Royal palace hotels across the globe are a one-stop destination for many affluent to get a relaxing vacation, enjoy the flamboyance of the bygone era with modern-day curated services and experience how the kings and queens once used to live. Carrying forward our series of luxury palace hotels in Rajasthan and India, this one is focused on palaces-turned-hotels from across the globe.
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Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia
Built in 1820 for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky, the palace-turned-hotel gets its name from the magnificent four white marble Medici lion sculptures at the entrance.
From initially serving as a government office building, an academy with a museum and dormitory, in 2014, the palace was converted into a luxury adobe, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace. With 26 unique suites and over 15 regal rooms, the hotel also has an award-winning spa. Experience the grand luxury living in the central heart of Russia with crafted Vodka tasting sessions to an exclusive Tea lounge and multiple cuisine restaurants, including Asian and Italian.
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The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, Mdina, Malta
Built in the 17th century within the medieval city walls, home to the noble family of Moscati Parisio, the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, offers panoramic views from its luxury suites.
This unique luxury hotel in Europe opened its door to the general public in 1999 and offered patrons an exquisite Michelin-star restaurant, The de Mondion. A stay here guarantees you the opulent Mediterranean experience with an unparalleled view of the picturesque Maltese countryside. Ideal for hosting weddings and private events.
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Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey
Known to be built around the mid-19th century by Ottoman sultan Abdulaziz on the banks of the Bosphorus. This palace turned into a magnificent hotel in 1990’s.
Visitors have a range of rooms to pick from, including the exclusive Studio Suite and Sultan Suite to help enhance your luxury experience. The palace hotel hosts several events for the rich and the famous from across the globe, offering its curated services and accommodating the guests’ needs to make their stay an affair to remember. Their range of restaurants and bars is the ideal mix of entertainment and food. The breathtaking architecture, extravagance and hospitality is sure to win you over.
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Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing, China
A UNESCO World Heritage Site right at its doorstep, the hotel is widely known to be used to house Empress Dowager Cixi’s guests from 1861 to 1908. Aman Resorts took over the palace in 2008, making this royal property their first venture.
Sprawling with garden courtyards, this palace is the ideal spot for peace and privacy. Indulge your mind and senses with their offering in wellness inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, wooden screens and Ming Dynasty furniture in rooms, a historic garden estate and much more. This palace hotel is known for its peaceful retreat, offering magical, tranquil courtyards and rooms in gracious pavilions.
Villa d’Este, Lake Como, Italy
Built-in 1568 for Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, this grand palace is situated at the banks of Lake Como and is surrounded by a private park. In 1973 this palace was turned into a hotel by a luxury hotel group from Milan.
Immerse yourself in a dream scenario here, with one of the most romantic lakes by your side, Lake Como. The rooms and suites in this palace hotel overlook the lake and the private park. You will have exceptional views of the marina and boats quietly making their way around the lake; every moment here, your senses will be able to feel the gander of the palace, the service and the privacy.
Tivoli Palacio de Seteais, Sintra, Portugal
Built-in 1787 for the Dutch consul Daniel Gildemeester, this palace turned into a hotel in 1955. Tivoli Palacio de Seteais is one sought-after romantic palace with intense period architecture that takes on a journey of elegance and the period of the XVIII century.
With ornate decor and furnishings in the room, the palace’s ballrooms are adorned with stunning tapestries and frescos of rare beauty that also helps to make this a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visitors can spend hours wandering in the mazes to enjoy the cuisines offered by their restaurants, including the highly famous and known original cuisines of their master chef.
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These palace-turned-hotels offer you a world of experiential luxury. With top-notch service, charming entryways with horse-driven carriages, romantic sprawling gardens and enthralling views, the grand opulence of the heritage design, you are offered the charm of the later years topped with the modern-day facilities to make your stay an affair to remember.
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