Blame it on Thrones mania or don’t, but medieval-style stays appear to be having a serious moment. According to a 2019 trend report from Homeaway, demand for vacation rental homes classified as “castles” rose a whopping 55% since last year.
And with the eighth and final installment of HBO’s Game of Thrones saga airing on April 14, there’s no better time to make like a Targaryen and claim your rightful place in the realm—meaning, this idyllic Caribbean castle.
Part of the all-inclusive Sanctuary Cap Cana resort in the Dominican Republic, the oceanfront escape is designed, on the outside, like a medieval palace, complete with commanding stone walls, a moat, and lookout towers. It differs from your average medieval castle, however, in virtually every other way.
Inside these castle walls, luxury suites come with elegant, island-inspired décor, oceanview terraces, Jacuzzi tubs, mini bars, and swim-up access to the dreamiest saltwater pool ever. For the full royal treatment, all guests of the castle also have access to personal butler service. As for the lookout towers? The only thing they’re keeping watch over are those hypnotizing turquoise sea views. (We’ll take the next shift!)
While the castle at the Sanctuary is ideal for those looking for the ultimate royal treatment, those who prefer an authentic Game of Thrones experience can head to Europe, where much of the show is filmed, and book a coastal castle through sites like Airbnb and VRBO.