We’re not the only ones that have an urge for adventure and are already plotting our next major vacation. The main difference is that the wealthy and famous don’t typically need to save for months before they can take a vacation to paradise. As envious as we may be to see it all on their social media, celebrities choose some of the nicest locations in the world to unwind, and they do cause us to pause, mostly thinking, “That could be us, too!”
Okay, so the majority of us probably don’t have the money to instantly book a first-class flight to Bermuda, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream! The best justification for planning that trip we’ve been putting off can come from scrolling through the Instagram feed of our favourite celebrity. Celebs unknowingly inspire our wanderlust even when they aren’t on vacation themselves; whether they are on location filming their next movie or posing for a glam photoshoot, they are constantly in some breathtaking spot. Whether they were born world travellers or not, celebrities rank among the most travelled persons in history.
IIn many respects, celebrities also make the ideal travel guides because they are familiar with all the quiet locations that are off the beaten path (although admittedly, they probably got there via private helicopter). Do you want to know where Leo or Beyonce like to relax in the sun? Discover the star-approved travel hotspots by reading on. Be forewarned—your financial account may want to hide!
1. Demi Lovato – Kenya
On her international tours, the Cool For the Summer singer visited a number of stunning nations, but more than any other, Kenya captured her heart. Since hosting her 21st birthday party in East Africa in 2013, Demi Lovato has been drawn to Kenya’s tremendous energy.
Early in 2017, Lovato travelled back to her favourite nation to work with the WE Movement charity, which supports nearby villages and schools. Later, she posted photos of herself donning traditional African Massai attire while attending a surprise party hosted by neighbours in her honour on Instagram. “One of the most beautiful moments of the trip,” she captioned it.
2. Jennifer Aniston – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
One location that the FRIENDS star frequently travels to in order to unwind is Cabo San Lucas. Jen Aniston said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar that Cabo is her favourite vacation destination ever and that she has taken many of her closest friends there, including BFFs Courteney Cox and Jason Bateman.
Aniston was most recently seen there in January of this year, ringing in the new year in style with her loved ones. For a cool $940 per night, you can stay at the One&Only Palmilla, Jen’s favourite Cabo resort, and enjoy top-notch restaurants and infinity pools with ocean views. Yikes!
3. Chrissy Teigen – Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como is Mrs. John Legend’s tranquil retreat away from home. Northern Italy’s most remote location is renowned for its stunning views and serene, understated environment. It makes sense why Chrissy Teigen enjoys bringing her family here frequently.
Not only does Teigen adore Lake Como for its peace and scenic beauty, which she likens to “a painting,” the lake also serves as the site of her and her husband John’s wedding. Additionally, just prior to the wedding, John Legend filmed the music video for his hit song All Of Me there. Ugh. A romantic dream!
4. Leonardo DiCaprio – Antibes, France
Leo DiCaprio spends the most of his summers and free time at Antibes, the jewel of the French Riviera, so if you ever want to run into him by the pool, you can depend on it. The 5-star resort with jazz, good wine, and picturesque sunsets between Cannes and Nice is a favourite hangout for the Wolf of Wall Street actor.
DiCaprio has most recently been seen in Antibes earlier this month, lounging on his yacht with girlfriend Camila Morrone in an effort to make the most of the remaining summer months. You better believe that Leo misses the after-party to go on a cruise to Antibes in between all the events of the Cannes film festival!
5. Calvin Harris – Ibiza
When a DJ becomes successful, playing Ibiza is essentially a rite of passage. Calvin Harris, a Scottish-born DJ and producer, fell in love with many of the island’s less well-known attractions while performing in the party capital of the world.
Calvin Harris doesn’t want to go too far from the location where he first gained notoriety, unlike some celebrities who would prefer their vacation houses in the Bahamas or the South of France. When he’s not working the decks, Harris is probably lounging on the deck chairs along the party headquarters’ white sand beaches, soaking up the rays or nursing a hangover.
6. Gigi Hadid – Tahiti
Tahiti is one of those places that seems too perfect to be true, and Gigi Hadid is one celebrity who was particularly taken aback by its splendour. The attractive model visited the stunning French Polynesian island back in 2015, and she was still in awe of it when she returned.
