Richard Branson 'Glad to Be Alive' After Fire Destroys Necker Island Getaway


Necker Island is also a favorite of the royals, said Ericka Souter, a staff writer at US Weekly. "It's a playground for royalty, and there are reports that Princess Diana and Sarah 'Fergie' Ferguson both enjoyed time on the island."

Royal expert Katie Nicholl said, "Diana would take William and Harry to Necker very regularly, largely because she knew they couldn't be spied on. That paparazzi couldn't get anywhere near."

Years later, Kate Middleton came to Necker during a brief split with now-husband Prince William.

The island oasis is a popular wedding destination. Larry Page, Google's co-founder, was married there in 2007 -- the same year as comedian Jimmy Fallon -- and newlyweds Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnilow recently celebrated their nuptials there as well.

The celebrity haven -- which was the locale of the 2010 Victoria's Secret catalogue shoot -- has also hosted Victoria and David Beckham (who reportedly celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on its private beaches), media magnate Oprah Winfrey, and leading men Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford, to name just a few.

A night at the resort can be had for about $47,000 a day, complete with access to the staff of 60 (more than two staff members for each guest), as well as endless food, drink and resort activities.

Regardless of the hefty price tag, "it's one of the most sought-after Hollywood destinations," US Weekly's Souter said. "It's not like going to Jamaica; it's secluded, it's beautiful and private. It really is the perfect experience for a celebrity who wants to enjoy the sunshine and seclusion."

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