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Holiday Type / Star Wars filming locations

Destinations across the globe have been used to present the spectacular planets that make up the Star Wars universe since 1976 - here we highlight some of our favourites.

The third and final instalment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy saw the crew head to Asia for the first time. Filming for Revenge of the Sith took place in Thailand and featured the limestone peaks of Phang Nga Bay as well as the limestone karst mountains of Guilin in China. In this episode, Anakin was also injured on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily and footage of the volcano erupting was used in the background of the scenes set on Mustafar.

The cast of the latest epic, The Force Awakens, flew to Abu Dhabi and the vast expanse of Rub' al Khali Desert, a wilderness that measures in larger than France.

The next Star Wars film is following Game of Thrones to the streets of Dubrovnik. Shooting for Episode VIII took place in March, with all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures spotted within the city walls.

 

COMO Point Yamu

With its enviable location on the tip of Cape Yamu overlooking UNESCO protected Phang Nga Bay, COMO Point Yamu enjoys breathtaking views over Phuket’s east coast. Contemporary guest rooms, suites and private pool villas boast spectacular views from the floor to ceiling windows, and beautifully designed bathrooms add an extra wow factor. Cuisine ranges from street-style Thai and locally caught seafood in Nahmyaa to Italian wood-fired classics and healthy COMO Shambhala specialities in poolside La Sirena. To revitalise mind and body there is comp...

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Shangri-La Hotel Guilin

The dramatic mountains, caves and crystal-clear river of Guilin provide the backdrop for this beautifully landscaped hotel with its elegantly appointed rooms and suites overlooking the grounds of the Li River. The guestrooms are spacious whilst Executive River View Rooms also feature outdoor viewing terraces to observe breathtaking sunsets, and the Horizon Club offers enhanced amenities. Feast on authentic Guilin cuisine in the Shang Palace signature restaurant; breakfast and international buffet is taken in the Li Cafe. Close by ...

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Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

This Belmond hotel exudes a timeless glamour that has long been a lure for the glitterati. From its elevated position in central Taormina it commands breathtaking views over brooding Mount Etna and the sun-drenched resorts along the coastline. Stroll through verdant grounds in the footsteps of illustrious guests to the fabled Literary Terrace. Rooms and suites recall the magnificence of Sicilian Baroque and most boast a terrace or balcony to maximise the vistas. The elegance continues into The Restaurant where Mediterranean dishes are a special...

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Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

This impressive resort lies in the Liwa Desert of the Empty Quarter, one of the world’s largest unbroken expanses of desert measuring over 1,000 kilometres long and 500 kilometres wide. Seclusion is tempered with a sense of adventure, the hotel being designed in the style of an Arabian fortress where rooms are adorned with Arabic décor. Anantara suites have private patios with sunloungers; family villas come complete with plunge pools and personal butler service. Feast on barbecues and mezzeh amidst the dunes at the tented Al Falaj, or dine at ...

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Pucic Palace

Dubrovnik’s first luxury boutique hotel stands directly across from lively Gundulic Square in the old town. Housed in an elegant 17th Century Baroque building and former aristocrat's home, guest rooms and suites with spacious bathrooms blend contemporary touches with antique furnishings, parquet floors and hand-woven rugs. Bursting with character each of the 19 rooms is named after a Croatian artist, poet or musician. La Capella, the atmospheric restaurant, serves Mediterranean cuisine alfresco to the accompanying scent of jasmine and citrus fl...

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