While many people think about what they would do with the amount of money that celebrities cultivate through their work endeavors, it's interesting how people seem to get focused on the luxury mansions and plethora of cars. Yet, with people starting to shift their focus from material goods to life experiences, it's the vacations that have really started to garner some major attention. Having the ability to travel to some of the world's most exotic and scenic locations is seen as a worthwhile endeavor for anyone but things are definitely elevated once money doesn't seem to be an issue. Traveling the world in style can cost tens of thousands of dollars and it can include everything from private jets to ultra-lavish villas.
There are some instances where celebrities seem to be surprised to even have photographs published from their secluded vacation retreat but there are others that choose to share their vacation photos with the world. The public has seen countless photos of celebrities on exotic beaches across the globe and it seems like there are always new vacation pictures popping up to compete with all the rest. Yet, there are some celebrities that continue to make the top of the list when it comes to the most lavish vacations from the rich and famous. Check out our list of the 25 celebs who make it rain on vacation and see how the other half chooses to travel.
25 Mariah Carey
With Mariah Carey being considered one of the biggest and most successful singer/songwriters in the music industry, it's not surprising that she would have a plethora of cash at her disposal when she chose to go on a vacation. According to Business Insider, Carey has a reported net worth of $520 million and it doesn't seem like she will be stopping anytime soon. Over the years, Carey has shared photos of her travels with the world and it's obvious that she doesn't do anything by small measures. From her private jets to her chartered yachts, it seems like each vacation is set to top the last. While other celebrities seem to hit up the same spots at each vacation, Carey has been known to live it up at all corners of the globe.
24 Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
While there have been a number of music artists that have been romantically linked to models, they haven't all received the same sort of public acceptance as Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. The public has rooted for their love and there is always a great deal of attention and admiration regarding their vacations together. They often share their travel experiences with the world and fans have loved seeing them travel around the globe together, as a couple and as a growing family. While all of their vacations have definitely been a bit luxurious, it was their trips to COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali that really had people drooling. While spending over $50,000 on first-class plane tickets (eonline.com) should have been enough, the stay at this world-renowned holistic wellness/health retreat was what really pushed the vacation into another category.
23 Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez
When Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were first rumored to be dating, people didn't quite know what to think about whether or not it would last. Both of them had been linked to other famous faces in the past and both were known for their public divorces. Yet, it didn't take long for the public to really jump on board with their love and part of it was due to their photo-friendly vacations. During an excursion to Europe, the couple reportedly spent $185,000 on private jets (eonline.com) between Los Angeles, Nice, and Paris. On top of that, the couple was spotted at the Presidential Apartment at Paris' Le Meurice Hotel (eonline.com) and that comes with a price tag of $5,000 for a single night's stay. With both of these celebrities being known for their incredible star power, it's not surprising that pooling their resources would result in some ultra-lavish vacations.
22 Kardashian/Jenner Clan
When the reality television series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, first aired in 2007, the public has become blatantly aware that the Kardashian/Jenner clan revelled in living the good life. There have been numerous trips that have been documented for the reality series, including some of the most luxurious travel destinations around the world. From traveling to Greece to their private villas in Bora Bora, the family has definitely showcased the fact that they don't mind spending when it comes to a vacation. In 2017, the family stayed at the Villa Manzu estate in Costa Rica. The luxurious property on the Peninsula Papagayo had everything they could ever want on a vacation but it came with a price tag of $23,000 for a single night's stay.
21 Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio is an Academy Award-winning actor that has appeared in some of the biggest and most successful films on the big screen. While he's been heralded for his acting talent and his work ethic, he's also built quite a reputation for himself as a world traveler and an expert in relaxation. He's been photographed in practically every corner of the globe, from eating pizza in Venice to skiing the slopes in Aspen. However, it seems like the famous actor has a definite love for the beach and for being on the water since many of his travel excursions have been to luxurious beaches around the world. He's often favored Ibiza and the sheer number of trips each year and the luxury yachts he's chartered has definitely solidified his spot as a big spender when it comes to traveling.
