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Waking up with the stars

February 20, 2009
Who can forget the 1983 James Bond movie Octopussy where the world's most famous secret agent, played at the time by Roger Moore, was seduced by the breathtaking Taj Lake Palace Hotel, idyllically located on the shores of Lake Pichola in India? It is here where 007 fell in love with leading lady Maud Adams -- with the Taj Lake Palace Hotel said to be one of the most romantic hotels in the world, who could blame him?

Similarly, remember wondering what it could feel like being Julia Roberts staying in LA's luxurious Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel, featured so prominently in Pretty Woman?

The point of these two examples is that very often the character of a well known movie star is enough to put a previously unknown hotel on the travel agenda of admiring fans.

Here's a look at some of the hotels around the world made famous by movie stars and their overall 'pulling power' that made them famous in the movies in the first place.

Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur, India -- Roger Moore starring as James Bond in Octopussy (1983)

The glorious Taj Lake Palace was the setting of the 1983 James Bond movie, Octopussy and it is this movie which put the hotel on the map for contemporary travellers. Built in 1746 and spread across a four-acre island in the middle of Lake Pichola set against the backdrop of the Aravalli Mountains, the hotel is somewhat reminiscent of the iconic Taj Mahal. The Palace is made largely of marble, while opulent silks, richly coloured murals and ornately carved wood furniture justly confirm its status as one of the most romantic hotels in the world.

Text and photographs: Courtesy Hotels.com

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