Popular Celeb Vacation Spots You Need To Visit At Least Once

Celebrities' travels are usually a bit different from typical getaways. They don't generally take vacations to Disney World or the shore; instead, their destinations are generally more exotic — think the French Riviera or Italy's Amalfi Coast (per Travel Noire) — and, at times, even a little unusual. Peaceful places in New England provide a sense of calm away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and New York, noted E! News. Many even have vacation homes in places such as Maui, while others own their own Caribbean island.

So, relax, unwind, and escape with us from the everyday ordinary to the luxurious extraordinary — the playgrounds of the rich, famous, and fabulous. From the slopes of Aspen, Colorado to the sun-drenched beaches of Miami to the exotic luxury of French Polynesia and the Maldives to the romance of Paris, these are the celeb vacation spots you need to visit at least once.

From the mountains to the beaches to the sea, Italy's Amalfi Coast is mesmerizing

Though Italy boasts many celeb-worthy cities, the Amalfi Coast is a popular vacation destination for both celebs and locals. With sandy beaches, the stunning Mediterranean Sea, and mountain views — along with fabulous restaurants, shopping, and nightlife — it's easy to see why.

Celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Anne Hathaway love the views and the art collection at Le Sirenuse, a five-star property in the popular village of Positano. "Just watching the view is inspiring ... it is pretty magical," co-owner Carla Sersale told Vanity Fair. Villa Fiorentino is another Positano hotel popular with celebrities. Per People, the hotel's features include rooftop heated infinity pools, private terraces, and in-suite breakfasts. Former "Bachelorette" star Andi Dorfman visited Positano, staying at the Palazzo Murat hotel, per People. Also spotted in Positano: Neil Patrick Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, and the "Selling Sunset" cast.

The island of Capri, also part of the Amalfi Coast, is often frequented by celebs like Mariah Carey, Alex Rodriguez, Kendall Jenner, Rob Lowe, and celeb couples including Jennifer Lopez and Ben AffleckKris Jenner and Corey Gamble, and Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, who, according to People, traveled to both Capri and Positano in 2021.

Aspen, Colorado is a snowy paradise

Aspen, Colorado is a luxurious ski resort town frequented by celebrities. While it's popular all year long, you're most likely to run into familiar faces in the winter, especially on the slopes, per The Luxury Editor. The publication names The Little Nell, Aspen's only five-star, five-diamond luxury hotel, as a must-see or must-stay. Backing up to Aspen Mountain, the hotel offers skiing and other activities, while the hotel's Ajax Tavern, according to its website, is the ideal spot for "people-watching."

Insider's Monica Humphries visited the sushi restaurant Matsuhisa, which is popular with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, and Leonardo DiCaprio. "In the winter, you're going to see celebrities every day," her server told her. Additionally, the contemporary Hotel Jerome's J-Bar is frequented by Cameron Diaz and Johnny Depp. "Aspen absolutely turns into the Hollywood of the Mountains, so to speak, around this time of year," another restaurant server told Fox News Digital.

Considering Aspen's designer boutiques – from iconic brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton to high-end clothing boutiques like Alice & Olivia — it's clear this town offers the finest. With Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Kevin Costner, Melanie Griffith, Dakota Johnson, Goldie Hawn, and Kurt Russell among its fans, it's no wonder Aspen has been dubbed "Colorado's Hollywood," per E! News.

The Bahamas offers a private Caribbean paradise

The Bahamas is popular with everyone, though you'll have to be strategic to spot celebrities. One can't-miss resort is the Atlantis Paradise Island. Per Us Weekly, this gigantic paradise for adults, kids, and celebs — from Hillary Duff and the Jonas Brothers to Prince William and Kate Middleton — boasts pink buildings, white sand beaches, restaurants, a casino, a marina, marine habitats, and an insane central waterpark called the Aquaventure.

The luxurious Cove Resort at Atlantis has drawn Drake and DJ Khaled, according to People. Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are also fans, as Nassau Paradise Island's official website noted. Beyoncé and Jay Z have enjoyed the Ocean Club at the Four Seasons (where Cindy Crawford married Rande Gerber in 1998) and Graycliff Hotel (which Brooke Shields also frequents, per Nassau Paradise Island), though the powerful couple owns a 360-acre island called Strangers Cay, per Vagabuzz.

