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Dreaming of living in the lap of luxury for your next vacation? From partying in Las Vegas’s finest resorts and casinos to soaking up the sun on the beaches of the French Riviera, you’ll find over-the-top opulence and luxurious accommodations around the world. Not everyone can afford to live like a celebrity, but if you want to vacation like the stars, these destinations may be perfect for your next getaway.
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Rio offers it all, which is just one reason this Brazilian city tends to attract so many celebrities. There are few cities on earth as sexy, from its breathtaking scenery to its incredibly beautiful people. Stars like Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Tom Cruise have all been seen on its magnificent beaches, while the likes of Gerard Butler, Gisele Bundchen and Madonna have all partied at its hopping nightclubs as well as the legendary Carnival festival. Visitors can explore the city’s rich cultural history, indulge in delicious Brazilian cuisine and sip Caipirinha, the nation’s favorite drink. Ipanema Beach is known for some of the very best dining and accommodations – in fact, if you’ve got the cash, you can live like Kim and Kanye, Beyonce and P.Diddy who have all stayed the Fasano Hotel, located in the heart of Ipanema Beach.
Is there any place more glamorous than the French Riviera? A-listers like David and Victoria Beckham, Beyonce and Jay Z, Rhianna, Adrian Brody and the Kardashians flock to hotspots like Saint-Tropez with its idyllic beaches and world-class restaurants. Cannes also attracts big stars who come out for the annual film festival and live it up in private yachts or luxurious five-star hotels. If you want to live like they do, stay at the five-star Hotel Byblos and you can even skip the lines to get into trendy nightclubs like Le Baoli in Cannes or Saint-Tropez’s Les Caves du Roy where celebs are frequently spotted.
Ever dreamed of a vacation where you’re treated like royalty? Prince William and Kate Middleton have enjoyed tropical getaways on this gorgeous tiny island in the West Indies a number of times. This pristine Caribbean hideaway is an ideal place for relaxation, renowned for its sandy beaches and cerulean waters, and a favored vacation destination for the European jet set as well as rock royalty like Mick Jagger. It offers the ultimate in privacy and luxurious accommodations.
While Miami may not be as exotic as some destinations, there is no shortage of celebs to be found here. It’s been a popular spot for the stars for years, and some have even made the city their home away from home as a great place to party, soak in the sunshine and enjoy all sorts of water activities. South Beach is the best place to go, with everyone from Sports Illustrated swimsuit models to the Kardashians often seen here. Keep an eye out in the hottest nightclubs like LIV, with frequent guests like Paris Hilton, Lebron James and Hayden Panettiere. Luxury hotel Casa Tua is a favorite with celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson and Vince Vaughn. If you’re here during basketball season, try to catch a Miami Heat game, with numerous stars often seen at courtside.
This upscale Caribbean island really lives up to the hype. The ultimate adult sandbox, you’ll find unspoiled and uncrowded white sand beaches along with a fabulous French vibe and charming gingerbread-style cottages. You can shop for high-end designer pieces at famous boutiques right alongside the rich and famous. This place like no other is almost always star-studded with the likes of Beyonce and Harrison Ford coming and going, briefly inhabiting villas distinguished by their privacy and patronizing a handful of reservation-only eateries. Nikki Beach, sometimes referred to as “The Sexiest Place on Earth,” is an ideal blend of dining, fashion, music and entertainment. Somewhat like a Hollywood frat party, you might see stars like Gwen Stefani, Paris Hilton or Mariah Carey sipping champagne and mingling with guests.
There are not only a lot of celebrities who party it up in Vegas, many of them call the city home. Here, you’ll have the chance to live among the glitz and glamour of places like the Venetian, Wynn and Bellagio. The top places to see and be seen is Encore, part of the Wynn hotel chain, Lavo at the Palazzo and the Venetian’s Tao Beach. Big Hollywood names like Leonardo DiCaprio and Lauren Conrad, as well as Usher, are often seen partying the night away.
