These days, all of us are so engrossed in our daily ‘eat, work, sleep’ routine that often, the only relaxation we would ever get is during our consumption of celebrity holiday news. From what we already know, the rich and famous are just like us, always wanting to wander off to sculpted settings and sceneries to disconnect from reality. (But unlike us, they have more autonomy over when they get to truly escape and relax. How lucky.) Have you always wondered where on Earth do A-listers go to seek refuge, silence and endless serving of margaritas? Do you wish to vacate the same way? Then walk down this list of secretly celeb-worthy retreats to inspire your planning right away!
#1. HOTEL DU CAP IN ANTIBES, FRANCE
Set in Monte Carlo’s Cap d’Antibes, the Hotel Du Cap is the stuff of classic luxuriation. F. Scott Fitzgerald made a setting out of it for fhis novel Tender is the Night. Controversial lovers Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton enjoyed not one, but two honeymoons here. Even John F. Kennedy had graced the hotel with his presence, basking in a family vacation there as a 21-year-old. Our favourite feature: the hotel’s salt-water pool situated on a cliff overlooking the French Riviera.Checking in during Cannes Film Festival? Expect to see Hollywood veterans the likes of Tom Cruise and John Travolta indulging in their specially made favourite meals there throughout festival
#2. LA MAMOUNIA IN MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Sitting smack in a huge bed of royal gardens, the palace-turned hotel building known as La Mamounia is an eclectic retreat favoured by the likes of Kate Hudson, Hugh Jackman, and even Winston Churchill once upon a time. Set yourself for some awe-inducing moments when there, for the 5-star hotel relies on the terracotta Moroccan desert and majestic Atlas Mountains as its panoramic views. Unwind like a traveling trader with unique finds at the hotel such as black soap, Argan oil, and orange blossom water. When famished, check out La Mamounia’s Michelin-starred
#3. LITTLE PALM ISLAND RESORT IN FLORIDA, U.S.A.
Little Palm Island is perfect for parents looking to take a break from their kids and homemaking.Disconnected from the Floridian mainland, the private estate is accessible only by seaplane or boat. If this sounds like a dream, then you have something in common with Scarlett Johansson, who is reportedly a big fan of the retreat’s seclusive ways. Your time away will be taken care of with memorable details such as tropical rum offerings, personalised room door plaques, and starlit baths. No room phones, no clocks—sounds like the perfect escape to us!
#4. LA CONCHA RESORT IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s relationship might be history, but its memory will always be cherished at their favourite Puerto Rican hideaway known as La Concha. The resort is truly San Juan’s chic answer to paradise. From its open-air architecture to its luxe facilities, the Caribbean haven is nothing short of amazing.
#5. ONE&ONLY REETHI RAH IN MALDIVES
Attention to newlyweds and spouses-to-be! Word has it that actor Josh Duhamel and his leading lady and Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie had a major blast celebrating their marriage in Maldives.Their location of choice: the One&Only Reethi Rah resort. There, the A-list couple had spent not one, not two, not three, but six nights of honeymoon bliss, indulging in the resort’s blue lagoon waters and lush environment. Follow in their footsteps by booking yourself a long stay there!
#6. AMAN-I-KHAS RESORT IN RANTHAMBORE, INDIA
Much like J.Lo and Marc Anthony, popstar Katy Perry and actor-comedian Russell Brand did notnend up together forever. But the sculpted perimeters of Aman-i-Khas in Ranthambore will always be remembered for backdropping their destination wedding. And while the event wasn’t exactly a secret vacation, we can definitely fancy ourselves some ‘exotic escape’ narrative, thanks to the resort’s dreamy setting of canvas tents and Rajasthani wilderness.
#7. ROCKHOUSE HOTEL IN JAMAICA
Desiring a wild nightlife experience, yet also craving for some solitude at the same time? Then consider Jamaica’s Rockhouse Hotel. A favourite haunt of Jude Law and Keri Russell, the Caribbean sanctuary is a stone’s throw away from Montego Bay, where one can indulge in balmy island partying. When the need for quietness arises, you can go back to your cliffside bungalow, or visit the nearby Negril, where serene landscapes await.
#8. NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
We should thank the heavens for nudging Sir Richard Branson to spot—in 1978 on an airplane—the speck of land that is now Necker Island. The Virgin Group mogul had since polished and primp the perimeter, and even introduced a luxury resort loved by the likes of Kate Winslet and Robert De Niro. Apparently it’s so revered that Google co-founder Larry Page decided to tie the knot there.Perhaps the most expensive entry in our list, a stay on the island can cost you up to $60,000 a night. But the luxuries that the bill brings are endtless, from your own beachside chef to private sailing lessons.
#9. CHATEAU MARMONT IN LOS ANGELES, U.S.A.
While the Chateau isn’t exactly a niche or novel option here, it does maintain its reputation as the staycation haven for Hollywood top-tiers. James Franco, Jennifer Aniston and Lindsay Lohan are just some of celebrities constantly seeking refuge there. Book a stay at the Chateau to enjoy its eclectic decors and historic roots, and you might just find yourself a witness to impromptu rehearsals and casual photoshoots along the way!
#10. LAS ALAMANDAS IN MANZANILLO, MEXICO
Apparently Robert De Niro’s taste in vacation destinations is as versatile as his acting portfolio. When not enjoying the seclusion of Necker Island, the actor is seen at Las Alamandas in Manzanillo, Mexico—sometimes for months on end! Occasionally, one can also spot the presence of Brad Pitt to go with the sea view. Revered for its picture-perfect scenescape, Las Alamandas is great place to host self-discovery. There, one can lounge around reading existential books and contemplating their deepest thoughts on the resort’s white-sanded beach.