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Top Ten Royal Holiday Destinations

Posted on 24. Jun, 2013 by in Destinations

The British royal family are constantly in the public eye and regularly set trends, particularly when it comes to choosing the very best luxury holiday destinations. Over the years, the Windsors have relaxed away from their royal schedule in regions both elegant and exciting. Enjoy a fantastic vacation in any of these holiday destinations to follow in their regal footsteps.


Part of the St Vincent and Grenadine Islands in the Caribbean, Mustique is an exclusive private retreat that enables holidaymakers to soak up the sun, revel in a wide range of water sports and indulge themselves with some fine dining. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate have all enjoyed stays here.CANOUAN Mysore Beach, St Vincent & The Grenadines

North Island, Seychelles

A private slice of paradise, this island is one of the crowning jewels of the Seychelles. Combining the concept of barefoot luxury with an ecologically friendly ethos, this island is perfect for those seeking seclusion and relaxation. With oportunities for diving, snorkelling, visiting the spa or just relaxing on the beach or by the pool, North Island is the pinnacle of relaxation. A royal favourite too, as this is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came in 2011 for their honeymoon.


Beautiful Barbados has stunning beaches on which to unwind. Frequented by many royals over the years, it was a personal favourite of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. Top choices include the Coral Reef Club, where the scuba diving is divine, and Sandy Lane, where the golfing is as great as the service.

Verbier, Switzerland

Avid skiing fans, the British royal family are particularly fond of the magnificent Verbier resort in Switzerland. Prince Andrew and Prince Harry love to hit the slopes of this magical winter retreat, which has over 400km of ski runs. Stay at The Lodge at Verbier, which is Sir Richard Branson’s choice of exquisite ski holiday accommodationSkiing at Verbier, Switzerland

Meribel, France

Another luxury ski resort given a royal seal of approval is Meribel in France. Private chalets like the Ski Lodge Boreale and Chalet Chopine, and boutique hotels like the Hotel Mont Valon enable holidaymakers to enjoy the excitement of alpine skiing in the day and some relaxing pampering at night.

Courcheval, France

Also in France, Courcheval is an exclusive ski resort fit for a king. Or queen. The British monarchy has regularly enjoyed the sumptuous snow-covered surroundings of this beautiful region of the Northern Alps. Incredibly, of the 50 five star hotels located in France, nine of them are in Courcheval. Great skiing and a vibrant nightlife combine to make this a fantastic holiday spot.

South Africa

South Africa has accommodated many royal visits, with Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret having taken a long tour of its wondrous locales. For a truly memorable experience stay at Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa’s grandest private game reserve, or Mount Nelson Hotel, situated in the shadow of the majestic Table Mountain.Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa


Buzzing with sun-kissed culture, Jamaica is a popular Caribbean holiday destination with the royal family. The turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean are perfect for scuba diving and other water sports, while the white sandy beaches seem tailor made for romantic walks and rejuvenating sunbathing. Prince Harry recently stayed at Jamaica Inn, a marvellous hideaway both intimate and elegant with a private beach.


A favourite of Prince Edward, Carlisle Bay is a ravishingly elegant hotel and the vision of famed hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray. The beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua affords thrilling diving and water sports, while the luxury spa at Carlisle Bay introduces guests to supreme relaxation.  Be sure to try the delicious seafood grill at Indigo on the Beach.


Loved by Anne, the Princess Royal, Azura at Quilalea, Mozambique, is the ultimate destination for a chic, exclusive and unforgettable holiday. It has a state-of-the-art watersports centre for the active vacationer, but also has invigorating nature walks for those wishing to view the diverse and colourful African wildlife. Of course, most travellers include both on their itinerary!

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