If celebrity spotting is on the top of your list, plan to visit the Bahamas between November and March, high season and the most active time for everything- although, music video shoots, TV shows and film scenes do bring the stars out year round. Celebs love it here for the privacy as well as the laid-back atmosphere and even indifference shown to mega stars. While customer service is often exceptional, locals here don’t tend to get star struck, so everyone is treated the same way. While on the island, many stars head to either the Rock House Hotel, Atlantis Paradise Island or The Cove at Atlantis. If you hang out poolside by Cain at The Cove, your odds are good for running into someone famous, like model and actress Denise Richards, NBA star Dwayne Wade or Academy Award-winner and chart-topping singer Jennifer Hudson.
This spectacular island has a ton to offer all types of travelers. It’s no surprise that it’s also one of the most popular celebrity vacation spots. Ever since Elvis decided to pack his bags and head to Maui back in the 1950s, stars have arrived in droves. Some have even decided to call it home, or at least a second home, including Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, Owen Wilson and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Recent celeb visitors have included Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. Many enjoy activities that most visitors do, like snorkeling, golfing, surfing and just hanging out on the beach.
This magnificent region is filled with picturesque little villages along the shores of the lake and beautiful villas surrounded by lush, green gardens as well as mountainous hinterland. It was George Clooney who officially put Italy’s Lake Como on the map after purchasing a mansion in the lakeside village of Laglio. Sir Richard Branson is one of his neighbors, the owner of Villa La Cassinella in Lenno, a village on the western side of the lake that can be reached only by private motor launch. If you’ve got a thick wallet, you can rent it yourself and see what’s it’s like to be the savvy Virgin Group founder.
Celebrities like to escape to Mykonos during the off season, when not as many tourists are here. It’s a spot for the famous who don’t want to be seen, followed and photographed, so they can enjoy a bit of peace and tranquility impossible to find at home. Once a playground of the 1960s jet set, made famous by Grace Kelly and Jackie Onassis, it’s becoming increasingly more in fashion once again. A roll call of well-known names have been pictured sipping champagne from magnums sold right on the sand as well as dancing and partying on the island’s famous beaches. Tom Hanks, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lindsay Lohan have all been spotted here.
Cabo is just a quick jaunt from California’s entertainment capital, not to mention boasting incredible scenery and lots of luxe seaside resorts that aim to please the jet set crowd. It offers an easy escape from busy lifestyles for a relaxing weekend with idyllic beaches, world-class spas and trendy nightclubs too. If you have plenty of money to stay at the kind of places where five-star dining, infinity pools and private butlers are considered standard amenities, you can live like a star. Casa Dorada along the golden sands of Medano Beach is a favorite with a long list of celebrities, including rocker Tommy Lee. Just a few of the others who frequently spend time in this region include Gwyneth Paltrow, Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston.
Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous beaches, known around the world after being featured on numerous television shows and films. It’s the perfect spot for talented surfers, and the golden sands of this long expanse of beach are a great place for jogging, walking and soaking up the sun. Celebs like Hugh Jackman, Nicole Richie and Leonardo DiCaprio have all been seen relaxing here.
Bora Bora, a jewel in French Polynesia, is considered by many to be the very best island in the world. A popular honeymoon spot, this gem is ideal for lovers with an especially romantic atmosphere and jaw-dropping scenery as well as being private and secluded. A long list of celebrity guests have been drawn here, including Sharon Stone, Eva Longoria, Nicole Kidman, James Cameron and Rob Lowe. The island boasts a number of upscale resorts with those legendary over-the-water bungalows, providing the ultimate in privacy along with lavish accommodation.
