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Whether you're settling into a sumptuous suite in a Baroque mansion above the bustling boulevards of Paris or escaping the dusty deserts of Rajasthan with a stay in a carved and filigreed Mughal mahal, you can expect the very height of luxury and opulence from the palaces on ebookers. Seeking out these exclusive and classy establishments might mean loosening the purse strings just a little, but you'll be pampered from the get-go. Spas and pools, grand interior design and acclaimed haute cuisine restaurants are just a taster of the sort of extras you can look forward to, while the great diversity in intriguing, heritage-rich palaces means that no 2 trips will ever be the same in these swish residences.

Palaces were once the preserve of royalty. But these days, travellers in search of the height of luxury can enjoy all the bells and whistles of some of the most luxurious stays in a destination, too. You'll find that palaces regularly come with 4- and 5-star ratings, which should offer just a clue to the sort of faultless services and amenities they hide within. You'll be wowed by lavish interiors where 4-poster beds and grandiose design features mingle in the sprawling suites. You'll be greeted by bellhops and concierges ready to cater to your every whim. You'll strut through chandelier-lit lobbies laden with art. And that's just the beginning…

If you're the sort of person who likes your city breaks or country escapes to come with a side of pampering, palaces on ebookers are a good sort of accommodation to consider. So many of these stays pack in spa facilities and health clubs – you can usually be getting a hot stone massage at the click of a finger or be soothing your post-sightseeing muscles in a bubbling hot tub just minutes after returning to the hotel. Then come the exuberant dining options. When staying in palaces, that can often mean picking between Michelin-starred bistros or deciding whether you'd prefer meticulously crafted Japanese sushi or taste-bud-tingling French degustation. Of course, pools – both outdoor and indoor – and gyms are usually part of a palace stay, too.

Love to immerse yourself in history and heritage? A palace could be perfect. These sorts of stays have had to earn their grand epithet. Some were once the home of great luminaries – think the likes of Indian maharajas and French dukes. The upshot is that they ooze character, often coming with interesting architectural twists and richly decorated with art and sculpture that mirrors the culture of the region. What's more, you could find yourself walking the very same hallways as some iconic figures from the past.

We've made it really easy to home in on all the palace holidays that are available in a particular place. All you need to do is enter your planned dates of travel on ebookers.com and we'll show every stay that meets your criteria. You can also use our helpful travel map, which lets you zoom in and out to reveal the top-rated palaces in all the hidden corners of a destination.