Six Celebrity Christmas Getaways

Mere mortals, like myself, will no doubt be trundling their way through the snow to join loved ones for a Christmas celebration that involves turkey, TV, Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and too much washing-up. But the rich and famous have the chance to get away from it all –  here’s a sneaky peak at a handful of luxury hotels where they prefer to hideaway for the holidays.

Barbados

A calypso Christmas in Barbados is a favourite with
celebrities looking to escape the cold over Christmas. Come December, the
laid-back island is home to the über-rich, über-famous and über-cool and its
beaches, bars and restaurants are positively packed with A-list lovelies.

Who goes there: Tiger
Woods, Hugh Grant, The Rooneys, Robert de Niro, Kate Middleton, Jude
Law. Rihanna is from Barbados and bllionaires Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates also own homes on the island.

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  Simon Cowell pictured on holiday in Barbados


Where do they stay:
At Barbados’ most extravagant retreat, The Sandy Lane, where X-Factor mogul
Simon Cowell is reputed to take his mum every year for a swanky Christmas
dinner.

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Aspen

Otherwise known as Hollywood On Ice, Aspen, Colorado is one of
America’s permier ski destinations and a favourite for the “Holidays”. Mariah Carey
apparently slips into a bikini and rolls around in the snow and Goldie Hawn
loves nothing better than partaking in a bit of jewellery shopping with
daughter Kate Hudson.

Who goes there: Mariah
Carey, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Paris Hilton, Will Smith, Sarah Jessica
Parker
, Owen Wilson.

Where do they stay:
The Little Nell or the St.Regis where every festive guest is treated to their
own in-room Christmas tree or menorah.

Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith are Aspen regulars.

Hawaii

Not since the heady days of Elvis’ hip-swinging have the
islands of Hawaii been quite so hot. The beautiful Pacific islands have come
back into fashion again, thanks in no small part to the fact that Barack Obama
spent his formative years there and returns regularly for a bit of tropical sun
and surf.  

Who goes there: Paris
Hilton, The Obamas, Britney Spears, Kelly Osborne, Cameron Diaz, Donald Trump.

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Cameron Diaz enjoying the Hawaiian Surf


Where do they stay:
The Four Seasons Hualalai for a romantic break on the Big Island or the Kahala
Resort in Waikiki for a bit of old school glamour.

The Maldives

It’s no surprise that celebrity couples love the Maldives.
These dreamy islands just ooze romance and their remote location in the middle
of the Indian Ocean also gives celebrity guests the kind of privacy that they
rarely manage to enjoy.

Who goes there: Sir
Paul McCartney, Fergie, Beyonce, Kate Moss, Roger Federer, Tom Cruise and Katie
Holmes have all been spotted celebrating Christmas in the island nation. This
year also saw Katie Perry and Russell Brand enjoying themselves on an
island-hopping honeymoon. And it has been reported recently that the Beckhams have
invited Gordon Ramsey and wife Tana to join them for the festive season.

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The One and Only Reethi Rah Resort

Where do they stay: If
you can’t carve your turkey on your own private yacht like Jay-Z and Beyonce
then check in to this year’s Indian Ocean hotspot, The One and Only Reethi
Rah. 


St. Moritz

Big on style and glamour, St. Moritz has long been the
high-end ski destination of choice for jet-setters and European royalty. Festivities
in the sophisticated resort includes Christmas shopping in Chopard, Cavalli,
and Chanel, world-class skiing, Christmas day caviar and oyster buffets and
Boxing Day champagne and chocolates.  

Who goes there: The
Clintons, Eva Longoria Parker, Boris Becker, Claudia Schiffer, George Clooney.

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Christmas at the gorgeous Badrutt’s Palace

Where do they stay:
The spectacular Badrutt’s Palace has been a favourite of celebrities and
royalty since its opening in 1896. 


Miami Beach

The city of Miami Beach is America’s most popular celebrity
playground. The stars hang out in the South Beach area where they can beach and
bar hop all day (and night) long. With its legendary Christmas and New Year
celebrations, every winter, Miami sees an influx of models, moguls and millionaires
enjoying a haute holiday.

Who goes there:
Shakira, Justin Timberlake, P-Diddy, Lindsay Lohan, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer
Hudson, Owen Wilson, Lady Gaga.

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Diddy entertaining the crowd at the Fontainbeau’s New Year party.

Where do they stay:
Those from the fashion and entertainment world flock to The Setai and the legendary
Fontainbleau Hotel is said to host the best New Year party in town – Lady Gaga helped Diddy to bring in 2010 by giving an impromptu performance at the hotel’s pool party.

 

 

  
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