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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.

 

 

Why Stars Like Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney Love Cabo San Lucas

Cabo is a Mexican get-away spot that’s a favorite draw for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney. In fact, the stars famously rang in the New Year in Cabo San Lucas just two years ago, joined by Justin Theroux, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt. The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, has also been seen partying at this top tourist destination.
 
Much of the attraction to the area is due to its location, known as “Land’s End,” Cabo is right at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. The area has been developed with a line of gated communities and exclusive hotels called the Corridor, which is where many of the Hollywood elite gather. High-end resorts there include Las Ventanas, Esperanza and the One & Only Palmilla.
 
From December to March every year, movie stars and regular folks alike can enjoy whale-watching. From waterfront resort balconies, pods of whales can be seen having completed their 6,000 mile trip from Alaska to bear their calves in the warm southern waters.
 
Whether it’s big-game fishing, kayaking or laying prone somewhere on a beach, the area is diverse enough to offer it all, and of course the resorts feature spas, fine dining and a wide range of nightlife and entertainment choices. With some 3 million tourists flocking to the area every year, from families on a budget to honeymooners to Hollywood A-listers, the variety is endless.
 
Golf fans like George Clooney, for instance, might well be attracted by the world class courses that dot the landscape. The natural desert terrain, reminiscent of Arizona, is made unforgettable with its vivid backdrop of the Sea of Cortez.
 
Over the years, other celebrities spotted vacationing at Cabos include Fergie and Josh Duhamel, John Travolta, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Lopez. Although celebrity-sightings aren’t unusual, many of the famous faces choose to stay away from the hordes in private resorts in the Corridor. This potent mix of paradise and privacy is a proven magnet for celebrities on vacation.

 

 

5 of the Most Underrated Places in the World

When most people think of traveling, they think of traveling to the most extravagant, beautiful places around the world. According to Travel and Leisure, Kyoto, Japan was the world’s best city of 2014. Although the entire world is beautiful and has so much to offer, travelers tend to follow the status quo and visit what is known to be a good visit.

Each city is different from the next, offering a variety of foods, cultures, races, languages, fashions, and more. There are so many places in the world that fly under the radar simply because not enough people know, or talk about them.

Taipei, Taiwan

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Back in the 1980-1990’s, Taipei was home to about three million and enough smog to clear every single one of them out. Today, Taipei is one of Asia’s most beautiful cities to visit. The city has come a long way since the smog issues after adopting a more environment-friendly route. Taipei is now covered in acres of greenery, hiking trails, and bike paths along the mountains. This city is perfect for the outdoor and adventure lover! The public transportation system is very easy so there are no more worries of a smog overload. Taipei is known to have some of the world’s best Chinese food, which also makes this the perfect place to visit for a foodie! Locals tend to be very friendly and resourceful for those that don’t speak their language, so don’t be shy.

Tucson, Arizona

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Most people, especially Americans, never think of an American city to be an extravagant place to visit. Tucson is surrounded by mountains and Saguaro National Park, which gives this city so much of its beauty. The city of Tucson also has a rich heritage and cultural roots implanted so deep that nowhere else is like it. Downtown Tucson is filled with historical buildings that have been brought back to life, including the theater The Rialto that was built back in the Roaring Twenties. Downtown holds a large variety of shops, restaurants, and bars, so you will surely never run out of things to do! On every second Saturday, a few blocks are closed off for the street fair. There are artisans, street performers, some live music, and plenty of good food.

Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest city in the United Kingdom. People tend to think that London and Manchester have the best music scenes in the UK, but Glasgow has them both beat. Performers like Franz Ferdinand and Belle and Sebastian started their road to success in Glasgow’s clubs. Keeping the artsy theme, Glasgow is the perfect city for an architecture enthusiast. The city’s architecture is astounding, and the Glasgow School of Art holds a bright and promising future. Glasgow is also known for having the cutest little vintage shops, so don’t forget your wallet!

