The royal family has a long history of traveling around the world. When royals stay in a hotel, you can imagine the accommodation is top in luxury and service. Where in the world have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed when not in one of their royal residences? Aside from royal chateaus and other private residences, several first class hotels have had the grand privilege of hosting the young royal couple.
A Quintessential English Hotel Neighboring Buckingham Palace
The Goring hotel in the elite Belgravia section of London has been in service for over a century. It sits adjacent to Buckingham Palace, making it a perfect location for visiting royals to stay when in Londontown. With a rich history, this historic hotel practically serves as an annex to the palace. In fact, the night before marrying Prince William and becoming the title, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton stayed at The Goring.
Each of the 69 bedrooms and suites encapsulate the quintessentially English feel of this grand hotel. Over the past five years, the hotel has engaged some of the top British interior designers to add glamour, sophistication and luxury to all of the rooms and suites while retaining the coziness of a home away from home.
Enjoy the most British of traditions, afternoon tea, on the sunny terrace overlooking the private gardens or in the warm, inviting lounge. In the winter months, enjoy tea by a roaring fire while looking out upon the immaculate lawn.
A Solitary Resort on Desroches Island in the Seychelles
Part of the Seychelles, the exclusive and luxurious Desroches Island of the Amirantes Archipelago is considered to be one of the most pristine and untouched islands in the world.
About an hour away by air from Mahé, Seychelles, Desroches Island Resort is a refuge for indulgent private escapes set amid an atoll islet with palm fringed white sand beaches, lush hardwood trees and tropical island vegetation. It is here that the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, spent their honeymoon.
The island, an exotic land mass 6 km long and 1.5 km wide, has only one luxurious resort with a range of accommodation options. Each option offers intimate privacy and spacious luxury with tastefully modern designs that blend seamlessly into the exotic island setting.
An Iconic Colonial Oasis in Tropical Southeast Asia
First opened in 1887, Raffles Hotel Singapore epitomizes the romance of the Far East. It boasts an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial ambiance. Continuing to make history, it is here that William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, stayed during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tour.
Immortalized by writers including Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, Ernest Hemingway and Alfred Hitchcock, Raffles is the perfect place from which to explore Singapore. The hotel’s Long Bar is home to the legendary Singapore Sling cocktail.
The lovely palm court, white marble colonnades and unique air of romantic grandeur transport guests back to a more elegant time. Liveried Sikh doormen usher guests through an ornate wrought-iron portico into a lobby that seems unaltered from the turn of the century. Guests stroll across the polished teak verandas past tropical gardens to suites with an elegant parlour, period furnishings, a bedroom that leads to a dressing room and en suite bathroom.
Luxuriate in the history, in the scent of frangipani in the evening, in the Raffles Spa, or indulge in room service from the legendary Raffles butlers.
A Wellness Hotel Set Amidst the Swiss Alps with a Private Mountain Railway
Arosa, Switzerland lies at the end of the Schanfigg Valley and is regarded as a resort with guaranteed snow in winter. Thanks to its position, the area is blessed with generous sunshine and is well sheltered from the wind. In the summer and fall, visitors can enjoy radiant alpine roses and crystal-clear lakes as well as the colorful autumn show put on by deciduous and coniferous forests.
The Tschuggen Grand Hotel showcases the breathtaking mountain scenery of Graubünden at its most beautiful. Even the most seasoned traveler will appreciate the genuine hospitality, attention to detail, and understated elegance. The hotel is one of the most impressive wellness areas in Europe set in a stunning mountain landscape. The hotel even has its own mountain railway, the Tschuggen Express, which takes guests directly to the ski and mountain resort of Arosa.
Established 1883 as a retreat for those in need of the therapeutic effects of Arosa’s fresh air, the refuge became a hotel in 1929 for winter and summer sports enthusiasts. It has seen its ups and downs, but was transformed, with a sizable investment, in 2004 under the expert guidance of the internationally renowned Swiss architects, Mario Botta and Carlo Rampazzi. The entire infrastructure was remodeled to perfection, but it is the uniquely modern Tschuggen Bergoase spa facility that is unforgettable.
It is certainly not unusual to encounter famous guests here. In fact, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge recently stayed here for a friend’s wedding.