Celebrities get to travel just about anywhere. When they have free time on their hands the world is their oyster. They could also be so fond of a particular island that they ventured to make it their own.
With so many lavish destinations and islands, the possibilities are endless for celebrities looking to get away or even purchase their own piece of paradise. Let’s take a look at the craziest private islands and lavish getaways of these fortunate celebrities.
Before Beyoncé performed at the 2016 Super Bowl she was soaking it up in a $10,000 dollar a night estate in Los Altos Hills. It features views of the whole San Francisco Bay Area.
Britney Spears has an amazing getaway located in Malibu that she goes to with her kids when she isn’t in Vegas headlining at Planet Hollywood. She and her sons enjoy the $30 million dollar beachfront mansion that comes equipped with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. The kids must love this place!
What Spears and the kids really appreciate is the backyard, complete with a luxurious lap pool and hot tub. She posted a video on Instagram of her kids enjoying the water while she just sat back in a chair soaking up the sun. She was probably thinking about her next performance.
Nicolas Cage and Leaf Cay
In 2006 Nicolas Cage went to the Exuma Cays, Bahamas, and purchased a $3 million dollar island called Leaf Cay. Before he purchased it, he already had a private home on paradise island so we are assuming he just wanted to take it to the next level and buy an entire island.
This island is close to another celeb’s island who we will bring up later. It includes luxury hotels, and visitors can use the 1,500-foot airstrip and marina. The island gets its power supply from the Bahama government but has a solar-powered backup system in place.
Just like Britney Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow takes her kids as well as her husband to Punta Mita, Mexico and enjoys a lavish seaside estate. Would six bedrooms, home theater and two infinity pools be enough for you to have a good time? It costs $40,000 a week to rent this place so you’d better start saving.
That’s right… we forgot to mention that the estate has a personal chef. The cookbook author does not have to worry about preparing any of her own meals when she is here, and that has to be a relief. When it’s time to feast, they have indoor and outdoor dining tables so if the weather allows, they’ll eat outside.
Abramovich Island In St. Barts
Roman Abramovich is a Russian billionaire. No, he doesn’t make movies nor does he make music. He is a businessman and he is very good at it. He is currently the primary owner of a private company, Millhouse LLC. Many also know him as the owner of the Chelsea Football Club.
What else should he do with his money? Buy an island worth $90 million! It is located in St. Barts and has a 70-acre estate on it. A tennis court, swimming pools for when you don’t wanna swim in the ocean, and anything else a billionaire might deem necessary is all there.
Nothin’ funny about Eddie Murphy’s Island
The hilarious comedian, who has been in tons of movies, makes bankroll. He has more than five kids and we’re guessing they convinced him to use some of his spare cash to purchase an island in the Bahamas that they can bring their friends too. If not that, then Murphy must go there to gather inspiration for new jokes.
The island cost him a cool $15 million and is called Rooster Cay. The island is very close to the capital of the Bahamas. No one knows if he plans for the island other then speculations of developing a perfect resort for others.
The uber-popular young sibling of the Kardashians, Kylie Jenner has many magnificent getaways. Just check her Instagram if you need proof. She and boyfriend Tyga are always somewhere fancy relaxing in the sun. When she turned 19, she had to do it big so she went to Turks and Caicos for some fun.
She and her friends enjoyed 35,000 square feet of 23 bedrooms at the Pearls of Long Bay Estate. If she needed to keep her body toned, there was a full gym or if everyone needed to sweat a little they had a sauna ready for their use.
George Clooney’s Villa
Lake Como, Italy is just amazing. The sights are wonderful and the atmosphere is to die for. Actor George Clooney loves it so much that he has his own villa there that patiently awaits his return. It is located in a village that has a population of only 930, a perfect getaway.
The 18th-century villa seemingly floats on the water and is located right near a famous Italian poet, Ada Negri. It is just something about this place far beyond the materialistic aspect of it that just exudes a need to always want to return. Clooney probably has dreams about this place.
Shakira – Bonds Cay
The belly dancing beauty, Shakira joins the list of celebrities with an island to their name. The Columbian star split the cost of the Bond Cay island with Alejandro Sanz and Roger Waters so they could have it themselves. It cost $16 million so that was a good idea to split expenses.
