The choices of those who can afford anything and everything the world has to offer are particularly telling. From Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, to our very own Kareena and Saif Ali Khan, the stars pick their favourite party destinations with care. Follow in their footsteps as we chart a course across the Atlantic and also into the East, to explore luxurious locations that are favoured by the rich and famous…
Rihanna may be a native, but it is Brit music mogul Simon Cowell who has put Barbados on the map as a party destination par excellence for the well-heeled. ‘The X Factor’ supremo jets off to this Caribbean island annually and often rings in the New Year here as well. Luxury yachts are de rigueur if you plan to party in style, so book yours in advance. There’s a good chance you will find Mark Wahlberg and family lounging by the beach and a host of other A-list stars are likely to be sunbathing by the pool at Sandy Lane, the island’s swankiest five-star beach-front resort.
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and their six children checked into a palatial nine-bedroom villa at the Amanpuri resort in Phuket at year-end. A private gym, pool, massage room and steam room weren’t the only perks; the pad came with full-time staff, including a live-in housekeeper and a chef (you’ll need them when you entertain)! The main attraction, of course, was the Andaman Sea with its turquoise waters — and the Jolie-Pitts made the most of it by renting a luxury yacht and swimming in the deep. Take a page from their book and add mini golf, bar-hopping and sightseeing to your itinerary. Also, don’t forget to tantalise your taste buds with some ‘real’ Thai food, when you’ve had your fill of ‘chef specials’!
LUXURY IS THE ART OF ST. BARTS
The preferred playground of party-people as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Thicke, Mariah Carey, Paul McCartney and Paris Hilton, Saint Barthélemy offers up an unmatched experience — no matter what you are looking for. While private villas are a preference for the truly elite on this exclusive island, those hoping to hobnob with the rich and famous should shell out big bucks for a booking at the legendary Eden Rock hotel. Who knows, Salma Hayek may well be seated across you for a meal at On the Rocks, while Heidi Klum soaks up the sun at their Sand Bar!
Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan are Gstaad regulars — heading to the exclusive Swiss ski resort at least once every year. From their honeymoon to year-end celebrations, the Bollywood royals have made it their go-to place when the opportunity for a vacation presents itself. ‘Material Girl’ Madonna has been spotted flying down the slopes here too (kids in tow), while actress Anne Hathaway has also soaked in its splendour. Legendary fashion designer Valentino hosts a New Year’s Eve bash at his chalet in Gstaad and if you manage to score an invite, hold on to it — this chic soirée ranks amongst the best-attended New Year celebrity parties in the world.
A hot favourite with the Indian film fraternity, everyone from Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar to Hrithik Roshan and Anil Kapoor fly in to Dubai to ring in the New Year. Hollywood hotties Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez and Gigi Hadid have followed suit too, watching the city’s extravagant fireworks display from their private beach in 2015. Unlimited luxury is a way of life here, with private villas offering up every extravagance imaginable — if you haven’t already reserved a room at one of the world’s most exotic hotels. Whether you wait until year-end like these famous faces, or opt to fly in sooner, be sure to experience the wonders on offer at the Burj Al Arab and book your excess baggage in advance — all that designer shopping is sure to push you past your allowance!
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