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Where Celebs Vacation but You Can Only Wish!

7/9/2006 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Any celeb worth his or her Bentley knows that a key element of stardom is to get away to - and be seen at - the right vacation spot. Some destinations, like St. Barths, offer the cachet of exclusivity and privacy, while others, like Mexico, are an easy jaunt from Hollywood for a quick getaway. And still others, like France, provide the impression - or illusion - of cultural curiosity. TMZ toured the globe to find the five spots that celebs are flocking to this summer.

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France

From Cannes to St. Tropez, stars love the Fitzgeraldian glamour and sophistication of the Cote d'Azur, where they can have their crepes and eat them too. Cannes' beaches attract star sun worshipers, St. Tropez provides the chic flair of the Riviera with a thumping nightlife scene, bringing celebs like P. Diddy, who brought his brood for a recent bit of R&R, and Paris Hilton, who hopped onto a jetski to navigate Mediterranean waters. And right in the middle of the action yet providing sanctuary from the well-heeled hordes is the Hotel Byblos, with its sybaritic (and freshly renovated) Suites du Roy, Alain Ducasse's Spoon Byblos restaurant, and the requisite dancing at the Les Caves du Roy nightclub.



St. Thomas and St. Barths
Attracting a gilded crowd, tiny and tony St. Barths is the undisputed Gold Coast of Caribbean islands, with painfully chic - and brutally expensive - resorts and restaurants. Richard Gere gets his downward dog on here, while star couples like the Douglas-Zeta-Joneses and the Russell-Hawns love St. Barths for its sumptuous luxury in relatively well-shielded surroundings.

Meanwhile, Eva Longoria enjoys frolicking on the white beaches of St. Thomas, the most sophisticated of the easy-to-get-to and low-impact US Virgin Islands. She and beau Tony Parker stay at the Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas, a lush, airy resort on 30 acres with marble everywhere and an incredible two-mile white sand beach where stars' every desire is catered to - even before they've thought of them.



Hawaii
The land of leis and luaus definitely attracts its share of geriatrics and families, but for celebs like JT, Britney, and Jessica Alba, Hawaii offers a spectacularly beautiful tropical backdrop for total escape. And while on Maui, there's no better place to luxuriate in the most exceptional pampering imaginable than the Four Seasons Maui, where attendants in crisp whites will fawn over you, whether laying cucumber slices gently atop your eyelids or cleaning your Chanel shades with clinical precision.



Barbados
Besides its lush green mountains and glistening beaches, this former British colony offers an eclectic mix of high and low - though there's always plenty of opulence for the stars to enjoy, especially on the island's West Coast. Alicia Keys loves to get her jog on surfside, while Simon Cowell smokes and skis at the same time - with his girlfriend, EXTRA correspondent Terri Seymour, strapped to his back. Denise Richards grooves to her iPod while strolling down Sandy Lane Beach, the pristine waterfront enclave that belongs to uber-resort Sandy Lane, where the ultimate in lodging luxury - the Villa - can be yours for a cool $25,000 per night.



Mexico
Because it's just a quick flight or chopper ride down from Los Angeles, Mexico, with its stunning Pacific-side beaches and the elaborate (if crowded) resorts of the Yucatan, is a favorite of Tinseltown couples looking for a sly, if passion-filled, getaway, as demonstrated quite aptly by Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minillo at Cabo's Las Ventanas resort. The Las Ventanas, known for its dedication to cultivating and nourishing couples' most romantic wishes, also attends to its demanding guests needs with remarkable details like wireless TVs by the pool and, in the Rejuvenating Spa Suites, a personal butler that will lead yoga sessions and make wonderfully health-giving elixirs for you and you alone.


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Keith    

Wouldn you just love to go to places like that

2926 days ago
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Mike    

Try the island of Bequia in the Grenadines.......the best most unspoiled place in the world and the people are awesome....!!!!! ......and while you are there, the Rum Punch is out of this world...........

2926 days ago
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Sue    

Some of us don't have to travel to see celebs. Sat., 7/8/06, Ivanka Trump, daughter of The Donald, was spotted by me, shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills with a female friend. Here in L.A., every day is a potential celeb sighting day. For the record, she looked lovely and is really TALL.

2926 days ago
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Tineisha Slater    

I do not believe that celebs are the only human beings on those islands. Who are taking the pictures? Middle class americans travel so those places and more. I know many that do. Anyway, It was still fun to read.

2926 days ago
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Kelly    

Hmmm...I could care a less about these places...and for the most part my hubby and I could afford St. Thomas and other "paradise" places. We prefer fun. I would rather spend a couple thousand and go to disney world or take a cruise rather than sit on a secluded beach drinking a mai tai.

