Celebrities sure do seem to have a great life. Their every day lives are ones filled with glamour, and their vacations are even more spectacular! But just because you aren’t rich and famous, doesn’t mean you can’t travel like a celebrity! Today, the Hollywood Elite, A-list Stars, musicians, politicians, and the super-rich are followed more closely than ever before. Because of this, we know exactly where they go when they want to unwind and where they go to be pampered. If you are looking for some well deserved pampering, rest, relaxation, good food, or even star-gazing (Hollywood or that other kind!) then check out some favorite celebrity getaways.
Alfajiri Villas, Diani Beach, Kenya – The latest craze in celebrity travel is a trip to Africa. Whether you partake in a safari excursion, or rest in relax in one of the grand resorts…. a trip to Africa will open all of your senses. No wonder celebrities from Teri Hatcher to Oprah to Tiger Woods are taking the time to visit this vast and amazing continent. Luxury accomodations are becoming more abundant throughout Africa, but the Alfajiri Villas are one of the tops. You can choose to stay at the Ciff Villa, Garden Villa, or Beach Villa. The scenery and nature surrounding the area are spectacular… And for the family oriented there are many options for kids. Just ask Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who stayed there early in their relationship.
Location: Ukunda, Kenya
Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt Tokyo – The Park Hyatt may be the hotel shown in Lost in Translation with Scarlett Johanson and Bill Murray, but the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is equally popular. The Grand Hyatt boasts itself as a great destination for all kinds of activities, such as weddings, fine dining, and state of the art recreation and relaxation facilities. Perhaps that is why celebrities such as Dave Grohl and Chris Martin opt to stay there when they travel to Tokyo. The Park Hyatt Tokyo is also considered one of the best hotels in Tokyo, if not in the world. This spectacular hotel which caters to long term visitors looking for someplace to live as much as visit, has become even more popular since Sofia Coppola showcased it in Lost in Translation.
Location: 6-10-3 Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan, 106-0032 (Grand Hyatt Tokyo) – Location: 3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan 163-1055 (Park Hyatt Tokyo)
The Ivy London – If you are interested in checking celebrities in their natural environment, then you have to know where to be. Sometimes, knowing where to be isn’t enough because you may not be able to get into that exclusive club, or have reservations for that fabulous restaurant. But, if you plan far enough in advance (6 months or more) than you too can dine with the the rich and famous. Getting in to the Ivy is the most exciting part, but once you get in then there are plenty of options for some culinary exploration. So when traveling to London, plan a trip to the Ivy and you are nearly guaranteed to have a celebrity sighting. David Beckham, Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), Elton John, Nigella Lawson, and the rest of the UK’s elite have all been seen munching and sipping at the Ivy.
Location: 1 West Street, Covent Garden, London – Telephone: 020 7836 4751
Chez Michel in Villefranche-sur-Mer – Chez Michel’s is a reasonably sized, reasonably priced French restaurant serving unbelievably authentic Provencal food. The restaurant is owned by a husband and wife team who take special care to create a menu filled with fresh ingredients and plenty of local flavor. The atmosphere is comfortable and warm with Provencal landscape murals along the walls. It will be very easy to immerse yourself in the good wine, good food, and good conversation. So good in fact, that you may not even notice celebrities such as Sheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong sitting at the table next to you!
Location: Place Amélie Pollonais, Villefrance-sur-Mer, France – Telephone: 04-93-76-73-24
Los Cabos’ One & Only Palmilla Resort – Palmilla is located on the southern end of Baja California… a hop skip and a jump away from L.A. and yet a fabulous and quick getaway for celebrities. The area boasts great weather, scenery, outdoor activities, and plush resorts. Palmilla at Los Cabos was founded in the 50s (back when it was reachable only by plane or boat) and started catering to celebrities from the get go. John Wayne, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower all escaped to be pampered at Los Cabos. Some of the more recent celebrities to stay at the Palmilla include Jessica Alba and Cash Warren.
Location: San José del Cabo, B.C.S. Mexico – Telephone: 624 146-7000
Now, get your dark sunglasses and get ready to travel like a star!
About the Author: Michelle is a travel, art, and architecture buff who has recently moved to Seattle after living in Honolulu, Chicago, Gloucester Massachusetts, and Delft Netherlands. In between studying and working in design, she dreams travel and works to help others compare and select vacation options via the http://www.yourlifepassion.com website