You’ll never guess where these celebs spend Christmas
Not everyone dreams of a white Christmas and it looks like celebs are no exception. From Florida to Mexico, from Jamaica to Brazil, these are the hottest destinations if you fancy a bit of Winter celebrity spotting.
1. South Beach, Miami
Who goes there: Gisele, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bono.
Celebrity HotSpot: the Setai Hotel is the favourite celebrity hangouts in South Beach. Hidden inside the hotel there’s a massive ocean-view recording studio designed by Lenny Kravitz. The likes of Beyonce, Timbaland and Mary J. Blige have recorded some of their songs in there.
2. Montego Bay, Jamaica
Who goes there: Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams, Emma Thompson, Lance Armstrong, Mena Suvari, Sigourney Weaver, Paul McCartney
Celebrity HotSpot: the Round Hill Hotel is partly owned by Ralph Lauren so it’s no surprise that most celebrities love it. Apparently when Paul and Linda McCartney vacationed here at Christmas they used to book a master villa which includes a cook, a maid and a gardener.
3. Los Cabos, Mexico
Who goes there: Harrison Ford, Fergie, Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Lopez
Celebrity HotSpot: Las Ventanas al Paraiso is a celebrity’s best friend. Jessica Simpson said that their infinity pool is one of her favourite places in the world while J-Lo loves a good open-air massage. There’s no reception desk here: celebrities are whizzed straight to their rooms where a hot bubble bath awaits.
4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Who goes there: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Gisele Bundchen
Celebrity HotSpot: No one is immune to the charm of a sunset on a Brazilian beach and the Copacabana Hotel is the best place to see one while taking a relaxing bath in one of their many ocean-view bathtubs. Not only did Tom, Katie and little Suri spent a couple of holidays here when they were a family, but screen legends like Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne and Ava Gardner used to adore this hotel.
5. Madikwe, South Africa
Who goes there: Kate Moss, Lily Allen, Mischa Barton
Celebrity HotSpot: the Molori is not your average Safari Lodge: apart from hanging around with the stars, here you can enjoy a luxury safari experience and use one of South Africa’s largest telescopes. If you go there don’t miss the truffle-infused scrambled eggs with salmon, Micha Barton’s favourite dish.
6. Harbour Island, Bahamas
Who goes there: Cher, Robert De Niro, Colin Farrell, Katherine Heigl
Celebrity HotSpot: the Rock House on Harbour Island is not the ritziest of places, but its main attraction is that there’re no paparazzi around. Harbour Island is a three mile long island where locals and celebrities mix and no one gets bothered by autograph hunters. If you’re lucky, you might find yourself hanging by the pool with Colin Farrell and Katherine Heigl.
7. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Who goes there: Sir Richard Branson, Mel Gibson, Jimmy Fallon, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey
Celebrity HotSpot: the whole island is a celebrity hotspot and unless you can shell out $51K per night, you won’t be able to get near it (don’t worry though: apparently food and drinks are included in the price).