There are many chains that try to shelter under the umbrella of a boutique hotel, but few offer a service that really matches the denomination. Special location, sophisticated design and personalized attention are the three axes on which this concept pivots, which has already chosen its examples to follow. As every year, selected the best boutique hotel establishments around the world.
From Chile to Thailand through Italy , Portugal , Canada or the United States have been awarded in the different categories that distinguishes the organizer of the event. Even so, an accommodation rises above the rest: the Halcyon House in the Australian beach of Cabarita , which gets the award for the best hotel.
Best boutique hotel: Halcyon House (Australia)
Despite its short history, it has already earned a place of honor among the boutique segment. Of just 21 rooms, it has the appeal of having the famous Australian chef Ben Devlin on fire. James Lohan , founder of the awards, has celebrated his “charm and appearance” of being housed in a house on the Cabarita Beach with all the luxuries and comforts possible.
Best pool with views: Grand Hotel Tremezzo (Italy)
“Water, water and more water”. This is how Paula Goldstein, from the Voyage d’Etudes portal , defines the Daily Mail as this pool. Inserted in Lake Como , water and mountains surround the bathing area. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo also has two other swimming pools with a bar, a spa and an “excellent” Italian restaurant.
Sexiest bedroom: Keemala (Thailand)
Feeling like Tarzan and Jane is possible in this accommodation. The Keemala hotel , in the Thai province of Phuket , has at its guests disposal a set of suites above the tropical trees with four-poster beds, outdoor bathtubs and private pools.
Best dressed hotel: Palazzo Margherita (Italy)
Of just nine rooms, the Palazzo Margherita in the Italian region of Basilicata had a decadent appearance until it fell into the hands of Francis Ford Coppola . The filmmaker, originally from the area, has been responsible for restoring and redesigning the hotel to what it is today.
Best spa: Amanemu (Japan)
Its natural environment gives it a considerable competitive advantage. Located in the Ise-Shima National Park , the Amanemu is built on a complex of natural thermal waters. The Japanese accommodation pools are already a reason to stay there, with the traditional onsen bath and the watsu pool. All surrounded by a zen spirit ideal to relax the most stressed traveler.
Best family hotel: Treehotel (Sweden)
The most adventurous families have nowhere to stay next summer. The Swedish Treehotel has only six cube-like rooms mounted on the trees. These particular ‘bungalows’ are even more spectacular than expected because their walls are mirrors, bird nests or floating houses. In addition to the spa for the elderly, it offers a range of activities for the little ones (and not so much) to enjoy nature.
Best dating bar: London Edition (United Kingdom)
British elegance and style synthesized in a single cocktail bar. Ideal to go for a drink with your date, the London London’s Berners Tavern must be added to the essential guide of the capital. A cozy fireplace and an impressive dining room preside over the space, which seems to have been stuck in time for several decades.
Best Gastronomic Getaway: The Old Clare (Australia)
Three restaurants in a boutique hotel? Yes, it is possible and it happens in The Old Scare , the best bet for lovers of cuisine that can be done in Sydney . With the chefs Jason Atherton and Clayton Wells , the establishment offers a five-course menu with the typical dishes of Australian cuisine as protagonists. In addition, everything comes watered with a pairing of beers from the country that will delight lovers of liquid gold.
Much further: Awasi (Chile)
If you want to lose yourself in the world and forget the hustle and bustle of the city, Patagonia is an ideal place. The Awasi hotel , in Chilean territory, is an oasis formed by 12 luxurious cabins surrounded by the Torres del Paine National Park that, despite being surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world are fully accessible for people with disabilities.
Best hotel for locals: 11 Howard (United States)
In the heart of New York is the boutique hotel 11 Howard , minimalist, modern, eclectic and with an excellent French restaurant. In addition to its service, the accommodation is distinguished by its support of the local arts with, for example, a mural inspired by Jeff Koons created by students of the city.
Hotel with the best soundtrack: Fazenda Nova Country House (Portugal)
The category is new at the Mr & Mrs Smith awards. The renovated Fazenda Nova Country House , in the Portuguese Algarve , has in its musical thread a “relaxed soundtrack that is as chic, timeless and classy as the hotel itself”, explains DJ Lauren Laverne to the Daily Mail . The notes that run through the rooms and common rooms are accompanied by the sound of nature that surrounds this establishment with a saltwater pool.
Coolest Cultural Center: Fogo Island Inn (Canada)
Another prize of new creation. The experts define the Canadian Fogo Island Inn , on the Island of Newfoundland , as “a dramatic camp for those who need a rural refuge.” A spectacular minimalist hotel that contrasts with the abruptness of the cliffs on which it is built.
Hotels with charm: probably the best pool in the world
As every Wednesday we discover a new hotel with charm . This time we travel to Greece, specifically to the island of Santorini. There we find Hotel Perivolas , a spectacular accommodation built on a cliff and that has an infinity-edge pool from which to enjoy breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and that could well boast of being the best pool in the world.
The luxury resort was built in the 70’s by Manos Psychas, a former captain of the Greek navy who bought a land in which there were dozens of caves up to 300 years old and turned them into exclusive 17 suites.
Another peculiarity of Hotel Perivolas is that it does not have any type of technological device. There are no televisions, radios or connection or internet . According to his website, “it is a place to disconnect, relax, sleep and dream”.
Finally, the world boutique hotel awards are prizes that honor the most outstanding boutique hotels in the world in different categories, although the main one, of course, is the best hotel in the world”. They reward the accommodations that offer the most luxurious and original hospitality experiences around the world.