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5 ways to vacation like a celebrity - for less

May 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM ET

Video: Travel + Leisure’s Jacqui Gifford joins TODAY to tell you how you can vacation like the stars at hotels that cost under $200 per night.

Palm Springs, California

A convenient getaway from L.A., Palm Springs has been a celebrity favorite since Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack days. Jared Leto, Katy Perry, and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the new generation of stars seen vacationing here. And the star sightings only increase during the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Coachella. Base yourself at the trendy Sparrows Hotel, which made Travel + Leisure’s It List of the Best New Hotels. Its 20 rooms come complete with bathtubs fashioned out of horse troughs. And even though it has a no-kids policy, the hotel has a camp-like feel with a horseshoe pitch, saltwater pool, and tennis court (from $150/night). sparrowshotel.com  

The trendy Sparrows Hotel in Palm Springs, California, made Travel + Leisure’s It List of the Best New Hotels.
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The trendy Sparrows Hotel in Palm Springs, California, made Travel + Leisure’s It List of the Best New Hotels.

Miami, Florida

With its hot nightlife, chic hotels, and plentiful sunshine, Miami is a natural choice for everyone from Jay-Z and Beyonce to Lenny Kravitz and Kim Kardashian. The Gale South Beach — just a block from the ocean on Collins Avenue — reports that it has hosted Selena Gomez and Adrian Grenier. Amy Sacco’s Rec Room club thumps in the basement, while the upstairs Regent Cocktail club offers a speakeasy vibe and outstanding drinks. The rooftop has an infinity pool, with sweeping views of the city and the sea (from $175/night in summer). galehotel.com  

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

At just 100 square miles, this classic New England island beach getaway is a draw for both politicians and celebrities alike. Who’s been? President Obama, Seth Meyers, Jake Gyllenhaal, and the Clintons, for starters. The 21-room Dockside Inn puts you a stone’s throw from the Oak Bluffs ferry terminal, with wraparound porches ideal for watching boats sail in and out of the harbor. The backyard garage stocks beach necessities like ice chests, sand toys, and loungers. And the hotel even offers complimentary ice cream treats in summer (from $129/night in early June). vineyardinns.com 

U.S. Virgin Islands

These Caribbean escapes conveniently don’t require a passport. The three main islands of St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix offer a low-key atmosphere and pristine beaches that appeal to celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Kenny Chesney, Joe Biden — and the rest of us. At Bellavista B&B, St. Thomas, guests tend to pass the time on the sun-drenched front balcony or lounging along nearby Magen’s Bay. The four rooms are styled in floral prints and bright hues, some with a canopy bed (from $195/night in summer). bellavista-bnb.com 

Montana

Now here’s a rustic, back-to-nature destination that’s refreshingly far from the lights of Hollywood. It’s been the vacation of choice for Kate Bosworth as well as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. If you’re also feeling inspired to embrace the outdoors, head for Yellowstone Under Canvas, a stylish collection of safari and tipi tents just 10 minutes from the Yellowstone entrance. There’s an on-site restaurant, and plenty to do in the area, including canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, and fly-fishing (from $99/night). mtundercanvas.com 

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