One of the privileges that come with being rich and famous is getting to vacation in some of the most exclusive destinations on the planet. Having a healthy bank account and a well-known name means you can escape to exotic locations that most people haven’t even heard of, and be pampered in some of the best resorts in the world.
Scattered all over the globe, the top vacation spots of the elite boast some of the prettiest scenery. They are also home to exclusive dining and entertainment venues, isolated and private beaches, and the filming locations of blockbuster hits.
Check out these 10 luxurious destinations that the rich and famous always visit.
The vacation destinations of the rich and famous tend to resemble tropical island oases, but they can also be the stark opposite. St. Moritz in Switzerland is one such example. One of the most highly acclaimed ski destinations on the planet, St. Moritz is located in the Albula Alps and was the first place to boast both the first ski lift and the first electric light.
Not only do the rich and famous frequently vacation here, but it was also used to film a couple of James Bond movies, including The Spy Who Loved Me.
Arguably Brazil’s most famous beach, Copacabana is definitely the place to go if your goal is to spot a celebrity or two. Among the faces who have been seen visiting the Copacabana Palace hotel, which is one of the most lavish in the world, are Miley Cyrus, Tom Cruise, and the late Princess Diana.
Copacabana is all about flaunting your body in the trendiest swimwear and spending hours soaking up the sun. Topless bathing is prohibited, but people still strip down to barely-there swimsuits and look as comfortable as ever while doing it.
Necker Island is owned by billionaire Richard Branson, who is worth around $5.1 billion. One of 60 islands in the British Virgin Islands, Necker is truly a destination for the wealthy. Branson has turned his island into an all-inclusive resort. Kate Moss spent her 40thbirthday here, and it was also where Google co-founder Larry Page celebrated his nuptials.
You can book a room on this isolated paradise too for a cool starting price of $5,000. If you want to rent the whole island, it will cost you $80,000 a night.
Made famous for being home to George and Amal Clooney, Lake Como won the title of the Most Beautiful Lake in the World in 2014. Today, the Clooneys spend approximately four months out of the year in their $10 million mansion by the lake, Villa Oleandra.
The lake is lined by several exclusive resorts, just in case you don’t have millions to splash on a home in the area. The days here are usually spent taking in the colorful hillside villages, absorbing the local culture, and partaking in activities such as boating and golfing.
Home to beaches of white sand, high-end restaurants and bars, luxurious resorts, and designer boutiques, the Hamptons is one of the top playgrounds of the rich and famous in the United States. The East Coast destination provides a relaxing escape from the busy action of New York City and is one of the most popular locations for summer vacations.
If you’re ever in the Hamptons, you might bump into Beyoncé and Jay-Z and their brood, the Clintons or even Calvin Klein, since they all own property in the area.
One of the reasons that the elite tend to flock to Cabo San Lucas is its natural beauty. The Mexican destination is home to Lover’s Beach, which is straddled by both the volatile Pacific Ocean and the secluded Sea of Cortez.
Cabo San Lucas seems exclusive since it’s only reachable by boat, but it is still a popular tourist destination, so expect crowds of affluent visitors. In the past, the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Justin Bieber have been spotted catching some rays here, and it has even been featured in the Real Housewives franchise as a luxury vacation location.
Croatia is one of Europe’s gems that many travelers still haven’t added to their bucket lists. With more and more people flocking to see Dubrovnik after the coastal city was made popular by the HBO series Game of Thrones, it seems that the upper echelons prefer the island of Hvar.
In the past, superstars like Tom Cruise and Giorgio Armani have been spotted living it up on the island. Prince Harry has also been spotted visiting the nightclubs and bars that are located on the island, while Jacqueline Kennedy visited back in the 1960s.
Situated on the French Riviera, Monaco is one of the most famous destinations of the upper classes. Come here and you’ll be met with an array of yachts, world-class restaurants, lavish casinos, and some of the best hotels on the planet. Monaco is tax-free, so people tend to go all out here. It’s not for the conservative!
While Monaco is known for its opulence, it’s also a destination that’s rich in history. Visitors can stroll through charming cobblestone streets which are lined with historic buildings and soak up the unique ambiance.
Bora Bora in French Polynesia is one of the most popular destinations for honeymooning when it comes to the rich and famous. One of the most famous honeymoons to take place here was that of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux after their nuptials in 2015. They also brought along friends Courtney Cox, Chelsea Handler, and Jason Bateman on a private jet to share in the celebrations.
If you want pristine views of tranquil lagoons and lush tropical gardens while mixing with the world’s elite, Bora Bora is the place to go.
Another popular destination on the French Riviera, Saint Tropez has been the go-to getaway of the affluent for decades. The coastal town starred on the world stage when the film And God Created Woman, featuring Brigitte Bardot, was filmed here. After that, visitors began to arrive by the private jet full.
Packed with high-end restaurants and exclusive beach clubs, Saint Tropez has been known to host an array of celebrities in its many world-class hotels. Visit here and you just might run into Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, or even one of the Kardashian sisters.