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Top 5 Beach Vacations for A-Listers

When celebrities go on vacation, they tend to opt for private islands and exclusive resorts where they are protected from the sweaty masses, and can play and be pampered in the lap of luxury.
 
Necker Island
 
Owned by Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, Necker has been host to some of the most famous people in the world including Mariah Carey, Kate Moss, Rod Stewart and Oprah Winfrey. Kate Winslet was of course staying at the Great House when it burned to the ground in August 2011.
 

Necker Island © Copyright 2014 Virgin Limited Edition

Necker Island © Copyright 2014 Virgin Limited Edition

 
The 74-acre island in the British Virgin Islands was purchased by the magnate and father-of-three back in 1978 and opened as a luxury retreat in 1984. The rebuilt Great House has eight bedrooms, a bunkhouse for the kids, plus a master suite and there are an additional six one-bedroom houses. If you don’t need to rent the entire island (for roughly $62,000 a night), you and your significant other can enjoy a week’s stay for approximately $30,000.
 
Hawaii
 
The eight islands of Hawaii have long been a favorite beach vacation destination for celebrities with A-listers like Katy Perry, Will Smith, Kim Kardashian, Charlize Theron and Cameron Diaz being spotted in the surf.
 
Kauai seems to attract many of the rich and famous, some of whom enjoy their time at the St. Regis Princeville, a 5-star resort on Hanalei Bay. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have been known to stay at the enormous hideaway, which features its own waterfall, working cattle ranch, and de rigeur spa.
 
Punta de Mita, Mexico
 
Following Lady Gaga’s 2011 visit, Punta de Mita has seen its share of famous visitors like Kirsten Dunst, Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff gracing its beaches. Although it’s quite a small village, its beachfront location and proximity to Puerto Vallarta attracts A-listers who want a break from the hustle and bustle of L.A. and maybe try their hand at surfing, snorkeling and other water sports.
 
Cabo, Mexico
 
Known to be Jennifer Aniston’s favorite get-away, the former Friends star is often seen soaking up the sun at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso with bikini-buddy Courteney Cox and fiance Justin Theroux.
 

Exterior of Las Ventanas Al Paraiso. ©2014, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, L.L.C.

Exterior of Las Ventanas Al Paraiso. ©2014, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, L.L.C.

 
The draw is the spectacular setting and luxury that can’t be beat, with all the expected requirements for the pampered: custom furnishings, heated infinity pools, chilled Evian spray for too-warm sunbathers and 24-hour butler service.
 
George Clooney, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lopez and Sheryl Crow are other famous faces who enjoy the resort, located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. It seems that whale-watching and celebrity-spotting are equally rewarding pastimes in Cabo.
 
Bora Bora
 
The St. Regis is just one of the upscale resorts offering private, over-the-water villas, and World-class service on one of the most beautiful and romantic islands in the world, set amid endless Pacific waters.
 

Overwater Villa - St. Regis Bora Bora. © 2010-2014 Societes des Hotels Tahitiens S.A.

Overwater Villa – St. Regis Bora Bora. © 2010-2014 Societes des Hotels Tahitiens S.A.

 
Celebrities spotted on this French Polynesian island include Nicole Kidman, Rob Lowe, Eva Longoria, Sharon Stone, Quincy Jones and Christina Applegate to name a few.

 

 

Top 7 Favorite Celebrity Summer Vacation Spots

Being famous means you won’t catch a break from paparazzi and a personal vacation with family seems like a far-fetched idea. But, if you have the dough, you can go anywhere! So, where exactly does a celebrity go for summer vacation? We spotted some of the most famous people holidaying in exotic getaways and prepared this list of top 7 celebrity summer vacation spots.
 
1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
 
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Bora Bora has been considered to be one of the best summer vacation destinations in the world. Celebrities including Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Vince Vaughn, and Jason Bateman seem inclined to agree. These people have been spotted visiting the St. Regis Bora Bora resort. Celebrity couples like Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr also visit Bora Bora regularly.
 
