Secret Celebrity Getaways

Ever wondered where the paparazzi-plagued celebrities run to when they want to escape prying eyes and the constant scrutiny of shutterbugs. From Necker Island to Jaipur’s Oberoi Rajvilas, here are 7 escapes the stars love

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands Who: Richard Branson, Mel Gibson, Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg Why: Spend a starry night under the open skies on the idyllic private paradise ­called Necker Island. 

The Wakaya Club, Fiji Who: Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Why: Tucked away amongst Fiji’s 333 islands, this intensely private coral-encircled gem offers 10 super-luxurious residences. 

The Royal Palm Resort, Ecuador Who: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Why: Surrounded by 500 acres of lush, tropical forests, the hotel provides privacy and is an excellent option for the discrete traveller.

Taj Exotica, India Who: Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan 

The Gstaad Palace, Switzerland Who: Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, Robbie Williams, Paris Hilton Why: Check into the 99-year old hotel nestled in the serene Swiss Alps; you never know who you may bump into. 

Aman-i-Khás Resort, India Who: Katy Perry and Russell Brand Why: The Aman-i-Khás, with its secluded location around the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park is an exotic romantic getaway in Rajasthan.

The Oberoi Rajvilas, India Who: Naomi Campbell, Bianca Jagger, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Bill Clinton 

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Secret Celebrity Getaways

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands - Bought by Sir Richard Branson in 1978 and converted into a private retreat, the island was available for exclusive hire in 1984. There are six Balinese style houses and one Temple House, which enjoys a perfect location in the centre of the island and offers fantastic views.

Secret Celebrity Getaways

The Wakaya Club, Fiji (Photo: Rebecca Weeks) - The island is an ideal spot for those looking to relax on the beach with intimate picnics, tennis games and spa treatments. Opt to dine under a charming gazebo-like shelter on a deck surrounded by a pool.

Secret Celebrity Getaways

The Royal Palm Resort, Ecuador - Guests have the option of choosing from 10 Villas and four Veranda Studios with spacious double bedrooms, a Jacuzzi and a lovely tropical garden. The service is efficient with a staff-to-guest ratio of 12 to 1 per couple.

Secret Celebrity Getaways

Taj Exotica, India - Be sure to book yourself into the Sea View Villa, which provides striking sea views or the gorgeous Sea View Pool Villa, which has a private pool. The Getaway Taj Exotica, Benaulim, Goa, India (91-0832 6683333;

Secret Celebrity Getaways

The Gstaad Palace, Switzerland - Built in 1913, the glorious Gstaad Palace has 104 beautifully furnished rooms, including 19 Junior Suites and a splendid three-bedroom Penthouse Suite, which comprises a dining room, living room, kitchen, a terrace as well as a private sauna and Jacuzzi.

Secret Celebrity Getaways

Aman-i-Khás Resort, India - There are 10 dreamy spacious canvas tents, identical in style, each set on a raised concrete plinth. The interiors boast a towering six-metre canopy in the centre of the tent, with a comfortable luxurious daybed.

Secret Celebrity Getaways

The Oberoi Rajvilas, India (Photo: Oberoi Hotels & Resorts) - Step back in time into a traditional fortified Rajasthani palace with lush gardens and cascading fountains at The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur. Spread over 32 acres of luxurious verdant greenery, there are 54 Premier Rooms, 13 Luxury Tents (one Royal Tent), two Luxury Villas with private pools and one Kohinoor Villa with a private pool, each one decorated in colonial style.