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5 Insane Chateaus for Your Must-Travel List

5 Insane Chateaus for Your Must-Travel List

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If you’ve got a case of wanderlust this year, consider the breathtaking and iconic chateaus around the world, all awaiting your visit. Since these unexpected international destinations—from a converted luxury hotel in Los Angeles to Valentino’s unreal Parisian estate—are sure to inspire elegant behavior, dress to stun accordingly in these copy-worthy looks, paired with dazzling pieces from David Yurman’s regal Châtelaine® Collection as the perfect accent to the royal ensemble. Bask in all the majesty, right up ahead!

 

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Design by Candace Napier

The Magic Castle, Los Angeles

Don’t be fooled by its playful name. This chic chateau hosts one of the most exclusive clubhouses in the world for magic enthusiasts. Find yourself a friend with a membership for entry into this strange and fanciful castle—full of secret passageways and whimsical wonder, of course—that offers guests an unforgettable evening of wondrous and illusory performances.

What to wear: There is a strict dress code for entry, which means it’s time to upgrade to your best cocktail ensemble. And, what better way to finish off the look than with opulent earrings?

Châtelaine® Double Drop Earrings with Lavender Amethyst and Amethyst, $1,950; at David Yurman

 

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Château de Wideville, France

Valentino fans, take note: This bona fide fashion house, co-owned by style icon Valentino Garavani and his partner Giancarlo Giammetti, is located on the outskirts of Paris in Davron. Though you won’t be able to get in, you can still marvel at the 17th-century beauty, which has deep royal ties to Louis XIV. Big-time fashion insiders might have a luckier shot at entry—Valentino is known to throw themed house parties at this abode during Paris Fashion Week.

What to wear: Do it right at the house of Valentino. Pay homage to the brand by showing up in a dress featuring a fun bold print, with a shimmering pendant to match.

Châtelaine® Pendant Necklace with Garnet and Diamonds in 18K Gold, $1,850; at David Yurman

Neuschwanstein-Castle

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Design by Candace Napier

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

If this chateau looks like something from your fairy tale dreams, it’s because this 19th-century palace served as direct inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Lucky for you, the grown-up version isn’t just a faraway fantasy—all are welcome to visit this famed castle in Germany.

What to wear: Channel your inner “princess” by wearing a piece in a blush-pink, the girly hue of the moment, peeking out in an unexpected way. Add a rosy-gem ring on your finger—because, well, obviously.

Châtelaine® Ring with Pink Tourmaline and Diamonds in 18K Gold, $1,450; at David Yurman

Chateau-Marmont

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Design by Candace Napier

Château Marmont, Los Angeles

This L.A. landmark is more than just a swank hotel steeped in (infamous) history. Its Restaurant and Bar Marmont are frequented by VIPs and A-listers alike, making this locale a hot spot for casual celeb sightings. Want a peek before you make a reservation? Queue up Sofia Coppola’s dreamy film “Somewhere,” which was shot almost entirely on the hotel’s premise.

What to wear: Casual elegance is key. Opt for a minimalist vibe with a relaxed bottoms and an easy top. Add a delicate charm bracelet (or stack a few) to polish up the look.

Châtelaine® Bracelet with Peridot and Diamonds in 18K Gold, $1,100; at David Yurman

Highclere-Castle

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Design by Candace Napier

Highclere Castle, UK

Lo and behold Highclere, the real-life castle and filming location of the beloved TV period piece “Downton Abbey” in Hampshire, England. Needless to say, this majestic 18th-century chateau is as dramatic as the series itself. Word to the wise: Book a visit during the months of July and August when the castle is open to the public.

What to wear: Be a tourist in style. Since there’s a lot of exploring to do, pair your favorite jumpsuit with comfy shoes that you can actually walk in, and accessorize with a noir necklace that is as edgy as it is elegant.

Châtelaine® Pendant Necklace with Hematine and Diamonds, $1,200; at David Yurman

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