You’ve got to love Salma. She’s got an Emmy. An Oscar nomination. And on the side, a billionaire husband whose company owns Gucci among many other luxury brands. So yeah, she’s doing OK in life, and yeah, she travels in style. These are the places where you can be like Salma Hayek on vacation.
The Destination: Venice, Italy
The Spot: Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel
We thought we would wind it back to where it all begin to start, before we talk Salma Hayek on vacation. Salma Hayek and her husband, Gucci head Francois-Henri Pinault, tied the knot at this classic Venetian hotel. Cipriani has been around since 1956, and from the day it arrived, the hotel defined luxury. Today, it has the only Olympic-sized swimming pool in all of Venice, set in a classic Italian palazzo. During the Venice Film Festival, it’s where the A-List stays.
The Destination: Paros, Greece
The Spot: Mario Taverna in Naoussa
When you are an A-list Hollywood actress and a French billionaire, you have a few friends. When you’re Salma Hayek on vacation, you stay in said friend’s private villa in Greece. This past year, the Pinaults were in the hot spot destination of Paros, Greece. You know they had a chef there with major skills, to create the best meals for their group. However, that didn’t stop them from hitting up Mario, a local Greek taverna restaurant in the area of Naousa. Mario is a low-key seafood restaurant, that overlooks the water. They take simple Aegean recipes and bring them next level in presentation. What’s not made from scratch here comes right out of the sea. Carpaccio, ceviche, cheese pie and beetroot risotto with crawfish are a few of the specialities on the menu.
The Destination: Mexico City, Mexico
The Spots: Condesa DF and Pujol
Salma’s Mexican heritage makes her an expert, on where to go in Mexico City. Condesa DF is a boutique hotel with just 40 rooms, set in the Bohemian neighborhood of Condesa. It’s as local as it gets, and the hotel is all about design. The building may be from 1928, but it’s been meticulously decorated with Parisian-designed custom furniture throughout. Life is in color at the hotel, which feeds off the vibe of the local artist neighborhood.
One of Salma’s favorite restaurants in Mexico City is the acclaimed Pujol. Pujol is the restaurant by Enrique Olvera, which 20+ years ago made Mexico City a foodie destination. The tasting menus take traditional Mexican food to a whole new level of gourmet. Highlights of the tasting menu can include amberjack with radish, pistachio and ginger, to a an octopus taco with bean puree and purslane.
The Destination: Los Angeles
The Restaurant: Osteria Gucci, of course
When you’re married to the head guy at Gucci, you get preferential reservations at Osteria Gucci. The restaurant is on the top floor of the Gucci store on Rodeo. Osteria Gucci is a confection of whimsical colors and patterns that puts you immediately a good mood. If you’re Salma, you won’t be shy on the diet and you’ll order the thick cut steak fries. We also suggest adding a pasta to the order, because you are in an Italian restaurant, after all.