Algarve to Australia: Holiday like a celebrity at these A-List approved stays
It may seem impossible to actually be a celebrity, but it should be possible to at least feel like one. Travel across the globe and stay in some of the most luxurious accommodations approved by A-Life celebrities, even if just for one night.
Below is a list of destinations along with accommodations that essentially guarantee a relaxing vacation for the duration of your stay. And according to research done by Booking.com, Canadian travellers plan to stay in at least one accommodation they’ve never stayed in before (29%) in 2019, so we have a couple great ideas on where that should be.
The Algarve, also known as Portugal’s playground, is a must-go for a glamour-filled summer getaway. Said to be visited by Pamela Anderson and Christiano Ronaldo among many other A-listers, the Algarve offers its travellers long sandy beaches, buzzing nightlife and bright sunshine from May until mid-October. Take a stroll down the Albufeira waterfront or visit the Old Town, then indulge in the local tradition of a long, relaxed dinner finished off with a cocktail on the waterfront.
Where to Stay: Conrad Algarve is perfect for anyone wanting a taste of the celebrity treatment. After indulging in the hotel spa, head to the poolside deck for a cocktail then on to one of the three outstanding hotel restaurants for dinner.
Goa is the place where celebrity luxury and Indian culture meet, so it’s no wonder Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are such fans. Travel to the south of India for unspoiled beaches, historic temples and to catch some outstanding wildlife. Stay north for the trendy night time scene that has had Goa on the map since the hippies discovered its cool vibe in the 1970s. It’s here you’ll find all the best beach parties. No trip is complete without a visit to the energetic Saturday Night Market, known for its open-air array of goods and food stall, DJs and cocktails. Take the glamour of Goa home by perusing the stalls for distinctive jewelry or embellished bed spreads.
Where to Stay: Taj Holiday Village is a collection of 28 beach front cottages, set in exclusive
landscaped gardens. Enjoy a massage in the spa before dining on fresh seafood at The Beach House outdoor dining area.
Kimberley is one of Australia’s hidden treasures and a secret escape spot for celebrities avoiding the glare of the public. It’s untamed wilderness and small population makes for the perfect luxury escape with A-Listers like Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom and Kylie Minogue having all visited for a holiday away from the paparazzi. Explore the rugged outback with its gorges and waterfalls and treat yourself to a trip via sea plane to less accessible areas. With a population of only 40,000, you’re guaranteed peace, quiet and privacy.
Where to stay: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is an award winning, luxury accommodation overlooking the iconic Cable Beach. Not only is there a world-class spa and ocean pool, but this club also houses a collection of fine Australian art.
It may seem like an unlikely destination but Laois, Ireland has become a celebrity hot spot in recent years with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spending their honeymoon here. Much of this is down to the fact it’s used as a filming location, however many A-listers flock here for its beautiful scenery and the Slieve Bloom mountains. After a day of hiking and cycling, refresh with a visit to one of the local pubs, or alternatively indulge in some fine dining at one of the high-end restaurants on offer.
Where to Stay: Roundwood House is set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. This award-winning country house boasts beautiful gardens and dates from the 17th century. Explore beyond the unique bedrooms into the grand hall and the library, then on to the dining room to make the most of the traditional Irish hospitality and fabulous food.
This fishing village on the Italian Riviera is the perfect place to taste the celebrity lifestyle, you may even catch a glimpse of one since Madonna and George Clooney are said to be fans of the area. Portofino boasts cobbled streets lined with high-end shops, a harbor filled with superyachts and some amazing restaurants in which to taste the locally caught seafood. Hike into the hills to take in the beautiful view of the colorful houses along the coast, then take a swim in some of the most beautiful waters Italy has to offer.
Where to Stay: Belmond Hotel Splendido is set on the hillside overlooking the superyachts of the Portofino Harbor. Renowned for its bespoke, celebrity service this is a must stay for those hoping to experience celeb style luxury. With 36% of Canadian travellers noted that they look for an accommodation with a balcony, each room comes with a view of either the sea or the gardens so you can enjoy breakfast overlooking the most beautiful of Italy’s views. Guests can also make the most of the wellness center and outdoor pool.
Mexico has always been a hotspot for the A-Listers, with Tulum being a favorite for stars such as Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon. It is located between the Mayan Jungle and the Caribbean Sea, an hour south of Cancun. The beautiful beaches, candlelit bars and ancient ruins make for a great spot to find some laidback luxury. Start your morning with sunrise yoga followed by a Mayan massage, then take a walk on the white sand beaches in the afternoon before heading to a cocktail bar in the jungle before dinner.
Where to Stay: Habitas Tulum is an eco-resort like no other, it’s Jungle Rooms give you the chance to immerse yourself in the ancient landscape while enjoying views of the infinity and beach side pool. 27% of Canadian travellers prioritize an infinity pool when trying to choose the right accommodation. The clubhouse holds yoga and meditation sessions while the on-site restaurants opens out onto the beach and serves food sourced seasonably and locally.
The capital of Japan, Tokyo is a combination of the modern and traditional. The Imperial Palace along with historical temples can be found just a short distance away from luxury shopping streets and modern sky scrapers. Tokyo is a favourite of wellknowns like Lady Gaga and Bella Hadid, with its impeccable culture and style. It also has the highest number of Michelin-star restaurants of any city in the world. Visit the Ginza district for high end designer shopping, boutiques and art galleries before stopping for a cocktail at one of the many hotel bars that offer incredible views of the city.
Where to Stay: Park Hyatt Tokyo is not only amazingly located but offers you the chance to stay in luxurious rooms with views of Mount Fuji. Enjoy a massage in the hotel spa before heading up to the 52nd floor for a drink in the hotel bar while watching the sunset over the Tokyo skyline.