2926 days ago
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Genny    

You missed the boat on one celeb spot. ITALY! Lots of celebs vacation on the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Lake Como, Venice, and Sardinia. These gorgeous areas are magnets for the millionaire/celeb set.

2926 days ago
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Nai    

y they all stickin their butts out?

2926 days ago
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aqpril    

If nobody cares about celebs or their "spots" why are you all reading and commenting!!!!

2926 days ago
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anna    

I have to clear something up.
St. Barths isn't the same things as St. Barts is it?

2926 days ago
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Tess    

I have to say " WELL SAID to Mike in comment number 3!!! Why is this country so fascinated by the rich, beautiful and famous? Does that seem to indicate that the rest of us "ordinary people" have no real worth in this society without these things? Just what IF with me for a moment.....what if: the wealthy in this country stopped OVERINDULGING and promoting perfection? Maybe we would't have literally thousands of young women dying every year because of anorexia trying to thin ENOUGH because that 's what makes women worthy.......beauty and perfection. What if: The Overinduglent rich gave even a FRACT
ION of they make to help the helpless, the hurting, the abused, the hungry, the homeless, and need that exists here in THIS counrty and all around the world? So you get rich, and become DEAF and BLIND to the pain around you. I don't want it. I would rather stay who I am, retain my compassion and love for those who need it. I would rather forego a luxury vacation and feed, and clothe those with nothing, no hope. Hope is a priceless gift. YOu can't beat that with fame.
Thank you to those in the "hollywood" world that ARE waking up and making a difference. The way we live embarrasses me. We complain because the sheets arent soft enough in the hotel, and never think of the children who have no home at all. If only our hearts spoke louder than our egos....................

2926 days ago
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Trent    

Only good part of this artical is the picture of Jessica Alba's rear end!

2926 days ago
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John McManus    

A little island paradise! The best! Nine room hotel. Water Taxi service! Great food and Bar! Take a peek at this! www.sabarock.com
next to Necker Island (Branson)

2926 days ago
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Brianne    

NICK LACHEY AND VANESSA MINILLO!!! OMG, EVEN I FEEL SO HURT FOR JESSICA SIMPSON RIGHT NOW... I KNOW, I KNOW.. BUT! I JUST FEEL SO HURT! I'M NOT USED TO SEEING NICK WITH ANOTHER WOMAN, EXCEPT JESS! WASN'T VANESSA FRIENDS OR A MTV HOST TO JESSICA? TALK ABOUT RUDENESS.... NOW EVERYTIME JESSICA COMES ON MTV TRL, VANESSA CAN'T BE THERE. THAT WOULD BE AWKWARD. VANESSA, THAT'S JUST WRONG.

2926 days ago
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Brianne    

I've started to live by this quote:

"LIVE BELOW YOUR MEANS."

That means live poorer than you really are. Or, "Treat your cash the way you would want to be treated. Love and care for your money and keep it with you."

You should not rely on material things to make you happy. Who cares what other people think. They have their own financial problems. You should spend less than you earn. If you want to be rich or have money in the bank, don't look at the rich or celebrities and be jealous. One day, you can aquire that WHEN YOU CAN AFFORD IT.

It's funny, cause a friend of mine, she rides a honda civic, when she could get a ferrari, and stays at motels (nice ones), when she could stay at better hotels (which is unnecessary if you find a good motel like Motel 6, depending on the area), BUT lives in a luxury apartment.

The reason for the luxury apartment is because it's safer, has it's own security, gym and garage parking and is by the beach and is nearby alot of stores.

The main reason she stays there is because of the safety and security. And she never goes on a real vacation trip either.

But when people see her driving that honda civic, she laughs to herself, because she knows she can afford a million dollar home or other things, but won't get them because she would probably go into a little debt. In reality, she doesn't need those material or luxury things.

She's just most happy with her home. I know someday she's going to be even richer with better things, but she doesn't find the need for them.

It's sad that everyone looks at material things as a "necessity" or a source of happiness. Be happy living simply.

2926 days ago
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Eric    

BLAH BLAH FUCKING BLAH.............CELEBRITYS AND ROMANTIC PLACES CAN KISS MY ASS............GIVE ME A GOOD OLD FASHIONED BOTTLE OF BEER, AND A GOOD OLD MARLBORO, AND I GOT MY OWN PARADISE.............6 PACK ? $5, PACK OF MARLBORO REDS ? $5......... KEEPING MY SANITY FROM HAVING TO BE ATTACKED BY THE PAPARAZZI ? PRICELESS

2926 days ago
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