Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow Break Bread in Morocco
Two of Brad Pitt's exes spent Turkey Day together in Morocco this year, leaving him to his family life. Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow, along with Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr, Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody, celebrated the re-opening of La Mamounia Hotel on Thursday in Marrakech. Suspiciously absent from the star-studded affair were the ladies of Sex and the City. All four womenSarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixonhave been filming scenes for next year's feature, Sex and the City 2 in Morocco since Oct. 25.
It's no wonder so many A-Listers showed up for the gala event. The hotel was a mainstay for celebrities for decades before it closed its doors three years ago. Even Alfred Hitchcock was a fan and shot The Man Who Knew Too Much in the hotel's lobby, which was also a favorite hang out for the Rolling Stones, Charlie Chaplin and Sharon Stone.
Now, the Mamounia is back after a $176 million renovation lead by the famous French decorator Jacques Garcia. Every room was refurbished in Art Deco and Arabo-Andalusian styles, a massive spa was added to the 20-acre gardens, and star chefs were tapped to open new restaurants within the hotel. "There is only three golden rules about a palace of this standing," says Garcia, "Elegance, elegance, and elegance."
Not surprisingly, all of that elegance comes with a price tag only the rich and famous can afford. Rates at the hotel start around $775 per night and go up to $10,350 for a villa with a private swimming pool.
· Legendary Mamounia hotel reopens in Marrakech [USA Today]
· Jennifer Aniston: Thanksgiving Day in Morocco! [Just Jared]
· Celeb Travel Coverage [Jaunted]