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Post by Katiedot on Mon Feb 21 2011, 16:39

Update! This information is wrong. For details about George's holiday home in Mexico, skip this post and read further down the thread.

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Las Ventanas Al Paraiso: The resort where Jennifer, George and Cameron love to stay

By Jessica Barrett

20th February 2011

She may have been unlucky in love, but Jennifer Aniston seems extremely fortunate in her choice of favourite holiday destination. Regular students of celebrity magazines could be forgiven for thinking that she hardly ever leaves the fabulous Mexican hideaway of Las Ventanas Al Paraiso. Indeed, she has been known to visit five times in one year.

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Our Jen was introduced to the pleasures of Las Ventanas by former husband Brad Pitt (who subsequently revealed its glories to his next partner Angelina Jolie). Jen celebrated her 41st birthday there last February with a star-studded cast including best friend Courteney Cox and rumoured boyfriend at the time (do try to keep up) Gerard Butler.
Then she was back again for Thanksgiving - along with her new best friend, the improbably named Chelsea Handler, who sounds as if she might be Frank Lampard's agent but is actually a stand-up comic and American TV host.

So what exactly is the appeal of Las Ventanas Al Paraiso? Well, when a hotel is named 'Window to Paradise', clearly you can expect an experience rather more substantial than a night at a suburban Holiday Inn. It pays, however, to be suspicious of hotels with fabulous names. In my experience you do best to steer clear of places that call themselves the Hotel Eden or The Heavenly Inn - they are usually anything but divine.

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But this extraordinary holiday resort will exceed your highest expectations, even if it is in Mexico, the country that Top Gear's presenters recently assured us is the home of perpetual laziness and where lunch is 'refried sick'.

Rest assured, Las Ventanas Al Paraiso has 'ultimate holiday resort' written all the way through it. Situated in Los Cabos at the tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific, it has been at the top of many A-Listers' holiday wish-lists since opening 14 years ago.

It is owned by Beanie Babies toy billionaire Ty Warner and managed by the exclusive Rosewood group. Just like Disney World, which is built over a series of subterranean passageways to hide the humdrum 'off-stage' business of supplying fun, Las Ventanas has underground pathways that allow staff seemingly to materialise from nowhere with precious supplies of exquisite chablis or - more to the taste of spindly celebs - plates of diet canapes.

Simon Cowell may know little about buying elegant trousers but he can be judged an expert on luxury hotels. He freely admits an unbridled passion for Las Ventanas. When he's not at his beloved Sandy Lane resort in Barbados he can be found at the Las Ventanas Sea Grill, enjoying the ocean view over a glass of merlot.

Come here during the next couple of months and the view will include the spectacular sight of whales and their newly-born calves breaching the blue waters of the Pacific as they prepare for their annual trek back to Alaska. 'How do you manage to get the whales to come here?' guests have been known to ask bemused hotel staff, certain that this whale show has been specially arranged for their benefit.

The hotel has thoughtfully installed telescopes in visitors' rooms to allow them to enjoy viewing the passing wildlife, although one imagines that the spyglasses are more frequently used to snoop on fellow guests. Barely a day goes by when a superstar isn't 'papped' lolling beside one of the seven swimming pools.

Jennifer Lopez, to name but one, regularly graces the sunloungers with her famous rear. Diane Kruger, Jessica Alba, Sheryl Crow and swimwear model Bar Refaeli have also been spotted recently.

And the hotel has been in the news with photographs of Cameron Diaz and her new boyfriend, baseball star Alex Rodriguez, who were snapped on the beach greeting George Clooney with a cheery hug. Clooney is said to love the area so much he's even building his own beachfront home here - a new pad that could well lure him away permanently from his celebrated Lake Como palazzo.

So why, if you are part of a gilded elite that can charter a jet to just about anywhere in the world, would you choose a holiday destination that's really only just down the road from Los Angeles? It's easy. Hollywood stars are never keen to stray far from their home base and here they just have to nip across the Mexican border.

There are plenty of other glitzy resorts in Cabo, all vying for the honour of hosting the mega-rich, but up to now Las Ventanas has managed to keep ahead of the competition.

The open-plan resort is designed and decorated to perfection. Traditional without looking gaudy, incredibly plush without losing any of its rustic charm and with exquisitely presented landscapes, the setting could barely be any more beautiful.

