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Secret Celebrity Getaways

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands - Bought by Sir Richard Branson in 1978 and converted into a private retreat, the island was available for exclusive hire in 1984. There are six Balinese style houses and one Temple House, which enjoys a perfect location in the centre of the island and offers fantastic views.

Secret Celebrity Getaways

16 January 2013

Ever wondered where the paparazzi-plagued celebrities run to when they want to escape prying eyes and the constant scrutiny of shutterbugs. From Necker Island to Jaipur’s Oberoi Rajvilas, here are 7 escapes the stars love

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands Who: Richard Branson, Mel Gibson, Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg Why: Spend a starry night under the open skies on the idyllic private paradise ­called Necker Island. 

The Wakaya Club, Fiji Who: Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Why: Tucked away amongst Fiji’s 333 islands, this intensely private coral-encircled gem offers 10 super-luxurious residences. 

The Royal Palm Resort, Ecuador Who: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Why: Surrounded by 500 acres of lush, tropical forests, the hotel provides privacy and is an excellent option for the discrete traveller.

Taj Exotica, India Who: Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan 

The Gstaad Palace, Switzerland Who: Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, Robbie Williams, Paris Hilton Why: Check into the 99-year old hotel nestled in the serene Swiss Alps; you never know who you may bump into. 

Aman-i-Khás Resort, India Who: Katy Perry and Russell Brand Why: The Aman-i-Khás, with its secluded location around the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park is an exotic romantic getaway in Rajasthan.

The Oberoi Rajvilas, India Who: Naomi Campbell, Bianca Jagger, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Bill Clinton 

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