Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Midlothian, Scotland

Follow in the footsteps of Henry IV, Mary, Queen of Scots and Cromwell when you adjourn to 13th Century Dalhousie Castle Hotel, for these three legendary figures have all played a part in the history of this imposing building. Scotland’s oldest inhabited castle, situated just 10 miles from Edinburgh, contains a winning blend of contemporary and historic features. What other luxury hotel has musket balls embedded in the walls?

Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Midlothian, ScotlandFrom: dalhousiecastle.co.uk

Helga's Folly, Sri Lanka

Helga’s Folly is not for the faint-hearted, and it certainly won’t suit everyone - it’s a hotel that splits opinion – but hotels don’t come more idiosyncratic than this. Emerging from a jungle and clinging to a hillside, you’ll have superb views across the valley beneath. As for the accommodation, dating back to the 1930s, this quirky building is the product of one remarkable woman’s fantastical imagination, meaning your accommodation will stir up memories of your favorite fairytales and scary movies all at once.

Helga's Folly, Sri LankaFrom: helgasfolly.com