Updated: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 02:15:00 GMT | By Jason Notte, Ed Solus
14 vacation spots of the superrich

These extravagant retreats welcome wealthy stars looking to escape the trappings of their fame and fortune. Some are open to the public — for a price



These extravagant retreats welcome wealthy stars looking to escape the trappings of their fame and fortune. Some are open to the public — for a price (© Rex / Getty / AP)
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  • These extravagant retreats welcome wealthy stars looking to escape the trappings of their fame and fortune. Some are open to the public — for a price (© Rex / Getty / AP)
  • Lady Gaga leaving the Langham Hotel in London (© REX/Beretta/Sims)
  • Necker Island, British Virgin Islands (© AP)
  • Tamara Ecclestone (© Rex Features)
  • San Ysidro Ranch (© Rex Features)
  • GoldenEye, Jamaica (© Rex Features)
  • Blue Sydney (© Getty Images)
  • One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos (© REX/Startraks Photo)
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You think being a star is easy? Doing countless takes of scenes or songs, having your handlers shuffle you off to junkets, being asked the same questions hundreds of times, encountering fans and photographers wherever you go, opening up just about every aspect of your life to public scrutiny?

It's exhausting. It pays really well and entails a whole lot of privileges for folks who care about perks like VIP access and life above the fray, but it's physically and mentally taxing.

It's little wonder that once celebrities have enough cash, they use it to put as many security guards, gates, exclusive-access locations and miles between themselves and the rest of the world as possible. They asked for this fame, but they have the means to take extremely secluded vacations from it as well.

While you hit the beach with a few hundred other summer revellers, celebrities have similar-sized strips of sand all to themselves. When you pull into a national park campsite, a media mogul takes off for a weekend in a mountain lodge that's likely bigger than your campground and set on a plot nearly as large as the national park itself.

Taken as a whole, celebrity vacation spots comprise a monument to exclusivity. Except that, in more than a few cases, they're just as available to anyone else with enough cash.

Here are 14 favoured vacation spots of the rich and famous, with a handful that are just waiting for you to book a stay — so long as their high-profile patrons haven't reserved them first.

* All funds in USD.

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