Los Angeles – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Yesterday marked the third anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Recognised worldwide as the most successful pop singer in history—his album Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time—thousands of fans congregated at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles to pay their respects to the late star at his final resting place. His brothers are also said to be paying tribute with a special Jackson Five memorial tour.
An icon in the world of pop music, Jackson’s musical legacy was often overshadowed by his much-publicized and often extravagant personal exploits. A notorious binge spender, the singer’s extravagances included a string of opulent hotel suites. Here are a few rooms the King of Pop chose to escape the baying fans:
• Intercontinental Carlton, Cannes
One of the chicest vacation spots on the glamorous French Riviera, it comes as no surprise that Jackson, with his eccentric tastes, would choose a suite named after the suave James Bond actor. In the Sean Connery Suite guests can relax in luxurious French 1950s style with butler service, Jacuzzi bath overlooking the sea and a complete collection of Sean Connery films.
• Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, Hawaii
Jackson is not the only musical icon to have stayed at this landmark Hawaiian resort. Just as Elvis Presley did before him, Jackson slept in the deluxe Presidential Suite with its 500 square foot balcony offering glorious panoramic views of Waikiki Beach.
• Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin
Known throughout the world as the hotel from which Jackson dangled his baby, the Adlon Kempinski has seen a host of rock stars, royalty and Hollywood legends walk through its doors. With unrivalled views overlooking the Brandenburg Gate, grand interiors, Michelin-starred cuisine and one of the city’s glitziest nightclubs, it remains one of the world’s most elite hotels.
• Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Michael Jackson had a huge following in Asia and he remains an idolized figure and musical influence. The Raffles Hotel, where he spent the night in the splendor of the Sarkies Suite, is one of the most revered hotels in Asia, offering a host of bars and restaurants as well as a rooftop pool.