In anticipation of the Oscars, we’ve taken a look of some of this year’s nominations and the fabulous destinations they are shot in.
Having won three Baftas including Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant is this year’s must-see movie. Could this be the year Leo finally gets his Oscar? The epic recounts the true story of Hugh Glass’, a fur trapper in the 19th Century American West, who is attacked by a bear and left for dead, before making an epic 200 mile journey back to camp. Filmed in the Rockies, it captures the stunning wilderness of Montana. For nature lovers, head out here for your own adventure and stay at The Resort at Paws Up. Sprawling across nearly 40,000 acres, the ranch offers one of the most extensive activity programs in the West from riding, world-class clay shooting, fly-fishing, ATV tours, mountain biking, rafting and more. Finish the day jumping on a horse-drawn wagon and settle down at the Blackfoot River for a chuck wagon dinner.
The Danish Girl
Eddie Redmayne returns this year in a moving biopic of transgender artist Lili Elbe. Whilst the actors bring alive the story of Elbe, director Tom Hooper should also be commended for his exquisite filming. The landscapes and venues of 1920s Copenhagen and Paris provide a gorgeous setting to this profound story. For your own taste of artistic Paris, why not take a weekend away in the city of romance? Stay at the Hotel Le Bristol in the chic 8th arrondissement. Located a stone’s throw away from the best antique shops, art galleries, fashion boutiques in Paris, the hotel is has been receiving guests since its opening in 1925. Here feast on some excellent food, delicious wines, and lose yourself wandering the backstreets of this dreamy city.
British film Brooklyn also has been praised this year and was awarded Best British Film at the Baftas. This coming-of-age romantic tale tells the story of a young Irish girl who immigrates to Brooklyn, trading village life for the big city. There she encounters homesickness but learns to appreciate and love her new home. To get your own taste of Brooklyn, our Travel Consultants can arrange for you to live like a local in a historic Brooklyn brownstone or apartment. You’ll be welcomed to your apartment and handed the keys, and given an iphone and ipad filled with local recommendations from the best restaurants to secret shopping spots.
Alternatively, stay in Manhattan, home to so many of our favorite blockbusters. The New York EDITION overlooking Madison Square Park has oak floors, custom art-work and over-sized windows offer a true residential feel with the lobby styled on a Madison Avenue Mansion. Take the subway to trendy Williamsburg, a foodie’s heaven and home to the hipsters before walking back across Brooklyn Bridge taking in the famous skyline.
Bridge of Spies
Tom Hanks shines again in this cold-war tale. Based on the 1960 U-2 Incident, it dramatizes James B. Donovan’s negotiations for Gary Powers’ release that took place during the Cold War. Hanks stars as the diplomatic attorney who travels to divided Berlin and becomes involved in a game of espionage and difficult negotiations. Today Berlin is a cultural hub with a thriving art scene, impressive architecture and steeped in history – no trip is complete without seeing the iconic Berlin Wall. We suggest you stay at the stylish Hotel de Rome and drink at the lovely roof terrace bar whilst enjoying views over this captivating city, a perfect weekend break.
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