Celebs know how to relax away from the paparazzi and hassles of real life. Here are a few of our favorite spots to run to when we want to vacay (and hide away) like the stars.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
There are few places on this earth more lush and flower-drenched than the Garden Isle of Kauai. Less populated and most remote of the islands, this is an escape for those not wanting to be swarmed with attention. (Justin Bieber, Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, and George Clooney are fans.) From the fragrant flower lei-greeting to the jaw-dropping ocean view on arrival, there is an otherworldly sense of serenity that even the flocks of lorikeets flitting about couldn’t disturb.
Set along the white sands of Poipu on Kauai’s sunny south shore, the property is tucked between the dramatic craggy mountains and the startlingly azure sea. Big names hide away at the Anara Spa, the largest on the island at 45,000 square feet. Thatched-roof, outdoor, massage bungalows dot the lush tropical gardens, with waterfalls, pools, and private outdoor lava rock showers offering serenity on demand. Full culinary service is available around the spa pool, though we prefer the over-water intimate tables and just-caught seafood at the in-hotel restaurant, Tidepools.
Kauai Grand Hyatt
The Ritz-Carlton at Grand Cayman
Not only a haven for celebs (including Taylor Swift, John Legend, Tom Cruise, Richard Branson, and Mark Cuban), this fabulous Caribbean luxury hotspot will be hosting the “Who’s Who” of celeb chefs for one of the most unique culinary events of the year. The annual Cayman Cookout (January 12-17) lets foodies rub elbows with the legends like Chefs Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés, and Emeril Lagasse. Activities include intimate gatherings, cooking demos, Dom-sipping helicopter tours, and private tastings and pairings with the owners of famed vineyard and spirits companies in attendance.
In between feasts, the unparalleled coral sands of Seven Mile Beach beckon. Or keep to the theme with the excellent La Prairie Spa’s Signature Caviar Massage. Toast the end of this ultimate barefoot experience with the rare release of Moët & Chandon’s MCIII.
The Ritz-Carlton a Grand Cayman
Mt. Ada at Catalina
Old Hollywood built this island, and no property is more exclusive than the six-room Mt. Ada, the former Wrigley family mansion. This historic “Celebrity’s Playground” remains a fave for A-listers like Beyoncé, Jay Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Pharrell, and Liev Schreiber. A wrap-around terrace overlooks Avalon Bay and the famous domed Casino, which now features nightly movies with the historic organ entertaining guests pre-flick.
Guests are each offered a private golf cart for their stay, full access to the amazing Island Spa Catalina, as well as priority bookings for the popular Descanso Beach Club Cabanas. The hotel, which dates back to 1921, has hosted two sitting presidents and the Prince of Wales, as well as countless celebs. Visitors to the island clamor to the always-booked three-course lunch, the only way non-guests may experience the property.
Mt. Ada at Catalina
By Sascha Zuger