20 Kanye West & Kim Kardashian
While there is some debate over whether or not Kim Kardashian can truly be considered a celebrity, there is absolutely no debate on whether or not she can be considered a true businesswoman. She's had a number of hugely successful endeavors throughout her time in the limelight, from mobile games to clothing lines. While she's never been a stranger to living it up on vacation, things were definitely brought to a new level once she became romantically linked to the rapper, Kanye West. This is someone that had also been known for indulging a bit when traveling and the two of them together have certainly had some fun while vacationing. On one occasion, Kim and Kanye took a vacation to the Bahamas and reportedly spent a little under half a million dollars (eonline). While they definitely lived it up in every aspect of their vacation, it was the $176,000 on the house rental on a private island that really stunned fans.
19 Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez has built herself up to be considered one of the music industry's most popular and successful artists. While she's been on a number of tours around the world, it hasn't been just work that has caused Gomez to do a bit of traveling. She's actually known for taking some ultra-luxurious vacations in some of the most exotic locations around the world. In 2015 Gomez was seen during her vacation ventures in Abu Dhabi and even partook in some private falconry activities. Yet, the summer of 2018 seemed to be the most lavish. Elle magazine released a feature in August and stated, "Selena Gomez's great, Justin Bieber-free summer has included multiple yacht outings, Disneyland trips, and a vacation to Italy." Yet, she didn't stop after that since she went on to visit Greece and Bulgaria as well.
18 Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky
Despite the fact that Chris Hemsworth had already garnered a fan base in Australia prior to appearing as Thor on the big screen, it was this superhero character that really seemed to gain a huge amount of attention by the general public. His success on the big screen seemed to continuously grow with each new character he took on and he consistently proved that he was more than just the stereotypical action star. While there were definitely some hearts that were broken when he married Elsa Pataky in 2010, that doesn't mean that people didn't root for their love. Photos of their ultra-lavish vacations really seemed to make him even more endearing and hearts continued to swoon. One particular vacation was for Hemsworth's birthday celebration on the private island of Orpheus Island, which had a price tag of $20,000.
17 Cristiano Ronaldo
While the game of soccer may not be thought of as hugely popular in the United States, that doesn't mean that it's pushed to the side in other parts of the world. In fact, it seems like the United States are the only ones that don't truly recognize the athleticism and enthusiasm of this sport. Yet, there's something that everyone can agree on and that's the fact that some of these athletes have become extremely wealthy through their time in the game. CNBC released a feature in June 2018 and stated, "Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the richest athletes in the world." According to Forbes magazine, Ronaldo made a whopping $108 million in a single year. Cultivating such a vast fortune, it's not surprising that this soccer player has also cultivated quite a reputation for spending lavishly while on vacation. Some of the most well-known of his vacations have involved a variety of different yachts in Saint Tropez.
16 Beyonce & Jay Z
With Beyoncé being considered one of the most successful artists in the music industry and Jay Z being considered one of the biggest success stories from the rap genre, it's not surprising that the two of them have really enjoyed their wealth together while on vacation. Over the years, they have traveled all over the world and fans have loved seeing the photos during their travels. From jam-packed activities in Cuba to taking in a bit of culture in Europe, it seems like they have consistently found new places to explore when they haven't been on the stage. During one ultra-lavish vacation, it was Bora Bora and Tahiti that were chosen. It was estimated that the couple spent $230,000 in just five nights.
15 Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth
When it was first revealed that Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus were rumored to be dating, there were some that didn't know what to think about them being a couple. It seemed like the two had very different personalities and his laid-back persona didn't seem to quite fit with her over-the-top antics during her stage performances. Yet, the couple has really evolved over the years and they haven't let the naysayers tear them apart. Instead, they seem to be truly enjoying their successes and are often photographed during their ultra-lavish vacations. During one travel excursion, the couple spent a week vacationing at Casa and Villa at Finca Nosara in Costa Rica. This travel location has been heralded for its stellar mountain views but it also comes with a steep price tag and the couple reportedly spent $21,000 for a week's stay.
