There has been much speculation about where and when the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex — aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — have chosen to honeymoon after their spectacular wedding. Pundits have guessed Africa, Ireland, and Mexico — and they are likely wrong. Keep reading to find out the latest 411 about where the royal couple decided to spend their honeymoon — and why. Next, design your own “royal honeymoon” at this low-key spot.
1. The destination
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised everyone by choosing to spend their honeymoon in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada, according to the Independent. The beautiful spot is home to Jasper National Park, a huge wilderness area in Alberta province defined by lakes, peaks, and glaciers. The couple will definitely enjoy checking out the native wildlife at the park, which includes elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and bears.
Next: Royals roughing it?
2. The digs
According to the Independent, the duke and duchess have chosen the Outlook Cabin, which is part of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge complex, located in the Unesco World Heritage Site of Jasper National Park.
And no, the royals won’t be roughing it: The Lodge is located on a 700-acre, luxury mountain resort that’s situated on the shores of Lac Beauvert. The duchess, who was previously romantically linked to Irish golfer Rory McIlory, might enjoy the fact that the resort is home to Canada’s premier golf course.
Next: Why Canada?
3. The decision
The couple’s rumored decision to go to Canada was likely influenced by their royal heritage — the Outlook Cabin is also known as the Royal Retreat, according to the Independent.
Guests at the cabin have included and has hosted the queen and Prince Philip in 2005 and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939. Another influence was perhaps the large number of things they can do in the area while they’re on vacation.
Next: Activities galore
4. The royal couple will not be bored
During their honeymoon the duke and duchess will be surrounded by nature and wildlife. What a perfect spot for them to relax after the royal wedding media circus.
Far from crowds and the paparazzi, this spot will offer the couple plenty to do: hiking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, white water rafting, ice-field walks, and helicopter tours. They can also opt for a range of treatments in the couples’ suite at the luxury spa or take a dip in the heated swimming pool and hot tub.
Next: Deluxe accommodations
5. The ‘cabin’ details
The 6,000-square-foot “cabin” features six bedrooms and a terrace with a barbecues, plus an enclosed conservatory and veranda. It will definitely be a nice place to come home to after the couple is out and about all day.
The duke and duchess also don’t have to go far to eat — the resort has five dining options on offer, which include Northern Italian food and sushi, according to the Independent. And, if the couple doesn’t want to do a thing, they’ll still have breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and lots of space in which to get away from it all. Take a virtual tour of the cabin here.
Next: The cost
6. Here’s how much the couple will have to pay to stay
According to Chicago’s WGN9 News, the couple will be paying a stiff price to stay at the sprawling Outlook Cabin. In fact, it costs around $7,000 per night to stay — and yes, you read that figure correctly.
It’s not surprising that Jasper Park Lodge has had its share of celebrity visitors, including Anthony Hopkins, John Travolta, and Bill Gates. The spot also served as the location of the 1954 Marilyn Monroe film River of No Return.
Next: The denial
7. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge says the couple isn’t booked there
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has officially denied that the newlyweds are visiting the luxury resort, according to People. “Though Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has a longstanding history of serving as a royal retreat, we can confirm that the couple is not currently booked for a stay,” a representative for the property wrote.
For a couple who is probably desperately trying to maintain their privacy, it’s pretty standard that the place would issue a denial regarding them being there.
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