If there’s any time to be treated like royalty, it’s your honeymoon. Whether you’re headed to the epicenter of the royal wedding in London, staying domestic, or bouncing around the globe, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite hotels with royal ties.
The Stafford London. , London
When you’re finished touring royal hotspots like Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, and Westminster Abbey, retire to this five-star, independently owned boutique hotel in nearby St. James. Boasting 105 luxurious rooms and suites, this property was originally built as private residences in the 17th century; number 17 was most famously owned by Lord and Lady Lyttelton, daughter of the then Earl Spencer, who served as a nanny to Queen Victoria’s children. In fact, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara Phillips and her husband still frequent the property, among other notable guests.
Matakauri Lodge. , Queenstown, New Zealand
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be dominating the headlines now, but Prince William and Kate Middleton sure know how to travel in style, too. On their 2014 visit to New Zealand, the couple called the Owners Cottage at Matakauri Lodge home, and for good reason. This stand-alone home is the ultimate luxury, accommodating up to 8 guests (but perfectly suitable for a couple, too) and boasting gorgeous views of the Remarkable Mountains alongside the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu.
Hotel del Coronado. , Coronado, CA
If you’re southern California dreaming, look no farther than the Hotel del Coronado. Aside from an incredible seaside setting filled with sand, sun, oceanfront dining, and an award-winning spa, this resort has welcomed Edward Prince of Wales, and legend has it was at the Crown Room ball where he met his wife, Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson. In fact, the Windsor Cottage on property was once the Coronado home of Wallis, and you can enjoy cocktails and casual dining on the patio while soaking in the history.
Blue Waters Resort. and Spa, Antigua
If you’re hoping for a honeymoon filled with wind, sun, surf, sand, and island vibes, Antigua is an ideal locale, and Prince Harry might agree. He once stayed at this secluded resort during a royal visit, where he may or may not have had the time to enjoy it’s three beaches, several pools, water sports, tennis, and spa.
Cliveden House. , Berkshire, UK
It is said that the Cliveden House is of the most royally-renowned hotels in the world. Alongside the banks of the River Thames, this gorgeous 376-acre estate was built back in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham. Since then, it has been a host to virtually every British monarch since George I. For true royal vibes, opt to stay in the Spring Cottage, where Queen Victoria used to stay and enjoy afternoon tea. The cottage stands alone on the banks of the river, and still has the original “Queen Steps,” which were originally built so the Queen didn’t have to get her feet dirty when she arrived at the house (talk about royal accommodations).
Chewton Glen. , Hampshire, UK
You know you’re in for a treat at renowned Relais & Chateaux properties, and this five-star, country house hotel is no exception. Located in Hampshire on the edge of the magical New Forest, it has previously hosted Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who visited in 1991 and gave the royal seal of approval to the hotel, who was hosting a dinner for the Wessex Cancer Trust.
Hotel Danieli, Venice, Italy
Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world, so if you’re headed here on your honeymoon, opt to stay at Hotel Danieli. Grace Kelly was a frequent guest of the elegant establishment, so much so that they named and designed one of their luxurious suites in her honor.