The reception, the three restaurants (the Sea Grill on the beachfront, a more traditional restaurant and the oddly combined sushi and tequila bar) and walkways around the hotel are all open to the elements. Baking heat (Cabo boasts 350 days of sunshine a year), sea views and whitewashed walls are a prerequisite for any tropical destination.
The lure of Las Ventanas is its well-honed service and ultra-slick style. Guests are welcomed at the nearby airport by a chauffeur-driven Mercedes - the driver has some traditional sweets to chew on as you are whisked through the cactus-strewn desert.

Any Mexican stereotypes are thrown out of the window as soon as you arrive at the hotel. That said, it has a way of subtly reminding you that you're in Mexico at every step - the offer of an expensive shot of tequila, the multi-coloured decorations hanging in the trees, even a few carefully positioned trident cartoon cacti standing on the pathways.
And of course there's the food. Don't make the mistake of ordering the traditional Mexican fare of nachos as a pre-dinner snack. One enormous plate of indulgent corn chips, cheese, guacamole and salsa later, you run the risk of sinking into a contented slumber for the rest of the evening. Stick with the lighter fresh fish and local vegetables.

For guests who aren't avoiding the paparazzi, a visit into the town is made easier by the Porsche Boxster and convertible Mini Cooper that are available to hire. Turn left and make the short drive to Cabo San Lucas itself. Cabo has risen in popularity as a mainstream tourist destination only since the Seventies. Until then it was a hotspot for American sport fishing fans. And despite the fact that since the Second World War Hollywood stars like Bing Crosby, Phil Harris and Dezi Arnaz had caught on to the tiny village's charms and started to build hotels in the area, it was really accessible only by dirt track until 1974.

Apart from the sublime seaside setting and sumptuous five-star service, what brings the famous and the well-heeled to Ventanas? The surrounding area, it has to be said, is largely forgettable.

Neighbouring places including the resort of Cabo San Lucas are never likely to be mistaken for St Tropez or Portofino. The only nod to an A-list clientele is The Shoppes at Palmilla, where Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas all been spotted browsing local artwork.

Otherwise, Cabo San Lucas might not glamorous town you are expecting. It has rather too many tacky souvenir shops and a surprising number of dubious pharmacies offering cut-price Viagra. There is, however, a Hard Rock Cafe and the infamous Senor Frogs (an all-you-can-drink bar).

Wide-eyed: The resort has telescopes dotted at intervals to let guests gaze at passing whales

It's hard to drag yourself from the resort, though. A luxury spa, 24-hour butler service, an infinity pool just a moment's walk each hotel room (there is a lagoon-like formation of swimming pools throughout the hotel) and even chilled Evian spray proffered the moment you break into a sweat while sunbathing - you can start to enjoy the A-list lifestyle.
With advance booking it's possible to have your very own personal cinema arranged on the beach, with a flat-screen television, fire pit and gourmet snacks laid on for the evening (beats the Odeon in Camden any day).

I have to admit, when I was there just before Christmas I did keep one eye open for Jen, or any celebrity for that matter. But after the first few hours I genuinely stopped caring who was on the next sunlounger. I was more concerned about what time the next tequila shot was coming round...

Travel FactsSeven nights at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso costs from £2,945 per person, based on two people sharing a Garden View Junior Suite on a bed and breakfast basis, economy flights from Heathrow with American Airlines including transfers. For further information, contact Elegant Resorts Reservations (01244 897515, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


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Re: George Clooney's house in Cabo, Mexico

Post by melbert on Mon Feb 21 2011, 16:49

Well, sign me up! I am only dreaming as I could never afford that luxury. But, nice dream.

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Re: George Clooney's house in Cabo, Mexico

Post by Katiedot on Fri May 27 2011, 11:15

I include this just so I can snigger at the writer's confusion between regress and digress.

From Mercury News
What A Trip: Gaze at stars of all kinds in Los Cabos

By Nancy D. Brown

Posted: 05/26/2011 02:23:21 PM PDT
Updated: 05/26/2011 04:53:28 PM PDT

It's true -- Los Cabos, Mexico is the marlin capital of the world. In fact, the annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament attracts serious fishermen. But did you know that Cabo is also one of the best places to see the stars? Movie star George Clooney and Cover girl Cindy Crawford both have houses in San Jose del Cabo, right next to Marquis Los Cabos Resort where I was staying in Mexico.

