Celebmania has taken hold of the UK in recent years, helped in part by reality shows like the X Factor taking ‘everyday’ people and giving them global stardom.
Many of us have all had that feeling of opening up a glossy mag to find a thousand pictures of celebrities sunning themselves on beautiful beaches or partying like there’s no tomorrow. The instant realization sinks in, and we wish for one moment we could switch places to live an exciting life of international globetrotting.
If this sounds familiar and you’re keen to live out your celebrity dreams, get one step closer by holidaying like them. But I don’t have the money, I hear you scream! Well, we’ve been busy selecting some top ideas so you can live the life but on a fraction of the budget.
Chill out in Ibiza
Ibiza is renowned as being one of the biggest party islands in the world, with international DJs taking up summer residencies at the likes of Pacha and Cream. It also has a very different side to it, with celebs flocking each year to enjoy some time out from the spotlight in luxury villas dotted across the island.
There’s the nightlife if you want it, but you too can take some time out from a hectic year just to sit back, relax and chill out in a beautiful setting.
Low-cost airline easyJet now offers direct flights from London Gatwick to Ibiza, with August prices starting from just £28.99 one-way.
So you’ve sorted out some cheap flights but now need some accommodation. To really live out your celebrity lifestyle you’ll need to get yourself a stunning villa sorted. Even in peak holiday season (July – September) you can still get a villa from around £325pp, including a private pool.
Total for your Ibiza chill out week – under £400 for flights and the villa.
Party it up in Miami
Miami is a favourite holiday jaunt for many of a celebrity, especially the South Beach area of the city.
Unlike the rest of America, it takes a huge latino influence from it’s Cuban immigrants, resulting in a relaxed atmosphere you just don’t find anywhere else.
South Beach itself is a stunning stretch of miles of white sand, dotted with quirky lifeguard hurts and directly opposite the famous Ocean Drive. This is where the nightlife begins in Miami, with Art-Deco buildings lining the street and coming alive with neon lights each evening.
A few blocks back and you’ll find plenty of upmarket nightclubs such as Mansion, opening their doors around 11pm and giving you the chance to party until early morning.
For shopaholics, a 10-minute walk from the main strip will get you to Lincoln Avenue, which is lined with international designer brands. There’s also a designer outlet around a 30-minute drive from town, making sure you can get a celebrity wardrobe at a third of the cost.
Miami has two main seasons – the first being Spring Break in early March/April when university students flock to South Beach. Avoid this period if you want to keep costs down and don’t fancy sharing your evening with thousands of drunk college students.
The main summer period (June – August) is the second main season for most people to visit, with August weather being temperamental due to the thunder storms so go earlier rather than later. Prices start at around £800 for a 1 week holiday and you can get a further £20 off with our promo code for lowcostholidays.
Rock it out in Vegas
The way to spend money in Vegas is in the casinos. If you can avoid the temptation, you can bag yourself a bargain getaway to the States and live like a celebrity for a week.
Traditionally (and most well) known for it’s gambling, the city of Las Vegas is a mecca for celebrities who want a wild week of celebrating. It’s the perfect place to let your hair down, where just about anything goes and where the rich and famous mix with ‘everybody else’.
As a destination it’s actually not as expensive as you may think, with Virgin Holidays offering 1 week breaks (including flights and hotel) from just over £780 per person. When you’re there, you’ll find the general costs of food and drink to be cheaper than the UK, helped in part by the strong Pound against the dollar.
To really holiday like a celebrity make sure you book yourself on the VIP guest list of one of the bigger clubs, such as Hyde Bellagio. Admission starts at around $20, which is a fraction of what you’d pay in Europe. As many of the nightclubs are based in hotels, it’s also a great way to experience five-star luxury at a knock-down price.