It seems a royal wedding connection is a whole lot more powerful than any PR ad campaign. In London, the Goring Hotel is cashing in on its moment of fame by reinventing the hotel garden as a beach bar modeled on Basil’s Bar on the Caribbean island of Mustique. They have shipped in the sand and recreated the “greatest bar in the world” – it’s just a shame about the weather.
The Seychelles are having better luck on the sunshine front. Since they were discovered to be the honeymoon destination retreat of Prince William and his new bride, it has put the Indian Ocean islands firmly on the map with a rush of enquiries. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is ramping up its services to the islands, seeing a “strong and growing appeal as a premium leisure destination” particularly for UAE residents and European travelers.
The irony is that the big selling point of the Seychelles is its peace and tranquility with gorgeous sandy beaches and barely a soul around. With unbeatable snorkeling, perfect sailing and surfing from May to September (the rainy season for the Maldives), Luxique’s choice of luxury hotels in the Seychelles is worth considering. If you want to stay closer to home, you may have to settle for a Mustique Mule at the Goring Hotel in London, showers permitting.