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Luxurious Leisure: Where the World’s Wealthiest Vacation

Money may not buy love or happiness, but it can buy relaxation, which begs the question: where do the billionaires on the Forbes 400 list spend their spring breaks? Hint: they’re not heading to Cancun to do keg stands with a bunch of college kids. No, celebrities like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey head for luxury destinations to celebrate spring (or any time of the year, really) in style. Related Stories: Ten Beachy Scents for Your Next Tropical Vacation Five Vacation Finds in the Middle of Nowhere Nine Ways to Ease Back into Work After Vacation
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Bill Gates Reboots in Fiji
Steven Spielberg Summers in the Hamptons
Oprah and Steadman Take Santa Barbara
Michael Bloomberg Trades Pink Sweaters for Pink Beaches
Ralph Lauren Goes to Jamaica, Mon

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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