14 Britney Spears
Britney Spears has been a figure in the entertainment industry since she was quite young and it seems like she's constantly embarking on a project that has helped accumulate even more wealth. From her chart-topping albums to her residency in Las Vegas, it's no surprise that Britney Spears has a plethora of wealth at her disposal. For a woman that has been known to put in her fair share of work, it's not surprising that she also knows how to put that aside for a bit of rest and relaxation. She's been known to favor a variety of different beaches whenever she's gone on a vacation and none of them can be categorized as modest. One particular outing for Spears included a weekend stay with her sons at a $30 million Mediterranean mansion.
13 Kelly Rowland
When Kelly Rowland was first introduced to the world, she was seen as just a member of the girl group, Destiny's Child. While many people immediately think about Beyoncé when thinking of this hugely popular girl group, that doesn't mean that Rowland didn't have her own fair share of success. She has worked with a number of well-known music artists and producers in the music industry and she also embarked on her very own solo career. She may not be front and center as her former bandmate, Beyoncé, but that doesn't mean that she's opposed to a bit of luxury in her travels. This was definitely made evident when she shared vacation photos of a trip to Turks and Caicos (people.com) with her husband and sun. The vacation home boasted a price tag of $15,000 for a week's stay and that's not including the many activities they partook in, including private snorkeling.
12 Gwyneth Paltrow
There are some celebrities that can't seem to be categorized in one specific way and that's definitely the case with Gwyneth Paltrow. While some know her for being an Academy Award-winning actress, others can't seem to forget about her incredible talent as a singer. She has also solidified herself as a major guru when it comes to the lifestyle company, Goop. For a woman that is known for launching a company devoted to all things luxurious, it's not surprising that her own vacations and travel excursions have been perfect for a true celebrity. She is constantly being photographed on beaches around the world but that doesn't mean that she discounts culture in her travel adventures. This particular photo was taken when Paltrow took her children to South America to visit Chris Martin on tour and then extended their trip to include a stop in Peru.
11 Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn is often thought of as quite polarizing with the general public, with some thinking only of her acting talent and others having a difficult time getting past some of the headlines she's made due to her personal life. Yet, that hasn't stopped her from gaining more roles on the big screen and spending a bit of relaxation time in exotic places all around the world. This particular photo was taken when she posed with her fellow co-star, Jacob Tremblay, and the two were seen taking a spin on Fraser River. Yet, that doesn't mean that all of her vacations have been so low key since she made huge headlines for a birthday vacation she had in Turks and Caicos. Munn's lavish birthday trip reportedly included a 7,500 square foot villa that came with a price tag of $20,000 per week.
10 Elton John
With Elton John being considered a legend in the music industry, it's not surprising that he has accumulated a great deal of wealth. In 2014, CNN put him on the list for the world's 10 richest recording artists and listed his net worth to be an astounding $650 million. Although his farewell tour has been a bit difficult for some of his fans to think about, that doesn't mean that he will be completely out of the spotlight. John has been known to partake in some ultra-lavish vacations during his downtime and his retirement from the stage will undoubtedly mean more time for him to get away (and get photographed). One particular trip included his husband and their two children spending around $10,000 on a weekend at Hotel Cala di Volpe in Porto Cervo.
9 Matt Damon
While there are a number of celebrities that have been spotted on various vacations over the years, there are some famous faces that seem to do more traveling than others. Matt Damon is an actor that seems to always be on some sort of vacation since he's consistently been photographed in various places around the world. Many of his lavish trips have included his entire family and anyone with a broad of children knows that it doesn't exactly come cheap to travel the world. Yet, he's never seemed to be a man that needs to worry about that sort of thing and has been photographed partaking in everything from lavish beach resorts to Disneyland excursions with the entire family. One of the most interesting aspects of his travel adventures is the fact that he's often with a number of other famous faces, including a trip to Monaco with fellow actor, Chris Hemsworth.
8 Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union
When it was revealed that Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union were embarking on their own romance story, there were definitely some mixed reviews. Previous relationships and rumors of outside relationships put a bit of a damper on their love story but the couple has been able to turn things around in the eyes of the public. Eventually, the couple became thought of as the epitome of a modern day family and their vacation photos definitely helped to cultivate that persona. One of the most noteworthy vacations was when the couple took their son to Europe to celebrate his birthday and spent almost $100,000 on flights and private cars during their trip.