Yet, I regress "... star gazing (real celestial-body stars) is also a popular activity in Baja California.

"We have clear skies 360 days a year," notes Mexican astronomer Maria Elena Muriel. With little light pollution, the stars and planets are visible to the naked eye, and with Muriel's powerful telescope, guests of Marquis Los Cabos are able to see the Moon and Saturn's rings as one of the resort's special activities.

For those looking to further connect with Mother Nature, Marquis Los Cabos is a sea turtle watch and rescue site. During certain months of the year, guests may participate in the release of baby Olive Ridley sea turtles, an endangered species. While black-market trade of eggs and meat still exists, sea turtles are now big business for ecotourism. You won't see turtles in your soup. Instead, take a cooking class during your trip to Marquis Los Cabo. Guests learn to make dishes like Yucatán Ceviche and chicken fried tacos.

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Re: George Clooney's house in Cabo, Mexico

Post by Katiedot on Sun Jan 01 2012, 02:47

I'm just updating this thread because there've been a couple of different placed identified as George's place in Mexico. This one though looks like it's the right one:

lovelylois wrote:I did not see these photos yet on this thread , maybe i missed it,Photos on Zimbio that is George house in Cabo. They say it is a rental house.

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Photographs of George Clooney's amazing rental house in Cabo San Lucas. Clooney's vacation house is located right next to Cindy Crawford's rental

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Re: George Clooney's house in Cabo, Mexico

Post by melbert on Sun Jan 01 2012, 02:53

He needs to trim his hedges!!! just saying...

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Post by lucy on Sun Jan 01 2012, 03:27

Wonder how many bedrooms he has? Just wondering.

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Post by melbert on Sun Jan 01 2012, 03:48

The only one I want to know about is his! Cuz' when I go to visit, I'm not staying in some "guest" bedroom! I'll be damned if that's gonna happen!!!! Love7

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Post by lucy on Sun Jan 01 2012, 03:52

Don't want to share any rooms, bed,bath,closet,trunk,?

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Post by melbert on Sun Jan 01 2012, 04:38

only with him Lucy, only with him...

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Re: George Clooney's house in Cabo, Mexico

Post by it's me on Sun Jan 01 2012, 06:30

anyway not a 'today' pics
no balls hanging down from trees
and greenery not so dry and brown

am I wrong?

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clooney house in Cabo

Post by lelacorb on Tue Jan 03 2012, 13:12

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Post by fluffy on Tue Jan 03 2012, 13:47

Wow Lela! Your such a wiz girly!!! Looks really nice.

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Re: George Clooney's house in Cabo, Mexico

Post by Katiedot on Tue Jan 03 2012, 15:50

Just merging this to the other thread where we have these pics and I'll rename the thread to make it easier to find.

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Re: George Clooney's house in Cabo, Mexico

Post by Maggy on Tue Jan 03 2012, 16:03

NICE!!

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Post by Katiedot on Fri Mar 23 2012, 11:28

Just bumping this thread for anyone interested in seeing his place in Mexico.

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Post by MM on Fri Mar 23 2012, 14:04

George really has a nice house. Just think, thirty years ago, at this point in time, he was living in the basement of a house that was across the street from the University of Cincinnati, and he was selling women's shoes at McAlpin's. He sure has come a long way, hasn't he?

Here is an excerpt from the article that was posted on the Internet contributed by people in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky who actually knew George years ago:

I dated George Clooney in 1980-81. George lived in a basement apartment (in Clifton) on Straight Street. He owned two pieces of furniture, a mattress and a director's chair. ... When George picked me up for our dates, he would bring a basketball with him. He'd play basketball in our back yard and sit talking with my dad with the basketball in his lap. During the summer, we would sit at the bottom of the stairs that led to the river next to Mike Fink's restaurant. George would always talk about his desire to move to Los Angeles to become an actor. Even back then, He loved making people laugh and he was a practical jokester! Next time you see George, ask him to share his alligator impression!

--Kathy Penno-Kramer, Mount Airy

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Post by melbert on Sat Mar 24 2012, 16:52

Thanks MM! Cute story!

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Post by it's me on Sat Mar 24 2012, 18:37

19/20 years old?

ohhhhhhhhh my!
such a little boy! Give hearts

(alligator??)

