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Our heads have been thoroughly spun, blender-style, by the amount of money that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent on a two-week family vacation this summer.
The villa on the Caribbean island of Mustique set Prince William and Duchess Kate back an astonishing £27,000 ($33,000)—and that was just for one week!
The total cost for their two-week stay came to £56,000 ($68,000) and looking at the pictures of the villa in question—Villa Antilles, which features dreamy views out to Mustique’s neighboring islands of Bequia and Saint Vincent—we have to admit that we can see why.
The duke and duchess, along with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, as well as Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, enjoyed an idyllic two weeks wandering between the villa’ve five luxury bedrooms and its 60-foot infinity pool, lush private garden and al-fresco dining pavilion.
It was here that the family celebrated George’s sixth birthday, in utter seclusion and privacy—a no-fly zone is enforced over Mustique, making it a favorite destination for the mega-rich-and-famous who come to swim in its sparkling turquoise waters and sunbathe on its white-sand beaches, safe in the knowledge that every new arrival must register with the island’s security detail.
Every visitor to the tiny island—which measures only two square miles—must prove that they have made a hotel booking before being permitted to purchase flights.
Princess Margaret (1930 – 2002) with her son David Linley on the island of Mustique in the Grenadines. (Slim Aarons/Getty Images)
And of course Mustique has been the favorite vacation spot for both the Cambridges and the Middletons for years—Kate took George out there when he was less than a year old in 2014 to celebrate his grandmother Carole Middleton’s 59th birthday.
More controversially, Mustique was also the spot where the duchess was photographed by a paparazzo, and the pictures of Duchess Kate in a bikiniwhile pregnant with George were subsequently published in the French magazine Chi.
Villa Antilles, where the Cambridges vacationed this year, is one of the newest and most luxurious villas on the island—in fact, it was built by William’s close friend and property developer Andrew Dunn.
During their time there the family enjoyed the services of a private butler and an in-house chef, who provided signature dishes including prawn ceviche, grilled lobster and slow-cooked baby back ribs.