The royal honeymoon spot seems to have been narrowed down to a select few destinations. But where will Will & Kate go?
Where do you go when you want a beautiful location, a lot of privacy and have a lot of money to spend? This is the dilemma for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — a.k.a. Prince William and his new bride, Kate Middleton. They’ve reportedly narrowed it down to a few locations, all of which arm tropical, remote and perfect for baby-making. So what spots are they considering and where should they stay if they decide on said spot?
If you’ve heard about the Seychelles but are totally clueless as to where they actually are, here’s the deal: it’s a teeny, tiny country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean; it’s about 900 miles east of the African coast. With a population of 86, 525 (the smallest of any state in Africa), there won’t be any people to bother the new royal couple. It’s so beautiful that it was once even mistaken for the original Garden of Eden.
Why would they go? They vacationed there together in 2007 and are reportedly dying to go back. I guess that means they had a good time being horizontal, if you catch my drift.
Where should they stay? Although they stayed on the island of Desroches the last time they were in town, perhaps Will and Kate wouldn’t mind changing things up ever so slightly. They should stay at the Banyan Tree Seychelles on the island of Mahe, a gorgeous resort that caters to the honeymoon crowd by offering private picnics by the picture-perfect coastline.
#2 Cairns, Australia
Cairns is a gorgeous, green spot in tropical Queensland, Australia. You’ve got the best of everything here: the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree rainforest and lots of sun, surf and super-friendly people.
Why would they go? Wills visited this hot spot back in March, and from the sounds of things, he’s dying to return. “I will have to come back; maybe we’ll have a honeymoon in Cairns? ” he told the assembled group of Aussies. He also professed his deep desire to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef and said he was a fan of the sultry weather.
Where should they stay? To best honest, although Cairns is completely stunning, I much preferred the neighboring town of Port Douglas. You can scuba from either location and Port Douglas is prettier and more homey. If they do decide to go to Cairns, I’d suggest they stay at the Shangri-La hotel in the Cairns marina; for Port Douglas, there’s no more beautiful place on Earth than the Thala Beach Lodge (its just outside the city limits).
#3 Corfu, Greece
Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian islands, and, like the rest of Greece, is unquestionably beautiful. It’s super-romantic based on it’s mythological history alone. As the story goes, the sea god Poseidon fell in love with a beautiful river nymph named Korkyra and kidnapped her so no one else would ever have her (typical jealous dude). He brought her to Corfu where they had a baby and lived happily ever after, despite the fact that she never got to live a free life. Sounds a little familiar, no?
Why would they go? Corfu is the birthplace of Williams’ grandfather, Prince Philip. Also, the 1981 James Bond flick For your Eyes Only was shot there, and what British man can resist that kind of temptation? Shaken, no stirred, Wills.
Where should they stay? The Greco Hotel is a luxury, five-star hotel literally surrounded by the Ionian sea. It’s a little slice of heaven on Earth. In fact, dare I say it, Kate may even feel like Aphrodite while she’s staying there…
#4 Amman, Jordan
Jordan is, again, a small country (sense a theme here) in western Asia. It borders Saudi Arabia to the east, Iraq to the north-east, Israel to the west and Syria to the north.It’s greatest natural feature is the Dead Sea, one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world.
Why would they go? Jordan is close to Kate’s heart; she and her family lived there for a lengthy period of time in the ’80s. According to a report in The Telegraph, the newly married twosome may have booked a private tour of southern Jordan including a visit to the Dead Sea and city of Petra.
Where should they stay? When they won’t be camping out in the desert with royal pals Queen Rania and King Abdullah, Kate and Will should stay at the opulent Four Seasons Amman. Why? Well, have you actually stayed at a Four Seasons? They’re some of the most beautiful, safest overnight spots in the world.
#5 Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
You might not have heard of Necker Island, but that’s OK. It’s a small spot in the midst of the British Virgin Islands north of Virgin Gorda.
Why would they go? The island is owned by the father of one of Kate’s BFFs, Holly Branson. His name: Richard Branson. It only ever allows 28 guests at a time (and those guests are high-end celebs like Oprah Winfrey, Michael Douglas and Steven Speilberg) so the Duke & Duchess would be left in relative peace. Wills’ dad, Prince Charles, has also stayed there in the past and adored it.
Where should they stay? There is only one place to stay on Necker Island, and that’s Branson’s ‘home.’ However, there are two different options for overnight stays: the Great House and the Bali houses. For more privacy (and more sexy time) the royal couple may want to consider a hammock-bearing Bali house.