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Confidential information about accusations against Andover High School’s men’s volleyball coach E.J. Perry were mistakenly released by the school superintendent. WBZ-TV's Gary Brode reports.
Confidential Memo Mistakenly Released Detailed Allegations Against Andover Coach
Confidential information about accusations against Andover High School’s men’s volleyball coach E.J. Perry were mistakenly released by the school superintendent. WBZ-TV's Gary Brode reports.
Confidential information about accusations against Andover High School’s men’s volleyball coach E.J. Perry were mistakenly released by the school superintendent. WBZ-TV's Gary Brode reports.
Confidential Memo Mistakenly Released Detailed Allegations Against Andover Coach
Confidential information about accusations against Andover High School’s men’s volleyball coach E.J. Perry were mistakenly released by the school superintendent. WBZ-TV's Gary Brode reports.
Confidential information about accusations against Andover High School’s men’s volleyball coach E.J. Perry were mistakenly released by the school superintendent. WBZ-TV's Gary Brode reports.
Confidential Memo Mistakenly Released Detailed Allegations Against Andover Coach
Confidential information about accusations against Andover High School’s men’s volleyball coach E.J. Perry were mistakenly released by the school superintendent. WBZ-TV's Gary Brode reports.
Confidential information about accusations against Andover High School’s men’s volleyball coach E.J. Perry were mistakenly released by the school superintendent. WBZ-TV's Gary Brode reports.
Confidential Memo Mistakenly Released Detailed Allegations Against Andover Coach
Confidential information about accusations against Andover High School’s men’s volleyball coach E.J. Perry were mistakenly released by the school superintendent. WBZ-TV's Gary Brode reports.
Men enjoy the warm weather playing beach volleyball at Central Park in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Men enjoy the warm weather playing beach volleyball at Central Park in Manhattan
Men enjoy the warm weather playing beach volleyball at Central Park in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Sydney Invictus heroes
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Sydney Invictus heroes
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Sydney Invictus heroes
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Sydney Invictus heroes
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Sydney Invictus heroes
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Sydney Invictus heroes
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Sydney Invictus heroes
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.
People play volleyball at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su
People play volleyball at Bondi Beach in Sydney
People play volleyball at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Olympic great Walsh Jennings announces beach volleyball tour
Olympic great Walsh Jennings announces beach volleyball tour
Olympic great Walsh Jennings announces beach volleyball tour
FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings reacts while playing Brazil during the women's beach volleyball bronze medal match of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five-time Olympian has announced plans for her new beach volleyball circuit that will bring a sports and music festival to eight cities. The p1440 series will open in September in San Jose, California, and then over the next four months visit Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Four stops in early 2019 are planned, including Chicago; the others were not announced. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Olympic great Walsh Jennings announces beach volleyball tour
FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings reacts while playing Brazil during the women's beach volleyball bronze medal match of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five-time Olympian has announced plans for her new beach volleyball circuit that will bring a sports and music festival to eight cities. The p1440 series will open in September in San Jose, California, and then over the next four months visit Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Four stops in early 2019 are planned, including Chicago; the others were not announced. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings reacts while playing Brazil during the women's beach volleyball bronze medal match of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five-time Olympian has announced plans for her new beach volleyball circuit that will bring a sports and music festival to eight cities. The p1440 series will open in September in San Jose, California, and then over the next four months visit Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Four stops in early 2019 are planned, including Chicago; the others were not announced. