It’s fair to say that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge know a thing or two about luxurious holidays. They’ve certainly travelled to some incredible places in recent years including the Seychelles, Mustique, Australia and, most recently, New York. Read on for our pick of their favourite holiday destinations so you too can holiday like a royal.
William and Kate stayed in luxury at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, which has a rich history of hosting royals, A-list celebrities and politicians. The five-star hotel, renowned for its glamour and discretion, has hosted prestigious visitors including Diana, Princess of Wales, Mick Jagger, Leonardo DiCaprio and Victoria Beckham. So sought-after is the hotel that former American President John F Kennedy actually owned an apartment on the 34th floor.
While it’s likely the royal couple stayed in the Empire Suite, a spacious apartment with a private art collection, there’s no need to feel inferior as all of the hotel’s 188 exquisite interior-designed rooms and suites come complete with luxury Kiehl’s toiletries, bathrobes and 24-hour room service. Most importantly, you’ll be pleased to learn that a stay at the landmark Manhattan hotel is within reach to mere mortals without royal status.
The tiny Grenadine island of Mustique is as famed for its unspoiled beauty as for its impressive list of celebrity visitors – including Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, Tommy Hilfiger and David Bowie. The Caribbean gem has long been a favourite holiday destination for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have visited the island no less than four times, and was first given the royal seal of approval by William's great-aunt, the late Princess Margaret, who constructed the majestic villa Les Jolies Eaux.
The colonial-style Cotton House Hotel is synonymous with the exclusivity that the island is famous for and services and amenities include picnics with butler service, speedboat trips to the Tobago Cays, cocktail parties and film screenings.
William and Kate have enjoyed far-flung Indian Ocean holidays (and their honeymoon) on the secluded island of Desroches in the Seychelles. The couple first visited in 2007 and William is reported to have told islanders that the Desroches trip was the best holiday he had ever had.
The idyllic and intimate island is just four miles long and boasts just one exclusive hotel – the Desroches Island Resort. The upscale retreat’s sumptuous seafacing chalets and luxurious villas come complete with their own private pools and rooms have verandahs shaded by coconut palms and day beds with enticing sea views.
When the royal couple visited Australia earlier this year, the mysterious and magical Ayers Rock was surely one of the highlights. The iconic site, also known as Uluru, lies in the heart of the desert and William and Kate spent a night glamping under the stars.
Nestled behind sand dunes, the renowned Sails in the Desert resort, named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, is the ideal base from which to explore the Australian outback. The resort’s décor is inspired by local Aboriginal heritage and culture, while dining experiences include romantic banquets under the stars.