From mediaeval exteriors and modern interiors to hotels where you stay in a royal family’s exclusive palace. We hand-picked five of the world’s perhaps best accommodations that guarantee an unforgettable luxury experience

Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey

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The Çırağan Palace opened in 1871 as the home of Sultan Abdülaziz and holds a unique history. Napoleon the third’s wife, Eugénie de Montijo, has stayed here and the palace hosted the Turkish parliament after the country introduced constitutional monarchy. Today, it boasts 315 luxury rooms and suites, five restaurants and lounges and one of Istanbul’s best spa. From here, on the European-side, you can watch the luxury yacht pass by while sipping on your Turkish coffee.

 Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland

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This legendary castle, dating back to the 14th century, is a three-hour drive from Dublin. Opened as a luxury hotel in 1939, prominent guests have stayed here, including Ronald Reagan, John Wayne and Royal families. In addition to the hotel’s exceptional food offerings, cinema, and an award-winning spa; guests can enjoy outdoor activities such as horseback riding, golf, or take lovely walks in the castle’s large garden.

Gstaad Palace, Switzerland

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The iconic Gstaad Palace is one of Switzerland’s premier resort hotels, and among the last family-owned hotel in the country. In the 1960s, Hollywood flocked stars here, and the hotel still exudes elegance. The 104 tastefully decorated rooms are elegant and luxury, offering unbelievable views over the Swiss Alps.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary

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Known as one of the most beautiful hotels in Budapest, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace is an architectural masterpiece located right on the Danube river. The hotel has 179 elegantly decorated rooms, infinity pool, fitness rooms, restaurants and bars. In the true spirit of Four Seasons, guests can expect a service worthy of royalty.

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, India

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Opened in 1943, this grand palace is a legacy of Rajasthan. The former Jodhpur royal family still lives here today. Parts of the palace were converted into a hotel with 64 luxurious rooms and suites in Art-Deco style. Enjoy mouth-watering Indian meals in one of the hotel’s three fine-dining restaurants, or take a stroll in the peaceful garden overlooking the city of Jodhpur.

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