People generally gain the royal status and royal mode of living in one of the three ways — they’re born into that lives, they marry a monarch or they acted in such a movie or television series. And it is surprising fact that wanting to live like a royal prince or princess, at least during a vacation is a fascination of all generation. In modern days, we are fortunate enough to get a fairytale themed vacation with the availability of many palaces and resorts who offer these golden opportunities. We don’t have to be an actual king, queen, prince or princess to vacation like a ruler.
The daily lives of royals might be unpredictable, but their way of living is very much available – thanks to the fairytale-themed movies. If you want to have a fairytale themed vacation experience, hit up one of these hot spots favored by castle-dwellers worldwide.
Peleș Castle, Sinaia – Romania
Nestled at the foot of the vivacious Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Peles Castle is a masterwork of German new-Renaissance architecture. It is one of the most stunning castles in Europe, which was commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883. The 160 rooms can welcome lots of guests which are all ornamented with the finest examples of European arts and culture. Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows, and Cordoba leather-covered walls have the strength of creating a fairytale inside the castle.
You will feel the royalty in your bone as the castle truly served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. Additionally, the Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by the electrical current produced by the castle’s own plant.
Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island – Maldives
Not all the fairytales are about castles, gowns and dining halls. There must be some people like me who want roam around the beautiful ocean-like Moana. Moana’s story is set in the land of sun and sand, whereas Maldive’s Vaadhoo island offers sun, sand, and stars at night. It can be the ideal place for modern time Moana and her ally.
This would be a surreal experience at night when the tide glows with plankton and gives off a star-like appearance. If you are a good sailor and navigator, you also can explore the ocean with a boat at night time.
The Leela Palace, Udaipur – India
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Once upon a time Mark Twain described India as: “The one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.”. As we approach the Leela Palace resort in Udaipur overlooking the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola, we can feel how true Mr.Twain was. Udaipur itself known as the Venice of the East. No wonder, it’ll hug all the palaces with beauty and fame. And the Leela Palace is one of them with a fairytale themed structure and with the essence of ineffable culture and heritage.
The building itself stands with a spectacular Mughal-inspired architecture which is also infused with Mewari culture. The Palace is set in the backdrop of the Aravalli mountains. So with one blink of eyes, we can have the scenic beauty of water and mountain. This palace plus hotel efforts to make the guests feel like a genuine royalty with its world-class modern services added with traditional warmth. A grand entrance on the waterfront, suites with lake view, private dining, guava gardens, history sessions, folk dances, butler services, and onsite restaurants all afford panoramic sights of the majestic man-made Pichola lake, which itself dates back to 1362.
Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu – Nepal
Deeply connected with Nepal’s rich history and strategically located at the edge of the main city, Hotel Shanker not only provides guests with easy access to Durbar Marg and Thamel but also provides an oasis-like setting with sprawling gardens and a beautiful poolside area spread over 4.4 acres in the heart of Kathmandu.
Being a true palace of old time, it stands with its old pride. It has a brief history of being Rana’s palace. It was the royal residence of the rulers of Nepal from 1894 until 1964. The construction was completed in 1894 A.D. The exteriors are fashioned in neoclassical style and the interiors are done as per European tastes of that time. Here, you can walk through the lobbies wearing your best dress or tuxedo and feel the charm of the royal dignity. The hotel maintains and cherishes its position as a grand beauty of unmistakable class.
Duns Castle, Duns – Scotland
Standing proudly since the 14th century, the majestic Duns Castle is in a unique location in the Scottish Borders, surrounded by tranquil parkland, on the outskirts of the small market town of Duns. It is nestled on 1,200 pristine acres. Family owned since 1696, the exotic castle welcomes guests from around the world. While roaming around the property, you’ll surely feel the soothing environment which resembles Cinderella’s place. The bedrooms and suites, dining halls and adjacent areas, drawing room, billiard room and the castle itself is a jaw-dropping example of fairytale themed vacation place.
Activities like archery, croquet and falconry can keep us entertained, if scouring the grounds for secret passageways or enjoying the serene nature reserve aren’t enough. So pack up that yellow ball gown and blue evening tuxedo and stock your playlist with the best Disney tunes to spend the next summer in this Scottish Castle.