Peckforton Castle, Cheshire England
At Peckforton Castle, royal living extends beyond the architecture. Guests here can participate in such time-honored traditions as falconry and archery, all the while basking in thoroughly modern luxury. A manor house built in the style of a medieval castle, the property was completed in 1851. It has been granted heritage status and is lauded for its environmental practices, from the discreet solar panels on the roof to a policy of purchasing from local purveyors. The 48 bedrooms are done in a contemporary style that emphasizes the romantic ambience, while also incorporating original building features. Additional indulgences include a relaxing spa, the casual 2010 Brasserie in the former scullery and 1851 Restaurant serving classic French and modern British cuisine
The Old Course Hotel (Scotland)
Located on the most famous hole in the world of golf, this resort is a golfer’s paradise. Not only do most rooms offer panoramic views, this is the only hotel on the revered 600-year-old St. Andrews Links golf course. It also boasts a new Kohler Water Spa featuring a state-of-the-art swimming pool complete with waterfall, a thermal suite and hydro pools to unwind after a tough round. Deluxe suites with marble bathrooms go for $1,800 a night.
Taj Lake Palace
Rising like a mirage from the center of Lake Pichola, this lustrous white marble landmark was originally built in the 1740s as a pleasure palace — an island escape from Udaipur’s landlocked, main royal residence. Guests arrive by boat and are immediately ensconced in a kind of ornate opulence unimaginable in today’s Philippe Starck-styled hotel world. Romantic is the defining mood here, from the meticulous gardens and lily pond to the bedrooms adorned with silks, mosaics, frescoes and gorgeously carved furnishings. With stained-glass windows and magical views from to-die-for terraces, some of the suites will take your breath away. Among the dining venues, Neel Kamal pays tribute to the royal cuisine of Mewar. At Jiva Spa, treatments incorporate ancient Indian healing practices.