Who wants to stay at an ordinary hotel when they can have a royal vacation at a castle hotel, where medieval times are revived and legends become reality ? Whether it is a family vacation, honeymoon or solo escape, keep reading to choose your dream stay where you can create your own fairytale anywhere in the world.

  1. Castello di Montebenichi, Italy

A great escape for artists and art lovers is Montebenichi Castle hotel in Chianti region, Italy. The castle is a magic place built by Romans on top of a hill in town, and ornamented with various types of sculptures, ceramic, paintings and even works of Italian Renaissance art… It has been suggested on various tourism websites and apps as a destination for alternative tourism since it amalgamates cultural tourism through its history, art tourism through the decorations and paintings, and even gastronomy and wine tourism through provided tours to local wineries.

  1. Culzean Castle, Scotland 

This is THE place to relive battles and go back in time to Ayrshire in Scotland, known primarily for this castle. Apart from the historical dimension, Culzean Castle is also a resort for romantic travelers, nature lovers and tourists seeking self-healing. You can take walks around the castle or stand on the high cliff top overlooking the Firth of Clyde. Enjoy the view!

  1. Castelo de O’bidos, Portugal 

Go back to Medieval times, and specifically to the Luso-Roman times where fortresses were built all over Portugal in times of battles. This trapezoidal castle was originally one of the biggest fortresses in the country and is now turned into a hotel that attracts millions of tourists every year. The inside of the castle (mainly the lobby and rooms) show Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque influences.

  1. Udai Bilas Palace, India

What if Medieval Europe is not your cup of tea but you still want to live your royal vacation in a castle somewhere? “Incredible India” is the place to be. This castle hotel’s construction in Dungarpur dates back to mid-19th century when Maharawal Udai Singhji-II wanted to build a place of unique, sculptural architecture overlooking the blue waters of Gaibsagar lake. It is perceived as the best place for self-healing and detachment from the outer world. With the traditional Indian architecture and decorations surrounding you, you will definitely feel like a Mahraja in the heart of mesmerising India.

  1. Dalian City Castle, China

If you are in China, you can either visit Disney Land in Shanghai or just stay at Dalian Caste. Both are argued to have almost exactly the same fairytale-like architecture. Built on top of Lianhua Mountain, it is a luxury collection hotel providing “flawless amenities” as some of the online reviews mention, including Banquet s, business space and children activities…

You are never too late for your own fairytale in an enchanted castle. Be the hero of your own royal story with these 5 castle hotels around the world.

– Rahma Henchiri, Correspondent (Travel)