Celebrities are a well-traveled bunch, whether they are looking to be in the spotlight or escape the paparazzi, there are some popular vacation destinations that always seem to be frequented by the stars. Celeb spotting is a favorite pastime of many travelers, and you might be able to snag a photo or even an autograph when you visit these top celebrity vacation spots around the world.
Lindsay Lohan debuted her new reality show set in Mykonos: Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club, documenting the parties and pitfalls of a group of American bartenders and nightlife hosts transported to her beach club on the ever-popular Greek island. But long before Lohan opened her namesake establishment Mykonos has been the summer hotspot for travelers — particularly Europeans — seeking out techno music for years. It has always been a cultural crossroads of sorts, existing as part of the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman Empires during its long history, even as it was primarily a sleepy fishing village for most of those reigns. Grace Kelley and Jackie O. were once fans, upping its status. Now, it draws stars like Ariana Grande, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Mariah Carey. Katharine McPhee celebrated there before getting married. Far from a sleepy town, Mykonos is Greece’s party central.
After the Cannes International Film Festival each spring fills the region with bold-faced stars, nearby Saint-Tropez and the entirety of the French riviera remain sought-after destinations all summer long. Leonardo DiCaprio is a known fan, launching his charity foundation in the area and throwing annual yacht events; U2’s Bono has a house in the town of Eze-sur-Mer; and Beyoncé and Jay-Z are known to enjoy spending time on the coast. Elton John, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have also been regulars. Cannes and its surrounding towns have long figured in the vacations of the European elite and celebrities going back to the 1850s and the advent of the train to Nice, while books like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night served as lush narratives from the 20th century that helped illuminate its allure. In his day, Fitzgerald cavorted with artists like Pablo Picasso, while designers like Coco Chanel also took a liking to the area. Now, it is where Cristiano Ronaldo goes for a romantic getaway.
The preferred summer weekend getaway of New Yorkers, the Hamptons are really a string of villages along the South Fork of Long Island, including Westhampton, Quogue, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Amagansett and the train’s final stop: Montauk. Known for luxury mansions and exclusive golf clubs, the Hamptons are home to some of the U.S.’s most expensive zip codes. Celebrities: Anderson Cooper, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Alec Baldwin, Martha Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert DeNiro and many more are all homeowners while Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga have been seen enjoying themselves in recent years. There are two ways to do the Hamptons: hang poolside at a private home, or go for the see-and-be-seen route, frequenting bottle-service pop-up clubs and ritzy restaurants — and potentially switching things up with a lobster roll from a roadside stand.
It is common knowledge that George Clooney and Amal Clooney own a home on the shores of dramatic Lake Como; Clooney bought Villa Oleandra all the way back in 2001. But they are not the only celebrities that have enjoyed the lakeside escape in the Lombardy region. Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler were guests of the Clooney family; the Carters also stopped through the area; and former One Direction member Liam Payne has popped up. Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were spotted out on a boat with the Clooneys. Lake Como is known for the sharp contrast of wooded mountainside and blue water with villas clustered on its banks, some dating back to the 17th century. Today, visitors to Lake Como spend their days boating around the lake and soaking in the surroundings, plus exploring some of the villas that are open to the public.
The Amalfi Coast might be one of the most photogenic places in the world, thanks to the sunny, colorful cliffside towns of Positano, Ravello and Amalfi itself. Rihanna made it her go-to vacation spot, getting noticed on an early summer trip. Model Karlie Kloss got engaged to now-husband Josh Kushner while in the area. Paul McCartney also joined in a yacht party with the happy couple. In 2018, Jennifer Aniston, Will Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Hugh Jackman and Heidi Klum were just a few of the other tourists that dropped through. Perhaps this should not be such a huge surprise; between the appeal of classic Italian food, postcard views and the fact that the whole region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s plenty to keep visitors busy while hopping from town to town.
It is known now as a party island and vacation hotspot, but Ibiza was not always nightclub central. Before David Guetta and Paris Hilton called its cavernous dance venues home, it was simply a remote, wilderness-covered island off the Spanish coast with a history as a port town dating back to the 7th century B.C. It is now considered an autonomous region, alongside its fellow Balearic Islands of Menorca, Majorca and Formentera, and parts of the island are also designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. So yes, you can go to Ibiza to spend your nights and dawns in gigantic clubs with thousands of partiers, hypnotized by the bass — but you can also explore its quaint port towns. It was not until later in the 1970s and onward that the club scene developed. Now, celebrity DJs (like Hilton) settle in for summer residencies in the massive nightclubs, while many celebrities escape to more remote villas or go for yachts. Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender were married in Ibiza in 2018; Idris Elba put his DJ talents to use; Katy Perry spent time at the beach; and soccer star Lionel Messi is an island regular.
What do Drake, Britney Spears and the late Prince have in common? That would be a love for the Turks and Caicos, the Caribbean island getaway while Prince owned a villa that just sold for millions. It is the picture-perfect tropical beach vacation ideal: turquoise waters, white sand beaches and lavish resorts, homes and golf courses. The 40-island archipelago, which sits between Cuba, the Bahamas and the West Indies, was originally populated by local indigenous peoples before being colonized and claimed by different European powers starting in the 16th century. It is now a British overseas territory with autonomous rule. And with a more low-key vibe than other party islands, it offers more privacy to stars or visitors looking for a secluded escape.
When Demi Lovato began sharing photos of herself rising out of a crystalline ocean in Bora Bora, she put the French Polynesian island in the South Pacific top of mind for her followers, calling Bora Bora “literal heaven on Earth.” Bora Bora also served as a U.S. military base during WWII, but never saw action — and by the 1960s, luxury hotels were in development on its distinctive lagoon, going for the over-water bungalow style that’s now ubiquitous in island resorts. Back in 2015, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux honeymooned in Bora Bora; Nicole Kidman and Justin Bieber have been visitors; and more recently, Halle Berry made it her vacation destination. And now it has Lovato’s stamp of approval, too.
Although many celebrities get shuffled from place to place in limos and rarely meander among the “peasants”, there are a few places in South Beach where you might catch a glimpse of someone famous. And if you see the paparazzi lingering around like vultures with giant cameras, you have hit the jackpot. Miami’s South Beach has been one of the top vacation spots for the young, hot, and famous for many decades. “Entourage” actor, Adrien Grenier, and UFC ring girl, Arianny Celeste, have been spotted sunbathing along the Miami shores, and some of the most famous celebrity nightlife spots include Mansion, Skybar, and The Rose Bar. The city of Miami is just downright sexy and lots of celebs have bought homes along the beach. There are guided tours that take visitors on booze-fueled boat rides to see the fabulous mansions of the rich and famous.
Rajasthan gets the unanimous vote for most favorite Indian destination for Hollywood celebs. Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman came to Udaipur to shoot an ad film which was directed by Shekhar Kapur and stayed at the famous Lake Palace hotel. Madonna was in Udaipur on a weeklong holiday with her then husband and filmmaker Guy Ritchie, son David Banda and a few close friends. Elizabeth Hurley chose the Ummaid Bhavan palace in Jodhpur for her lavish wedding with NRI tycoon Arun Nayar. Katy Perry got married in a traditional Hindu ceremony at a resort near Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Michael Douglas went to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones to film Racing The Monsoon. Oprah Winfrey was among the speakers at the 2012 Jaipur Literature Festival. Naomi Watts checked out Jaipur’s Jal mahal as her husband shot in Delhi. “Rolling Stones” front man Mick Jagger too visited Rajasthan with daughter Jade. He stayed at Hotel Rambagh Palace while in Jaipur. The list goes on and on.