10 Hot Celebrity Getaways to Visit This Winter
Craving an escape from colder climates to beachside bliss, Jimmy Buffet famously crooned the line, "I got to fly to Saint Somewhere." It would seem the A-list set shares the sentiment when it comes to winter plans. From white sands to fresh powder, we've rounded up the most impeccable paradises on the globe frequented by our favorite famous tastemakers. It's enough to make you start packing. Keep scrolling to discover our ultimate who's who of year-end escapes.
Who: Paul McCartney, Robert Downey Jr., Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Pitt.
What: A Caribbean celebrity favorite, the Kelly Wearstler–designed Viceroy Anguilla is a zen hotspot for many an A-lister. Less populated than neighboring St. Barts, it is accessible generally via private charter. The grounds of the sprawling resort are impeccably outfitted in wall-to-wall sandy neutral hues with sweeping views of the ocean as far as the eye can see. The year-round tropical climate makes it a winter escape haven.
Where: The Caribbean.
Who: Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Jack Nicholson, Kelly Wearstler, Demi Moore.
What: The ultimate American snow-bunny locale, Aspen is home to incredible spas, shopping, and resorts, in addition to the enviable Rocky Mountain slopes. A family-friendly getaway, this winter playground is an annual staple for famous broods. The city itself possesses the warmth of a small town with the five-star amenities of a thriving metropolis.
Who: Candice Swanepoel, Charlize Theron, Jimmy Buffett, Jennifer Aniston.
What: The French Polynesian island paradise of Bora Bora is straight out of a centerfold, and it plays hosts to one or two as well. Colorful and romantic, the lush green mountains, turquoise waters, and white-sand beaches offer up a sanctuary for lovers and celebs craving a remote bungalow oasis. The food is also impeccable and delectably French. Tahitian vanilla crème sauce comes with everything.
Where: Tahiti, South Pacific.
Who: Lauren Santo Domingo, Salma Hayek, Anthony Bourdain, Mick Jagger.
What: Anthony Bourdain said of Colombia, “It’s ludicrous this place exists and everybody doesn’t want to live here.” With its Spanish-colonial-meets-Caribbean allure, the vivacious and picturesque coastal city Cartegena boasts music in the streets, lively nightlife, and plenty of villas. As a travel destination, it is still relatively untapped, offering up stellar resorts and dancing into the wee hours of the morning, if you’re so inclined.
Where: The Caribbean coast of Colombia.
Who: Justin Bieber, Kate Moss.
What: Home to the Malori Safari Lodge, Madikwe offers up sprawling safari encounters for the elite. Jaw-droppingly gorgeous suites feature vaulted ceilings, butlers, crystal chandeliers, and a protected game reserve. Private and undeniably exotic, this remote paradise is an adventures dream (with Egyptian-count sheets).
Where: South Africa.
Who: Jennifer Lopez, Eva Mendes, Lindsay Lohan, Gigi Hadid.
What: The Miami nightlife is quite the scene for New Year's Eve. From shopping at the Webster to partying at Soho House, the lively, eclectic beach culture and Art Deco influence is a perennial favorite for celebs. If you love the nightlife and a decadent pool party or two, it’s always in season here.
Who: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Jessica Alba, Harrison Ford.
What: Yachting is the favored pastime amid the stylish, high-end Caribbean island of St. Barts. Exclusive, private, and sublimely chic, the temperate climate draws an exclusive crowd year in, year out.
Where: The Caribbean.
Who: George Clooney, Claudia Schiffer, Robert DeNiro.
What: Switzerland’s glitziest getaway, the idyllic St. Moritz is straight off a postcard and/or Wes Anderson fantasy land. It is said that during peak season, 40 private jets arrive daily to the mountain town. The exclusive alpine resorts have a long-standing tradition of hosting high-profile guests. Luxury shopping abounds on Via Serlas, while the World Cup On Snow is hosted in January on a private lake. Gear up for some serious hobnobbing and superb spa days.
Where: Swiss Alps.
Who: Kate Bosworth, Olivia Polermo, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Cameron Diaz.
What: The petite Mexican village of Tulum is something of a hipster watering hole. Poised on the Mayan Riviera, the tranquil and quaint Caribbean town untouched by franchises and mega-chains draws the chicest fashion-set crowd of the year during the holidays. New Yorkers arrive in flocks for the warm climate and raw yet refined vibe.
Where: Mexican Caribbean.
Who: Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Heidi Klum, Prince William, Tom Cruise.
What: This Canadian ski resort is flush with high-profile powder hounds every season. Whether lounging at the Fairmont Chateau’s outdoor fire pits or hitting the slopes, the VIP mountain holiday is home to Michelin-star restaurants, world-class resorts, and all the amenities you can handle. Sign us up.
Where: British Columbia.
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