If you were given a limitless pile of cash and allowed to let loose, where do you think you’d go on holiday?
Would you go to places you’ve day-dreamed about, or would you find out where celebrities like to travel – and try your hand at some celeb-spotting?
Reading about the mega-rich and where they choose to escape is like gazing through a portal to a world of glamour and luxury. So without further ado, here is a quick guide answering the big question – where do celebrities go on holiday?
There are few places as awe-inspiring as Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, located in the northeast of the British Virgin Islands.
Branson purchased the island in the late 70s, then proceeded to completely reinvigorate it. Now it is swathed in luxury, with a huge mansion in which Branson frequently entertains some of the most famous and powerful people in the world. Princess Diana, for example, holidayed on Necker Island, alongside Mel Gibson, Kate Moss and a host of other industry giants.
A little closer to home, singer George Michael has a holiday home in Sydney’s outer suburb of Whale Beach.
The property is more akin to a mansion than a home, and features a 40-foot open-plan living room, with large glass windows flanking either side. That means it has truly stunning views of the ocean, as you might expect from a $6 million property in an exclusive Sydney suburb.
Built by George Clooney, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, ‘Casamigos’ is a huge luxury compound situated in Mexico’s Los Cobos.
The compound itself, the name of which translates to ‘House of Friends’, is actually two giant villas joined together to create one single, spectacular holiday home. Each villa has its own characteristics, reflecting the personalities of the individual owners, a courtyard, terrace and huge swimming pool looking out over the amazing Pacific Ocean.
If you loved seeing the spectacular island scenery in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, you’re not the only one. Johnny Depp loved it too, and purchased a small island in the Caribbean, known as Little Halls Pond Cay.
The island, reportedly known to Depp as ‘F**k Off Island’, was purchased for US$3.6 million in 2004, and is located in a strip of islands to the southeast of Nassau. It has six private beaches, solar-powered houses and is where the actor goes to relax, paint, play guitar and snorkel with neon-coloured fish.
The UK’s royalty don’t always holiday abroad, sometimes it’s a destination close to home. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall own a 192-acre property in Wales known as Llwynywermod (pronounced ‘Clanwormwood’).
Though a hard name to pronounce, this estate certainly does amaze. A huge portion of the land is used for grazing and parkland, with pleasant Welsh forests included in the mix as well. This ‘cottage’ is far flung from the other opulent estates in this list, with a far more charming, quaint farm aesthetic and classic Welsh stylings. Oh, did we mention its available for the public to rent?
Of course, not all celebrities escape to lavish mansions. Some instead choose to stay temporarily in equally outstanding hotels, such as those in the famous French Riviera.
This European billion-dollar playgrou nd, found along the southeast coast of France, is famous for its many celebrity sightings. Hotels such as Hotel du Cap, Hotel Martinez and Five Seas Hotel Cannes all receive regular celebrity sightings, especially around the time of the Cannes Film Festival. If you love Michelin-starred restaurants, stunning yachts, European history and a gorgeous seaside setting, you’ll want to visit the French Riviera.
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Now you know where the celebrities go on holiday, where would you go?