Nara, Japan

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As mentioned earlier, most people travel to Kyoto, Japan since it was named the world’s best city of 2014, but many will never get to experience the beauty of Nara. While Kyoto is home to beautiful gardens, shrines, and Buddhist temples, Nara is filled with just as many gardens, shrines, and temples. Nara also has a large amount of machiya, which are traditional wooden townhouses. Nowadays, a lot of machiya have been transformed into restaurants and cafes. This creates more business for the city, but also keeps the beautiful, serene atmosphere that you can only find here, making it a one of a kind experience.

Adelaide, Australia

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Adelaide is nicknamed “the city of churches,” so to some, that can a bit off-putting as a vacation destination. Most visitors tend to travel to the bigger, more well known cities of Australia, so Adelaide is often left as an afterthought. If you ever get the opportunity to visit here, you will see some of the most beautiful art and scenery you can lay your eyes on. Adelaide is very well known for its 125-acre botanic garden that’s open all year round. This city holds a variety of art festivals at the beginning of the year, and also has several art galleries that you can enjoy any time of the year. The cafe scene is very lively and gives Adelaide a specific ambience that you can only find in this city. A lot of Australia is hot, but Adelaide was graced with a mild climate so you can enjoy virtually everything year round, making it a great place for anyone.

 

 

Top 7 Favorite Celebrity Winter Vacation Spots 

When the cold and dreadful wintery months hit us, nothing feels better than a warm blanket and a drink of hot chocolate. Celebrities though, whether they’re television stars, singers, or movie stars, have the enviable option of going on vacation to any place they want to hit either the sand for some tan time, or the slopes for some ski time.

With money to spend and hot bodies to show, celebs love to kick back and relax even during the bleak winter months. Check out this very impressive list of where your favorite celebrities go to take their well deserved breaks.

1. Round Hills Hotels and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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We all drooled at the love scenes in the movie ‘How Stella got her groove back’ because the beautiful scenery and the sweeping ocean views were just as tempting. The picture perfect villas with horizon swimming pools are just what is needed to make this a perfect celebrity getaway. Some famous people who got their mojo back in this beautiful setting include Gabrielle Union and Sir Paul McCartney. If it’s good enough to impress him, it’s certainly good enough for us!

2. St. Moritz, Switzerland

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Known for it’s perfect weather condition, dry and sunny climate all year round, St. Moritz is a little piece of heaven that is 1,856 m above sea level and is located in Europe right in the middle of the Engadin valley. An example of a fabulous and celeb worthy places to stay is the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. This winter haven has played a perfect host to global stars such as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and the possible future king of England, Prince Charles.

3. Hawaii, USA

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Celebs love showing us their bodies, and what better place to do that than on the beautiful, stunning and sandy beaches of Hawaii. A perfect blend of islands, volcanoes, mountains, the heavenly ocean views, and a unique and interesting culture, this a piece of Eden right there. With Hotels such as the Four Seasons offering unrivaled comfort and activities to engage in, it’s not surprising that super hot celebrities who are far from shy about their winter bodies head there for some sun and sand.

4. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
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When they are not entertaining us, celebs relish their privacy. Jackson Hole is one of the very best kept secrets for winter holidays and escapes. Located in Wyoming, it has a ski area rising 4193 feet from the base of the valley. Surrounded by picturesque and breathtaking views, this is an ideal location for a downhill adventure with a perfect blend of luxury and a rustic feel to it. A perfect place for some winding down.

Funny man Jim Carrey and Matthew McConaughey have been spotted on this exclusive property.

5. Aspen, Colorado, USA

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Known all over the world for it’s winter sports, it’ s a no brainer that Aspen made it to this list. Aspen is at the top of a pristine mountain valley with four top class mountains within that area. It offers a very diverse selection of snow experiences. Skiing has never felt as wonderful the slopes Aspen offers. Most hotels are very pet friendly and we all know how celebs love travelling with their pets, thus making it a heavenly spot for celebs and their favorite animals.

Long and winding trails are present throughout the four mountains and visitors are nothing but thankful for the lavish and stunning panoramic views.

Bill Clinton and Mariah Carey are some of the famous people that have made their way to this winter sports heaven.

6. Los Cabos, Mexico

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Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio have all packed up their bags and headed to this beautiful location that is located between the pink mountains and the desert.

