Spot the Opulent Filming Locations When ‘The Night Manager’ Debuts
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Produced by the BBC and AMC, “The Night Manager” is one of the most expensive TV series ever made, with each episode costing over $4 million. Based on the early reviews, the investment was worth it, if for only the travel-inspiring filming locations alone. Set in Europe and the Middle East, the show's locations bounce between England, Spain, Morocco, Switzerland, Turkey and Egypt, capturing some of the most extravagant properties in each country.
"It was deliberate to make it very sexy," director Susanne Bier said of the series. "The story takes place in a very lavish world — the world of Richard Roper — and part of the excitement is that Jonathan Pine and the audience get sucked into this world because it’s so lavish and glamorous. We all want to be there even if we know that it’s an evil world. So that world needed to be attractive."
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Based on John le Carre's best-selling 1993 novel of the same name, “The Night Manager” stars Hugh Laurie as Richard Roper, an arms dealer who is being pursued by former British soldier Jonathon Pine, played by Tom Hiddleston, as he attempts to infiltrate the businessman's inner circle. Here are just a few of locations featured in “The Night Manager” that you'll want to look for — and visit — when the series debuts on April 19.
The hotel in Cairo that is managed by an undercover Jonathan Pine and plays a prominent part in the series is actually not in Cairo at all, but can be found in Marrakech, Morocco.
The luxurious Es Saadi Gardens & Resort's star turn in The Night Manager isn't the hotel's first brush with fame. Es Saadi's world-class spa has been attracting stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and The Rolling Stones for years. The deluxe villas at Es Saadi include private gardens, pools, butler service and a chauffeur, for around $10,000 a night.
One location that does play itself in the series is the resort town of Zermatt, located in Switzerland's Valais canton. It's no surprise the region's famous Matterhorn mountain was given a prominent role in the series. At 14,692 ft, it looms high above Zermatt, creating the perfect dramatic backdrop for a spy series.
Among the best hotels in Zermatt is the Riffelalp Resort which offers "a unique Alpine panorama and microclimatic condition," for an equally breathtaking price, of course.
Finally, the architectural highlight of the series might be Roper's palatial home. The 17th century fort with two pools, multiple villas and manicured gardens where Roper holes up on the show is La Fortaleza, a private estate overlooking the town on Port de Pollenca in Spain. The property's owner never rents it out, but he has been known to auction off a week's stay at the home. Last time, the auction sold for a mere $297,000.
These destinations might be just slightly out of your price range, but that doesn't mean you can't fantasize about them while watching "The Night Manager" when it finally makes its way to AMC this month.
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