At this time of year you can’t open a magazine or look online without spotting a picture of a celeb living it up on tropical shores – but why leave it to the celebs to have all the fun. Here’s our pick of the top holiday destinations loved by celebrities so you can holiday like the star you really are.
The luxury United Arab Emirates city of Dubai is one of the top holiday spots for sun-seeking starlets. Dubai is known for its designer shops, swanky cocktail bars and first class restaurants – not to mention its lavish hotels.
Dubai is loved by A-list celebs including Jennifer Lopez, the Kardashians and Robert De Nero, but luckily Dubai is much more accessible for ordinary folk like us than you might think – a 3-night hotel break for 2 people costs as little as £498pp including hotel and flights.
While you’re there make sure to check out popular celebrity haunt Buddha Bar and enjoy some Japanese food at Nobu. For a once in a lifetime experience, make like Cristiano Ronaldo, Charlize Theron and Paris Hilton, and head to Dolphin Bay to swim with the dolphins.
The tropical white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Mexico are an ever popular spot with the rich and famous. From Cabo San Lucas to Riviera Maya, there are many beautiful resorts to choose from in Mexico, but Cancun is one choice which offers more affordable luxury.
The coastal city is loved by stars including Selena Gomez, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, who flock to Cancun to enjoy the buzzing nightlife, tranquil beaches and top shopping. Cancun has seen a rise in designer boutiques and upscale malls coming to the coastal city, and as Cancun is duty-free it’s the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy celeb-style.
While there make sure to indulge in the Mexican nightlife – and some tequila – at Coco Bongo, the city’s biggest nightclub, or learn to salsa dance at Carlos n’ Charlie’s on a Friday night. During the day make sure to go scuba diving along the coral reefs.
3) Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas – the bustling city is a must-do for celebs and non-celebs alike. With its grand hotels, sumptuous buffets and luxurious pools everyone can feel like an A-lister in Vegas.
The ‘Fabulous Las Vegas’ is a popular holiday spot for celebrities including George Clooney, Rihanna and even Prince Harry. And of course, not only are celebs wandering the streets of Vegas on holiday, but you can also find loads of top names playing shows in Vegas. Just now you can catch Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Donny & Marie Osmond, and Elton John – to name just a few.
During the day lounge by the extravagant hotel pools – from the beach club at Flamingo with its waterfall and swim-in grotto, to the panoramic views of The Cosmopolitan and the 200,000-gallon aquarium at the Golden Nugget, the pools of Vegas are a far cry from your local swimming baths. One of the great things about Vegas is that you can enjoy the leisure facilities of all of the fantastic hotels along the strip, not just your own.
Of course, you can’t visit Vegas without partaking in a spot of (responsible) gambling. While you’re at the tables waiting staff will bring you drinks for free (just make sure to tip) – the perfect A-list treatment. But while everything in Vegas may be super-sized, the cost of getting there isn’t – a 3-night Vegas break costs from £939pp for flights plus hotel.
4) French Riviera
From Cannes to Monaco to Nice, the stunning French Riviera is a hotspot for celebs including Beyoncé
and Jay Z, John Legend and the Beckhams. Whether you choose to hop aboard a luxury yacht, sun yourself on the white sandy beaches or sip some French wine in a street café – it’s easy to enjoy a taste of the high life in the French Riviera.
Even if you don’t quite have the luxury of your own private yacht like the stars, you can still sail away from it all and take in the beautiful coastal views on a one-day boat trip around the Riviera – which is a great way to explore more of the region than just the area where you’re staying.
If you want to dine among the stars, head to the Hotel Martinez restaurant – the only 2 Michelin Star restaurant in Cannes, which is a favourite with celebs visiting the city – make sure to book first! As night rolls around head to the Mouton Cadet rooftop wine bar and enjoy a drink with a view. The popular bar is a favourite with stars including Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Kristen Stewart. While the French Riviera is definitely a little bit of luxury, booking a short break there needn’t be too expensive, with 3-night breaks to Cannes available from £234pp including flights.
The Spanish resort has been a popular spot with the rich and famous since the 1950s, with visitors through the years ranging from Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, to Ronnie Wood and Sean Connery, and in recent times First Lady Michelle Obama – as well as the cast of TOWIE of course. So how has the beloved Costa Del Sol resort held on to its appeal all these years?
Well firstly, there’s the 24 – yes 24 – sandy beaches to choose from, which stretch across more than 16 miles of the stunning coastline. The Puerto Banus marina, with its dock of high-class yachts, exotic beaches, upmarket boutiques and array of restaurants is a must-do.
Added to the city’s famed beaches and marina, is the historic old town – here you can wander the narrow streets, take in the greenery of the Orange Tree Square and enjoy a drink to the sounds of an old Spanish guitar being played in the street. Marbella is definitely an affordable A-list option, with 3-night breaks from £185pp including flights.
There you have it, those celebs certainly know how to enjoy themselves. So wherever you choose to go, take a leaf out of their book and indulge in some star treatment for yourself this summer.