Immerse yourself in Madeira in a historic hotel in Funchal

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Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts | Luxury accommodation on an organic farm

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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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