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Atlanta St. Regis: Home Away from Home for A-list

Although Jennifer Aniston sightings were rampant in the Atlanta press when the famous actress was filming “Wanderlast” last fall, it was actually a couple sightings reported over and over again. Most inadvertent public appearances were avoided thanks to the private Bentley owned by the St. Regis where she stayed.

This limo, one of many indulgences in this stellar property in exclusive Buckhead, is used to secretively whisk its clients from the hotel to the various restaurants and shops that they frequent. Atlanta’s new St. Regis also offers such jaw-droppers as a $40,000 bottle of Dom Perignon’s White Gold Jeroboam, 24-hour butler service and enough white-gloved, “yes, maaming” that you’ll feel like Scarlet O’Hara before the war.

The hotel’s Empire Suite, 2800 square feet of posh, has a fireplace, a piano, original art and its own private Techno gym. You didn’t think Jen looks like that without an effort, did you? The three-bedroom suite that rings in at $6000 a night stays pretty busy. Dennis Quaid, Josh Duhamel and Cindy Crawford are a few other well-knowns who have enjoyed the suite’s handcrafted chandeliers, macasser ebony furnishings and deep soaking white marble tub.

Perhaps most beloved by Atlantans is the hotel’s glamorous, white, tent-topped skating rink. Located on the seventh floor terrace, next to the pool, the billiard table, the fireplace and the waterfall, the Astor Holiday Rink, as it’s called, is open to the public.

Of course, so is the famous bar with the top-shelf cocktails, but with Owen Wilson hogging one of the tables (at least when he was in town filming the upcoming “Hall Pass’) and cocktails going for $10-plus, the Atlanta St. Regis is usually reserved for cushy once-a-year occasions.

Click here for more about this resort dubbed the “Beverly Hills of the South.”

Forget Sarah Marshall, go to Oahu’s Turtle Bay to lay it back

You don’t find hotels with grounds this big anymore. Certainly not in Hawaii. Turtle Bay Resort, the luxurious property where Jason Segel set his hit movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” is an 880-acre paradise, standing alone on the very northern tip of Oahu.

When it was built in 1972, development was focused on Honolulu and Waikiki, about an hour away, so its owners scored a chunk of beautiful not easy to come by these days.

With twin beaches, as different as coal and diamonds, Turtle Bay is the perfect hideaway for such Hollywood types as Charlie Sheen, Morgan Freeman, Minnie Driver, Dennis Quaid, Carrie Underwood and Owen Wilson, whether they’re filming a movie there or not.

Located in the country, out where roadside shrimp trucks sells sweet, local corn and plump, succulent shrimp, Turtle Bay has 375 recently-renovated rooms and 42 luxury beach cottages with Brazilian walnut floors, 15-foot ceilings and deep soak tubs. All that’s between you and the sand is a fringe of sea oats.

Even though it’s a haul from Honolulu, Turtle Bay has plenty to do. There’s kayaking, 12 miles of seaside hiking trails, two ooh-la-la golf courses, helicopter tours and even shopping. And if you’re hankering to hang ten, Turtle Bay Resort says, “bring it on, dude.”

Not only is it near Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay, both big time surfer hangs, but Turtle Bay Resort talked pro surfer Hans Hedemann into calling the shots at their premier surf school. Luckily for beginners, the lessons take place in the calmer waters of Kawela Bay where turtles are more common than swells.

As for Sarah Marshall, Segel hired Kahu spiritualist Auntie Netty to bless the 33-day production. And it worked. All 33 days had perfect idyllic conditions.

Find out more about Turtle Bay and its five miles of coastline here.