Bora Bora is an island among the Leeward group of islands of French Polynesia. It is situated about 143 miles northwest of Papeete. The island is surrounded by a lagoon with a barrier reef. Two extinct volcanoes, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, rise up to the height of 727 meters. The main feature of Bora Bora, and perhaps the one you might have seen in most pictures, is over-the-water bungalows on stilts. Most of the attractions in the region are aqua-centric such as snorkeling and scuba diving.
 
2. Los Cabos, Mexico
 
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A perfect spring break spot, Los Cabos, is gaining popularity among celebrities. Popular seaside hotel One & Only Palmilla has hosted celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Christina Aguilera, and Lauren Conrad. They have been spotted soaking in the rays at the private beaches of the hotel.
 
Los Cabos is situated at the southern tip of Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. It is an exotic place where the desert meets the sea. Tourists will love to indulge in sport fishing, luxurious resorts, serene beaches and golf among other activities. Los Cabos receives a million visitors every year and during the year, two major events take place – Spring Break and Sammy Hagar’s Birthday.
 
3. Lake Como, Italy
 
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Lake Como or Lario, the Latin name, is a lake in Lombardy, Italy. It’s one of the deepest lakes in Europe with 200 meters of depth and spread over an area of 146 square kilometers. George Clooney visits his villa on Lake Como with his famous friends on a regular basis. The 18th century villa has 15 rooms and has hosted the famous cast of Ocean’s Eleven in the past, including Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bono, and Cindy Crawford. However, many other celebrities like spending leisure time at Villa d’Este away from all the paparazzi. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul McCartney, Ralph Lauren, and Sylvester Stallone are other big names that like to vacation here. At Lake Como, the most popular attractions are its landscape and wildlife. However, many tourists also enjoy sailing, kite-surfing and windsurfing.
 
4. St. Barts, French West Indies
 
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This small Island in the Caribbean has hosted dozens of Hollywood stars over the past few years and most of them visit season after season. The stars like to shop, lay on white sandy beaches or take their million dollar yachts for a spin. The eight square mile island has seen many famous couples visiting including Beyoncé/Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani/Gavin Rossdale, and Minka Kelly/Derek Jeter.
 
Officially known as Saint Barthelemy, St Barts is situated at 35 kilometers southeast of Saint Martin. It is a volcanic island surrounded by shallow reefs more popular for its white beaches. Due to its high standards of living, it is easily one the most expensive destinations, only for us that is – not for celebrities!
 
5. Bhutan, Asia
 
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This vacation spot is different from others on this list. It does not have beaches or blue waters surrounding it. However, celebrities visit Bhutan for its scenic beauty and remoteness. Bhutan is a country that allows only a limited number of visitors per year and it has hosted celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore. Most of them come for peace because they know the crowd won’t disturb them.
 
Bhutan is one of the Himalayan kingdoms that has survived. It has nature’s beauty in it’s purest form and is still protected from overcrowding. For those who seek inner peace coupled with a luxurious retreat, Bhutan is the spot for a summer vacation.
 
6. Maui, Hawaii
 
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Even within the USA, there are summer vacation spots that are loved by celebrities. Maui in Hawaii is known for its tropical climate and has won awards as the Best Island in the World. Celebs like Britney Spears, Oprah, Paris Hilton, Olivia Wilde and many others have been spotted enjoying holidays and unwinding in Hawaii.
 
This second largest Island of Hawaii is spread in 727 square miles area. Tourists like the clean sandy beaches and blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Major attractions in Maui include Hana Highway, Lahaina, and Haleakala National Park. However, it’s the water sports that visitors enjoy the most.
 
7. Miami, Florida
 
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Who can miss this crazy party powerhouse in the USA? Miami, Florida is a city full of luxury hotels and a crazy nightlife proving to be a perfect party ground for celebs. Hot stars like LeAnn Rimes, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and Hayden Panettiere have been spotted in bikinis at the beaches and stars like Matt Damon like longer stays and own a second house in Miami.
 
Next to Vegas, Miami is the most popular summer vacation destination for sun and fun. Whether you like to sun-bathe on the beach or near the rooftop pool of a luxurious hotel, Miami has every experience to offer.

 
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