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With the Royal Wedding today confirmed as taking place on Friday April 29, 2011, Thomson and First Choice’s proposals for William’s Best man, Kate’s Maid of Honour and the Royal Couple themselves really are… Engaging.

The Stag: Good Will Hunting…

If their charity bike ride across South Africa in 2008 is anything to go by, Harry and William share a genuine love of adventure. However, Harry will also be mindful that his brother might want to relax before his big day… With that in mind, a quirky, alternative stag destination would be Costa Rica, which would offer the best of both worlds. Famous for its wildlife, lush vegetation and tropical beaches, this unique tropical playground is perfect for thrill-seekers and chill-seekers alike. Here, fantastic beach holidays can be combined with exciting adventure tours. We’d suggest five nights wining and dining at the Occidental Allegro Papagayo, together with a Two Night Adventure Taster Tour, complete with adrenalin pumping activities such as river tubing, horse riding and zip-wiring through the rainforest. Great, boisterous fun for a stag do – with a difference!

First Choice offers seven night holidays in Costa Rica from just £1389 per per person. The stay comprises 5 nights at the 3 Sun Plus Occidental Allegro Papagayo on an all-inclusive basis, combined with a Two Night Adventure Taster Tour. Departing from London Gatwick on 12 April 2011, the price includes return flights, in-resort transfers and all taxes and surcharges. For more information, visit www.firstchoice.co.uk, or call 0871 200 4455.

The Hen: A Girlie Getaway…

The cosmopolitan city of Marrakech in Morocco is perfect for those seeking a hen party with a twist. Full of intoxicating sights and sounds, the bride-to-be and her girlfriends will be able to discover the magic of Arabian nights as well as shop at the colourful souks during the day. Moroccan brides get hennaed to the hilt before their wedding, so Kate is well placed to try this tradition for herself, as well as indulging in a relaxing hammam - the perfect treatment for a princess. Kate and her friends can feel like royalty by enjoying a four-night stay at the ‘castle-like’ Riad Catalina. This 18th century hotel has just twelve bedrooms and three suites, and with its rooftop pool and a picturesque courtyard restaurant, is a great location for a discreet girlie get-together.


Thomson offers four night holidays in Morocco at the 4T Riad Catalina from £579 per person departing from Manchester airport on 11 April 2011. This price is based on two adults sharing a double room. It includes accommodation on an all inclusive basis, flights, transfers and all taxes and charges. For more information or to book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 231 3235.


…The Honeymoon: Fit for a (future) King – or Queen!

Go wild in Africa
William popped the question to Kate while on holiday in Kenya, so where better to return for a romantic honeymoon that offers relaxation mixed with activity and adventure? The Royal couple can re-live the magic of Africa with a week’s stay at the Baobab Beach Resort in Diani Beach, combined with a seven night ‘Best of Kenya’ Safari. This exciting itinerary takes in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, with the chance to spot the big five, and traverse the Great Rift Valley. As part of this amazing safari, Wills and Kate can also spend the night at the world-famous Treetops – Africa’s original tree lodge – where the Queen once stayed!

First Choice offers 14 night holidays in Kenya, staying seven nights in the 4 Sun Plus Baobab Beach Resort combined with seven nights ‘Best of Kenya’ safari from £2,009 per person, based on two sharing on an all inclusive basis. Departing from London Gatwick on 9 May 2011, price includes return flights, in-resort transfers and all taxes and surcharges. For more information or to book visit www.firstchoice.co.uk, or call 0871 200 4455.


Aruba
Arguably Aruba’s most exclusive hotel, the Renaissance Aruba resort & Casino has hosted the Queen of Holland and Monaco’s royal family and so would be perfectly placed to accommodate Wills and Kate for their honeymoon. Luxurious in every way, the hotel houses two shopping malls full of designer labels, which are sure to occupy the newlywed bride as her prince has a flutter in the cathedral-like Crystal Casino. Holidays in Aruba are all about indulgence and with around the clock entertainment, a nearby private island, spa, infinity pool and endless dining options, a honeymoon here really is fit for a king.


Thomson offers 14 night holidays in Aruba at the 5T Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in Oranjestad from £1525 per person departing from London Gatwick airport on 10 May 2011. This price is based on two adults sharing a double room. It includes accommodation on an all inclusive basis, flights, transfers and all taxes and charges. For more information or to book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 231 3235


Mini-moon in the Maldives
If most weddings cost a fair few pounds, imagine how much the Royal Wedding will cost?! For those couples who may not have the time or the funds to indulge in a three week trip, a ‘Mini-moon’ of 10 or 11 nights is a great compromise. For the ultimate escape-from-it-all, a honeymoon in the Maldives is the perfect chance for complete relaxation following the stress of organising a wedding. The 4 sun Plus Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in South Male Atoll comes with picture-perfect white sands and turquoise blue lagoon seas. This tranquil hideaway offers luxurious accommodation, two infinity pools and a sensational spa. Furthermore, there’s a whole world for snorkelers to discover underneath the sea’s surface, with reefs teeming with colourful fish and coral.

First Choice offers 10 night holidays in Maldives, staying in the 4 Sun Plus Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort from £2,425 per person, based on two sharing on an all inclusive basis. Departing from London Gatwick on 21 April 2011, price includes return flights, in-resort transfers and all taxes and surcharges. For more information or to book visit www.firstchoice.co.uk or call 0871 200 4455.


Sorrento
Perhaps no other culture is seen as being more romantic than the Italian culture so if the Royal couple choose to honeymoon in Sorrento, they can expect a passion-fuelled time. Sorrento is a haven for honeymooners, with dramatic views, gourmet cuisine and luxurious accommodation - no where more so than at the Grand Hotel Nastro Azzurro, a Thomson Couples hotel. This adult-exclusive, child-free property is contemporary in appearance and perfectly suited for the young Royals. Lush gardens surrounding a chic pool, al fresco dining and stunning views from the sunset bar combine to provide a romantic retreat for the couple as they celebrate their union away from the watchful eyes of the public.


Thomson offers 14 night holidays in Italy at the 4T Grand Hotel Nastro Azzurro in Sorrento from £729 per person departing from London Gatwick airport on 2 May 2011. This price is based on two adults sharing a double room. It includes accommodation on an all inclusive basis, flights, transfers and all taxes and charges. For more information or to book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 231 3235.

For further information please contact Anne-Marie Buckley on anne-marie.buckley@tui-uk.co.uk or call 01582 645 336

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