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Published on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kate and William choose to staycation

Pre and post nuptial events set trend for green UK holidays

Although there has been a great deal of speculation about the destination for the royal couple"s honeymoon - the current top favourite is the UK"s Scilly Isles.

Wherever they choose, the couple have already made their preferences for UK stays clear by both using close locations for their pre-nuptial bashes.

Prince William had his stag do in the secret surroundings of Clarence House where his minders could ensure his wild behaviour (if Prince Harry got his way) was kept under wraps. Kate, on the other hand, had a celebratory evening in a friend"s house.

Even the post-nuptial mini-moon was kept to a few days in a secret destination in the UK.

The question now is "Where will the romantic couple"s honeymoon be spent?"

In the same way that the family-run Goring Hotel was shot to world-wide prominence by being Kate"s base prior to the grand wedding - any destination that the couple choose will become a "must-do" for the stylish and wannabe stylish crowd.

As royal watchers continue to try to be the first to know about every detail of the royal wedding, the honeymoon is now the new topic of speculation.

Britain"s Daily Mail reported that Palace officials don"t want the newlyweds jet-setting on a pricey foreign holiday while other Brits are still having trouble paying the rent. Their source confirmed, "William and Kate are acutely aware that in these difficult times being seen to take a luxury honeymoon would not look good and send out entirely the wrong signal."

Moreover the UK Prime Minister has urged Britons to follow his lead by "staycationing", saying they should be proud of their country and what it has to offer - putting his bathing trunks and his bucket and spade where his words were.

The prime minister and his wife were snapped midway through their break in Cornwall last year- enjoying the beautiful view across Daymer Bay, which lies between the towns of Rock and Polzeath.

And the William and Kate"s father-in-law - Prince Charles, is both a committed green campaigner and advocate of everything that the UK has to offer.

So, it looks like the Scilly Islands - will known to Brits as the holiday destination of long term past prime minister Harold Wilson.


Off the Cornish coast to the west, the isles are gorgeous but are not well known.

The five islands of the archipelago include St. Mary's, St. Martin's, and St. Agnes.:

St. Mary's is the most populated, but unlikely to be the destination of the couple who surely will want a bit of privacy after their very public wedding. And for that, the islands of St. Agnes and St. Martin seem to be perfect.

St. Agnes is a beautiful island that is known for its gorgeous beaches and its quaint feel. The island has everything William and Kate could want, including homemade chocolate and ice cream and farmers markets to wander through.

St. Martins is also a very private island with cafes, a pub and one hotel. William and Kate might enjoy strolling through St. Martins winery while tasting some of the local wine as well as having a romantic afternoon picnic in the island's flower farm. St. Martins also has the beach that was voted best beach in the U.K. - Great Bay.

And, like the engagement ring that Kate now wears (Diana"s), a trip down memory Lane for William who has fond memories of a family holiday taken there with Charles, Diana and Harry in 1989.

So, with all of the rumors surrounding the Isles as a possible place to see Prince William and Kate there in the near future, the official tourism site has tripled its amount of traffic. The tourism industry hopes this rise in popularity turns into more bookings.

And a trendsetting green, moneysaving, sustainable staycation.

Valere Tjolle
Valere Tjolle is the editor of the Sustainable Tourism Report Suite latest special offer HERE


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  • Stag Weekends and The Scillies

    Hi Interesting article - although I was puzzled to see reference to William's stage do at Clarence House, when William and Harry and friends ventured out to Hartland Abbey in North Devon for their stag do -another well kept secret and only reported in the media after the event. The Scillies is a wonderful place - but Royal Patronage may cause problems with the resulting increase in popularity. Already, hotels and holiday cottages tend to be booked a good 18-months ahead - visitors should book now for the summer of 2012 - and even then may find choices limited! But if you can go, it is a truly beautiful place. Be prepared to walk!

    By Rick Bond, Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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