The alfresco massages are not the only thing to love about this location and with exquisite accommodations such as Las Ventanas al Paraiso, you are guaranteed of having the best holiday ever. While everyone else is stuck at home, you can come back with a tan to die for that will make all of your friends green with envy.

7. St. Barts (Saint Barthélemy)

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Winding down this mega list is St. Barts. This sophisticated and saintly island is one of the most stunning and beautiful places on earth. With celeb worthy places such as Eden Rock St Barths, this is where the rich and famous go for some down time. With activities such as swimming in the picture perfect beaches, to the excellent French inspired dining, to sailing on a yacht, it’s no wonder the elite of this world come out to play here. If you are looking for romance, nothing beats watching sunset in Lurin with the gorgeous island panorama.

Did we mention that you can also shop for high end designer pieces and possibly rub shoulders with Beyoncé or the Black Eyed Peas, if not Harrison Ford himself?

 

 

Celebrity Spotting in the Caribbean

With hundreds of islands at your disposal in the Atlantic’s archipelago, it might be a bit of a challenge to spot a celebrity, but there are definitely destinations known to be favored by the rich and famous where you might just get lucky.
 
St. Barts, for instance, in the French West Indies, is often frequented by the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce, Ashton Kutcher and Usher. While the island certainly boasts upscale resorts like Eden Rock and Hotel Le Toiny (although some A-listers like billionaire Russian Roman Abramovich choose to stay put on their multi-million dollar yachts), the place to be seen is a simple burger bar in Gustavia, where you might just run into Mick Jagger.
 

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Aerial view of St. Barts

 
If Jamaica’s reggae music and laid-back atmosphere is more your style, you’re in the same league as Jude Law, Eddie Murphy, Kate Moss and Paul McCartney, just to name a few.
 
The third largest island in the Caribbean is home to Goldeneye in St. Mary, a 51-acre property with private beaches and coves where Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels. At the reasonable rate of $8,500 a night, you can be like a movie star and rent a villa to ring in the New Year.
 
Fans of Johnny Depp (and the Rum Diary), Enrique Iglesias and Morgan Freeman might want to pop down to the beaches of Puerto Rico. No passports required here, and your American dollars are always good at the Ritz Carlton. Located in Isla Verde, a fashionable San Juan neighborhood, you might spot Ricky Martin or Jennifer Lopez, both of whom have been guests in the hotel’s Presidential Suite.
 
Sandra Bullock is just one superstar who loves the beaches and boutique hotels of Anguilla. Other A-listers who’ve visited include Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Aniston and Denzel Washington. Celebrities seeking privacy stay at the uber-luxurious Viceroy resort with amenities like its oceanfront spa and saltwater infinity pool overlooking the sea. You might spot Michael J. Fox or Richard Gere in the area, chowing down on grilled crayfish and lobster.
 

Little-Bay, Anguilla

Little-Bay, Anguilla

 
Whether you explore the Bahamas or stay put in Bermuda, the stars are there for the watching. You might run across anyone from Oprah Winfrey or Lenny Kravitz to John Travolta or Catherine Zeta-Jones. Just try not to get sand in your lens.

 

 

5 Best Family Thanksgiving Getaways

Thanksgiving is a time for family get-togethers and eating all the amazing food without worrying about your waistline. Well, if you and your family wish to celebrate this Thanksgiving differently, here’s a list of the 5 best family Thanksgiving getaways that will make your plans worth the change.
 
 
New York City, New York, USA
 
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If this seems like an easy and obvious a choice, think again. If it’s around Thanksgiving, it means that the most popular city in America, and probably the world, will undergoing a massive makeover to celebrate the holiday season with great vigor. A tourist destination that tops the list of most families for the thanksgiving break, New York and its Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is a great way to revel in all that the city has to offer. The best parts of a New York Thanksgiving holiday is that there are loads of good food, amazing company in the form of people from America and all over the world, and a general mood of festivity. Add to this the Black Friday sales that begin immediately after Thanksgiving and you have a combination that is hard to beat.
 
