Discover your next best vacation with a little help and inspiration from some of Hollywood’s favorites. With restrictions lifting and special events returning, you may find yourself plagued with decision-fatigue. When in doubt, look to see where the stars have been flocking for their much anticipated summer retreats. Here are the top six far flung boutique and luxury destinations on our list.
Written by Angel Valdes
Take a much-needed vacation to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. If you’re travelling, go private to the Orpheus Island Lodge. A destination favorite of our Hollywood Norse God, Chris Hemsworth recently celebrated his birthday here. Surround yourself with corral sea views and white sand beaches. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind Orpheus experience with days spent snorkeling, fishing, and island cruising.
Our tip: Opt for a tropical garden suite surrounded by lush greens you can retire to after an indigenous-inspired treatment at the Gwandalan Day Spa.
“Paris” season 11, episode 14, aired with several moments of touching sentiment for the characters of Modern Family. When they weren’t running through lines, the cast was sightseeing before returning to their luxury hotel rooms at the Peninsula, just 400 metres from the Arc de Triomphe and outfitted with a 22-metre indoor pool and a rooftop restaurant with 360° views over Paris.
Our Tip: Just a mile from the eiffel tower, stick around Le Lobby restaurant for mid-afternoon tea with a view.
Craving an island retreat for the upcoming summer? Try paragliding in the Caribbean at the resort Drew Barrymore claims to have “stolen” her heart. Spacious rooms overlook the pool or the Atlantic Ocean and the island’s barrier reef. Luxuriate in the simple elegance of the Caribbean and enjoy a weekend of relaxation at the award-winning Exhale Spa.
Our Tip: Spend a night surrounding a luxury outdoor firepit. Listen to the crash of the waves and see the stars like never before.
Before Emily in Paris there was Lilly in Paris, flying in from her home in Southern California to attend the Crillon Ball (or Le Bal de la Haute Couture). The rooftop has gorgeous sweeping views of Paris, the site of a covershoot with Lilly Collins on the same occasion. Experience a quintessentially Parisian apartment with private balconies, marble bathrooms, and in-room elevated coffee and tea service at the Hotel de Crillon.
Our Tip: Enjoy a drink or a cocktail at the lounge bar Les Ambassadeurs or enjoy afternoon tea at the Jardin d’Hiver lounge before shopping outside on the strip.
Set in a 19th-century building, Capri Tiberio Palace is rumored to have been visited by actress Shay Mitchell during a trip to the Amalfi Coast. The locale is perfectly situated along Italy’s stunning cliffs, just a 2-minute walk from Capri’s central Piazzetta. Terrazza Tiberio serves local Mediterranean fare in a chic setting accented with elevated vintage art and decor. For a low-key sun-kissed destination, opt for an evening of kosher dishes and sea views.
Our Tip: After a day spent shopping at the trendy boutiques of Via Camerelle, stop by the Tiberio wellness centre to experience a five-star spa oasis on the “blue island.”
Enjoy a few nights a la Milly Bobby Brown style in a private bungalow, not by, but in the crystalline waters of the Maldives at the Soneva Fushi Resort. Joe Jonas and his blushing new bride also celebrated their honeymoon at this exclusive sunny hideaway, boasting enough luxury activities to make the summer bucketlist. Spacious luxury villas at Soneva Fushi are hidden among dense foliage on a private island, located within the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Our Tip: Visit the open-air Cinema Paradiso, counting Saturn’s rings in the high-tech Observatory after a stop at the home-made chocolate and ice cream rooms. Or, learn the art of glass blowing at the Maldives’ only glass studio, retiring to an evening overnight at the Sandbank, completely private and remote for a truly intimate experience under the stars.
With thousands of destinations smattered with gorgeous, luxury retreats to choose from, finding the best boutique hotels has never been harder.