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Journeys of the Rich and Famous

Who says you can’t tour the world like the stars? OK, so you probably can’t rent out the whole hotel or shut down the city for a private event, but we all could use a little VIP treatment now and then. Follow the example set by celebrities — whether you can afford that $1,000-a-night suite or not.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Before the excitement of the upcoming World Cup and Summer Olympics, celebrities like Madonna, Gerard Butler, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have long flocked to Rio's Ipanema Beach for a piece of tropical paradise (and perhaps a few caipirinhas at Carnival).
A-List Accommodations: Fasano Hotel, Copacabana Palace
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St. Barts

St. Barts

This glamorous Caribbean island boasts glitzy nightlife and glamorous sunbathing at St. Jean beach where you can rub elbows with celebrities like Jay-Z and Beyonce or Jessica Alba, who dock their yachts at the glistening port.
A-List Accommodations: Eden Rock, Hotel Saint Barth Isle De France
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St. Tropez, France

St. Tropez, France

This Cote d'Azur seaport continues to attract celebrities including Cindy Crawford, Tom Cruise, Rihanna, P. Diddy, Jack Nicholson and Catherine Zeta-Jones to its over-the-top beach clubs like Club 55, first made famous by French beauty Brigitte Bardot.
A-List Accommodations: Intercontinental Carlton Cannes, Villa Romana Club & Restaurant
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Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney

With its world-famous surfing and sailing under the Harbour Bridge to Coogee's cliff tops, Bondi Beach attracts celebrities like Nicole Richie, Hugh Jackman, Paris Hilton and Leonardo DiCaprio when they are looking for a little adventure Down Under.
A-List Accommodations: The Park Hyatt in the Rocks, InterContinental Hotel
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Just a 2-hour flight from Los Angeles, it's no wonder this Mexican resort city has become a mainstay for stars like Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Seacrest and Julia Roberts looking for a little rest, relaxation and … margaritas.
A-List Accommodations: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Esperanza, One&Only Palmilla
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Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

Of Hawaii's many islands, Maui seems to attract the most star power, whether it’s Paris Hilton vacationing with her flavor of the week or Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox tying the knot on its romantic coast. Who are the other stars giving Hawaii a resurgence of star power? Owen Wilson, Oprah, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, to name a few.
A-List Accommodations: Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea
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Anguilla

Anguilla

One look at Anguilla’s cerulean waters is all it takes to see why stars like Uma Thurman, Paul McCartney, Michael Jordan, Michael J. Fox and Liam Neeson picked this sunny spot in the Caribbean to unwind.
A-List Accommodations: Viceroy Anguilla, Cap Juluca
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Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

One name -- George Clooney -- comes to mind when you conjure up images of Lake Como. Can't you just see yourself relaxing at his oceanfront 18th-century villa alongside Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and half a dozen of his other famous pals? Well, one can daydream.
A-List Accommodations: Villa D’Este, Grand Hotel Tremezzo
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South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

She may still be "Jenny From the Block," but it's no secret that Jennifer Lopez has spent plenty of time in sexy South Beach. Miami's bustling nightlife and Art Deco charms have also convinced stars like the Kardashians and Shakira to vacation stateside.
A-List Accommodations: Fonatinebleau, The Delano
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Necker Island

Necker Island

Richard Branson's 74-acre private island estate has been rebuilt after a tragic fire in 2011 (when Kate Winslet heroically carried his mother to safety). We're sure it will continue to host the very rich and very famous, such as Oprah, Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg, for years to come.
A-List Accommodations: You have to join the ranks of these gazillionaires to afford to rent out this private estate.
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Turtle Island, Fiji

Turtle Island, Fiji

What superstar doesn't value their privacy? This super-secluded resort has nearly 100 staffers on hand to cater to a maximum of 28 guests at a time. Both Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears have honeymooned here (with their now exes).
A-List Accommodations: Turtle Island
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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's mutual attraction is rumored to have been sparked at the picturesque cliff-side Hotel Santa Caterina while filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith -- and with vistas like that, who could blame them?
A-List Accommodations: Hotel Santa Caterina
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The privacy that these over-the-water bungalows provide (not to mention the romance) have attracted stars like the Kardashians, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, Rob Lowe, Sharon Stone and Charlize Theron.
A-List Accommodations: Four Seasons Bora Bora, Bora Bora Nui Resort
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Malibu, Los Angeles

