6 Once-in-a-Lifetime Trips So You Can Honeymoon Like a Royal
Now that the royal wedding is over and all the details about the dress and nuptials have been revealed, we're quietly anticipating the next big event: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's honeymoon. The Duke and Dutchess of Sussex announced they would delay the vacation to attend Prince Charles' 70th birthday celebration and have not confirmed the location. Sources close to the couple believe they will spend their first trip together in Africa, where they had their third date.
Harry and Meghan's choice is somewhat unusual. While Autumn Kelly and Peter Phillips, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, went on safari in South Africa, the majority of royal newlyweds have chosen tropical destinations. Prince Charles and Princess Diana chartered a yacht around the Greek Islands, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall jetted to Cyprus, and Prince William and Kate Middleton opted for a private island in Seychelles.
Dreaming of a bucket list escape? These six luxury honeymoons are royal-approved.
North Island, Seychelles
North Island resort in Seychelles is the exclusive spot Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, chose for their honeymoon. An archipelago off East Africa, Seychelles is known for its tranquility and pristine beaches, which North Island has in spades. The resort has four spectacular private beaches where guests can join naturalists in examining turtle eggs to preserve the species, The Telegraph reports. A night at one of the entry-level villas costs about $3000.
Tuningi Safari Lodge, South Africa
Peter Phillips, the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth, went on honeymoon with wife Autumn to South Africa. The couple chose to stay in Tuningi Safari Lodge, a five-star resort in the Madikwe Game Reserve.
Their itinerary was enviable: The newlyweds took privately guided safari tours around the 165,000-acre reserve and dined under the stars. The reserve is located on the border with Botswana, which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are rumored to be considering for their honeymoon.
Mystique Hotel, Greece
Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana sailed the Greek Islands aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. While the extravagant yacht is for royals only, you could replicate their island-hopping itinerary. The couple went to Crete, a large Greek island in the south, and Ithaca, off the northeast coast of Kefalonia.
Our top pick? Be sure to include a few nights in Santorini. Mystique Hotel has the perfect cliffside position in Oia, boasting idyllic swimming pools and pared-back suites.
Columbia Beach Resort, Cyprus
Cyprus, an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean, was the honeymoon destination of choice for royal Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall. Despite having to postpone their vacation to three months after the wedding, the pair enjoyed downtime at Columbia Beach Resort, a luxurious resort with one of the best vantage points on the island.
Furnas Boutique Hotel, Portugal
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew opted for the Azores, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic off the coast of Portugal. Like Charles and Diana, the newlyweds chartered the Royal Yacht Britannia to explore the islands. If you're looking for an in-land retreat, consider Furnas Boutique Hotel. It's located on São Miguel Island, which has the largest concentration of thermal waters in Europe.
Baines' Camp, Botswana
Prince Harry whisked Meghan Markle to Botswana for their third date, which is why insiders believe they'll choose the country for their honeymoon. While the details are still unknown, we'd recommend Baines' Camp by Sanctuary Retreats. The remote retreat in Botswana has just five luxury suites, each with "star baths" and "sky beds" to immerse guests in the surrounds. Heaven.
Searching for a budget option? Try these 10 affordable honeymoon destinations.