Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Destinations
We strip down and reveal hidden secrets about the amazing destinations that created the backdrop for the hot swimsuit models featured in the Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Edition.
Pacific Resort Aitutaki (Aitutaki, Cook Islands)Swimsuit models Kate Upton, Nina Agdal, Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge headed to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands for their exotic photo shoot in the Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Edition. Stay at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki, which has 27 bungalows, villas and suites that face the atoll’s lagoon. 960 1280
St. LuciaOne of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, St. Lucia is home to lush rainforests and Sugar Beach that served as the backdrop for body-paint swimsuit models Emily Ratajkowski, Cris Urena, Samantha Hoopes, Hannah Ferguson and Lauren Mellor. These women stayed at The Residences at Sugar Beach, a sugar plantation that just underwent a $100 million renovation. Try one of the 6 restaurants and bars on the beach. According to Emily, you can stake out your own location with a chef who will prepare a personalized menu and a rummelier who will guide you through your options for rum. 960 1280
G-Force One (Cape Canaveral, Florida)Get your chance to be like buoyant, beautiful Kate Upton. Climb aboard the G-Force One in Cape Canaveral, FL, for a weightless adventure. This isn’t a trip for a budget traveler. Plan on spending at least $5,000 for this amazing, out-of-this-world experience. 960 1280
Lençóis Maranhenses, BrazilVisit Lençóis Maranhenses, a 600-square-mile national park in northeastern Brazil. Although it looks like a desert, the park is actually located in the Amazon Basin, where the region gets lots of rain that collects to form lush lagoons. Enjoy the panoramic views in a 4-wheeler and stay at the Gran Solare Lençóis Resort in the nearby city of Barreirinhas like models Valerie van der Graaf, Anne V, Emily Didonato, Natasha Barnard and Bregje Heinen did. 960 1280
Guana IslandGo where gold-medal soccer player Alex Morgan, WNBA star Skylar Diggins and world-class surfer Kate Swim went. Guana Island is an 850-acre, family-run private island resort in the British Virgin Islands. Outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with this wildlife sanctuary, home to 50 species of animals and a dozen hiking trails. The island has 19 cottages and villas and access to 7 beaches. Luxe travelers can rent the entire island for $22,000 a day. 960 1280
Nosy Be, MadagascarJust off the southeastern coast of Africa, Madagascar was uncharted territory for the swimsuit crew. So they decided to use Nosy Be, the most popular tourist destination on the island country, as one of their coveted locations. Royal Beach has several outdoor activities for tourists, including snorkeling and big-game fishing. And if you’re famished after spending time on the beach, go dining on Iranja where most restaurants serve traditional, local cuisine, according to model Chanel Iman. 960 1280
Cape May and Congress Hall, New JerseyThe All-American destination Jersey Shore was featured in the Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Edition to show that beauty still exists even after the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Gigi Hadid and Sara Sampai struck several sexy poses in Cape May, NJ, and stayed at Congress Hall, the oldest seaside resort in the US. 960 1280
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof (Zermatt, Switzerland)Ariel Meredith, Genevieve Morton and Kate Bock stayed at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, a 135-year-old resort that sits at the foot of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Be prepared for life at a slower pace; no gasoline-powered cars are allowed, so guests get around in a horse-drawn carriage. 960 1280
Lake Geneva (Montreux-Vevey, Switzerland)Switzerland’s Lake Geneva was chosen as a photo shoot location because the Alpine views were a change of pace from the beach locations. Model Kate Bock climbed aboard a sailboat and drifted out onto the picturesque lake where the Sports Illustrated crew captured her beauty and the beauty of her natural surroundings. 960 1280
Aitutaki, Cook IslandsTake a journey to the Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, an archipelago of 15 islands in Polynesia about 2,000 miles northeast of New Zealand. The seafood here is so fresh that Chrissy Teigen prepared fresh-caught tuna for lunch. If prepared meals are more your speed, try Island Night at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki. Dinner is accompanied by local dancers, drummers and musicians. 960 1280
AntarcticaWe can only imagine the looks on the (few) faces when SI cover girl Kate Upton arrived aboard Le Boreal, bikini in hand, at the "end of the world." The last leg of her lengthy journey (New York to Buenos Aires to Antarctica) was chartered by the 50-year-old exotic travel company Abercrombie & Kent. 960 1280
AustraliaThere's nothing separating you from the elements at Hayman Island, a jaw-dropping resort in the heart of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where the villas are beachfront, infinity pools have unobstructed views and the canopy of trees overhead is full of exotic fauna. One photo assistant told SI, it "feels like Jurassic Park!" 960 1280
Rio de Janeiro, BrazilBefore 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 960 1280
St. BartsThis 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 960 1280
St. Tropez, FranceThis 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 960 1280
Bondi Beach, SydneyWith 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 960 1280
Cabo San Lucas, MexicoJust 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 960 1280
Maui, HawaiiOf 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 960 1280
Lake Como, ItalyOne 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 960 1280
South Beach, MiamiShe 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 960 1280
Necker IslandRichard 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. 960 1280
Turtle Island, FijiWhat 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 960 1280
Amalfi Coast, ItalyBrad 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 960 1280
Bora Bora, French PolynesiaThe 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 960 1280
Malibu, Los AngelesOf 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 960 1280
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Vieques, Puerto RicoAnother option in the Caribbean is Vieques, a small island that lies about 8 miles east of Puerto Rico. Along with the Puerto Rican mainland, it is a United States commonwealth with a strong Spanish influence. 960 1280
Whistler, British ColumbiaHave your sights set on a Canadian ski vacation? You can hit the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb, but not without restrictions. First, you'll need to travel by land, and second, you'll need either an enhanced driver's license or a US passport card. These travel documents were created in conjunction with changes to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that took effect in 2009. 960 1280
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