There’s still several weeks of winter left to go, but you can still escape the snow before it’s too late! Star has the scoop on six of the hottest winter getaways — check ’em out below!
1. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
The AAA Four Diamond rated Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, holding the world’s sixth largest casino, is situated near the entertainment district of Ybor City on the Seminole Reservation. With recent record-breaking expansion, the property encompasses 37 acres with its 12-stories of 250 luxury rooms, including two signature Rock Star suits and amenities such as the Signature Rock Spa, pool and beach club. In addition, the Seminole Hard Rock holds a variety of restaurants and bars including upscale dining at Council Oaks Steaks & Seafood — a Seminole Tribe masterpiece for the most discriminating palate, which boasts an exclusive VIP Knife Club, where celeb guests, like Mario Lopez, received an engraved knife placed on an honorary wall for all to see.
Celeb sightings are a common occurrence at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, with stars like Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Joe Maganiello and Flo Rida stopping by for visits. Click here for a full gallery of stars who stayed at the property!
Guests of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa enjoy direct access to more than 190,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action with 5,000 popular slot machines, featuring Florida’s largest and smoke-free poker room with 50 live action tables. For more information, visit www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.
2. Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Capturing the charisma, character and warmth of the Dominican culture, Casa de Campo encompasses 7,000 verdant acres, offering privacy for the affluent and the promise of pure personalization. For 40 years this discreet enclave has been a favored escape for the world’s financial moguls, politicos and Hollywood’s elite.
Jay Z, Beyonce and their daughter, Blue, decamped to Punta Minitas 34 villa for back-to-back vacations in 2014, while Rihanna hosted a photo shoot at the same villa. Plus, Casa de Campo served as the backdrop to the 2014 season finale of The Bachelorette, where Josh Murray proposed to Andi Dorfman. Jason Mraz, Naomi Watts and Sir Richard Branson all celebrated with Netscape founder, Jim Clark, for his 70th birthday party at Casa de Campo in July 2014.
For more information, head over to www.casadecampo.com.do.
3. Club Med Finolhu Villas: The Maldives
As a hot spot for the stars, A-listers like Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union, as well as the entire Beckham clan, flock to the Maldives to fall off the map and escape for a romantic honeymoon or secluded getaway. Situated among a prestigious jewel-like lagoon on the island of Gasfinolhu, Club Med excitedly unveils what is soon to be the next degree in luxury all-inclusive resorts: Club Med Finolhu Villas,
The private island oasis just opened on Jan. 31, 2015, and beckons with lush, natural foliage across sugar sand beaches, leading to individual villas on stilts above the water. Exuding the destination’s natural beauty, the Finolhu Villas pair its preserved vegetation with energy-saving architecture, offering sunrise and sunset accommodations with high-end finishes and expert touches of authentic culture. Each bungalow provides complete privacy amid sparkling turquoise water views, personal plunge pools, open-air atmospheres and more.
These 32 superlative villas, with stunning overwater views, are the newest addition to Club Med’s Villas and Chalets category, the most exclusive and upscale lodging in the brand’s extensive portfolio. Finolhu Villas represent the very definition of indulgence, as couples can relax and play on the 3,000 miles of pristine white beaches, eat at Motu — the resort’s delectable restaurant — or pamper themselves at the Club Med Spa by ILA. A bar, fitness center, boutique and main pool with live music — as well as personal butlers to cater to every request — keep the Club Med tradition of the all-inclusive resort while elevating it to a standard as yet experienced by any traveler. All of the amenities of the closely-situated Club Med Kani Premium Resort, a five-minute boat ride away, are also available for guests of the Finolhu Villas. As the Maldives are repeatedly voted the world’s top destination for honeymooners, Club Med answers the demand for a new level of luxury vacationing through it’s latest eco-chic development!
For more information, visit www.clubmed.us.
4. The Brazilian Court — Palm Beach, Florida
Fringing Worth Avenue, this discrete enclave of the rich and famous since the 1920s boasts a decades-old pedigree — its allure has attracted the most esteemed of the social registry from the Hearsts and the Trumps to the Kennedys and the Pulitizers. Now aligned with renowned icons Frederic Fekaii and Chef Daniel Boulud, the Brazilian Court Hotel redefines its place at the epicenter of Palm Beach society.
Built in 1926, the hotel heralds architecture by Rosario Candela, a famous New York architect who dared to go against the mold of the traditional Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner. After a six year body lift, the matriarch of Palm Beach society debuted her youthful glow in 2009 with 80 custom redesigned suites, featuring mahogany crown molding, Provence-style wood shutters and king-sized beds topped with imported linens, while staying true to Candela’s vision of simple elegance. The Brazilian Court also features the award-wining Cafe Boulud and Frederic Fekkai Salon & Spa, as well as an art gallery featuring the work of Mark Bowles.
Most recently, celebs such as Emmy and Golden Globes winner Candice Bergen and health expert Dr. Oz have been spotted staying at the Brazilian Court and dining at Cafe Boulud. To experience the hotel, visit www.thebraziliancourt.com.
5. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa — Florida Keys
Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, in the Lower Florida Keys, is located on a lush, 5.5 acre private island, dotted with crushed seashell paths amid verdant tropical foliage. A best-kept secret for U.S. presidents and celebrities, each of the 15 spacious thatched-roof bungalows offer ocean views and plush interiors — providing the ultimate anonymity for the affluent. The award-winning Dining Room at Little Palm Island delights guests with a vibrant blend of French and Pan-Latin cuisine and features an ever-evolving menu. The resort’s signature spa, SpaTerre, incorporates the style and traditions of east and west cultures, while promoting health, peace and relaxation through cross-cultural spa experiences.
For more, visit www.littlepalmisland.com.
6. The Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club — St. Petersburg, Florida
Nestled between funky local shops, art galleries and local farmers markets, and overlooking the soothing waters of Tampa Bay, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club is the perfect luxury destination. From sipping Florida Mojitos on the rocking chair Front Porch overlooking the bay, to wandering the enchanting Tea Garden that once hosted Marilyn Monroe, the Vinoy is a timeless resort with alluring appeal for U.S. presidents, fame athletes, and Hollywood’s A-Listers.
Originally opened on New Year’s Eve 1925, guests savored the speakeasy nightlife atmosphere, while employees dined with former President Calvin Coolidge in the employee mess hall. Today, the resort blends modern elegance and serves as a relaxing water-front destination for Hollywood’s elite looking to escape the everyday hustle and bustle lifestyle. Stars like George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Justin Bieber have all stayed at the resort, and The Vinoy also plays “home base” for baseball teams and players alike.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the seven-story hotel is the only historic luxury resort on Florida’s west coast that boasts a private 72-slip marina, 18-hole private golf course, 12-court tennis complex and a mouth-water restaurant inspired by The Great Gatsby era — staying true to its heritage.
Learn more at www.vinoyrenaissanceresort.com.