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How Celebrities Do Beach Holidays

28/08/2014 12:35 | Updated 20 May 2015

From St Barts to Turkey, we round-up the six best places to ask a celebrity to rub sunscreen on your back.

St Barts, The Caribbean

Hotel Guanahani, the Caribbean

Visiting this idyllic French Caribbean island earlier this year, I could see why Victoria's Secret shoots its catalogue here every year. (What do you mean, you didn't notice the background?)

With pristine sands, a cute colonial harbour town, enough chi-chi restaurants and bars to keep you out every night of the summer, it's a bona fide millionaires playground. Beyonce and Jay Z brought Blue Ivy here for her first ever holiday, and whilst serious A-listers tend to rent private villas (Roman Abramovich owns a fair chunk of Gouverneur's Bay), both Zac Efron and Paris Hilton have stayed at the iconic Eden Rock hotel. Pretty much any hotel you check into on this exclusive (ie pricey) on St Barts sees its fair share of celebs, but the current favourite is the Hotel Guanahani where many of the adorable candy-coloured cottages boast private pools and terraces. The best restaurant/bar for celebrity spotting is the legendary Le Ti tavern.

Bodrum, Turkey

Macakizi

Turkey has seen an explosion of high-end, super-exclusive boutique hotels in recent summers, but the runaway favourite with A-listers is actually a family-run boutique property that's been a celebrity hideaway for decades. Check into the iconic Macakizi in the summer months and you're pretty much guaranteed to trip over a celebrity sunning themselves - most recently my Instagram feed was crowded with shots of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell lounging by the pool. The vibe is boho-luxe, the food decadent yet healthy, and that pool? Well, it's Instagram gold.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Capella Pedregal

Even within the luxury hotel industry, the charming rustic town of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is famed for being the ultimate A-list getaway, and the Capella Pedregal is the resort you want to check into. VIPs come back again and again for the charming service, rustic-luxe atmosphere and the private plunge pools in every suite - but I also think the thrill of arriving at the hotel through a 300m tunnel carved through the mountain (does it get any more Bond villain than this?) gets a little bit addictive. If you need any further evidence: Justin Timberlake held his bachelor party in Cabo San Lucas, golfing by day, eating Michelin-starred fodder and the occasional enchilada by night.

And let's not forget the tiny detail that George Clooney owns a villa in town and regularly throws his doors open to the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux.

Cote d'Azur, France

cote dazur beach

Way back in the day the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor sunned themselves on the chi-chi results of the French Riviera, and this stretch of its coastline has lost none of its appeal to an A-lister. The Hotel du Cap Eden Rock is a current celebrity favourite, with recent scribbles in the guestbook including Colin Firth, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lopez.

Jumby Bay, Antigua

Rosewood Resort, Jumby Bay, Antigua

One of the most exclusive private island resorts in the world (and a stone's throw from Richard Branson's celebrity-studded Necker Island), the vibe at Rosewood Jumby Bay is anything but formal or stuffy. Sure, designers like Dolce and Gabbana own their own villas here, but staff treat everyone the same - and whizzing around the island on one of Jumby's beach cruiser bikes is a great social leveller. Try not to miss their legendary Friday Night White Parties, where A-list islanders join guests at the resort for an atmospheric dinner on the beach. Dress code: white, obviously.

Barbados, the Caribbean

Barbados beach

With coral sand beaches, clear waters and uber-luxe resorts, Barbados has always been on the hitlist of the beautiful, the famous, and the kinda-boring-but-seriously-rich. But now the island's most famous native, Rihanna, has brought a fresh supply of pretty faces to the island, like Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss. Sandy Lane resort is the big-hitter when it comes to celebrity guests (Gwyneth Paltrow and Claudia Schiffer have recently stayed) thanks to the private verandas, vast 7500-square-foot swimming pool and discreet service.

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