Take a trip back in time with Gatsby Getaways

June 24, 2013

the great gatsby 1The recent launch of Great Gatsby in cinemas worldwide has caused a nostalgic resurgence of 1920’s styled resorts, High Tea and themed events.

The Oheka Castle on Long Island, featured in the Great Gatsby, is available for weddings, functions and accommodation.  This grand old hotel takes great pride in its association with this celebrated novel and offers a variety of Gatsby themed packages and experiences such as the Weekday Gatsby package that features mansion tours, picnic lunches, themed rooms complete with strawberries and champagne and a complimentary Prohibition Drink for those who arrive dressed to theme.

New York’s Plaza Hotel has opened a themed Fitzgerald Suite in tribute to the author and the Surrey has a Summer of Gatsby B&B package on offer.  Trump International Hotel and Tower as well as Vanderbilt Grace are also on the bandwagon with themed rooms and accommodation packages.

Elsewhere, the Montague restaurant at the Hyatt Regency in London served three course set menus, Gatsby style, during the month of May with prizes for the best-dressed patrons. Harvey Nichols is putting on a Roaring Twenties afternoon tea until 31 July and Intercontinental London Park Lane is hosting Gin and Jazz nights to celebrate the film.  In Southern France, the villa Belles Rives where F. Scott Fitzgerald once resided, is offering discounts on accommodation to celebrate the launch of the Great Gatsby movie.

In Kenya, you can check into Cottar’s 1920s camp with its themed tents and game drives in a classic period car.  Hemingway’s Casino near East London offers a South African Gatsby vibe with décor straight out of the 1920s, elegant opulence and a relaxed vibe.  The Mount Nelson Hotel Is famous for its 1920’s décor and old-world charm and has always offered High Tea and themed rooms, so head off to this classic establishment for your Gatsby fix the next time you are in Cape Town.

It looks like Baz Luhrmann; director of the Great Gatsby isn’t the only one looking to recreate the grandeur of this era as the 1920’s roar back in grand style to capture the imagination of hotelier, restaurateur and customers alike.