Athletes are used to spending blood, sweat, and tears just to get a win. When you think about it, they're not all that glamorous on the job — they're covered in mud on the football field, sliding into home base on the dirt, or sweating through a down-to-the-minute game on the basketball court. But being so willing to beat themselves up comes with lofty rewards, not the least of which is more vacation than almost any other job on the planet. And their hefty paychecks afford them as much luxury as possible as they shake off last season on a white sandy beach, cocktail in hand.
Just as they know what it takes to score a touchdown or win a Grand Slam, these stars know where to go to get away from it all in style. Who wouldn't want to be as gleeful as Tom Brady was when he sped down a water slide at a super-exclusive resort in Mexico? And who would turn down the unbridled, old school luxury of Roger Federer's favorite New York hotel, The Carlyle? Regardless of whether they're traveling for work or pleasure, sports stars don't book stays for the hot breakfasts.
Ron Artest, for example, has discovered the sumptuous (and seductive) surroundings of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel since becoming an LA Laker, and when David Beckham is bending balls for AC Milan, he prefers the out-of-this-world luxury at Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano.
So whether you’re in the market for some serious athlete-spotting or are hunting for your next super-splurge holiday, here are ten top sports stars that really know how (and where) to get away. All you need next is that first endorsement deal.