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Honeymoon Like a Royal

Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, has been relaxing on her honeymoon with financier husband, James Matthews, since 22nd May. The pair have been visiting locations across the South Pacific and Australia for over three weeks, stopping off at some of the most intimate, unique and luxurious hotels in the region.

From city breaks in vibrant Perth and Sydney, to safari camps in the outback and tropical beach getaways in French Polynesia, the newlyweds have already covered plenty of ground, with further speculations on where their next port of call will be. If you want to follow in their footsteps, perhaps for your own honeymoon or a romantic getaway, we have put together their itinerary so far.

French Polynesia

Photo credit: The Brando.

The honeymoon started with a trip to the exclusive resort of The Brando, located on Tetiaroa Island. With the only access to the island by private plane from Tahiti, this really is a world away. Choose from a one-, two- or three-bedroom timbered villa, perfectly camouflaged amongst tropical plants on the shores of Turtle Beach and Mermaid Bay. Complete with their own plunge pools on private decking and access to the divine sandy beaches, the villas are secluded and discrete.

Photo credit: The Brando.

Spend your days snorkelling with tropical fish, exploring the reefs on paddle board or being pampered at the onsite spa. Feast like a king and watch the magnificent sunset, at one of the two fine-dining restaurants, serving a range of Polynesian, fusion and classic French cuisine.


Photo credit: The Park Hyatt.

The newlyweds’ next stop was a favourite of Elton John and Oprah Winfrey – the Park Hyatt Hotel in Sydney. With rooms overlooking the iconic Opera House, round-the-clock butler service and a rooftop pool, this is the perfect place to catch your breath in.

Whilst in the city, the athletic couple took on the challenge to, successfully, climb up the Harbour Bridge at twilight.

They also took a Sydney Seaplane trip to Cottage Point Inn where they enjoyed a three-course à-la-carte lunch. For other delectable gourmet experiences, dine at the Quay or Cafe Sydney. For a truly magical evening, dine at the Benelong, located inside the Opera House, followed by a show.


Photo credit: Bamurru Plains.

After only a two-night stay in Sydney, Pippa and James flew to the northern territory of Darwin where they took a charter flight to the luxury bush camp of Bamurru. Stay in one of the resort’s ten bungalows, complete with mesh walls, enabling you to see and hear some of the camp’s 300km2 of private land.

Photo credit: Bamurru Plains.

Setting off from the plain’s lake, the couple took an airboat ride, enjoying the diverse display of impressive wildlife and birds. From Bamurru, you can also take a day trip into the surrounding Kakadu and Arnham Lands. For the best experience, visit between June and August after the rains have subsided and the humidity has dropped.


Photo credit: Travel designer, Katie.

From Darwin, the couple flew west to Perth and stayed at COMO The Treasury. Located in the city’s historic district, perfectly juxtaposed against the slick city high-rises, this stunning 140 year-old hotel happens to be the renovated State Building. Enjoy some traditional healing at the spa, or eat dinner in style at the Wildflower – one of the city’s best restaurants. Here you can sample contemporary dishes revolving around the indigenous ethos of six seasons, with farmer and forager-driven menus finely crafted by chef Jed Gerrard.

Photo credit: travel designer, Katie.

Like Pippa and James, embrace the city with a jog around its parameters and through Kings Park.


Photo credit: travel designer, Katie.

For their final stop, the Matthews’ flew to Exmouth, taking a private transfer to Sal Salis – a luxury wilderness camp nestled in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park. In close proximity to the shore and the beautiful Ningaloo Reef, where the couple swam with whale sharks, Sal Salis is dedicated to protecting its unique surroundings.

Photo credit: travel designer, Katie.

Be sure to spend three nights here, if you can, so that you see other parts of the reef and go on one of the beautiful walks through the national park. The perfect way to explore the area after swimming with the whale sharks.

If you would like to honeymoon around French Polynesia and Australia in the style of Pippa Middleton, get in touch with one of our expert Australasia travel designers. We can help create the perfect romantic trip for you.

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