Celebrity hotspot Marbella has been named the top holiday destination of 2013, according to a new poll. A study asked the public to vote for their most desired holiday location out of a list of ten celebrity hotspots and Marbella scooped the top spot with more than a third of the vote.
Marbella, known for its glamour and extravagance, has rapidly become the holiday destination of choice, no doubt helped along by reality TV stars including Lucy Mecklenburgh, Joey Essex, Sam Faiers, Bobby Cole-Norris and Jessica Wright.
The TOWIE favourites were recently seen hitting the golden sand beaches, lavish villas and A-list party hotspots of southern Spain in the latest season's episodes of The Only Way is Essex.
Frankie Sandford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Tulisa Contostavlos have all been taking in the glorious sea views of Marbella already this year.
Ibiza, the clubbing capital of the world, scooped second spot. With breathtaking beaches and stunning scenery to boot, this exotic island attracts international celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Moss and Kylie Minogue. British Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha were spotted on holiday on the Spanish Island in May.
Home to Hollywood, the high end celebrity hangout Los Angeles came third in the ranks when it came to top holiday hang-outs. Some of America's biggest stars can be glimpsed in this beach-side city, such as Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez to name just a few. Victoria and David Beckham also lived in the glitzy town before they relocated to London at the beginning of the year.
A spokesperson for by LHDCarSupermarket, the brand behind the poll, said: "Nowadays a lot of people choose their holiday destination based on what they’ve seen and heard from others. Places like Marbella are constantly in the media and being visited by celebrities, so it’s no surprise that a lot of holiday makers want to follow suit."
Another hotspot that we're always hearing about is St Tropez, arguably one of the most famous and glamorous resorts in the world. A favourite among A-listers from all over the world, including Chloe Green and Nicole Richie, who have both relaxed on the breathtaking shores of southern France this year, this stretch of paradise is known as the playground of the rich and famous and was voted in at fourth place.
Next in line was American party spot, Miami, closely followed by cosmopolitan Spanish city Barcelona, popular among the Made in Chelsea cast.
Rihanna's homeland Barbados claimed seventh position in the vote for the public's ideal holiday place. It was here where singer Dannii Minogue holidayed earlier this year while searching for models on the Caribbean island during filming for Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model. She stayed at the seven-star resort Sandy Lane and was the envy of her fans, posting pics of the breathtaking Caribbean shores with tempting captions such as 'My view today'.
Dubai and Portugal followed, coming in joint eighth place, and last but not least was Tenerife.
Top voted travel destinations for 2013
3. Los Angeles
4. St Tropez
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