The jet-set lifestyle of the Beckhams is no secret. With their recent Netflix documentary offering a glimpse into their luxury travels, it’s evident that this family is always on the move. When David isn’t tending to his golden bees or hobnobbing with friends like Elton John and David Furnish in the South of France, they often find themselves in the world’s most luxurious hotels. Join us as we explore some of their favourite properties where style, sophistication, and family fun seamlessly converge.
Borgo Egnazia, near Bari, Italy
Having had the pleasure of staying at Borgo Egnazia, it’s easy to see why the Beckhams have given it their seal of approval. Walking into this sumptuous establishment is like wandering through the set of a lavish Hollywood set with plenty of decadent elements for guests to appreciate. Borgo Egnazia boasts two private beaches as well as four swimming pools and five international restaurants, each of which offers a variety of culinary adventures. Guests will find everything they need here for a holiday filled with the ultimate in pampering, including a Michelin-starred restaurant for food lovers and free daily yoga classes. The most luxurious villas here are elegantly furnished and feature private pools that are set in picturesque gardens.
Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy
Perched high above the picturesque Portofino, Hotel Splendido is the epitome of old-school elegance. Once a monastery, this iconic hotel has been hosting celebrities since 1902, including the Beckhams, who followed in the footsteps of many legendary Hollywood couples. The Belmond Hotel Splendido has managed to maintain much of its original structure while also making room for luxurious touches such as a tennis court, sauna and large swimming pool. Guests can embrace the outdoor space with a stroll through the large and lovely gardens, while stunning views are waiting to be enjoyed at the Terrazza restaurant. The spacious sea-facing suites are simply sumptuous and feature wraparound terraces.
Rookery Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire
Cheshire’s countryside is the setting for Rookery Hall, a historic hotel that marries period elegance with modern luxury and it holds a special place in the Beckham love story. It was here, in January 1998, that David and Victoria announced their engagement. This magnificent country house is surrounded by 38 acres of manicured gardens and woodlands, with classic features and interconnecting bedrooms, as well as a selection of suites. The wood-panelled restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes for its British menu, or there’s the Drawing Room and Bar for fireside Afternoon Tea (your canine companion can also order a Doggy Afternoon Tea) and drinks on the terrace. Rookery Hall’s wellness facilities boast 5 Bubble Spa status, comprising indoor swimming and hydrotherapy spa pools, a sauna, a steam room, seven treatment rooms, the Amber Lounge, and a Relaxation Room.
One&Only Reethi Rah, North Malé, Maldives
When the Beckham children were younger, the family often holidayed with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s family at this luxurious Maldivian resort. Book a romantic beach or overwater villa, a Grand Residence pool villa for up to nine guests, or the fully-staffed three-bedroom Grand Sunset Residence perched right on the white sands and with two private pools. The One&Only Reethi Rah is an eco-friendly resort found in the North Malé Atoll, with an award-winning spa and a range of in/on water activities. Dine outside among hidden gardens on farm-to-fork cuisine at Botanica; or sample artistic Japanese fare at Hoshi; breakfast beside the water at Reethi; eat Levant-inspired food at Fanditha; and grab a healthy lunch at the Beach Club.
Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco
The Beckhams have confirmed their status as “Amanjunkies” with multiple visits to Aman’s ultra-luxury hotels. Among them, Amanjena stands out as their preferred choice. Designed in a traditional style, Amanjena’s architecture features arches, courtyards and gardens. Guests are accommodated in regal pavilions and maisons, with carved wooden doors, zellij tilework and Berber carpets. All have a private garden or courtyard, some have private pools. There are several dining options, including poolside dining. Amanjena has a strong focus on wellness and attracts experts from across the globe who lead retreats. The spa offers a range of therapies inspired by Moroccan traditions, a hammam, and a yoga studio. Other leisure amenities include a heated outdoor pool and two clay tennis courts, with an academy for coaching.
Nihi Sumba, Indonesia
Not easy to get to but worth it, Nihi Sumba requires a journey through rice fields and rainforests to reach its stunning shores. The Beckhams, however, have ventured here after stays in equally opulent destinations. Owned by illustrious entrepreneur Chris Burch, NIHI Sumba has been named the Number 1 Hotel in the World for two years running by Travel & Leisure magazine and most recently, a “brand to watch” by Skift. It’s set on the west coast of Sumba Island, under an hour from Bali and forms a paradisiacal private estate with organic kitchen gardens, flanked by azure sea and lush green tiered fields. The architecture blends seamlessly into the natural surroundings, providing that barefoot luxury feel. Guests can swim in freshwater pools (either attached to their own villas, or in the shared space), bask in the treatments at the open-air spa pavilions and dine beside the sea, or in a treehouse eatery.
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany
For a serious spa-based recovery, Victoria and David head to Villa Stéphanie at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden. This is the flagship five-star property of the Oetker Collection, an enchanting riverside idyll in pastoral surroundings. Many guests come for the huge Villa Stéphanie Spa & Wellbeing, located within the grounds that offer medical, as well as therapeutic treatments. A large pool overlooks the garden and plush rooms – many with balconies and terraces, all with pillow and blanket menus – are decorated to reflect the building’s 19th-century heritage. From the grand cuisine with modern twists and prepared with the finest local ingredients at The Wintergarten to the exuberant Fritz and Felix Bar inspired by the Roaring Twenties the drinks and dining offering here is also a major draw.