Wednesday, April 20, 2011

PRINCE WILLIAM'S HONEYMOON HOTELS?

HOTELS FIT FOR A FUTURE KING AND QUEEN!
For politically correct reasons, the first part of Prince William's honeymoon must be on the British Isles but there is nothing to stop the Couple of the Century from continuing their honeymoon in some farflung locations across the globe. Hotels.com proposes some tantalising locations where Prince William and Princess Kate might snuggle up after a few days in UK!


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A seaside chapel laid out for a wedding at Kahala Resort in Hawaii. Nope, Prince William is not getting married here but who knows, he might come here for his honeymoon! You can never tell!


Hotels it for a King and Queen...or a King and Queen in waiting!

Hotels.com reveals hotels from around the world where British Royalty have stayed and might do so as part of their honeymoon.

Royal wedding fever has spread across the world since the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was announced last year. Hotels.com has seen a 102% booking increase for London accommodation during the ‘Wedding of the Century,’ and there is plenty of speculation on where the newlyweds will spend their honeymoon.

For political reasons, Prince William and the newly ennobled Princess Kate cannot honeymoon in Pangkor Laut or Genting Highlands as the official honeymoon should be in United Kingdom and ideally in Wales as Prince William is the future Prince of Wales. Rumour has it he will spend the first portion of his honeymoon at Isles of Scilly,off the coast of Cornwall as his father Prince Charles also happens to be Duke of Cornwall as Camilla is officially the Duchess of Cornwall and not Princess of Wales. With just 5 habited islands and 140 uninhabited ones, Scilly isles is easy to cordon off from prying eyes as its population is just around 2,000. Already all hotels are fully booked in case Prince William does turn up. What a wonderful way to waylay the couple of the century should you be on the same island during his honeymoon!


There is a valid reason why the future King might consider Isles of Scilly. In 1989, aged 7, he spent a happy holiday here with his mother Princess Diana and Prince Charles as well as brother Prince Harry. These isles would make a wonderful getaway yet revive joyful childhood memories of the time he spent with his parents. Being islands, it takes a bit of effort for casual nosy-parkers to get there and security would be easily managed compared to a land hotel in the Scottish highlands.


Travellers not lucky enough to get an invite to the wedding can still enjoy the ‘royal’ treatment at these top five Hotels.com hotels where British royals have stayed.


Check out Hotels.com website and the Hotels.com reservations' hotline, +852 2840-0896 (Cantonese) or +852 2840-0899 (English).


Destination: Mustique Island, Caribbean

Cotton House


Cotton House is a five-star resort located on the Caribbean island of Mustique and has long been a popular destination for many English royals. The property is a favourite among the Windsors with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip having visited Cotton House in their private capacity in 1966, 1977 and 1985. The late Princess Margaret came here very often. Prince William and Kate Middleton are also no strangers to the island, having holidayed here thrice. Consisting of seventeen private villas, each with their own plunge pool and dedicated staff including butlers, chefs and house managers, guests are even presented with their very own golf buggy to get around the island.

Travellers fortunate enough to visit this exclusive island will love the seclusion it offers along with the beautiful stretch of beach which offers a range of activities including snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, and much more. There are also other activities to be enjoyed including horseback riding, tennis, spa treatments and scuba diving, making it a perfect choice for relaxation and adventure.

Rooms start at RM 2,400 per room per night. To book a stay at Cotton House, visit: Hotels.com



Destination: Taupo, New Zealand

Huka Lodge

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The splendidly isolated and scenic Huka Lodge---far away from everywhere yet totally luxurious.


Located in Taupo, New Zealand, on 17 acres of parkland and nestled along the banks of the Waikato River, this five-star riverside haven has been favoured by royal members since the 1920s. Voted one of the best hotels in the world, this property is sure to impress and discerning travellers will be left breathless by its unrivalled riverside locale. The property is made up of plush lodge suites and two exclusive cottages, both of which offer secluded accommodation for up to eight guests.

The exclusive cottages have been frequented by the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, The Duke of Edinburgh, Katherine The Duchess of Kent and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Guests can enjoy the superb privacy as well as the convenience of being just a short ten-minute drive away from the township of Taupo.

Rooms start at RM 6,200 per room per night.


Destination: Hanoi, Vietnam

Melia Hanoi


The Melia Hanoi in Hanoi, Vietnam has played host to many a blue-blooded guest, which means travellers could well be staying in the very same room previously occupied by Spain's Queen Sofia, England’s Princess Anne or members of the Brunei Royal family who have also laid their heads to rest here.

Guests will feel like royalty when they step into the luxurious rooms. The twenty-two story property offers its guests amazing views of the city and the many surrounding parks, rivers and lakes. Travellers wanting to arrive in style like a royal can literally fly in by helicopter and land on Melia’s helipad.Perfect should Prince William wish to give the media the slip to Melia!

Rooms start at RM 380 per room per night.


Destination: Honolulu, Hawaii

Kahala Resort

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Travellers can earn lots of bragging rights when they stay at Kahala Resort on the island of Honolulu, in Hawaii. The Kahala has been crowned Hawaii’s most luxurious resort and has played host to royals including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Spanish King Juan Carlos, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Guests will can parade up and down the 800 acres of secluded beach the resort occupies and not meet an unwanted soul. For additional bragging rights, guests can request to stay in the same room where royals have previously slept. With its breathtaking beaches and picturesque mountains, honeymooners desiring a slice of heaven will love this luxurious oceanfront resort with its magnificent suites, five stylish restaurants, world-class spa, private lagoon and an unbeatable asset---a pod of their very own resident dolphins!

Rooms start at RM 1,700 per room per night.


Destination: London, United Kingdom

The Goring


Travellers wanting to walk the same halls as the royals must stay at The Goring, which has attracted British and foreign royalty. Ideally positioned adjacent to Buckingham Palace, this five-star hotel is quintessentially English and guests enjoy luxurious rooms, world-class food and wine as well as a charming private garden fit for a King and Queen. For close to a century, the Queen Mother claimed The Goring as her favourite hotel and during the Queen’s coronation it was used as an extension to Buckingham Palace where foreign royalty were housed.

Rooms start at RM 1,500 per room per night.


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