Quaint bed and breakfast locations are like little jewels in a bevy of bustling hotel chains where they barely know your name. Although not for everyone, these charming hideaways include their own ambiance and unique pleasures.
For those who have a bit more cash at their disposal, luxury bed and breakfasts can be just the right amount of respite, pampering and local flare to make it a completely different type of vacation.
Often, these particular hotel venues are thought of as destinations for romance. Clearly, just like hotels, B&Bs have different features that appeal to a variety of people. Some are family-oriented and have activities and game rooms while others cater to the upscale romantics.
Anyway you cut it, B&Bs are a nice change from hotel chains and even boutique hotels. Generally they are family run, which is obvious from the meticulous attention that is put into every detail. The following bed and breakfasts rank among our favorite in the world for luxury, style, amenities and location. Take a look at each one, as they are so different, appealing and easy to understand their ranking.
There is no stopping people from wanting to find the best places in the world to relax. You may want to note, that many of these spectacular bed and breakfasts have incredible (affordable) off-season rates.
10 Maison Moschino - Milan, Italy: $500 Per Night
This little pearl is the contemporary counterpart to the palaces-turned-hotels that we mentioned earlier. Sometimes it is referred to as a "designer den" but actually, this neo-classical bed and breakfast is the former railway station from 1840 - the Viale Monte Grappa 12. Typical of the Moschino line of hospitality destinations, the decor encompasses a fairy tale theme with four floors of diverse visions and enough to keep anyone visually engaged. The rooms have names with accompanying decor, such as: Alice's room, The Forest, Little Red Riding Hood and more. Luxury with a twist!
9 Sweet Ocean View Guesthouse - Cape Town, South Africa: $550 Per Night
This period mansion has turned into one of Cape Town's most popular destinations. With original exposed brick and beams, the designer added light, contemporary modernity to the mix and the result is a relaxing and inviting combination. Guests can enjoy the views of Sea Point or sunbathe on the rooftop terrace. The delectable continental breakfast is served on the lower terrace in a comfortable, yet lush, surroundings. For a little sightseeing, Cape Town's city center and Clifton and Camps Bay beaches are nearby.
8 Coworth Park, Berkshire: $650 Per Night
Coworth Park sits amidst the luxurious countryside that borders Windsor Great Park. A little more than a Bed and Breakfast, this country house hotel has rustic charm combined with elegance. Some prefer staying in the spacious Mansion House while others love the privacy of the converted Stables and Cottages. The Restaurant Coworth serves locally-grown ingredients in a more upscale atmosphere and The Barn restaurant is where casual dining rules. The available activities are plentiful and include: tennis, horse riding, polo, croquet, pool, and a gym. It's so picturesque that it's like something out of a movie.
7 Bragadin Carabba - Venice, Italy: $800 Per Night
Ca 'Bragadin Carabba has been serving guests since 2008 and is located in one of the most lively areas of Venice, nearby the famous Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. It's unique atmosphere and opulence will satisfy those who can afford to pay almost $1,000 per night during high season. It's renovation did not detract from its earlier periods when it was once said to be the residence of the infamous Casanova. A cozy atmosphere and elegance are enhanced with more modern and cosmopolitan touches for the modern traveler.
6 Abian Biu Mansion - Bali, Indonesia: $900 Per Night
Bali is one of the most beautiful islands in the middle of Indonesia. It's natural beauty is tranquil and serene. The Abian has only ten luxurious guestrooms, so it has the feel of a private home. The style is a combination of Javanese and Balinese with wood carvings, colorful Balinese paintings and beautiful fabrics. Of course, these days rooms are complete with internet access and flat screen televisions. However, more importantly, each room has a private balcony for romance. Speaking of romance, dinners are served on a bridge over water that includes lit candles and lanterns.
5 La Palais D'Hotes - Fes (Fez), Morocco: $1,000 Per Night
The deluxe Moroccan Guests Palace is filled with refined, opulent luxury found in many palaces, turned bed and breakfast hotels. Claimed as having the most amazing and friendly staff, the minute a guest arrives they are asked about their favorite foods. The property is over 100 years old and was restored in the 1940's, a time for high glamour. The Royal Suite is appointed with incredible fabrics, antique furniture and it's own private hammam and Jacuzzi. All the guests can enjoy the Andalusian spa, swimming pool and a full range of wellness treatments.
4 Oceana Santa Monica - Los Angeles, California: $1,100 Per Night
The Oceana View Suite at this bed and breakfast is the one to book for sweeping ocean views, an open floor plan with living room, king-sized bed, Egyptian cotton linens and incredible California cuisine. The on premise dining is exclusive to the guests of the luxurious property and can be served by the pool, in-room or at Tower 8, their on-site restaurant. The food is prepared by an award-winning chef, Josiah Citrin, who uses locally-sourced ingredients and pairs them with signature cocktails.
3 Jade Mountain - St. Lucia: $2,300 Per Night
The view of the Caribbean from this vantage point is incredible. It's natural beauty is enhanced by the high quality beachfront bed and breakfast, designed by architect/owner, Nick Troubetzkoy. With individual bridges spanning over the pools and leading to the infinity pool, it's a sanctuary designed to enchant and delight. Here is one destination bed and breakfast that doesn't fancy having phones, radios and televisions on the property, although Internet is available upon request. Exclusive, tastefully colorful, private and world class, Jade Mountain offers one of the most abundantly rich experiences.
2 Cayo Espanto, Belize: $2,500 Per Night
How about a private bed and breakfast beach house on the Caribbean coast of Ambergris Caye that includes a private chef and houseman and other amazing luxury amenities. Three-miles from San Pedro, Belize, this is truly a private island destination and considered one of the most elite bed and breakfast destinations in the world. We're not sure it gets any more romantic or exclusive than this within such a close proximity (90 minutes from Miami or Dallas). This outrageously unique destination bed and breakfast has been host to celebrities such as Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise. It's also rumored that Leonardo DiCaprio is partnering with Espanto's owner to create another island venture; Blackadore Caye.
1 Molori Sydney - Sydney, Australia: $6,400 Per Night
For a mere $6,400 a night, you too can enjoy one of the world's most expensive bed and breakfasts in your three-level villa overlooking Sydney's Double Bay. Your private butler will notify your private chef when you are ready to take your picnic aboard your private luxury boat. Although breakfast is included, the other meals are not and have been cited as costing another $1,000 per day. The retreat is a renovated block of apartments with amenities those tenants would never have dreamed of. Heated marble bedroom floors, the use of a Princess V50 Riviera yacht, five plasma TVs, home cinema, two dining areas, two Jacuzzis, a steam room, walk in closet, iPod stations, water-view balconies, Louis Vuitton trunk liquor cabinet and so much more. If you're looking for a booking in the next year, don't bother - it's fully booked.