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Holiday like a celebrity at these short-haul destinations

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If celebrities like Elizabeth Hurley and Binky Felstead have left you dreaming of a holiday after sharing their endless Instagram snaps from far-flung destinations, you're in luck. With the help of the travel experts at Holiday Gems we've rounded up five of the best celebrity hotspots that are not only affordable, but also within a short four hour flight from the UK.

Paphos, Cyprus


Located on the south west coast of Cyprus, Paphos is very Grecian-influenced, from the architecture to the food. The town is a haven for tourists but it also has an older side, where locals go about their daily business independent of tourism. Celebrities flock to this island in search of the seclusion that it offers. Denise van Outen has stayed at the Elysium Hotel, while Coleen Rooney loves the Aphrodite Hills. Former footballer Rio Ferdinand has also been snapped in Paphos splashing in the waves with his two boys.

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The White Isle is a magnet for the rich and famous – and the roll call for this holiday destination is long and star-studded. Fans of the Balearics include Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, Millie Mackintosh, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. While the island is famous for its nightlife, there's also a much more sedate side towards the north coast, which offers yoga retreats, peaceful villas, art galleries and boutique hotels.

Marrakech, Morocco


Beautiful and mysterious Marrakech has become the latest holiday destination to be picked up by celebs. The Red City boasts some of the most incredible hotels, great food and wonderfully warm hospitality. Recent visitors include Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, who took their daughter Luna away for a family holiday, while David and Victoria Beckham celebrated the footballer's 40th birthday there with the rest of the Spice Girls in 2015.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia

Croatia used to be overlooked in terms of holiday destinations. Now the stunning landscape, great beaches, and grand historic cities are well known, due, in no small part to the high profile visits of A-listers including Beyonce, Jay Z and Tom Cruise. It's easy to see why Dubrovnik is so loved, with its marbled, car-free roads and ancient buildings overlooking the azure Adriatic Sea. Hayden Panettiere is a huge fan, having been photographed touring the city with her husband Wladimir Klitschko while Snoop Dogg recently went on a Game of Thrones tour around Dubrovnik.

Algarve, Portugal


The Algarve is on the southern coast of Portugal and includes areas like Albufeira, Sagres and Lagos. It boasts some of the best coastline in Europe, and as such, has millions of tourists visiting every year. Among these sun worshippers are Pamela Anderson, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rachel Stevens who have all hired private villas in the hills.

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