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Paul McCartney honeymoons in Mustique at Mick Jagger’s villa

Paul McCartney, who married New Jersey heiress Nancy Shevell on October 9, is “getting by with a little help from his friends.”

Well, getting by is a bit of an understatement. After tying the knot on what would have been John Lennon’s 71st birthday, McCartney and Shevell are actually “living big” on their honeymoon at Mick Jagger’s Japanese-style, six-bedroom home in Mustique.

Since paparazzi are banned from this privately-owned island, the happy couple are enjoying some down time far from headlines. Their small family wedding, held on the steps of London’s Marylebone Register Office, the same place McCartney married Linda, included 30 some family members who showered the engaged-since-May couple with rose petals. Beatrice, McCartney’s daughter with Heather Mills, was the flower girl and Stella, his daughter with Linda, designed the wedding dress. And in true, Paul McCartney fashion, he sang a beautiful ballad for his new bride.

As for the private honeymoon at fellow musician’s Mustique retreat, McCartney and bride are enjoying the koi pond, the pavilions and the roar of the ocean that back up to the rambling villa.

And, of course, they’ve been unable to resist a stop-off at Basil’s Bar, the former rum shack where everyone from Prince William (he drank Prince’s Poison and, with a couple friends, belted out Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds”) to the Beckhams (no report on their drink of choice) have knocked back a cocktail or two.

With little more than 500 or so permanent residents, this exclusive island, a short 50-minute flight from Barbados, became a hotspot for the glitterati after Scottish aristocrat Colin Tennant, who bought the whole island in 1958, presented Princess Margaret with a 10-acre parcel of it as a wedding present.

It was also Tennant that gave Basil Charles, the now well-known owner of Basil’s Bar, his start. Born to a poor family on nearby St. Vincent’s, Charles was hired by Tennant in the 60’s as a barman at the Cotton House, at that time, the island’s only hotel. Charles, who was able to charm the mercurial Tennant, ended up marrying British aristocrat Virginia Lyon Royston soon after her husband died unexpectedly in 1973, chumming around with Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon and eventually buying out the open-faced beach club that today reigns as the heartbeat of Mustique night life.

Like the McCartneys, most guests to Mustique rent out private villas, mostly-owned by people whose names you’d recognize. More like compounds than villas, these pricy properties come with between two to nine bedrooms, a full staff including a butler and a “mule,” the island term for a golf cart which is how people get around the three by one-mile island.

Others who have enjoyed Mustique’s laidback vibe include Hugh Grant, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Paul Newman, Amy Winehouse and about every pedigreed royal in the United Kingdom. At Christmas, Jagger has even been known to dress like an elf and pass out treats to needy kids.

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Sundance Central (aka Stein Erickson Lodge) wins America’s best spa

Readers of Conde Nast just chose The Spa at Stein Erickson Lodge as the numero uno spa in the country. That’s no big surprise to Katherine Heigl who married musician Josh Kelley there in 2007. Or to the lucky few who score rooms there during the Sundance Film Festival. During those ten high-octane days, it’s booked years ahead by the elite and the lucky.

Nestled mid-mountain at Silver Lake Village at the Deer Valley Resort, this snazzy five-star, five-diamond property with its 145 fireplaces pampers during the winter with ski butlers carrying guests’ skis and pastry chefs welcoming guests with handcrafted Belgian and French chocolate.

But it’s even better in the summer because a) rates are much lower and b) you can actually recognize any stars you happen to bump into. During the winter, they’re in cognito hidden their ski goggles and warm hats.

As for that spa that just pulled down the top spot, it provides head-to-toe pampering in 20,000-square feet of lush. There’s a calming rain bar, Vichy showers, couples’ massages and an ashiatsu massage where your masseuse walks upon and down your body.

Click here for more info on this amazing resort near Park City, Utah.

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian celebrate wedding at Malibu’s Moonshadows

The Travel Channel pegged it as one of the world’s sexiest beach bars. Mel Gibson picked it as the place to drink vodka and tequila the night of his infamous arrest. And LeAnn Rimes and new hubby Eddie Cibrian chose it last Saturday as the spot for a post-wedding brunch.

The cobalt blue bar at Moonshadows in Malibu, California was once a popular hangout for surfer dudes. But ever since Italian-born Andrea Bullo took the reins, Moonshadows and its shell lamps, understated Japanese décor and umbrella-dotted patio that hangs over the Pacific Ocean has become an upscale spot to enjoy innovative cuisine and toast the always-brilliant California sunset.

Rimes and Cibrian showed up at Moonshadows in a classic Chevy Corvette convertible to meet 40 friends. Already, they’d surprised many of their friends and family who, thinking they were coming to a late engagement party (the duo first announced their engagement December 27), discovered Friday they were there at the private Malibu home to watch the couple trade “I Do’s.”

On both occasions, Rimes wore white. On Friday, she wore a handmade Reem Acra (along with a quarter-million dollar art deco brooch with 25 carats of diamonds, 10-carat diamond earrings and three wedding bands representing Cibrian and young sons Mason and Jake) and at Moonshadows, she wore a revealing white crocheted Pucci dress with matching crocheted bag.

Click here for more on this notorious Malibu restaurant.