The 700 acres do not go to waste. There are luxury hotels and condos and some private beaches for those willing to fork out the extra cash. And for those fond of the arts, there is an art gallery. Also, if you feel like getting a birdie, test your stroke on the 18-hole golf course.
Hotel du Cap
This hotel looks worthy enough to be a setting for a scene from Mission Impossible. Maybe that is why Tom Cruise goes to the Hotel du Cap in Antibes, France every spring… so he can get in good with the owners. That way, when he asks if he can shoot there for a movie they’ll be okay with it.
Cruise also goes there and gets a specially made salad and a slew of other celebrities do the same for the particular food they want. The chefs there are top notch and there is everything you would need at the lavish getaway including tennis courts and a salt-water pool.
Villa d’Este, Como, Italy
The five-star hotel Villa d’Este, Como, Italy has rates of $1,400 a night but if you want to live legendary then you can cash out $5,000 for the top suites. Many celebrities escape to Milan and have an amazing time here. It used to be a resort for politicians.
Now, everyone from Robert De Niro to Madonna and George Clooney take their talents to this luxury hotel. You can go for a swim in the lake or travel it by boat, the choice is really up to you. There is also a Zen-inspired beauty center if you wish to refresh your body and soul.
Johnny Depp explores his Pirate side
Word on the street is that Johnny Depp was filming for Pirates of the Caribbean and fell head over hills for this island. What better way to never let it go than to buy it for $3.6 million? With 45 acres of an island he now calls his own, Depp can impersonate a pirate all he wants.
The island is called Little Halls Pond Cay and is located in the Bahamas right next to Eddie Murphy’s. They probably sail to each other when they’re both in town and tell bad jokes to each other. All the homes there are solar-powered.
Céline Dion Keeps Private in Quebec
When you have the vocal talents of Céline Dion, you can make yourself a pretty penny. And with that pretty penny, you have the ability to own a private island in your hometown. Dion purchased an island by the name of Ile Gagnon. It is located in the sleepy Iles River so it is perfectly secluded.
With heavy security surrounding the French chateau-style mansion, the closest you will get is on a boat so bring your binoculars. The surrounding area is a popular tourist spot in Quebec, Canada so many people have the ability to get a glimpse of the mansion.
The YOLO Estate
Drizzy Drake has an estate in Calabasas, California that is absolutely insane. When he isn’t running through Canada with his woes, you can find him kicking back enjoying the fruits of his labors in sunny California at the YOLO Estate. He bought the place in 2012 for $7.7 million which was lower than what it was posted at.
Every summer, Drake throws pool parties where hosts a plethora of celebrities. The parties have been likened to Mardi Gras, according to Drake. If you have seen any of the pictures from his shindigs then maybe he is not wrong about that comparison.
Tyler Perry Buys Another
One private island wasn’t enough for comedian Tyler Perry. He makes his money doing impersonations of the ever-popular Madea, and earned enough to purchase the White Bay Cay island in the Bahamas. Nothing funny about having two islands to call your own, now is there?
Perry has in his plans to build a 14,000 square foot Bali-style home and at least five guest bungalows to go with it. After that is all done, the island will have a tennis court, spa and marina too. Perry sounds like he knows how to enjoy himself pretty well.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Located in Exuma Cays, Bahamas, you will find Goat Cay. Goat Cay is the name of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s private island. The two country music icons had to invest their love in something major so why not choose a nice island. There is no word on how much they paid for it but you can guess that the couple’s financial advisers probably were a bit on the fence when they broke the news.
The island is already fully developed and has beautiful nature trails as well as a fair share of beaches. Most of the islands celebrities buy are private but this one is not, you just have to fork out the cash.
Musha Cay at Copperfield Bay
One island is amazing to have. Two, and now you’re really living lavishly. Four, and your name is David Copperfield and you might as well change the name of the area to Copperfield Bay. Copperfield has four islands but the one on Musha Cay is used as a private resort. He spent $50 million on these islands.
If you are able to pay roughly $37k a day then are able to stay at this resort. The other three islands are just for privacy insurance. Oprah Winfrey has stayed and John Travolta! The resort is everything you want if you are looking for luxury.