 
Hawaii, USA
 
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If there’s anything that can beat Hawaii while away on Holiday, it’s the combination of Thanksgiving at one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. The weather during this time of the year is perfect in Hawaii and this isn’t the only reason for families to head to the Big Island either. The secret to a perfect family Thanksgiving holiday is that every person should have something fun to do, but at the same time, ensuring that some genuine family time is spent together as well. Big Island offers just that. From beautiful food to beautiful people, and even adventure and frolic added to the mix, all this and more makes this destination a great one for the season. In the midst of snorkeling, bar hopping and everything in between, takeaway turkey dinners will of course help you keep the Thanksgiving spirit alive.
 
 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
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If your family wishes to celebrate Thanksgiving away from everything that reminds them of it, well you couldn’t do better than Rio de Janeiro. While the Thanksgiving holiday season is big news in the US with the entire country going berserk over celebrations, Rio de Janeiro is the perfect place to get away from it all while still enjoying some fun family time. When it comes to fun, few can do it better than the Brazilians. This getaway is the perfect place for your family to bond over uninhibited entertainment. Break the ice, feel the freedom of an honest bond forming over beach walks, and move to the rhythm of the grooviest samba tunes. If this Thanksgiving is your family’s chance to get away from the usual, this place is just right.
 
 
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
 
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If tradition matters to you and you wish to show your family what rich American culture and heritage is all about, nothing can beat Plymouth, Massachusetts as a Thanksgiving holiday destination. The pilgrims held the first Thanksgiving celebrations here years ago and even today there are several sites in Plymouth that hold on to the traditional way of doing things and give you an insight into it all. The Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Rock and Martha’s Vineyard all make for lovely visits. You can even find a replica of the famous Mayflower here and with this timeless combination; few Thanksgiving destinations can prove to be as historic and memorable for your family.
 
 
Vail, Colorado, USA
 
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If you and your family are game for some adventure this Thanksgiving, head out to Vail without thinking twice. The snow-covered slopes of this beautiful skiing destination beckon those who love to live life on the adventurous side. Skiing, snowboarding, or simply enjoying some fun times in the snow, Vail offers all this and more. The special Thanksgiving menus at restaurants here will help you maintain the holiday spirit while the popular cookie competition to determine the Official Cookie of Beaver Creek is fun too. The Black Friday shopping expedition will of course help shed some weight gained during the previous day’s celebrations, or you can simply head back to the slopes for some more time on the hills. The lower prices during Thanksgiving also mean that the holiday will be easy on your pockets, helping you get more for your buck.

 

The options on this list are truly great getaways for that perfect Thanksgiving family holiday. Which one will you choose?

 

 

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.

 
So, the question is, where are you headed next?

 

 

5 Best Family Christmas Getaways

After a long year, the Christmas season is a perfect time to take a break and spend some quality time with family. Whether it’s frolicking in the snow or taking off to a beach destination, Christmas holidays with family are always worth every dime.
 
This year, to make your plans easier, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 best Christmas destinations just right for some awesome family time!
 
1. Lapland, Finland: Santa’s paradise
 
“What’s Christmas without snow and Santa Claus!” – If this is your family moto, then no place comes as close to your family’s Christmas spirit as Lapland does in the beautiful country of Finland. The snowy wilds of the Urho Kekkonen National Park beckon all those who wonder how a fairytale Christmas would look like. Made complete with the experiences of riding on a real sled pulled by real reindeer, Lapland is what kids’ Christmas dreams are made of.  To top it all off is Santa Claus’ village, where the most picturesque Christmas images come alive with quaint homes and amazing landscapes covered in snow, with just the right amount of lights to make the setting come alive. If you wish for the perfect site for your Northern holiday, you can even stay in an igloo, albeit one with essential modern amenities such as heating!
 
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2. Reykjavik, Iceland: Oh the auroras
 
If you want this Christmas to hold the promise of Mother Nature at its best, there’s no place like Reykjavik in Iceland. Whether it is the greenish hues in the sky or the Icelandic versions of everything related to the holiday season, here’s a holiday that promises to be a memorable one from the word go. The festivities and tourist activities are at their peak this time of the year and include a variety of options such as tours across the Jokulsarlon glacier and the Golden Circle, or amazing adventures such as whale watching and snowmobiling, or simply hiking in the snowy plains. Rejuvenating your minds and bodies in the thermal pools and spas is of course an experience only Iceland can offer in its special way. The contrasting landscapes of the region are bound to trigger your curiosity and make sure your cameras are ready and loaded for some of the best memories of your lives.
 
