landscaped pools, and its western location is prime for diving.

    Other great resort options include Point Grace (pointgrace.com, rooms from $720), a magical, low-key spot where notables go unnoticed in its cottages and on the lush grounds; spa treatments are given in private gardens and dining at the restaurant, Grace’s Cottage, is like visiting someone’s home. At the Grace Bay Club (gracebay resorts.com, rooms from $1,280), a favorite of Jane Fonda and Gayle King, where every room has an ocean view, private concierge and butler, and the people come from all over the area to visit the Restaurant and Raw Bar. Adds Yardum, "I love The Tuscany [the-tuscanyresort .com, rooms from $950] because it's quieter." At The Tuscany and its neighboring property, the Venetian, suites, which can be booked from one to three bedrooms, have a kitchen and huge terrace: first-floor accommodations open directly onto a 70-foot pool on one side, and beachfront on the other. Though the buildings don’t have their own restaurants, the upscale Opus Wine Bar & Grill or more casual Cabana Bar are both a short stroll away and worth checking out. 

    The newly renovated Parrot Cay (parrotcay.com, rooms from $925) is accessible only via a half-hour boat ride from the main island of Providenciales. Bruce Willis has a villa there that he rents out (from $14,000 a night), and Justin Bieber played soccer there with locals before meeting homeowner Keith Richards at the resort's bar.

    If you go off resort, luxury travel consultant Gen Hershey suggests snorkeling in Chalk Sound, heading to Providenciales' Thursday fish fry for live music and taking the Little Water Cay cruise to Iguana Island. "It's the only place to see the endangered rock iguana in its natural habitat,'' she says.

    JetBlue, Delta and United have direct, under-four-hour flights from New York; L.A. flights go through East Coast cities, and there are two private airports on the islands. "Be sure to get VIP Flyers Club," says Hershey of the local service, $200 each way, which whisks you through security and customs. "It's fast track in and out and includes usage of a private lounge."

  • City

    France's capital has a strong siren call. Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence and Naomi Watts were all at the city's recent fashion week. "I love Paris and usually go after the awards,'' says Oscar strategist Lisa Taback.

    Reports Jaclyn Sienna India of high-end travel consultancy Sienna Charles: "A major Oscar-nominated director wanted to go to Paris for his daughter's birthday. He wants family time, so I arranged a private cooking class with Alain Ducasse's team, a treasure hunt and lunch in the middle of the Eiffel Tower."

    For the latest in luxury flights to the City of Lights, Air France opened a new business class lounge at Charles de Gaulle this winter. It has an open kitchen, private saunas, facials and a detox bar, where you can be pampered before snuggling into your reclining airline seat. Round trip business class starts at $10,307.

    Sienna India's director client will stay at the Eiffel Tower suite in the Plaza Athenee (25 Avenue Montaigne, dorchestercollection .com, rooms from $1,400). "The view of the tower from there is amazing,'' she says. The Ritz (15 Place Vendome, ritzparis.com, rooms from $1,242) and Hotel de Crillon (10 Place de la Concorde, rosewoodhotels.com, rooms from $1,185) were recently redone. "The two high-profile openings have lit Paris back up; Crillon is now so stylish, and the spa at the Ritz is a new addition to its five-star experience," says Forbes Travel Guide CEO Jerry Inzerillo.

    Last year's best actress winner Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling stayed at The Peninsula (19 Avenue Kleber, paris.peninsula .com, rooms from $1,675) while promoting La La Land, and Reese Witherspoon was a guest when her daughter, Ava, was introduced to society at the Bal des Debutantes. La Reserve (42 Avenue Gabriel, lareserve-paris.com, rooms from $1,200) gets a nod from Quintessentially's Kelly Grumbach. "It's unlike any other property — only 49 rooms and the most upscale luxury experience you will have in Paris,'' she says.

    Andrew Saffir, founder of New York's Cinema Society, recently returned for a glam trip there. "Diane Kruger took us to dinner at Kong in a glassed-in conservatory," he says. "For Sunday night dinner, when many places are closed, classic L'Auberge Bressane was recommended to us by Catherine Deneuve. We also had dinner at Ralph's, as buzzy and happening as the Polo Bar in New York, and enjoyed drinks in the Hemingway Bar of the Ritz with Nadja Swarovski, who makes the Academy Awards stage curtain out of her crystals."


  • Mountains

    "Sharon Stone wants to decompress with her boys, and she was asking me about The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana [theranch­ atrockcreek.com, rooms from $900],'' says Inzerillo. "A lot of studio execs with kids love it because it's all privacy. You can have fun with riding and rodeos, but then you are really pampered. A lot of actresses like it for girls trips.'' A fave of Paltrow and Gwen Stefani, it's the only ranch with a Forbes five-star rating.

    In the French Alps, Hershey recommends Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild's new Four Seasons in Megeve (fourseasons.com, rooms from $1,500). "It's located 44 miles from Geneva International Airport," she explains. In addition to traditional skiing, the hotel has adventure activities such as heli-skiing, dog sledding and glacier snowshoeing. Adds Hershey, "I had one client, an Oscar nominee this year, call me to plan a trip with her brother for March to get their last ski in of the season and hopefully celebrate."

    This story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.