Celebrities are a well-traveled bunch. When not jetting around the world for their jobs, whether it be a film set in London, a concert venue in Hong Kong, or even a seminar in Davos, they're likely en route to some fabulous vacation spot, like the yacht-filled island of St. Barth's or the glitzy mountain resort of Aspen. These are the top celebrity vacation hotspots that Hollywood heavyweights flock to when they need a little R and R.
Cabo San Lucas is a south-of-the-border getaway that's long attracted celebs like Jennifer Aniston and former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello. They appreciate the quick flight from LA, the gorgeous Sea of Cortez views, and the pampering hotels like Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Esperanza, and The Cape. Longtime visitor George Clooney likes Cabo so much, he even built his own villa — right next door to the one owned by his BFFs Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford. Plus, Gwyneth Paltrow just celebrated her bachelorette party here, along with pals like Cameron Diaz and Stella McCartney.
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This sun-drenched playground has always attracted the glitterati, especially during The Cannes Film Festival (expect anyone from Christoph Waltz to Nicole Kidman on any given year). While there are dreamy hotels, such as the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat and Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Bella Thorne stayed in a luxury villa. Many stars prefer to charter a yacht — Gwyneth Paltrow has vacationed on-board one in St. Tropez, while J. Lo and A-Rod cruised around the posh resort town of Antibes.
This glamorous beach getaway on Long Island's South Fork attracts megawatt celebrities fleeing NYC's humid summers. Billy Joel, Scarlett Johansson, and Jerry Seinfeld own homes in the Hamptons, and Lady Gaga has been known to frequent the area. Top restaurants like at the Topping Rose House attract bold-faced names, as does the East Hampton classic Nick & Toni's (Paul McCartney and Brad Pitt are fans).
This très chic island, with its gorgeous beaches, glitzy nightlife, and designer boutiques, is a little slice of France in the Caribbean. Hurricane Irma damaged many structures, but they're rebuilding and hotels are reopening (the beachfront Le Guanahani is expected to reopen by the end of the year). In peak season, the harbor in Gustavia is always filled with mega-yachts owned by Russian oligarchs or chartered by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Pippa Middleton, and Alessandra Ambrosio.
Aspen has long been one of the world's most glamorous ski resorts. Bella Hadid, Kyle Richards, Kate Hudson, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, and Malia Obama are just some of the well-known people who've been spotted in this glitzy Rocky Mountain hideaway. You might find them at The Little Nell, the luxury hotel at the base of Ajax Mountain, dining at Matsuhisa Aspen, or sipping a craft beer or specialty cocktail at the Hotel Jerome's beloved J-Bar.
Hawaii, with its black-sand beaches and scenic waterfalls, is a top celebrity vacation spot (Disney star Auli'i Cravalho is a Hawaiian native!). Rumored couple Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart took photos with fans on a recent visit, and Oprah Winfrey and Drew Barrymore own homes here. Other fans include Pretty Little Liars' Lucy Hale, Eva Longoria, and Britney Spears. Resort-wise, top spots include the Montage Kapalua Bay and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.
This low-key island off the coast of Massachusetts is a favorite of former President Obama (along with Hawaii, of course), and homeowners include Ted Danson, Carly Simon, and Diane Sawyer. You might run into them, or visiting stars like Jake Gyllenhaal and Neil Patrick Harris, in the charming town of Edgartown, with historic hotels like the Kelley House and the Harbor View Hotel, or at the famous Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven, perhaps lunching on quahog chowder and a lobster roll.
Mega celebrities have fallen in love with the lush Central American country of Costa Rica. Frequent visitors Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen own a home here, and it's where the famed quarterback got over his recent Super Bowl loss. Other stars that have been include Zac Efron (spotted playing golf with some buddies), Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, tennis ace Rafael Nadal (who was seen swimming in the Papagayo Gulf), and British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who made tortillas with a local cook.
Another Mexican hotspot popular with vacationing celebrities is Tulum, the boho-chic retreat on the Riviera Maya with boutique hotels like Sanara Tulum and Be Tulum. New sports super couple Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick were recently spotted biking around town, and other fans include Drew Barrymore, Richard Gere, Sienna Miller, and Reese Witherspoon. Plus, some of last year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition was shot here.
