21 Jaw-Dropping Retreats: Trafalgar’s Exotic Accommodations Worldwide

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There is much to be said for taking a guided tour. Letting someone else do the planning, moving your luggage, picking the restaurant, and getting you a ticket to ‘the must-see’ attraction is so much better than doing it yourself. Taking a tour with my 82-year-old mother and sister was a wonderful experience. It was great having someone else worry about the big things while I just focused on her.

We took an Insight Vacations tour to Spain and Portugal and loved it – memories we will have for a lifetime. I’ve been looking for other tours and came across these Trafalgar Tours (all part of various tour company options). I’m always interested in having unique experiences and staying at some of these locations has made it very appealing.

Chateâu de Beauvois

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France, Villandry Credit: Getty – Richard Ross via Trafalgar

This 17th-century chateau, situated in the French countryside, was once one of King Louis XIII’s favorite destinations for hunting trips. Adorned with a traditional French interior, this stay neighbors the Chateau de Villandry, where King Philip II of France once met Richard I of England to discuss peace and where the bordering world-famous Renaissance gardens bloom. Guests can rest like royalty in this chateau on the Best of France tour. 

 Xaluca Dades

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SWS Morocco Xaluca Dades Credit: Jeremy Woodhouse, via Trafalgar

With an altitude of 1,612 meters, surrounded by a spectacular mountainscape with panoramic views of the Dades Valley, the African-styled Xaluca Dades grants guests a sliver of paradise in the middle of the peaceful Atlas Mountains. A former national Parador in Morocco, travelers can rest here on the Best of Morocco tour. 

Deogarh Mahal

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India Deogarh Credit: Getty Luckohnen via Trafalgar

Once a magnificent fort, travelers will stay in a beautifully maintained heritage resort in Deogarh. Surrounded by the oldest mountain range in India, the Aravalli mountain range, this stay includes time with a Local Specialist who shares centuries’ worth of old tales of the Rajasthan royal family and their infamous feuds and legends that once resided there. Guests can stay here on the Colors of Rajasthan tour. 

Rough Riders Hotel

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Stage of the Medora Musicals, Medora, North Dakota Credit: Getty Franz-Marc Frei via Trafalgar

Named for the volunteer cavalry unit led by America’s 26th President and former visitor, Theodore Roosevelt, travelers will enjoy a night at the Rough Riders Hotel in the historic city of Medora. A perfect blend of 1880s Western nostalgia and timeless luxury, travelers take advantage of the largest private libraries curated by Roosevelt on the National Parks and Native Trails of the Dakotas itinerary.

Ashford Castle

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Ashford Castle Cong Ireland Credit: Insight Vacations

Dating back to the early 13th century and set on the shores of Lough Corrib,
Ashford Castle offers a five-star experience with 83 historically designed rooms, transporting
guests back in time. Built by the de Burgo family, a Local Specialist will share their knowledge as
guests explore its idyllic setting, making it exceptional for immersing in Ireland’s rich culture.
Guests can stay at the Iconic Ashford Castle in Ireland.

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

Machu Picchu Photo Credit Maria Camila Castano CanvaPro
Machu Picchu Photo Credit: Maria Camila Castano CanvaPro

The Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is a remodeled 18th-century monastery located just an hour from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and an arms’ reach from Machu Picchu. Surrounded by a garden and the mind-blowing landscapes of Urubamba and Yucay, guests can stay here after learning about local artisan traditions from a master Quechua weaver on South America Revealed.

Phoenix Hotel

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SWS Copenhagen Phoenix Credit: Phoenix Hotel via Trafalgar

With roots dating back to the 17th century, the Phoenix Hotel has hosted royals
and aristocrats withstanding German rule in World War II. Located off the iconic Kongens Nytorv in the sophisticated Frederiksstaden district, travelers can easily venture into the city to see notable sites, including the beloved Littel Mermaid Statue. Travelers can indulge in their stay in one of the happiest cities in the world, Copenhagen, on the Capitals of Scandinavia tour.

Becks Safari Lodge Karongwe Private Game Reserve

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SWS South Africa Becks Safari Lodge Credit: Beck’s Safari Lodge via Trafalgar

Overlooking the Drakensberg mountain range, the central mountain range in Southern Africa, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve passionately works to innovate the area’s environmental sustainability and community development. From working with local schools and orphanages to aiding in education to training local unemployed adults in hospitality, this stay allows guests to explore the natural game reserve and help preserve the flora and fauna on the Essence of South Africa tour.