3. Kaikoura, New Zealand: A sunny Christmas
 
If you and your family want to give cold winter days a miss this Christmas, head out to New Zealand. Here, the Christmas season is celebrated in the warm sun and if it is all snow and chilly winds from where you come, you will be among a chosen few to pack your bags with bikinis and shorts instead of cardigans and pullovers! With the sun and the sea, and loads of fun, Kaikoura is a coastal wildlife haven. The food is great and so are the people and ever since tourists began flocking to this coastal paradise, plenty of restaurants and hotels have sprung up to cater to them too. Apart from indulging in some swimming with dolphins, watching whales, or even chancing upon some late in the day seal pups, you can even let your family in on the philosophies and ways of the Maori tribe. Who knows, you may even end up boasting of an encounter with UFOs from the popular Kaikoura Lights episode!
 
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4. Bali, Indonesia: A different holiday
 
If your family is up for something different, you cannot go wrong by going to Bali, Indonesia. There is plenty to do in Bali during the holiday season and though the festivities here may not match up to other cities around the world, the Indonesian way of celebrating the holiday season is surely an incredible experience. With world class beaches & resorts, there is plenty to do in Bali and while your family soaks in the immense natural beauty the country is blessed with, you can shop around and set up your private Christmas fireworks show by the beach. Perfect for some family time as well as fun, Bali is sure to make your Christmas.
 
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5. Goa, India: Partying and fun
 
Places that were once colonies have a unique aura about them and Goa in India is one of them. The Portuguese may have left the country long ago, but the inimitable ways of their culture and traditions still exist in Goa, and mixed with the fun and frolic of the people here, the setting makes for an unforgettable Christmas. Tourists from all over India and the world flock to Goa during the Christmas season so make sure your bookings are made well in advance. Once you are here, there’s plenty to do – from visiting the hundreds of old churches and chapels here to shopping to your heart’s content, Goa has it all. Especially popular are the parties here, so if you and your family want to let their hair down this Christmas, head for this city by the sea.

 

 

Here Are The Top 10 Vacation Spots For The Rich!

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Your dream vacation might be relaxing on a private island or experiencing beautiful sights of oceans and lakes. Chances are, when the rich want a break, they dream of a vacation like this too. So where do the super-rich go to fulfill these fantasies? This list shows the most expensive vacation spots that set the gold standard for premium vacationing.
 
1. Casa El Destino
 
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Casa El Destino or ‘The destination” of Punta Mita, Mexico, is a deluxe villa that overlooks the waters of the bay, the Ocean, and the Marieta Islands and Puerto Vallarta. Other comforts include a spa, two beach clubs, an infinity pool, and entry to two Jack Nicklaus golf courses. The wide range of staff from personal chefs and housekeepers to baby sitters and concierge are all present to make your vacation the best possible. Casa El Destino has a capacity of 14 in its 7 bedrooms and each bedroom has a private terrace that looks out over the ocean. For this piece of heaven, get ready to spend around $10,000 to $15,000 per night.
 
2. Deerfield Estate
 
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Just a few minutes away from Park City, the Deerfield Estate is found in Utah. The Estate consists of 7 master suites, 11 bathrooms, 8 fireplaces, a fitness room, a 14-seat theater, a ski preparation room, billiards, private gondolas and 24-hour gate entrance staff. Adventurous visitors can ski back and forth between Deer Crest and Deer Valley. All of this will set you back around $12,000 to $17,000.
 
3. Villa Bellissima VI
 
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This 800-year-old farming village is located in Siena, Italy. It is found on the Canterbury-Rome route. The villa includes 22 suites as well as an outdoor terrace, a study, screening rooms, conference rooms, tennis and basketball courts, a spa, an up-to-date fitness center, and a swimming pool. This long list of features and comforts can be yours for a week at a cost of $137,000.
 
