With a spring wedding lined up for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, excitement is already at fever pitch about the couple’s plans. But forget the dress, the big question is where will Prince Harry go on honeymoon?
The world is at their feet – so we’ve got five perfect honeymoon ideas to narrow it down.
Back to Botswana
The couple have already holidayed in the country twice, which Prince Harry has called his second home. Even Meghan’s ring comes from this part of Africa, so where better to celebrate the start of newly married life?
And where better to step away from the royal spotlight than out in the bush, staying in the romantic camps of the Okavango Delta, as well as the chance to spot wildlife on a boat safari or quad biking on the salt pans.
Original Travel has a string of luxury lodges, including the Skybeds, high in the trees of the Khwai Private Reserve.
The islands already have the royal seal of romantic approval, with William and Kate honeymooning here after their own grand wedding, as well as A-list agreement from stars including George Clooney. Why follow in someone else’s footsteps when you can have your own private island though?
Specialists Just Seychelles has several luxurious retreats which are perfect for anyone trying to escape the cameras – and while the Clooneys loved Fregate Island and the Cambridges’ chose North Island, the couple could top both with spectacular Cousine Island, a private nature reserve off Praslin that’s home to just four luxury villas.
Party in Brazil
Harry is known for his love of a great night out – so why should his honeymoon be any different? For the perfect mix of buzzing nightlife and blissful romance, it’s hard to beat Brazil. The party starts in Rio de Janeiro – luxury specialist Dehouche has an ocean-view penthouse as well as design hotels on Ipanema beach, with a concierge to organise access to the best bars, clubs and restaurants plus helicopters and speedboats to whisk the couple around.
Then how about the drum beats of Salvador with its strong African influences or the nightlife and chic of Trancoso before some beach time to recover – the island of Fernando de Noronha has three members of staff for every guest.
Somehow I can’t see Prince Harry being content to lie on a beach for a fortnight… so what better honeymoon than a destination that mixes adventure and plenty of luxury?
Head to Indonesia and you could spot Komodo dragons during a cruise around the Komodo Islands on a yacht for two, stopping at secluded white sand beaches before having dinner a deux by the sea.
Then hide away in the forests of Sumba, with its surfing and swimming with turtles, as well as treks to hidden waterfalls before returning to a luxurious suite at Nihi Sumba Island. Or venture right off the beaten track into Eastern Indonesia on the Tiger Blue, a traditional phinisi yacht sailing to some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling among the remote islands of the archipelago. All available to book with Exsus.
Hopping onto the royal yacht and taking a cruise around the Caribbean was a royal post-wedding tradition at one point – and even if that’s not an option, hopping between a few of the idyllic islands certainly is.
Essential Detail has just nine hand-picked hotels on its books, all privately owned with plenty of boutique style. Escape to the Grenadines and the tiny island of Bequia or for some barefoot bliss on the private Young Island just off St Vincent, before checking into a resort on one of the quieter coves of neighbouring Barbados or St Lucia.
For more romantic ideas visit 101 Honeymoons
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