Footballers are known for preferring the finer things in life and their choice of holiday destinations is no exception. Private islands and luxury villas abound, but if your budget doesn’t stretch that far we’ve included a few more affordable alternatives.
Hotel Conrad in Algarve, Portugal
The design of Hotel Conrad is just as imposing and sleek as you’d expect from a hotel modelled on an 18th-century Portuguese palace. Throw in the fact that this Algarve-based hotel is a favourite with Wayne and Coleen Rooney and it’s easy to see why this is one of the most exclusive hotels in Portugal.
Quinta do Lago
Like the area but looking for something a bit more affordable? The Rooneys are also fond of a round of golf at the Quinta do Lago resort.
Niyama Private Island in Kudahuvadhoo, Maldives
Niyama Private Island
The lure of a private island in the Maldives is clear enough, but throw in the fact that Niyama has the world’s first underwater nightclub, a 24-hour spa, private beaches and crystal lagoons galore? Well, after a luxurious family holiday here, it’s a wonder that Luis Suárez managed to tear himself away.
Fancy living like El Pistolero but don’t have the hefty transfer fee to finance it? The Kudahuvadhoo Inn is located on the Dhaalu Atoll mainland and is only 1-minute walk from the beach.
Hotel Football Old Trafford in Manchester, UK
Of course a city with such an illustrious football legacy as Manchester has a hotel to match. Hotel Football overlooks Man United’s Old Trafford football stadium and is owned by some of the team’s most skilled former players, including Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, the Neville brothers and Paul Scholes. The hotel cost £24,000,000 to build and the owners showed that they have their priorities in order by installing a five-a-side football pitch on the roof.
If the hotel is a bit out of your price range there’s still the option to have a pint in the hotel restaurant (Cafe Football) and then spend the night at the nearby Chesters Hotel.
Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, USA
Las Vegas is a favourite among footballers looking for a hedonistic (or hair-raising) weekend and in recent years Cristiano Ronaldo has been regularly spotted staying at luxury hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Frank Lampard’s preferred hotel when he’s in town is the Wynn Hotel, where you’ll find luxury fashion brand shopping boutiques, oasis pools, and, of course, a gigantic casino.
If you’d rather save your cash for the blackjack table, check into the Mandalay Bay, another hotel-casino on the strip.
Constance Prince Mauritius in Belle Mare, Mauritius
Constance Prince Mauritius
FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship winner Robert Pires dodges the winter gloom in style by heading to Mauritius (where the average winter temperature is a balmy 25°C) and checking into the luxury Constance Le Prince Maurice. This sunny haven has it’s own private beaches, a floating restaurant, and glorious views of the Indian Ocean.
The Residence Mauritius
It may not have a floating restaurant but The Residence Mauritius also has easy access to the beach, it’s own swimming pool, and a spa lavish enough for a premiership footballer.