30 Holiday Destinations Frequented By The Stars
Everyone needs a holiday free from spreadsheets, and soul-destroying commutes to work at least once a year, and celebrities are no different. Sure, they may not have to contend with any of the above, but getting paid millions to sing and act has been known to take its toll, and the moment stars have free schedules they flock to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Here, we look at the 30 places around the world you should visit should you wish to come across a famous face.
Known for its coterie of actors, musicians, and soccer players, many parts of London are seasoned playgrounds of the liberal glitterati, and there's a strong case for the leafy North London enclave of Hampstead being the best residential area in London thanks to the stunning landscapes offered in nearby Hampstead Heath. Many celebrities rent the many mansions lined up across Hampstead's stunning postcodes. Justin Beiber reportedly rented a home in Hampstead during the London leg of a recent world tour.
Home to the likes of Harry Styles, Sam Smith, Ricky Gervais and Sacha Baron Cohen, this delightful area almost guarantees you a celebrity encounter, but if on the off chance your day in Hampstead yields no signs of any you can drown your sorrows in one of the many rustic pubs or take the tube and visit all the other amazing things a city such as London has to offer.
2. Cote d' Azur
With Cannes, Nice, and Monaco decorating such pristine coastline, you're almost spoilt for choice, but there's more to these beautiful retreats than sun-dappled walkways and alfresco diners.
France's phantasmagorical coastline served as the muse to the great works of many esteemed artists including Picasso, Renoir and Matisse, and all kinds of artists have flocked there since. Of course, it's worth noting that these towns truly come alive in the summer months, with the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival almost guaranteeing you the sight of at least a half dozen famous faces.
Synonymous with hedonistic revelers and jam-packed clubs like Space and Pacha, Ibiza is the party mecca of the world that attracts famous faces like Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Moss every year. However, despite its boisterous reputation, Ibiza is an island rich in remarkable beauty, with some of the best landscapes in the whole of Sapin found there.
There are also many deserted beaches, so whether you're a party animal or someone who likes to kick it on a beach all the day and have a quiet meal at night, there's a good chance you'll be satisfied.
4. The Hamptons
What was once the home of old money is now also a place visited by those soaked in newfound wealth, though the Hampton's image as a quiet, rural retreat away from the rip-roaring buzz of the Big Apple has been maintained even if the place itself has seen a wave of new eateries and bars.
As for celeb spotting, your best bet might well be Montauk Beach, a prime piece of coastline that regularly attracts the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce.
Where do we start with this sun-rich state? It has everything. Beaches. Mountains. Woods. World class cities. Basically: everything one would want in a country, but what makes California even more prized is the number of famous people who call it home, especially in the city of Los Angeles, which of course is the birthplace of Hollywood.
Yes, if celeb-spotting is a prime motive on your holiday, then you probably won't be disappointed. All one needs to do is sit in a Starbucks in and around the Beverley Hills area. You'll be sure to find at least one actor from your favorite show moaning to his agent about not getting a fair enough cut of the DVD sales.
Away from Los Angeles, there's also Colorado Desert's glamorous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. If recent years are anything to go by, you'll be sure to spot at least one Victoria's Secret model strutting her stuff amidst the crowds of sun-dappled torsos.
The Sunshine State may not be for everyone, but if a bit of sleaze mixed with a dosage of glamour and heavy partying is what you're after, then Miami will meet your every need.
So grab a mojito in one of the many Cuban bars and watch the sunset over South Beach as rappers, models and Miami Dolphin football players revel in their amazing lives.
7. Goldeneye Resort
Ian Fleming famously penned the majority of his James Bond novels on this island during the 50s and 60s while also entertaining many screen stars in his humble island abode and it became a playground for the rich and famous ever since, which probably persuaded Island Records' owner Chris Blackwell to purchase the entire island and turn Fleming's former home into a hotel.
Attracting the likes of Johnny Depp, Keith Richards and perpetual party girl Kate Moss, you could probably be in the enviable position of sharing a cocktail with one of them at the resort's bar if you can afford the stay.
8. St Barts
St Barts is a Carribean island that attracts the highest caliber of stars, with Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich famed for his New Years' Eve parties on the island, so that might just be the best time to visit if you want to see the famous guest list.
Of course, you have to be mega-wealthy to do such a thing, but on the off-chance money isn't an issue, try also heading to Gustavia harbor, where a plethora of finely-manicured yachts lie stationed on the near-perfect coastline.
Aspen is seen as America's premier skiing destination for the rich and famous, but in recent years celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey have taken up residences here. But why?
Well, there isn't much in the way of glamour but it's steeped in history, long being a Native American hunting ground, mining mecca, then ghost town before gentrification and city planners put on an array of festivals and outdoor adventures. And with the place laden with snow, it's made for a prime skiing destination, while September brings with it the annual film festival.
10. Platinum Coast
Rumored to be the home of 18 billionaires, Barbados' exclusive Platinum Coast attracts only the wealthiest people in the world thanks to its gorgeous, powder-white coastline and luxurious hotels. In fact, golf star Tiger Wood married in the famed Sandy Lane Beach Resort, a place that- if you can afford it- will all but guarantee you bump into a famous face or two.
