Kate and William enjoy romantic break in French Chateau

Kate and William enjoy romantic break in French ChateauPA

It's just a couple of days until they head off on their eight-day tour of south-east Asia, so last week Kate and William treated themselves to a romantic break at a French chateau in the Luberon Hills.

The Express reports that the royal couple were staying at the secluded Chateau D'Autet in Provence, which is owned by the Queen's nephew Viscount Linley. It is available to rent but costs several thousand pounds a week to do so - although Kate and William are likely to have been guests of Lord Linley and his wife Serena.

Guests can enjoy unspoilt views of the Provence countryside as the 19th century hunting lodge is set in 640 acres of woodland, overlooking fields of fragrant lavender. It boasts a heated swimming pool, tennis court and boules pitch as well as walking and cycling routes.

According to the Chateau's website, guests never have to leave the property - which is good news for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who like to keep a low profile. It's possible to arrange for food to be delivered to the door, and guests can hire a personal chef to cater for them during their stay. A massage therapist and personal trainer are also available, while those who want to get out and about can choose to hire mountain bikes or book a chauffeur.

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Royal guests: Prince Phillip and the Queen took a break at Canada’s Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in 2005 and stayed in the six-room Outlook Cabin. The Queen’s parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stayed in the same suite in 1939.

The resort in the Canadian Rockies has luxury cabins within its natural surroundings, plenty of summer and winter activities and an abundance of wildlife for a unique escape to the mountains.

Room fit for a king: Outlook Cabin from $2,394 per night.

Royal guests: On his state visit to Estonia in 2001, Prince Charles stayed at the boutique Schlossle Hotel and used two of its suites.

Its charming location in Tallinn’s old town, the antique furniture and rooms with character are perfect for rustic and classic style enthusiast Prince Charles.

Room fit for a king: Schlossle Suite from €600 per night.

Royal Guests: After announcing their engagement to the world, Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated with a holiday in the Philippines and stayed at the ultra-luxe Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa.

Apart from being surrounded by lush tropical gardens and having ultimate privacy and tranquility, Eskaya offers individual pools for most of the villas, gorgeous sea views and unique dining experiences - you can have dinner under the stars on the beach!

Room fit for a king: Presidential Villa from $3,584 per night.

Royal guests: Sweden’s most lavish and expensive hotel has attracted the likes of Prince Phillip, King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and King Frederick IX of Denmark. The Prince of Dubai also apparently stayed here a few years ago with his then-girlfriend Naomi Campbell.

The hotel is ideally located in the centre of Stockholm, has world-class banqueting facilities, opulent rooms and is well-known among Scandinavia’s elite.

Room fit for a king: Princess Lillian Suite at SEK 70.000 per night - that’s around £6,810!

Royal guests: Prince Daniel and Princess Victoria of Sweden visited Finland for a royal engagement in 2010. The couple booked into the luxury Hotel Haven in Helsinki and we’re guessing they stayed in the hotel’s only suite that has a spa-style bathroom, fireplace and cosy sitting room.

Hotel Haven is perfectly located on Helsinki Market Square and has some top restaurants including one specialising in seafood and a day spa.

Room fit for a king: Suite from €1,570 per night.

Royal guests: When Queen Rania of Jordan needed a holiday somewhere private for her and the family, she headed to this luxury resort on Greece’s island of Crete.

With a selection of Spa Villas overlooking the Meditarranean Sea and utter seclusion Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites is perfect for jet-setting royals. There are 18 luxury villas to choose from and each comes with its own pool.

Room fit for a king: The Royal Spa Villa has four master bedrooms, a private pool, gym and Jacuzzi and is from €2,290 per night.

Royal guests: It was a favourite of the Queen Mother who made her last appearance in 2002 and has been a hangout for Princes Harry and William. Kate Middleton also spent the night before her Royal Wedding at the hotel.

The Goring is just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace and offers everything quintessentially English - from perfectly manicured private gardens, the best of British food and the highest levels of service.

Room fit for a king: The Most Splendid Silk Room from £800 per night.

Royal guests: When Prince Charles wants to take to the Swiss slopes and enjoy a spot of skiing he stays at the Walserhof in Klosters, where he’s returned to countless times over the years and even brought Princes Harry and William.

The intimate hotel offers comfort and is just a short distance from the ski slopes. The rooms combine warm colours, pine interiors and impressive views of the Graubünden Mountain. The hotel’s restaurant is also a gem and where you can sample the culinary delights of top chef Armin Amrein.

Room fit for a king: Suites from around £570 per night.

Royal guests: The Taj Mahal Palace in India has attracted a host of royal guests over the years including Princess Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano and Prince Felipe of Spain and the British royal family.

The hotel combines an architectural style with Moorish, Oriental and Florentine influences and has become one of Mumbai’s landmarks. Expect to find huge crystal chandeliers, an eclectic variety of furniture and a spectacular art collection. Guests can even take advantage of a personalised butler service!

Room fit for a king: Tata Suite costs £13,820 per night.


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