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings reacts while playing Brazil during the women's beach volleyball bronze medal match of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five-time Olympian has announced plans for her new beach volleyball circuit that will bring a sports and music festival to eight cities. The p1440 series will open in September in San Jose, California, and then over the next four months visit Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Four stops in early 2019 are planned, including Chicago; the others were not announced. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings reacts while playing Brazil during the women's beach volleyball bronze medal match of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five-time Olympian has announced plans for her new beach volleyball circuit that will bring a sports and music festival to eight cities. The p1440 series will open in September in San Jose, California, and then over the next four months visit Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Four stops in early 2019 are planned, including Chicago; the others were not announced. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Royal honeymoon: where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. The couple are rumoured to be heading to Hoanib Valley Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north west Namibian desert. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton Coast. • 19 amazing things you didn't know about Namibia Rwanda Ms Markle has visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador in the past, an experience that she described as 'incredible'. This nugget of a country at the continent's heart offers unrivalled gorilla sighting experiences, an astonishing volcano-rimpled landscape and – as a little-visited Central African country – plenty of tranquility. Perhaps Bisate Lodge, set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone, will appeal The new One&Only Nyungwe House, due to open next spring, will be set on a working tea plantation and offer excursions to rare species of chimpanzees in a nearby forest. Or perhaps Bisate Lodge (pictured), set in the natural amphitheatre of a volcanic cone will appeal to the couple, with its gorilla trekking offerings. • Ten reasons why you should visit Rwanda Malawi Although Botswana is a favourite destination of Harry's, we've ruled it out as the couple holidayed there earlier in the year. So will they opt for an alternative up-and-coming option like Malawi? Harry visited the underexplored landlocked country when he helped African Parks with one of the biggest elephant translocations in conservation history this summer. Nkwichi has a 'Star Bed' on a private beach, perfect for night-time gazing Credit: Picasa Although the country is light on the Big Five, Lake Malawi is a showstopper; David Livingstone described it as a 'Lake of Stars', in reference to the lantern-flecked fishing boats that glide across the waters at night. Nkwichi, a five-star lodge located on its shores, boasts SUP classes on the water and a 'Star Bed' on a private beach bristling with baobab trees. • Amazing facts about Malawi Philippines Palawan in the Philippines is on Meghan's holiday wishlist, according to the Instagram feed of her former lifestyle blog The Tig. The 150,000-year-old island, all jungle-barbed mountains and deserted lagoons, is an hour-and-a-half's flight from the capital, Manila. You can enjoy evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave at Amanpulo Its Bacuit archipelago, a landscape of scarred limestone, karst cliffs and dramatic sinkholes, is a popular destination for island hopping, and enjoying rare wildlife, from purple crabs to endangered pangolins. Amanpulo, just northeast of Palawan Island, is the region's most luxurious hideaway: think five miles of private beach, evening barbecues for two at the mouth of a cave; and superlative scuba diving. • Telegraph Travel's guide to the Philippines Tuscany Wine afficionado Meghan might like the idea of Tuscany in fresh, balmy spring – maybe the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, or the wild frontier of Maremma, with its top-notch seafood. Wine lover Meghan would love Rosewood Castiglion Bosco Credit: Matteo Carassale/Matteo Carassale Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, an 800-year-old working wine estate, might do the trick. The on-site cookery school that uses organic produce from the hotel's garden should appeal to Meghan, a self-confessed foodie. The couple might also like the idea of the hotel's private villa, Alba, a converted stone farmhouse on a secluded hilltop peppered with old-growth trees; Insta-worthy interiors aplenty and a private pool seal the deal. • The best hotels in Tuscany Read the full review: Rosewood Castiglion Bosco, Tuscany Amalfi Coast Meghan is also a fan of the Amalfi