As the royal newlyweds jet off on their honeymoon, we take a look at their fairy-tale romance!
St. Andrews: Where they met!
Prince William and Kate Middleton first met back in 2001 at St. Salvator’s Hall, their residence at the University of St. Andrews, located on Scotland’s windswept east coast. Today’s students pay around $8,700 per year to bunk down in Will and Kate’s old dorms at the 600-year-old school.
STAY AT ST. ANDREWS: Re-create Will and Kate’s university experience with a stay at the university’s en suite New Hall residences from June 10 to Sept. 10, from just $81 per night. (discoverstandrews.com)
HIT THE LINKS: Tee off at the world-famous St. Andrew’s golf course. (standrews.org.uk)
Klosters : The first public kiss!
In January 2006, Will and Kate finally confirmed they were dating when the prince planted a kiss on his future bride in full view of photographers. As guests of Will’s father, Prince Charles, the couple stayed in a luxurious chalet with a private cook and butler that cost a reported $64,000 a week!
KLOSTERS ON A BUDGET: Experience Switzerland’s Alpine wonderland for less at Klosters’ cozy Chesa Flurina catered chalet, which costs from $975 per person, per week, starting May 2. (skiklosters.com)
EXPLORE THE ALPS: Ski season’s over by April, but summer offers fabulous hiking and mountain biking.
Sychelles: Reigniting the romance!
Intent on winning Kate back after their brief split in 2007, Will whisked her off to the remote Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean. Keen to ensure their privacy, the prince booked the entire five-star Desroches Island resort at an estimated cost of $175,000. Now, that’s love!
BOOK AN ISLAND STAY: Spacious villas at the beautiful Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa on Silhouette Island start at $453 a night. (hilton.com)
LEARN TO DIVE: See the tropical reefs up close by learning to scuba dive like Prince William. PADI dive courses can be organized through the Hilton.
Kenya: The romantic proposal!
William finally asked Kate to be his wife during their romantic October 2010 stay in a rustic cabin at Lewa Downs, a private wildlife sanctuary in Kenya. A four-night stay at the scenic Lewa Safari Camp costs around $2,923 per person.
GO ON SAFARI: Bunk in comfort on the African plains with a three-night all-inclusive stay at Kenya’s Porini Mara Camp for $850 per person. (porini.com)
FIND THE BIG FIVE: The Porini Mara experience includes daily game drives offering a close-up look at lions, elephants, wildebeests, leopards and rhinos.
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