If five-star luxury isn't quite in your price range, however, you can always book a place just outside the town of Holetown and venture onto one of the many beaches dotted around the area where Hugh Grant, Simon Cowell and homegrown star Rihanna regularly frequent.
11. Necker Island
This exclusive hideaway in the sequestered waters of the Carribean Sea is one of the most exotic destinations in the world. Sir Richard Branson, the maverick British billionaire, loved the islands so much he bought one and turned it into Necker Island, a haunt now famous for being frequented by his celebrity pals.
These have included everyone over the years, from Harry Styles and Kate Winslet to Barack Obama, Prince Harry, and Robert de Niro.
12. The Maldives
If the Maldives was a child, it would be the most spoiled on Earth; such is the beauty strewn across the 1,000 islands. Of those, 200 are inhabited, but you are guaranteed to see the same sights wherever you go. Coral reefs, pale sands, turquoise waters. The views are priceless, and the sunsets are no exception as burning oranges and hazy purples mix to create colors that wouldn't look out of place on a Van Gogh canvas.
It's little wonder then that the rich and famous regularly visit such an other-worldly place, with the likes of the Beckhams, Kate Moss, and countless others photographed holidaying here over the years.
Gstaad is one of many skiing resorts in Europe that are highly exclusive and attract a bevy of celebs. Past holidayers in this swanky mountainous resort include Sophia Loren, Madonna, Rudolph Valentino, and Julie Andrews.
But these fantastic personalities aren't drawn to Gstaad simply for the slopes. The premier attraction in this place will always be the Gstaad Palace Hotel (pictured above).
The Carribean is synonymous with luxury. From sun-dappled beaches and swaying palm trees to shimmering blue waters and powder-like sand, the island of Antigua is argubally the jewel of the Caribbean. But Antigua isn't all looks. With its bombastic, febrile charm and friendly locals, Antigua has everything you could ever want from a luxury island.
It's no surprise then that a host of famous faces have been spotted there over the years. Just take the luxury Jumby Bay resort, which has hosted the likes of Robert de Niro, Princess Diana, and Eric Clapton.
15. Bora Bora
A favorite among the jet-setting glitterati, Bora Bora's azure waters and perennial sunshine make a trip here a must for anyone fortunate enough to have more money than they'll ever know what to do with.
With many luxurious hotels to choose from, most accommodation comes in the mold of private beach huts and villas, but Le Meridan's uber-funky huts are perhaps the best. All include glass floors that look down onto the clear-blue seas, while the majestic and iconic Mount Otemanu can be seen directly ahead.
16. Mustique, St Vincent and the Grenadines
St Vincent and the Grenadines may not be the most famous of the Carribean islands, but the private island of Mustique is one of the most phantasmagorical places you'll ever visit.
It's a haven of luxury and has welcomed some of the most famous faces of all time, including rock royalty, with Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, and David Bowie all past guests. Mustique was even given the royal seal of approval when Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited this magical place on three separate occasions
17. Rio de Janeiro
Rio De Janeiro is the crown jewel of South America not only for its world-famous carnival and non-stop party atmosphere but because of its stunning choice of beaches, which includes the famous Copacabana Beach.
While the city is also synonymous with crime-riddled favelas and drive-by shootings, the high-end lifestyle is also well enmeshed in the city with stunning real estate dotted along the beaches. The residential areas are also a hotbed of glorious parties and carnivals with high-end shopping and fashion to boot while popular luxury hotels like Fasano attract a stellar crop of celebrities.
18. Martha's Vineyard
This rural getaway in the quaint Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard may not sound that exciting, but it's the perfect retreat for families or couples looking for peace and quiet in one of Eastern Amerca's most stunning landscapes.
Barack Obama took his family here when he was taking a well-earned break from his duties as president. Owing to its sprawling locality, activities such as golf, cycling and scenic trips to the beach are common activities. Other high-flyers, such as Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey have all holidayed at this elite destination as well.
19. Lake Como
This delightful Italian coastal town is synonymous with the lakeside home of Geroge Clooney. But Lake Como has long been a classy European getaway for many jet setting Hollywood stars over the years.
In more recent years, Emily Blunt and Jon Krasinski also fell in love with the town and even got married here.
What was once a small fishing port in the Arabian Desert has been transformed into an unashamedly ostentatious destination for the rich and famous. Now hoisted to the forefront of luxury tourism, Dubai's unique landscape assures visitors a grandiose stay in a place that has stamped its mark on the world in more ways than one.
There's no denying the City of Gold's multifaceted qualities, which range from indoor ski slopes to six and seven-star hotels and a profusion of Michelin star restaurants that will either make you love the place or detest it.
21. The Seychelles
Famed for its transparent waters, powdered sands and rural surroundings, the Seychelles has many islands to choose from. George and Amal Clooney even deviated away from their Lake Como mansion to spend a holiday at the private island resort of The Villa North Island, where there are only 11 villas.
