Hell Bay Could Be Heaven For A Back To Basics Royal Honeymoon
February 1, 2011 at 8:31 AM
Are Kate and Wills really going to spend their honeymoon on the Scilly Isles? Well, Katie Nicholl said so in the Mail on Sunday this weekend and she certainly knows her royal biz.
Over in HotelChatter Towers, we hope not. Firstly because, according to Nicholl, William last went there with his mother, and for Midders’ sake, we really want the Diana links to end. Secondly, because it’s their honeymoon, and we really don’t think the people of Britain will begrudge them a flight to somewhere exotic. Third, because the Scillies are still, like Cornwall (the bit of the mainland that they lie off), predominantly land of the pidiots (posh idiots) when it comes to visitors (this member of HC is from Cornwall originally so is totally allowed to say that). It’s not exactly out of their comfort zone - if they were going to stick to Britain, we'd rather they try somewhere up north.
Having said that, if Willkat were completely set on the Scillies and were to ask us where to stay, we’d advise them to head over to Bryher. It’s the smallest of the five inhabited islands – its population is just 83 – so any paps/tabloid reporters would stick out immediately. And, it has a magnificent honeymoon pad in the shape of the Hell Bay hotel.
Despite the inauspicious name, Hell Bay won countless awards (the last, from the Sunday Times Travel Magazine, listed it as one of 12 UK hotels in its 100 Best in the World list late last year) and although the decor isn't exactly sexy chic, the jaunty, colorful rooms could make pretty festive honeymoon digs if they’re going for the jolly, home-from-home look.
Best of all, there are only 25 rooms in the hotel – meaning they could comfortably buy out the entire place without having the wrath of the Daily Mail come down on them – and rates post April 29 start at an affordable (for royal pockets) £160 per person for dinner, bed and breakfast – including boat transfers on arrival and departure.
Although we’d love to see them take the Emperor Suite, which would set them back £220 per head a night.
And of course, if they can get through a honeymoon in a place called Hell Bay, then we predict they’ll be together forever.