Sometimes even celebrities need to take a break from their busy lives in the spotlight. It's always nice to get away from a stressful situation, whether it be a big press conference, the release of a new album or movie, or maybe just trying to get away from the incessant paparazzi. However you put it, there is nothing like finding the perfect place to unwind and just relax. Unlike the average person, celebrity pocketbooks allow them to go on rather extravagant vacations. If they happen to be vacationing on their own secluded island or traveling around Europe and experiencing the best it has to offer, celebs definitely know how to live it up on vacation. So here are ten favorite celebrity vacation spots that most of us would only dream about visiting. These places are luxurious, awe-inspiring and most certainly expensive.
10 Maui, Hawaii
Of all the islands Hawaii has to offer, Maui seems to be the favorite among celebrities. A few of the celebrities that have spent their downtime in Maui include, Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox (the couple actually got married in Maui), Owen Wilson, Oprah, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears. Just some of the amenities the island has to offer include, breathtaking hikes, volcanoes, national parks, a variety of beaches, five star hotels and of course, it wouldn't be Hawaii without a Luau. Maui offers the perfect getaway for celebs who want to spend their vacation getting in touch with nature and relaxing on the beach. And of course, they're all sure to come back with a fresh new healthy glow.
9 Aspen, Colorado
Aspen, Colorado is certainly a dream winter getaway. It offers breathtaking ski slopes, high-end boutiques and fine dining. No wonder Aspen is a celebrity favorite winter destination. Some of the stars who frequent the slopes in Aspen include: Michael Douglas, Kurt Russell, Jack Nicholson, Heidi Klum, Demi Moore and Mariah Carey. In addition to skiing, celebrities can also enjoy dog sledding, walking tours, full moon dinners and powder tours. It's the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Although Aspen is known for it's amazing ski slopes, there are plenty of activities to do in the Summer as well. There are numerous hikes, national forests to visit and you can even go white water rafting, if you're feeling a bit adventurous.
8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Celebs have long been a fan of the tropical paradise that Rio de Janeiro offers. Just some of the celebs who enjoy vacationing in Rio de Janeiro include Gerard Butler, Penelope Cruz, Madonna and Javier Bardem. Some of the attractions that Rio de Janeiro has to offer include, its many beaches (Ipanema Beach is a favorite among celebrities), its landmarks and monuments (Cristo Redentor is pictured above), its parks and gardens and its museums. Rio de Janeiro is the perfect place to both relax on the beach and experience a different culture. No wonder it is a hot spot among celebrities.
7 St. Barts, Caribbean
St. Barts is one of the more well known celebrity vacation spots. It seems that anyone who has their names written in tabloids has been to St. Barts at least once. Just some of the celebrities to frequent the island include Jay-Z, his wife Beyonce and Jessica Alba. Although most spend their time at St. Barts soaking up the sun and wondering what restaurant to eat at, the island has a lot more to offer. Celebrities can go to the spa, take scuba diving lessons, rent some jet skis, go sailing, play some water sports, go shopping, or even experience St. Barts' extravagant nightlife. Whatever you're in the mood for, it's clear that St. Barts is the perfect place to get away and relax.
6 Saint-Tropez, France
Thanks to model and actress Brigitte Bardot, Saint-Tropez has become a Hollywood hot-spot. Just some of the stars that enjoy spending their downtime in Saint-Tropez include Tom Cruise, Rihanna, P. Diddy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kate Hudson, Cindy Crawford, Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss. Some of the activities that Saint-Tropez has to offer include; fine dining, a variety of museums, relaxing beaches, coastal hikes, boating trips and for the celebrities willing to spend more money, a trip on a yacht. St-Tropez also offers a great nightlife. If your looking to bump elbows with celebrities, club 55 is a favorite among stars.
5 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas is the perfect place for celebrities who want to get away for a couple of days. Just a two hour flight from Los Angeles, Cabo has everything that a celebrity needs. A few of the celebrities that take advantage of Cabo San Lucas' great location include: Courteney Cox, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney. On their vacations, celebs can enjoy the many beaches and waterfronts Cabo has to offer, as well as its impressive landmarks, museums, water sports and the famous Town Square. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, there is nothing better than sipping a margarita on the beach, away from all of life's craziness.
4 Lake Como, Italy
There is one celebrity that completely loves the beauty that Lake Como has to offer and that celebrity is none other than George Clooney. The star owns a lakeside villa in Lake Como and often invites his celebrity friends to vacation with him. Clooney isn't the only star to appreciate this majestic location. Other stars who vacation here include Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Beckham and Richard Branson. Some of the impressive sites that Lake Como has to offer include: castles, gardens, cathedrals and museums. Lake Como is truly a fairy-tale getaway.
3 Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora provides the perfect getaway for celebrities because of all the privacy it has to offer. Stars can stay in high-end, over the water bungalows where they have their own entrance to the ocean and their own incredible view. Some of the celebrities that have taken advantage of Bora Bora's beauty include the Kardashians, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, Rob Lowe and Charlize Theron. Some of the attractions that the island has to offer include amazing snorkeling, gigantic volcanoes, coral gardens, and breathtaking beaches.
Mykonos is a favorite celebrity vacation spot for celebrities who want to be out of the spotlight. Both Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise own houses in Mykonos and like to vacation there in the months that aren't so popular for tourists. Other celebrities that enjoy vacationing in Mykonos include the Kardashian-Jenner clan and Sofia Vergara. The best thing that Mykonos has to offer is its relaxing atmosphere. In addition, celebs can spend their time snorkeling, sunbathing, visiting Little Venice, or photographing the windmills. However you put it, Mykonos provides the perfect opportunity to truly get away from it all.
1 Mallorca, Spain
One of the favorite celebrity vacation spots is Mallorca, Spain. Some of the celebs that enjoy their vacation at this luxurious destination include Gwenyth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas even own a house in Mallorca. Some of the favorite celebrity spots in Mallorca include, Wellies Restaurant and Bar, Puerto Portals, Karma Bar and ES Trenc Beach. Mallorca offers the perfect escape from the busy lives of celebrities.