• Alvear Palace, Argentina
  • Ciragan Palace, Turkey
  • Riad Laroussa, Morocco
  • The Raj Palace, India

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Indulge in a spot of royal romance

1 Alvear Palace, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palatial elegance, exquisite décor and service second-to-none combine to make this one of the best hotels in the heart of the capital. The imposing building boasts stylish Louis XV-style furnishings and guests get their own butler service; you can also pamper yourself in the hotel's spa or relax in the cigar bar.

While you're there… Explore vibrant Buenos Aires, then leave the city for horse-rides across the pampa.

From US$495 (£290) pn; www.alvearpalace.com

2 The Raj Palace, Jaipur, India

Widely recognised as one of the world's best hotels, this former maharajah's residence has been restored to its original opulence. Suites are decorated in silk and gold-leaf; lounges drip with silverware and luxurious fabrics; the old throne and royal jewellery are on display. Feeling flush? The Shahi Mahal Suite is the most expensive in the world…

While you're there… Walk (or ride a camel) to Jaipur's hilltop Amber Fort. Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan's finest cities can be worked into a top two-week trip.

From US$385 (£240) pn; www.rajpalace.com

3 Ciragan Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

This Ottoman Palace was built in the 1860s in the heart of Istanbul, right on the banks of the continent-dividing Bosphorus. From the plush suites you can overlook the palace gardens - once the hunting forest of the sultans; from the infinity pool you can watch boats glide by.

While you're there… Delve into Istanbul - the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace; haggle in the Grand Bazaar.

From €270 (£230); www.kempinski.com/en/istanbul 

4 Palácio de Seteais, Sintra, Portugal

Close to capital Lisbon, this restored palace is a fine example of 18th century Neo-classical chic. Its ballrooms contain rich tapestries and frescos; rooms are lavishly furnished, with spectacular views of Sintra's mountains, Moorish castle and Pena Palace.

While you're there… Hike into Sintra-Cascais NP and the Sintra Mountains; wander nearby Lisbon.

From €520 (£450) pn; www.tivolihotels.com

5 Riad Jonan, Marrakesh, Morocco

Even if riads aren't always palaces, they certainly feel like them - and Riad Jonan is no exception. Ideally located in the Royal Quarter of the city's walled medina, this opulent pad will transport you to the Arabian Nights with its handmade rugs and drapes, tiled floors and pretty courtyard.

While you're there… Get lost in Marrakesh; take a trip into the Atlas Mountains for hikes and visits to traditional Berber villages.

From £60; www.riadjonan.com

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