New parents understand the difficulties a new baby can add to planning a summer holiday, with parents often having to compromise on accommodation as a result of bringing a new baby in tow. With the royal baby due this month, soon-to-be-royal-parents Harry and Meghan will likely be putting plans in place to bring their new arrival on overseas engagements, all while ensuring they stay somewhere that gets the royal seal of approval.
A new survey by Booking.com has revealed nearly half of British parents (44%) revealed they found it nearly impossible to find time for relaxation on holiday since having kids, with another half (50%) of those with young families reporting they’ve had to compromise on their ideal holiday destination to meet the family’s many needs. So, Booking.com is now revealing the top family stays, rumoured to come with a royal endorsement…
From the cliff sides of the lush Karma Kandara Bali villas, to Harry and Meghan’s rumoured getaway hotspot at the Clooney’s in Lake Como, Booking.com have created the ultimate guide of royal holiday getaways where families can walk in the steps of the UK’s royal elite.
Taverna Bleu,Lake Como, Italy, Guest Review 9.0/10
Rumour has it that Meghan and Harry can’t get enough of a Lake Como, after taking a secret holiday with the Clooney’s last summer. This lush tavern is set on the shore of Lake Como and offers bright lake-view rooms and a terrace with views of Comacina Island. Lake Como is perfect for families who are looking to eat great food, visit amazing sites and go on fun boat rides. Nothing feels more royally exclusive than embarking on a ‘secret’ get away.
Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Indonesia, Guest Review 8.4/10
You may recognise this extravagant villa from the family Instagram pictures from Princess Zara and her husband Mike Tindall. Rumour has it that Mike stated it was the most relaxing place he’s ever been to: “I did very little. The whole setup is designed to inspire relaxation”. This cliff-side resort is dotted with luxury villas that each have their own tropical courtyard and private pool. The nearby Karma Beach Bali has daybeds, a bar and water sports activities, that leaves guests spoilt for choice. If evening walks is not your thing, guests can enjoy the evening outdoor cinema, allowing you to watch your favourite moves under the stars.
Hotel Walserhof, Klosters, Switzerland,Guest Review 9.1/10
Supposedly Prince Charles has been going to this mountain top stay for about 40 years now, and if that’s not royal enough for you, Prince William and Kate Middleton have also been spotted on the ski lift near the property. Every room in the Walserhof castle has a balcony with panoramic mountain views. To top it all off, you can take long quiet walks by the lake or take a ski lift over the mountains before coming back and indulging in the wide range of exquisite food on offer. Klosters is a snow covered dream, well suited for an incredible getaway.
La Maison du Carroir, Blois, France, Guest Reviews 9.4/10
La Maison du Carroir is an elegant B&B located in central Blois, just 600 yards from Blois Castle which promises an unforgettable family stay. What could be more royal than living within your very own castle? Even William and Kate are partial to an escape to Blois with their children, to enjoy some royally good family fun. Families can have breakfast on the terrace or in the dining room beside the fireplace. An array of activities can be enjoyed in the surrounding areas, including cycling, horse riding and fishing.
Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom, India, Guest Review 8.9/10
Kumarakom Lake Resort is a popular choice amongst the royals, after being named India’s leading green resort by the World Travel Awards, so it’s no surprise that renowned environmentalist, Prince Charles, is rumoured to have stayed here. The traditional architecture of each villa is combined with an outdoor bathroom set around a private courtyard. Surrounded by large gardens and a beautiful lake, the views are sure to blow you away. If that isn’t enough, guests can arrange sunset cruises, village walks, boat rides and a visit to the Kumarakom bird sanctuary. The beauty of a royal holiday lies in the experience, and it’s fair to say that this resort has a lot to offer its guests.
Hassler Roma, Rome, Italy, Guest Review 9.3/10
This five-star hotel is a clear favourite amongst the royals. Not only did it attract the likes of Princess Diana, but it has been a favourite of royals all over the globe – Prince Rainier of Monaco loved it so much he decided to enjoy his honeymoon here. Set at the top of the Spanish Steps, Hassler Roma is one of the city’s most famous properties. It offers elegant rooms and suites, and its restaurant and gym have panoramic views over Rome’s rooftops. You can also dine with style at the Palm Court restaurant whilst admiring the ancient stone walls which are steeped in history.