After returning from her trip, Hadid explained to Harper’s Bazaar why Tahiti had become her preferred vacation destination: “It’s one of the few places that genuinely appears like it does in images. The weather can be entirely overcast and rainy and still be ideal. You stay silent.
7. Beyonce & Jay Z – St Barts, Caribbean
The most powerful pair in music seems to always have a reason to travel to St. Barts in the Caribbean. Beyonce and husband Jay Z are said to have recently travelled to St. Barthelemy island (also known as St. Barts) to celebrate Easter, the couple’s wedding anniversaries, and even Blue Ivy’s first birthday. Swish!
The stunning French-speaking Caribbean island offers private beach strolls, opulent spas, and upscale bars and shops for as far as the eye can see. Although Blue wouldn’t have realised it, Blue’s parents certainly knew how to pack experience into the first year of her life!
8. Penélope Cruz – Corsica
Penélope Cruz travels to the hot region of Corsica in France to rest with her family after finishing a film shoot. The Loving Pablo actress and her husband, fellow actor Javier Bardem, take their two children, Leonardo and Luna, as often as they can to the lovely island.
Cruz enjoys the upscale Mediterranean island so much that, less than two weeks after giving birth, she was even seen relaxing there. That is what we refer to as a push present, now! Wish we had the money to begin parenthood with a little piece of this bliss.
9. Khloe Kardashian – Greece
The Kardashian family has visited sundecks and swimming pools all over the world, from Thailand and Bora Bora to Paris and Florence. Despite the Kardashian sisters’ frequent travels, Khloe, the middle sister, has named Greece as the finest vacation destination.
After visiting the Greek islands in 2013, Khloe fell in love with them and hasn’t looked back since. Khloe exclaimed, “It was one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been to, and definitely a place I would go back to,” in a blog post about her travels on her website. Along with her sisters Kim and Kourtney, as well as her mother Kris Jenner, Khloe frequently returns there.
10. Mila Kunis – French Riviera
The French Riviera’s natural beauty has drawn a wide range of A-list celebrities over the years, including Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot as well as Johnny Depp and Cat Blanchett. Mila Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher, who frequently visit to enjoy the joys of the Cote d’Azur, are now some of its most frequent visitors.
Celebrity couples like Mila and Ashton have been spotted making out on the beaches of St. Tropez, which is the ultimate playground for the affluent and famous. One of the finest and most romantic luxury hotels in the area, the Hotel du Cap, has seen the couple sign its guestbook. Aaaah, la la!
11. Rupert Grint – Isle Of Wight, UK
Although Rupert Grint amassed enormous wealth through his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series, his favourite vacation spot is an unexpectedly understated locale. Grint chooses the Isle of Wight as his ideal paradise since it is close to both his home and his heart.
Grint spent many joyful summers as a boy on the gorgeous island off the south coast of England, and he will always return there: “We went there as a family, three summers in a row. Exploring the caves and beaches led to a lot of trouble being made by us. There isn’t a nicer Christmas a child could wish for.
12. Mariah Carey – Aspen
Celebrities appear to have the right idea when it comes to organising a winter paradise to remember, as the picture-perfect slopes of Aspen, Colorado have long been the ideal backdrop for a spectacular Christmas getaway. One specific celebrity who can’t help but visit the picturesque mountain resort is Mariah Carey.
Carey frequently visited Aspen with her children and her ex-husband Nick Cannon, as seen in snowy photos she posted on Instagram. One image in particular, featuring mom and her children dressed in adorable ski gear and bulky sweaters with a picture-perfect lodge in the background, looks like it belongs in Mariah’s video for All I Want for Christmas. Brr! Makes us eager to arrange that warm winter vacation!
13. Rihanna – Barbados
Being a lifelong homebody, Rihanna enjoys vacationing in Barbados, where she was born, and living it up there. RiRi apparently enjoys nothing more than visiting her family’s house and spending time on the island’s stunning length of pristine white beaches when she isn’t on tour.
The Wild Thoughts singer has been spotted in Barbados clubs throughout the holiday season with A-list friend and model Cara Delevingne. When she’s not out all night, she’s probably relaxing on a yacht or enjoying water sports with friends and family on the turquoise waves.
