Holiday like a Royal with Booking.com
When it comes to holidays, nobody does it quite as well as the British Royal Family. From exploring beautiful Botswana to blissful Balmoral, the world truly is their oyster. With all eyes on Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle this May, why not take some holiday inspiration from one of the most famous families in the world and holiday like a royal?
Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has delved into its more than 1.7 million properties in over 130,000 destinations across the globe to present some of the best royal getaways to visit. So whether you are looking to soak up the sun on luxury golden beaches or relax in your chalet after a day out on the slopes, Booking.com brings you six destinations fit for a King or Queen.
In keeping with their safari-themed proposal, it is now rumoured that Harry and Meghan will be spending their honeymoon in Namibia. With stunning mountain backdrops and vast swathes of desert land to witness elephants and big cats in their natural habitat, it is no wonder this is the ideal honeymoon destination for the soon-to-be newlyweds.
Where to stay: Rumoured to be the actual accommodation that Harry and Meghan will stay in for their honeymoon, Shipwreck Lodge is an ultra-exclusive getaway in Möwebaai. With sea views on one side and a backdrop of sand dunes on the other, this is the perfect location for a secluded safari stay.
St Bart’s, Caribbean
Glamourous St Bart’s is a favourite of the rich and famous and, with its beautiful beaches, designer boutiques and luxury restaurants, it’s no wonder Princess Beatrice opts to holiday here in the summer.
Where to stay: Hotel Christopher Saint Barth is one of the bestselling hotels in Gustavia due to its exceptional service which makes guests feel like royalty. Embrace the lavish St Bart’s lifestyle as you take a dip in the infinity pool, which overlooks the glistening Caribbean Sea. The secluded location makes it the perfect spot to unwind.
Experience the high life – literally – within this quaint, mountainside village. A winter wonderland favourite of Kate and Wills, Méribel comes complete with dramatic views, alpine chalets and world-class shopping for the non-skiers.
Where to stay: Hôtel Alpen Ruitor is located in the heart of the Three Valleys and offers panoramic views of snowy scenery and a south-facing terrace to unwind after a hard day’s skiing.
Known affectionately as the location where Harry and Meghan decided to wed, Botswana is a fantastic holiday destination for those who have always dreamed of a safari adventure.
Where to stay: The four-star Masa Square Hotel is ideally located just a short 10-minute drive from the Gaborone Game Reserve where you can gaze on in awe at wildlife in their natural habitat. After a day of wildlife spotting, relax on the hotel’s rooftop pool terrace and enjoy a well-earned meal at one of the two on-site restaurants.
Balmoral in Scotland has always held a dear place in the heart of the Royals. An annual summer holiday spot, Balmoral Castle within the Cairgnorms National Park has been in the royal family for more than 160 years and is a trip filled with fishing, barbecuing and dog walking.
Where to stay: Also located within Cairngorms National Park is the five-star Glendavan House. Overlooking the stunning Loch Davan, this luxurious B&B is a former shooting lodge complete with original Victorian features, but updated with state-of-the-art modern facilities.
Kate and Will famously spent their honeymoon in the Seychelles after marrying in 2011, and it is not hard to see why. With a collection of 115 unique islands to discover, you’ll find white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and exotic wildlife such as giant tortoises in this archipelago of islands.
Where to stay: The Banyan Tree is located on Mahe Island and offers luxurious villas with private pools and direct access to the beach. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the outdoor seating area is the perfect place to watch the sunset with your loved one.
This exclusive ski resort is a playground for the rich and famous, with its luxurious chalets and wine caves – even attracting celebrities such as The Beckhams, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jude Law. The Duchess of York and Prince Andrew brought a chalet here last year and regulars include Princess Mary and Prince Frederick of Denmark.
Where to stay: The W has 6 luxurious chalets in the centre of Verbier, boasting contemporary alpine design, beautiful mountain views and offers ski-to-door access. Guests can warm up in the luxury spa after a hard day on the slopes or opt for a relaxing end-of-day swim in the heated outdoor pool. Breakfast is served every morning and guests can enjoy dinner at the Arola Restaurant, serving Mediterranean and traditional Alpine cuisine by renowned chef Sergi Arola.
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