4. Isla de sa Ferradura
 
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A 14-acre private island present in the Mediterranean, the Isla de sa Ferradura is found off the coast of Ibiza. You can explore a waterfall or you can wander into the secret cave that has been transformed into a spa. You also get access to a kitchen, pool, and hacienda. The cost per week is $239,000.
 
5. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa
 
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The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa of Palms Casino is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. A vacation spot known to be frequented by celebrities such as Kanye West and T-Pain, this villa is filled with luxuries. From gyms, media rooms, saunas and spas, an outdoor terrace and plasma screen TVs, this villa is flat-out amazing. Also present in the villa is a $700,000 Jacuzzi, a rotating bed, and 24-hour butler service. This villa takes out $34,000 per night out of your pocket.
 
6. Musha Cay
 
Present in the Bahamas, Musha Cay consists of over 700 sand beaches that put together make 11 private islands. These are home to a private airstrip, a 10,000 sq. foot house and 4 guest houses, perfect for a remote vacation. If you’re looking for an adventure, you can go searching for the ‘Fountain of Youth’ said by David Copperfield (the owner of Musha Cay) to be present on this island. There is a 4-night minimum stay at Musha Cay and the cost is $37,500 per day.
 
7. Nygard Cay
 
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Also located in the Bahamas, Nygard Cay is famous for having being visited by a large number of personalities such as the Kennedy’s, President George Bush, Prince Andrew Duke of York, Michael Jackson, Sean Connery and Robert DeNiro. Nygard Cay is inspired by Robinson Crusoe and is filled with waterslides, pools, hot tubs, and tennis courts. Prepare to live extravagantly when you enter into Nygard Cay as noted by Oprah, “After seeing Nygard Cay, I am not living large enough!” The rate of one night’s stay is $42,000.
 
8. Royal Villa, Grand Resort Lagonissi
 
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Near the capital of ancient Greece is located the Royal Villa. Made for Royals, it has everything that your heart could desire. Relax in the steam rooms, the heated pools, the private beach and marina. Every indoor pool is equipped with a fitness center making it a perfect place to work out with your personal trainer. Also catering to your needs are butlers and chefs. If you fancy traveling, the Royal Villa has cars, yachts, limousines, and jets to take you anywhere. Restaurants present here have Five Star Diamond Awards. This Royal Villa has a royal price tag of 50,000 per night.
 
9. Necker Island (British Virgin Islands)
 
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Located in the Caribbean, this is an island different from all the others. Constructed by Sir Richard Branson, coral reefs surround the island. 200 flamingos inhabit this island. A staff size of 60 sees to your every need. This island was also the venue of the wedding of Google co-founder Larry Page. Staying in this island costs $51,000 per day, $357,000 per week or a tremendous $1,428,000 per month.
 
10. Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson
 
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The most expensive vacation spot on this list is located in Geneva, Switzerland. This 5 bedroom suite offers majestic views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. It contains 2 restaurants, meeting rooms, an open air saltwater pool, personal staff, and countless other facilities. The Hotel and Penthouse suite emanate a spirit of sophistication and extravagance, from the Lebanese Cuisine to the L’Arabesque. Experience the Orient in a magical once-in-a-lifetime way, all for $52,000 per night.
 

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Top 7 Favorite Celebrity Beaches in Mexico 

Mexico, being the home to some of the world’s best beaches, vibrant night life and exotic resorts, is one of the favorite celebrity destinations across the globe. Whenever the celebs need to relax and rejuvenate, the exotic beaches of Mexico become their first and foremost choice. Away from the flashing lights and the hustle and bustle, they are often spotted spending quality and tranquil moments amidst the golden, sun-bathed beaches of Mexico. It has become the best destination for A-Listers who arrive here to explore the unearthly heaven of pleasure, fun and enjoyment. The top 7 of the most favorite celebrity beaches in Mexico include:
 
Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo
 
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Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo – two great sister cities in Mexico make one of the greatest beach destination for the celebs. Whereas Ixtapa has a modern vibe, Zihuatanejo offers the feel of a pretty little fishing town. Set in a picture-perfect location with the crashing waves of the Pacific on one side and Sierra Madre mountain chain on the other, this twin-city beach destination is simply perfect to drive A-Listers to spend their honeymoons or to propose to their beloveds in its beautiful settings. The romantic beach city of Ixtapa is the favorite vacation and romantic destination of Mario Lopez, who proposed to his girlfriend Courtney Mazza in the beginning of 2012. Demi Lovato, on the other hand, has recently been spotted spending a restful vacation with her mates in the pleasant beach city of Zihuatanejo.
 
