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Holiday like a celebrity at these A-List approved stays on Booking.com

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Written by Aksel Ritenis

Holiday like a celebrity at these A-List approved stays on Booking.com

Now that winter is in full force, it’s time to treat yourself and plan a luxurious, celeb-style getaway. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, delved into its more than 28 million listings in over 135,000 destinations across the globe to find the top holiday destinations of the rich and famous and best places to stay to stay like a celebrity, even if only for one night.

Algarve, Portugal
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 travelers 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. Booking.com travelers also endorse the Algarve for its amazing food and relaxing beach walks.

Where to Stay: Conrad Algarve is a must 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.

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, Australia
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 such as 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. Kimberley also comes highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for the beautiful sunsets you can witness here, along with its warm weather.

 

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.

Laois, Ireland
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. Laois is also highly endorsed by travelers for its friendly community and nightlife.

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.

Portofino, Italy
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. Travelers also endorse Portofino for its romantic atmosphere and natural sights.

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. Each room comes with a view of either the sea or the gardens, and guests can make the most of the wellness center and outdoor pool.

Tulum, Mexico
Mexico has always been a go to destination 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. The club house holds yoga and meditation sessions while the on-site restaurants opens out onto the beach and serves food sourced seasonably and locally.

Tokyo, Japan
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 attracts the likes of top models such as Bella Hadid with its combination of 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.

 

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Aksel Ritenis

Publisher Sydney Times