Wedding bells are ringing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they prepare for their highly anticipated ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in England’s Windsor Castle. While the royal couple’s official honeymoon itinerary has yet to be publicized, there are quite a few speculative destinations. From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, the list of romantic places with incredible vacation rentals is seemingly endless. Take a look at the most luxurious honeymoon spots around the world.
With breathtaking scenery and a relaxing, tropical atmosphere, it’s fitting that this secluded island country was Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton’s honeymoon destination in 2011. Composed of a group of 115 islands, this archipelago is situated in the western part of the Indian Ocean, north of Madagascar. Seychelles boasts lush hills and numerous white-sand beaches with pure turquoise waters. Popular activities include snorkeling through vibrant reefs and shipwrecks; as well as watching sea turtles and giant Aldabra tortoises nesting on Bird Island and Curieuse, respectively. Plan to travel to Seychelles during the months of October, November, April, and May to enjoy moderate weather.
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2. Las Vegas, Nevada
It seems almost a lifetime ago since Prince Harry’s infamous Las Vegas trip caught the headlines. To live large Prince Harry-style, head to the Strip, which is where all the magic happens. This extravagant desert oasis is home to unparalleled nightlife, glitzy casinos, spectacular Cirque du Soleil shows, and fine dining at celebrity establishments. Don’t forget to catch a dreamy gondola ride at the Venetian hotel-casino. That said, the best seasons to visit Las Vegas are during autumn from September to November, and springtime from March to May.
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3. The Mediterranean
Following their lavish wedding in 1981, Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales, traveled to Gibraltar to board a 14-day honeymoon cruise. The itinerary included the Greek islands, as well as the Tunisian and Algerian coasts and Egypt. Whether you opt for a cruise just like the Royal Family or prefer an extended stay in one country such as Algeria or Greece, you’re bound for an unforgettable time. Look forward to swimming in the clear, warm Mediterranean waters, and sampling light, yet flavorful seafood dishes. As for when to visit, summer is the busiest season for the region, but spring and autumn are also advantageous, especially if you’re embarking on a Mediterranean cruise.
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Outdoor enthusiasts should venture north of England to the rustic countryside of Scotland. After all, this is where Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip enjoyed their honeymoon in 1947. Featuring lush greenery and historic castles, Scotland is where you’ll want to go for a fairytale getaway. Head to Edinburgh to revel in a city atmosphere replete with rocky hills and a dramatic view of the sea. Best times to experience Scotland are during the spring and fall, which is when temperatures are pleasant and not too warm.
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5. The Azores
In 1986, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson celebrated their marriage by boarding the Royal Yacht Britannia to sail to the Azores, an archipelago near Portugal. If adventure is what you crave for your honeymoon, then the Azores is your go-to destination. The islands offer diverse landscapes composed of green pastures, expansive crater lakes, and extraordinary caverns. Popular things to do include whale watching, surfing, horseback riding, and paragliding. Plan to visit the Azores during the summer because November to March is peak rainy season.
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6. Windsor, England
The destination of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, Windsor is also where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert spent their honeymoon in the 1800s. What’s more romantic than taking a stroll with your loved one through the charming, historic streets of this quaint English town? Additionally, you can cycle around Windsor Great Park; have afternoon tea at Royal Windsor Racecourse; and admire the Windsor Town Bridge, an arch bridge situated over the River Thames. As for the most ideal time of year to travel to Windsor, aim for early June to late September.
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7. South Africa
After their wedding in 2008, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn Kelly chose South Africa as their honeymoon destination. The country’s gorgeous landscapes range from urban skyscrapers to peaceful wilderness. As for activities and attractions, you can take a cable car to Table Mountain for a phenomenal aerial view of Cape Town, or embark on a safari tour to see elephants, lions, rhinoceros, and other wildlife. Due to the diverse environment, South Africa’s climate varies by region, so it would be advantageous to research the temperatures specific to the city you plan to visit.
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8. London, England
Few cities are as obviously royal as London, home to the Buckingham Palace and the Kensington Palace. London offers a plethora of landmarks and attractions such as the London Eye, Big Ben, and the River Thames. Visit London in the fall from September to November to enjoy lovely, mild weather. Whether you want to stay in the heart of the big city or in a quiet residential neighborhood, there are plentiful vacation rentals in London to choose from.
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Since Prince Harry is active with the rhino conservation efforts in Botswana, it’s been speculated that perhaps the royal couple will spend their honeymoon here. This lovely country is tucked away in the southern region of Africa, and boasts copious grasslands, epic dunes, and vast wilderness. Head to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to witness leopards and black-mane lions, or Chobe National Park where elephants, zebras, and other big game animals roam. The best time of year to visit is during the dry season from May to September, or in winter when temperatures are moderate.
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10. Surrey, England
As the location of King George VI and the Queen Mother’s honeymoon, Surrey emanates charm and majesty. Bordering Sussex and Kent, this south-eastern English county features expansive woodlands and rolling countryside. You can explore the many botanical gardens, stretches of waterway, and the ruins of old castles. Plan your Surrey itinerary for springtime since that’s when the weather is mildest.
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The eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall honeymooned in Cyprus in 2011. Nestled south of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus is a scenic island country renowned for its idyllic nature areas and outstanding beaches, which include Coral Bay and Nissi Beach. When you’re not lounging on the beach and soaking up the warm, Mediterranean sun, you can go diving at the Zenobia Wreck, or horseback riding at Eagle Mountain Ranch. Aim for autumn since it’s the season that brings the most pleasant weather, while winter is often rainy.
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12. The Caribbean
With crystalline blue waters, picture-perfect beaches, and an abundance of sunshine, the Caribbean is a world-class honeymoon spot. Consequently, it’s not surprising that Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and Anthony Armstrong-Jones honeymooned here after their wedding in 1960. They took a cruise around the region and explored islands like Trinidad, Mustique, and Antigua. Enjoy a slice of paradise to the fullest by traveling to the Caribbean from December to April for cool, not-too-humid weather. Avoid going in September and October since that is prime hurricane season.
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13. Hampshire, England
Nestled on the English southern coast, Hampshire is the county where Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip spent the initial part of their honeymoon. Famous for its two national parks — the South Downs and the New Forest — as well as its rich maritime history, this region in England exudes romance and tranquility. If you prefer mild, warm weather, plan to visit Hampshire in the spring from March to May.
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14. Lech, Austria
Back in the early 1990s, Princess Diana reportedly took Prince Harry and Prince William to the resort town of Lech am Arlberg for the boys’ first ski trip. Regarded as one of the top ski resorts in the Bludenz district of Austria, Lech is the perfect place for a winter sports-filled honeymoon. Aim to visit this alpine village around mid-April because that’s when fresh powder is deepest.
15. Toronto, Canada
During the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made one of their first public appearances together at the official royal event. Their relationship would come full circle if they were to honeymoon in this vibrant city. Toronto offers the majestic Niagara Falls, iconic CN Tower, and Distillery District, a pedestrian-only area with an old whiskey distillery. When planning your honeymoon, plan to visit in April, May, September, or October.
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