Where Celebrities Spent Their Summer Holidays

All summer long, we have seen gossip publications filled with photos of celebrities taking time off their really, really hard lives to laze around poolsides, frolic with other famous people on their yachts, indulge in summer flings (we’re looking at you, Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriquez!), and party it up in the world’s most exclusive hotspots.

One thing’s for sure, these A-listers know how to pick their holiday destinations – charming historical towns, pristine white beaches, swanky resorts that cater to your every need; all just part of their summer holiday itinerary. You too can live it up like a celebrity at these 5 popular destinations, which we say, are best visited in the fall.

1. Ibiza, Spain

Where Celebrities Spent Their Summer Holidays This Year - Ibiza Spain
Best for: Die-hard party-goers
Undeniably the hottest celebrity destination this year, the Balearic island of Ibiza hosted the likes of Madonna, Kate Moss, Justin Bieber, Will Smith, Zac Efron, Paul McCartney, Leonardo diCaprio; basically anyone who is anyone spent some time on its hallowed beaches. Famed for its hip-till-it-hurts party scene, Ibiza is renowned for having some of the best nightclubs in the world.

Why visit in the fall
From September to the first week of October, Ibiza Closing Parties are held almost daily all across the island to, well, close summer. Expect parties in nightclubs, on beaches and yachts, and just about anywhere there is a big enough space, with headliners like Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta and Steve Aoki rousing the merrymaking masses with night after night of electrifying beats.

2. The Hamptons in Long Island, New York

Where Celebrities Spent Their Summer Holidays This Year - Long Island New York
Best for: Those who yearn for a slice of the high-life pie
Owning a home in the Hamptons is a sign of affluence and success; a status symbol to show that one has joined the upper echelons of society. With some of the highest real estate prices across the country, the Hamptons has long been a holiday playground for the rich and famous, who descend annually by the droves on these coastal villages and towns in the summer. This year is no different, with Jennifer Lopez, Alec Baldwin, and the Kardashians summertime guests here.

Why visit in the fall
A holiday at the Hamptons can be frighteningly expensive but visit in the fall and accommodation prices fall drastically, and most of the maddening crowds are gone. Movie buffs should coincide their visits with the Hamptons International Film Festival, happening this year from 9 to 13 October, while families will have fun with fruit and pumpkin picking during harvest season up to end October.

3. Portofino, Italy

Where Celebrities Spent Their Summer Holidays This Year - Portofino Italy
Best for: A glamorous Italian Riviera holiday
Portofino, a tiny seaside town located along the Ligurian coast, has been a celebrity favourite since 1950, when British actor and Hollywood legend, Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) visited and then told his famous friends about it. Soon, the likes of Cary Grant, Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart and Marlon Brando were spotted in this charming little town. In fact, Elizabeth Taylor, apparently a woman with consistent tastes, was so enamoured with this place that she brought all four of her husbands here, at different times naturally. This year, Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) was a guest of Messrs Dolce and Gabbana, Portofino’s most famous residents, while Denzel Washington, a return visitor, and songstress Lana del Rey came on their own. Emily Blunt, Zhou Xun and Cate Blanchett were also sighted filming a commercial for IWC here.

Why visit in the fall
Portofino is a car-free town and the best way to get around is on foot. Summer temperatures here hit up to 37 degrees celcius with high humidity levels hence the cool breezes and nippy temperatures that September brings make it ideal strolling weather.

4. Maui, Hawaii

Where Celebrities Spent Their Summer Holidays This Year - Maui Hawaii
Best for: A beach holiday, Aloha style
With its year-round idyllic weather, stunning natural beauty, and proximity to Los Angeles, it’s no wonder that Maui is a magnet for Hollywood stars itching for a quick beach getaway. As testament to the appeal of this scenic island, celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Steve Tyler (frontman of Aerosmith), Owen Wilson, and Clint Eastwood even have properties here. Joining them this past summer were Victoria’s Secret Angel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Oscar-winning star of 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’O, and Emma Roberts.

Why visit in the fall
Other than the obvious reasons of less crowds, cooler temperatures, and warmer waters, the annual Aloha Festival also runs from 5 September to 25 October. Family-friendly events run the gamut from street parties and parades to concerts and pageants; all to share Hawaiian culture and community with locals and tourists alike.

5. Los Cabos, Mexico

Where Celebrities Spent Their Summer Holidays This Year - Los Cabos Mexico
Best for: Those looking for the creature comforts of a celebrity’s lifestyle
Yet another destination popular partially because of its proximity to Los Angeles (a two and a half hour flight away, to be precise), celebrities swarm to Los Cabos also because this Mexican municipality has everything any Hollywood star could ask for on a holiday break – stunning beaches, exclusive and opulent resorts, pampering spas, gourmet restaurants run by Michelin-starred chefs, solid game fishing, and championship golf courses. It’s no wonder then that A-listers such as Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney, and Eva Langoria are return visitors while this year, Cabo San Lucas saw 2 summer celebrity weddings – Adam Levine to Victoria’s Secret Angel, Behati Prinsloo, and Glee star Naya Rivera to actor, Ryan Dorsey.

Why visit in the fall
September is not the best time to visit due to the threat of hurricanes but October brings brighter skies, calmer seas, and festivals galore. Get ready for laughs-a-riot at the Cabo Comedy Festival while sports fishing enthusiasts can look forward to prestigious and potentially lucrative fishing tournaments. October also brings about Sammy Hagar’s Annual Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash held at the legendary Van Halen frontman’s cantina, where a high-profile list of rockers come together for a series of nightly concerts.