More than ten years ago William and Kate, by a bizarre twist of fate, both chose to go to Chile during their gap years a mere month apart. The Latin American country might not be the most obvious choice for a royal honeymoon, yet it is a country that both have a connection and attachment to. So why not go back to where it all began? The desert of San Pedro de Atacama contains some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in Chile, let alone the world; and given both Wills' and Kate's love of the outdoors, there couldn't be a better place to enjoy their first few days as husband and wife. Located in the north of the country, San Pedro de Atacama is the driest desert in the world, famous for its canyons, lunar landscapes, salt flats, volcanoes and flamingoes. The best hotels are design gems with to-die-for views of San Pedro de Atacama and its other-worldly delights. Explora en Atacama is a modern lodge perched at 8000ft above sea level; the Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa is a boutique property featuring rustic-chic Chilean design; nestled below the Licancabur Volcano, the Kunza Hotel & Spa is a cosy, isolated retreat; while Awasi is a small, private resort popular with those who favour discreet luxury. Even in the middle of a South American desert, there is a romantic hideaway fit for Wills and Kate!
By Richelle Harrison Plesse