If money were no object, where would you vacation? While those in the same A-list league as Taylor Swift and Beyoncé are no doubt spoiled for choice, a handful of our favorite celebrities keep it real and vacation like the rest of us: by hiring a rental. Okay, “keeping it real” isn’t quite the same in Hollywood—Mariah Carey’s version of a quaint lakeside cottage is a $12,222-a-night palatial Airbnb estate on the shore of Lake Como. Even if it’s total dream fodder, we couldn’t resist a peek into the decadent interiors of these real-life rentals. Now to start saving…
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Location: Kim Kardashian took her family to this huge 12-bedroom, 13-bathroom tropical retreat, ideally situated on a private beach in Punta Mita, Mexico. The stately, coastal-inspired interiors were designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who also outfitted Kourtney’ and Khloé’s California homes. If North and Saint West tire of the 3D movie theater, they can play in the game room, jump on all 12 beds, or take a dip in the bath-like water at their private beach.
Five-star feature: The extensive on-call staff. The estate offers 15 full-time professionals, including a butler service, doctor, nannies, and five-star chefs who prepare every meal based on individual guest requirements.
Price tag: $16,059 per night
Location: Perched atop the Los Altos Hills, Beyoncé gave this modern, sleek rental her seal of approval when she rented it out during her iconic Super Bowl performance earlier this year. The house was created by Noel Cross Architects and incorporates net-zero energy design, meaning the building creates renewable energy on site to offset guest use. The sustainable mansion has five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, plus a mind-bending infinity pool that appears to vanish into sprawling views of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Five-star feature: The orchard. Guests can wander the grounds and pick fresh fruit from over 60 trees in the orchard or collect organic vegetables from the rooftop garden. Grazing chickens provide fresh eggs, perfect for a breakfast cook-up in the "bake center" or full outdoor kitchen.
Price tag: $3000 per night
Location: Opulence and wealth hardly seem out of place in Beverly Hills, but this French chateau–style eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom estate takes extravagance to the next level. Modeled after Le Petit Trianon in Versailles, France, the elegant mansion was rented by Brazilian professional footballer Neymar in June.
Five-star feature: Where to start? The decadent décor features luxury sofas and drapes, intricate moldings, marble detailing, and hardwood floors. Guests can spend their vacation reading in the extensive library, relaxing in the sauna, sampling a drop in the wine cellar, or relaxing in the in-suite Jacuzzi tubs.
Price tag: $10,000 per night
Location: This six-bedroom, six-bathroom Mexican villa is a personal favorite of actress and wellness guru Gwyneth Paltrow, another Punta Mita fan who took her family on vacation there in January. It's not hard to see why she chose the tropical retreat. Situated on the northernmost tip of the peninsula, the rental boasts a media room, home theater, dining room with a palm-thatched roof, and a Tucari Yoga room, which features floor-to-ceiling windows that can be opened so Paltrow can feel at one with nature while she practices her poses.
Five-star feature: The insane network of pools and water features. Each villa is surrounded by an interconnected pathway of running water, creating the illusion that the "villa is suspended over the Pacific," the listing says.
Price tag: $10,300 per night
Location: Zendaya fans might recognize this retreat from her recent vacation snaps on Instagram, showing the star relaxing by the pool and taking in the views of Rio de Janeiro. Well, it turns out Zendaya's stunning abode is available to rent. The $18 million glass structure is called Casa do Luz (house of light) thanks to the illuminated, modern interior.
Five-star feature: The unbeatable view. Casa do Luz is perched on a mountain, giving guests an insane panoramic look upon the beaches of Sao Conrado from the infinity pool.
Price tag: $3089 per night
Location: Although it measures just three miles long, the luxury resort isle of Hamilton Island is home to a cluster of high-end retreats, including Qualia, a vacation hot spot loved by Taylor Swift. The singer took her family and 125 crew members from her 1989 world tour to the beachfront retreat and spent a week exploring the famous white beaches, meeting the local wildlife, and lounging in her decadent villa.
Five-star feature: The stand-alone bathtub. Each suite is designed to enhance the natural coastal and bush surrounds, including breathtaking views of the Coral Sea. What we'd give to burn a candle, read a book, and relax in that tub…
Price tag: Swift's villa starts at roughly $3000 per night while smaller suites used by the crew are priced at about $815 per night.
Location: Actress Shay Mitchell booked this coastal retreat on James Bond Beach, Jamaica, for her New Year's Eve vacation last year, and there's no shortage of activities at this Airbnb. Guests can take a dip in the saltwater infinity pool, watch a movie in the huge state-of-the-art entertainment space, test-drive the complimentary water skis, or entertain guests with the help of the villa's chef, who creates locally inspired cuisine on demand.
Five-star feature: You guessed it: This luxury abode is situated on the beach where James Bond stars Sean Connery and Ursula Andress filmed the Honey Ryder bikini scene. Thousands flock to the famous beach, but villa guests can enjoy private views of the iconic film location from the pool and entertainment deck.
Price tag: $4100 per night
Location: Singer Mariah Carey is well known for her decadent taste in interior design and engagement rings, so it comes as no surprise that the pop star has high vacation standards. Carey stayed at Villa Napoleon, an 18th-century palatial estate in Argegno, Lake Como, in April. The eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom Italian manor was home to opera composer Vincenzo Bellini and boasts seriously lavish décor; think crystal chandeliers, a marble fireplace, an antique piano, tufted sofas, and a formal dining room complete with a ceiling fresco by neoclassical painter Andrea Appiani. It's enough to make any guest feel like royalty.
Five-star feature: The sprawling manicured grounds with outrageous views of Lake Como. The estate garden is described as a "work of art" on the listing, with 11 fountains, a pool terrace, a greenhouse, and a 12th-century bell tower.
Price tag: $12,222 per night