Everyone likes to take a vacation now and then. With their flexible schedules and copious sums of cash, the rich and famous have the luxury of traveling more than the average person, however — and in superior style.
Though some celebrities prefer to keep it simple, others opt to hit the seas or the skies for lavish vacations in some of the world’s most exclusive travel destinations.
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Estimated Cost: You’ll spend upwards of $500 for a one-night stay for two.
A beautiful island in the Caribbean, St. Barts boasts pristine beaches, luxurious hotels and even iguanas. It’s no wonder that so many celebrities — including Jimmy Buffett, Alessandra Ambrosio and Paul McCartney — flock to this paradise for some much-needed rest and relaxation.
St. Barts is full of high-end hangouts, so choosing one celebrity destination can be tough. Le Guanahani (formerly Hotel Guanahani & Spa) has always been a favorite of the jet-set crowd, however. Suites with terraces and gardens, a spa, tennis courts and several restaurants help keep celebrities entertained, while high prices keep things exclusive.
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New York City
Estimated Cost: Expect to pay $200 to $350 per night, per couple at the average hotel.
Within the first few days of 2018, People magazine spotted celebs like 50 Cent, Hillary Clinton, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend and more in New York City. What were they all doing? Taking advantage of the culinary scene in the City That Never Sleeps, of course.
If celebrity sighting is your M.O. when vacationing in the Big Apple, grab a bite at celeb-approved spots like Philippe Chow, Ocean Prime or Eleven Madison Park.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Estimated Cost: Ipanema is still an under-the-radar location, so hotels can easily be had for under $150.
You don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy Carnival, known as one of the wildest parties in the world. Of course, there’s a lot more to do in Rio than party it up, though.
If you’d rather relax than party hardy, the Travel Channel has seen mega-famous beach bums like Javier Bardem, Madonna and Penelope Cruz soaking up the rays at Ipanema Beach.
Estimated Cost: You’ll have to go when its snowy to maximize your odds of rubbing elbows with the stars; winter rates start at $150 nightly and go up to about $500.
Aspen is just about the polar (no pun intended) opposite of Rio, except for one thing: the celebrity sightings.
The rich and famous have been enjoying Aspen’s combo of ski-friendly powder and warm, cozy lodges for decades, and they didn’t let up in 2017. Snow magazine reported seeing famous vacationers like Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, Melanie Griffith and Elle MacPherson.
Estimated Cost: The Grand Hyatt starts at around $450, but other hotels typically range between $250 and $300.
The site of one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, Cannes is a favorite vacation destination among celebrities. Many of your favorite stars don’t head home when the screenings wrap, though.
You’ll find the elite staying at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. In fact, stars like Robert de Niro, Paris Hilton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Eva Longoria have been known to rest their heads on luxury pillows at places like the Hotel Majestic Barriere and Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez, reports Express.
Estimated Cost: Hotels typically hover between $150 and $200 nightly
When in London, relax with a spot of tea at the Dorchester Hotel like Catherine Zeta-Jones (Gordon Ramsay and others are known to hang out there, too), order the famous oysters at Scott’s like Eddie Redmayne or experiment with the latest trends in foraged foods like Kelsey Grammer at the hip Boisdale Belgravia. Eater spotted all of them getting their grub on.
London’s plethora of awards shows and posh hotels attract celebs like magnets, but don’t forget to hover around the Arts Club, where creatives like Lionel Richie and Sharon Osbourne can frequently be seen.
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Estimated Cost: Though the Moon Palace starts at a little over $600, less opulent options are available from about $110 to $500 nightly.
Boasting breathtaking villas and an appealing lack of paparazzi, Jamaica is a hot celebrity vacation spot. Jamaica’s Round Hill, in particular, has attracted famous guests since the days of Ian Fleming and Alfred Hitchcock, according to Forbes. There, stars enjoy a cocktail bar, water sports, glass-bottomed boat trips, tennis and golf.
According to People, Hailey Baldwin was also spotted at the Rockhouse Hotel in 2017, while Porsha Williams prefers the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande.
Estimated Cost: Area hotels usually range from about $130 to $290.
