You don’t have to be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to receive the royal treatment in California. These exclusive luxury resorts will make commoners feel like they’re in line for the throne. From on-call butlers to private Persian-tiled billiard rooms, these resorts have everything a prince and his princess would ever need.
Go full Brit in Beverly Hills
Mirroring the holy union of Markle’s Los Angeles roots and Harry’s British lineage, the London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills is all about transatlantic luxury. Clocking in at 1,020 square metres, its London Penthouse is the largest suite in all of Los Angeles. The two-story accommodation, complete with a rooftop kitchen and an outdoor shower, was inspired by British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Guests are welcomed to an hour of completely private shopping at the designer’s boutique—after-party dress, anyone?
Stay in a penthouse palace in San Francisco
Perched atop Nob Hill, in the posh neighbourhood of the same name, the Fairmont San Francisco overlooks the city like a queen on her throne. Harry’s father, Prince Charles of Wales, has stayed in the hotel’s Penthouse Suite, which has three bedrooms, a two-story library, a spacious formal dining room, and a Persian-tiled billiard room. In celebration of the couple’s nuptials, the hotel is offering a Prince & Princess Penthouse Package for a limited time. A cool $50,000 will get you a night’s stay in the penthouse, round-the-clock luxury car service, a professional photo portrait session, $20,000 of credit to spend at Tiffany’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, and more.
Get pampered near Yosemite
Experience European elegance a mere 22 kilometres from Yosemite National Park at Château du Sureau in Oakhurst. Surrounded by pine trees amid the rolling foothills of Yosemite, the three-hectare property exudes the romance of a countryside fairytale. Even the royal couple would feel right at home in one of only 10 exclusive rooms or the hotel’s villa—where you can relax in a soaking tub, by the stone fireplace, or in the four-poster or sleigh feather bed. By request, chambermaids with crisp white aprons will deliver croissants with elderberry jam in the mornings (when in season). Book a revitalising Elderberry Facial at the luxurious Spa du Sureau, or ask the concierge for recommendations on which adventurous excursion to try.
Sip Rosé all day in Napa Valley
Prince Harry and his bride love their wine. In fact, Markle once maintained a lifestyle blog, “The Tig,” named after her favourite vintage. During a future stay in Napa Valley wine country, we could certainly see the two pick Auberge du Soleil as their romantic resting spot. At this five-star resort, located on the Silverado Trail in the heart of the valley, French-themed cottages dot 13 hectares of olive groves. Choose a Private Maison, where you can enjoy a bottle of bubbly from the well-stocked fridge while soaking in your own outdoor tub with room for two. There’s also a lovely sculpture garden, a yoga studio, and a Michelin-starred restaurant on the property.
Make like a mid-century mogul in Palm Springs
At L’Horizon in Palm Springs, every towel, bedsheet, and robe is Frette—the luxury textile company is the official purveyor of Italy’s royal house. And the excellence doesn’t stop there. For a fully exclusive experience, stay in the Residence, a former of home of esteemed film producer Jack Wrather. Guests can luxuriate in their private pool or watch the sun set from the glass-walled living room with a stunning view of the San Jacinto Mountains.
Refresh like Hollywood royalty in Ojai
Ninety minutes northwest of Los Angeles, the city of Ojai is where celebrities like Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, and Reese Witherspoon go to relax. Of the area’s handful of hotels, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is its crown jewel. Prince Harry would love the prestigious championship golf course. Markle might enjoy a private yoga lesson held under a 200-year-old oak tree. And who wouldn’t love a freshly baked currant scone from King’s Row, the property’s onsite bakery.
Find your adobe-style castle in Rancho Santa Fe
Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is a sliver of Spanish-style paradise 40 kilometres north of downtown San Diego. Blooming succulents and orange groves line the lush 18-hectare property. Guests can stay at any of the lovely private casitas, but if you have access to the royal family’s travel budget, consider the Private Hacienda Home. At roughly $6,500 per night, the stunning adobe-style structure has its own pool, three bedrooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and (count them) five fireplaces.
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