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Post by MM on Sun Mar 25 2012, 13:54

I work at the University of Cincinnati, and it is very common for students to rent out the basement, first floor, second floor of houses. Often, up to six students will rent a large house that has six bedrooms in it, and share the kitchen, living room, and up to two or three bathrooms in the house. They each pay 1/6 of the rent of the house.

I don't think that house that George lived in is still in existance, because some of the houses on that street have been torn down because they were too old and run-down.

The reason George lived there is that he was considering attending the University of Cincinnati (Straight Street is across the street from the University of Cincinnati), but after applying, he decided not to go, and chose to work a series of part-time jobs, so that he could go to LA and become a actor. Even, then, he was making long-term future plans to go to Hollywood.

At that time, Nick Clooney was working as a news anchor at WKRC-TV in Mount Auburn, which is about two miles from Clifton.

Just think, I get to drive past George's old Cincinnati pad everyday, twice a day, when I go and from work. I should be so lucky.


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Post by Katiedot on Fri Nov 23 2012, 08:11

Just bumping this thread for newbies.

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video El Dorado Cabo

Post by lelacorb on Fri Dec 21 2012, 20:08

Ehi cicas todos in Cabo!

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Post by suebee on Fri Dec 21 2012, 21:53

hmmmm these look like similar hammocks Lela girl....hmmmm...maybe it is a CABO thing written into homeowners contract everyone must have matching hammock colors to look so "together" while on holiday or vacation!

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Post by it's me on Fri Dec 21 2012, 22:35

(rubbing eyes
twice)

Shocked



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Post by Joanna on Fri Dec 21 2012, 22:55

Thanks for that find lelacorb.

It looks a great place for George to unwind and big enough
for him to keep his privacy.

I for one am grateful that he allows some photos to be
published when he's there. Give Flowers

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Post by theminis on Sat Dec 22 2012, 13:06

Thanks also Lela, I know one thing for certain, one day I'm going to holiday there, looks gorgeous.

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Post by party animal - not! on Sat Dec 22 2012, 14:00

Just one thing - not sure this is the right resort. Think it's the one next door which is a private club, Las Venetas al Paraiso.

Could be wrong of course!

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Post by it's me on Sat Dec 22 2012, 14:18

Las Venetas al Paraiso?
no
to me it doesn't seem it
(after looking at some vid)

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Post by party animal - not! on Sat Dec 22 2012, 14:26

No, sorry. What I meant was that the las Venetas is the one where GC has his house.....

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Post by Katiedot on Sat Dec 22 2012, 16:07

There's a thread about his house in Mexico already. Let me move this one to join it.

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Post by melbert on Sat Dec 22 2012, 21:39

From Lelacorb's videos (thanks for them!!) we definitely know where some of the pics of George and Stacy were taken at!!! I found it amusing too that the 2nd video was titled something like family fun and it was totally about drinking, etc.! too funny!

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Post by Katiedot on Sat Dec 29 2012, 13:26

Yes, there are two resorts described at the beginning of this thread. I think the first one mentioned is wrong, but the second one is where he stays.

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Post by Katiedot on Thu Mar 28 2013, 04:21

Just adding this here. It's a part of an interview with Rande Gerber where he talks about the house in Mexico:

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The Robb Reader: Rande Gerber

APRIL 01, 2013

He befriended Clooney 20 years ago in New York, and countless tequilas later they decided to start Casamigos (roughly “house of friends” in Spanish), named for their near-adjoining homes in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Tell us about your house in Mexico.

George and I were spending a lot of time in Mexico, and our friend Mike Meldman has a beautiful development in Cabo called El Dorado. So one day we just decided to buy a piece of property and build two houses on it. But it really feels like one house—you’re constantly walking from one to the other, the doors are always open.

"It’s breakfast at my place, lunch at his place, dinner at mine. Everyone’s always together. We had an incredible architect—Ricardo Legorreta—and we worked very closely with him. I think these are the last two homes he worked on. It’s very contemporary but comfortable, and really different from the way I live in Malibu.

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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Mar 28 2013, 09:22

This architect has done some pretty amazing 'stand-out' work

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Post by cupcake on Sat Mar 30 2013, 16:28

The place is beautiful as George's house Hug1

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