Grand Hotel Reykjavik

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SWS Reykjavik Grand Credit: Grand Hotel Reykjavik via Trafalgar

With the highest standards of environmental measures, health, and functionality, the Grand Hotel Reykjavik allows guests to discover the spellbinding mythology of the Nordic region with nods to Icelandic nature. In the heart of the capital, guests can stay here on the Iceland including the Blue Lagoon tour.

The Ark Lodge

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SWS Ark Lodge Credit: Ark Lodge via Trafalgar

If guests have ever wanted to observe elephants and buffalo from the comfort of their stay, The Ark Lodge is the place to be. Nestled in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, this stay overlooks a high-traffic waterhole known to attract wildlife and is a prime location for spectacular animal encounters. Guest stay here on Wonders of Kenya.


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SWS Georgetown Credit: Hotel Georgetown via Trafalgar

In Georgetown, Penang, guests will lodge in a stunning century-old heritage hotel that originally housed traditional shop-houses on the Highlights of Singapore and Malaysia tour.

Hotel Randers

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SWS Randers Credit: Hotel Randers via Trafalgar

One of Denmark’s first provincial hotels, dating back to 1856, this stay exudes historic charm with a collection of artwork and classic interior design. It is surrounded by quaint half-timbered merchant houses. Following the footsteps of a VIP-rich guestbook, guests can enjoy a bite at the in-house restaurant or let some steam out in the sauna on the Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords tour.

Leola Village

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The Inn at Leola Village Credit: The Inn at Leola Village via Trafalgar

Established in 1867 and evolving from a farmhouse to a tobacco farm and carriage house, the Inn at Leola Village presents Pennsylvania’s Amish Country with a backdrop of a serene countryside escape. Guests will enjoy a tour through the rural back roads with a local expert and learn about the traditional agricultural lifestyle of the Amish and the Mennonites. Its four-star TÈ Restaurant offers Italian-inspired eats, and inside, rooms are detailed with exposed wood beams and antique furnishings. Guests can rest here on the East Coast USA and Canada

Hotel Cenacolo

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SWS Hotel Cenacolo Credit: Hotel Cenacolo via Trafalgar

Originally constructed to accommodate pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo now stands as a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery nestled in the nearby town of Santa Maria degli Angeli. A perfect blend of contemporary and traditional, this hilltop stone-facade stay is available to experience on the Best of Italy tour.

Denali Park Village

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Denali National Park, Alaska MtMcKinley – Credit: Getty Johnny Johnson via Trafalgar

As the closest accommodation to Denali National Park, Denali Park Village lies just seven miles south and along the banks of the Nenana River. Within this wild landscape, guests can enjoy a quick hike with awe-inspiring views of the untamed landscape of Alaska on the Majestic Alaska tour.

Junk Boat

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Chinese Junk in Halong Bay Credit: Getty via Trafalgar

Calming and adventurous in equal measure, guests can wake up to a sunrise on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay aboard a traditional-style Vietnamese Junk boat. On board, travelers will take a cooking class with the chef while cruising through the island-dotted emerald waters. Guests can stay here on the Highlights of Vietnam.

Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

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Boat Trip from Tortuguero National Park canals Credit: Getty Julen Arabaolaza via Trafalgar

This remote 15-acre retreat is home to some of Costa Rica’s best wildlife and embraces the rich natural environment with towering trees, exotic plants, and more. The eco-friendly lodge protects the local biodiverse territory using alternate materials and structures that preserve natural resources. Guests can sleep soundly to the rhythm of gentle jungle rain on the Costa Rica Eco Adventure.

Red Centre at Ayers Rock Resort

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Kata Tjuta Sunset Sunrise Australia Credit: Getty Nic Morley via Trafalgar

Home to some of Aboriginal Australia’s most sacred sites, including Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa, the Ayers Rock Resort is indigenous-owned and lets guests rest deep within the Red Center. In the extraordinary landscape of the Australian desert, they can join an optional Uluru BBQ Dinner experience amongst the towering gums, flowering native shrubs, and outback wildlife on the Australian Highlights tour.

Wadi Rum Tented Camp

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Wadi Rum Tents CREDIT Insight Vacations

In the middle of the iconic Valley of the Moon, home to nomadic Bedouins is the Wadi Rum Tented Camp. Skillfully handcrafted tents, created by local women in the community, are ready to host travelers after a day of temple exploration or a night of spotting constellations in the crystal clear skies of the desert. Guests can stay here on the Jordan Experience tour.

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