Whether it's simply taking time out from their latest filming or tour commitments, a visit to enjoy the nightlife and culture of some of the world's most cosmopolitan destinations or for more personal special occasions such as weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries, the rich and famous enjoy their time away as well as the rest of us. Why not plan your next special holiday at one of the hotels chosen by the hotel booking website hotels.com in a setting where you may just bump into your favourite A-listers?
The Lanesborough, (St Regis Hotels) London
From 439 € per night
At this five star hotel in central London, guests are welcomed as honoured guests in a private home in the prestigious Knightsbridge, just steps from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the designer shops of Sloane Square and Brompton Cross. Michael Jackson chose the Lanesborough for his stay in London, and it's also welcomed Liza Minnelli and Geri Halliwell, while Elle Macpherson reserved a room for last New Year's Eve in the capital. Facilities include 24-hour butler service, the latest in beauty and spa treatments and even a Mercedes or Rolls Royce for guests' trips around the city.
Chelsea Hotel, New York
From 128 € per night
International artists, musicians, writers and bohemians of the calibre of Sid Vicious, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Allen Ginsberg and Andy Warhol have all chosen this 12-story hotel during visits to New York. The red-brick former apartment building was constructed in 1883, and until 1899 claimed the honour of being the tallest bulding in the Big Apple. Set in the heart of Manhattan, its 91 rooms retain the style of this period with an eclectic mix of modern and period furnishings. The hotel has witnessed moments of great joy and creativity – Arthur C Clarke wrote 2001, A Space Odyssey while a guest at the Chelsea, and the hotel's name is imortalised in song by Leonard Cohen – but it has seen tragedies, too, including the death in 1978 of Nancy Spungen, the girlfriend of Sid Vicious, and, a quarter of a century earlier, the death of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
From 266 € per night
Discretion, elegance and good taste are the watchwords of this spacious, seven-floor building where comfort and modern technology live in perfect harmony. The flagship hotel of the French Riviera is situated on the shoreline of Cannes and is a favourite holiday destination for actresses such as Jodie Foster, Monica Bellucci and Catherine Deneuve. The Martinez is also at the centre of the annual Cannes Festival, when it bustles with activity and welcomes high-profile guests from the international world of cinema.
Careyes Beach Resort Costa Careyes, Mexico
(Currently closed for refurbishment)
This incredible resort situated right on the beach in Careyes, Jalisco, was the glamorous location chosen by A-list couple Seal and Heidi Klum for their honeymoon after their wedding in Mexico in May 2005. With beautiful Mediterranean architecture and beachfront villas, this is the perfect place to enjoy privacy, peace and harmony, in a beautiful setting with subtropical jungle on one side and the great Pacific Ocean on the other.
Delano, (Morgans Hotels) Miami Beach
From 288 € per night
Set on the beachfront, close to Miami's most exclusive shopping districts, the Delano is considered the very pinnacle of expression as an urban resort, a benchmark alongside which to measure the quality of others. If you fancy a meal in the restaurant here, you'll need to reserve at least two weeks in advance as it's one of the trendiest – and most popular – places in the city. The terrace is a meeting place to see and be seen, and hosts festivals and events whose guests number among the big names of the social scene. Madonna and Lenny Kravitz are just two celebs who have enjoyed the hotel's outstanding facilities.
George V,(Four Seasons Hotels) Paris
From 850 € per night
This luxury hotel a few meters from the Champs Elysees is a icon of Paris in the early twentieth century. Its spacious and sumptuous rooms are tastefully decorated down to the last detail and do full justice to the George V's impressive reputation; the elegant period furniture, marble floors, statuary, mirrors, delicate writing desks and plush carpets all evoke a bygone age of luxury and are complemented by efficient modern technology and facilities. The suites, with private terraces commanding views across the City of Light, are the height of luxury. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have spent time together here, as did Penelope Cruz and Tom Cruise when they were a couple.
From 793 € per night
The beauty of the Maldives is well known, and where better to enjoy it than at the Naladhu resort, the ultimate in luxury and fine living. The individual villas set just a few meters from the sea boast private terraces with pools for secluded bathing, relaxing with the sound of waves in the background or simply enjoying watching the sunset. Butler service is available 24 hours a day and there's a superb catering service, so you can just focus on relaxation. It's not surprising that this is a favourite among celebrities including Beyonce and Kate Moss who are regulars during their holidays.