Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, USA
White Lotus (2021)
For this wonderfully dark-black satire, director Mike White returned to the Hawaiian holidays of his childhood, taking over the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea during Covid lockdown. Here they had free rein of this tropical paradise, taking in 380 guest rooms, three pools, three restaurants (including Wolfgang Puck’s Spago), three golf courses, spa and art museum. Rest assured the suites were kitsched up for the show and the real staff are a great, great deal more professional.
Address: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753, United States
Soma, Byron Bay, Australia
Nine Perfect Strangers (2021)
This star-studded Amazon Prime show took us to beautiful Tranquillum House, under the control of Nicole Kidman’s mysterious Masha. The real-life setting is Soma, a top-end Vedic spa in Ewingsdale, New South Wales, at the heart of Australia’s wellness-centred ‘Goop-ville’. Set in 22 acres of rainforest by Byron Bay, its glass-dominated building features bare wood and plenty of light, an outdoor pool and a forest-bound geodesic yoga dome, and no experimental Russian gurus.
Website: Soma, 221 Kennedys Lane, Ewingsdale NSW 2481, Australia
The Cherry Tree Inn B&B, Illinois, USA
Groundhog Day (1993)
This isn’t Punxsutawney, Philadelphia, but The Cherry Tree Inn where grumpy weatherman Phil Connors has his extended stay is very much the same. Book The Magnolia Suite for the full Groundhog experience before wandering the locations around the picturebook town of Woodstock, Illinois. The house annual Groundhog Day Events run 25 January to 8 February 2022, including tours, trivia quiz and dinner.
Address: The Cherry Tree Inn B&B, 344 Freemont Street, Woodstock, Illinois 60098