Malibu, Los Angeles

Of course, the No. 1 beach for celebrity-spotting would be right in their own backyard. Here, David Beckham catches a wave with sons Cruz, Brooklyn and Romeo in Malibu.
A-List Accommodations: Malibu Beach Inn, Four Seasons Los Angeles, Chateau Marmont
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Maldives

Maldives

A gorgeous island in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka, this exotic locale has lured stars like Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Kate Moss and Jude Law to indulge in its warm waters and pristine white sands.
A-List Accommodations: Velassaru Maldives, Kanuhura
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Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga comes with baggage. Lots and lots of baggage packed with elaborate costumes, including this interesting creation. Don't travel with her unless you're willing to fork over some money for her luggage fees.
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Mel Gibson
Do we really need to explain why? His infamous rants during cell phone conversations with his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva are reason enough to add Mel to our D-list.
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Russian Hockey Team
It's always fun until someone gets kicked off a plane. The Russian hockey team celebrated too hard after beating Canada in the World Junior Championship. The players were removed from a Delta flight for allegedly being too drunk to fly.
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Naomi Campbell
You may not want to share a taxi with hot-tempered Naomi Campbell. New York City Police filed a harassment report after a limo driver claimed the fashion icon slapped and slugged him while he drove her through midtown. No formal charges were filed.
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Joe Jonas
Make sure Joe Jonas follows proper security measures before heading to the airport. The 23-year-old singer was detained in Abu Dhabi after security officials found a set of cooking knives in his carry-on luggage.
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Josh Duhamel
Don't let the brooding good looks fool you, but Josh Duhamel made our list. The actor refused to turn off his BlackBerry, and he was escorted off an airplane last December. No one's above airplane safety protocol, Mr. Duhamel.
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Kevin Smith
Traveling with Kevin Smith? Be prepared to share elbow room or catch a different flight. The movie director was thrown off a Southwest Airlines plane even after he bought 2 seats -- policy requires larger passengers buy 2 seats. Kevin was on standby, boarded a plane that had an available seat, but the captain would eventually oust him off.
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Dave Chapelle
Think before you make travel plans with Dave Chapelle. While flying on a private jet, the comedian grabbed the pilot's arms and asked how long the flight would be. The pilot made an emergency landing in Pittsburgh after Chapelle freaked the crew out. Dave's publicist said he just had to use the bathroom. Sorry, Dave, but if a trip to the restroom results in an emergency landing, you're probably doing it wrong.
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Paris Hilton
Keep a safe distance from Paris Hilton. You never know what might show up in her "friend's" purse. The celeb was busted for cocaine possesion in Las Vegas last August. At the World Cup in South Africa, she was arrested after marijauna was found in a purse she claimed belonged to a friend. The charges for the latter case were dropped.
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Tony Allen
No travel games for Memphis Grizzlies Tony Allen (far left) and O.J. Mayo. The basketball players got into a fight on the team's plane over a gambling debt in a card game called Boo-Ray. Ix-nay on the card games, guys.
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Charlie Sheen
It's best if you steer clear of Charlie Sheen altogether. He's already started the New Year off in the tabloids, taking Vodka shots with 'female companions' in Las Vegas. Charlie's latest scandal comes a few months after the actor flipped out in the New York Plaza Hotel, forcing his paid trickster to lock herself in the bathroom.
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Lindsay Lohan
You really can't travel with Lindsay Lohan because she's usually spending time in bars, behind bars or in rehab. Since 2007, Lindsay has been busted for 2 DUIs. Don't count on her to keep her travel documents straight either. In May 2010, the celeb told a judge she missed her court date because someone stole her passport after a trip to Cannes. It wasn't because she was partying into the wee hours of the morning?
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1. Whistler, British Columbia
1. Whistler, British Columbia

1. Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler, British Columbia
The 411: Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains, this Canadian destination is one of the top mountain resorts in North America.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Fairmont Chateau, Four Seasons

A-List Visitors: Heidi Klum, Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Tom Cruise, Hilary Swank, James Gandolfini
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St. Moritz

St. Moritz

St. Moritz
The 411: The village is located at 1,856 meters above sea level in the middle of the Engadin valley in Europe. Known for its dry, sunny climate year-round, it's a winter sports haven.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Badrutt's Palace, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, Kulm Hotel

A-List Visitors: Prince Charles, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley, George Clooney, Ivana Trump, Rupert Everett
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Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos
The 411: This Mexican destination offers beaches, world-class hotels and spas, fishing, golfing and water sports.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Las Ventanas, One & Only Palmilla, Esperanza Cabo, Casa Dorado, Villas Del Mar

A-List Visitors: Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Alex Rodriguez, Scarlett Johansson
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Kona Beach in Hawaii

Kona Beach in Hawaii

Hawaii
The 411: With 6 major islands featuring beaches, volcanoes, mountains and a unique culture, Hawaii offers something for everyone.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Halekulani, Kahala Hotel & Resort, Turtle Bay, The Royal Hawaiian, Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Grand Wailea Resort, Four Seasons Maui

A-List Visitors: Jennifer Garner, Rihanna, Randy Jackson, Matt Damon, Ben Stiller, Pierce Brosnan
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Doctor's Cave Beach in Jamaica

Doctor's Cave Beach in Jamaica

Jamaica
The 411: This Caribbean island features beaches and a tropical climate. The residents are known for their friendliness and love of sports such as cricket, and track and field.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Golden Eye, Half Moon, The Ritz-Carlton, Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Royal Plantation, Rockhouse Hotel

A-List Visitors: Michelle Williams, Patrick Dempsey, Sigourney Weaver, Carmen Electra, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Mandy Moore
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole
The 411: This Wyoming town is one of the best-kept secrets for winter. It has the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski area in the US, rising 4,139 feet from the valley floor to the top of Rendezvous Mountain.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Amangani, Four Seasons, Spring Creek Ranch

A-List Visitors: Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Matthew McConaughey, Ron Howard
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St Bart's

St Bart's

St. Bart's
The 411: This French West Indies island is just 8 square miles and home to an eclectic mix of iguanas, night-blooming cactus and fabulous beaches.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Eden Rock, Hotel Taiwana, Hotel Le Toiny

A-List Visitors: Tom Hanks, Mick Jagger, Lorne Michaels, Harrison Ford, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas
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Fiji

Fiji

Fiji
The 411: Fiji has 333 tropical islands, most of them are uninhabited. The islands have sandy beaches, rainforests, villages and a main city called Nadi.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Shangri-La, Turtle Island, The Wakaya Club

A-List Visitors: Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Simpson, Bill Gates
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Miami

Miami

Miami
The 411: This city in Florida is one of the state's most popular vacation spots. It is well-known for beaches including South Beach, trendy nightlife, the Art Deco district, Calle Ocho and Little Havana.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: The Delano, The Setai, The Shore Club, Villazzo Villas, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Mandarin Oriental

A-List Visitors: John Mayer, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce, Martha Stewart, Katy Perry
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Aspen Colorado

Aspen Colorado

Aspen
The 411: Located in a pristine mountain valley at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River, Hunter Creek, Castle Creek and Maroon Creek, Aspen plays host to many events and is known for its winter sports.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Aspen Mountain Club, The Little Nell Hotel, Hotel Jerome, Sky Hotel, The St. Regis

A-List Visitors: Mariah Carey, Heidi Klum, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Jack Nicholson, Oprah Winfrey
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Shoal Bay Anguilla

Shoal Bay Anguilla

Anguilla
The 411: This British territory in the Caribbean is made up of one main island and a few smaller ones. It's a quiet country with beaches and friendly residents.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Cap Juluca, St. Regis, Altamer, Cerulean (a private villa for rent)

