We recommend three soul-stirring honeymoon resorts for the Royal couple, a world away from cocktail-umbrella, white-sandy clichés — a version of this appears in ES magazine, this week.
When you’re the world’s most high-profile newlyweds in desperate need for privacy and romance, where on earth to escape to? There’s pressure to plan luxurious and indulgent escapes — but one imagines this dynamic duo don’t just crave exclusivity and opulence, these experientialists will want an action-filled exotic adventure which also pays it forward. Romance-drenched holidays which lay on seductive sunsets and dreamy breakfasts in bed, while being as philanthropic as they are aphrodisiacal. So follow us — and maybe them — to a rugged Canadian island, on a culturally-edifying mountain circuit in the world’s happiest country and for a spell amid cinematic dunes in the first African country to have added the protection of the environment to its constitution. Intelligent sustainable luxury just got very, very sexy.
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada
This attention-grabbing architectural beauty on Canada’s wave-lashed remote rocky easternmost isle is a game-changer thanks to its considerate contemporary design. This Newfoundland setting is a world away from the landscape Harry’s grandmother, Elizabeth II, would have seen when she visited Gander, the gateway to Fogo Island, on her Royal Tour of 1959 and when Harry's parents, Charles and Diana, visited in 1983 on the 400th anniversary of Canada becoming a British colony. All 29 romantic suites have floor-to-ceiling screensaver-worthy views of the Atlantic ocean but the two-story Flat Earth Suite at the fore of the Inn is the ultimate perch, jutting out over on a rocky outcrop like the prow of a ship. Inside, the Scandi-smooth hand-crafted furniture, bespoke illustrated wallpaper highlights the bigger picture to revive a once-fishing-reliant economy through sophisticated hand-crafted furniture and hyperlocal, often witty cuisine. Since Harry’s a licensed helicopter pilot, he can flaunt his flying skills by escort his new bride to Little Fogo Island to see the unrivalled number of puffins that return each spring and summer — fitting since this species that pairs with their mate for life. Giant-squid fishing and iceberg spotting should akso give newlyweds something to reminisce about well into retirement, and if they run out of chat, a private cinema and art gallery will help keep them amused. Since Meghan who’s spent a lot of time in Toronto filming Suits is a lover of fine wine, she’ll also love Fogo’s extensive local and international collection. They can toast eighth-generation islander Zita Cobb who made millions in the tech industry then created this unique luxury hotel in these far-flung Canadian wilds to refloat the local community’s struggling economy, helping show how hospitality can be a happily ever after for all.
Fogo Island Inn £1,300 a night (fogoislandinn.ca — book a trip through Discover the World discover-the-world.co.uk)
Amankora, Himalaya, Bhutan
This Switzerland-sized Himalayan nation serves up seriously spirit-lifting R&R at 8,000 feet — especially if you experience a journey through with Aman.
Aman’s five nature-linked lodges dotted along these peaks along the west-east axis promise transformative journeys steeped in Tibetan-Buddhist mysticism. When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Bhutan in 2016, they fell in love with the Kingdom of the Dragon. It would be an enchanting expedition fit for Harry and Meghan just now, since the weather in Bhutan is best from March through to August. Amankora honeymooners are invited to renew their vows the Bhutanese way since Monks host a mantra-soundtracked ceremony at a sacred 7th-century Buddhist temple to ensure a long married life. Pause at Amankora Punakha (east of the Dochu La Pass and north of the jacaranda-scented Punakha Dzong) and pinch yourself at the lookout over emerald-green forests and glacial valleys from the new 30m infinity pool. Inspired itineraries are tailored to guests’ wildest fantasies and this intimate, elegant eight-suite farmhouse-style lodge at Amankora Punakha begs to be booked out exclusively so that VIP residents can have those soul-stirring panoramas and enriching experiences all to themselves.
Amankora from £1,500 a night (aman.com — book trip through Wild Frontiers wildfrontierstravel.com)
Wolwedans Dune Camp, Namibia
Tangerine-toned boulders, otherworldly arid plains and ancient mountains make up the dramatic scenery of the 170,000-hectare NamibRand Nature Reserve. Home to the moon-shaped Namib Desert, the enormous Sossusvlei dunes, deep canyons, sweeping coastline and some of the world’s most captivating wildlife, Namibia is a celebration of space and seclusion, perfect for high-profile folks seeking peace from the paps. Harry and Meghan both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa and the Prince is a dedicated patron for Rhino Conservation Botswana as well as a supporter of anti-poaching programmes in nearby South Africa. Evoking a true sense of place and ensuring memorable moments both inside and out Wolwedans Dune Camp’s most classic accommodation is Boulders Safari Camp. The interior design is laced with local handicrafts and the mountain-facing terraces showcase the theatre of Namibia’s wealth of wandering animals including elephants, lions, giraffes and the endangered black rhino. Just-married twosomes couldn't ask for happier sundowners than here on the dunes and suppers under the stars on a private deck.
Boulders Safari Camp from £510 a night (wolwedans.com — trips bookable through Abercrombie & Kent www.abercrombiekent.co.uk)