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OSCAR-WINNING MOVIE LOCALES

With the 90th Academy Awards happening in March, we take a look back at some of the most memorable Oscar-winning movie destinations—and show you where to stay now. From glamping in South Dakota to a luxurious city break in Rome, discover the ultimate round-the-world cinematic tour here. Enjoy the show.

Nairobi, Kenya

OUT OF AFRICA (1985)

THE MOVIE: Infamous for the chic outfits and sizzling chemistry between Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, the expat biopic won best picture in 1985.

 

WHERE TO STAY: Giraffe Manor, a Victorian boutique hotel that resembles an English country house. Why? The hint’s in the name: giraffes roam freely and may pop into your window during mealtimes—in the hope of a bite, naturally.

 

DON’T MISS: The Karen Blixen Museum. It’s the former home of Blixen (whom the movie is based on), and offers a rare glimpse into expat-life in East Africa circa 1920.

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Rome, Italy

GLADIATOR (2000)

THE MOVIE: Russell Crowe made us weep and swoon in equal measure as the heroic Roman slave, Maximus. Gladiator won Best Picture (among several other Oscars) in 2000.

 

THE HOTEL: The Hotel de Russie. It’s the gem in the crown of the Forte Hotel empire. When you’re not visiting the ruins, sit in the famously chic courtyard and people-watch.

 

DON’T MISS: Grab your comfy shoes—you’ve got a long day of sightseeing ahead of you. Must-sees include the Colosseum (you can walk in the actual arena), the Pantheon and Palatine Hill.

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South Dakota, United States

DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

THE MOVIE: The epic Western, starring Kevin Costner (who also directed), won in 1990.

 

THE HOTEL: Okay, it’s not technically a hotel but what do you expect in the middle of (beautiful) nowhere? And you’re hardly slumming it; Under Canvas's Black Hills Camp takes glamping to a whole new level.

 

DON’T MISS: A visit to 1880 Town. It’s an impressive replica of the Wild West complete with horses, cowboys (full disclosure: they’re actors) and props from the original film.

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Aqaba, Jordan

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

THE MOVIE: The experts consider it one of the greatest motion pictures of all time—if you haven’t seen it, shame on you. Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif lead the 7-time 1962 Oscar winner.

 

THE HOTEL: The Kempinski Aqaba, a fabulous five-star hotel on the Red Sea. Note: the movie was actually filmed in Aqaba, as it was where the real Lawrence of Arabia united the Bedouins and defeated the Ottoman forces.

 

DON’T MISS: Follow in Lawrence's footsteps from Wadi Rum on a desert camel tour. If that strikes you as a little intense, the journey can also be done in the comfort of an air-conditioned 4x4.

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Matamata, New Zealand

THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)

THE MOVIE: Here’s some trivia to impress your (nerdy) friends. It was The Return of the King (the trilogy’s third and final installment) that actually won Best Picture—and still co-holds the record for winning the biggest sweep of Oscars on one year: 11.

 

THE HOTEL: The Waoku Lodge has everything you want from New Zealand: take-your-breath-away views over the ocean and plenty of space to relax. And luxury service.

 

DON’T MISS: A visit the village of Hobbiton in all its pastoral glory. They’ve rebuilt it exactly as it was in the movie and haven’t missed a beat. Be sure to check availability, we hear serious fans book out the venue for weddings.

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