In Travel on Thursday 11th Oct, 2018

The jaw-dropping private island where Princess Eugenie got engaged

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We’re only hours away from yet another royal wedding and if Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s proposal story is anything to go by – we’re in for a treat.

It’s only fitting that Eugenie’s engagement was fit for a princess and her long-term boyfriend definitely went to expensive lengths to make that happen.

According to Hello!, the loved-up couple welcomed in the New Year at one of the top private islands in the world. The stunning, exclusive destination, Calala Island, is located just off the coast of Nicaragua and has long been a top choice getaway for the rich and famous.

With only four suits on the entire, 11-acre island, a private moment would not have been difficult to achieve for the highly publicised couple. But just a moment was all that was needed for Princess Eugenie’s boyfriend of seven years to get on one knee and pop the question.

With a massage suit, beachside lunch area, formal dinner restaurants and weekly beach BBQ nights, Calala Island has been named as one of the top 10 private islands in the world and for good reason.

One of the best parts of this exclusive destination is the ability to paddle five minutes out to Little Calala Island, a small islet with just one umbrella where guests can spend their afternoon snorkelling through the reef, relaxing under the sun or exploring the shipwreck on its shore.

The island also offers more adventurous activities such as swimming with turtles, kayaking, fishing and cooking master classes for those who aren’t just there to relax.

While there’s no question why Jack chose this idyllic location to declare his love to Eugenie, the groom-to-be definitely paid the price. Booking the private island can range anywhere from AUD$10,400 to $18,200 for one night.

However, with the media frenzy surrounding the upcoming wedding, it would be hard to put a price tag on such a moment of privacy for the couple.

The second big royal wedding of the year has an invite list of 850 compared to the 600 guests that attended the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding earlier this year.

Some notable guests of Eugenie’s big day include Victoria and David Beckham, George and Amal Clooney, Sir Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams and a performance by Andrea Bocelli.

The long-awaited event will take place at 11am UK time on Friday in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Australians can tune in at 7pm tonight on Channel 7 to see live coverage of the special event.

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