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And they're off! Finally. Prince William and Kate Middleton are honeymoon bound, according to The Telegraph. The newlyweds will be spending 10 days at a secluded villa in the Seychelles Islands, a spokeswoman for the Indian Ocean country's department of tourism confirmed to the U.K. newspaper.

They arrived this morning, and were transported by helicopter to one of the archipelago's private islands. The name of the exact spot has not been confirmed. The country is comprised of 115 islands and is located almost 1,000 miles east of Africa.


According to previous reports from the Daily Mail, the romantic getaway will cost over $6500 a night.

"It's one of the most incredible places you will ever visit and Kate will have the time of her life," a source told the paper. "It's everything you could want from a honeymoon destination and more -- beautiful beaches, tropical seas and complete privacy."


Although the pair were expected to depart for their honeymoon immediately after their royal wedding on April 29, they decided to delay the trip. After a brief weekend jaunt within the United Kingdom, William returned to work as a search-and-rescue pilot, while Kate took up her "housewife" duties. The duchess was spotted stocking on groceries at a local supermarket last week.

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8 Royal-Inspired Honeymoons

Prince William popped the question to Kate Middleton in Kenya. So, we won't be surprised if they choose a Saruni Samburu safari in the Kalama Conservancy next to Samburu National Reserve in the country's northern region. Enjoy game drives to see elephants, giraffes, zebras, oryx and other animals, plus daring game walks, bush dinners and unparalleled stargazing. And, in conjunction with Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees in Italy, the lodge runs a world-class spa, the Maasai Wellbeing Space.

Rates start at $940 per couple per night (two-night minimum), all-inclusive, including park fees, sarunisamburu.com.

8 Royal-Inspired Honeymoons

Historically the royal family honeymoons on the royal yacht -- so, perhaps a cruise would be most apropos. There are few destinations as dreamy as the South Pacific and, on the pampering Paul Gauguin Cruises to Tahiti and the Society Islands, every stateroom has an ocean view, most with balconies. Sailing from Papeete, stops along the way include Raiatea, Taha'a, Moorea and, of course, the beautiful Bora Bora. Fares include gratuities, all dining (even room service), select wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages and a day on their private islet, Motu Mahana.

Rates for the 7-night Tahiti and Society Islands cruise start at $3,997, pgcruises.com.

8 Royal-Inspired Honeymoons

It may take two flights and a yacht to get there, but head to Peter Island in the Caribbean British Virgin Islands and you'll really have arrived. You'll have your own assistant, who will have pre-stocked your room, from the bar to the pillows, based on your preferences (and will even unpack for you). The five beaches include Deadman's Beach, Little Deadman's Beach, White Bay Beach, Big Reef Bay and one just for you: nature-made Honeymoon Beach. Peter Island presents a daily Caribbean-style afternoon tea, but you'll still find your favorite finger sandwiches and treats. Yoga in their spa garden is complimentary. Even with so many activities, spending lazy hours in their hammocks is an absolute must.

Oceanview room rates start at $980, peterisland.com.

8 Royal-Inspired Honeymoons

Is there anything the British tourism bureau would like more than for the newly married royals to honeymoon right there in jolly old England? They'd certainly feel at home at historic Amberley Castle in West Sussex. Completely encompassed by a 60-foot curtain wall, privacy is a non-issue, especially with the gatehouse to the south and the gun-looped tower to the north. Most of the bedrooms and suites are bedecked with four-poster beds, antiques and spa baths, and the sprawling lawns boast a tennis court, an 18-hole putting green and a croquet lawn, in addition to well-groomed gardens and lakes.

Rates start at $296 a night including breakfast, amberleycastle.co.uk.

8 Royal-Inspired Honeymoons

Barbados has long been a favorite for Prince William and Kate. And where else would a royal couple honeymoon on "Little England," as it's called, than the Fairmont Royal Pavilion? Guests staying in the property's new beachfront junior suites are fast-tracked through immigration in the diplomatic area of the airport; they're greeted by a dedicated butler; and each night they can indulge in complimentary evening canapés. In addition to a 42" flat-screen TV, elite pillow-top beds, original commissioned artwork, rain showers, WiFi, traditional Barbadian plantation-inspired furnishings and a media panel, the suites have 250-square-feet of private terrace and outdoor space with direct beach access.

Rates start at $675 per night, fairmont.com.

8 Royal-Inspired Honeymoons

Prince William and Kate have been spotted skiing at Klosters in Switzerland. Want to follow in their tracks? Snowy, sporty types should honeymoon at high-end Hotel Vereina, which dates back to the late 19th century. Bathrooms in the spacious suites with views of the mountains and Silvretta Glacier are lined in Italian marble. After a long day on the slopes, stop by the Aquareina spa for a deep-tissue massage, to indulge in their seven different saunas and thermal baths or to weave through their stony Kneipp waterway. And while the Pellegrini Bar attracts a fun après-ski crowd, decadent Swiss meals in the hotel restaurant are worth the trip in themselves.

Rates start at $401 per night, hotelvereina.ch.

8 Royal-Inspired Honeymoons

This is also another one of William and Kate's top Caribbean spots. There are no discotheques, high-rise hotels or casinos. And no one will patrol the beach trying to sell you made-in-China turquoise rings. With only five rooms, the Firefly is remote and exclusive. But the staff ensures that you always have whatever you need: In fact, in addition to including all meals, the all-inclusive rates also include sarongs, snorkels, boogie boards, a stocked mini bar, a fully loaded loaner iPod, and a cell phone for island use.

Rooms start at $900 per night, fireflymustique.com.

8 Royal-Inspired Honeymoons

There was a rumor that Prince William and Kate Middleton plan to honeymoon in Australia, though no one really knows. But, if you're planning an Australian honeymoon, you'll want to stay at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef. The many offerings include private plunge pools, Bose sound systems for your iPod, alfresco daybeds and, of course, panoramic views of Osprey Island, Sunset Beach and Anchor Bay. Snorkeling off their 24 beaches rivals anywhere else in the world, and their Li'Tya deep ocean renewal facial, a trademark treatment at their Azure Spa, incorporates elements of the sea: marine collagen, kelp, algae and mother-of-pearl extract.

Rates start at $1,444 per couple, all-inclusive, lizardisland.com.au.

8 Royal-Inspired Honeymoons


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