Here are some well known luxury resorts, hotels and private islands etc where famous celebrities (actors, musicians, politicians, movie directors etc) ‘hang out’ on their own private vacations. This is where the ‘big names’ enjoy their down time.
I have also included a link to the actual resort websites so you can have a look at the place in more detail – and book yourself a vacation, if you like!. Most of these places are very exclusive 5 star resorts and hugely expensive (like Necker Island) and well out of reach for most of us. But some of them are actually quite reasonable (like Canel Bay).
Next time I’m going to post something on the luxury yachts chartered or owned by celebrities. Also, I’m going to post news and pics on the latest celebrity vacations, as they come to hand.
Private Island Cayo Espanto, Belize – Tiger Woods, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Cayo Espanto is a private island just off the coast of Belize. The five villas on the island each have their own private docks and plunge pools – and of course a personal butler making it ideal as a celebrity vacation option.
After a successful British Open, Tiger Woods the world’s most famous golfer, escaped to Cayo Espanto.
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart celebrity actors have also vacationed here as well.
To see the luxury Private Island in More detail visit the website: Cayo Espanto
Caneel Bay, (Rosewood Resort), St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Caneel Bay is an understated resort founded by Laurance Rockefeller in 1956. The original “eco resort,” Caneel Bay was designed to preserve the surrounding environment. The luxury resort’s rooms are adorned with native stone and hand-crafted furnishings.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (Brangelina) celebrated a New Year at Caneel Bay, St. John. When on vacation, the Jolie and Pitt family resided in Rockefeller’s five-bedroom residence with the best ocean views called Cottage Seven.
For the resort website: Caneel Bay
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands – Sir Richard Branson, Steven Spielberg, Mel Gibson and Oprah Winfrey.
Necker Island is a luxury private island in the British Virgin Islands owned and developed by Sir Richard Branson. It is available for rent as a total package. The Balinese-style guesthouses feature private whirlpools and dedicated massage rooms.
The founder of Google got married here in front of a celebrity filled wedding party, including President Clinton and others.
Luminaries including Steven Spielberg, Mel Gibson and Oprah Winfrey have enjoyed Necker.
For the resort website: Necker Island
Soneva Fushi & Six Senses Spa, the Indian Ocean, Maldives – Madonna
This private island hideaway is relaxed with a ‘no news, no shoes’ policy. Mobile phones are also a ‘no no’. The rooms are equipped with quadraphonic hi-fi systems concealed behind the simple rattan walls. When Madonna and her family were on vacation here Soneva Fushi she reportedly scribbled “five definitions of heaven” in the guestbook and she came back again.
For further info: Soneva Fushi & Six Senses Spa
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Canada – Ron Wood and Charlie Watts
The Fairmont hotel lies on the shore of Lake Louise where it is ringed by Rocky Mountain peaks.
Ron Wood and Charlie Watts stayed at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise where they enjoyed singing karaoke in the Mount Temple Ballroom with friends and family.
For the resort website: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
The Wakaya Club, Fiji – Keith Richards
Last year, Keith Richards of Rolling Stones fame, visited the Wakaya Club a luxury island beach resort, situated on a private island in Fiji. With a staff to ratio of twelve to one, Mr. Richards’ needs were undoubtedly well attended while on his luxury vacation.
For the resort website: The Wakaya Club
Cuixmala, Mexico – Madonna and Mick Jagger
Luxury Cuixmala resort is along the Pacific Coast of Mexico on a 32,473 acre ‘Biosphere Reserve’. The hideaway is surrounded by rivers, lagoons and coconut plantations. Music celebrity guests, including Madonna and Mick Jagger (the Rolling Stones), have stayed at La Loma, the grand estate at Cuixmala resort. Where nature is foremost there is a chance visitors will spot wild boar, zebra, gazelles and sea turtles roaming around nearby.
For the resort website: Cuixmala
Goldeneye, Oracabessa, Jamaica – Johnny Depp, Truman Capote and Elizabeth Taylor
Goldeneye resort was once the winter residence of author Ian Fleming, who wrote 13 James Bond thrillers. The three-bedroom main house, where Fleming lived overlooks a private cove and still boasts his original desk. It is here that Flemming entertained Truman Capote and Elizabeth Taylor.
Goldeneye is now owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. Mr. Johnny Depp also recently enjoyed the resort’s laid back vibe, which is accented with hip touches like Balinese furnishings, bamboo canopy beds and white muslin drapes.
For the resort website: Goldeneye
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico – Ben Aflick, Elton John
A new luxury resort the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita provides 20,455 square foot five bedroom Coral Suite. The suite has it’s own gym, media room and spa area. The resort is the perfect accommodation for the celebrity with a large entourage in tow.
Recent celebrity vacationers to the Four Seasons included Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Music great Sir Elton John also recently enjoyed the hospitality at The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, which is located 26 miles from Puerto Vallarta.
For more information: Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Kurumba Resort, The Maldives – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Every suite is luxurious in the Kurumba Resort except the Royal Kurumba Residence, a suite with two swimming pools, enormous sitting room and beachfront verandah is the big Kahuna. The Maldives has world-class scuba diving, and is known for its thriving population of Hawksbill turtles, Bluefin tuna and Angelfish.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes visited the private island resort of Kurumba in the Maldives for their special honeymoon.
For the resort website: Kurumba Resort
The Setai, South Beach, Miami – Jay-Z, Beyonce, Bono and Leonardo DeCaprio
At the Setai the beauty is in the luxury resort’s details. It boasts teak floors, terrazzo soaking tubs, Bose music sound systems, Lavazza espresso coffeemakers, Acqua di Parma bath products, rainforest showers, pure Irish linens – because they best adjust to your body temperature – and Dux beds imported from Sweden. The luxury hotel will also provide you with your hometown paper while on vacation here.
Jay-Z, Beyonce, Bono and Leonardo DeCaprio are all fans of this chic South Beach hotel.
For the resort website: The Setai
The Saxon Hotel and the Westcliff, Johannesburg, South Africa
The luxury Saxon hotel is where wine racks replace mini-bars and spectacular African art adorns the rooms. “Celebrities often choose The Westcliff because it is a very private and secure estate. The unique design of the hotel, which is not dissimilar to a Mediterranean-style village,” is also coveted.
As for celebrities – when in Johannesburg, Oprah Winfrey stays at the Saxon and the Westcliff hotels. The famous politician Nelson Mandela edited his memoirs at the Saxon after he was released from prison. President Clinton and Beyonce have also visited the 24-room resort.
For more info: The Saxon Hotel and The Westcliff
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