7 Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have a relationship that seems to be the stuff of fairytales in the eyes of the public, especially since they are in the entertainment industry. While they may have started out as soap opera actors that had a great love story, their relationship has grown into something that has become major goals for both celebrities and non-celebrities alike. With the notoriety of their love and Ripa's status as a daytime darling, it's not surprising that they would choose vacation spots that would allow for a bit of rest and tranquility to get away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. This particular vacation photo was taken when the couple took their children to a wilderness retreat in Vancouver, which came with a price tag of $32,000 for a week's stay.
6 Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum is thought of as one of the most successful models that have walked the runway and she's also gained a huge amount of success as a businesswoman and television personality. The public has consistently rooted for this German beauty and her vacation photos have even endeared the public even more to her. She's seen as a bit of a free spirit with all of her beach vacation photos and the world has definitely sat up and taken notice. In fact, each year seems to show her spending more and more time, traveling the world. While she's definitely traveled to some of the most noteworthy locations across the globe, she seems to favor the Caribbean and luxury yachts for her dream vacations.
5 Halle Berry
Halle Berry is thought of as one of Hollywood's most beautiful and celebrated actresses, with a string of ultra-memorable roles under her belt. This Academy Award-winning actress has consistently proven that she can take on any role, whether it's an acclaimed doctor or a real-life singer. Yet, just because she's known for being incredibly hardworking in her acting roles and ad campaign work, doesn't mean that she doesn't know how to sit back and luxuriate a bit. In June 2018, she shared a number of photos of her family's vacation in Bora Bora and it showcased everything from ultra-lavish scenic views to relaxing on a luxury boat on the water. This isn't the first time Berry has shared photos of her lavish vacations and there will undoubtedly be many more to come.
4 Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell is a celebrity that has really gained the respect of people all over the world. He's had a huge amount of success in the music industry and he's also built quite a name for himself as a television personality. With successes like the reality singing competition series, The X-Factor, and the creation of One Direction, Cowell has truly cultivated a great deal of wealth. He's proven that he's willing to put in the work but that doesn't mean that he doesn't know how to enjoy himself during his downtime. He's consistently being photographed during his travels and many of these lavish vacations have included luxury yachts. In December 2018, Cowell was photographed with Lauren Silverman and their son in an activity-packed vacation in Barbados.
3 George Clooney & Amal Clooney
When George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin were set to walk down the aisle, it was not a surprise that the couple was opting for an ultra-lavish and star-studded event. According to E! News, the couple wound up spending $4.6 million for their nuptials. The couple chose hotel rooms at Cipriani for themselves and their guests and that came to almost $3 million, in and of itself. Yet, they didn't just stop there since the two have continued their travel excursions, long after they said their vows. In 2014, the couple traveled with Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber in Los Cabos, Mexico. In 2017, the couple embarked on a European tour vacation and began in Milan.
2 Taylor Swift
When Taylor Swift first introduced herself to the world as a burgeoning country music singer/songwriter, no one could have guessed how she would eventually evolve in front of the public eye. She went from being seen as an ultra-innocent country girl to becoming one of the biggest pop stars in the music industry. She's embarked on worldwide tours that have increased her status in the public eye but it's also opened up the world to her for future vacation options. She's been seen vacationing all over the world and it doesn't seem like there is one country that she hasn't visited. While she's had a number of trips that have included her celebrity friends and her signature girl squad, she didn't always leave her family behind and vacationed in 2015 to New Zealand and shared a great photo with her and her brother.
1 Julianne Hough & Brooks Laich
When Julianne Hough was first introduced to the world as a professional dancer in the cast of Dancing with the Stars, she instantly gained a fan base. People thought of her as incredibly talent and her fresh-faced beauty started to gain the attention of other noteworthy celebrities. She garnered a great deal of attention when she started dating Ryan Seacrest and she even began branching out in the entertainment industry. She appeared on the big screen on a number of occasions and even returned to Dancing with the Stars as a television personality and judge. With a great deal of success and a number of projects under her belt, it's not surprising that she would want to indulge a bit when taking a vacation. After marrying Brooks Laich, the couple embarked on a honeymoon that was reportedly around half a million dollars (eonline). From private helicopters to a week-long safari in Kenya (people.com), these two definitely did it up for their travel excursion.
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