Six honeymoon hot spots fit for royalty

On May 19th, the world will watch as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot at Windsor Castle. Everything about the big day is being speculated—especially the honeymoon destination!

National Geographic Traveler Contributing Editor and Travel Columnist at the Globe and Mail, Heather Greenwood Davis, has some suggestions for the honeymoon destinations perfect for the post-nuptial celebrations. 

It’s a spot that has significance; he visited with his mom Princess Diana in 1993. He may want to share it with his new bride. 

Where to visit
Nevis is a laid-back Caribbean destination so they’re going to get all the best parts of being in the tropics: sun, sand and tasty cuisine. The most luxurious spot on the island would be the Four Seasons Nevis. They can book into one of the Villas that are located just a short walk away from the resort itself and still benefit from all of the luxuries that Four Seasons has to offer. Their villa will have views of Nevis Peak, neighbouring St. Kitts and the golf course.  Private pools, outdoor showers, soaker tubs, Caribbean rum drinks and privacy; what more could they need?

Plus, they can take a day trip out to the Montpelier Estate. The Relais & Chateau property is a boutique spot known for offering romance, breathtaking views and 5-star service. Along with rooms and suites, the property offers a villa and full home option as well. From romantic dining options on the beach or in the plantation house, days on the beach or by the pool, they’ll be able to adapt easily to the Caribbean vibe. 

This is a couple that enjoys their privacy. One of their first dates was a search for the northern lights in Norway. Their typical humble choice of accommodations and their typically low-key travel choices will need to be stepped up for the honeymoon. 

Where to visit  
Sheldon Chalet is the newest addition to Alaska’s Denali National Park and a 5-star wilderness experience. The five-bedroom property is nestled on five private acres within the Park on the edge of the Don Sheldon Amphitheatre. Take in the northern lights, head out for some heli-skiing, or host an Alaskan seafood feast while perched 6,000 feet above the wilderness and overlooking some of the most dramatic vistas in the Alaska Range.
Paparazzi don’t stand a chance as it is only accessible by air from Anchorage or Talkeetna and is the only private land in the national park. They’ll have five bedrooms to play with and it comes with everything they need including gear, a chef and a concierge. 

It’s no secret that Prince Harry is a big fan of Africa and he has special ties to Malawi. He spent almost three weeks on the ground here working with African Parks, a conservation NGO. He actually helped with the relocation of more than 500 Elephants across the country.  And recently, he took on the role of the NGO’s President. 

Where to visit
Sure, he can bring Meghan out to show her his handiwork, but they can also make sure to live in the lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed and celebrate the royal wedding at Mvuu Camp – just like the Prince did on his last visit. The camp offers luxurious tented accommodations and morning views of the animals on the Shire River.

They’ve both got a love for the environment and an appreciation for protecting the planet so why not a stay in a UNESCO Global Geopark that is also home to one of the 25 Wonders of the World?

Where to visit
Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Only opened this year, it is the first luxury property on the Lagoon. The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland is set on a private inlet. The 62-suite retreat is set in centuries old lava and surrounded by the famous waters. Each suite has floor to ceiling windows and lighting that mimics the phases of the sun. Lower level suites have private terraces, and some have direct access to the lagoon! At the Retreat Spa, the couple can relax in the steam room built into the lava rock; take a plunge in the cold well or enjoy in-water massages in the thermal waters. Perhaps they’ll indulge in the Blue Lagoon Ritual“a spacious sanctuary of interconnected chambers where guests cover their bodies with the three treasures of geothermal seawater—silica, algae, and minerals.” There are also complimentary daily yoga sessions and guided hikes through the Geopark including exclusive access to Iceland’s lesser-traveled surroundings including lava hiking in a lunar environment, one-of-a-kind Northern Lights viewing tours, and much more. 

This is where Serena Williams – one of Meghan’s closest pals -  honeymooned recently so it’s already a popular choice for high profile celebs looking for privacy and luxury. 

Where to visit
With a stay on Kamalame Cay just off the island of Andros in the Bahamas, the couple can put an end to all past humility and fully embrace their celebrity status. The 27-room, 96-acre resort property is a mix of rooms, suites and villas that are all set against a white sand beach backdrop. The “barefoot luxury” vibe includes personal golf carts, fresh cookies each afternoon, limited wifi and a spa.  Along with Serena, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and others have vacationed here. If the couple times it right they might catch the monthly billionaire’s brunch when the rich and famous jet in from around the globe…for a meal. (It’s a 15-minute flight from Nassau.) Plus, it’s easy enough to book as a commoner  so you can fake opportunities to bump into the celebs that are always on the grounds. 


Before Meghan starts her new life as a princess, a trip to her hometown with her new hubby might be just what she needs! As they will no doubt want the utmost privacy, LAX’s private terminal will keep their arrival under wraps and feel familiar. Modeled on Heathrow’s Windsor Suite, the terminal is the first of its kind in the U.S., ensuring the couple is kept far from prying paparazzi eyes.

Where to visit
They can’t stay in just any LA hotel room. Instead, they can book into the Millennium Biltmore: Presidential Suite. Located on the 10th and 11th floors of the hotel, this 2-story, 4,600 square-foot retreat features 3 bedrooms, 5 marble bathrooms, a full kitchen (in case they feel the urge to roast another chicken), an antique wood-paneled elevator, spiral staircase, library, grand piano, elegant formal dining room and spacious living quarters with plasma television.  They can look out their window at Pershing Square or flip on their decorative fireplaces to cozy up.  They’ll fit right in as royalty since guests who’ve already slept here include Franklin Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Sr., Ingrid Bergman and their own family members, the Duke and Duchess of York. They can stash their valuables in hidden panels, used during Prohibition as a secret liquor compartment—in their suite walls! A helipad means no one need ever see them come or go.  

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