Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi, the Maldives of the United Arab Emirates

This little-known gem is known as the Maldives of the United Arab Emirates, a small, natural, previously uninhabited private island that’s the epitome of luxury, tranquillity and seclusion. If you love beautiful and luxurious places to stay, then add this magical island with its stylish boutique hotel to your wish list.

Hotel G – Stylish Design in the Heart of San Francisco

Heading to San Francisco and looking for the perfect boutique hotel? Located just one block from Union Square, in the heart of San Francisco, the boutique Hotel G makes a fabulous base for exploring the city. Many of the main attractions are within easy walking distance, as is Frisco’s famous cable car.

A Treasure in the Siem Reap Countryside: Trésor d’Angkor

Hotels in the centre of the Siem Reap tend to be noisy. Those who come to the area to relax as well as to see the magnificent Angkor temples will appreciate the peacefulness of Trésor d’Angkor Suite, a boutique hotel in the countryside in between the airport and downtown Siem Reap.

Where to find your perfect romantic escape

Looking for a romantic hotel? From a luxury tree house in England to an eco-friendly Peruvian spa, here are five very different places, each perfect for a cosy escape for two. Don’t save the romance just for Valentine’s Day this year!

Our Top 10 Favourite Boutique Hotels

We’ve stayed in some pretty special places, so it was tough to limit this to just ten, but here are our favourite boutique hotels from around the world.

Na Nirand, a peaceful oasis in the heart of Chiang Mai, Thailand

In central Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, the Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort is the epitome of calm and elegance, perched on the riverbank. Half-wood colonial Lanna style architecture, reminiscent of Thai house design from the late 19th century, takes you back...

Ottley’s Plantation Inn, my perfect Caribbean retreat

Every now and again I stumble across somewhere that I feel is truly special. It might be a vibrant city hotel or a quiet mountain retreat but without doubt unique and a cut above the ordinary. It was in order to share these magical places that I first started writing Boutique Travel Blog …places like Ottley’s Plantation Inn.

The stunning Macondo Suites at Ngala Lodge, The Gambia

The award-winning Ngala Lodge celebrated its 20th anniversary last year with 6 new luxury sea view suites and a stunning cliff-top infinity pool. I had heard very good things about the new suites and I was recently asked to photograph them by The Gambia Experience. I...

Boutique Hotels

From luxurious intimate retreats to larger stylish beach resorts, here we feature hand-picked boutique hotels from around the world all with that certain something that sets them apart.

What makes the perfect boutique hotel?

1. Between 10 and 100 rooms

Any less and they really should be classed as B&Bs or perhaps an inn. Some larger hotels may have a section within them that could be classed as a boutique hotel, such as a boutique wing. Either way, the atmosphere should be intimate and welcoming.

2. A unique style and flair

The design of each area of a boutique hotel should be carefully planned and coordinated with attention paid to every detail. They seek to stand out from the crowd, sometimes with a quirky twist here and there.

3. Excellent service with a laid-back vibe

While the service at a boutique hotel should be first-rate, it should not be over fussy, pretentious or intrusive.

4. Fabulous food and drink

Ideally, in our minds at least, a boutique hotel should have an excellent restaurant offering dishes made from local, seasonal, organic produce, ideally with a nod to traditional local fare.

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