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Top four royal holiday locations

Spend your holiday like a royal

by 23 June 2016

When the royals go on holiday, they do it in style, choosing only the most exclusive and luxurious locations. After all, no one wants to be pestered by the press when they’re trying to let their hair down. If you too long for a private holiday somewhere special, why not turn to the royals for inspiration? Here are five extravagant holiday destinations fit for a king (or queen!).

Courchevel, French Alps

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This alpine village is where William and Kate took their two little ones on their first ever ski trip. Located in the Les Trios Vallées ski region, Courchevel is a destination beloved by A-list celebrities, as well as the royals. Apparently, William and Kate travelled to the French village without telling the press, in order to enjoy some much-needed privacy. If you too want to escape, you’d be hard pushed to find a more beautiful winter resort.

Other than it being favoured by one of Britain’s favourite royal couples, what else does Courchevel offer its visitors? For one, it’s part of the biggest interconnected ski areas on the planet, consisting of 150 kilometres of runs and 58 lifts. Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will be at home here, as 50 per cent of the runs are easy, which is ideal if you’re thinking of bringing your children along. Prefer a challenge? The eight black and 34 red runs should keep you busy.

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Majorca, Spain

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Royalty may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Majorca, but it’s a firm favourite with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. The pair adores spending the summer here with the rest of their family at Marivent Palace. Princess Diana and Prince Charles even joined them one year.

Why you can’t stay in the same palace, you can visit all the spots the royals do. It’s said that the Queen loves shopping at Palma de Majorca and taking her grandchildren to the local waterpark. Meanwhile, the King is a big fan of yachting, so why not hire one yourself or watch a regatta in Palma? The stunning four-star Hotel Salvia in the historic town of Sóller is a great place to rest your head. The views of the valley from here will blow you away.

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Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Queen Elizabeth II has long had a love affair with Scotland, as it is apparently where she feels the most relaxed. She stays regularly at Balmoral Castle, which was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852. Prince Albert felt the family had outgrown the original castle and so redesigned it. Queen Victoria called it her “dear paradise in the Highlands”.

While you can’t stay in Balmoral Castle itself, you can visit the building, as it is open to the public when the Queen’s not there. Instead, we suggest staying at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa – once you’ve enjoyed a few days there, you’ll feel even more relaxed than the Queen! Make sure you take some time to experience the sheer beauty of this wonderful part of Scotland too. There are lots of gorgeous walking routes to complete.

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Seychelles, East Africa

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Kate and William are big fans of Africa, as they got engaged in Kenya. It makes sense, then, that they’d return to the continent for their honeymoon. Having visited before, the royal couple decided to jet off to the Seychelles for the ultimate romantic getaway.

After arriving in their private jet, they then took a helicopter to Desroches, a small island 150 miles from the main island Mahé, to enjoy their honeymoon in peace. With only 50 people living on the island, they practically had the place to themselves. Their luxury honeymoon villa cost £4,000 per night.

It’s easy to see why this gorgeous destination is so loved by celebrities the world over, and there are plenty of other small islands to escape to and explore.

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Spetses, Greece

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The summer home of the Greek royal family can be found on the beautiful island of Spetses. A visit here will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, as horse-drawn carriages are a common mode of transport. It certainly is a relaxing place; no wonder Nikolaos of Greece and Tatiana Blatnik decided to get married here.

The couple chose the monastery of Ayios Nikolaos for their ceremony, and the wedding party stayed at the luxurious and exclusive five-star Poseidonion Grand Hotel. Spend your holiday relaxing on the many secluded sandy bays and exploring the pine woods the island is famous for.

All of these locations make fantastic holiday locations, but if you’re still searching for further travel inspiration, check out the articles below.

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