Enchanting Castle Hotels to Celebrate the Holidays Like Royalty

Enchanting Castle Hotels to Celebrate the Holidays Like Royalty

These majestic hotels seamlessly blend rich history, interesting locales, and luxe comfort, offering a fairy-tale ambiance that transports guests to a bygone era while providing modern amenities. Guests can celebrate within walls that once echoed with tales of knights and royalty, now transformed into opulent accommodations, imparting a unique holiday charm.

Domaine Des Etangs, Auberge Resorts Collection | Massignac, France

Domaine des Etangs, conceived as a magical haven for guests seeking balance through art, nature, and the essence of French country culture, is both a historical discovery and an eco-conscious retreat. Set within a 13th-century castle encompassing 2,500 acres of pristine nature in Southwest France, guests step into a fairytale of forests, meadows, gardens, and lakes. Formerly a private holiday estate, this uniquely French luxury hotel and art de vivre retreat allow families to explore the castle's centuries-old history and regional traditions during the festive season. A guided countryside tour, led by the resort’s historical expert, is followed by afternoon tea in the attic, featuring hidden gifts for children under 12. In the spirit of giving, Domaine Des Etangs has partnered with Baby2Baby, allocating 15% of this signature festive experience to support children in need.

The Peninsula Paris (16th Arrondissement, Paris) 

Boasting an exceptional level of opulence and sophistication, The Peninsula Paris welcomes guests and their families to celebrate the holiday season and the spirit of giving in a quintessentially Parisian style with glamorous festive decor, menus and fashion partnerships encouraging a memorable holiday. Constructed in 1864 as a palace by Russian nobleman Alexander Basilewski, the former castle at 19 avenue du Roi de Rome was a key player in European politics. From serving as the exiled residence of Queen Isabella II of Spain to witnessing her abdication in 1870, the palace, with its history, has, in modern day, transformed into a symbol of historical elegance and modern luxury. Beyond the enchanting holiday decor, the property will feature a festive collaboration in partnership with children’s fashion brand Tartine et Chocolat, adding an extra touch of magic to the season. For those planning a trip to the City of Light, seize the opportunity with the A Magical Festive Season package, delivering an array of complimentary benefits, including daily American breakfast, special welcome amenities by Tartine & Chocolat for the little ones and more. 

Essentialist’s Recommendations

The sophisticated members-only travel service, specializing in bespoke trips around the globe with the highest level of personalization, Essentialist is sharing its top castle destinations for the holiday season. With options in the U.K. as well as in Austria, these regal destinations offer an old-world ambiance complete with joyful December festivities & decor, winter experiences and the charm of a historic castle. An Essentialist membership ($2,600 per household) is also the perfect way to gift a passionate travel lover this year.