Prince William and Kate jet off to France for family holiday

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in the south of France for their summer holiday with George and Charlotte.

Kate and William flew to the Pau-Pyrenees airport, near Spain, on the Duke of Westminster's Cessna plane on Wednesday afternoon.

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A palace spokesperson told OK! Online that they were on a "private family holiday".

It is believed they are visiting Kate's relatives, the Daily Mail reports.

The Cessna Citation X jet is thought to be the same one they borrowed in March for their ski holiday in Courchevel, when they took their children on their first family holiday.

Earlier this year, it was reported that one luxury hotel in France told Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry that there was no room at the inn (literally) when they tried to book rooms.

The three royals were travelling to France for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme on 30 June and wanted to stay at the Hotel Marotte - the only five-star hotel in the Amiens area.

But unfortunately the hotel had to refuse the request as they were fully booked.

Speaking to The Local, a hotel receptionist said: "Unfortunately it is true. We have to decline many many people for the 30 June."

Best beaches in France (according to TripAdvisor reviewers)
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Best beaches in France (according to TripAdvisor reviewers)

Biarritz's Plage de la Cote des Basques comes top of the Tripadvisor's Travellers' Choice list of best beaches in France - and reviewers cannot stop raving about it. This expansive stretch of golden sand lures sun worshippers from far and near, and it's one of France's most popular surfing beaches. The views towards Spain are spectacular.

Best hotel with a sea view: Le Regina Biarritz Hotel and Spa

Palombaggia beach is one of five beaches in Corsica to make the top ten best beaches in France. Just a few kilometres south of Porto-Vecchio, this beautiful curve of white sand and warm turquoise water is set against a background of pine trees, juniper bushes and red rocks. Expect crowds in the summer months: Palombaggia's restaurants, water sport rentals and holiday villas have developed at a rapid rate in recent years, so visit off season to get the “postcard” image of it. 

Best hotel on the beach: The Grand Hotel Calla Rossa

Right on the border with Spain, Hendaye (Basque: Hendaia) is the most south-westerly town and commune in France. This Basque resort has a 3km long sandy child-friendly beach, and is popular with divers, sailers, kayakers and surfers alike. The beautiful gothic Abbadia Chateau Observatory watches over the town - well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Top hotel with beach view: Hotel Serge Blanco and Thalassotherapy Centre

The beautiful beach of Le Touquet Paris Plage, on the coast of the Nord Pas de Calais region of northern France, is a a mere two-hour drive away from the French capital, while the Brits can get there in just 20 minutes thanks to flights from Ashford, Kent. This vast expanse of wide sand and dunes and pretty town make it a wonderful year-round area to explore.

Best hotel with a sea view: Novotel Thalassa Le Touquet

 Pampelonne is the longest, most famous (and therefore most popular) beach in St Tropez. In high summer, this three-mile sandy stretch lures more than 30,000 people per day. Now a playground for the rich, famous and debauched, this beach has historical significance too: it was the key site of the Allied landings at the end of the Second World War. 

Best hotel on the beach: Hotel La Residence de la Pinede

Santa Giulia the second of five beaches in Corsica to make France's top ten, is spectacular, with unbelievably clear waters and white soft sands. The sea here is shallow and calm, and its lagoon-like properties make it particularly popular with families. 

Best hotel with a sea view: Hotel Castell' Verde

Petit Sperone, near Bonifacio, in the south of Corsica, boasts outstanding naturally pristine pearl white sands and aquamarine waters. Petite Sperone (the smaller and quieter of the two beaches here) can be reached by foot in around 15 minutes, along Piantarella, or you can hire a kayak.

Best hotel with a sea view: Hotel U Capu Bianco, Bonifacio

This lovely beach, 15 or so kms from the pretty village of Piana, remains relatively undeveloped and offers spectacular scenery. This spot is famous for being the landing place used by the submarine Casabianca to land the first cargo of arms for the 'Pearl Harbour' mission in December 1942. 

Best hotel with a sea view: Hotel Scandola

Espiguette is the king of the Languedoc's beaches: miles upon miles of sandy dunes mean you'll always be able to find a quiet spot, even in peak season (which means that its outer reaches are popular with nudists).

Best hotel with sea view: Hotel Splendid Carmargue

Beautiful Paloma is a small shingle beach with a verdant backdrop at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, on the French Riviera. This is a favourite of the jet set and celebrities, and is surrounded by some of France's most expensive villas and hotels.

Best hotel with a sea view: Hotel Royal Riviera


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