Christmas 2022 found Aussie A-listers Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky at a luxurious private resort on an island in Fiji, which Elsa captioned as their favorite on an Instagram post. There is only one resort on the tiny, heart-shaped private island of Tavarua, which covers only 29 acres. Calm and beautiful, a week at the villa costs roughly US $6,000, which is pocket change for the Hemsworths and other celebrities. The couple brought along their 10-year-old daughter, India, and their twin sons, Tristan and Sasha.
Chris and Elsa aren’t the only celebrities who spend outrageous amounts on private island vacations. From Demi Lovato taking her girlfriends to Fiji to Jay-Z and Beyonce’s beloved Caribbean islands (one of which they own), here is a rundown of the most sought-after celebrity island destinations, along with just how much it would cost to visit each one.
7 Hotel Guanahani & Spa, St. Barts – Bethenny Frankel’s Honeymoon Location
St. Barts has long been a popular spot for Hollywood’s A-listers to vacation; stars like Jimmy Buffett and Steve Martin even have homes there. The northeastern side of St. Barts is home to the stunning Hotel Guanahani, a popular destination for the island’s jet set and celebrities like Bethenny Frankel, who came here for her honeymoon.
The hotel has 75 rooms and cottages, all with terraces, colorful beachy decor, and modern conveniences like flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel caters primarily to couples, but families will also enjoy a pool, two kids’ clubs, tennis courts, a variety of exquisite eating options, and a world-class spa. The price of a night at his hotel ranges from US$1291.46 to US$2076.82, with prices increasing during peak seasons.
6 Como Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos – Cara Delevingne’s Favorite Island
Popular among A-listers, Como Parrot Cay in the Turks & Caicos is a private island with pristine beaches and calm waters. All the comforts of a five-star resort can be found here, with 1,000 acres of untouched land and a beach that stretches for 1.5 kilometers (1 mile). Celebrities like Cara Delevingne, Justin Bieber, and Sofia Vergara, who honeymooned on the private island, are among the elite who call it one of their favorite vacation spots.
One of the top spas in the area is the COMO Shambhala Retreat, which uses holistic, Asian-inspired treatments. Rates range from USD 500 plus tax for a Garden View Room to US$30,000+ per night for one of Parrot Cay’s luxury estates, depending on the season.
5 CuisinArt Resort & Spa, Anguilla – Favored By Beyonce and Jay-Z
The five-pearl CuisinArt Resort & Spa on the island of Anguilla will make you feel like a celebrity, just like Beyonce and Jay-Z, who frequent the island. The resort is one of the most well-known on the island, and it occupies a large stretch of beachfront land and features several white, Grecian-style buildings.
Guests can enjoy a wide variety of services, including a full-service spa and the island’s only golf course, but the real draw here is the food (unsurprisingly, given that CuisinArt owns the resort). Several of the resort’s restaurants serve gourmet meals focusing on fresh ingredients from the hydroponic farm. Double rooms here can cost US$2,257 during the high season.
4 Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica, Designed By Ralph Lauren And Loved By Anna Wintour
When visiting the ever-popular island of Jamaica, stay at the nearly immaculate Round Hill Hotel. The resort is clearly among the best in Jamaica thanks to its kind, personalized service, private child care, spacious, elegantly decorated suites by Ralph Lauren, and stunning surroundings.
Anna Wintour and Paul McCartney are just a few famous people who have stayed at this ultra-luxury resort. JFK and Jackie honeymooned here as well. Round Hill provides an unforgettable experience, from the beautiful infinity pool to the mouthwatering Jamaican cuisine. A night at the iconic villa with six bedrooms would set you back at US$9,657.
3 The Brando, French Polynesia Is Where Legendary Actor Marlon Brando Settled Down
Located on the stunning private island of Tetiaroa, French Polynesia (an atoll made up of a dozen small islands encircling a dazzling lagoon 30 miles (50 km) northeast of Tahiti), lies the one-of-a-kind luxury resort known as The Brando. The Brando is only reachable by private plane from Tahiti, and the flight takes only 20 minutes.
Sea turtles, manta rays, and unusual birds visit the beaches near the resort’s 35 private villas. The late great actor Marlon Brando found peace and quiet in these beautiful surroundings. For around US$22,754.25 a week, you and a loved one can stay at this otherworldly resort and enjoy its opulent amenities.
2 Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives – One of Novak Djokovic’s Favorite Places In The World
For a good reason, Gili Lankanfushi, universally hailed as the Maldives’ premier vacation spot, attracts high-profile guests worldwide. Only 20 minutes from the airport, this gorgeous eco-friendly resort with 46 villas manages to provide authentic, laid-back luxury.
The overwater bungalows are large and beautifully simple; they’re constructed from various types of wood and include decks (including rooftop decks) with views that make you want to cry with happiness. There is a wide variety of things to do and eat on this stunning island, populated by 683 palm trees. Tennis star Novak Djokovic is a regular at this hidden treasure in the Maldives, costing around US$1,904 per night.
1 Sandy Lane, Barbados Is Where Rihanna Calls Home
Decorated in its trademark pink, the 112-room Sandy Lane is the pinnacle of Barbados hospitality and one of the world’s most luxurious resorts, renowned for its impeccable service and unique touches. Many amenities are available to guests, but one of the most memorable is the chance to play on the ultra-restricted Green Monkey golf course, which features a unique line of golf clothing.
The magnificent Palladian-style hotel, which can cost US $2613,66 per night, is distinguished from the competition by its Rolls Royce Phantom, a first-rate spa, exceptional restaurants, and frequent celebrity sightings. Tiger Woods was married here, and celebrities like the Beckhams, Rihanna, and Gwyneth Paltrow have stayed here.