Many celebrities fall in love with the Big Easy and end up buying homes here, such as Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, and Brangelina (they sold theirs after the breakup), joining homegrown stars like Harry Connick Jr. Beyoncé's little sis Solange married here, as did Serena Williams (Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian West, and Ciara were among the high-powered guests). Speaking of Queen B, she and Jay-Z recently dined at Dooky Chase.
This exotic city in Morocco has seen its fair share of celebrities, who come to luxuriate in swanky hotels like La Mamounia and the Mandarin Oriental, shop for crafts and carpets in the medina, and take day trips to see the rugged Atlas Mountains. Sports stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham (along with wife Victoria) have visited, as have Katy Perry, Usher, Lily Allen, and Francis Ford Coppola.
Sun-drenched Mykonos, one of the stunningly beautiful Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, is a favorite getaway of celebrities. Gabrielle Union and hubby Dwyane Wade were spotted at the beach, while Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid partied at the exclusive Nammos Beach Club. Ariana Grande, Gerard Butler, and Leo (him again!) are also fans of the island.
When you think of Lake Como, George Clooney likely pops into your mind. The Hollywood hunk owns a lavish lakefront villa here and is often seen out and about with wife Amal at places like Il Gatto Nero for dinner and the posh Villa d'Este hotel for drinks. Emily Blunt and Jon Krasinski even got married here. Other stars that have visited include Madonna and Donatella Versace.
Yep, the Biebs is a fan. Justin Bieber is a frequent visitor to Dubai, known for its over-the-top hotels like Burj Al Arab, megamalls, and man-made islands (not to mention the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa). He was seen partying at Zero Gravity, and other celebrities who have made the trip include Zac Efron, Demi Lovato, Bear Grylls, Floyd Mayweather, and golfers Tigers Woods and Rory McIlroy.
London is a celebrity magnet. Of course, the British capital is the fiefdom of the royals, Princess William and Dutchess Kate, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but there are plenty of other celebs who love the British capital's buzzing restaurants, classic hotels like The Dorchester, and charming pubs. Taylor Swift lives here part-time with her British actor beau Joe Alwyn, and Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid recently dined at Sexy Fish.
Two of music's biggest stars from Toronto — Drake and The Weeknd — both often head back across the border to visit their favorite spots. Drake loves to catch Raptors basketball games — courtside, of course, and dine in his new restaurant Pick 6ix. The Weeknd loves the retro cool Thompson Diner at the Toronto Thompson (he once ate there with his now ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez) and Apt. 200, a popular lounge. Plus, uber couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent time in Toronto when she was still on Suits.
Stars gravitate to the City That Never Sleeps. Zendaya, Blake Lively, and Emily Blunt were recently spotted in the front row of a Michael Kors fashion show, Gigi Hadid dined on sushi with her mother Yolanda Hadid at midtown's Zuma, and Justin Timberlake stopped by The Seville, the new basement lounge in NoMad's James hotel. Gigi's ex Zayn Malik is so enamored with the Big Apple, he shelled out a cool $10 million for a penthouse in Soho.
Music City is a celebrity magnet, with superstars like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban owning homes here. Tay Tay is often seen out and about in hipster neighborhoods like the Gulch and catching concerts at music venues like The Bluebird Cafe (where she got her start) and Ryman Auditorium, as well as restaurants like Pancake Pantry and Capitol Grille, where she's dined with her parents.
Rihanna was recently spotted in this Mexican resort town in a bikini just chilling poolside. Others stars who have visited Puerto Vallarta and nearby Punta Mita include Gwyneth Paltrow and her boyfriend Brad Falchuk (who rented an Airbnb), Kourtney Kardashian and her new boyfriend Younes Bendjima, and Jennifer Lawrence, who pampered herself and a group of friends during a stay at the luxurious St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.
They're on, they're off ... Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber appear to be "on a break," but with these two, you just never know where or when they'll surface hand-in-hand. Their most recent getaway was the Caribbean island of Jamaica, where they attended the wedding of Bieber's father in Montego Bay, which has upscale resorts like Round Hill. The pair packed on the PDA — you'd never guess they'd break up soon thereafter! Rita Ora and Hailey Baldwin are also fans.
