Staying in a luxury villa while on vacation is awesome. Staying in one where rock legends and Hollywood gods have roamed the halls? Downright amazing. Luckily, that possibility is not too far out of reach: There are a number of A-listers who own barely-used vacation homes and decided to open them up to the public for overnights. So, if you're willing to cough up the cash, you too can live like a celebrity on your next getaway.
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Located in the British Virgin Islands, this private escape has all the benefits of a resort, like a full staff, multiple pools, two beaches, a tennis court and personal chef, without all of the people. Only able to accommodate 28 guests at a time, you'll have run of the island and be able to stay in a 10-bedroom Balinese-style villa perched just above the beach. Each of the bedrooms has open walls, giving a stunning 360-degree view. (There’s even a zip line that transports you from the terrace down to the beach.) Yep, all of this for $60,000 a night sounds like a steal.
Photography: Necker Island
He may no longer be with us, but David Bowie has ensured that we can still enjoy the fruits of his labor for years to come. And we're not talking about his music: The rock star's five-bedroom Mustique mansion can be rented between $40,000 and $70,000 a week, and comes with plenty of glam amenities. Along with a private veranda off of each bedroom, the 6.2-acre Caribbean property also has a Koi pond, infinity pool, game rooms, waterfalls, dining pavilion, gardens, a personal chef, and a staff of ten. Fans can even be inspired in the pavilion called the “The Studio,” which was designed to be Bowie’s island recording studio.
Photography: Mandalay Estate
Situated very close to Marbella, Spain, this villa is everything you'd have expected from Prince—the flashy entrance alone boasts a colonial-style double staircase, marble floors, and a massive chandelier. The rest of the hilltop home includes six bedrooms and six bathrooms, a tennis court, heated pool, and 1.45 acres of landscaped gardens. It's been rumored the "Purple Rain" singer bought the property in 1998 as a wedding present for his then-wife Mayte Garcia. You can feel like a prince, too, by plunking down $5.58 million for the villa.
Photography: Engel & Völkers
Sting and Trudie spent summers in this 16th-century villa for more than 15 years, and now rent it to the public. Located about 45 minutes from Florence, the property is made up of not one, but six homes to stay in, with the Villa Palagio being the largest with nine double rooms. Wander around the Italian countryside, take a dip in the swimming pool, play a round of tennis, or jump in the onsite lake to cool off. Prices are upon request, but all include include housekeeping, Wi-Fi, concierge services, and more.
Photography: Il Palagio
Mustique and music must go together, because the tiny island is also home to Mick Jagger’s Japanese-themed villa—and comes with just as many rock star conveniences. Along with a Japanese-style six-bedroom oceanfront home connected via elevated walkways, you also get two full-time gardeners, one butler, and one chef. There’s an on-site tennis court, a large outdoor pool, a hot tub, and a game pavilion, all available starting at $16,500 per week.
Photography: Mustique Island
With 45-acres of prime real estate on tropical island of Antigua and a 14,000 square-foot complex looking out to the islands of Montserrat and Guadeloupe, there's little guessing why the guitar god would come here for a getaway. You can lounge on one of the many covered terraces, indulge in freshly prepared meals in outdoor dining areas, swim in two pools, and rely on a full staff to take care of your every need.
Photography: Caribrep Villas
If the Afro-Balinese designed home set on 10 acres of beachfront in Turks and Caicos isn't enough to want you to book this villa, then perhaps the famous neighbors will. Keith Richards, Bruce Willis and Christie Brinkley all have properties in the private luxury resort development known as Parrot Cay, but this house takes the cake. Not only does it have an infinity pool, spa, butler services, and a two-story yoga pavilion, but the whole Brangelina clan also vacationed here.
Photography: The Sanctuary
This Bahamian private island is truly magical—and not just because of its famous owner. Here, there are five tropical-style guest houses lining the 700 acres, a private speedboat, beach-side daybeds, bikes, a gym, a championship-caliber tennis court, jet skis, and an outdoor theater called "Dave's Drive-In." But, this über exclusive escape might also just make your money disappear: It costs a staggering $57,000 a night.
Photography: Musha Cay
Leo is all about sharing his homes with the world. While he previously rented out his Greenwich Village pad for $25,000, he also put up his mid-century modern SoCal abode for $4,500 a night. What do you get for the hefty sum? A compound built by famed architect Donald Wexler that includes a six-bedroom, seven-and-a-half bath main house, guesthouse, tennis court, casita, an in-ground pool, and maid service. Oscar-winning status not guaranteed.
Photography: 432 Hermosa