When it comes to vacations, celebrities know how to do it: uber-luxurious, private accommodations with top-notch service far away or directly in front of the paparazzi (depending on their publicist's advice). These hotels are not your average Red Roof Inn. Some come with 24-hour butlers and wait staff, luxury car with driver, speed boat, the finest amenities out there and the ability to manage the most outlandish requests. The rooms and suites come with a hefty price tag, but what's a few thousand dollars for pure, unabashed luxury when you have millions to spare? We at Agoda did a little snooping and found out where the stars go out to play.
Maldives: Floating (and thanks to global warming, possibly sinking) in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this paradise island-nation is absolutely stunning. Fergie and Josh Duhamel recently honeymooned at the exclusive One & Only Reethi Rah earlier in the year, after their Malibu wedding. This all-villa property is one of the most luxurious in the world. Located on its own private island, it can only be accessed by the resort's luxury yacht. Each villa also comes with a host, on call 24-hours a day to serve all requests. Absolute privacy, clear blue water, powdery white sand and staggering luxury, it's the ultimate island getaway.
Bora Bora: This remote destination allows stars to kick back without the paparazzi snooping around to capture the moment. Set in French Polynesia, the island of Bora Bora hides away from the rest of the world. It feels a little like Robinson Crusoe...if Crusoe had butlers, spas, and exotic food served with champagne. One of the most popular properties is the Hotel Bora Bora, one of Aman Resorts flagship properties (the group originally responsible for those amazing overwater bungalows). The St. Regis Bora Bora provides the ultimate in privacy offering self contained villas. The Royal Estate, in which Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman honeymooned, includes three bedrooms, two living rooms, a chef's kitchen, dining room, private swimming pool, office, spa area with sauna, hammam and whirlpool. Other guests have included Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, Kristen Bell, and Vince Vaughn.
Hawaii: More popularly known as the home state of President Obama, Hawaii is the most popular North American spot for the rich and fabulous. The Four Seasons Hualalai on the Kona Kohala Coast of the Big Island was a popular choice with both the Aniston-Pitts before they became the Aniston-TBAs, and the Spears-Ferderlines before and after they went completely insane. Paris Hilton regularly vacations here, this being the place she landed after completing her DUI sentence in 2007. Each room is custom decorated and offers absolutely stunning views. Hawaii's Big Island has become increasingly popular with the stars as its laid back attitude (even for Hawaii standards) helps to provide a perfect private hideaway vacation.
St Barts: Frequently referred to as the "playground of the rich and famous" St. Barts is an exclusive favorite of the very rich. Jay-Z and Beyonce chilled-out there recently, and like most celebrities who visit the island, they chose to relax comfortably on a private yacht. Those without the use of a private yacht like to stay at the beachfront Eden Rock Hotel. The former residence of the first mayor of St. Barts, Eden Rock's suites begin at $1,000/night and the three-bedroom beach house with private pool costs upwards of $3,000/night for a minimum three night's stay. This luxury property employs over a 100 staff for just 66 guests. The hotel claims that 'no' is one word the guests will never hear. That means Tom Hanks, Mariah Carey, and the late Howard Hughes had absolutely every whim catered to at this stunning resort.
St. Tropez: Located on the French Riviera, it is the premier destination for summer vacations with the stars. The town's population of just under 6,000 residents grows to more than 100,000 during the summer. Similar to St. Barts, the celebrities anchor their luxury yachts and head to the beaches. Pampelonne Beach, which stretches five kilometers and is up to 30 meters wide, is popular with the Beckhams, Bono, George Clooney, and Naomi Campbell. The place they choose to stay is almost always the celebrated Byblos Hotel, with suites upwards of $1,500USD a night. In the heart of the hotel lies the party spot, Les Caves du Roy, forever popular with Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Donatella Versace.
London: The islands and the beaches are great, but sometimes you just want a pub, a pint and some proper fish 'n chips and that means London. And when in London, nothing beats a stay at the Dorchester. This grand hotel has seen its share of Hollywood and royalty. The Sultan of Brunei stays here whenever he is in the city. More recently, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, along with their kids, relaxed here during the BAFTA awards in an $8,000/night suite. Rooms at the Dorchester resemble an English country house, and overlook Hyde Park.
Miami: Few party areas are more celebrated than Miami's South Beach, and the hotel of choice for the glitterati is The Setai Resort. So much so, the resort has a dedicated celebrity wing. A hotel concierge waits at the airport with hot towels and champagne, whisking their special guests away in a private car. The residential tower caters to the A-list, and has its own concierge and butler service as well as a separate lobby. Three ocean-side pools, water sports, 15,000 square feet of dining space, and a 90-foot poolside bar are reason enough to book a suite here. Topping it off are the private yacht and plane charters available through the resort. Frequent guests include Jay-Z and Beyonce, Heidi Klum, and Mariah Carey.
Las Cabos: The proximity to LA definitely plays a part in making the Baja Peninsula a popular weekend getaway. Everyone from Jennifer Aniston to the entire cast of the MTV reality show The Hills has made a trip there. The resort for celebrities is the One & Only Palmilla Resort, where guests are welcomed with margarita and pomegranate popsicles or a shot of tequila. Excursions are arranged in Hummers, and Mercedes-Benz SUV's transfer guests to and from the airport. Heidi and Spencer (from The Hills) stayed here when they decided to get married after some tequila, and it is also where Christina Aguilera had her bachelorette party.
Las Vegas: Celebrities love Sin City, partying in the VIP lounges, casinos, and exclusive clubs like PURE and LAX. On the strip it's The Bellagio, with its famous choreographed fountains. This is where you will see the A-listers when they come to Vegas. The Bellagio houses over 100,000 square feet of casino space, and more than 60,000 square feet dedicated to the Spa Bellagio. There are over 15 restaurants and cafes, six nightclubs, five pools, and four Jacuzzi's in the hotel's lush Mediterranean setting.
And off the strip sits The Hard Rock Hotel where Brad Pitt (does this guy ever just stay home?) decided to stay with his boys, Maddox and Pax, before Oscar weekend. The Hard Rock includes 30,000 square feet of casino space, and favorite celebrity dining venues Nobu, and The Pink Taco.
St. Moritz: During the winter, the stars hit the slopes and no place is cooler than St. Moritz. With the sun shining 300 days/year, it is one of the oldest, most popular resort town's in Europe. When visiting St. Moritz, they choose Badrutt's Palace Hotel. The property includes extensive spa facilities, seven restaurants, four bars (including King's Club, a favorite of Kate Moss) and two members-only clubs. Celebrities have been flocking to Badrutt's for years. From the Shah of Iran and Aristotle Onassis, to George Clooney and Claudia Schiffer, they all dish it out for suites costing upwards of $4,000 a night during peak season and requiring a minimum stay of 12 nights.