There is nothing more disappointing than spending money on what ends up being a commercial, non-VIP hotel that feels more like an amusement park than a luxury vacation. This chic boutique feels like a hotel and is well worth the splurge.
1. Over Yonder Cay, Caribbean
This heavenly, private oasis has been converted from a former remote fishing outpost. The intimate cruise is combined with exciting water sports and a winding trail around the island. This stunning location has its own reef and is teeming with biodiversity. It accommodates up to 28 guests in decadent villas.
2. TwentySeven Hotel, Netherlands
You’ve never experienced Amsterdam like this before. With just 16 rooms and a sensual, glamorous feel that’s darkly romantic, there’s never been a better place to escape with your loved one. Overlooking Dam Square, this chic hotel features house-made probiotic ingredients, a gin-like butler in every candy bar, and ultra-luxurious bedding and furnishings.
3. Riad Khairredine, Morocco
Many experience bustling Marrakech through more rustic accommodations, but a beautiful, almost meditative Riad will take you beyond that experience to one fit for royalty. With fourteen rooms, unforgettable terraces, exquisite culinary options and excellent wine, this oasis is a haven for relaxation in the bustling city. End your day with a dip in their refreshingly cool pool.
4. Hotel Harkness, Idaho
With its chandeliers and skylights, you’d never know this opulent hotel is over 100 years old. Set against an incomparably picturesque setting, this 10-room hotel includes a full spa and salon that isn’t limited to high-end techniques or products. These vintage-appointed suites have old-world charm and are adjacent to Pebble Creek Ski Resort, which blesses hotel guests with 54 trails spread across 10 acres.
5. Aquatic island, India
These 10 man-made floating villas are a paradise on the water, tucked away behind the village of Kumbalangi and offer an opportunity to explore Kochi’s historic fort with martial arts shows and Chinese fishing nets. Local delicacies such as dosa and coconut chutney can be enjoyed on balconies overlooking the bays. Their infinity pool is extremely relaxing and perfect after in-house spa treatments such as an Ayurvedic massage.
6. Aurora Estate, Finland
People from all over the world yearn to see the magical Northern Lights, and there is no better place than Aurora to witness the most sublime spectacle of your life. With just seven suites decorated in sheepskin, wood and high-end fireplaces, hotel residents can enjoy an extremely private yet luxurious cabin. The experience is complemented by a sauna, a spa and a private chef who prepares famous Sami dishes.
7. Raiwasa Private Retreat, Fiji Islands
Tucked away in an unassuming seaside hideaway, this highly individual Taveuni Island experience is a big change, but it’s an experience you’ll never forget. From gorgeous sea views to a huge three-sided infinity pool overlooking the ocean, this experience offers privacy and an outdoor beach feel with outdoor baths that make for unforgettable moonlit nights.
8. Villa Nea, Saint Barthelemy
It’s not really a boutique hotel – it’s more of a private villa, perfect for a group of friends. In the ritzy area of St. Jean, St. Barts, this wildly luxurious abode is filled with 6 stunning double bedrooms, a brief domestic helper and top-of-the-line sound system, and an atrium filled with exciting art and light installations. Oh, and views that look straight out of a picture. Perfect for hen parties and long nights out with the girls – especially the 33m heated pool. Rates start at 70,000 per night, and for good reason.
9. An island in Ferradura, Spain
Welcome to your very own private island in Spain, filled with lush gardens and postcard views. With 6 bedrooms and perfectly landscaped surroundings, this relaxing retreat is privacy at its best. Apart from its elegant aesthetics, it also features the latest technology that is completely sustainable.
10. Drake Bay Getaway Resort, Costa Rica
This place is like a resort and a boutique hotel in one. Against the backdrop of the stunning nature of the Corcavada National Park (the most biodiverse place in the world). An outdoor rain shower and hammock set against the picturesque Osa Peninsula? It was created by high-profile tech giants who left Seattle to create a surreal haven for others.