Stars owning neighboring islands include Johnny Depp, owner of Pond Cay. Eddie Murphy's got Rooster Cay, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill own Goat Cay, and Tyler Perry purchased White Bay Cay, according to Vagabuzz. Nicolas Cage, however, listed his 30-acre island, Leaf Cay, for $7.5 million in June 2022, per Pop Crush.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia is luxurious and secluded

The ultra-exclusive French Polynesian island of Bora Bora is where celebs go to get away from it all — just to get there, you have to take a seaplane, as The Luxury Editor reported. Past and present celebrity honeymooner couples include Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, per People.

Per Celeb Magazine, Trip Advisor named the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora the No. 1 hotel in French Polynesia, while Afar Magazine awarded it "Best for an Epic Stay." Famous guests include Aniston, Courtney Cox, Jimmy Kimmel, Jason Bateman, and Chelsea Handler. Additionally, Architectural Digest featured The Brando on Bora Bora as one of "six stunning places" where celebrities spend New Year's. With private bungalows, plunge pools, coconut trees, and a lagoon, it's not surprising that Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, and former President Barack Obama have stayed at this Polynesian hotel.

For dinner, Traveller Magazine recommends Bloody Mary's seafood restaurant, an island mainstay since 1979. Previous diners include Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan, Patrick Swayze, Ringo Starr, John McCain, Janet Jackson, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is a paradise close to LA

A quick flight from Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is a vacation destination frequented by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Drew Barrymore, and Justin Timberlake, according to the Los Cabos Tourism Board. But this Baja Peninsula escape, also a known favorite of Jennifer Aniston's, draws tourists for its natural beauty, excellent restaurants, and vibrant nightlife.

The Luxury Editor recommends The Esperanza Cabo San Lucas, Cabo's only private beach resort with a spa and championship golf course, and the contemporary beachfront Cape Hotel. The Pelican Cabo highlights the magnificent oceanfront Grand Velas Los Cabos and the El Dorado Golf & Beach Club, which has attracted legendary golfer Tiger Woods. You might also spot George Clooney or Rande Gerber, who own villas nearby.

The Pelican Cabo lists area spots frequented by celebrities, including the longtime celebrity haunt The Palomar Restaurant and Bar, the Sammy Hagar-owned Cabo Wabo Cantina, the Mediterranean-Mexican oceanfront restaurant Agua, and The Spa at Las Ventanas, where Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, and Jessica Alba have enjoyed treatments. You might also spot everyone from Robert DeNiro, Selena Gomez, Rebel Wilson, and heavyweight champion Floyd Mayweather to Gwyneth Paltrow, Will Smith, Zac Efron, Justin Bieber, the Kardashians, and Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger.

Mallorca, Spain is the sought-out city in Europe

Majorca, Spain — or Mallorca, as the locals say — is a scenic European island known for its picturesque views, beautiful beaches, fine food, and quaint cafes, per Hello!.

According to Culture Trip, the exclusive mountain village Deia attracts artists of all types. Brad Pitt, Claudia Schiffer, and Pierce Brosnan all own vacation homes there. The outlet lists Sa Fonda bar as a central place to spot familiar faces day or night, when live music and dancing take over. The formerly Richard Branson-owned Belmond La Residencia is a five-star hotel found in Deia's Tramuntana mountains, where Princess Diana, Harrison Ford, and Kate Moss have all checked in (per Premium Europe).

Puerto Portals is a fancy Mallorca marina that's home to restaurants and nightlife — a place where you may spot Paris Hilton, Bill Gates, or Jim Carrey. Es Trenc beach is where Jennifer Aniston and Michael Douglas enjoy parking themselves. The Rolling Stones frequent St. Regis Mardavall, a luxurious resort with an enormous spa, traditional Chinese medicine center, and several golf courses, as noted by Premium Europe. Michelle Obama and the Spanish royal family also love the island, as See Mallorca points out, while Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones can usually be seen every summer.

The Maldives is a worldly escape

Like Bora Bora, the ultra-private and exotic Maldives is lined with private overwater bungalows. The island has long been a celebrity travel destination, attracting stars such as Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk, and David and Victoria Beckham, per People.

A trip to the Maldives can feel like a world away. The luxurious Soneva Fushi, where Jonas and Turner honeymooned, is a "desert island hideaway" complete with a huge waterslide. For their honeymoon getaway, Paltrow and Falchuk chose Soneva Jani, a stunning water-centric resort with 24 overwater bungalows and amenities, including infinity pools, saunas, and retractable roofs.

