Beach: check. Yacht: check. Selfies: always!
In those dark days before Instagram, we had no idea where celebrities spent their vacations. Now, of course, we're along for every (carefully curated) minute of their tropical vacays, beach honeymoons, and cultural jaunts. See below for a year's worth of vacation ideas... starring some of our fave celebs.
Josh Flagg shoots the scene at the Four Seasons in Wailea, Maui. The Four Seasons is just one of the luxe destinations on this five-star island — visitors looking for a more laid-back vacation might want to consider Kauai, with some of the best kayaking and hiking in the state of Hawaii.
2. Eva Longoria in Cancun
Eva Longoria prepped for the premiere of Telenovela with a girls' retreat to Cancun. Famous as the quintessential spring break destination, Cancun has lately earned some five-star hotels like Secrets the Vine Cancun, a classic adults-only, all-inclusive resort. Guests have their choice of seven restaurants, six bars, three pools, and a Caribbean beach.
3. Christie Brinkley in Turks and Caicos
It's probably no accident that 61-year-old Christie Brinkley just wrote a book called Timeless Beauty
. Here she is in Parrot Cay, in Turks and Caicos, in November. This Caribbean island is a favorite of the rich, famous, and televised (it featured prominently in the most recent season of The Real Housewives of New York City
.) Our top stay: the Gansevoort Turks + Caicos: New York style at an island pace.
4. Nina Dobrev in the French Riviera
Nina Dobrev and her #squad hit the French Riviera in July. A favorite with wealthy Europeans (you’ll see some real estate ads written in Russian), France’s Mediterranean coast abounds in spectacular scenery, top-flight hotels (like the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc... which, incidentally, Flagg calls his favorite hotel on earth
!) and world-class art museums, including Fondation Maeght and its 20-century collection.
5. Doutzen Kroes in Ibiza
Victoria's Secret Angels alum Doutzen Kroes chilled on the Spanish island of Ibiza with her family. Famous as a destination for the international party set, Ibiza has a quieter side as well, with low-key yoga retreats (like Ibiza Yoga) and quiet cove beaches (like Cala Tarida).
6. Kylie Jenner in St. Barts
Kylie saved her $400 snakeskin-print OYE bikini for the family trip to St. Barts. This gorgeous Caribbean island is perhaps the ritziest destination in the Caribbean, with a huge number of celebrity fans.
7. Kim Kardashian in St. Barts
Kim came along to the Caribbean island, too, and here shows off her "pregnancy lips" after a morning hike with mom Kris. If you prefer a less-sweaty afternoon activity, head to the Do Brazil café on exquisite Shell Beach.
If Greece wasn't already at the top of your list, Katy Perry's Instas from her July vacation — like something out of a dream Anthropologie photoshoot — might push it up a few notches. Greece has been in the international spotlight for crises both internal and external — but recent visitors to islands like Mykonos have praised residents' good cheer and hearty welcome.
9. Lupita Nyong'o at Disneyland
Lupita Nyong'o took a break prepping for a grueling Star Wars promo tour with her first trip to Disneyland. She might want to put her return on hold: On January 10, a bunch of attractions will close, the first phase in the creation of a Star Wars-themed land. Expect the force-enhanced section of the park to open next year at the earliest.
10. Naomi Campbell on a Yacht
When you're Naomi Campbell, you probably just automatically wake up on a yacht, right?
Rihanna spent last year's holidays in Brazil — here's a snap from an earlier trip. 2016 will be an amazing time to be in Brazil, with the Summer Olympics coming to Rio in August. We recommend Arpoador Beach, between Copacabana and Ipanema — and a stay at Mama Ruisa in the Santa Teresa neighborhood.
Model Joan Smalls explored Beijing's Temple of Heaven in October. If you can handle the smog, Beijing is a treasure trove of attractions, including the Summer Palace, Forbidden City, and tours headed to the Great Wall.
13. Kate Hudson in Greece
A ridiculously fit Kate Hudson vacations in Greece. For your own Greek Island retreat, Crete is an intriguing choice, with its own, distinct Cretan culture and cuisine. A host of beautiful, remote beaches ring with wind coursing across the Mediterranean from North Africa — it’s Europe at its wildest and most beautiful.
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