A-List Visitors: Robert DeNiro, Denzel Washington, Caroline Kennedy, Glenn Close, Matt Lauer, Sheryl Crow
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It all started in Liverpool where John Lennon formed a band called the Quarrymen with Paul McCartney and George Harrison. 960 1280

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After the Quarrymen, the lads formed The Beatles, and from '61 to '63 they played 292 shows at Liverpool's Cavern Club. 960 1280

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Over 40 percent of the US population saw The Beatles' historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. 960 1280

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The Beatles recorded virtually all of their groundbreaking singles and albums at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London. 960 1280

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In 1967 John and Paul wrote the double-sided single "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever," inspired by childhood haunts. 960 1280

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved into NYC's Dakota building in 1973. John was murdered outside the Dakota on Dec. 8, 1980. 960 1280

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Strawberry Fields is a 2.5-acre section in New York City's Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon in 1985. 960 1280

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The focal point of Strawberry Fields is a mosaic of a single word, the title of Lennon's 1971 song "Imagine." 960 1280

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Venice, Italy
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Venice, Italy

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Venice, Italy

The world's most eligible bachelor finally tied the knot. George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin at Hotel Aman, a historic hotel on Venice's iconic Canal Grande. This 16th-century palazzo, which was built on water, housed Venice's elite for centuries before it opened as a luxury hotel in 2013 (prices start at about $1,000 a night for a standard room). It's a mix of old and new — frescoes hang in some of the 24 guest rooms, but there's also a spa and fitness center. The most romantic part of staying here? Guests arrive via boat or gondola. 960 1280

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Provence, France

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Provence, France

Hollywood's hottest power couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, finally made their almost-decade union official, as they exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval. But this isn’t just any 17th-century estate in Provence, France -- Hollywood’s royal couple owns the enchanting domain that sits on 1,000 sprawling acres in the ancient village of Correns and is reported to have 35 rooms, a vineyard and a moat (perfect for keeping the paparazzi out). 960 1280

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Florence, Italy

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Florence, Italy

The world went abuzz when this power couple tied the knot in a stunning Italian villa in Florence. The 16th-century fortress, Forte di Belvedere, which costs more than $400,000 to rent for a day, was originally commissioned by the powerful Medici family in 1590. With sweeping panoramic views from its walls, this star-shaped fortress was the perfect spot for the wedding of a star couple like Kim and Kanye. 960 1280

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Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, South of France

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, South of France

The Canadian singer and Nickelback frontman exchanged vows in a romantic outdoor ceremony overlooking the Mediterranean coast at the medieval Chateau de La Napoule in Mandelieu. The rock ‘n’ roll dinner reception featuring locally caught lobster and sea bass raged on until sunrise. 960 1280

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Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish, Philipsburg, MT

Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish, Philipsburg, MT

Hollywood couple Kate Bosworth and director Michael Polish celebrated their big day on 6,600 scenic acres in Big Sky country. Bosworth’s 4-day wedding celebration included a modern hoedown, horseback riding and a farm-to-table reception at The Ranch at Rock Creek near Philipsburg, MT. The bride arrived in a horsedrawn carriage before walking down a wildflower-adorned aisle at her mountaintop nuptials -- talk about a fairytale. 960 1280

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Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto, Palm Beach, FL

Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto, Palm Beach, FL

The NBA legend wed the former model at Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, FL (where Donald and Melanie Trump also tied the knot). Built in 1925, the beautiful Episcopal Church was built in the English Gothic Revival style and boasts Tiffany stained-glass windows. The reception that followed was held in a 40,000-square-foot tent (to accommodate approximately 2,000 guests) at the Bear’s Club --an exclusive golfing (and gated) community in Jupiter, FL, where Jordan owns a home. 960 1280

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

The R&B singer and Sports Illustrated model said "I Do" at the Villa Pizzo, nestled in the Italian hillside. Guests were driven in golf carts to the lakeside location in Lake Como -- where they fell in love. 960 1280