At around $11,000 per night, staying in one is unaffordable to most, but if you happen to be seriously wealthy, you should consider staying there. Each villa’s 8,000 square feet of space is equipped with stylish wooden decks, a coconut grove, and a private entrance to a secluded beach.
Barcelona's sprawling coastline, rocky mountains, world-class culture and mouth-drooling tapas make it a go-to destination for many Europeans.
On top of this, its coastal location sees it regularly heralded as one of the world's best beach cities, with the premier W Hotel sitting adjacent to the popular San Sebastian beach. There, you will find many of the city's most exclusive clubs and restaurants frequented by a plethora of celebrities and soccer players. For those wanting a quieter day at the beach, a short train journey will take you to Costa Brava, a pristine area of Catalonia characterized by swaying trees, white sands, and stunning cliff tops.
23. New York City
While New York's beaches may not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of the Big Apple, the world's greatest city has many miles of glorious coastline that go far beyond the quirky charms of Coney Island.
Take Rockaway Beach and Long Beach. Only a short distance from Queens and Brooklyn, both serve as a refuge in the summer months for surfers and beach bums wishing to escape the stresses and strains of the clammy urban jungle. And then there's the city itself, which argubally houses at least 30% of the world's biggest names in entertainment.
24. Cape Town
South Africa has done a lot in recent years to rid itself of its violent past, and this has been helped by the legacy of the country's late social and political icon, Nelson Mandella.
While certain parts of the country are still a no-go, South Africa's premier draw is undoubtedly Cape Town, a beachside city that attracts the rich and famous for its pretty beach resorts. Owing to the aquatic wonders that lie below the pristine waters, scuba diving opportunities are also plentiful. Boulders and Cliffton are among the city's most beautiful beaches, both of which are only a 10-minute drive from the city center while celebrity hotspots such as Cafe Caprice draw stellar names in the world of entertainment such as Leonardo di Caprio, Prince Harry, and Zac Efron.
Owing to its proximity to America, this famous Mexican resort has always been a favorite with stars wishing to escape the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles and head to a less polluted part of the coast. Fancy eco-resorts such as the Riviera Maya have attracted many Hollywood stars over the years, from Drew Barrymore and Richard Gere to Sienna Miller, and Reese Witherspoon
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the female race car driver Danica Patrick has also been photographed enjoying Tulum's beautiful and breezy wonders.
26. Las Vegas
There's a reason this glowing Oasis in the desert has been dubbed 'The City of Sin'. Built up as a gamblers paradise in the Mojave desert, gambling and prostitution are legal in this city of bright lights and big rollers as the world famous 'strip' is filled with 24-hour casinos, nightclubs, and lavish hotels. An iconic American city, rumor has it, it was built by mob money.
Many entertainment acts and superstars are attracted here for 'residencies' where they are paid big bucks to perform weekly concerts for one exclusive casino or arena.
27. Koh Phi Phi
If you were to judge Thailand's islands only on ascetic beauty, then Koh Phi Phi would continually come out trumps. The key to the island's allure is the mythical beaches. Surrounded by its signature limestone cliffs and dense forestry, Koh Phi Phi beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world; a truism affirmed when the British film director Danny Boyle choose the scenic Koh Phi Phi Ley beach as the setting for the Leonardo Di Caprio movie, 'The Beach.'
Sadly, tourism was put on hold after the 2004 tsunami devastated the lives of thousands of locals and tourists. However. 12 years on and you would have never known. Modernized and lined with plush hotels, the crowds that Phi Phi attracts tend to be affluent and famous (Leo actually returned to the island last year on a romantic getaway with new squeeze Camilla Morrone).
Rivaling Key West for the world's best sunset, the volcanic Island of Santorini is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. From the late afternoon, tourists queue for hours high up in the Oia cliffs for that picture-ready position. A Santorini sunset is like no other, and once the town transforms into a dim glow of oranges and pinks, and the sun-dappled waters and whitewashed buildings turn crimson, tourists quickly realize that the sight was one worth waiting for.
Admittedly, Santorini experiences many tourists in the summer months, so it's imperative you pay top dollar to exclude yourself from the throngs of visitors. One place we wholeheartedly recommend is Perivolas Hotels. Known for its Instagram-worthy views of the ocean, honeymooners are encouraged to book the Perivolas Suite, a place many loved-up celebs are no stranger to.
Aspen's beautiful mountain ranges are home to some of the most glamorous ski resorts in the world. Attracting the likes of Bella Hadid, Kyle Richards, Kate Hudson, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, and many other A-list names, Aspen provides a cozy getaway for those wanting a change from the usual beach holiday.
Celebrity hotspots include the 5-star hotel The Little Nell and the world-renowned restaurant Matsuhisa Aspen. Hotel Jerome's famous J-Bar is another celebrity hangout spot.
30. Costa Rica
It's hard not to step foot on the verdant tropical paradise of Costa Rica and not be awe-inspired by its sheer wonder. From prized wildlife to long white stretches of the warmest and softest sands, Costa Rica is a favorite of the well-heeled and famous.
Famous tourists in the past have included everyone and anyone from Gisele Bündchen and quarterback hubby Tom Brady to Zac Efron, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.