With the royal wedding this Friday, everyone’s speculating about where Prince William and Kate Middleton will honeymoon. Plans are still top secret but there have been many guesses. The Daily Mail says the Isles of Siclly off the Cornish coast are the spot, People says it’ll be Jordan for two weeks, Bing reports it’s Banff and Lake Louise and The Washington Post says it’ll be the queen’s 50,000-acre Balmoral estate in Scotland, followed by another spot in a warmer clime.
So I think it’s obvious that no one really knows.
But where should William and Kate go after the royal wedding? What’s a honeymoon fit for a king-to-be (who’s trying not to be too extravagant since the government pays for his lifestyle)?
I’d like to make a few recommendations. Here are four amazing properties I’ve come across recently that I think would be worthy…
- The Four Seasons Seychelles
The couple got engaged in Africa, so we know they love it. Why not a royal wedding honeymoon off the coast of Kenya? The Four Seasons Resort in Seychelles has breathtaking views over some of the world’s most perfect beaches. The 67 stilted suites and villas – the highest sitting at 66 feet off the ground – have been designed in a traditional Creole style, including vaulted ceilings and whitewashed interiors with sea-blue accents. Each villa has generous outdoor space with private infinity plunge pools and outdoor showers, both excellent honeymoon amenities. Read more about it in this post I wrote about top treehouse hotels. Rates start at $1,600 a night for two.
- Punta Tragara, Capri, Italy
Perhaps Italy is too close to home, but if ever there was an argument for staying on the content it’s here. This small, 5-star resort was sculpted out of a rockface and conceived by mid-century architect Le Corbusier. It’s owned by a duo of Italian counts so they know what the proverbial “royal treatment” should entail. The spa features luxurious water-based treatments and to continue with the theme, the resort would be the perfect jumping off point for a private sail around the Amalfi Coast, one of the most romantic places in the world. Rates start at about 550 euros a night, but William and Kate would likely go for the Penthouse Suite at 2750 euros a night.
- Royal Palm Hotel, Galapagos Islands
For a more secluded honeymoon after the royal wedding, William and Kate could head to the Galapagos Islands. The Royal Palm Hotel on the island of Santa Cruz is the only 5-star hotel in Galapagos National Park. The hotel is a bit humble in comparison to the others here, but if the royal couple wants immersion in nature, as they had in Africa when they got engaged, then this might be the place. Galapagos is home to an insane number of species and many that only exist on the islands. Rates start at $345.
- Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco
Just opened in July 2010, the Royal Mansour Marrakech is also owned by royalty: King Mohammed VI of Morocco. The king has been on a mission to bring new visitors to his country and what a giant billboard it would be to have Prince William and Kate Middleton show up. The hotel is made up of 53 traditional Moroccan-style homes with center courtyards. The eight-acre property is speckled with ancient trees (some dating back 400 years) and is located centrally in the medina, or old town area of Marrakech with views of the Atlas mountains in the distance. Three restaurants on the property are overseen by three-Michelin-stared chef, Yannick Alléno of Paris’ Le Meurice and a 27,000 square foot spa is available to help work out any tension from the royal wedding. Read my previous post about Royal Mansour and see a slide show of the hotel here. Rates start at $1,850 a night.
Where do you think the royal couple should go on their honeymoon? Let me know!
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