Ever wondered where the stars like to head for their honeymoon? Well wonder no more! The Sybarite has the low-down on the luxurious destinations that the A listers flock to, for a romantic escape.
Celebrities love the Seychelles thanks to its winning combination of beauty (this 115 island archipelago boasts soft, sandy beaches shaded by palms and lapped by crystal clear waters) and privacy (the Seychelles government has introduced laws to protect the privacy of holidaying stars).
As such, the Seychelles has played host to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who honeymooned on North Island back in May 2011, as well as Hollywood royalty: the Beckhams celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on the island in 2009, while George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin and Salam Hayek and French husband Francois-Henri Pinault have all honeymooned here.
County Cork, Ireland
Reality star Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West shunned traditional honeymoon destinations – here’s looking at the Maldives – in favour of, um, Ireland. That’s right: the power couple famously flew to the Emerald Isle for their honeymoon having fallen in love with the ‘calm’ of the Irish countryside on a previous visit. “We spent Kanye’s bday in Ireland a few years back & fell in love with it! It’s such a calming relaxing place!” Kim tweeted by way of explanation.
The fame hungry pair checked into the Castlemartyr Resort and Castle Oliver – a five star hotel in Cork which was declared the grandest hotel in Ireland by Conde Nast Traveller magazine, no less, in 2015. During their trip, Kimye were spotted hiking in the Ballyhoura Mountains, in addition to enjoying a helicopter ride over the Dingle Peninsula.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are just two of the high profile (former) couples who spent their honeymoons in the Maldives. And for good reason: these 1,190 coral islands, in the middle of the Indian ocean, are celebrated for their deep blue seas, Bounty advert beaches and sumptuous hotels such as the One & Only Reethi Rah.
American singer Stacy Ann Ferguson – aka Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie – and her hunky husband Transformers star, Josh Duhamel, holed up at the Maldive’s most glamorous resort, where they were snapped canoeing, taking cooking classes, private yoga and tennis lessons and spa treatments. Thinking of following in their famous footsteps? It will cost you. The couple’s suite reportedly cost £10,000 for the week.
Barbados may just be the hottest honeymoon destination du jour. Many top celebrities – like legendary performer Barbara Streisand and actor James Brolin and Westlife’s Kian Egan – have chosen to honeymoon in Barbados, aka Rihanna’s beautiful birthplace.. As have sports stars: golfing ace Tiger Woods chose Barbados as the venue for his ill fated 2004 wedding to Elin Nordegren.
The jet set come for the first class restaurants, chic nightlife, championship golf courses and exclusive resorts like Sandy Lane – a favourite of Beyonce and Jay Z, Cindy Crawford, Donatella Versace and Simon Cowell.
“Paris is always a good idea.” So said Audrey Hepburn (who would have celebrated her 87th birthday last month) in the 1954 film Sabrina. Audrey Hepburn was absolutely right: Paris is always a good idea – especially for a romantic getaway.
Sacha Baron Cohen and his stunning wife Isla Fisher, singer Lily Allen and spouse Sam Cooper and actress Anne Hathaway and her other half Adam Schulman, are just a few of the power couples who chose the city of love as their honeymoon destination. Blonde beauty Reese Witherspoon and second husband, Jim Toth, were also papped putting on a romantic display of affection, while honeymooning in chic Paris.