Jet-Setting Locations for “The Idea of You”

If you’ve never heard of “The Idea of You,” it’s a novel that was published back in 2017 ~ that has taken off in 2024, due to an Amazon movie featuring Anne Hathaway & Nicholas Galitzine.  It’s about a single mom who unexpectedly meets one of the hottest stars from a boy band….who just happens to be 20 years younger than her.  And they fall in love.  ALL over the world!  There are so many great locations in the book & movie, I wanted to get them sorted!  Here are the top “Jet-Setting Locations for The Idea of You.”

Top Jet-Setting Locations from The Idea of You, Girl Who Travels the World

A beautiful “older” woman, played by Anne Hathaway ~ falls in love with a boy band member, in “The Idea of You.” Photo: Amazon.


If you’re wondering which is better: the book or the movie ~ my friends & I agree: definitely the BOOK.  While the movie is “cute,” it follows pretty typical rom-com plot points.  The book is far more detailed & nuanced, & the characters more fleshed out & believable.  I recently finished the book in ONE day during a trip to Las Vegas!


Map of “The Idea of You” Hot Hotels


The Setai Miami Beach

Four Seasons Buenos Aires

South of France

Hotel Bel Air

Four Seasons George V Paris

The Little Nell in Aspen

The Book

The Movie

Overview of “The Idea of You” Locations…

Because the book is longer (& more interesting), I’m detailing the key locations from the book ~ most of which overlap with the movie; Coachella being a noticeable exception & change for their first meeting.

Hotel Bel Air, Jet-Setting Locations from "The Idea of You," Girl Who Travels the World

Hayes & Solene’s first lunch is at the iconic pink Hotel Bel Air, a spot long-favored by Hollywood stars. Photo: Dorchester Collection.

  1. Where Solene & Hayes First Meet = The Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas.  In the movie, the location where they first meet changes to Coachella (which was an odd change).  But in the book: the first place they meet is at a “Meet & Greet” before a concert, at the Mandalay Bay Resort ($69+/night).
  2. Their First Lunch = At the Iconic Hotel Bel Air Restaurant.  With a view of the garden.  The Hotel Bel Air ($1,000+) is one of the top spots in Los Angeles for overall celebrity-sightings…& it’s not surprising that a fictitious young pop star would be staying there before a big gig at the Staples Center.
  3. Their First Encounter in New York City = Meet At the Four Seasons (His Hotel) & Consummated at Crosby Street Hotel (Her Hotel).  During gigs in NYC, Hayes & the band are staying at one of the city’s finest hotels: the Four Seasons New York ($1,002+).  This is where Solene first meets his “entourage.”  But later, they take off for a more intimate dinner at her place ~ the more intimate Crosby Street Hotel ($885+), in Lower Manhattan.  And this is where things start to get good…
  4. Where Did Solene & Hayes Stay in the South of France?  At a private villa in beautiful Cap d’Antibes.  You can check for villa rentals in Southern France here….or for similar vibes, & another celebrity favorite: check out Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat ($1,226+), which was also featured in Netflix’s “Emily in Paris.”  In the book, Hayes & Solene also have a steamy stop-over at her chic hotel in Cannes: Hotel Martinez ($458+).
  5. Back in Los Angeles = Lunchtime Encounter with Her Ex + Hayes….at Soho House.  This is that delicious lunchtime meet-up where Solene is having a friendly drink with her ex….when she unexpectedly runs into her current conquest, & one of the most desirable men on the planet: Hayes.  After which, she meets up with Hayes at perennially-popular Hollywood spot: Chateau Marmont ($590+), for more steamy encounters…
  6. Where Did Hayes & Solene Stay in Paris?  Ahhh….the City of Light.  A key part of the book, where Solene & her business partner are working at a busy art fair, promoting their work.  But of course, Hayes rents out the Penthouse Suite at the Four Seasons George V ($1,930+), one of Paris’ most iconic hotels…& a favorite with celebrities.  And there are more steamy encounters here….in elevators, in the shower….you get the picture.
  7. Where They Stayed in Miami = At the Setai Miami Beach.  Solene travels to Miami for Art Basel, while Hayes & his band are there to party.  Hayes & Solene cozy up in the chic outdoor restaurant at The Setai ($575+)….before retreating to their Asian-inspired suite at this sexy, oceanfront hotel. 
  8. Where Did Hayes & Solene Stay in the Caribbean?  On the same island that Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston did….once upon a time: Anguilla.  Hayes & Solene rent a secluded villa on the south shore of the island, with views of neighboring Saint-Martin.  A hotel with a similar position is Cap Juluca, a Belmond Hotel ($1,030+) ~ a stunning oceanfront property with walls of glass that look out towards Caribbean waters…
  9. Where They Stay in Aspen = The Little Nell.  I’ve already written an article about where celebrities stay in Aspen ~ stars like Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, & Rihanna.  Hayes & Solene must have taken note: because my top spot was The Little Nell ($895+).  And that’s exactly where they stayed for a cozy winter getaway…
  10. And FINALLY: Where Did Hayes & Solene Stay in South America?  Interestingly enough: at the same hotel that Taylor Swift stays at when she’s on tour….which is, the Four Seasons Hotel ($640+) in Buenos Aires.  The boys are on a massive stadium tour all throughout South America, & Solene flies in to see Hayes while they’re playing at Estadio Jose Amalfitani.

Locations from "The Idea of You," Great Retiro Hotels in Buenos Aires, Where Did Taylor Swift Stay in Buenos Aires? Girl Who Travels the World

The gorgeous outdoor pool at the Four Seasons Buenos Aires. Photo: Kayak.


A Couple More Photos…

Jet-Setting Locations from "The Idea of You," Girl Who Travels the World

There’s a reason the South of France is in both the book AND the movie: because it looks like this….

Setai Miami, Jet-Setting Locations from "The Idea of You," Girl Who Travels the World

The Setai Miami Beach.

Hot Hotels in “The Idea of You”

I hope you’ve enjoyed traveling the world here….& possibly getting ideas for your next getaway.  One spot Hayes & Selene did not go, but that’s very popular with celebrities?  ITALY.  From Venice to Rome, the stars love to play in this beautiful European country….

xoxo Noelia 

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