Cabo San Lucas
 
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Once a quiet fishing village, Cabo San Lucas is now a hot spot to visit. Located only at 2 hours by air from Los Angeles, this exotic beach city has become the most favorite destination of celebs like Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Ryan Seacrest who loves time away from the hectic lifestyle of Los Angeles.
 
Tulum
 
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Considered to be the most beautiful beach destination in Mexico, it is another favorite getaway of Hollywood celebrities and stars who come here to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine, white-washed beaches and exotic lifestyle. Nestled in the heart of Riviera Maya, Tulum presents itself among the top beach destinations in the world. Whether it’s Sophia Vergara celebrating her 40th birthday or Hilary Duff, it’s the all-time favorite of world-renowned celebs.
 
Acapulco
 
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Whenever one thinks about the most popular and best beach destinations in Mexico, the first name that comes to mind is none other than the Acapulco beach. This picture perfect beach has lively nightlife, shopping centers and sophisticated restaurants in a luxury retreat for the celebs. Often spotted are celebs like Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, and Megan Fox, boasting of Acapulco’s potential of attracting the most star power. Owing to its close proximity to the city of Los Angeles, these household names flock to Acapulco in Mexico whenever they feel the need to spend some quick, quality time in leisure either with their pals, families or loved ones.
 
Cabo
 
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Cabo, or Los Cabos, located at the meeting point of the Pacific Ocean with the Sea of Cortez, is simply the most adored destination of Hollywood celebrities and other famous stars who visit to enjoy its splendid landscape, tranquil beauty and extravagant resorts. Though the beaches of Los Cabos don’t provide the greatest swimming experience, there are an abundance of other activities like golfing, sea fishing and whale watching. Add the many A-Listers that visit like Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Conrad, Nicole Scherzinger, Avril Lavigne, or Leann Rimes, this destination becomes even more entertaining. Among them, Jennifer Aniston is one of the most regularly spotted Hollywood celeb on this Mexican beach haven.
 
Riviera Nayarit
 
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Riviera Nayarit, known for the charm of its romantic beach towns, attracts celebrity singers and actors like Bradley Cooper, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian among many others to spend their luxurious vacations. Spending some moments of leisure in luxury, fun and enjoyment in this magnificent celebrity beach destination is a great experience for celebs who want a pleasing break from their extra-busy schedules and lifestyles back home.
 
Cancun
 
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Another unbeatable beach destination and a celebrity favorite in Mexico is Cancun because of its wide array of nightlife, shopping centers and luxurious resorts. Known as the best party destination, it is mostly preferred by celebrity spring breakers and honeymooners. With its lovely beaches and other fun-filled activities, Cancun has gained a reputation among the A-Listers for being both a party get-away and family destination. Celebs like Anthony Bourdain and cast members of Glee reported their vacation in Cancun to be thrilling and mesmerizing.

 

Mexico, with its picturesque beaches, bustling night life, luxury accommodations and pleasant, yet festive atmosphere has drawn celebrities and actors from both near and far. The call of the beaches of Mexico is simply not ignorable and a large gathering of celebrity spring-breakers undoubtedly proves this time and time again.

 

 

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Top 5 Resorts For The Rich And Famous

What do the rich and famous look for in vacation resorts? When money is no object, the list of must-haves include a fabulous location, exemplary accommodation, impeccable service and complete privacy. So where do A-listers go to be indulged and pampered to their exacting standards? Here’s our list of 5 of the most extravagant resorts that cater to A-listers.
 
