By Ben Wheeler
THESE RUMOURED destinations for the upcoming Royal honeymoon are the stunning properties where you could holiday like Harry and Meghan.
Since Royal wedding fever has died down in the UK, attentions have now turned to where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be spending their eagerly anticipated honeymoon later this year.
The newlyweds are expected to make the short trip to Ireland this summer for their ‘mini-moon’ before jetting off further afield later in the year for the real deal.
A selection of gorgeous accommodation, each of which is located somewhere significant to the couple, has been chosen so you can take some royal inspiration for your very own romantic getaway.
Bushman-Rest – Namibia
You will experience true African ambience in this luxury villa, which is located in one of the most attractive areas in Namibia.
On the escarpment of the breath-taking Namib-desert, the first sight that greets you in the morning is likely to be that of the local antelopes and zebras grazing outside your window.
The three-bedroom, three-bathroom property can sleep up to eight people, although the private master suite is located separately from the main complex for any couples looking for some extra privacy.
The property is a stunning original design and features an amazing thatched roof in addition to beautiful handcrafted stone and woodwork throughout.
The extremely private pool is surrounded by and built into the rocks meaning no one will see you, even the dreaded paparazzi.
Namibia is being touted as the most likely destination for Harry and Meghan after the couple spent a significant length of time in neighbouring Botswana in the embryonic stages of their relationship in 2015.
Oceana at Sugar Hill – Barbados
This stunning luxury home is located in the gated community of Sugar Hill and features a spacious interior, manicured grounds and excellent sea views.
The interior has been elegantly finished with curved doors, natural wood windows, coral stone walls and high-end furnishings.
The villa comfortably sleeps up to eight guests and features four well-appointed bedrooms, two on the lower level, a master suite on the top floor, whilst the fourth is located in a separate cottage.
Outdoors, guests can relax in the shade of the covered terrace or sip a cocktail in the sun on one of the lounge chairs that surround the sparkling pool.
Harry has been a regular visitor to Barbados over the years, enjoying several vacations to the Caribbean island, having most recently met Bajan popstar, Rihanna, on the island in 2016 as part of the 50th anniversary of independence.
The now Duke and Duchess briefly visited the Caribbean together in March of last year to celebrate the marriage of one of Harry’s best friends, Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip.
Old Manor House – Tuscany
This beautiful manor house can be found in the heart of Val d’Orcia, a region in Tuscany which is well knowns for its gentle hills and picturesque towns and villages.
The luxury country resort is made up of nine bedrooms that are furnished and decorated with harmony and relaxation in mind.
Rooms are divided into four categories based on what level of luxury you require, and guests can choose to stay in either the main house or annexe, both within the property’s grounds.
Each suite benefits from an idyllic, timeless atmosphere but still with an eye for the modern comforts as guests will be provided with air conditioning, an LCD TV, Wi-Fi and Minibar.
Tuscany has emerged as an unlikely contender for the couple’s honeymoon, largely down to Meghan’s well-known love of the region.
She holidayed in the beautiful cliffside village of Positano in 2016, whilst her once successful lifestyle blog, The Tig, is named after her favourite wine, Tiganello, which just so happens to hail from Tuscany.
Elgin, Auburn House – Malahide
If it’s a royally pleasant mini-moon you’re looking for then look no further than this unique 18th century mansion just outside Dublin and set in 27-acres of serene woodland.
The home has been meticulously restored to accommodate all modern conveniences, set on a hidden private estate which boasts a tennis court and beautiful gardens.
The ground floor also comprises of a welcoming entrance hall with overlooking gallery, the main living room, an immense formal dining room, conservatory and a warm and inviting kitchen.
Elsewhere, there are five-bedrooms at the property which include four doubles and a family room which combined can sleep up to 12 people, whilst there are an additional five bathrooms.
The Emerald Isle has become a favourite getaway of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in recent years, having most recently visited 12 months ago on a whistle-stop tour of Dublin, Kildare and Kilkenny.
Whilst Harry has never visited the Republic, his new beau should be familiar with its charm having visited as an ambassador for the One Young World summit in 2014.
For more information see the properties on homeaway.co.uk