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Celebrities who have taken on real-life roles as hospitality entrepreneurs

With enough money to have a taste for the finer things in life, countless celebrities have been keen to share their passion for wining and dining as hospitality entrepreneurs.
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Hugh Jackman

Next on the list of celebrity hospitality entrepreneurs is on-screen superhero Hugh Jackman, who has starred in the X-Men franchise as Wolverine since 2000, until this year when he hung up his claws for good.

Not that he’ll face a shortage of new opportunities coming his way, of course, but should he fancy quitting the big screen for a life as a hotelier, the foundation is already in place.

Hugh Jackman Gwinganna hospitality entrepreneurs

A special VIP house for Jackman and his friends is reportedly on the resort

Jackman is a co-owner of the Queensland-based Gwinganna Health Retreat in his native Australia, which is billed as a “wellness destination to soothe your soul and inspire you to live a healthier life”.

Spread across 500 acres and situated in between ocean and valley, it’s easy to see why a hot property like Jackman would be attracted to somewhere that will offer serenity away from the hustle and bustle of Tinseltown.

Leaving a testimonial for his site, Jackman said: “The Spa Sanctuary at Gwinganna is quite simply world class.

“One feels simultaneously immersed in nature and indulgent luxury. The staff at the sanctuary is extraordinary, their expertise and passion is unparalleled. Enjoy.”

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It’s not uncommon for celebrities to be found at the venue

Apparently, Jackman isn’t the only A-lister walking the halls and fields, but status doesn’t matter at Gwinganna.

“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter where you come from — when you’re running around on the mountain everybody sweats,” declared GM Sharon Kolkka.

Having said that, the venue does come complete with a $4.25m VIP house for Jackman, which he and fellow Australian actor friends including Joel Egerton and Nicole Kidman are said to have access to.

On the next page, find out which Harry Potter star’s hotel earnings were anything but magical.

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