Looking for a getaway with a little extra glamor? How about living like a celebrity minus the paparazzi? Although celeb-style vacations don’t come cheap — with the top destinations often some of the most expensive places in the world — they are incredibly beautiful. We’ve rounded up the top celebrity vacations for you, from holidaying like Justin Bieber in Maui, Hawaii, through to kicking back in an Italian villa in Lake Como like George Clooney, here are the ultimate celebrity vacation destinations:
1. Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como in northern Italy is one of the most glamorous destinations in the world. Frequented by the likes of George Clooney, it’s a stunning lakeside place, with the dramatic scenery of the snow-covered Alp mountain range in the background. The lake features a unique shape that resembles that of an upside-down Y, and you can spend leisurely days exploring it by boat. The surrounding area is dotted with beautiful villas and perfectly manicured gardens, many of which are available to rent for your vacation. There are also beautiful cities and towns to explore in the surrounding area, with the most glamorous being the city of Como, filled with Renaissance architecture, fine-dining, and luxury shopping.
2. St. Barts, Caribbean
This elegant French-speaking Caribbean island of St. Barts is a regular vacation destination for the likes of the Kourtney Kardashian and power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce. With picturesque white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water and a glamorous eating and drinking scene, it’s easy to see why. Top things to do include relaxing on beaches, snorkeling with tropical fish and shopping in designer stores. If you want to get a feel of the island’s history, take a walk around the capital city Gustavia, where you can see old, red-roof buildings that have been clad in volcanic stone.
3. Saint Tropez, France
Saint Tropez in southern France draws a steady supply of celebrities thanks to its stunning beaches and exclusive restaurants and bars, with some of its most famous fans being the likes of Rihanna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cindy Crawford and Jay-Z (who even goes as far as to mention Saint Tropez in one of his songs). Saint Tropez oozes elegant French charm and is filled with quaint cafes and chic restaurants. The area has plenty of private, water-front villas with large gardens that offer near-total privacy from prying eyes, which is why it’s such a popular destination for celebrities. Top things to do include exploring the historic, cobblestoned La Ponche quarter, sitting by the harbor and watching super yachts set off and eating fine French cuisine in the town center.
4. Maui, Hawaii
Justin Bieber certainly likes to spend his millions on vacations, and he’s regularly spotted at top celebrity vacation destinations. If you want to live the high life (and maximize your chances of seeing Justin Bieber) then Maui is the place for you. It’s also frequented by superstars such as Oprah and Britney Spears as it’s relatively easy to get to from anywhere in the states. An incredibly beautiful destination, with warm Pacific waters, and volcanic-sandy beaches, Maui is perfect for a laid-back escape. The island’s Four Seasons Maui and the Ritz-Carlton Maui hotels draw some of the top celebs, who want to kick back with incredible views of the island’s volcano.
5. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is a small French Polynesian island that’s one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations, and also a top celebrity vacation destination. The island has become synonymous with stunning overwater bungalow resorts that sit on stilts in the ocean and offer unparalleled privacy. Bora Bora attracts stars such as Nicole Kidman and the Kardashians. It’s filled with sandy islets, rainforested mountains and crystal clear waters. After kicking back in your romantic bungalow, top activities include diving, snorkeling and exploring lagoons.