The rich and the famous can practically take their pick when it comes to choosing a holiday destination, so naturally we are interested in where they go. Plus it’s kinda cool to stay in the same place as your fave movie star 😉 While our wallets might not be as generous as theirs, you can often get discounted rooms in many 5* hotels if you plan ahead or seek out a last-minute deal.
Or, what I like to do – stay at a cheaper hotel up the road and visit the fancy ones for a star-studded lunch/dinner! I may have occasionally snuck into their pools too… but shhh.
1. Los Cabos, Mexico
A favourite with A-lister Jennifer Aniston and her ‘Friend’ Courtney Cox, Cabo is a dream destination for those that like to live it up with booze, parties, beaches and sun! In fact it’s where a bevy of celebs including George Clooney, Jennifer, Justin Theroux and Jimmy Kimmel saw in 2013 with New Year’s celebrations at the Mexican holiday destination.
Want to live it up like the stars? Check out Jennifer Aniston’s favourite resort, One&Only Palmilla. Rooms are up to $3,000 a night – bargain really…
2. French Riviera
Thanks to it being the first choice holiday destination for members of the British Royal Family for many years, the French Riviera has long been a hotspot for celebs. There are few celebrities that haven’t visited the coastal towns of Saint Tropez, Cannes and Nice – so I won’t even begin to list them! But Victoria and David Beckham are two of the regions most famous guests.
A lot of the stars have their own private yachts to stay on while they’re there – so most of us can rule that out as an option. If you want to stay on terra firma, try Hotel Byblos in Saint Tropez. One of the trendiest hotels on the French coast, supermodels such as Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen have partied the night away at the on-site nightclub Les Caves du Roy.
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
Celebs are really just like the rest of us when they’re planning a holiday – while we may not be seeking shelter from the nosy paparazzi, we are looking to have a good time. And where better to have a good time than in Sin City itself. What happens in Vegas may not always stay in Vegas when you’re a celebrity, but you’re sure to have one hell of a good holiday!
With dozens of uber-classy hotels along the Vegas strip, there are many that the rich and famous frequent, but The Palms is one of the firm favourites. Don’t be surprised if you bump into Lindsay Lohan or Kim Kardashian down at the pool.
4. Hawaii, USA
Every summer you’ll see photos of stars in their bikinis on a Hawaiian beach. Some we’d rather not see in so little attire, but that’s beside the point.
While most people immediately think of the packed-to-the-brim Waikiki Beach, Hawaii has hundreds of secret hideaways that are perfect for a star looking to holiday undercover. The islands of Maui and Kauai have some of the most luxurious resorts around and boast some of the best beaches in the world.
Everyone from Paris Hilton to Barack Obama have been spotted holidaying in Hawaii, so you’ll be in good company. Try Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s north shore for the ultimate in celebrity chic. The popular movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall was filmed there and on my recent trip to Hawaii I went there for lunch and a sneaky look around all the filming locations!
5. Ibiza, Spain
Synonymous with world-class nightlife, Ibiza is a haven for the young and the restless! Premiere League footballers and socialists alike spend their summers on the Spanish island.
Unlike party destinations such as Phuket, Ibiza is not a cheap getaway. Bars are pricey to get into, drinks are expensive and the hotels range from dingy (but still costly) to decadent! Attracting some of the world’s most renowned DJ’s and performers, as well as the stunning Mediterranean backdrop, it’s easy to see why you’d be heading straight to Ibiza if your budget allows!
Want to mingle with the stars? Head to Ibiza Rocks Hotel – an island landmark. You might recognise the pool as being featured in the Club Tropicana music video!
If you had an endless travel budget, where would you go?