When it comes to taking time off from their busy schedule or escaping away for a honeymoon, the celeb crowd opts for locations that most regular people can’t afford. These spots are often really far away, super expensive and unbelievably gorgeous. From the most awe-inspiring islands and enchanting European cities to peaceful Buddhist nations nestled in the Himalayan mountains, these locations are sure to awaken the wanderlust inside all of us. We have gathered a list of 10 vacation spots that are frequented by stars like Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Dwayne Wade, Naomi Campbell and more. These slices of paradise are way off the beaten path and they are guaranteed to take your breath away …
Zanzibar is the beautiful archipelago of islands off the coast of Tanzania. This scenic island is known for its rich history (a mixture of Swahili and Arabic cultures), mesmerizing architecture and magnificent beaches that will leave you completely entranced. There is also amazing reef diving and snorkeling for all those interesting in exploring aquatic treasures. Little known fact: Freddie Mercury (lead singer of Queen) spent his childhood in Zanzibar. With regards to celebrities, Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union recently spent their honeymoon there.
One of the top Honeymoon spots for the A-list crowd is the Maldives Island. This scenic archipelago of islands is located in the Indian Ocean, and the luxury resorts here are nothing short of paradise. The water you’ll see is a stunning shade of turquoise, the beaches shimmer with white sand and the weather is just gorgeous. Some celebs who favor this location include Josh Duhamel and Fergie, Nick Canon & Mariah Carey and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
Traveling to Africa may be an expensive air ticket, but there is something about spending time in this intriguing continent that leaves you changed forever. South Africa tends to be the place that most people visit when they make the trip, but there are all kinds of amazing treasures to be discovered in East Africa. One prime spot is the island of Lamu in Kenya. It’s one of the oldest Swahili settlements, and it used to be a major transit port on ancient Arabian trade routes. Some celebs who have vacationed in this old and scenic location include Sienna Miller, Jude Law and Princess Caroline of Monaco.
For some celebrities, going on vacation is not about sunbathing in the sun or partying till the sun comes up. There are some special locations that people like to go for serene mediation and getting in touch with their spiritual side. A perfect place for this is the ancient kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas. It’s a Buddhist country with several monasteries and peaceful surroundings that are excellent for unplugging from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Bhutan is a favorite of celebs like Uma Thurman, Richard Gere and Steven Segal.
Punta del Este:
If you’re looking for an island vacation with breathtaking sceneries and the “beach glam” factor of St. Tropez or the Hamptons, then Punta del Este on the southern tip of Uruguay is the place to go. In the 1950’s, this island used to be the spot to go for the A-list Hollywood set including Frank Sinatra and Brigitte Bardot. Recently, the popularity of this vacation spot has spiked again and celebrities like Hugh Jackman and Shakira are big fans. Uruguay may be most notorious now for their “biting” soccer phenom Luis Suarez, but Punta Del Este is the resurgent star on the scene.
The name “Necker Island” conjures up images of a secret spot in a park where horny high school kids go to make out, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Necker Island is actually located in the British Virgin Islands and it was originally bought by Virgin billionaire Richard Branson in 1978. He eventually opened it up to the public in 1984, and it’s certainly a place where grown-ups go to have fun. There are fleets of power boats and sail boats, submarines, casino nights and so much more. Necker Island is favored by ultra-rich celebs like Oprah Winfrey and Mel Gibson.
Madeira Island, Portugal:
Portugal is a country in Europe that is known for its beautiful and enchanting cities like Lisbon, Porto and Braga. A vacation to any one of these cities will sate all your tourist dreams, but for those wanting a little more, there is Madeira. The Madeira island is located in the Atlantic Ocean, half way between Portugal and Morocco. The island is known for its sumptuous cherry wine and unique rock pools formed from volcano craters. One celeb couple you’re likely to see on your trip to Madeira: Cristiano Ronaldo & Irina Shayk.
The French Polynesian island of Bora Bora is located in the Pacific Ocean and it’s another favorite getaway for celeb honeymooners. The resorts here are absolutely fantastic and the island itself is surrounded by beautiful barrier reefs and lagoons. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban spent their honeymoon here – they stayed at the opulent and plush St. Regis Resort, and their unbelievable price tag was a whopping $15,000 per night. Now that’s rich!
Trancoso is a fishing town located in the Eastern part of Brazil facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is known mostly for its beautiful white sand beaches and quite and serene shores. But in the last ten years or so, Trancoso has developed a glamorous, beach party persona. On some of its most beautiful beaches, you’ll find DJ’s spinning thumping party tunes and you might just bump into celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bundchen or even Matthew McConaughey.
India is a vast nation full of secrets, mysteries and countless wonders. It’s a place that leaves a lasting impression on you and makes you look at the world with a totally different focus and appreciation. A hidden jewel in India is the opulent state of Rajasthan in the city of Udaipur. This city has been called the “Venice of the East” and The Lake Palace hotel is one of the most luxurious resorts in the world. This unforgettable gem in the Indian Ocean is a favorite of Queen Elizabeth, the royal families of Denmark and rock music legend, Mick Jagger.