Coast, as her social media posts attest. It's not hard to see why this contorted coastline of tangled vineyards, pastel villages, vulcanic sheer drops, and cliff-clinging five-star villas is a favourite destination among Telegraph readers too. Meghan has posted Instagram pictures of La Sirenuse The former Suits star has previously stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano (she even took an Instagram shot of the muffin-laden breakfast buffet). Other enticements include Moorish architecture, a panoramic restaurant illuminated by 400 candles, and a pool shaded by lemon trees. • The best hotels in the Amalfi Coast Read the full review: Le Sirenuse, Positano Hawaii LA-raised Meghan has spoken of her idyllic childhood holidays in Hawaii. The world-leading honeymoon destination might be a touch on the obvious side, but with its kaleidoscopic colour reefs, babypowder beaches, mist-cuddled ocean cliffs, and hippyish paradise vibe, the couple might still be tempted. Four Seasons at Lanai is the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island Credit: © Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. 2015 /Rachel Olsson Photography, Inc. Perhaps they'll plump for the Four Seasons at Lanai, the only five-star hotel on Hawaii's last unspoiled island. The Royal Suite is perfectly positioned for dolphin watching. The infinity pool is also the place to be, preferably on one of the fun inflatable seats, herb-spiked cocktail in hand. • The best hotels in Hawaii Read the full review: Four Seasons Resort at Lanai, Hawaii Turkey Another of Meghan's favourite destinations; she's posted about her love of Cappadocia on social media. This astonishing semi-arid region of Central Anatolia is known for its cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze period homes carved out by troglodytes. Hotel Villa Maha postures over Kalkan Bay Credit: Copyright: Attila Henning/Photographer: Attila Henning Accommodation options are quirky if fairly basic, and include the Kemerhan Cave Suites, fashioned from an ancient settlement. The couple may want to follow up with something more luxurious - like Hotel Villa Mahal, an exclusive boutique that postures over Kalkan Bay. Its Cliff House suite has its own ocean-oggling pool and the hotel's dinghy sailing experiences are particularly sought after. • The best hotels in Turkey Read the full review: Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay Mexico One of Meghan's most vivid childhood travel memories is travelling to Oaxaca aged nine for Day of the Dead festivals, where she reportedly ate a lot of moles (traditional local sauces). But she and Harry may prefer to consider exclusive Los Cabos for their honeymoon: imposing arched cliffs, cactus-dotted landscapes and gold-leaf-coloured beaches have helped establish it as one of the world's most up-and-coming beach destinations. Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions Health-focused One&Only Palmilla runs daily yoga sessions, which may appeal to Meghan (her mum is a yoga teacher). Raucously colourful hacienda-style villas overlook the Sea of Cortez; the largest even has its own 'Butler Suite'. • The best hotels in Los Cabos Read the full review: One&Only Palmilla Barbados It may be a honeymoon cliché, but Harry has holidayed in Barbados several times. The polo scene is a big draw for him: it was here that he was also famously thrown from his pony while playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup. The genteel Cobblers Cove has a loyal British following Happily, the macaroon-pink boutique retreat Cobblers Cove can organise sessions at a nearby polo field. This genteel, old-school classic, once the beach getaway of a plantation owner, has a loyal, largely British following. The adventure-loving couple might also be seduced by the opportunity to go on expeditions with Barker, Cobblers' resident fisherman. • The best hotels in Barbados Read the full review: Cobblers Cove, Barbados Brazil The country that Prince Harry visited for his first-ever solo tour in 2012. He appeared to enjoy it, spending one Saturday larking about on a Rio beach and even joining a game with female volleyball players. This country of platinum sand, bellowing waterfalls and staggering wildlife, from pink dolphins to armadillos, is also a destination Megan has had her eye on, if her old blog The Tig is anything to go by. Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua Interior design-loving Meghan would love Uxua in hippie paradise Trancoso, an underexplored beach town on the Bahian coast. Uxua's 500-year-old casas are richly decorated with reclaimed materials, ancient artifacts and one-off pieces by local artisans. The most fetching has a plunge pool on its rooftop deck. • The best hotels in Bahia North Island, Seychelles Or could the Prince follow his older brother's lead and book out North Island, the £5,000-a-night private island where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. Almost everyone arrives by helicopter to the 11-villa property, all billowing cotton, thatched walls and distressed wood furniture. Will the couple honeymoon at North Island like Will and Kate? Staff outnumber guests by two-to-one and freshly caught seafood and champagne is a daily staple on the menu. Villas boast timber four-poster-beds and plunge pools. Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles • The best hotels in the Seychelles Or how about yachting? Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981. The Prince of Wales earned the name Crazy Horse for his overzealousness when it came to deck hockey matches with the crewmen. But would his son ever opt for a post-wedding getaway at sea? Will Harry follow in his father's footsteps and honeymoon on a yacht? Credit: 2007 Getty Images/Princess Diana Archive Meghan certainly looks at ease in this yachting holiday snap, with her windswept hair and flattering nautical stripes. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis Rumours are swirling (mostly whipped up by the island's tourist board) that the pair will honeymoon on Nevis, where Harry holidayed with his mother in 1993. In 2016, he returned as part of his Caribbean tour. The lesser-visited destination in the Caribbean is more intrepid than its sister islands, all volcanic mountains and pristine beaches. The countryside is a rush of rugged heather, wild thyme and strawberry trees. • The Telegraph's guide to Nevis Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at the most luxurious hotel in Nevis? Could the pair be planning to hole themselves up at one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Montpelier Plantation and Beach, where Harry stayed with his late mother? It has a lush hillside setting and an aristocratic feel. Its chic plantation-style Tamarind villa, with its own pool and authentic clapboard exteriors, also delivers on the privacy front. Read the full review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Britain's 20 most beautiful hidden beaches
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Britain's 20 most beautiful hidden beaches
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Britain's 20 most beautiful hidden beaches
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Britain's 20 most beautiful hidden beaches
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Britain's 20 most beautiful hidden beaches
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Britain's 20 most beautiful hidden beaches
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Britain's 20 most beautiful hidden beaches
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com
Stretching for thousands of miles, with uninhabited islands and unseen inlets, our coast is the greatest tract of untouched wilderness left in Britain today. This is a Narnia where untouched sands lie as fresh as snow, sea caves beckon you to enter and vast stretches of marram grass dunes hide seals and kittiwakes. Many of my childhood memories were of hot coconut gorse under a midsummer sun, descending impossibly steep narrow tracks in search of secret beaches with my family. We were intrepid explorers, not very “health and safety”, and loved nothing more than to arrive somewhere inaccessible and empty. For the past decade or so I have been ­journeying Britain’s untrodden shorelines again, researching a ­series of new wild guides to the coast and beaches. The sand and sea have become my buddies once more, the last things I see at night and the first sounds that greet me when I wake. Once you arrive at your secret beach, a heroic plunge into the shimmering blue abyss is guaranteed to transform you from a groggy mass of city ­fuddle into a fully awake human ­being; splashing, squealing and alive. ­Dripping on the sand afterwards, ­tingling all over, the natural high quickly kicks in. Forget the coffee, this is the real deal. In an instant you’ll want to dive back in. Nanjizal beach Credit: Andrew Boxall And you don’t need to queue for ice creams and car parks either – all the ­entertainment is at hand on your secret beach. The sporty you can mark up all manner of courses and courts for ­volleyball, boules, crazy golf, obstacle races and countless variations of the comedy Olympics. The more arty you (should you be one of those who fancy themselves as an ­aspiring Goldsworthy or Gormley) can make zen gardens from pebbles and flotsam, and collages from seaweed. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find beaches where you will be the only visitor all day. With an adventurous spirit, a map, and some ­local knowledge, a lesser-known wild world awaits. South West 1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the theme park just along the cliffs. Gaping sandstone caves look like they might once have held sleeping dragons and low tide reveals a white sand beach, though the shape of it changes depending on the winter storms. The Song of the Sea rock arch holds an emerald plunge pool which beckons you to swim right through to the ocean on the other side. Walk south to find further coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra (where there’s a simple tea room, TR19 6JR, 01736 871754). Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path. Grid ref 50.0539, -5.6930 View our best esorted tours of the United Kingdom 2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall Decked with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland peninsula is a lost-in-time sort of place. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best and least known, and only a one-minute stroll from the road. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super-secret cove to the north which can be accessed at low tide. This is the sort of place where Crusoe would have felt at home, so try some bass fishing from the shore and cook it on your driftwood fire. Porthbeor beach Credit: Getty By the junction to Bohortha (near St Anthony, TR2 5HA), find a path down to the cliff ending in wooden steps. 50.1494, -4.9919 3. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Hartland, North Devon A 50-metre waterfall plunges down a chasm on to this vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. Atlantic rollers crash on to the rocky foreshore, bringing driftwood, shells and the debris of boats long ago sunk on these treacherous shores. Long fingers of soft sand stretch out into the ocean, forming deep clear rock pools between smooth rock slabs. ­Afterwards, share your tales at the Wrecker’s Retreat Bar at Hartland Quay (EX39 6DU, 01237 441218) or have a cream tea at Docton Mill gardens (EX39 6EA, 01237 441369). Hartland, North Devon Credit: Robert Maynard One mile south of the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay. 50.9848, -4.5297 Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel 4. Gammon Head, East Prawle, South Devon The best of a trio of pearly, rugged coves along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast. In early summer, marsh fritillaries and silver-studded blue ­butterflies flit on the warm summer breeze, and meadow pipits and skylarks dart among the heather. Just east of Gammon Head a steep path and rope descend to Elender Cove, a narrow slice of secret sand beneath towering rock pinnacles. The clear waters make for great snorkelling. The legendary Pig’s Nose in the village is famous for its live music, good food and eccentric ambience (TQ7 2BY, 01548 511209) and there are several basic summer campsites in the fields around. A trio of pearly, rugged coves sit along this southerly stretch of south Devon coast Credit: GETTY Continue through East Prawle and park at the road end (Prawle Point). Follow the Coast Path one mile west. 50.2087, -3.7297 5. Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Dorset In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham here were evicted from their idyllic coastal location in the remote Dorset ­Purbecks in order for the Army to set up a temporary training ground for the war effort – and they were never allowed to return. Now the woods and fields are havens for wildlife and the ruins are fascinating to explore. The half moon bay forms a perfect crescent of sand, set beneath rolling downs and ancient woods. There are sea caves in the cove to the left, and a grassy hill fort to climb too. Worbarrow Bay Situated on lanes between East ­Lulworth and Corfe Castle but closed on Army firing days. 50.6170, -2.1844 East & South 6. Brancaster, Norfolk The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions. To the east is Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, famous for its migrating birds. Ahead is Scolt Head ­Island, on which seals wallow and bask. To the west lies the iconic wreck of the SS Vina steamship, sunk on the sand flats by the military in 1944 for use as a target for bombing practice and revealed and then resubmerged with the tide. Gastropubs abound here: The Ship (PE31 8AP, 01485 210333), the Jolly Sailors (PE31 8BJ, 01485 210314) and The White Horse (PE31 8BY, 01485 210262) all offer great food alongside shelter from the wind. The beach and dunes here stretch for miles in both directions Credit: GETTY Four miles west of Burnham Overy Staithe on A149. Turn at church then park at the golf club. 52.9749, 0.6369 7. Covehithe, Suffolk The lane ends abruptly at the crumbling cliff edge and a roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields. This is an eerie kind of place and a visceral reminder of the power of the sea. Luckily these same forces have also carved out one of Suffolk’s best secret beaches, backed by a shimmering shallow ­lagoon, and teeming with bird life. The cliffs are crumbling all around, but the sea pounds in on an empty beach, ­perfect for being alone with nature. "A roofless church in a lost village stands surrounded by empty fields" Credit: gilbertdestoke - Fotolia/Tony Brindley From Wrentham (A12) turn off for Covehithe. Take footpath right, 100yds before church (NR34 7JW). Follow field edge to beach. Limited parking. 