Richard Branson – Necker Island
Richard Branson may not exactly fall into the category of celebrity but he does have enough money and fame to him to give him some clout. His island is one of the first to become a full-on resort. It cost roughly $10k more to stay at his, compared to Copperfield’s resort at his island.
This island is pretty much the trailblazer of private islands turned resorts. If you and 23 other friends can come up with $47k then you will be able to stay for one night because it can hold up to 24 guests. You will be surrounded by coral reef and turquoise blue water.
Mel Gibson – Mago Island
This is the first island located in Fiji to appear on this list and also one of the more expensive ones. Mel Gibson bought Mago Island in 2005 for $15 million. Unlike other celebs on the list, Gibson does not want to turn it into a luxury resort because he said he is happy with it just the way it is.
He wants to keep it as natural as possible and according to reports, only a few caretakers watch it while he is away. If he plans to keep it as natural as possible, there is an urge to wonder what he wants to do with all of those acres.
Leo’s Belize Hideaway
Located in Belize is Leonardo Di Caprio’s resort island, Blackadore Caye. No, he didn’t wash ashore to it after the Titanic but that could be a nice sequel. He paid $1.75 million for it back in 2005 and had big dreams for it. In 2016, his vision came to light when he unveiled the hideaway.
The launch date for his lavish ecotourist island is 2018 with construction beginning in 2017. Leo and his affiliates not only intend to make a great getaway but also aim to make “the world’s leading example of green hospitality”. We know Leo is a huge environmentalist so it should be interesting to see how this turns out.
Ellison’s Hawaiian Island
You may not know him by name, but Oracle founder Larry Ellison is no stranger to private islands and luxurious purchases. As the sixth wealthiest person in the world, it is only fitting that Ellison is the owner of Hawaii’s sixth biggest island.
Ellison spent around $500-600 million to purchase the island of Lanai, making him the owner of 97 percent of the 141 square miles that comprises the island. Lanai’s previous owner is billionaire David Murdock, who owns Dole Foods, and he will keep a home on that land that he fittingly calls “Pineapple Island.” Talk about a sweet deal.
Allen’s Allan Island
Co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, must have been trying to one-up Bill Gates with this next purchase. In 1992, he purchased Allan Island, a small island off the coast of Washington state that is part of the San Juan Island Chain. With a grass airstrip and caretakers quarters, the island remains mostly undeveloped.
When Allen realized he wanted to build his vacation home on a different nearby island, he tried to sell the property. Apparently, $25 million was too costly for an island with nothing on it, so he kept lowering the price down until finally, he was able to sell it for eight million dollars in 2013.
Tommy Lee’s Gift To Pam
It was certainly a grand gesture on the former Motley Crue member’s part, especially if it was for his ex-wife. But Tommy Lee really must love Pamela Anderson because around 2008, the rocker bought his Baywatch babe an entire island off the coast of Dubai.
Lee purchased the island of “Greece” as a part of “The World,” a man-made archipelago that consists of 300 islands in the shape of the Earth’s continent. Lee said he decided on Greece because he is “originally Greek.” When word got out of the purchase, there was talks of the two planning to open an eco-friendly hotel on the property.
Malone’s Piece Of The Bahamas
John Malone owns a lot of things—primarily Liberty Media, which owns MLB’s Atlanta Braves and Formula One Racing, so by default he owns those too right? Among all of the things Malone owns is 2.2 million acres of land across the world, making him the worldn’s biggest landowner.
Part of that land includes Sampson Cay in the Bahamas. In 2013, Malone closed Sampson Cay’s beautiful beaches to the public, turning it into a private retreat exclusively for his family, much to the dismay of many employees and locals in the area. Now the Malones can enjoy five villas, a restaurant, and a marina all to themselves in paradise.
Julia Roberts’ Piece Of Paradise
This pretty woman must be neighbors with the Malones because it has been said that Julia Roberts also owns an island in the Bahamas. Her not-so-secret secret was allegedly purchased after doing Eat, Pray, Love, which had many speculating that she would opt for something in Indonesia or India like she experienced in the movie.
