Celebs gather at the Venice Film Festival

Celebs gather at the Venice Film FestivalGetty


A-Listers have been heading for Venice in the last few days for the 68th International Venice Film Festival.

It's shaping up to be a great year for female stars, with Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley all dazzling on the red carpet.

Gwyneth Paltrow was in town to promote Contagion, the new film by Steven Soderbergh in which she gets killed off by a lethal virus.

She travelled from her hotel by motorboat and looked stunning on the red carpet in a pale pink organza gown.

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Madonna won positive reviews for her directorial debut, W.E., which tells the story of King Edward VII's abdication and marriage to Wallis Simpson. She walked down the red carpet in a striking Vionnet dress with a red butterfly motif and posed with the film's stars James D'Arcy, Andrea Riseborough and Abbie Cornish.

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Salma Hayek was spotted leaving the famous Hotel Cipriani in a motorboat and George Clooney was snapped arriving in town in the same way.

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He's promoting his fourth film as a director, the political thriller The Ides of March, and looked as dashing as ever in a grey suit.

Later, he was joined on the red carpet by his good friend Cindy Crawford, before heading to a private beach party on the Lido Island.

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Guests staying in the Imperial Suite at the Park Hyatt Vendôme, Paris can relax in the In Suite Spa, which gives them their own whirlpool bath, steam room, shower and massage table. There’s a huge living room and balcony, a separate dining room, bar and work area along with state of the art TV and sound systems. Cost per night: £12,314

The Ritz-Carlton Suite at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Moscow offers amazing views of the Kremlin and Red Square - which is just one of the reasons why you won’t want to leave your room. Guests are offered five meals a day and the suite has its own library, office room, boardroom, grand piano and dining area - so you’ll have everything you could possibly need at your fingertips. Rooms are furnished in the classic Russian imperial style and if you want to relax there’s flat-screen TVs and top-of-the-range stereo systems and, let’s not forget, your very own sauna. Cost per night: £10,814.

If you dream of relaxing in opulent rooms surrounded by fine antiques, you’ll love the Royal Suite at the Four Seasons George V, Paris. There are two Royal suites in the hotel, both on the first floor with access to a private terrace overlooking the historic fountain of the Three Graces. Each boasts a marble entrance foyer, kitchen and dining area, master bedroom with marble bathroom, steam room and sauna. But it’s the decor that’s most impressive: the entire suite is furnished with French antiques and traditional fabrics and paintings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s like spending the night in a private museum. Cost per night: £10,963.

If you’ve been dreaming of an opulent hotel room, then it’s hard to beat the Royal Suite at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai. Guests enter the 25th floor suite via a private lift, then climb a marble and gold staircase to the master bedroom, which comes complete with a rotating four poster bed. There’s a private cinema and library, marble bathrooms and leopard print carpets - and a team of highly trained butlers to cater to your every demand. As if that’s not enough, you can upgrade your experience to include a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce, BMW - or even a helicopter. Cost per night: £11,629.

The Presidential Suite at the Ritz-Carlton is located way up on the 53rd floor  of the tallest building in Tokyo - which means that guests have an amazing view of the Imperial Palace outer gardens and Roppongi Hills.  There’s a four-poster bed in the master bedroom, an over-sized marble bathroom with its own flat screen TV and a fully-stocked pantry in case you feel a bit peckish. There’s also a personal butler on hand to cater to your every need so you won’t have to lift a finger. Cost per night: from £15,188.

Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey have both stayed at the Bridge Suite; 10 rooms of pure luxury, bridging the distance between the Royal Towers at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.The suite is located on the 23rd floor, giving guests spectacular views through 12-foot windows. The huge living room boasts a grant piano and twin entertainment centres and there are four spacious bedrooms, a private kitchen and dining room. You won’t have to lift a finger during your stay, as there’s a permanent staff of seven who access the rooms through a private entrance. Cost per night: £15,254.

Located on the 7th floor of Le Richemond, the penthouse Armleder Suite treats guests to amazing wrap-around views of Lake Leman, the Old Town of Geneva and the Mont-Blanc mountains. Furnished with an eclectic collection of antiques, an impressive art collection and handcrafted chandeliers, the suite features an open-plan living room, dining room and three spacious master suites. Each has a private marble bathroom, and one even has a Turkish hammam. There’s also a state-of-the-art entertainment system, a business area and a fully equipped pantry - just in case guests fancy throwing an impromptu cocktail party on the private terrace. Cost per night: £16,331.

The Ty Warner Penthouse, the Four Seasons Hotel, New York, sits at the top of Manhattan’s tallest tower. It’s the result of a collaboration between hotel owner Ty Warner, designer Peter Marino and architect I.M. Pei, who came out of retirement to help create America’s most exclusive accommodation. Inside the suite you’ll find glass balconies and floor-to-ceiling bay windows set underneath 7m cathedral ceilings. The TVs are programmed to receive every channel worldwide, there’s unlimited global phone calls at your disposal and you have your own butler, trainer, therapist and chauffeur - at the wheel of either a Rolls Royce or a Mercedes - for the duration of your stay. The suite covers the entire top floor of the hotel and the centrepiece is the Thai canopy bed in the master bedroom - the canopy is threaded with gold and the mattress was made entirely by hand. The French doors open to reveal views of Central Park and there’s an indoor-outdoor Zen garden, complete with waterfall, that overlooks downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. 

Cost per night: £21,316.

Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep, Leonardo Di Capri and Mel Gibson have all stayed at the Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi. This spectacular villa is set on the south side of a 72-acre peninsula and is designed to make guests feel as if they have their own private island even though it’s just a short drive to Athens. The villa has two master bedrooms - with remote control mattresses - and three marble bathrooms. The bedrooms and living room have working fireplaces and there’s also a business area, indoor and outdoor pools, gym, steam bath and fully-equipped bar and barbecue area. Guests can fly to Athens by private jet from all of the European international airports courtesy of the hotel and they also have their own butler, spa therapist, personal trainer and limousine driver. Cost per night: from £23,666.

The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa is located right at the top of the Palms Fantasy Tower in Las Vegas. Guests access the suite via their own glass lift and step into the ultimate party playground. Along with pop-up plasma TVs, a fully-equipped gym, sauna and spa, full bar and eight-foot circular rotating bed with mirrored ceiling, there’s a private outdoor jacuzzi pool that overlooks the strip below. The villa is so huge it can accommodate up to 250 people. If you like a quiet night in, this obviously isn’t the room for you. Cost per night: £24,462.
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