Celebrities flock to Sandy Lane, a destination in itself, situated on the upscale west coast of Barbados in Saint James. It offers the chance to get pampered like royalty in a resort known for its ultra-deluxe accommodations and signature pink beach chairs and umbrellas that make a striking contrast against the vivid cerulean waters. This very high-end resort is legendary for its sophistication and style, even featuring underground hallways so that guests don’t have to see housekeeping activities when leaving their room. It also boasts a fabulous spa and its own world-class golf course. Guests have included Simon Cowell, Tiger Woods and Rihanna, among many others.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the Kardashians, or some of the other rich and famous like Kate Hudson, Britney Spears, Charlie Sheen and Lady Gaga, you may not have heard about Punta De Mita, a beautiful peninsula on Mexico’s west coast. Just a short jaunt from Puerto Vallarta, its five-star accommodations and beautiful beaches have become a popular celeb destination. Some of the most indulgent, catering to wealthy clientele, include Casa de Mita, an elegant, all-inclusive beachfront villa with just eight rooms. The Four Seasons also caters to big spenders – Charlie Sheen even tweeted his presence to give his personal endorsement of the country while he was staying at the property, writing, “Much like myself, don’t believe what you read or hear about Mexico. It’s paradise down here.”
This Balearic Island in the Mediterranean attracts the upscale crowd with its natural beauty and laid-back ambiance. Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones even have homes here. The endless stream of glamorous visitors means there are also many grand properties scattered throughout the hills and coastline, with many available as a self-catering option. If you hope to spot one of the rich and famous, enjoy a drink at one of the island’s most exclusive bars, the Karma Bar. Brad Pitt and musician Julian Lennon have both walked through its doors. Glitzy marina on Mallorca’s south coast, Puerto Portals is a favorite hangout for royalty and celebs, like Jim Carrey and Paris Hilton. Rod Stewart is said to frequently anchor his yacht here as well.
Spain’s Canary archipelago attracts plenty of celebrities, including former couple Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr. Lanzarote in particular offers a ton of star appeal in addition to sun and sand. When Penelope Cruz was shooting “Broken Embraces” here, she reportedly fell in love with the island. While not incredibly glitzy or flashy, it has become a rather upmarket destination with lots of chic, eco-friendly places where you can spend your days sampling delectable local wines, surfing or just walking and enjoying the scenery.
While it’s pretty much the opposite of a tropical escape, London has even more hot nightclubs, eateries and history than even New York City. Numerous stars can be found out and about here, including Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and the cast of Harry Potter who are frequently seen at trendy eateries like The Ivy and Nobu Berkeley. Former Manchester Square fire station transformed into the Chiltern Firehouse, London’s most talked about hotel, restaurant, bar and playground, has had celebrities like David Beckham, Lindsay Lohan and Kirsten Dunst, lining up to get in. The Lanesborough, a luxurious property overlooking Hyde Park has attracted guests like Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kanye West.
This classic mountain destination renowned as an ideal winter wonderland during the Christmas season and a hiker’s paradise throughout the warmer months, boasts breathtaking landscapes as well as being a popular haunt for celebrities. Celebrity sightings have become common place, and visitors can shop alongside some of their favorites, like Mariah Carey and Goldie Hawn, while at high-end retailers such as Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton as well as skiing down the slopes next to the likes of Hilary Swank and Elle Macpherson. If your goal is to hobnob with the stars, stay at The Little Nell Hotel – or, at least have a drink in the bar.
Ibiza had quite a notorious reputation not long ago for over-the-top drunkenness, fighting on the streets and an all-around rather dodgy reputation, but in recent years, A-listers started flocking to this sun-drenched island off the coast of eastern Spain, transforming it as a more upper-class, electrifying party scene. While you still might see a few brawls, it might be between the stars, as what happened not long ago when Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber came to blows over Miranda Kerr at Cipriani restaurant. Onlookers included P. Diddy, Leonardo Di Caprio, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Ibiza may be the ultimate spicy island getaway for those looking to party with the stars.
Of course, you could always head straight to the source: Los Angeles. The area is known for some of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S., as well as practically an endless number of nightclubs and other attractions. Shop Rodeo Drive or The Grove, where you’re likely to see to at least a few celebs on a shopping spree, be part of the audience at a talk show or sitcom, or keep an eye out while lounging on the sand in Malibu. If you’ve saved your pennies, stay at the Chateau Marmont, a Hollywood fixture that attracts some of the biggest names – practically everyone who’s anyone has stayed here, including Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, James Franco, Lana Del Rey and Jamie Dornan.