Winter: it’s wet, windy and dark. It brings the kind of cold that manages to permeate right to the bones. Think about it, winter depression and winter blues are actual things.

So of course, it’s the time of year that makes you feel sorry for yourself — where you stay inside even when your fridge is looking on the empty side just because you don’t feel like shovelling snowy mush any more. The answer to your problems is simple, do what the celebs do, and take a holiday. But where do they go on holiday and where could you possibly even sneak a peak of them while enjoying the high life celeb-style yourself? If catching a glimpse of celebs is your main priority, a trip to Hollywood would probably be the best bet, but if that isn’t your idea of a holiday, I’ll let you in on a little secret: during winter, celebs seek one of two things, sunshine or snow. So whether you feel like showing off your moves on the ski slopes and enjoying the winter in style, or bronzing your body while trying to catch Leo DiCaprio’s attention, we have compiled a list of the hottest winter holiday destinations perfect to catch a glimpse of the celebs on holiday with you. You might notice that the list is beach destination heavy, because, really, the best way to beat the blues, is to escape winter entirely:

Colorado

If the cold isn’t a concern in winter and all you want to do is enjoy it in style while trying to spot some of your favourite celebs on holiday, than Aspen is definitely the place for you. With picture perfect ski slopes and gorgeous boutique stores, it’s no wonder the celebs love Aspen. And with only one five-star hotel in town, The Little Nell, there’s a good chance that if you stay there and there are any celebs on holiday at the same time as you are, that you will see them. Elle Macpherson, Cameron Diaz, Lewis Hamilton and Mariah Carey have been seen on the slopes and exploring the town.

Hawaii

When people think of an idyllic island location with white sands lined with palm trees and warm translucent waters they think of the islands of Hawaii. With a strong romantic allure, the island has often been chosen as a celebrity honeymoon or wedding destination. Gorgeous beaches and an array of outdoor activities, such as hiking and surfing, the islands of Hawaii are a fantastic holiday spot to enjoy the sunshine and sea sand while standing a chance to bump into a celeb on holiday: Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Britney Spears, Jason Statham and even the Obamas are some of the celebs spotted in Hawaii.

Switzerland

The ideal place to indulge in winter sports, St Moritz is a famous and picturesque resort town set in a beautiful valley called Engadin. In a location that hosted two Winter Olympics, come prepared, because the highlight here is definitely the winter sports. Feel like royalty while enjoying a high tea at Badrutt’s Palace, show off your skills on the slopes, or indulge in a post-ski spa day — this town has no shortage of things to do, and places to spot celebs. Sighted celebs on holiday have been the likes of Prince Charles, George Clooney and Elizabeth Hurley.

Saint Barthélemy

It’s no secret that ‘St Barts’ is a popular locale for the rich and famous. The type of beaches that dreams are made of, yachts that you thought could only be found in magazines, and high-fashion boutique stores are just some of the features of this long adored tax-free haven, not to mention luxury spas and fine dining restaurants. While the beaches aren't exactly ‘star studded’, the destination is full with celebs on holiday who keep their presence on the down low. Keep your eyes peeled though because celebs that have been seen there include Paris Hilton, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Zac Efron.

Bora Bora

Put in the celeb spotlight by the Kardashians in their show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”, this island in French Polynesia is known for its stunning beaches, beautiful turquoise waters and its seclusion. Indulge in sun tanning on tropical beaches, spa treatments, and all the watersports you can imagine. The five-star St Regis Hotel is a favourite among celebs and Nicole Kidman, the Kardashians and Eva Longoria have all been spotted soaking up the sun in Bora Bora.

Calpe, Spain

While it may seem counterintuitive to choose Spain as your break from cold, harsh winters, the reality is that you don’t have to go to the other side of the world for some sunshine and crystal clear waters. While you won’t find it difficult to find snowy destinations during winter, the warmer destinations are harder to find. Calpe’s Mediterranean climate and southern location, ensure that its winters are mild and sunny — it doesn’t hurt that the mountains bordering Calpe shelter it from the cold northern wind. With gourmet restaurants, luxury spas, boutique stores it is nothing short of a celebs dream destination. Celebs seen enjoying the area are Penelope Cruz, Rhys Ifans, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell

If the idea of a winter spent in the sunshine celeb spotting, sans jetlag and the cost of long distance flights, appeals to you, then contact us for information on our luxury hotels as well as the best beaches, spas, bars and shops in Calpe. We will go above and beyond to ensure that you feel like a celeb on holiday yourself. Besides, you never know who you might see while you are enjoying the lifestyle of the rich and famous.