With the GB royal love story between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reaching its next stage with the wedding on May 19 2018, it’s a frequent conversation piece. Here we look at destinations within Spain (and elsewhere) to enable you to live your own royal love story too.
Pop the question in the Channel Islands
Guernsey’s Petit Port Beach, found at the bottom of over 270 steep steps, is an idyllic, secluded bay with breath-taking scenery, where hopeless romantics have been writing the big question in the sand for decades. Following the proposal, couples can then raise a toast with a pint of Meghan’s Sparkle – celebration ale with a hint of ginger that has been created by Liberation Brewery exclusively for the Royal Wedding period and available in a number of bars and restaurants on the island.
The Megahn’s Sparkle is available at Hotel Jerbourg, a stone’s throw from the most romantic spot on the island. A (minimum) three-night stay is priced from £199 based on two people sharing the Belvoir Suite with breakfast. www.hoteljerbourg.com / www.visitguernsey.com
Become a glamourous city girl like Meghan – in the Spanish capital
For lovers in search of a non-traditional wedding, with a fun and original concept that boasts all the luxury of a big celebration, the historic 19th-century townhouse, Only YOU Boutique Hotel in the heart of Madrid, is the ideal spot. The luxury urban property has both indoor and outdoor spaces that ooze Madrileño city culture. The hotel offers a specially designed Spanish wedding menu, showing off a delicious mix of traditional dishes with modern twists.
Only YOU is offering couples who book weddings during 2018, a Happily Ever After cocktail menu tasting, transfer for the bride and groom from the ceremony to the hotel, a room upgrade to the Only YOU Moments suite including brunch and a massage in at the Thai Room Spa. www.onlyyouhotels.com
Honeymoon like a royal in Palma at former military fortress Cap Rocat.
For a private and secluded honeymoon destination like Megan and Harry will be searching for, Cap Rocat, a former military fortress, is perfectly nestled into the cliffs in a peaceful pocket of Palma bay. Set in 88 acres and stretching along the Mallorca coastline for two kilometres, the 29-bedroom luxury fortress salutes Prince Harry’s military career with a drawbridge, bunkers and suites in former shooting buttresses.
During the day, the honeymooners can enjoy water sports, sailing on a private yacht, horse riding or simply relaxing in the infinity pool overlooking the sea. In the evenings, they can dine in Cap Rocat’s Fortress Restaurant or at the open-air Cala de la Reina (translated as the ‘the Queens cove’) on the waterfront.
Swap royalty for rockstardom in Tenerife
For a rockstar wedding, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife offers everything from small intimate ceremonies near the beach to large blow out celebrations in the hotel’s extravagant ballroom. With extensive wedding services including dedicated wedding planners, a bridal room in the luxury Rock Spa, hair and beauty treatments and luxury studios and suites, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife takes the stress out of the wedding planning with a carefully orchestrated preparation that rivals huge rock shows.
A three-night stay at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife is priced from £164, based on two people sharing a Deluxe Silver Suite on a room only basis. www.hrhtenerife.com
Indulge in Harry’s love of water sports in Fuerteventura
Surrounded by white sandy beaches, sits Fuerteventura’s most luxurious property, the five-star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real. From the hotel, honeymooners who, like Prince Harry, enjoy a sporty holiday are within easy reach of one of the best spots in Spain for Kitesurfing, at the Corralejo Natural Dune Park, found alongside the edge of Gran Hotel Atlantis. Back at the hotel, the award-winning Spa Bahia Vital at the hotel offers much needed pampering, while the tropical gardens complete with a Pergola and the beautiful beach are ideal for long romantic wanders.
Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real offers honeymoon packages which include a welcome bottle of Spanish cava staying in a deluxe room, a special breakfast in bed with cava and salmon, one romantic dinner in the Las Columnas restaurant, and a 15% discount on the spa’s relaxing treatments. www.atlantisbahiareal.com/en
Suites fit for a royal at TRS Hotel Yucatan
The five-star TRS Yucatan Hotel, located in the popular Riviera Maya region on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, reopened in December 2017 following extensive and luxurious renovations, and now boasts a new level of personalised service fit for royalty. Exclusively for adults, the beachfront resort offers an all-inclusive programme that allows guests to enjoy luxury without limits, savour gastronomy of the highest quality and relax in spaces created to reconnect with nature, ideal for newly-weds to spend some quality time together.
The all-suite hotel offers a butler service, cool and contemporary design, private terraces and magnificent sea views – some suites with private or swim-up pools. The Royal Master Suite is the hotel’s largest and most luxurious, set in tropical gardens and featuring two hydro-massage baths – one inside and one on the terrace – and 8m2 swimming pool. Other suites include the Royal Mayan Suite with a Mayan style wooden terrace and outdoor shower, and the Royal Suite Private Pool with an 18m2 swimming pool on the terrace.
Thomas Cook offers ten nights at TRS Yucatan Hotel from £1,489 per person, based on two adults sharing on an all-inclusive basis, staying in a Royal Private Pool Junior Suite, flying from Manchester on 09 December 2018. www.thomascook.com / www.palladiumhotelgroup.com/en/riviera-maya/the-royal-suites-yucatan-by-palladium/