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Matt Damon and Luciana Barrosso, St. Lucia

Matt Damon and Luciana Barrosso, St. Lucia

After nearly 8 years of marriage, Matt Damon and his wife Luciana lavishly renewed their vows in the Caribbean. They rented out St. Lucia’s entire Sugar Beach Resort for roughly 50 guests, including BFF’s Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner. Married under thatched roofs at sunset, the newlyweds -- with their daughters in tow -- headed to the beach for a cocktail reception complete with tiki torches. 960 1280

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Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez, Vallery, France

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez, Vallery, France

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry tied the knot with French beau, actor Olivier Martinez, in an intimate ceremony at the Chateau des Conde in Vallery in France’s Burgundy region. Berry and Martinez’s guests partied all night in the romantic Renaissance castle. Fitting for a star wedding, a unique fireworks display, which even included snow and water, concluded the festivities in the chateau gardens. 960 1280

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Charleston, SC

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Charleston, SC

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds exchanged vows at Boone Hall Plantation, one of America’s oldest working plantations. The romantic “Avenue of Oaks,” a 3/4-mile pathway bordered on each side by 268-year-old giant oaks draped with Spanish moss, is just one of the reasons this is such a dream wedding destination. 960 1280

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Fasano, Brindisi, Italy

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Fasano, Brindisi, Italy

Justin Timerlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot at the Borgo Egnazia Resort in Fasano, in Italy’s Puglia region. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the gorgeous 40-acre grounds are fit for a fantasy wedding, with ornate stone architecture and 28 villas, each with private pools and gardens. 960 1280

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Bracciano, Rome, Italy

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Bracciano, Rome, Italy

Though they didn’t end up happily-ever-after, who could forget the fairytale wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes? The lavish nighttime wedding was held at one of Italy’s most stunning landmarks, Odescalchi Castle at Lake Bracciano, where Martin Scorsese and Isabella Rossellini also once wed. 960 1280

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Brooke Burke and David Charvet, St. Barts

Brooke Burke and David Charvet, St. Barts

Brooke Burke and David Charvet had an intimate sunset wedding ceremony on a sailboat off St. Barts. The star-studded Caribbean island is a hotspot for celebrities and a favorite vacation spot for this famous couple. 960 1280

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Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman, Big Sur, CA

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman, Big Sur, CA

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman tied the knot on a private estate on California's Big Sur coast. The wedding weekend started with a rehearsal dinner at Ventana Inn and Spa, a luxurious hillside hideaway with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Turks and Caicos

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Turks and Caicos

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got hitched in an idyllic Caribbean paradise, Parrot Cay Resort in Turks and Caicos. After exchanging vows on the powdery white sand beach, the couple spent their wedding night and a few days afterward at the laid-back and very private resort. 960 1280

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The Beckhams, Dublin, Ireland

The Beckhams, Dublin, Ireland

The Beckhams are often viewed as unofficial royalty, so it’s only fitting that the famous duo wed in Luttrellstown Castle, a 15th-- century castle in County Dublin, Ireland. The couple spent their wedding night at the royal suite in the luxurious castle resort, which sprawls over a lush and magical 560-acre estate. 960 1280

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski said their "I dos" at the grand Villa d'Este in Italy's Lake Como region. Dating back to the 16th century, this palatial estate is fit for nobility, with beautiful English gardens, stalely decor and majestic views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains. 960 1280

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Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Jaipur, India

Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Jaipur, India

While singer Katy Perry’s marriage to Russell Brand was short-lived, it certainly began with a memorable, exotic wedding in Jaipur, India. An unexpected ceremony for an equally unpredictable couple, the Indian-themed wedding was held at Sher Bagh resort in Rajasthan, a luxury eco-resort on the edge of Ranthambore National Park, known for its tiger population. 960 1280

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, Fiji

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, Fiji

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott eloped to Wakaya Club and Spa in Fiji. A perfect star-hideaway in the South Pacific, this private island resort rests upon a 2,200-acre island with a protected coral reef, endless white-sand beaches and blue lagoons. 960 1280

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