Take inspiration from the annual Academy Awards and discover some of the most stunning filming locations and movie-inspired holidays to invoke your sense of wanderlust.
Our Top 6 Filming Locations To Visit With Elegant Resorts
Hollywood in California is the holiday holy grail for film lovers. This is where the American film industry began, birthing some of the most iconic actors and studios of the silver screen. It’s still home to the industry’s anticipated Academy Awards, where Oscar winners are announced with fanfare, and the very sight of those giant letters comprising the Hollywood sign can still spark excitement in the heart of any classic film lover.
At Universal Studios Hollywood, you can see for yourself behind-the-scenes of one of the busiest film and television studios in the world. Built in consultation with Steven Spielberg, who has been celebrated with three Oscar awards during his career, you can learn the secrets of set design and special effects as you are guided through the backlot. With the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the post-apocalyptic frights of the Walking Dead Attraction and the world’s largest 3D experience, King Kong 360, you can truly get lost in the thrill of Hollywood.
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2. New York City
New York City has one of the world’s most iconic skylines; if you were to tally up its Oscar nominations for every film it has appeared in, it would probably be a record breaker. As one of the USA’s biggest filming locations, you will probably feel like you recognise almost every street corner, even if you have never visited for yourself.
These streets have seen gangsters, dancers, lovers and even ghostbusters making a scene among them, from Audrey Hepburn gazing through the window of Tiffany’s, to Robert De Niro haunting the streets in his iconic yellow taxi cab. Get to know it all with a private sightseeing tour that can point out to you some of the most loved filming locations, or if you want to feel like an Oscar-winning star yourself, see if you can attend a movie premier in the city…
3. New Zealand
The sweeping scenery of New Zealand has inspired some seriously big-scale blockbusters and is perfect for anyone inspired to take an adventure. The two islands of New Zealand were famously the main filming locations for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, where the rolling hills, daunting mountain ranges and cascading rivers were almost a character themselves, and surely helped the final film instalment scoop an Oscar for ‘Best Picture’.
The beauty of New Zealand’s South Island extends far beyond the cinema screen. The ocean coastline teems with wildlife, while the picturesque town of Blenheim is the perfect base for tasting the region’s excellent wine and eating at the must-try restaurants. Adventurous types will be in their element here, too, with bungy jumps, rafting, sky-diving and off-road driving, among many other activities, across the stunning surroundings.
Created out of ancient volcanic activity and blanketed in lush swathes of colourful rainforest, it’s no surprise that Hawaii is one of the most popular filming locations for other-worldly tales. The cast and crew of Avatar visited these tropical islands to be inspired to create the fantasy realm of Pandora, raising environmental issues surrounding the need to protect such natural beauty. It also became the stomping ground for the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and appeared in the opening shot for Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s not all action in Hawaii though. The swaying palms and laidback luau’s can also set the scene for romance, as Elvis Presley found in Blue Hawaii when his character wed his sweetheart as he serenaded her at their ceremony. With stunning sunsets and sumptuous sands, Hawaii is still one of the most spectacular honeymoon destinations.
Most film-fans know that one of Thailand’s most renowned filming locations appeared in Leonardo Di Caprio’s The Beach. Located on the Island of Phi Phi Lay near Phuket, it was said to be the most paradisaical place on Earth. However, we think there are plenty more dreamy spots to be discovered in the area.
The recently opened Rosewood Phuket is set along the secluded shores of Emerald Bay, where you can be immersed in your own beachfront paradise. With luxurious villas boasting beautiful ocean views, restaurants serving mouthwatering seafood and luxurious spa treatments, we think this resort is a new-found slice of beach heaven.
The irresistible combination of rustic charm and elegance make Italy one of Europe’s most photogenic destinations and one of its most well-used filming locations. Make like Audrey Hepburn and whizz around the streets of Rome on a vespa, stopping for a refreshing gelato or margherita pizza.
Beyond the city, Sicily is where you will find the home of the Godfather’s Corleone family, a film trilogy that scooped itself a total of 29 Oscar nominations between them. Though most of the story takes place in New York City, the real-life mafia history of the area adds a fascinating layer to the area’s character.
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