You know the feeling, you're watching a movie and wish you could step into the screen and be immediately transported to the magical location in which the action is set. Well, you can. Be it the peaceful spirituality of Bali, the glittering promise of Los Angeles or the grand European splendour of Budapest, your very own movie magic moments really are just a click away. It's time to write your own script...
Think of the silver screen and you immediately think of Los Angeles. A destination full of pockets of movie magic, culture, celebrities, sun, nightlife and must-see sights. It’s where stars are cultivated and legends are certified.
A visit to the City of Angels should always make time for the sightseeing essentials like Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive and the Hollywood sign, but there is so much more. Schedule in a visit to LA's newest contemporary art museum, the Broad, take in the beautiful Santa Monica Bay, enjoy a concert at Frank Gehry’s architectural marvel, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and eat out at one of the many exemplary restaurants the city has to offer.
Make The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, nestled amongst the bustling vibrancy of Downtown L.A., your base for a stay rich in Hollywood glamour and the odd bit of star spotting.
Few cities are as famous as the Big Apple. The backdrop to countless iconic movie moments, it’s a 24-hour city with something for everyone. By day, stroll through the lush greenery of Central Park, pretzel in hand, just a stone's throw from the luxurious base for keen city explorers: The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Head to the buzz of Times Square or get a bird’s eye view of the city from the top of the Empire State Building. By night, sup cocktails as you take in the the world’s most recognisable, twinkling skyline, then enjoy a show on Broadway.
Winter opens up a whole new side to the city, with ice skating around the spectacular Christmas Tree at the bottom of Rockefeller Center, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the wonderful festive window displays on Fifth Avenue are just a few of the attractions that deserve a place on your to-do list. Go on, make a date with the city that never sleeps.
In need of some serious time out? Pack up your troubles and jet to the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali for a true spiritual awakening. Meditate, practise yoga, be at one with nature; hit pause on real life while you stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali.
Perched atop a cliff with sweeping views of an idyllic beach and the Indian Ocean, which is revered as a pathway to renewal, it’s the perfect place to switch off from the pressures of modern life, get away from it all and immerse yourself in a tropical paradise.
Be sure to visit the Bajrasandhi Monument in Denpasar, an exceptional structure that symbolises the spirit and soul of the Balinese people and their culture and traditions.
Home to a wealth of world history, a visit to the city of Cairo is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where countless adventures await. Base yourself at The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, set along the serene River Nile, down which you can take a cruise in a charming traditional felucca to enjoy the sunset and fresh breeze.
Alternatively, put on your explorer’s hat and head to The Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in Egypt and the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world, where a passionate Egyptologist will bring the story of the monuments and their creation to life.
Hungry for more? Then start you very own treasure trove at the Khan el Khalili bazaar, where lively bartering is encouraged.
Budapest is a city of two halves, literally. On one side of the River Danube sits Buda, on the other Pest, with The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest ideally located for both. Rich in majestic architecture, it’s a city that has been used time and time again as a backdrop to movie moments - even doubling as cities including Paris, Berlin and Buenos Aires.
Transport yourself back to medieval times as you visit monuments including the Royal Palace, Budapest Historical Museum, the National Gallery and the Fisherman’s Bastion, then stroll across The Chain Bridge to take in the two sides of the breathtaking city at once. In the mood for even more romance? Head to Vajdahunyad Castle, where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of a fairytale.
Also known as the City of Spas, Budapest is famed for its thermal waters, so take the time to sample them and achieve ultimate relaxation in a European city full of wonder.