10 Luxury Destinations for the Jet-Set Crowd
The vacation spots favored by the rich and famous
The wealthy have been known to be creatures of habit. This applies to their travel destinations as much as where they shop or dine. Here are some of their favorite haunts.
The lure: Billionaires, celebrities, designers, and tycoons alike all make their way to this mountain resort during the holidays. It's where you might spot Valentino Garavani (yes, that Valentino) and Madonna hitting the slopes. It's also famous for the boarding school Institut Le Rosey, where blue
Where to stay: Gstaad Palace
The Old World hotel draws in A-listers for the promise of privacy. For over 60 years, Gstaad Palace has been a safe haven for the likes of Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and Michael Jackson. The next generation of high-profile and high-net-worth individuals are also finding their way to Gstaad to unwind and unplug.
The lure: A charming French town on the Côte D'Azur, Antibes is sandwiched between two popular neighbors: Nice and Cannes. The hometown of Pablo Picasso attracts the fabulous
Where to stay: Hôtel Belles Rives
Once the residence of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, this converted hotel
The lure: The Spanish Royal Family regularly takes time to get away to visit Majorca, named one of the best islands in Europe. For the gourmand, Majorca is home to many award-winning restaurants such as Zaranda at the Castell son Claret Hotel and the Es Raco
Where to stay: Belmond La Residencia
Once an artists' village in the 20th century, the rustic Belmond La Residencia now houses over 750 artworks by local painters. It was later converted into a hotel and purchased by Richard Branson in
St. Moritz, Switzerland
The lure: This Alpine destination caters almost exclusively to the moneyed, with around two-thirds of the accommodations being four- to five-star hotels. St. Moritz is the Swiss ski resort that put Switzerland on the map. Crowds also flock to the
Where to stay: Badrutt's Palace Hotel
Badrutt's Palace Hotel has been the hottest place to be in St. Moritz since 1896. It's hosted some of the grandest celebrations in history. The historic structure itself is a gem—with everything from artifacts like Raphael's Madonna to modern fixtures such as an underground spa.
The Hamptons, New York
The lure: Just a train ride away from the city, the Hamptons has been the premier vacation spot for those who want a quick escape.
Where to stay: The Maidstone
The 150-year-old hotel thinks of itself as "more house than
Saint Tropez, France
The lure: There are two sides to Saint Tropez: The quiet provincial village, similar to any you would find in the Old World, associated with greats like Paul Signac and Henri Matisse, and the raucous scenery, commonly associated with the rich and famous who want to be seen, more than anything else. Glamour and culture coexist within this holiday destination on the French Riviera.
Where to stay: Byblos Hotel
The Byblos has all the glitzy milestones in its timeline to support its claim to fame. It hosted Mick Jagger's wedding to model Bianca Perez just five years after its opening. It also earned the coveted 5th star in 2009, and has a storied history with Alain Ducasse.
Lyford Cay, the Bahamas
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The lure: Think of the Lyford Cay as one of the world's most exclusive membership clubs. This private community, which counts Henry Ford II, the
Where to stay: Lyford Cay
Granted you'll have to be a member or have a member's letter of endorsement, but once you're in the Lyford Cay, you can expect all the pomp of a luxury vacation.
The lure: Unlike other ski towns in the area, Aspen is in a secluded world of its own, which made it even more popular in the past. For that matter, many of the richest people in America either own property in Colorado or check into one of the many five-star hotels because of its accessibility, by land or by air. A weekend of grandeur in Aspen can easily amount to a million dollars, while the average cost of a home is a little less than U.S.$3 million.
Where to stay: The Little Nell
The Little Nell is the premier ski-in, ski-out accommodation in Aspen, given that it stands right next to Aspen Mountain. It, too, is just across the city. Everything about "The Nell," as its fondly called, is 5-star, from its cuisine to its lodgings.
St. Barthelemy, Carribean
The lure: "St. Barts," as it is popularly known, is an idyllic summer playground in the Carribean. It's a standard destination for yachters and beach-lovers aside from possessing a decent nightlife and luxury retail scene. You'll find the place packed with the well-heeled during the regatta season.
Where to stay: Eden Rock - St. Barts
Eden Rock was established by the very same man, Remy de Haenan, to first land a plane on St. Barth. Being the first, it was also associated to be the very best. When checking out, guests already make their reservations for the next year.
Lake Como, Italy
The lure: This secluded lake attracts the well-to-do once March rolls along. With majestic mountain views and a scenic body of water surrounding it, Lake Como played a crucial role after World War II, as it served as a place of respite for world leaders like Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini. Now a luxury destination endorsed by socialites and celebrities alike, Lake Como has retained its dreamy status, continuing a heritage of glamorous villas and hotels.
Where to stay: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Just as storied at the lake, the Grand Hotel Serbelloni has been under the Bucher family's ownership for just over a century. Apart from a world of amenities such as the 9,000-square foot fitness area, the Turkish bath, and the tennis court, the hotel is best known for the outdoor pool that faces the lake.