Travel experts weigh.
The engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is exciting for many reasons, one of which is the question of who will dress the bride for the big day and all the moments of discouragement that surround her. Another issue that causes speculation? Where the lovers could spend the honeymoon. Of course, we are talking about royalty, so what is at stake is high. Like Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge before them, who spent their honeymoon in the ultra-cold North Island, in the Seychelles, they will surely select an isolated destination off the table for most commoners.
The continent that elite travel concierges feel is the safest bet in Africa. "Harry and Meghan love Africa and spent their first vacation and real time together in Botswana, and Meghan also loves Uganda," says John Spence, president of the luxury travel company Scott Dunn USA. "However, I think that going back to any of these destinations may be too obvious and difficult to keep the potatoes away." Your choice: Miavana, an ultra luxurious lodge on the private island Nosy Ankao of Madagascar, only accessible by helicopter. (He also has the same designer as North Island.) "The lodge offers wild beaches, incredible diving, helicopter adventures, spa treatments and private villas," he adds.
Jaclyn Sienna Indian of India Charles, who has created tailor-made experiences for former Presidents of the United States, thinks that a private tent in the African jungle, such as Singita Explore Camp, together with a shelter on a private island such as Thanda Island is the way to go. "Everything is served 100% according to your tastes, with private safaris, breakfast at sunset and sunrise, romantic baths and outdoor massages, nothing is more private"
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, in the western sector of Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa, Steve Sims, of the luxury concierge Bluefish, believes they could go, since both lodges (which are owned by Sir Richard Branson) can be reserved for more privacy, and there is a complete team. In addition, they could volunteer their time on the honeymoon.
After leaving behind his shared adventurous spirits and the memory of a night under the stars, disconnected from the world, Spence also believes that the Deplores Farm in Iceland could attract them. There, he says, 13 rooms can be taken exclusively, "and the level of service is second to none, I think they would love sea kayaking, whale watching, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding and even surfing." Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, an ecological glamping complex on the bright blue reef, with opportunities to swim with humpback whales and whale sharks and safari in the Australian outback, is another of Sims' selections.
There are also villas all over the world that netizens consider contenders, such as Villa Manzu in the Costa Rican jungle, where Sienna India says the couple would have exclusive access to a 30,000-square-foot estate with private chef, boat and beaches, plus of activities such as rock climbing, yoga, surfing and horseback riding. "They can also organize unique romantic dinners throughout the peninsula," he says (and follow in the footsteps of the Kardashians, who have stayed at the villa). And the new Soori Bali villa, with its private heliport, could also be attractive. "It's located on 56,000 square feet of private beach and can swim on private beaches, take helicopter rides from nearby private islands for dinner and enjoy incredible spa treatments."
They were finally able to opt for a tradition and a private cruise, as many past real honeymoons have been spent on Royal Yacht Britannia navigating the Greek islands or the South Pacific. But Spence's choice for this new generation of royals is an Alexa Private Cruise, a 100-foot yacht built for two people, which can be rented to explore the remote eastern islands of Indonesia. Diving, waterfalls, onboard massages, fresh seafood picnics on remote beaches and visits to local towns are part of the charm. In addition, "the crew can also arrange a bed on the deck, which means a night under the stars with the paparazzi far away!"