The month of March is upon us, which means the booze-soaked collegiate tradition known as spring break is about to commence. But while America’s future leaders are getting their stomachs pumped in Cancun, the rich and famous prefer to vacation in more luxurious, refined destinations — from the world’s most exotic beaches to its most glistening ski slopes. When it comes to your own spring break, which of those groups would you rather belong to? We thought so. Relax, renew and rejuvenate like the stars at these top destinations, which are commonly frequented by your favorite celebrities … plus people like Lindsay Lohan. And if, like us, you can’t afford an elaborate spring break this year, at least you’ll have a better idea of what you’re missing when you cry yourself to sleep at night.
The island of St. Barts, located in the beautiful French Caribbean, is a favorite for a wide variety of celebs, from Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey to Fergie and husband Josh Duhamel, who vacationed there earlier this year. In November 2010, Tara Reid made the gossip mags for getting sloppy at a St. Barts club. (Although, to be fair, the only thing less newsworthy than Reid getting sloppy at a club is the actress “accidentally” showing her nipples.) Last winter, the island also played host to Lindsay and Ali Lohan. Luckily for local residents, the ‘Mean Girls’ actress didn’t try to steal the island and then claim it was “on loan.”
What could be sexier (or more likely to earn you a punch in the face) than telling your friends and co-workers you’re jetting to this French Polynesian island for some R&R? A-list stars who have been known to soak up the sun in Bora Bora include Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, who honeymooned at the St. Regis hotel with husband Keith Urban, and Adam Lambert, who was spotted jet skiing the afternoon away just last week. Far more important, however, is that Charlie Sheen has vacationed here, and if the last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that we’re willing to follow him anywhere — be it a tropical island oasis or the depths of hell.
For a truly exotic getaway, big-name stars like Kevin Spacey, Madonna, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and David and Victoria Beckham travel halfway around the globe to the Maldives, which, in addition to its pristine beaches on the Indian Ocean, boasts some of the most luxurious digs on the planet.
Jay-Z and Beyonce have been known to cruise around on a chartered yacht, while Katy Perry and Russell Brand recently spent their honeymoon resort-hopping across the islands — which is totally next on our to-do list … you know, right after “stop being poor.”
Not a fan of skin cancer? Then maybe you’d rather hit the slopes than the beach. In that case, head to Aspen, Colo., where the beautiful people go for top-notch skiing and snowboarding. Recent visitors to the area include Chris O’Donnell and family, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Elle Macpherson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Thankfully, the Governator has a better command of the slopes than the English language.
Composed of a cluster of islands located in the South Pacific, Fiji attracts many celebrities thanks to its secluded, largely paparazzi-free location. Oh, and also its insanely lavish resorts. Notable visitors to the islands include Oprah, Britney Spears, Bill Gates, Pierce Brosnan and Jessica Simpson. Mel Gibson is also a longtime regular, but don’t let that deter you; he’ll only be thought of as a lunatic bigot for a few more months, after which he’ll be remembered as the guy who starred in ‘The Beaver.’
President Obama’s not the only reason everyone — well, democrats — loves Hawaii. Celebs are also partial to the 50th state because of its close proximity to Los Angeles, with many even opting to buy second (or third or fourth) homes there. Oprah has a tricked out mansion in Maui, while Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore reportedly own homes in Kauai. Stars who don’t own, like Britney Spears and Denise Richards, often choose to stay at the Four Seasons Maui, one of the island’s most well-appointed properties. Other celebs who are often “spotted” (i.e., hounded by paparazzi) in Hawaii include Owen Wilson, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson and Woody Harrelson.
or celebs based on the East Coast, this majestic island in the British West Indies is just a hop, skip and a jump from JFK Airport (or technically, a short flight to St. Martin followed by a short boat ride to Anguilla proper). With 33 flawless beaches and an array of world-class resorts, it’s no surprise that stars as big as Brad Pitt, Robert DeNiro and Denzel Washington have been spotted frolicking on the beach. Except maybe DeNiro, who has never frolicked anywhere, ever.
(A version of this article was originally published on PopEater.)