14. Joss Stone – Costa Rica
Over the course of her career, the honey-voiced singer-songwriter Joss Stone frequently gave performances there and couldn’t help but fall in love with the country. Stone travelled to the centre of the jungle with her friend and stylist, giving her the chance to see less well-known regions of the lovely country.
Stone travelled by private jet to Manuel Antonio, one of the nation’s many breathtaking national parks, and found himself smack dab in the centre of paradise: “You’re surrounded by trees and strange critters. You might be eating breakfast when you notice a sloth ascending a tree. We also went whitewater rafting and went on a tropical rainforest exploration. It was astounding.
15. Naomi Campbell – Formentera
Supermodel Naomi Campbell prefers to spend her free time in Formentera, a tranquil and gorgeous island located a few kilometres south of Ibiza. Although Formentera is the smallest and least outgoing of the Balearic Islands, it offers the same crystal blue waters and laid-back atmosphere as its neighbour, as well as plenty of nightlife to satisfy celebrities wishing to let their hair down.
In addition to spending time on her private yacht with her ex Russian boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin, Campbell has also been spotted tanning herself on the pristine sandy beaches of Formentera with friend and fellow model Kate Moss.
16. Mel B – Hawaii
Former Spice Girl Mel B like to unwind in Hawaii, one of the world’s most tranquil locales, when she wants to unwind. It’s not surprising that this is her favourite place given the kilometres of immaculate white beaches and azure oceans. When the ex-singer visits the island, she and her children take sunset boat excursions and go snorkelling.
Along with the stunning environment, Mel B was charmed by the residents’ well-known friendliness and hospitality, stating to The Telegraph that “the people have such a lovely air about them, all open arms and very welcome.” There was nothing they couldn’t handle.
17. Joe Jonas – Mammoth Mountain, California
Joe, the middle Jonas brother, has travelled to many breathtaking locations, but if forced to pick just one, he would choose Mammoth Lakes, California, and more specifically Mammoth Mountain. Joe spoke to Us Weekly about his ideal holiday spot: “If I had one day left on earth, I’d ski with my family in Mammoth Mountain.”
Joe, who was born and reared in Arizona, always spent family vacations in California, and as he nears the age of 30, he appears to be continuing the childhood custom. During one of their ski outings, Joe’s fiancée and Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner even got to meet Joe’s parents for the first time.
18. Enrique Iglesias – Madrid
Enrique Iglesias, a popular artist, can only choose to use his city of Madrid as a magnificent venue. Enrique spent many happy years in the Spanish capital with his family before relocating to Miami to pursue a singing career, and he enjoys visiting the energetic city whenever he can.
The Hero singer raved about how “magical” Madrid still is to him in a recent interview with The Telegraph, saying, “When I think of my finest holidays ever, it has to be the ones we had in Madrid when I was young. Going back and staying with my mother was a lot of fun, especially around the holidays. Those moments stick in my mind no matter where I am in the world.
19. Joan Collins – New York
The iconic Dynasty actress Joan Collins has consistently chosen New York City as her preferred vacation spot, and what’s not to love? For individuals in need of a short getaway or a lengthy holiday, New York City is regarded as one of the most charming and thrilling places on earth.
Collins enjoys the upscale eating and club scene in New York, but she is most in love with the distinctive atmosphere of the city. Collins sums up New York’s charms perfectly: “It has everything for the perfect trip. Although the winters can be harsh, the sun is usually shining brightly, and the vistas of the skyscrapers are stunning.
20. Michelle Williams – Dubai
Michelle Williams fell in love with Dubai after just one visit there in 2005. The Destiny’s Child actress was on tour with Beyonce and Kelly, her bandmates, when they took a break to go sightseeing. It was a day she’ll never forget.
For The Telegraph, Michelle enthusiastically reminisced about her trip to Dubai: “We got carried to the sand dunes on dune buggies, we had a beautiful barbecue, belly danced, and got Henna tattoos all up our arms. Heaven was there! Since then, the members of Destiny’s Child have reunited for girls-only vacations and, most recently, for Beyonce’s 2017 twin boy birth celebration party.