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If you're looking to escape to a destination with first-class views of the sea, delectable cuisine, awe-inspiring coastlines and spectacular resorts, you're in luck, as we've uncovered 5 of the best luxury travel spots that have been tried and tested by your favourite celebs - if Harry Potter's impressed (spoiler), so are we! Tuscany, Greece and the Maldives are a few of the star-studded locations you can be soaking up the sunshine in this summer, but which high-end holiday spot will you pack your oversized sunnies for...
EMILY BLUNT LOVES ITALY
It's no wonder love was in the air when actress Emily Blunt and John Krasinski were spotted soaking up the sun in gorgeous Tuscany, one of Italy's most romantic destinations. This first-class resort has attracted a galaxy of stars, including Sting, Naomi Campbell, Keanu Reeves, George Clooney, Madonna and Richard Gere - all for very good reason. Italy's big-name city is the perfect destination to explore if you want a medley of beach, city and countryside on your summer holidays - why choose when you can have all three?!
Soak up the alluring art and architecture scene in the resort's picturesque capital of Florence, discover the medieval hill towns and age-old churches in traditional Cortona or lay your towel down at fabulous Forte de Marmi beach - where you'll spot a string of famously owned private villas, stylish beach clubs and boutique designer shops.
- Explore the capital city of Florence for its ancient architecture
- Beach hop in Forte de Marmi and Viareggio
- Day trip to The Floating City of Venice for wonderful waterways
GWYNETH PALTROW LOVES AMALFI COAST
The Amalfi Coast has made its name as one of Italy's most glamorous A-List destinations, with the pretty village of Positano being a popular spot for celebrity holidays. Dotted with colourful cliff-side houses, chic neighbouring islands and stylish designer towns, this luxury location has welcomed VIP visitors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Palermo, Poppy Delevingne and more to its Instagram-ready shores.
You'll find a cluster of quaint villages nestled within this UNESCO-listed coastline, besides 5 pebble beaches including the main stretch Marina Grande - a fantastic spot for sunbathing, swimming and scuba-diving in the summer. This is certainly the place to be if you like to soak up the scenery, with a variety of boat trips leaving from the harbour each day. Marvel over the luminous green Emerald Grotto in the charming bay of Conca dei Marini, or cruise to the famous isle of Capri - all in a day's work.
- Hit the Marina Grande Beach for sun-kissed activities
- Go on a boat trip to the famous isle of Capri
- Wine & dine in Piazza Del Duomo
THE ROYALS LOVE THE MALDIVES
If you're dreaming of ultimate R&R in a destination that's fit for the Royals, then you're in luck, as we've discovered the gorgeous island popular with the likes of Prince William and Kate Middleton - you guessed it, the Maldives. Pretty palms swaying in the Caribbean wind, multi-coloured coral reefs, glistening white beaches and luxurious seafront hotels are what you can expect on this gorgeous island floating in the Indian Ocean. This popular honeymoon destination boasts world-class resorts, excellent food and unforgettable hospitality, making it a hot spot for sunshine holidays with that extra special something. Visit the enchanting capital of Male where you can wander the markets and admire the fishing boats, unwind in a first-class spa or admire the incredible marine life with some of the best scuba diving around.
- Visit the colourful capital town of Male
- Travel in the dry season (December to March) when temperatures are at a toasty 30°C
- Day trip to paradise Veligandu Island and spot manta rays
DANIEL RADCLIFFE LOVES RHODES
Wish you could click your fingers and wake up on the gorgeous Greek Island of Rhodes? Well, since Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has recently visited the area (and with a little help from our spectacular holiday deals, of course) - you pretty much can! The capital of the Dodacanese Islands serves up an effortless blend of white-sand beaches, ancient towns, lush countryside and fascinating architecture, making it a fabulous destination to visit whether you want a relaxing beach retreat or action-packed culture trip. Visit the ancient cities of Lindos, Ialyssos and Kamiros, boasting beautiful temples, amphitheatres and churches, or spend one of the islands' 300 days of sunshine on the sandy beaches of Faliraki, Saint Paul's Bay, Ladiko and Kallithea. If you’re feeling active, why not climb the steep cobbles from the village of Lindos to the Acropolis, where you'll discover the inner Temple of Athena Lindia, or simply admire the spectacular views of Lindos Bay.
- Visit the ancient town of Lindos for its famous Acropolis
- Travel between May and September when temperatures are most pleasant
- Head to popular resort Faliraki for its fabulous beaches
SERENA WILLIAMS LOVES MEXICO
If sipping a tequila cocktail and soaking up the sun on pristine white-sand beaches or snorkelling in warm, turquoise waters is your thing, then loud and lively Cancun in Mexico is a perfect holiday spot for you. This dreamy location is certainly the place to be seen, thanks to it's glitzy Hotel Zone and Downtown area, fringed with high-end cocktail bars, modern shopping malls, excellent restaurants and the vibrant coastline. This VIP spot on the northeast coast of Mexico isn't shy of a celeb or two, recently welcoming Wimbledon star and gorgeous mom-to-be Serena Williams and fiancé. A city of diversity, you can indulge in everything from splashing out in the designer shops and scuba diving among magical coral reefs and underwater caves, to wandering the first-class temples and archaeological sites - the list goes on and on...
- Stroll along the lively Hotel Zone dotted with bars, restaurants and clubs
- Visit the ancient Mayan Ruins
- Scuba dive to explore the Underwater Museum between Cancun and Isla Mujeres