Lonely Planet's top 10 glamorous A-list destinations
The picturesque island getaway of Sveti Stefan reopened this summer as an Aman resort. (Shannon Nace/LPI)
For celeb spotters, glamourpusses or rich-list wannabes, here is our pick of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous holiday haunts.
Could Telluride be the new Aspen? Megacelebs such as TomKat and Oprah have residences here, and they can afford to live anywhere. So why Telluride? It has been a Native American hunting ground, a rough-and-ready mining mecca and a ghost town, but nowadays people are flocking to the easy (both on the eyes and in attitude) mountain village for the fabulous festivals and endless outdoor adventure. Winter is ski time, so get busy on the slopes and the après-ski scene; September sees the annual film festival and the spotting of celeb locals in their natural habitat. Telluride sounds obscure but is well served by flights to Telluride Regional Airport, or drive from Denver (530km), Salt Lake City (590km) or Phoenix (765km).
Synonymous with the international jet set, this Swiss wintertime resort appears smaller than its lionised reputation. Renowned as a haunt of Bond actors, Euro royalty, heirs and various hangers-on, Gstaad is a picturesque but tiny village crouched beneath the hilltop turrets of its pre-eminent hotel, the undeniably palatial Gstaad Palace. The actual skiing here is disappointing - far better are the après-ski activities such as seeing and being seen, partying in A-list establishments, and window shopping at the chi-chi boutiques lining the main street. Gstaad is famous for fondue (it is a stylish kitsch thing) and the best is at Saagi Stübli, in the basement of Hotel Gstaaderhof.
South Beach, Miami, US
Dare to bare in the people-watching paradise that is South Beach (sorry, SoBe), where models, rappers, yuppies, starlets, celeb chefs, pop stars and "regular folk" unite. Miami is a simmering, sultry melting pot, and a place in which to see and be seen. South Beach has no shortage of beautiful bods sunning themselves on the sand, while behind them the world's hottest designers have sexed up art-deco masterpieces and turned them into hipper-than-thou hotels. This is where the jet set comes to play and be pampered (and photographed by the paparazzi), basking in the reflected glow of their bling, mojito in hand, accompanied by a soundtrack of Latino beats. You would be crazy not to join the party. You are nobody in Miami without the right wheels - join the glitterati with a head-turning motor from Bling Bling Exotic Car Rental.
St Barts, Caribbean
When it comes to the islands of the Caribbean, the label "playground of the rich and famous" gets quite a workout. Clearly, then, this is no average playground. It is, in fact, one giant theme park for the glitterati. It is no surprise that Saint-Barthélemy (St Barts to its friends) is the preferred retreat of the pampered and poised - this beachy bombshell fulfils every fantasy of a vacation in paradise. Perfectly positioned bays are backdrops for fancy-pants restaurants, rolling hills demand rambling villas, and the Gustavia harbour is simply perfect for all the yachts. And the celebs who have holidayed in St Barts? Well, it is probably easier to list who has not, dahling. Celebrities have stressful lives, hence their requirement for constant pampering - follow suit at exclusive Guanahani Hotel & Spa (closed until December), which offers indulgent week-long treatments.
Any wannabe celeb worth their salt has dreamed of owning their own island. But what to build on it once you have made the big purchase? If you are Canadian entrepreneur David Gilmour, the answer is obvious - one of the world's most luxurious and exclusive resorts. Gilmour purchased the 8sq-km Fijian island of Wakaya in 1973 and kindly lets the little people enjoy his stunning tropical hideaway. Well, little people who think nothing of blowing from $2,000 per night on a bure (traditional house) or up to $7,600 per night on the Vale O Villa (Wakaya's 1,100sq-metre royal suite). And who might be sitting on a nearby sun lounge? Maybe returning guests Bill Gates, Keith Richards, Nicole Kidman or Russell Crowe. If those prices mean you are more Ow!-List list than A-List, sneak a peak at Wakaya from the sky; Island Hoppers offers flights from 99 Fiji dollars.