Tennis champ Maria Sharapova jets around the globe to compete in matches in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. When she's not on the court, the 21-year-old makes time for more relaxing pursuits shopping breaks at Topshop in London, facials at Molly's in Hermosa Beach, Calif., and the occasional island respite.
Favorite hotel: "The Four Seasons in Costa Rica. It is so secluded and has two different beaches. The spa overlooks the jungle trees."
In my carry-on: "My computer, my Sony Ericsson phone charger because if my bags get lost, I would be more upset about losing my phone battery than my new pair of Manolos, a coin angel that I've traveled with since I was a kid, my sketchbook for inspiration, 10 pens because they always mysteriously disappear and my Canon camera. I'm always that annoying person that pulls out the camera in the middle of dinner and starts taking candids."
Worth a trip for the food alone: "Aroma Espresso Bar in New York City, for the halumi sandwich on wheat bread. Don't be discouraged by the weird combination of ingredients it is the most amazing food experience. Also, Koko in Melbourne for sushi, and Angelina's in Paris for white hot chocolate." Best airline service: "Emirates first-class from Dubai to N.Y.C. or L.A. I love the privacy of the room and the cute little candy basket."
Escape destination: "Somewhere warm with great food. It doesn't get any better than Richard Branson's Necker Island. You are surrounded by crystal-clear water, amazing staff and the luxury of walking around on a completely secluded island."
Packing tip: "I always pack the basics first. And never overpack; you are always going to acquire new goods along the way."
Best place to buy antique jewelry: "The Hong Kong Jade Market. The bargaining is the best part they're pretty tough, though. Go early in the morning when it's not so crowded."
By Betsy Kroll
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