Famous Five: Natalie Portman

See our cover star's favourite hideaways


Words by Rowena Carr-Allinson

The Flora Hotel, Venice


Natalie Portman is often spotted at the Venice Film Festival so it’s little surprise to hear she likes to take some time out in the ‘City of Love’. And, where better to hide than in a charming hotel without any airs and graces?

Tucked away down one of the city’s winding lanes, the Flora Hotel has that Alice in Wonderland feel. Beyond its unassuming ivy clad walls, opens a world of romance. Natalie reportedly stayed at the family-run 17th-century mansion incognito, hiding out amongst the fine antiques, statues, art and eclectic furniture. Far, far from the madding crowds and the spotlight…

Calle dei Bergamaschi 2283/a, Venice, Italy, +39 041 520 5844, hotelflora.it. Doubles from £170 B&B.

Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos, Caribbean

A real favourite with celebs, Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos is the ultimate romantic hideout. All about understated elegance, the resort is set on a dreamy flour-soft 1-mile long beach on a perfect turquoise sea. Never mind the beautiful villas with their beds swathed in ethereal white drapes, there’s a beautiful Balinese style spa, eternity pool, tennis courts and a couple of smart, yet laid back, restaurants

Rumour has it Julia Roberts honeymooned at the resort, while Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gardner got hitched there. No wonder Natalie chose to spend some quality time here with brand new husband Benjamin and their son, Aleph frolicking on the beach...

164, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 649-946-7788, comohotels.com. Doubles from £299 B&B, including some watersports and daily yoga and pilates.

Plaza Athenee, Paris

If the Plaza Athenee looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen Carrie Bradshaw twirl through its revolving doors and grandiose lobby! One of the city of light’s legendary hotels, it’s a hotspot for celebrity sightings.

Natalie, known as the face of Dior, is quite likely to love the hotel’s Dior Institute spa, the only one in the world. Failing that, there is the gorgeous indoor courtyard, the swanky bar and the utterly flabbergasting, beautiful suites offering some of the best views across Paris - from the bathtub…

25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France, +33 1 5367 666, plaza-athenee-paris.com. Doubles from £575.

King David Hotel, Jerusalem


Proud of her Jewish heritage, Natalie, who was born in Jerusalem, often visits her homeland. Her last visit to date took her to the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv and to the Israeli capital where she placed a note on the Western Wall, visited the Mahane Yehuda Market and met with childhood friends and relatives.

Natalie chose the city’s most famous and iconic hotel, built in the 1920’s, set in the exclusive Yemin Moshe neighbourhood. Offering fabulous city views, luxurious rooms and exotic gardens, as well as 8 different dining options, and the usual compulsory spa, gym and several pools. A palace fit for Queen Amidala…

King David 23, Jerusalem, 94101, Israel, +972 2-620-8888, danhotels.com. Doubles from £300 B&B.

Four Seasons Hotel, New York

Natalie took refuge in the Four Seasons in New York during hurricane Irene. Ideally located on 57th street, the swanky New York hotel comes with all the Four Seasons trimmings: a spa, swish bar, breath-taking city views and plush rooms with fabulous marble bathrooms and ever-so-comfy king size beds.

The hotel became a home from home for the actress and her family who made the most of the tip-top service and the restaurant, enjoying the gigantic buffet breakfast during their weekend stay!

57 East 57th Street, New York, New York 10022, +1 (212) 758-5700, fourseasons.com. Doubles from £460.

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