Tinseltown on the Beach

Deborah Dimond The Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif., played host to a slew of Hollywood stars during the recent Newport Beach Film Festival. Actor and new director Chad Lowe came out to kick off the festivities and introduce his new movie “Beautiful Ohio.” (The film’s star, Michelle Trachtenberg, als

By: Deborah Dimond

The Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif., played host to a slew of Hollywood stars during the recent Newport Beach Film Festival. Actor and new director Chad Lowe came out to kick off the festivities and introduce his new movie “Beautiful Ohio.” (The film’s star, Michelle Trachtenberg, also stayed at The Island.) The hotel is also popular with young television starlets. Recently, I spotted a bikini-clad Hayden Panettiere of “Heroes” playing tennis with boyfriend Stephen Colletti of “Laguna Beach” on one of the hotel’s courts.

Clients can channel their own inner celebrity by lounging in front of the unique outdoor fireplace by the pool or snuggling up in 410-thread-count sheets in one of the 295 European-inspired rooms each features a balcony with a view of the ocean or surrounding gardens. Other creature comforts include a restaurant and lounge, poolside bar, gym and tennis courts. A Power Pearl facial or a Volcano Detoxifying scrub at the spa is good prep for a red carpet walk. If your client considers shopping a sport, they’re in the right place Fashion Island, the OC’s hottest shopping complex, is nearby.

Those who prefer to stay out of the limelight, can opt to curl up in one of the hotel’s fluffy terry-cloth robes and indulge in some gourmet comfort food like a late-night room-service snack of macaroni and cheese with truffles or homemade moon pies.

If old Hollywood is more your clients’ fancy, recommend the Balboa Bay Club. Once an exclusive private club, it opened its doors to the public in 2003. The property offers 160 guestrooms, 10 suites and a spa. Over the years the club has been a West Coast playground to past presidents and major Washington players, as well as big Hollywood names.

Duke’s Place, named after the one of the club’s favorite members, John Wayne, is a great place to unwind. There you can listen to live jazz and perhaps share a martini with the likes of former Attorney General Janet Reno, spotted on a recent visit.

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