A hotel fit for a (future) king!

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ‘are staying at a five-star seafront hotel in France’ that used to be Napoleon’s palace…

  • Family reportedly spent a night at the Hotel du Palais in Biarritz
  • Emperor Napoleon III used it as a summer palace in 19th century
  • Hotel is described as ‘rich in memories, style and history’
  • Family-of-four apparently flew out last week on private jet

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With school out for summer, the Duke1 and Duchess of Cambridge2 have reportedly jetted off on a five-star French Discount Holidays © holiday with their children, Prince George3 and Princess Charlotte4. According to French newspaper Sud Ouest5, the royal family of four, who are apparently holidaying in south west France, spent a night at the Hotel du Palais in Biarritz – where a basic room costs 422 a night. The hotel, which 19th century Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie de Montijo used as their summer palace, is described as ‘a hotel rich in memories, style and history’ on its website.

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According to The Mirror, Kate and William, both 34, along with George, three, and Charlotte, one, flew into Pau-Pyrenees airport last Tuesday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly stayed at five star seafront hotel Hotel du Palais in Biarritz – where a basic room costs 422 a night

According to the website, it is the hotel’s style, which is ‘neither passe or pompous but profoundly elegant, that makes the hotel such a jewel in a seaside resort smiled upon by fortune and fashion’. The hotel has two restaurants and the resident chef is Jean-Marie Gautier, who has a Michelin star. His menu features contemporary, classic cuisine favouring seasonal ingredients and regional products, with touches of inspiration from the rest of the world.

The spa houses a 15-metre outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, Turkish bath and solarium with breathtaking ocean views. Whilst a standard room costs just over 400 per night, staying in an Imperial Suite at the hotel in August will set you back up to ‘ 3,910 per night ( 3,304) for bed and breakfast, according to the website. Rather fittingly, 19th century Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie de Montijo used the hotel as their summer palace

The spa houses a 15-metre outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, Turkish bath and solarium with breathtaking ocean views

Basic rooms cost over 400 a night, whilst an Imperial Suite at the hotel in August costs up to ‘ 3,910 per night ( 3,304)

According to The Mirror6, Kate and William, both 34, along with George, three, and Charlotte, one, flew into Pau-Pyrenees airport last week in the Duke of Westminster s 8m private jet .

They are thought to have landed last Tuesday and be spending the majority of their stay with friends. A spokesperson for the hotel refused to comment when contacted by MailOnline, saying the matter was ‘private’. A spokesperson for Kensington Palace also refused to comment when contacted by MailOnline. According to the website, it is the hotel’s style, which is ‘neither passe or pompous but profoundly elegant, that makes the hotel such a jewel in a seaside resort

The seaside resort is described as being ‘smiled upon by fortune and fashion’

The hotel is positioned right on the sea front with sweeping views of the ocean

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge7 recently announced that they plan to visit Canada8 this autumn.

It’s five years since the royal couple last touched down together on Canadian soil – in July 2011 – on what was their first tour as a married couple having wed just two months prior. It’s unclear as to whether Kate, 34, and William, 34, will be joined on the trip by Prince George, three, and Princess Charlotte, one.

Kensington Palace recently announced that Kate and William, both 34, will travel back to Canada again this autumn – five years after their first visit together

A statement released by Kensington Palace said: ‘Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit by the Government of Canada. They will visit British Columbia and the territory of Yukon as part of their tour.’

The note added that the couple were ‘delighted’ to be returning to Canada. It read: ‘They hold very happy memories from their visit in 2011 – their first overseas tour as a married couple.

They are really looking forward to seeing other parts of this beautiful country and having the opportunity to meet many more Canadians along the way.’

The couple will be the guests of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at Calgary Airport in Yellowknife, Canada back in 2011, shortly after they were wed

William and Kate got into the swing of West Coast life back in 2011

Prince William throws a barrel into the back of a chuckwagon during his visit to Calgary, Alberta in 2011

Kate will be the guests of David Johnston, the country’s Governor

Of his guests, Johnston said: ‘Sharon and I will be delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Canada. Their Royal Tour will take them to the beautiful province of British Columbia and the scenic territory of Yukon.

‘Once again, our true Canadian pride and spirit will shine and be at the very heart of this visit so they can feel at home.’

Last time the couple visited the country, they had just wed and prompted the kind of reaction that might ordinarily be reserved for pop stars. The couple famously canoed across Blatchford Lake in the Northwest Territories and even spent a night in a hidden forest retreat

The Toronto star reported on how the Duchess was clearly a natural at royal life, reporting: ‘In a matter of hours, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge signalled to the world that she has the makings of an international fashion icon’

Their 11-day tour in early July 2011 saw them visit Canada s Capital Region, Montr al, Qu bec City, Charlottetown, Summerside, Yellowknife, Slave Lake and Calgary. The royal family continues to hold Canada dear, with the Queen reigning as the country’s sovereign since 1952.

William has been a frequent visitor to the North American country famed for its beautiful wildernesses and outdoor life.

In 1991, joined Charles and his late mother Diana on a royal tour of the country.

References

  1. ^ Duke (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Duchess of Cambridge (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Prince George (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Princess Charlotte (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  5. ^ Sud Ouest (www.sudouest.fr)
  6. ^ The Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)
  7. ^ Duchess of Cambridge (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  8. ^ Canada (www.dailymail.co.uk)

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