Martha’s Vineyard has been a low-key playground for elites since Jackie Kennedy graced its beaches. Today, members of the rich and famous — such as the Obama and Clinton families, Mia Farrow, Michael J. Fox and Meg Ryan — journey here to enjoy the waters, the wine and the relative privacy. Some have even bought houses in this East Coast hot spot.
Pro tip: If you want to sound like a celebrity, just call it “The Vineyard.” You’ll fit right in.
Palm Beach, Fla.
Estimated Cost: Following Trump’s election win, Mar-a-Lago increased its initiation fee to $200,000, reported CNBC in early 2017. But you can stay elsewhere for about $270 to $385.
Long before Donald Trump became president, the wealthy visited his Palm Beach resort to kick back and relax. Known for its golf course and private event hosting, the Mar-a-Lago Club operates on a members-only basis, offering visitors access to casual and formal dining, a spa, pool, exclusive suites — and lots of ritzy decor.
Of course, you don’t have to be a Trump supporter to enjoy the beaches and dining in Palm Beach. Alan Cumming digs the vegan food at Darbster Bistro, while Robert Duvall eats like the locals at Havana. To go classic, be sure to visit Testa, where the Palm Beach Daily news has reported sightings of everyone from Burt Reynolds and Martha Stewart to Elton John.
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Turks and Caicos
Estimated Cost: Staying a night at Parrot Cay in June starts at $700, but other accommodations range from about $245 to $490.
If you want to see your favorite celebs on vacation, consider visiting the place that some consider a part-time home. Boasting Balinese-style villas, the Parrot Cay by COMO resort is a private island resort in Turks and Caicos. It even offers estates with butler service.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Estimated Cost: Luxury digs can easily exceed $1,000, but plenty of hotels range from about $135 to $240 nightly.
Speaking of exotic tropical destinations, Cabo is just as well-trod as Turks and Caicos is remote. But that doesn’t stop many celebrities from going with what they know — in fact, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez kicked off 2018 with a New Year’s trip to Cabo.
And they might not have been alone. Billboard says that Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Joe Jonas, Jennifer Lopez and many more have gotten their tans on in Cabo. As a bonus, it’s only a two-hour flight from LA.
Estimated Cost: Book a hotel for about $160 to $250 per night before dropping $450 on bottle service at Bootsy’s.
Although there are plenty of places to spot celebrities in Los Angeles, you might have to pay extra to see them in their exclusive hangouts.
For example, the next time you’re in LA, drop by the David Arquette-owned Bootsy Bellows. Though the clientele is elite, the vibe is anything but. Inspired by Arquette’s burlesque-dancing mom, the hot spot features scantily clad dancers who keep the party going long into the night. Celebs who’ve been spotted at the popular hangout include Daniel Radcliffe, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry.
Catch them curing their hangovers with grub from celeb-magnets like Sugarfish, Malibu Farm and Bestia.
Lake Como, Italy
Estimated Cost: A-list accommodations can reach the $1,000s, but other lakeside hotels start at around $275.
In terms of celebrity appeal, George Clooney really put this shoreline destination — known for its stunning 18th-century architecture — on the map.
Nowadays, his bros Matt Damon and Brad Pitt are also patrons, according to the Travel Channel. To scope out celebs basking in the sun, book the Villa D’Este or Grand Hotel Tremezzo.
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Estimated Cost: Plenty of central Sydney hotels range from about $110 to $235.
Sure, there’s an opera house that you might have heard of, but there’s also killer surfing in Sydney. You don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy the metropolitan centers, white beaches and clear blue waters — but it helps.
According to the Travel Channel, the privileged crowd particularly enjoys Bondi Beach for surfing and sailing, with famous alum including Australia-native Hugh Jackman and Americans like Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. Pop into the Park Hyatt in the Rocks for a chance at a celebrity encounter.
Estimated Cost: A night at Sandy Lane starts at $1,200, while other tropical resorts range from about $400 to upwards of $700 for two people each night.
No list of island hot spots would be complete without Barbados. Known as one of the world’s most luxurious resorts, Sandy Lane in Barbados sports your typical celeb-friendly fine dining and on-site spas, along with its own golf course. The Beckhams, Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow all approve of the swanky accommodations.
Methodology: Unless otherwise noted, GOBankingRates sourced all estimated hotel costs from Hotels.com, booking in advance from January 2018, for a one-night stay for two adults in June 2018.