Just as you would imagine, palaces are the grand buildings that are the peak architectural works of their own era. Their sheer sight will evoke emotions. The origin of the word "palace" comes from the Latin name palātium as Palatine Hill in Rome which housed the Imperial residences. These grand and royal residences won't come cheap, but they will leave you with rich memories.
Palace Hotels
Neemrana  
Fort-Palace
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Built in 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort-Palace is located on a hill with brilliant views of the Indian countryside. It is a 55-room heritage resort covering six acres of land with multiple levels and palatial wings. Left to ruin for much of the 20th Century, it was restored in the 1990s …
Accommodation types: Fort   Palace   Traditional
Location: Neemrana  India  South Asia
Grand Hotel  
Kronenhof
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TripAdvisor, the world’s most influential hotel site, named the Grand Hotel Kronenhof the world’s best hotel in their Traveler’s Choice Awards 2014. Located in the Engadin valley in Switzerland, the setting has 322 days of sunlight each year with china blue skies and ivory white snow all around. The hotel …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace   Spa
Puchner Castle  
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The Puchner Castle Hotel is five hotels in one. You can stay in the Renaissance Palace where you have a choice of rooms and suites decorated in the genteel style of Matthias Corvinus who was King of Hungary and Croatia from 1458. Or how about The Castle – an elegant …
Accommodation types: Castle   Palace   Spa
Location: Bikal  Hungary  East Europe
Titanic Mardan  
Palace
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Like the Pharaohs' pyramids and Nebuchadnezzar’s hanging gardens, rich men have long sought to build the ultimate thing. Mardan Palace is considered to be one of the most expensive resorts in the world costing $1.4 billion to create. There are 546 rooms separated into three wings: Dolmabahce, European and Anatolian …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace   Spa
Location: Antalya  Turkey  Middle East
The Oberoi  
Udaivilas
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Known as the city of royal palaces and shimmering lakes, Udaipur, in the heart of Rajasthan, is a fine location for The Oberoi Udaivilas – a traditional Indian palace. Come and walk through the complex courtyards, musical fountains, pools and lush gardens. The architecture was inspired by the old palaces …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace   Villa
Location: Udaipur  India  South Asia
Manoir  
de Lébioles
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This high society mansion was finished in 1910 and for much of the last century was home to the Dresse family who used it to host elegant events including plays by the national theatre of Belgium, hunts, concerts, and balls. In 1999 it was sold to developers who sought to …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace   Spa
Location: Spa  Belgium  West Europe
Hampton Court  
Palace
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Hampton Court is one of only two surviving palaces once owned by the legendary English king, Henry VIII. In fact, it was originally meant for the king’s favorite, Thomas Wolsey but he fell from grace and was executed. Since then the palace had been owned by the royal family although …
Accommodation types: Palace   Traditional
Location: London  England  West Europe
Riad  
Laaroussa
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This 17th-century palace is located in Medina of Fez and is a prime spot for indulgence and exploration. Medina of Fez is the largest contiguous car-free urban zone in the world and has been occupied since 859AD. Its rich heritage has lead it to be called the “Athens of Africa”. …
Accommodation types: Palace   Traditional
Location: Fes  Morocco  Africa
Masseria  
San Domenico
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Masseria San Domenico was once a watchtower used to defend this outpost of Christendom against the supposedly heathen Turks. Now, this former bastion of brutality stands at the heart of a fabulous modern resort. There are two restaurants, The San Domenico serves local cuisine under vaulted ceilings that once housed …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace   Spa
Location: Fasano  Italy  West Europe
Hotel du Vin  
Exeter
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Located in the historic British town of Exeter close to the natural beauty and riotous surf of the southern coast, The Magdalen Chapter is part of Swire Hotel’s British collection. Set in a voluminous 19th Century building that used to be the West of England Eye Hospital, The Magdalen Chapter …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace
Nimb  
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This design hotel is located in Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens which is the second oldest amusement park in the world with some of the world’s most luxurious accommodation attached. The Nimb family has been operating on the site since 1877 when they opened a restaurant that swiftly became the place …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace
Cowley  
Manor
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Celebrating all that best about the fresh English countryside and its traditional estates, Cowley Manor is a vanguard of English finery. Indeed, it was a favorite of Lewis Carroll who authored Alice in Wonderland and other delightfully surreal works. Located on an estate that was assigned by William the Conqueror …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Nature   Palace
The Oberoi  
Amarvilas
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Located a mere 600m from the Taj Mahal, this hotel has one-of-a-kind views of this masterpiece of architecture. Inspired by the Mughul period, the interior has ornate gardens, green laced pools, and fountains. Your room is furnished in the traditional style using teak wood. Your bathroom is marble luxury with …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace
Location: Agra  India  South Asia
Atlantis  
The Palm
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This 5 Star Dubai stunner is designed with Arab and Western influences and is home to one of the best waterparks in the world. It covers 113 acres and has 1539 rooms. There is an 11 acre Dolphin bay for you to experience swimming with marine mammals, and there is …
Accommodation types: Island   Luxury   Palace   Underwater
Pera Palace  
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The historic Pera Palace Hotel held its opening ball in 1895. Its clientele often arrived on the Orient Express train and, over the years, the hotel hosted such luminaries as Atatürk, Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway and Greta Garbo. Recently, it has undergone a full restoration and has re-opened its doors …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace   Spa
Location: Istanbul  Turkey  East Europe
American Colony  
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This was originally the home of a Turkish ‘pasha’ or high ranking military officer. In the 19th Century, it became home to a Swedish and American ‘colony’ who were all members of the ‘Christian Utopia Society’. The colony lived a communal lifestyle and engaged in philanthropic work for all the …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace
Riad  
AnaYela
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AnaYela is a 300-year-old city palace in the historic part of Marrakech. When the new owners took it over, they found a secret room that was bricked up. In that room, there was a small jewelry box covered in dust. Inside was a hand-written note telling the story of a …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace   Traditional
Location: Marrakech  Morocco  Africa
A'jia Hotel  
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The Bosphorus is the smallest strait used for international navigation. Also known as the Istanbul Strait, it connects the Black Sea with the Aegean Sea which leads to the Mediterranean. Along its banks are beautiful towns and world famous seafood. The best way to explore this fascinating area is by …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace
Location: Istanbul  Turkey  Middle East
Emirates  
Palace
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Burj-al Arab Hotel was the first hotel to call itself ‘7 Star’. Emirates Place is the second. I hear they are building an ‘8-Star’ hotel soon. It would take me a whole book to describe this place in detail - there’s so much to do. There is a helipad, a …
Accommodation types: Beach   Luxury   Palace