It's no secret that Prince Harry loves Africa and tries to go there for both vacations and charity work whenever he can. Now that he'll be a married man (come May), there's no doubt he'll be bringing Meghan Markle along. In fact, the pair have already been to Botswana together — Harry took her on a romantic getaway for her birthday, staying at Meno a Kwena, a tented bush camp, and they also explored the Okavango Delta region.
When celebrities want to let their hair down, they head to Sin City (who can forget Prince Harry's naughty strip-billiards photos?!). Ricky Martin has extended his residency at the Monte Carlo Resort with a few more shows in May and June, and Kendrick Lamar, who regularly performs here, is a fan of the Hard Rock.
Plus, clubs like Hakkasan attract top-tier celebrities, like T-Swift, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani, Miley Cyrus, and Pharrell Williams.
Another year of Coachella is here! This annual music festival in the desert outside Palm Springs will be held over two weekends in April (13-15) and (20-22), and you can bet all the biggest names in the music biz will be there.
Headliners include The Weeknd, Beyoncé (who reunited with Destiny's Child), and Eminem, and other acts range from Cardi B to SZA. A few of the bold-faced names who've made appearances include Rihanna, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Bella Thorne, Iggy Azalea, and Bella Hadid.
This upscale mountain town in the Rockies, where Harrison Ford, Sandra Bullock, and Matthew McConaughey own homes, attracts nature lovers, skiers, and hikers — and the Kardashians. Kim Kardashian West and hubby Kanye West, rocking pink hair, were spotted in the town of Jackson Hole, which is home to Western-themed bars like the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The luxury Four Seasons Resort is nearby in Teton Village.
There are always celebrity sightings in the Windy City. This is Us stars Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley dined at Prime & Provisions, Janet Jackson ate at hotspot RPM Italian (owned by Bill and Giuliana Rancic), Chicago-born Chance the Rapper stopped by Liqr Box for a friend's birthday, and even the iconic rocker Mick Jagger hit the town, checking out Shedd Aquarium and having drinks at Three Dots and a Dash, a kitschy-but-fun tiki bar.
Country music superstar Maren Morris recently posted a picture of her looking mighty relaxed during her honeymoon with hubby Ryan Hurd in Bora Bora. Known for its turquoise lagoons and luxury over-the-water thatched bungalows in resorts like Four Seasons and the St. Regis, this tropical island was made for couples.
Other honeymooners include Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux (OK, the marriage didn't last, but Bora Bora can't be blamed!).
This sexy south Florida city has it all: glorious weather, beaches, and see-and-be-seen restaurants, bars, and clubs. Ricky Martin, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, and Alex Rodriguez are regularly spotted out and about in places like Casa Tua and Prime 112, and in hotels like the Fontainebleau and Faena. David Beckham, who's bringing a Major League Soccer team to the city, is also a big fan and was spotted dining with his son Brooklyn at Asian-fusion hotspot Komodo.
The City of Light is a favorite getaway for celebrities. Sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid love Paris, and frequently come not only to walk the runways, but for downtime, too. They love to frequent classic restaurants like Café de Flore, shop till they drop, and stay in upscale hotels, perhaps Le Meurice or the Ritz. Emma Stone and Dakota Fanning are also fans of Paris, and Rihanna was seen recently on a hotel balcony with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel.
This private island resort in the Seychelles is one of the most exclusive hideaways in the world. After their extravagant royal wedding, William and Kate spent their honeymoon here, as did Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild and George and Amal Clooney (after their fab wedding in Venice). David and Victoria Beckham are also fans of North Island, which has just 11 thatched-roofed villas, anything-you-desire service, and untouched beaches all to yourself.
With tropical beaches and luxury resorts, it's little wonder the islands of the Bahamas are a go-to spot for celebrities. On Nassau, comedian Kevin Hart and actor Aaron Paul were spotted at The Atlantis resort, and The Cove, the Atlantis' adults-only hotel-within-a-hotel has attracted Katie Holmes, Mariah Carey, Fergie, and John Legend. Stars like Robert De Niro and Jimmy Fallon unwind on Harbour Island and dine at places like the beachfront Sip Sip, while Lenny Kravitz is a fan of the off-the-grid island of Eleuthera.
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