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South Pacific: ‘Second Honeymoon’ for William and Kate at Tavanipupu Island

A luxurious private island resort for sale in the Solomon Islands can add another perk for potential buyers – it just received a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

(Image Courtesy of Vladi Private Islands)

When it comes to marketing a private island resort for sale, celebrity visitors are certainly a major selling point – and perhaps no couple on earth is more famous than Prince William and Duchess Kate. The newlyweds had made international news over their choice of North Island in the Seychelles for their romantic honeymoon, and now, just a year and a half later, the pair got to enjoy another tropical private island – even if it was only for one night.

The paradise in question is Tavanipupu Island, found in the Solomon Islands. A rare privately-owned island in the remote country, the resort is listed for sale with Vladi Private Islands for USD $12,000,000 (link).

Founded by a British interior decorator in the 1970’s, the 37-acre island was transformed from an overgrown coconut plantation into a serene paradise of manicured gardens and elegant bungalows. Described by the elite brokerage as a ‘luxury getaway to fall in love with’, the resort’s amenities include a bar and restaurant complex, unspoiled beaches, and proximity to the local airport.

(Image used with permission of Tavanipupu Resort)

An exclusive 5-star resort known as one of the South Pacific’s ‘best kept secrets’, the island will now be able to add the honor of having hosted the most famous young lovebirds in the world. Farhad Vladi, founder and president of VPI, said that Tavanipupu represented a rare investment and lifestyle opportunity. “The Solomon Islands have been growing in prominence as a luxury travel destination for discerning clients, in particular for honeymoons and romantic holidays,” he said, “and Tavanipupu alone captures the upscale private island market!”

For the royals, it was no doubt be a welcome rest after a hectic trip. They started their week-long Asia-Pacific Jubilee jaunt in Singapore on September 11th, where the couple each had an orchid named in their honor, following in the footsteps of the prince’s late mother, Princess Diana. After a few days spent meeting fellow royals and admiring the world’s largest remaining rainforest in Malaysia, they were off to the Solomon Islands.

Found to the east of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands are a rustic stretch of small isles and islets with a population of just over half a million. Part of the Commonwealth of Nations, Queen Elizabeth II is the country’s head of state, presiding over the close to 1,000 islands that make up the Solomons. Rich in biodiversity, the islands contain one of the highest concentrations of endemic bird species on earth, not to mention plenty of exquisite tropical orchids for the Duke and Duchess to admire.

(Image Courtesy of VPI)

The Duke and Duchess landed in the Solomons on September 16th, when they attended a traditional church service in honor of the Queen. Visiting with locals and enjoying the country’s unique culture made up the next day, until, for a grand finale, they took a ride in a highly decorated “war canoe” to Tavanipupu.

William and Kate spent the last part of their Solomons visit enjoying the island’s beautiful accommodations and scenery, staying in one of the resort’s a beautiful thatched bungalows. Then, after a day spent in nearby Tuvalu, they’ll jet back to London – and get back to the daily grind.

Read more about the Duke and Duchess’ itinerary: US Magazine

Visit the sale listing for Tavanipupu Private Island Resort: Vladi Private Islands

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