You’ve clocked two months of solid work since Christmas break; it’s time for another escape. You Cancun’d in college, now take it up a few notches in terms of class (and perhaps down a couple in terms of wild and crazy) with these 10 spring break hot spots that are a hit with luxury-loving celebs.
This sunny tax haven in the Caribbean has attracted the likes of Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z. Perhaps its cerulean waters are what inspired the two to name their daughter Blue. The Viceroy Anguilla is the popular spot for celebs (Sandra Bullock and Michael Jordan are two of many who have stayed here) with its cool Kelly Wearstler-designed interiors, ocean views and lengthy list of alluring amenities (like a basketball court, two-story spa and cooking classes).
So it’s not hot in the classic, climatic sense, but if you’re hoping to squeeze out the last of ski season, this is the destination. Kate Hudson comes to stay at Kurt and Goldie’s place, and Jack Nicholson owns three homes here. The Little Nell, a legendary property popular with other celebs who’ve not yet committed to permanent real estate, makes for a more-than-nice crash pad. It’s Aspen’s only Five-Star, Five Diamond ski-in/ski-out resort, and it’s not far from the Louis Vuitton and Gucci boutiques. Heaven on hilltop?
British blokes Jude Law and Hugh Grant like holidaying here, which also happens to be the hometown of Rihanna. Two swanky properties are especially known for providing sanctuary for bold face names: Lone Star Restaurant and Hotel and Sandy Lane. The former is known for its lunches, the latter its golfing.
This Mexican destination on the Pacific Coast is a favored quick getaway for the likes of George Clooney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Aniston. There’s the more bustling center, Cabo San Lucas (where you can relive the best of your tequila shooter youth), or quieter San José del Cabo to choose from. There are a number of top notch hotels to shelter the slew of celebs that flock here. Our top four are Capella Pedregal, Las Ventanas al Paraiso, One&Only Pamilla, and Esperanza.
Just a hop, skip and a soar from Australia or New Zealand, the Fijian Islands have been a holiday haunt for A-listers, including Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe. Putting the fling in spring, it’s also beloved by famous couples who’ve swooned, honeymooned or wed at the region’s resorts. There’s Turtle Island, which takes only 14 couples at a time and was the setting for The Blue Lagoon, or Namale, owned by author and guru Tony Robbins.
What do Johnny Depp and James Bond author Ian Fleming have in common other than fame? Jamaica, man. Specifically, Golden Eye. What was once Fleming’s estate, where he wrote his spy novels and entertained his famous friends, is now a resort owned by Island Records’ Chris Blackwell and hosts the likes of Mr. Depp, also musicians and models (ahem, Bono and Kate Moss).
Hawaii might not be the most exotic locale, but like Mexico it wins by proximity. Count Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Hilary Swank among the Oscar winners who holiday here. The Four Seasons and Grand Wailea are classic celeb favorites, and family friendly too.
The beauty of Miami is it’s for everybody. Will Smith (remember this), Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson and so many more head to South Beach for sunning and clubbing. With as many swish hotels in the area as there are visiting celebs, you can essentially spin the bottle and stay anywhere with a Five-Star rating. Lenny Kravitz has had his hand in two area hotels, designing a recording studio at The Setai and the Florida Room nightclub inside The Delano. The Fontainebleau and Soho Beach House are also hot spots.
There’s only one Necker Island, and they could have just called it Paradise. This 74-acre private island owned by Sir Richard Branson has played host to Harrison Ford, Kate Winslet and Oprah Winfrey. Rent out the property for an extra special fete, as Google co-founder Larry Page did for his 2007 wedding.
What can we say, the celebs they love their Caribbean islands, and over the years St. Barts has been one of the most star-spangled (i.e., Daniel Craig, Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz, Michael Douglas). You can’t find a luxury hotel here that hasn’t entertained big name entertainers. Two of the most glamorous are Eden Rock, which was once a private home where the likes of Greta Garbo and Howard Hughes were guests, and Hotel Saint Barth Isle De France.