Boutique hotels continue to surprise us with their novel designs. All over the world architects are breaking boundaries with hotels perfect for a special occasion and we’ve found the top ten to inspire your next vacation.
Greece is on everyone’s bucket list: sapphire waters, powdery sands and Instagram friendly scenery make it a one-of-a-kind holiday. To get inspired, here’s a family-run boutique hotel, Aenaon Villas in Santorini.
Aenoan villas are the definition of opulence. They’re nestled on the edge of the island’s famous caldera and offer guests a sweeping view of the Aegean Sea. The architecture stays true to its Cycladic roots and blends in with the scenery, a beautiful contrast of blue and white.
This boutique hotel has 7 luxurious villas, complete with a tasteful interior, private veranda and infinity pool. Guests can relax and drink in the view, all in the comfort of their holiday home.
It’s not everyday you can escape to your own private island. Pumpkin Island is a gem in the Southern Great Barrier Reef’s Kappel Group of islands meaning the Reef is a stone’s throw from your doorstep. This little island is only six hectares and offers eco-friendly accommodation for 34 guests in 7 self-catering units, powered by the wind and sun.
Spend the day playing with turtles, dolphin and whale watching or lazing around, letting reality sink in. Or, for adventure-seekers, hire a glass bottom kayak or paddleboard to take advantage of the crystal clear waters.
If you want a city vibe mixed with a little R&R, look no further. Menlyn Boutique Hotel is an oasis in the middle of Pretoria with leafy gardens and five-star spa facilities.
Wind down with an apéritif poolside or explore the sculpture studded gardens, courtesy of up-and-coming artists. Menlyn Boutique Hotel offers 25 luxury designed rooms, including a self-catering option for those who like to be independent.
Want to try South African cuisine? Look no further than Black Bamboo, the hotel’s restaurant. Guests are spoiled with an ever-changing menu and an exquisite selection of local wines.
For the art aficionados, Byblos Art Hotel is for you. This boutique hotel drips with art and has 60 large luxury rooms, all with different designs. Even though the Venetian style villa houses stay true to their 15th century architecture, Byblos displays its impressive modern art collection throughout the hotel.
As soon as you enter, you’re greeted by statues of Kate Moss and as you explore the hotel, you’ll discover Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst pieces on display.
Byblos Art Hotel epitomizes romance. If you follow a path by the pool entrance, you’ll come across a quiet area with jacuzzis and sun-loungers. It’s perfect for couples to relax and spend time together.
Continuing with the romance theme, the hotel is a short drive from the charming city of Verona, where the world’s most romantic story was set: Romeo & Juliet.
Ever had a luxurious stay in a National Park? This boutique hotel invites guests to the most bio-diverse area on earth where monkeys, sloths and exotic birds become your neighbours. It’s not everyday you can catch glimpses of scarlet macaws as you’re reading in your hammock.
The owners designed Drake Bay Getaway Resort so guests feel immersed in the magical surroundings. The cabins, complete with balconies, sit atop a hill and offer sweeping views of the ocean and jungle. The cabins are made from sustainable teak wood, blending into the scenery, and keep with the natural theme.
To pass the time, go hiking or take a boat to Caño Island, one of the best spots in Costa Rica to go dolphin and whale watching.
Escape the hustle and bustle and recharge in a palm-thatched ecolodge. This boutique hotel has eight cabins amidst a unique ecosystem of mangroves and sandy beaches.
The owners designed La Cocotera to support its natural surroundings and even run a parrot breeding scheme and help with turtle preservation.
Hatching season runs from July to October and March to May, where guests can watch baby turtles hatch and make their first journey to the sea.
La Cocotera goes the extra mile to keep their guests relaxed and worry-free. Don’t worry about what’s for dinner, instead head to the terrace dining area and enjoy buffet meals before a beautiful view. If you’re a nature lover or want the perfect honeymoon destination, La Cocotera is for you.
The Pottinger is in one of Hong Kong’s oldest historic stone slab streets which hasn’t changed since the 1850s. Here, heritage meets modernity and it extends to its architecture.
This boutique hotel takes drinking and dining to the next level. Their speciality is their quirky cocktails like the “Early Bird”, served in a bird-shaped glass. Or coffee-lovers can check out The Victoria Arduino Venus’ coffee machine—one of 100 worldwide.
Indecisive diners can choose between the hotel's Italian and Asian fine-dining options. Or go across the street to the Michelin Star Yat Lok restaurant and enjoy roasted goose, Hong Kong's famous delicacy.
Why not swap a suite for a luxury tent? Clayoquot Wilderness Resort spoils guests with their luxury accommodation, tucked in at the end of an inlet where the Pacific Ocean meets the Bedwell River.
Once you arrive, you’re taken to a champagne reception by horse and cart, a taster of what the boutique hotel has to offer. The owners even do a quick orientation to remind you how remote you are such as advising guests not to store food as it could attract bears.
The resort is located within the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere. This is special area as it offers a di diverse range of ecosystems, including a temperate coastal rainforest and rocky coastal shores.
Exhausted after hiking, return to your spacious luxury tent and warm yourself by a woodstove. As soon as you open the canvas doors you’re treated with a hillside view of the estuary.
For refined foodies, this next boutique hotel is for you. Aurelio Hotel and Chalet, based in Austria, is famous for their fine dining options. Aurelio sits atop the slopes of Lech and all ten suites offer panoramic views of the mountains from the privacy of your balcony.Relax in their renowned spa which has a swimming pool and gym. After a day on the slopes, guests can wind down in the herbal sauna, freshen up in the multi-sensory shower or cozy up by the fire.
As mentioned, Aurelio is famous for their food options. Enjoy the breakfast buffet of fresh fruit, yoghurt and warm pastries, along with any additional cooked meals. In the evening, Chef de Cuisine Christian Rescher offers a quality menu, based on the local ingredients dependent on the season. You’re spoiled with an eight course menu with perfect wine pairings and top-quality service.