The World’s Most Luxurious Castle Hotels for a Royal Escape

Dreaming of your next luxury holiday? If you’re searching for a romantic hotel that offers something a little bit different, why not book a stay at one of the world’s luxury castle hotels?

These unique places are truly fit for a king or queen. And the best part? You don’t have to be a real-life monarch to enjoy them. From hotels with luxurious spas and gourmet dining experiences to exciting outdoor activities and underground wine cellars, you can find castle hotels in a variety of themes, all set in some of the world’s most enchanting locations.

Discover some of the best here. 

1. Como Castello Del Nero, Italy

Aerial shot of Como Castello Del Nero, Italy
Aerial shot of Como Castello Del Nero, Italy

This stunning 12th-century castle is nestled in Tuscany‘s Chianti hills, between romantic Florence and medieval Siena. With its thick stone walls and terracotta-topped roofs, this traditional Tuscan castle is surrounded by fragrant olive groves and pine trees. 

Inside the castle walls of Como Castello Del Nero, you can relax in the heated outdoor pool, or unwind at the Asian-inspired spa with wellness facilities. When it’s time to eat, you can enjoy an array of gastronomy options at this luxury castle hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Whatever dish you go for, you’ll take in breathtaking panoramic views of the valley. 

Como Terrace Suite at Como Castello Del Nero, Italy
Como Terrace Suite at Como Castello Del Nero, Italy

The village of Tavernelle is just a 15-minute walk away, and the city of Florence is a 30-minute drive from the hotel. 


2. Luttrellstown Castle Resort, Ireland

Exterior of Luttrellstown Castle Resort, Ireland
Exterior of Luttrellstown Castle Resort, Ireland

Step back in time at Luttrellstown Castle Resort, a 15th century castle situated just 20 minutes from Dublin airport. Don’t let its convenient location fool you – this luxury castle hotel is adorned with regal interior design and impressive architecture that’s worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Set at the heart of a 560-acre private estate, the historic castle and walled gardens have a rich history that spans 600-years. It has even hosted real-life royalty, including Queen Victoria – plus, celebrity royalty Victoria and David Beckham got married here in 1999.

Library at Luttrellstown Castle Resort, Ireland
Library at Luttrellstown Castle Resort, Ireland

When staying at this 5-star resort in Ireland, you’ll be able to enjoy a round of golf at the 18-hole champion golf course. Whether you want to taste delicious gourmet cuisine, take in the sights on a woodland walk, or take part in archery or falconry, there’s plenty to keep you occupied here. 


3. Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany

Aerial shot over Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany, Italy
Aerial shot over Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany, Italy

Set against a beautiful Tuscan countryside backdrop with spectacular views of the nearby olive groves and vineyards, this elegant 10th century castle has a rich past, which means you can enjoy an authentic taste of history. But, despite its old-world charm, Castello di Casole‘s recent restorations mean you’ll be able to enjoy all the modern facilities that you would expect from one of the finest luxury castle hotels in the world. 

Marvel at the wonderful hill views from the hotel’s outdoor infinity pool, or relax and unwind as you explore the underground spa, which sits deep inside the castle’s hundred-year-old wine cellar. 

Essere Spa at Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany, Italy
Essere Spa at Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany, Italy

With two fine dining restaurants to choose from, you’ll be able to feast like a king – choose from a delicious menu of exquisitely presented gourmet Italian dishes. And, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay with babies and toddlers, this hotel offers children’s menus, family-friendly activities, and babysitting services. 


4. Hotel Castello di Reschio, Italy

Outdoor swimming pool at Hotel Castello di Reschio, Italy
Outdoor swimming pool at Hotel Castello di Reschio, Italy

Take a journey back in time at this elegant Italian castle. Offering the ideal romantic break for couples, Hotel Castello di Reschio‘s recent transformation means it now offers the perfect blend of fascinating history and absolute luxury. 

Each of the 36 guest rooms is filled with character in abundance, and is inspired by past residents. The surrounding countryside region is as picturesque as the hotel interiors, and you’ll find locally-sourced materials used throughout the castle. At the restaurant, you can enjoy locally-inspired dishes, made using vegetables, fresh fish, olive oil and truffles sourced from the grounds of the hotel. 

Alle Scuderie restaurant at Hotel Castello di Reschio, Italy
Alle Scuderie restaurant at Hotel Castello di Reschio, Italy

For the ultimate castle experience, book a stay in the hotel’s tower. Built in 900AD, this is the most ancient part of the castle. This show stopping two-bedroom luxury suite sits over five floors, and offers magnificent sweeping views out on to the spectacular terrace. 