Other celeb-frequented resorts include the One&Only Reethi Rah, a luxurious resort situated on a private island in the Maldives, a favorite of the Beckhams and Idris Elba, per People. Then there is Coco Collection's Coco Prive, described as "a totally individual experience, tailored to the finest detail." Kevin Hart and Ludacris are among the reported guests.

If we haven't already convinced you, just take in these gorgeous photos of the Vakkaru Maldives resort, where Madonna spent a week with her family.

Maui, Hawaii is an exotic American paradise

People from all over the globe love Hawaii for its exotic natural beauty, tranquility, scenic beaches, surfing, and sightseeing. While the six main Hawaiian islands get foot traffic from celebrities, Maui — the second largest island, per Britannica, and the third most populated, via MauiHawaii.org – is known as a favorite for the rich and famous.

Several areas in Maui draw celebrities. The quiet Hana, Maui — reached only by a breathtakingly beautiful famous road known as the "Road to Hana" — is home to Oprah Winfrey. In June 2022, The Wall Street Journal even reported that the gigantic ranch next door was listed for $75 million. Another spot is Wailea, known for its high-end resorts. The opulent Four Seasons Maui has welcomed visitors including Oprah, Paris Hilton, John Stamos, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Felicity Huffman, Jessica Alba, and former couples Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee and Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is long known as one of Maui's most luxurious spots. Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, and Nicole Richie have all treated themselves to a stay (per Hawaii Aloha Travel). Additionally, according to the Hawaiian travel agency, the quieter Ritz Carlton in Kapalua was home to Ashley Tisdale for a 2012 stay.

South Beach is Miami's colorful hub for sun, sand, and nightlife

Miami draws famous names, with Narcity Miami dubbing it the "Hollywood of the East Coast." South Beach, especially, is a celebrity-filled haven known for its colorful art deco buildings, famous Ocean Drive-located beach, fabulous shopping, and trendy restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. It's also more in reach in terms of cost, so you may spot celebs without necessarily paying the same hefty sums, per Miami Living.

For ultra-lux accommodations, the magazine pointed out The Setai, which is popular with Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen. The hotel even provides a lift to and from the airport in a black Range Rover complete with warm towels and snacks. There's also the Shore Club, the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, and the Nobu Hotel, where People reported on Demi Lovato's "amazing stay." Another choice hotel for the Hollywood crowd is The Villa Casa Casuarina, Gianni Versace's former mansion.

You could follow Kate Hudson's and Jennifer Aniston's example and splurge — or just browse — at the Bal Harbour Shops, or enjoy The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami like Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez have. Dine like the stars at Casa Tua, Prime 112, Azul, and The Forge. For nightlife, there's Mansion, Mango's, and Tantra, while Nikki Beach Miami offers a star-studded experience day or night (per Miami Living Magazine). JetSet Times suggests Cecconi's, the new Fontainebleau hotel, and Island Gardens.

Mykonos, Greece is a glitzy Mediterranean hotspot

Mykonos, Greece is known for its natural beauty — endless beaches, gorgeous water views, stunning sunsets, historic windmills, cobblestone alleyways — fine cuisine, and glamorous party scene, attracting power players of all kinds. Per People, the island is a favorite of Leonardo DiCaprio, Ariana Grande, and Hugh Jackman. Mykonos was first put on the map in the early '60s, with visits from Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Marlon Brando, and Rita Hayworth. In 2018, Insider's Harrison Jacobs described Mykonos as an overseas haven for the wealthy. During the day, they can flock to beach clubs and high-end shopping spots; by evening, they dine at trendy establishments like Ling Ling Hakkasan and visit swanky clubs like Skandinavian Bar and Disco, Astra, or Cavo Paradiso.

Psarou Beach attracts big names, including Lindsay Lohan, Kendall Jenner, Tiffany Trump, and Russell Crowe. Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid are regulars at the Nammos beach club, a daytime party scene with a restaurant, bar, and cabanas. Mykonos is popular for boating and yachting, with Dolce & Gabbana co-owner Stefano Gabbana docking a boat there; Elon Musk was spotted aboard a friend's yacht in 2021.

As Visit Greece notes, it's likely you'll spot celebs on the island of Mykonos any time of year.

