William and Kate's deferred honeymoon

09 May 2011

So, post-wedding Kate and William are staying true to form and doing something totally on trend – the deferred honeymoon - great idea to have a breathing space between the big day and the big holiday.  Royal watchers are split between those who reckon they’ll revisit  a place abroad that they’ve been to before or those who think they’ll find somewhere new.  

If they go to one of their old haunts, it could mean a return to Kenya is on the cards, after all, Wills proposed when they were staying at a Maasai lodge called Il Ngwesi  (ilngwesi.com) in the shadow of Mount Kenya.  It costs from £418 per night but that includes all food and drink and two safari drives  per day.  

But among those who think they’ll go somewhere new, there’s a strong suspicion they’ll be heading to a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean. We reckon Mnemba Island, just a couple of miles off the coast of Zanzibar and about as close as paradise as it’s possible to get, is a strong contender. And as it’s a private island, the paps would have difficulty crashing the party.  The couple would stay in a traditional Tanzanian ‘banda’ cottage that looks straight onto the beach. Snorkelling is second to none as the island is surrounded by coral reefs and if they’re lucky they will see Green Turtles who come to the island to breed. Weather permitting dinner is always served on the beach – how romantic is that? Rates in high season are from £914 per person per night in case you fancy a trip there too…

- Nicholas Kynaston, Travel Editor


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