Whether for scenery or exclusivity, royal families from all over the world flock to these destinations.
Prince Charles has been such a regular at Klosters for four decades that there is even a gondola at the top of Gotschnagrat Mountain named after him. Charles, and those in the know, stay at Walserhof, a five star hotel in the Parsenn ski area, where you can experience breathtaking mountain views, cuisine by their exceptional executive chef, Heribert Dietrich, and well-appointed suites for a romantic getaway. It was here that paparazzi snapped shots of Prince William and Kate Middleton back in 2008 on a ski weekend.
A jewel off the Amalfi Coast, stunning Capri is attracting attention these days from the Monaco set as Princess Charlotte Casiraghi was seen in August with French actor Gad Elmaleh and their son as they enjoyed outdoor cafes with friends, parties, and shopping along the streets of designer boutiques. Swedish Queen Victoria has been many times, and Mariah Carey loved it so much she bought a villa. A perfect place to retreat after sailing along the southern Italian coastline, Capri is ideal for royal relaxation.
Mustique, West Indies
This private island in the Caribbean, part of the Grenadine islands off the coast of St. Vincent, was popularized by Princess Margaret, sister to Queen Elizabeth II. She built a villa there on land that was part of her wedding present upon her marriage to Lord Snowdon. The accommodation, Les Jolie Eaux, can be rented by the well-connected. This luxurious tropical island is now a favourite destination for the younger Windsors — Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge — and her family, the Middletons.
An avid yachter, King Juan Carlos of Spain, with Queen Sofia, enjoy the alluring Balearic island of Majorca as their annual getaway. The King is known for participating in regattas while the queen visits boutiques on the grand Palma de Majorca. In 2009, they were joined for lunch by first lady Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha. The king and queen of Spain reside at their Marivent Palace, but nearby you can stay in a former military fortress, the luxurious Cap Rocat in the secluded Bay of Palma.
From early October until early December, you can tour the grounds and gardens of Balmoral Castle in the highlands of Scotland. It has been home to the British royal family since 1852 when it was purchased by Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip take up residence in their country estate from August to early October so the queen can enjoy the outdoors and her horses. She can be seen driving around the 64,000-acre estate in her Range Rover with her corgis.
This hotel feels like a lavish palace, mainly because it is one. Built at the behest of King Mohammed VI as a residence for the Moroccan royal family when they are in Marrakech, the Royal Mansour is an opulent hotel where guests experience their own three-story riad equipped with a stunning sitting room and garden, master bedroom level, and rooftop with a personal fireplace and private plunge pool. Don’t forget to experience a hammam at the hotel’s world-class spa or dine at its exquisite restaurants, La Grande Table Marocaine and La Grande Table Française.
Spetses, Greek Islands
This Greek isle gained distinction in 2010 when it played host to the royal wedding of Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark to Tatiana Blatnik. The affair was a veritable who’s who of European royalty as crystal aqua waters surrounded the festivities at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel, which has been in operation for 100 years. Royals flock to Spetses year round, thanks to its proximity to Athens and world-class beaches. Expect a romantic stroll or carriage ride, as there are no private vehicles allowed inside city limits.
Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Princess Tatiana of Greece: Ian Gavangr / GettyImages
St. Tropez, France
It doesn’t get much more extravagant than the Côte d’Azur region of Mediterranean France. St. Tropez, A favourite of King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan, is the top spot where the royalty of the world gather to frolic on their yachts in the bay and party at the famous Le Club 55 on Pampelonne beach, which has been attracting the jetset since 1955. If you’re looking to make landfall, try the Hotel de Paris, Wwhich boasts the only suspended, glassbottomed pool in the world.