Forget lashings of faceless glitz and glamour, boutique is the buzzword on every traveler's lips. The way we view luxury is changing, no longer do we crave those all-inclusive giants with their monochrome palates and cookie-cutter luxurious features, but instead, travelers are craving creativity, comfort, and homely happening environments that go beyond the usual marble bathrooms and sea views.
From Instagrammable backdrops to local artisan chocolates on the pillow, curated cocktails at a rooftop bar, and enviable designs – these are the world's boutique hotels we are itching to book…
The Best Boutique Hotels Outside the USA
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.
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.
Arthaus Beirut, Beirut
Arty and evocative, Beirut's latest boutique gem is pure eye candy. Duck down a maze-like alleyway in Gemmayze to find it and fall head over heels for the golden stone walls and the Ottoman-style buildings that capture a dreamy bygone era of old Beirut. The Arthaus isn't about resting on the laurels of the past but is forever celebrating the buzz and beauty of modern-day Beirut with long lazy feasts and a house mixologist shaking up something special to end the day beside the glittering pool or in the cavernous underground lounge. Rooms are all vaulted ceilings, original tiles, and antiques. True to its name, the Arthaus also boasts a truly jaw-dropping personal collection.