Forget lashings of faceless glitz and glamour, boutique is the buzzword on every traveller's lips. The way we view luxury is changing, no longer do we crave those all-inclusive giants with their monochrome palates, but instead, we crave creativity, comfort, and homely happening environments. From instagrammable backdrops to local artisan chocolates on the pillow, curated cocktails, and enviable designs – these are the boutique hotels we are itching to book…
Villa La Coste, Provence France
Everyone’s favourite corner of France, Provence is a picture book of swaying lavender fields, hazy rose wines, and long afternoon luncheons. Villa La Coste is the perfect place to indulge in all of the above. A vision of gleaming glass, clean lines, and billowing shades of white; this boutique gem is brimming with works of art, bespoke furnishings, its own winery, an Onsen and spa, and flora strewn terraces serving up weep-worthy views. An organic kitchen, cosy library with fireplace, and vast marble bathtubs are just the icing on the cake.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino Canada
You may recognize this one from the playbook of celebs and royalty. Canada’s Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is one of the chicest tented camps we have ever clapped eyes on. Sitting pretty in the wilderness of Tofino, where whales breach the waters and bears roam the forests, this natural hideaway is completely private. Fifteen tents come bedecked in antique furnishings with cast iron stoves and five-star amenities. Outside of your regally appointed tent, you can find holistic healing at the spa, seasonal fine dining, and horseback riding through the rainforest.
Little Green Bay, Hvar Croatia
A rising star in the must-see places of the moment, Croatia is one of Europe’s trending destinations. Little Green Bay sits on the golden coastline of Hvar and celebrates raw grace in refined style. Less is more seems to be the ethos, meaning that every inch of the hotel has been designed with pure thought in mind. Tactile linens, natural colours, and a Zen-like atmosphere seep throughout. Floating beanbags to take into the gin-clear sea, pine fresh woods, a hotel speedboat, and slick bistro serving up French-inspired foods in artisan surroundings ensure nothing but tranquillity.
Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, Amelia Island Florida
Named as one of America’s sweetheart hotels, the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge is all yawning porches, long swaying grasslands, and oceanfront breakfasts. Echoing the style of a 19th-century Victorian getaway, you can expect sun-drenched shuttered rooms adorned in period-style furnishings and hints of heavy brass. It’s the little things that bring the boutique touch and this little gem ensures that names are remembered, newspapers are at the door, and complimentary wine and canapes are waiting to help you toast those fiery Floridan sunsets.
Halcyon House, New South Wales Australia
Smartphones and surfboards at the ready, you are going to want to snap a lot of pictures when you see Halcyon House. Vintage bicycles, shades of deep-seated cream and blue, and one of the best restaurants to sit on these hip shores – Australia’s top boutique hotel is the gift that keeps on giving. When you can bear to tear yourself from the well-dressed pool, there’s brunch at Paper Daisy, a gourmet picnic on the sands, an afternoon escape in the award-winning spa, and wines out on the deck.
Kensho, Mykonos Greece
Not only are we in love with the term Cycladic chic but we are also head over heels for the Kensho Boutique Hotel. Overlooking Ornos Beach from a steep lookout point, this modern hideaway is simply heavenly. Whitewashed walls, blonde wood, burnished copper, and neutral nudes come together to create a space of sheer harmony. Hermes toiletries sit on the shelves of enormous open-plan bathrooms, and the darling restaurant invites ten-course gastro experiences allowing you to feast like Bacchus. The spa is a living dream with its rooftop whirlpool, fragrant steam room, and a menu of magic massages.
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