Any destination that hosts the royal wedding honeymoon of Prince William and Kate Middleton is likely to enjoy a promotional boost from the free publicity alone. Our blog research has examined the short list of destinations that are being discussed in the press as the likely choices. They include the Seychelle Islands; Kenya, where William proposed to Kate during a vacation trip; Australia's Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef; Necker Island, which is Richard Branson's island in the British Virgin Islands, and even Jordan, where the bride-to-be spent some time in her youth. Balmoral, the Queen's castle in Scotland, may also host at least part of the honeymoon trip, but will not be the main destination, in our opinion.
We predict that another island on the short list of possible honeymoon destinations, namely the Caribbean island of Mustique, located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, will be the winner. Here's the evidence. Kate Middleton will be joined by her wedding party in spending a few nights this week, including the night before the April 29th wedding, in the bridal suite of the famed Goring Hotel in the Belgravia section of London. The Goring, which opened almost exactly 101 years ago in March, 1910, has never had a "beach bar." Until this summer, that is.
This summer, perhaps by coincidence but we don't think so, the Goring is opening its new seasonal "Beach Bar" in the courtyard of the hotel. The bar is being modeled after what is arguably the world's most famous overwater beach bar, "Basil's Bar" on the island of Mustique. The namesake of Basil's Bar, owner Basil Charles himself, will be coming to the Goring in June to oversee the first weeks of operation at the Goring Beach Bar. We don't think it coincidence that – along with the Hurricane David and Basil's Rum Punch – the "Mustique Mule" is expected to be the hottest drink in the hottest bar in London this summer between June and September. We expect William and Kate will have already been sampling these beverages at the real Basil's Bar, on their honeymoon in Mustique.
To learn more about the Beach Bar at the Goring London and make your own prediction, visit here. To shadow the royal couple to the real Basil's Bar in Mustique, click here.