52.3669, 1.7048 8. Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex The Seven Sisters white cliffs are iconic, but not many know about the beach at the bottom. A switchback metal stairway and a vertiginous boat-launching ramp lead down to the wildest beach in Sussex. A vast expanse of chalk rock pools filled with marine delights and a narrow gut of shingle and sand leads out to sea for swimmers. For a few hours around low tide the adventurous can explore this wild foreshore, and even trek all the way to Beachy Head or ­Cuckmere Haven. BEWARE: Be very careful – you need to know your tides. Signed from Friston (A259). The Birling Gap café above is full of Thirties vintage charm and serves cream teas (BN20 0AB, 01323 423197). 50.7426, 0.2009 The 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer 9. Shepherd’s Chine, Chale, Isle of Wight The south-western coast of the Isle of Wight boasts miles of beach but it is only accessible by a handful of small “chines”, stream gorges that tumble steeply down to the shingle below. Shepherd’s Chine is great for sunsets and driftwood fires and the stream has created beautiful formations in the pebbles. This is also the place for night bass fishing, so bring your rod and try your luck under the moonlight. ­BEWARE: The beach shelves steeply, so take care of undertows when the sea is rough. Two miles north of Chale on the A3055. 50.6164, -1.3702 Wales 10. Traeth Mawr, Monknash, Glamorgan The Glamorgan coastline around Cardiff is often overlooked by those heading straight for the Gower, but here dramatic cliffs of stacked limestone give way to fine low-tide sands, empty except for the ­occasional naturist. At Traeth Mawr there is an old mill and a woodland stream tumbles down to a vast beach with flat rock platforms perfect for sunbathing. In the village of Monknash above there is an ancient inn built into the ruins of the old monastery and its inglenook is the perfect place to warm up after a swim. Monknash Beach Credit: 2013 Future Publishing/Digital Camera Magazine Follow B4265 from A48 to Monknash. Park near end of lane by farm and follow woodland path ¾ mile to beach. Plough and Harrow, Monknash (CF71 7QQ, 01656 890209, ploughandharrow.org) specialises in real ales and ciders from the West Country. 51.4185, -3.5767 11. Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, Manorbier Hidden behind an old Army camp, contorted rock stratas have created an abbey-sized archway on this beautiful south-facing sandy beach. From here, a secret rock tunnel leads through to Skrinkle Haven, where a mammoth sea cave, over 50 feet tall, can be found and acres more sand. It’s great for sea kayaking although you can swim round too. You’ll likely have the sands all to yourself. BEWARE: don’t stay too long, or you might get caught out by the tide. Skrinkle Haven Beach Credit: AP Turn off the B4585 east of Manorbier signed to the Army camp and youth hostel. Park beyond the hostel and descend on the metal stairway. 51.64245, -4.77435 12. Traeth Llyfn, Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire This great sweep of empty sand on the dramatic Pembrokeshire National Park coastline was once used to break the world skinny dipping record. It’s suitably remote and private, about a 15-minute walk from the stunning Blue Lagoon; a turquoise flooded quarry with great jumping and swimming. If you continue north east up the coast, past several more secret coves, you will reach the old ruins above Porthgain and can then relax on the harbour front at the quirky Sloop Inn (SA62 5BN, 01348 831449). The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi Credit: AP Signed Abereiddi, nine miles from ­Fishguard or six miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 51.9435, -5.1992 13. Porth Wen, Bull Bay, Anglesey This forgotten bay is one of the most intriguing of Anglesey’s many coves. Down an unsigned, little-used path you suddenly come upon a ruined harbour and old brickworks with a honeycomb of furnaces and chimney stacks to explore. The beach is made of perfect quartz white shingle and there is a natural rock arch to swim through. Walk up the coast north ½ mile to Porth Llanlleiana to find another ghost harbour with ruins and beach. Porth Wen Credit: AP Turn right two miles north of Bull Bay on A5025 (LL67 0NA). Find two ­footpath signs on right and take the second one, 10 minutes walk. 53.4245, -4.4061 14. Porth Iago, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd This thick wedge of pure white, west-facing sand occupies a deep cleft in the cliffs. There are flower-filled dunes and a hill fort, perfect for spotting pods of dolphins jumping through the waves at sunset. It’s a bumpy drive down through the old farm but you wild camp above the beach for a few pounds extra. This is a good place to seek out spider crabs at low tide – they are one of the tastiest types of crabmeat, though picking them up is a bit tricky! Signed 1½ mile before Rhoshirwaun, on the Aberdaron road (B4413). Take the second right after 2½ miles, then first left (LL53 8LP). 