Los Angeles, California – Reported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
A WILD TIME Actor Blair Underwood, who takes on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire this spring and recently unveiled his men’s clothing line, is no stranger to Africa. He’s visited the continent nearly 10 times, but traveled to Zambia for the first time during a two-week family holiday that also included his third trip to South Africa. He made the rounds at Sun International’s luxe properties, staying at The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City, The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town and The Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia. “I loved them all,” he said, “but my favorite had to be The Royal Livingstone in Zambia because the resort is very vintage and British colonial in its aesthetic. In addition, there are a great deal of adventurous activities for any and all tourists: Bungee jumping, elephant safaris, white water rafting.” Underwood didn’t even have to leave his luxury suite, which included a private veranda and wet bar, to view the wildlife. “We could wake up and watch the monkeys playing in the trees outside of our glass doors.”
THE GARDEN ISLE George Clooney enjoyed the Royal Suite at the St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kaua‘i while shooting his new film The Descendants. The 2,400-square-foot sanctuary, the resort’s largest accommodation, features a private marble entry, butler service and a spa with a custom-built marble surround whirlpool bathtub. Clooney didn’t have to commute to work when scenes were shot inside the Presidential Suite right next door. The two-year-old resort just debuted the Trina Turk Designer Cabana, so fabulous that even Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Casper Smart had to experience it during their romantic getaway on the island. With its bold colors, the new beachside cabana epitomizes Turk’s style— plus it includes an iPad pre-loaded with her favorite magazines, applications and websites, as well as access to a special lunch and cocktail menu.
HUG IT OUT With his hit HBO series Entourage sadly off the air, Adrian Grenier has more time on his hands to travel and focus on his website SHFT, a multimedia platform he co-founded with film producer Peter Glatzer to promote a more sustainable approach to the way people live through video, design, art and culture. When it comes to selecting hotels, Grenier pays attention to the green factor. “I like to stay at eco-friendly hotels,” Grenier says. What’s high on his list? “The W Hollywood, which is eco-friendly and LEED certified.”