The British royal family regularly set trends, particularly when it comes to choosing the very best luxury holiday destinations. Here are some of them.
Part of St Vincent and Grenadine Islands in the Caribbean, Mustique is an exclusive holiday destination where you can soak up the sun, revel in a wide range of water sports and indulge in fine-dining. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate have all enjoyed stays here.
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 opportunities for diving, snorkelling, visiting the spa or just relaxing on the beach or by the pool, North Island is the pinnacle of relaxation. It's 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.
As 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 exquisite ski holiday accommodation.
Courchevel 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 fifty five-star hotels located in France, nine of them are in Courchevel. Great skiing and a vibrant nightlife combine to make this a fantastic holiday spot.
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 Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, situated in the shadow of the majestic Table Mountain.
Buzzing with sun-kissed culture, Jamaica is a popular Caribbean holiday destination with the royal family. The turquoise-toned waters 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 has been known to stay at Jamaica Inn, a marvellous hideaway both intimate and elegant with a private beach.
A favourite of Prince Edward, Carlisle Bay is an 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 the Princess Royal, Azura at Quilalea, Mozambique, is the ultimate destination for a chic, exclusive and unforgettable holiday. It offers a state-of-the-art water sports centre and invigorating nature walks for those wishing to view the diverse and colourful African wildlife.