 
Coco Island, Seychelles
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Prince William and Kate (more correctly known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) chose the privacy of the exclusive luxury lodge on North Island in the Seychelles for their honeymoon, a resort very popular with the extremely rich including David and Victoria Beckham. The stated goal of the resort is “unashamedly aimed at providing the very best in privacy, location, accommodation, services, facilities and experience.”
Located in the Indian Ocean, the North Island with its 11 guest villas, is a conservation project as well as an unspoiled tropical haven. The cost to stay at this eco-friendly retreat runs in the neighborhood of $12,000 a night per couple.

 
 
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The Plaza, Manhattan
Of course, celebrities don’t have to go jetting off to a secluded island to get treated like royalty. The three-bedroom Royal Suite at the Plaza in Manhattan comes with butler services, and features a grand piano, library, full kitchen and even its own gym. At nearly 4,500 square feet, it’s as big as many single family homes and has fabulous views of Fifth Avenue and the Pulitzer Fountain. Obviously, all three bathrooms have 24-carat gold plated fixtures.
 
 

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Amangiri, Utah
If off-the-beaten-track is what a celebrity wants in America, there’s a desert resort in Utah called Amangiri that doesn’t look like much at first glance, but really packs a luxury punch. Private terraces open onto sweeping vistas, and the villas have interesting notes like outdoor showers and gourmet kitchens. After spending time horseback riding, hiking or taking a hot air balloon ride, guests can cool off in the 50-foot infinity pool or relax in the yoga studio, spa or beauty salon.

 
 

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Hotel Hassler, Rome
At the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome is a former palazzo now known as Hotel Hassler. A world of elegance greets A-listers that range from Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez and Tom Cruise. The view of the city is unparalleled, opening onto the church domes and rooftops of the Eternal City.

Discretion is assured in the luxury five-star boutique hotel, the staff, which takes pride in its service and fantastic suites, and the romantic location was where American actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier spent their honeymoon in 1965.
 
 

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The Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
For something very nearly out of this world, The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, is the place to go. Built at a reported cost of $6 billion, the majestic hotel is almost overwhelming in everything from sheer size (there are almost 400 rooms and suites as well as some 40 conference rooms) and decadence (crystals chandeliers number well into the hundreds and numerous fountains and pools dot the resort). With its own marina, helipad and 2,500 underground parking spaces, the rich and famous can come and go with ease.
 
 

Celebrity Spotting In Hawaii 

Celebrities, just like us regular folk, look forward to their vacations and most of them love to spend it in Hawaii. The Aloha State is a top destination for most stars because of its sunny beaches and easy access to the mainland, not to mention the world-class and exclusive resorts that cater to the numerous and often strange whims of Hollywood A-listers. This is the reason why if you’re looking to spot some of your favorite stars enjoying their downtime, Hawaii is the best place to do just that.

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Celebs often do more than just sunbathe in Hawaii. Popular activities include surfboarding and paddle boarding, which some stars are surprisingly good at. Stars who have been spotted enjoyed some paddle boarding include comedian Ben Stiller, Kaley Cuoco from the Big Bang Theory and Will Smith who was spotted leisurely paddling on his board with his entire family, including wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, in tow. Anne Hathaway was spotted showing off her surfboarding chops in Kauai, proof that this Oscar-winning beauty has got the moves on and off stage. If you follow celebrity news you will also know that Kim K and Kanye West were recently spotted in Honolulu, enjoying the sun, sand and each other and seemingly oblivious to the throngs of beach side paparazzi following their every move. Other stars that regularly make the trip to Hawaii when they have the time include Charlize Theron, Britney Spears (who almost always goes there with her kids), and Cameron Diaz who can surf and paddle with the best of them.

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Stars like Rihanna are Hawaii regulars and it’s not unusual to see the singer in a tiny string bikini making her way through the waves with a glass of rum on her board. Rihanna is no stranger to Hawaii’s beaches and has been spotted once or twice ditching her top for a total and all-natural tan. Celebrity couples are also a staple sight in some Hawaiian beaches. Case in point, Olivia Wilde and beau Jason Sudeikis were spotted getting close during their latest visit to Maui.

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For the highest chances of running into your favorite star, go to Kauai which has the longest stretch of beach and book a room at one of the exclusive five star hotels. If you’re lucky, you just might spot a celeb or two in the lobby or run into a shirtless A-lister on the beach.