Boutique hotels offer something special that can only be achieved in a small, intimate setting where painstaking attention to detail ensures every moment of your stay is a magical experience. Featuring stunning architecture and awe-inspiring locations, boutique hotels ensure an unforgettable stay, and the following 10 hotels are sure to become as much a part of your vacation as the destination itself.
1. Entre Cielos, Mendoza, Argentinaentrecielos.com
This stunning new spa hotel is located at the foothills of the Andes, and its 16 rooms are surrounded by vineyards that produce the hotel’s own signature wine, Marantel Malbec. Entre Cielos boasts a full service hamam and spa, which offer wine based treatments such as grape seed body exfoliation and a wine bath using grape extracts.
2. Taveuni Palms Resort, Taveuni, FijiPhoto: tourismfiji.com
Honeymooners searching for the ultimate private getaway need to look no further than the Taveuni Palms Resort that has taken luxury accommodation to a new level. Guests can select one of three private villas for their stay, all of which feature an acre of private beach and a personal staff of seven ready to cater to your every need.
3. The Samling Hotel, Windermere, UKthesamlinghotel.co.uk
Food lovers heading toward the Lake District National Park should make The Samling Hotel their first port of call. Set in 67 acres of rolling countryside, the hotel’s main attraction is its Michelin Star restaurant that offers guests an unforgettable fine-dining experience. Most of the rooms feature stunning views of the lake, and guests can even choose to hire the entire hotel for a really exclusive experience.
4. Poseidonion Grand Hotel, Spetses, GreecePhoto: ebookers.com
The picturesque island of Spetses is home to the sprawling Poseidonion Grand Hotel which overlooks the Dapia Port. Guests will be pleasantly surprised by the Freud Oriental restaurant which serves Asian inspired fusion cuisine using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.
5. The Toren, Amsterdam, Netherlandsthetoren.nl
The city of Amsterdam needs no introduction, and The Toren hotel provides the perfect base for a delightfully decadent weekend. Each of its 38 rooms is individually designed with a few featuring their own private whirlpool Jacuzzi and all are striking examples of the hotels magnificently theatrical design.
6. Layana Resort, Koh Lanta, Thailand
No list would be complete without a visit to Thailand, and the Layana Resort and Spa is a shining example of Thai hospitality. The hotel is available only to travellers aged 18 and over, and is situated on one of Koh Lantas many breath-taking golden beaches where guests can enjoy a variety of water sports.
7. Sanctum Soho, London, UK
Right in the heart of London sits the achingly trendy Sanctum Soho, which features a small yet stunning private cinema, rooftop garden complete with hydro-hot tub, and 30 individually designed rooms including ‘Crash Pads which are tiny compact rooms that offer rest and recuperation to those seeking a short stopover.
8. Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm, Swedenlydmar.com
Those seeking a cultural getaway will not be disappointed by the Lydmar Hotel set in the heart of Stockholm. This simple yet elegant 48 room mansion is within walking distance of The Museum of Modern Art and The National Gallery, and features a classic contemporary design and knowledgeable staff that can inform you of what’s happening in town.
9. Maison 140, Beverly Hills, USAPhoto: tripadvisor.com
Deep in the heart of West Hollywood sits an intimate retreat that is reminiscent of a Parisian inn, and its 44 rooms are decorated in vintage French style. Guests can take advantage of gourmet meals prepared on site and delivered directly to the rooms, or head downstairs to the bar to sample one of the signature cocktails such as the Lady Godiva or the French Kiss.
10. Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany, ItalyPhoto: borgosantopietro.com
Last but by no means least, is the truly spectacular Borgo Santo Pietro, nestled in the heart of 13 acres of vineyards, orchards, secret gardens, and courtyards filled with antique roses. Guests can wander for hours around the exquisitely beautiful hotel grounds, before retiring to one of the sumptuously decorated suites that transport the visitor to Old-world Tuscany.
Boutique hotels offer much more than just a place to lay your head, their individuality and charm will add a new dimension to your holiday as well as leave you with fond memories of being completely pampered. Whether you are seeking five star service on a tropical island resort, or chic surroundings in the heart of a vibrant city, boutique hotels offer something for everyone in a relaxed and welcoming environment.