Rock star villas in St Barths and rock climbing pilgrimages for weekend boys trips
11 November 2015
To be a certified global megastar of rock ‘n’ roll, there are certain examples of stereotypical behaviour that one must indulge in. These include:
– complaining about the backstage catering;
– throwing a TV out a hotel window;
– going to rehab for a substance abuse problem; and
– recording at least one album at a beachside mansion in the Caribbean.
Here’s the good news. Even if you’re not a certified global megastar of rock ‘n’ roll, you still have the opportunity to record music in Caribbean opulence (provided you’ve got a bit of cash to splash), with a visit to Villa Rockstar.
The villa is one of the properties that make up the “it” hotel of the Caribbean, Eden Rock St Barths, a legendary resort amongst celebrities and socialites alike, located on the spectacular turquoise-water bay of St Jean’s.
Often described as a “hundred million dollar yacht on land”, Villa Rockstar is arranged around a central courtyard and fountain, with suites named after Bob Dylan, Freddie Mercury, Bob Marley and John Lennon. There’s a pool, spa bath, cinema, fitness centre and loads more, plus you get your own Mini Cooper and a vehicle of your choice from the Rockstar garage.
And here’s the best bit: the villa includes its own onsite recording studio, with the original console that was used to mix John Lennon’s immortal track “Imagine”.
So if you’ve got a few muso friends and you’re able to arrange a leave pass to the Caribbean, here’s your chance to rock out, make a record, and revel in tropical luxury, all at the same time.
The well-travelled man
And speaking of rock … Here’s our list of 5 of the world’s must-visit aggregations
#1 Uluru, Australia
Sure to get every geologist’s heart thumping, Uluru (or Ayers Rock) in Central Australia is a colossus, measuring 350m in height and 10km in diameter. You can climb it, though the local indigenous community prefers that you don’t. Other wacky rock formations Down Under include Wave Rock, the Olgas and the Bungle Bungles.
#2 Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Not just one rock but 40,000 interlocking hexagonal rocks, or basalt columns, which developed in the wake of an ancient volcanic eruption. This one is perhaps most famous for featuring on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy.
#3 Golden Rock, Myanmar
This well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar’s Mon State features tiny Kyaiktiyo Pagoda perched on top of a massive granite boulder decorated with gold leaf. Legend says that the rock itself balances on a single strand of the Buddha’s hair.
#4 The Rock of Gibraltar
If Singapore’s macaques aren’t enough for you, head for this huge chunk of UK Crown Property beside the Mediterranean – it’s crawling with them. American Pie actor Jason Biggs knows all about it, because he was attacked by one of them. True story!
#5 Kjeragbolten, Norway
A five-cubic-metre ball of glacial rock doesn’t sound too exciting, except that this one is lodged in a mountain crevice and suspended over a vertical drop of almost one kilometre. Clamber onto the thing if you like, but make sure your shoes have decent grip.
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