52.8516, -4.7217 North 15. Coves Haven, Holy Island, Northumberland Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, was the birthplace of Christianity in England. Many cross the tidal causeway to visit the monastery founded by St Aidan of Iona in the seventh century but few know about the beach on the north side of the island. This haven is where the monks would retreat to commune with the ocean and cleanse themselves in the waves. The sandy bay is overlooked by sandstone caves that are homes to birds of prey. Lindisfarne Credit: JOHN COX Turn left and left again out of the car park and follow unsigned lane up past the farm buildings and on through scrub for a mile. On the return, stop at the delightful churchyard of St Mary and adjacent priory ruins. Refuel at the Crown & Anchor (TD15 2RX, 01289 389215). 55.6878, -1.7993 16. Drigg and Eskdale, Lake District The Lake District is not all lakes and fells – the National Park also has a spectacular coastline. At Drigg, a 1,000 acre expanse of empty dunes and nature reserve stretch for miles along the Irish Sea and form an important breeding site for the rare natterjack toad. Just beyond is Ravenglass, a tidal harbour favoured by the Romans, and the terminus of a little railway that climbs up into Eskdale. From Drigg/B5344 turn off signed “Station and Shore” (CA19 1XR). In Ravenglass enjoy a drink on the shore at the Pennington Hotel (CA18 1SD, 01229 717222). Ravenglass and Eskdale Mountain Railway (01229 717171) 54.3725, -3.4681 16 photos that prove the Lake District is the most beautiful place in Britain 17. Anderby, Lincolnshire Not often considered a summer holiday destination, Lincolnshire is a land where shimmering fens merge with endless sand and marine horizons which inspire painters and stargazers alike. When the Cloud Appreciation Society was established in 2005, with a manifesto pledging to fight the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, it set up its first cloud-watching observatory on the remote beach at Anderby. It’s just a larch beach hut with roof terrace and recumbent beach chairs, but it all adds to the laid back feel of this coastline. Three miles north of Chapel St Leonards, accessed via breaks in the sea wall (PE24 5XY). Also try Wolla Bank to the south. 53.2597, 0.3252 Scotland 18. Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides Legendary beaches adorn the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis is possibly the most spectacular. Even under storm clouds the water glows an unearthly jade over the iridescent shell sand. The best part of the bay is Carnais, at the end of a dead end track beyond a small whisky micro-distillery. Drop down through wild flower ­meadows of orchid and harebells to dunes. The water is cold, but in the summer sun the top layer warms up nicely. There are camping facilities down on Ardroil beach and if you want to explore further bays try the beaches and machair meadows at ­Bhaltos and Kneep. Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis Credit: AP Signed Carnais/Carnish (HS2 9EX), on the bend three miles west of Timsgearraidh community centre and shop, beyond Ardroil beach and camping. 58.1808, -7.0559 19. Fidden, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides Some say Mull doesn’t have sandy beaches, but the south-west tip is riddled with secret coves. At Fidden a wild campsite on grassy meadows awaits, leading down to a sandy bay with westerly views over the Iona archipelago. Sunsets are ­sublime and you should try swimming out to one of the tiny islets. At low tide you can wade across to Erraid, Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a path also leads to the lost village of Tireragan. The rocky coast of Fidden beach Credit: AP Turn left in Fionnphort by the Keel Row pub (01681 700458) and find the farm after two miles with roadside parking (PA66 6BN, 01681 700427). 56.3085, -6.3672 20. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick Less than 45 minutes from central Edinburgh, this beach is hidden under a wooded hillside. There are views up to the ruins of clifftop ­Tantallon Castle, dating from the 14th century, and out to sea is the guano-capped island of Bass Rock, rising like a cupcake from the sea. To the left of the beach is a tiny harbour inlet with jumps and swimming. Three miles east of North Berwick (A198), turn left down track at Auldhame Farm (EH39 5PP). 56.0535, -2.6326 Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts Hidden Beaches by Daniel Start is published by Wild Things (£16.99). For more information, see books.telegraph.co.uk; also available in print and app from wildthingspublishing.com