5. Castell Son Claret, Spain

Exterior of Castell Son Claret, Mallorca, Spain
Exterior of Castell Son Claret, Mallorca, Spain

Sitting at the foot of Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO-protected mountain range forming the backbone of Mallorca, this newly renovated 19th-century former castle is a popular wellness holiday destination. As you travel along the long, palm-lined driveway on the approach to the hotel, you’ll enjoy a little hint of the grandeur on offer inside this resort.

Castell Son Claret is one of the best luxury castle hotels in the world. There are just 41 suites and rooms, many with their own private pool or terrace to enjoy. 

Pool Suite at Castell Son Claret, Mallorca, Spain
Pool Suite at Castell Son Claret, Mallorca, Spain

By day, you can relax at a yoga, meditation or tai chi class. Afterwards, take a seat on the tranquil terrace to enjoy delicious Spanish cuisine. With two restaurants with Michelin stars to choose from, food-lovers will be spoilt for choice here


6. Domaine Des Etangs, France

Aerial shot of Domaine Des Etangs, France
Aerial shot of Domaine Des Etangs, France

This classic French fairytale style castle is surrounded by picturesque woodland, rolling hills and rural wildlife. Originally built in the Middle Ages by French knights, this 13th-century chateau uses seasonal, local produce from its own vegetable garden, and is proud to be an actively sustainable luxury hotel.

As well as the grand architecture and 1,000-acre castle grounds, you can enjoy guided nature walks, outdoor activities and luxury wellness treatments and experiences. If you’re staying with children, there are plenty of child-friendly activities on offer, including an exciting adventure playground for the younger ones and a huge games loft for teenagers. 

Cassiopée bedroom at Domaine Des Etangs, France
Cassiopée bedroom at Domaine Des Etangs, France

The regal interior of Domaine Des Etangs is just as impressive, with fireplaces, garden views, and traditional wooden beams across the rooms and suites. If you’re keen to experience rustic life in France, this luxury 13th-century castle is the place for you.


7. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu-Dhabi

Evening at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi
Evening at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi

This desert resort in Abu Dhabi is designed in the style of a traditional Arabian fort. Totally different to the other options in our collection, you’ll enjoy a completely unique experience at this oasis in the dunes. At Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, experience the ultimate in traditional Arabian hospitality with a varied wellness programme and luxurious spa. 

You can choose from a range of well-appointed rooms, suites and private villas, all serving up wonderful views of the desert. This place is the height of luxury, with pillow and soap menus. Relax and unwind in the freeform swimming pool, or enjoy traditional cuisine in one of the resort’s five unique restaurants, including a Middle Eastern barbecue experience.

It’s easy to make lasting memories at this resort, with many once in a lifetime experiences to choose from. From desert camel trekking and helicopter rides over the dunes, to dinner under the stars with your own private chef, this place is truly unforgettable. 


8. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Canada

Exterior of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Canada
Exterior of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Canada

Hidden behind the stone walls of Old Quebec City in Canada, this historic castle is a landmark building. When you arrive, it’s easy to see why it’s said to be one of the most photographed hotels on earth. As well as its rich past, it boasts breath-taking, exclusive views of the famous St Lawrence River. 

The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is one of the city’s most recognisable historic landmarks, and it enjoys an enviable location, just a few minutes walk from the Notre-Dame de Quebec. Each of the elegant rooms offers luxurious furnishing and contemporary décor.

1608 Bar at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Canada
1608 Bar at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Canada

This is a great choice if you want to explore all the sights of Quebec City. After a busy day sightseeing, you can head back to the hotel to enjoy the fantastic facilities, including an indoor whirlpool, steam rooms, and an indoor swimming pool. 


9. Adare Manor, Ireland

Exterior of Adare Manor, Ireland
Exterior of Adare Manor, Ireland

Located in the heart of Limerick, Ireland, this 19th-century neo-gothic manor house has been renovated with Georgian-inspired décor. On arrival, you’ll be blown away by the majestic interior, with its decorative carved stone and gargoyles.

Set in 840 acres of private land, this coastal retreat is highly regarded for its traditional Irish hospitality. Its facilities include a luxurious spa and championship standard 18-hole golf course. Each of the rooms and suites has oak-panelled accents and stained glass windows, offering a glimpse into the manor’s historic past. From your room, you can enjoy wonderful views of the manor’s lush grounds and glorious gardens. 

Indoor pool area at Adare Manor, Ireland
Indoor pool area at Adare Manor, Ireland

The Adare Manor has multiple eating locations where you can enjoy a choice of international cuisines, including traditional Irish delicacies. 


Find your dream luxury castle hotel

If you’ve been inspired by any of our luxury castle hotels, contact us to find out more from our Travel Specialists. They’re experts in tailor-making personalised luxury holidays, with first-hand knowledge in many of our featured destinations.

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