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6 Once-in-a-Lifetime Trips So You Can Honeymoon Like a Royal


Now that theВ royal wedding is over and all the details about theВ dress andВ nuptials have been revealed,В we're quietly anticipating the next big event: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's honeymoon. The Duke and Dutchess of Sussex announced they would delay the vacation to attend Prince Charles' 70th birthday celebration and have not confirmed the location. Sources close to the couple believe they'll spend their first trip together in Africa, where they had their third date.В

Harry and Meghan's choice is somewhat unusual. While Autumn Kelly andВ Peter Phillips, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, went on safari in South Africa, the majority of royal newlyweds have chosen tropical destinations. Prince Charles and Princess Diana chartered aВ yacht around the Greek Islands, Zara Phillips andВ Mike Tindall jetted to Cyprus, and Prince William and Kate Middleton opted for a private island in Seychelles.В

Dreaming of aВ bucket list escape?В These sixВ luxury honeymoons are royal-approved.В

North Island, Seychelles

North Island

North Island resort in Seychelles is the exclusive spot Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, chose for their honeymoon. An archipelago off East Africa, Seychelles is known for itsВ tranquility and pristine beaches, which North Island has in spades. TheВ resort has four spectacular private beaches where guests can join naturalists in examining turtle eggsВ to preserve the species,В The Telegraph reports. A night at one of the entry-level villas costs about $3000.В

North Island

Tuningi Safari Lodge, South Africa

Tuningi Safari Lodge

Peter Phillips, the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth,В went on honeymoon with wife Autumn to South Africa. The couple chose to stay in Tuningi Safari Lodge, aВ five-star resort in the Madikwe Game Reserve.В

Their itinerary was enviable: The newlyweds took privately guided safari tours around the 165,000-acreВ reserve and dined under the stars. TheВ reserve is located on the border with Botswana,В which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are rumored to beВ considering for their honeymoon.В

Tuningi Lodge

Mystique Hotel, Greece

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Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana sailed the Greek Islands aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. While the extravagant yacht is for royals only, you could replicate their island-hopping itinerary. The couple went to Crete, a large Greek island in the south, and Ithaca, off the northeast coast of Kefalonia.

Our top pick? Be sure to include a few nights in Santorini. Mystique Hotel has the perfect cliffside position in Oia, boasting idyllic swimming pools and pared-back suites.

Mystique Hotel

Columbia Beach Resort, Cyprus

Columbia Beach Resort

Cyprus,В an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean, was the honeymoon destination of choice for royalВ Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall. Despite having to postpone their vacation to three months after the wedding, the pair enjoyed downtime at Columbia Beach Resort, a luxurious resort with one of the best vantage points on the island.В

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Furnas Boutique Hotel, Portugal

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew opted for the Azores, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic off the coast of Portugal.В Like Charles and Diana, the newlyweds chartered the Royal Yacht Britannia to explore the islands. If you're looking for an in-land retreat, consider Furnas Boutique Hotel. It's located on SГЈo Miguel Island, which has the largest concentration of thermal waters in Europe.В

Baines' Camp, Botswana

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Prince Harry whisked Meghan Markle to Botswana for their third date, which is why insiders believeВ they'll choose the countryВ for their honeymoon. While the details are still unknown, we'd recommend Baines' Camp by SanctuaryВ Retreats.В The remote retreat in Botswana has just five luxury suites, each with "star baths" and "sky beds" to immerse guests in the surrounds. Heaven.В

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Searching for a budget option? Try theseВ 10 affordable honeymoon destinations.