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Luxurious Leisure: Where the World’s Wealthiest Vacation

  • Bill Gates Reboots in Fiji

    Bill Gates, the wealthiest man in the United States with a net worth valued at $56 billion, spent his 1994 honeymoon with wife, Melinda, at the Wayaka Club & Spa in Fiji. It’s a favorite vacation spot for the couple, as well as for Michelle Pfeiffer, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman. Cottage suites, or bures, at the resort go for about $3,200 a night and include breathtaking ocean views, secluded gardens, lava-rock showers, cathedral ceilings, and double hammocks strung between coconut palms. Tropical spa treatments, like a fifty-minute, four-hands massage for $245, are also available. (_Learn more at "Wakaya.com":http://bit.ly/UBpS8_)
  • Steven Spielberg Summers in the Hamptons

    P. Diddy may have declared the Hamptons “over,” but celebs like Steven Spielberg (valued at $3 billion) and his wife, Kate Capshaw, still retreat to their east-end estate, Quelle Farm, to get away from it all. And they’re not alone; fellow Forbes-listers Martha Stewart, Ron Perelman, and Calvin Klein also hit the Hamptons at the first sign of warm weather. For those of us who don’t own an estate on Long Island’s east end, the eclectic and indulgent c/o The Maidstone Hotel is as close as we’ll get to vacationing like these celebrities. Each of this hotel’s nineteen rooms has been stylishly decorated in honor of a renowned Scandinavian celebrity and includes fun amenities like vintage Scandinavian Kronan bicycles for guests to use. Spring weekend rates run from $465 to $830 a night. (_Learn more at "Themaidstone.com":http://www.themaidstone.com_)
  • Oprah and Steadman Take Santa Barbara

    Where does the Queen of Cable unwind? When Oprah Winfrey (worth $2.7 billion) and long-time partner Steadman Graham need some much-needed R&R, they leave their home base in Chicago and head for their second home in Santa Barbara, California. Julia Child, Brad Pitt, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are all rumored to have called this West Coast city a favorite vacation spot as well. And you, too, can laze luxuriously amid these celebrities at the Bacara Resort & Spa. Bacara advertises itself as “an intimate Mediterranean village…sprawl[ed] over 78 beachfront acres, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains.” Each room offers breathtaking views of the coast as well as Spanish tile and wood-burning fireplaces. Room rates range from $475 to $1500 (or more) per night. (_Learn more at "Bacararesort.com":http://www.bacararesort.com_)
  • Michael Bloomberg Trades Pink Sweaters for Pink Beaches

    Michael Bloomberg, New York City’s mayor who’s valued at $18.1 billion, owns homes in London, Vail, Colorado, and upstate New York, but he heads to his $10.5 million “cottage” in the elite enclave of Tucker’s Town, Bermuda, during the spring. Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, is a neighbor. For a Bermuda retreat like Bloomberg’s splurge at Tucker’s Town’s Pink Beach Club, which occupies 1,800 feet of glorious oceanfront with two exotic and private pink sand beaches. Rooms―which come with a daily full breakfast, an afternoon tea, and a five-course gourmet dinner―cost between $555 to $995 per night. (_Learn more at "Pinkbeach.com":http://www.pinkbeach.com_)
  • Ralph Lauren Goes to Jamaica, Mon

    When fashion designer and retail mogul Ralph Lauren (valued at $5.8 billion) wants to get away from it all, he heads to the historic Round Hill Resort near Montego Bay in Hanover, Jamaica, located on a one-hundred-acre peninsula that was formerly a sugar plantation. Since its opening in 1952, Round Hill has been frequented by the likes of John F. Kennedy, Paul Newman, Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Noel Coward, Grace Kelly, and Cole Porter (to name just a few). Twenty-seven individually owned villas surrounded by thirty acres of tropical gardens make up the property, and twenty-one of the villas have en suite pools. Rooms and villas range from $452 for an oceanfront room to $1,129 for the Grand Pineapple Villa Suite with Pool. (_Learn more at "Roundhilljamaica.com":http://www.roundhilljamaica.com_)

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