Would you want to be treated like royalty? Like that’s even a question
Around the various parts of the world, there are regal palaces, medieval manors and historic castles which are renovated and refurbished into some of the world’s most extraordinary palaces and castle hotels. Here’s a list of the most enchanting royal palaces, or chateaus from across the globe that’ll make you feel like a King or Queen. Be prepared as you get slathered in luxury and the historical legacy of these castles.
Let’s not just scream: “I am the king of the world” like Jack does in Titanic but be a king (or queen) in these fabulous palaces! I mean, if not a romantic fairytale getaway, then, just TREAT YO-SELF! You know, you deserve it!
1Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Scotland
How would you like to wake up surrounded by the gorgeous Scottish Highlands?
The Inverlochy Castle Hotel was named after the (now ruined) 13th century Inverlochy Castle which is situated two miles away. During her trip to Balmoral in 1873, Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy sketching and painting where she remarked: ‘I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot’.
Its unique location amongst the glens, lochs, and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland just adds to its beauty. If you’re also looking for a fine-dining affair, you’ve come to the right place; Inverlochy Castle Hotel has a trio of dining rooms decorated with period pieces, plate settings, and furniture gifted from the King of Norway.
2Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, India
One of the world’s largest private residences- Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur was built between 1928 and 1943, for H.H. Maharaja Umaid Singh. The palace not only acts as a hotel, but also as a royal residence and a museum focusing on the 20th-century history of the Jodhpur Royal Family.
It is set in 26 acres of land including 15 acres of gardens, as well as containing 64 utterly breath-taking Art Deco-style rooms and suites. Be pampered like an emperor or an empress in this luxurious palace hotel.
3The Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
You probably think that you’ve seen the Emirates Palace in the movie “Sex and the City 2”, right? WRONG!
The film was never shot in the UAE, and a replica of the Emirates Palace was actually used. So, that replica is a lesser version of how this GRAND hotel actually looks. The Emirates Palace located in Abu Dhabi blends Arabian splendour with the latest luxuries to create the most magical and memorable experience.
The main building stretches over a kilometre from wing to wing; and its gardens and surroundings spread across 100 hectares. The hotel is also situated at the beach and features 114 domes. Gold, mother of pearl and crystals dominate the interior with some 1000 Svaroski chandeliers too!
Yes, it also happens to be one of the most expensive hotels. Yikes!
4The Castle Hotel, Dalian, China
Unlike other Castle Hotels which are centuries old, The Castle Hotel was only built in 2014. Situated atop Lianhua Mountain, in Dalian, Northeast China, it overlooks the Xinghai Square and the Yellow Sea. It was inspired by the fairytale palaces of Bavaria and features neoclassical columns, rich marble floors, and soaring vaulted ceilings.
I hope you’re ready for this unforgettable experience which brings past and present together in one place!
5Dromoland Castle, County Clare, Ireland
One of the finest luxury castle hotels in the world, Dromoland Castle has a rich history. It goes back to the Gaelic Irish royalty from the 16th century. It is the ancestral home of the O’Brien clan, direct descendants of the last High King of Ireland – Brian Boru. Located near Newmarket-on-Fergus in County Clare, it offers you an Irish fairytale experience due to its neo-Gothic structure.
Dromoland is a 450-acre estate, which contains a world-class golf course and an award-winning restaurant – the Earl of Thomond. There are also other sporting pursuits such as fishing, horse riding, archery, and clay pigeon shooting. It lets you experience elegance with history and culture.
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6Hotel de la Cite, Carcassonne, France
Situated in the heart of the medieval city of Carcassonne, the Hotel de la Cite is set in its own glorious gardens. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and stands between two historic landmarks, the Roman Chateau Comtal and the Gothic Basilica of Saint-Nazaire.
Here, you get to admire Carcassonne’s circular walls, standing high on a hill above the River Aude. They also overlook the valley of Laurageais and the lush Minervois vineyards. Although the hotel isn’t part of the historic fortress, guests are still within its walls and so are surrounded by storybook towers.
7Castello di Monterone, Umbria, Italy
11th-century Castello di Monterone overlooks the lush valley of Perugia and is located on the ‘royal road’ that connects Perugia to Assisi (through Ponte San Giovanni).
The castle not only has a curious past intertwined with the Knights Templar, but it also has medieval style and character to look forward to. The castle was recently restored and now has 18 unique rooms. They are each named after the story of its restoration or a defining characteristic. One is La Segreta (a secret room discovered during the castle’s restoration); and another is Dell’Angiolo (named after the angel sculpture found inside the room).
8Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria
Schloss Leopoldskron has been called the “Sound of Music” palace for a reason. Its because the rear side of the Palace was used as the Von Trapp Family home in the iconic film. It was one of the most important locations in the movie; seen in scenes where the family was drinking lemonade with the Baroness on the terrace, as well as Maria and the Baron dancing on the balcony.
Nestled by a small, idyllic lake, Schloss Leopoldskron features majestic views of the mountains and the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Only minutes away from the city of Salzburg, you can also enjoy charming rooms and historic suites. Also, stroll around the park, and be inspired by the surrounding mountains.
9Chateau Herálec, Herálec, Czech Republic
This restored 13th-century Chateau is one of the most beautiful and romantic castle hotels in the world. Located southwest of Havlíčkův Brod, Chateau Herálec is an hour’s drive from Prague. The south wing of this incredibly lovely Chateau is dedicated to relaxation. So, recharge your batteries by swimming beneath the historic arches; enjoying a Jacuzzi in the castle turret, or a Finnish sauna.
10Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland
This magnificent Castle has been home to the Guinness family for nearly 70 years. It is set in 350 acres of land on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. After a recent restoration session, the fairytale castle now offers 82 antique-filled rooms with newly spruced-up with modern Irish art; Connemara marble; and lavish Donegal crystal chandeliers.
Prepare to also be whisked away by Ashford Castle’s new waterfront spa, its billiards room, cigar terrace, and a glamorous 36-seater cinema.
Plan your royal vacation next time and do let us know about your luxurious moments at these amazing caste hotels in the comments below!