Nashville, Tennessee is laid-back and fun

Nashville, Tennessee is fun, laid-back and, of course, a bit country. The city has become increasingly popular for its restaurants, nightlife, and lack of paparazzi. This has helped attract the Hollywood crowd, including Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, reality star Kristin Cavallari (per Grazia), and HGTV's Christina Hall, who first fell in love with Nashville after visiting a friend. "Tennessee is gorgeous and the people out there are so nice," she told People.

In Nashville, you might spot celebs where you'd least expect, such as The Mall at Green Hills, which attracts Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Taylor Swift. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has been spotted at the local Whole Foods, while you might find Kasey Musgraves, Gavin DeGraw, or Ed Sheeran at Santa's Pub, a dive bar with cheap drinks and karaoke. Kidman and Swift have grabbed coffee at Bongo Java (per Livability), whereas Tennessee native Justin Timberlake might also be in town (per The Culture Trip).

Stay at the historic Hermitage Hotel, the whimsical Graduate Nashville, the art deco-style Noelle (per Livability), or the ultra-cool 506 Lofts, where Minka Kelly has stayed. For restaurants, Grazia recommends Hathorne, Adele's, and The Pharmacy. The Bluebird Cafe, where Swift got her start, is another draw. For shopping, nothing beats 12th Avenue South, where you'll find Reese Witherspoon's Draper James boutique.

From the mountains to the ocean, New England is a peaceful haven

Situated in the far northeastern corner of the U.S., the New England region boasts gorgeous mountain views, quaint coastal towns, and sandy beaches. E! News describes towns where you might bump into your favorite celebs who love the serene vibe. Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts draws presidents and politicians, including the Obamas and the Clintons, as well as entertainers like Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence, and Larry David.

Charming Nantucket, Massachusetts attracts everyone from the Bidens to Ben Stiller, James Franco, Jenna Dewan, Drew Barrymore, Amy Poehler, and Kourtney Kardashian and her family. And in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, locals don't fuss over running into Johnny Depp, Ben Affleck, or Tom Brady. "The local people have grown up with [famous people] walking around," editor Pat Brooks told E! News. "You can see them in the grocery stores or just shopping, and they tend to leave them alone ... They come here for the solitude [and] to get away from their busy lives ... and they can find it here."

Likewise, Westerly, Rhode Island (where Taylor Swift owns a home) is frequented by other big names. The luxurious Ocean House resort has reportedly welcomed Oprah Winfrey and the Clintons, while Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — known as the "oldest summer resort in America," per Travel & Leisure – is a place where time stands still. Maybe that's why it's attracted Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore, and Mitt Romney.

Celebrities can't escape the pull of Paris

Paris is seemingly in the news all the time. During the summer of 2022, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck made headlines for honeymooning in the city of love with their kids. It's common to hear about celebrities visiting the cosmopolitan city for Paris Fashion Week. Kim Kardashian, Julia Fox, Selena Gomez, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Saldana, and Taraji P. Henson were among those spotted at Fashion Week events in July 2022, as Newsweek reported.

While in Paris, you can dine on fine French cuisine at L'Avenue, as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Rihanna have reportedly done. La Case Bini is a little trattoria where Halle Berry is alleged to have eaten. And Le Pershing Hall's beautiful gardens have attracted French actors such as Marion Cotillard, according to Gastronomos.

As People noted, while the "Modern Family" cast filmed in Paris, they stayed at The Peninsula Paris hotel. Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk honeymooned at the Four Seasons, which its website describes as a "retreat of peace and comfort" where staff "craft every unforgettable detail in the most romantic city in the world."

St. Tropez in the French Riviera is lux and fashion-forward

Last, but certainly not least, is St. Tropez, France, a glimmering spot on the French Riviera shoreline that's practically a cousin to the Amalfi Coast, Italy; Mykonos, Greece; and Mallorca, Spain. Notable artists, royals, authors, actors, musicians, politicians, and entrepreneurs have historically flocked to this glamorous island to relax, socialize, shop, and enjoy its yacht-filled harbor, beautiful beaches, cobblestone streets, and casinos, per SeeSaint-Tropez. Pack your most fashionable outfits, since every day is a fashion show in Saint Tropez, according to The Luxury Editor.

The outlet recommends the five-star Hotel Byblos, with its top-notch nightlife, and the contemporary Hotel Sezz. Rihanna, Penelope Cruz, Tom Cruise, David and Victoria Beckham, and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have also vacationed on St. Tropez. According to E! News, the French island is also frequented by Hollywood heavyweights Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay Z and Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Simon Cowell, and more.