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.

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.

Gran Melia Tenerife – the boutique Red Level

When I think about a holiday to Tenerife, the first thoughts that spring to mind are not – peaceful, luxury, relaxing and boutique. Yet at the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora this does indeed exist, within its rarified, adults only ‘Red Level’.

Nilaya Hermitage, Goa

Nilaya, meaning abode in blue or simply heaven in Sanskrit, is a secluded and unique, luxury, boutique hotel in Goa surrounded by nature. The perfect hideaway and antidote to our hectic, modern lifestyles.

Discovering ELIEL, a boutique bed and breakfast in Paris

Hidden away behind a gorgeous Parisian facade is a wonderful, chic apartment, offering bed and breakfast accommodation in three stunning bedrooms. In the 9th arrondissement, this stylish apartment is just a 10 minute walk from Gare du Nord railwat station.

Step back in time at the Casablanca Hotel Times Square

The Casablanca Hotel Times Square is a member of the exclusive Library Hotel Collection. Like its sister hotels in Manhattan, it ranks among the most popular hotels in NYC. Inspired by the romance of the film, Casablanca, the hotels ambiance is often called an oasis by guests seeking a serene escape from the adjacent Times Square Broadway Theatre District.

Romance and luxury in the rose gardens of Prague Castle

Our latest ‘Hotel of the Month’ is the unique Golden Well Hotel in Prague, a quiet 16th Century hideaway set in the romantic rose garden of Prague Castle with a stunning terrace restaurant looking out across the roof tops and spires of this historic city.

Traditional charm and modern luxury in southern Italy

Our featurted hotel of the month is Masseria Torre Maizz, a former Puglian watch tower and working farm converted into a luxury 5 star hotel. We love the combination of traditional character and modern luxury in such an idyllic setting surrounded by orchards and vineyards. In addition the hotel has its own golf course set amongst ancient olive trees and the stunning Coccaro Beach Club.

The unique and historic Mercer Hotel Barcelona, Spain

Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and with just 28 rooms, the Mercer Hotel Barcelona is a unique establishment in a restored heritage building of tremendous historical value to the city. Parts of the building dates back to the 1st century AD, including a portion of the Roman wall of ancient Barcino, whilst other parts date back to the middle ages.

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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