But nope, the Erin Brockovich actress has opted for something much closer to home. She did try to stay quiet about it, probably to keep away the paparazzi, which is also probably why there isn’t much information on this alleged purchase. But rest assured, you can imagine that Roberts is soaking up the sun on one of her private beaches.
Lennon’s Irish Getaway
Musician John Lennon purchased Dorinish Island in Ireland in 1967 for £1,700, which is about $36,000 today. One can imagine that Lennon came here to clear his mind or think about new music, because the uninhabited island never had much to it.
Lennon invited British activist Sid Rawdale to establish a commune there in 1970, but after their supply tent burned down, they had to disband. After Lennon passed away, Yoko Ono sold the island for £30,000—which by today’s standards would be well over $100,000—and donated it to an Irish orphanage. Today, the island is mostly used as grazing land for livestock.
Spielberg’s Portuguese Getaway
Hollywood director Steven Spielberg’s successful movies have earned him a lot of perks. The director of E.T., Jurassic Park, and Jaws, Spielberg owns a farm, four sprawling estates, a luxurious New York City apartment, a yacht, and an island off the coast of Portugal.
The island is a part of the Madeira Archipelago that is part of a group of volcanic outcrops. The island is mostly uninhabited and Spielberg and his family mostly use it to spend quality time together. We would imagine that the Spielbergs explore the local topography and enjoy all the other perks of the Mediterranean paradise.
Robin Williams’ Canadian Escape
It can’t necessarily be confirmed, but it was known that the late legend Robin Williams owned an island in Pender Harbour. Pender Harbour is located on the east side of Malaspina Strait as a part of the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Pender Harbour is quite different from the tropical paradises we’ve previously seen on this list.
With its frigid waters and lush forestry, people come to Pender Harbour to do a lot of outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, kayaking, and even scuba diving. We can easily see that funny man Robin Williams must have enjoyed coming here because it was different from what many other celebrities consider paradise.
Lenny Kravitz Wants To Get Away
When musician Lenny Kravitz wants a perfect getaway, he probably goes to his home on the Eleuthera archipelago, which is a part of the Bahamas. Eleuthera might be a bit specific, but it’s only right that Kravitz chose that location because that is where his mother is from.
Kravitz is known to own a house and a recording studio on his property there. When he isn’t jamming out, we can assume that Kravtiz enjoys the serene pink-sand beaches, coral reefs, or the caves that dwell there. Kravitz even runs a design firm that has helped boost local resorts, saying, “It has great meaning to me as I spent a good deal of my childhood in the Bahamas…”
Livin’ La Vida Loca In Brazil
Singer Ricky Martin reportedly paid $8 million for his private island in Angra do Reis archipelago off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Martin has supposedly tried to keep the transaction under wraps, so not very many details are known. But we can guess that he and his family enjoy their privacy in the lap of luxury.
Rumor has it that another nearby island boasts a seven-room mansion complete with a private pool and heliport. But the cost of attaining this? Over $3 million! If you want to get close to Mr. Martin on his down time then you’re going to have to fork over some serious cash.
Marlon Brando’s Tahitian Paradise
Teti’aroa is an atoll that is part of French Polynesia, 33 miles north of Tahiti, that at one point was owned by actor Marlon Brando. While looking for filming locations in 1960, Brando asked a fisherman to take him to Teti’aroa which he wrote was “more gorgeous than anything [he] had anticipated” in his 1994 autobiography.
After purchasing it, Brando built a small resort that consisted of a small airstrip, 12 bungalows, a kitchen hut, dining hall, and a bar. The resort was built from local materials and for a time, it was open to the public, who lamented about the hotel’s lack of normal amenities.
An Exotic Gift
In 2006, prime minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum gave one of the islands in Dubai’s The World Project to seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher. The Sheikh gave Schumacher the island as a gift after the racer completed his final Grand Prix in Brazil.
Schumacher owns the “Antarctic” in the group of man-made islands. His island boasts a sprawling home, complete with a manicured garden and a private beach. In addition to Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson, Richard Branson, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie are rumored to be some of Schumacher’s neighbors.
