Pampered Pippa’s over­the-top hon­ey­moon

It’s $20,000 a night!

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - What a Week! -

Af­ter the year-long stress of plan­ning her lav­ish wed­ding to James Matthews, new­ly­wed Pippa Mid­dle­ton can fi­nally re­lax – and she’s do­ing it in style, hon­ey­moon­ing at one of the most lux­u­ri­ous trop­i­cal re­treats in the world.

An ex­hausted-look­ing Pippa, 33, and her new hus­band were spot­ted at Los An­ge­les Air­port just 24 hours af­ter their cel­e­bra­tions wrapped, and sources have con­firmed they are now rest­ing up on the re­mote Poly­ne­sian is­land of Teti’aroa, 50km north of Tahiti. It was once the Tahi­tian royal fam­ily’s favourite re­treat, later be­com­ing the home of le­gendary ac­tor Mar­lon Brando, who is said to have fallen in love with it while film­ing Mutiny on the

Bounty in 1962. Now, it’s home to the ex­clu­sive Brando Re­sort, which has been de­scribed as “fit for roy­alty”. Pri­vate

vil­las cost up to $20,000 a night and all have their own plunge pool, 24-hour ded­i­cated staff and ac­cess to a Miche­lin-star restau­rant.’

And Pippa and her bil­lion­aire hus­band, 41, are in good com­pany! The re­sort has hosted stars in­clud­ing Bey­oncé, Leonardo DiCaprio – and more re­cently for­mer US pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who spent a week there ear­lier this year writ­ing his me­moir.

Says a friend, “Pippa was de­ter­mined to get away from it all as soon as the wed­ding was over and she wanted noth­ing short of to­tal lux­ury. The wed­ding was spec­tac­u­lar and per­fect in ev­ery way, but the plan­ning caused Pippa more stress than she ever could’ve imag­ined and she’s shat­tered. She and James just couldn’t wait to get there and re­lax fi­nally.”

But it’s not the only hon­ey­moon they’re plan­ning. Af­ter a week of trop­i­cal lux­ury, they’re head­ing to

the Scot­tish High­lands, where James’ fam­ily owns a 4000-hectare es­tate near Loch Ness. The loved-up cou­ple are des­per­ate for as much “alone time” as pos­si­ble be­fore they head back to their usual lives in Lon­don.

A friend ex­plains, “Pippa and James have loved all the ex­cite­ment about get­ting mar­ried, but ob­vi­ously it be­came a very in­tense few months and they both feel they’re ready to be to­tally alone to­gether.”

What a show!

While pho­to­graphs of the new­ly­weds and their bridal party – in­clud­ing Prince Wil­liam, the Duchess of Cam­bridge, Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte – have been seen around the world, de­tails from in­side the evening re­cep­tion have been a closely-guarded se­cret. How­ever, a florist shared pho­tos on In­sta­gram from the in­side of the $200,000 glass mar­quee in the gar­den of Pippa and Kate’s fam­ily home in Buck­le­bury.

Around 350 guests par­tied amid a sea of pale pink roses and hy­drangeas, with full-size cherry blos­som trees dot­ted in­side the venue.

Hand­writ­ten menus from the event – which is ru­moured to have cost up to $2 mil­lion – have even ap­peared for sale on eBay, show­ing an ex­trav­a­gant ban­quet of a trout starter, fol­lowed by a main course of Herd­wick lamb. Dessert was a Glen Af­fric cranachan cheese­cake, ac­com­pa­nied by a High­land whiskey honey – a clear nod to James’ fam­ily ties to Scot­land.

Af­ter din­ner, James and Pippa re­port­edly en­joyed their first dance ac­com­pa­nied by a sax­o­phon­ist and a DJ. They then danced the night away with their guests, who were also treated to a sin­gle malt whiskey bar, photo booths and a light pro­jec­tion show which saw footage of the bride and groom beamed onto the back of Buck­le­bury Manor.

“It was an ab­so­lutely un­for­get­table night,” a guest told


Day. “Ev­ery sin­gle de­tail was just ex­quis­ite.”

NowN Pip­paPi can fi­nal­lyfi ll re­laxl and d un­wind in the Brando lux­ury re­sort on Teti’aroa be­fore jet­ting off to the Scot­tish High­lands. Pippa and James wowed guests with an ex­quis­ite re­cep­tion in a sea of flow­ers and cherry blos­som trees.

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