The Kamen Island
Dean Kamen is the genius who invented the Segway, but more than that, he is also the owner of North Dumpling Island. North Dumpling Island is just off the coast of Connecticut and Kamen bought the property for $2.5 million in 1986. The island is just two acres big, but it has a lighthouse home and a small replica of Stonehenge.
Because he wasn’t permitted to build a wind-electricity turbine, Kamen jokingly seceded from the United States and now North Dumpling Island is its own country with its own newspaper, currency, and constitution. Kamen signed a non-aggression pact with former president George H.W. Bush so don’t expect any harm from North Dumpling Island anytime soon.
Skorpios is located in the Ionian Sea off the western coast of Greece. The private island once belonged to shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis, who married former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the island.
The once-barren island now features over 200 varieties of trees that Onassis imported. Onassis even imported sand from Salamis Island to have an enjoyable beach. Skorpios has a total of three residences, a helipad, and a boat quay. Onassis’ granddaughter Athina was the last living heir of the island and she sold it in 2013 to Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the daughter of a Russian billionaire, for a reported £100 million.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
When it’s winter time, a popular destination for many celebrities is Montego Bay in Jamaica. More specifically, celebs like to flock to the Round Hill Hotels and Villas that boast horizon pools, alfresco living rooms, and ocean views.
Plenty of stars have enjoyed Round Hill’s amenities, including Gabrielle Union, Ewan McGregor, Patrick Dempsey, and Paul McCartney, who during his stay booked a master villa that comes complete with a personal maid, gardener, and cook. The resort itself is owned by some high profile names including Ralph Lauren and Merlene Ottey, who is a Jamaican track star. It’s no wonder why the Caribbean is such a popular spot for celebs looking for a getaway.
The Fairmont Chateau is a snowy wonderland nestled at the base of the Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, British Columbia. The ski-resort is a popular destination for a lot of the rich and famous, who enjoy the wintery mountain views from the luxury hotel that boasts over 500 rooms.
The Fairmont Chateau even has exclusive in and out access for skiing. Stars that have stayed at the resort include Justin Timberlake and Queen Latifah. The resort even arranged for Seal and Heidi Klum to fly via helicopter to the top of a glacier, where he proposed to her.
A Mexican Getaway
Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico is another popular getaway destination for the stars. The resort has 71 private suites each with their own butlers. Jennifer Lopez goes there for the alfresco massages, while Jessica Simpson loves the resort for its infinity pool.
In addition to that, resort guests can enjoy a local farmer’s market, golf, snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as sport fishing, sailing and kayaking. Las Ventanas also boasts an exclusive mansion that sits right on the beach, with an infinity pool, multiple master suites, and a rooftop terrace. If you rented out the mansion, you also get a personal assistant and a butler.
Eden Rock At St. Bart’s
Compared to other resorts on this list, Eden Rock is exceptionally modest with only 34 rooms. But the small number of rooms is attributed to expansive and lavish villas, such as the Villa Rockstar that has three levels of master suites, a screening room, private gym, garages, two pools, and a recording studio. In that recording studio is the very console on which John Lennon recorded “Imagine.”
Other stars who can vouch for Eden Rock include Tom Hanks, Mick Jagger, and Lorne Michaels. Eden Rock’s visitors can also enjoy numerous boat tours that take you to the surrounding islands in the area.
We’re sure you’ve heard of this popular Brazilian resort, which was featured in the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The resort has been around since the 1920s, but celebrities today still enjoy its hospitality.
In 2009, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes took their daughter Suri there and stayed in a presidential suite that has ocean-view bathtubs. The Palace even boasts a spa that includes a fitness room, hair salon, and sauna. People can still stay at the Copacabana today, but be warned — a room is going to cost you upwards of $1,500 at least.
Molori Safari Lodge
The Molori Safari Lodge in South Africa is located within the Madikwe Game Reserve. The small resort only has five suites but offers a luxurious retreat in the middle of the African wilderness. The Lodge owns one of the largest privately owned digital telescopes in Southern Africa, so that guests can stargaze at night.
In the day, they can be taken on trips to explore the countries native animals. Singer Lily Allen stayed at the Lodge and had the opportunity to see a pangolin. In addition to that, the getaway offers fine dining, such as the truffle-infused scrambled eggs with salmon that actress Mischa Barton enjoyed during her stay.