Top UK road trips to take this autumn

Top UK road trips to take this autumn

Autumn is a fabulous time to head off on a road trip. Here in the UK, the weather is generally mild, the roads quieter, the hotel prices cheaper and the trees that line the roadsides look glorious in their autumnal hues. Sunny days at this time of year are...

Immerse yourself in Madeira in a historic hotel in Funchal

Immerse yourself in Madeira in a historic hotel in Funchal

Madeira is the perfect island for beautiful almost-tropical scenery, whether you're walking in the mountains high above the clouds or enjoying the sound of the waves by the coast. When we visited last December, we were lucky enough to stay at two stunning and tucked...

Boutique ocean cruising aboard the Viking Sea

Boutique ocean cruising aboard the Viking Sea

I’m aboard the floating-boutique-hotel called the Viking Sea. Viking Cruises has six of these stunning ships, all almost identical, with more coming over the next few years. I’m first impressed with the beauty of the Viking Sea’s Nordic design, then with the luxury...

Top 10 luxury hotels in central London

Top 10 luxury hotels in central London

Steeped in history yet no stranger to innovation, London is one of the finest capitals in the world. Whether it's your first visit or your one hundredth, there will always be something new to discover. The city celebrates its multiculturalism, with some 270...

The Saint John: History and luxury in the heart of Valletta, Malta

The Saint John: History and luxury in the heart of Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta's golden capital city, is a maze of narrow streets rolling up and down hills, past churches and pavement cafés, with every corner decorated with statues and colourful balconies. The city's concentration of historic architecture means the whole of...

Luxury Cruising Peru’s Amazon River

Luxury Cruising Peru’s Amazon River

Have you ever been to a place so isolated there is no road in or out? I’m not talking about an island paradise below the equator, but a spot off the grid and so remote it’s known as the largest city in the world you can only get to by air or boat. Where a jungle...

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

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. This article contains affiliate links. For more information about affiliate links, please visit our Affiliate DIsclosure...

Top 5 reasons to visit Luxembourg

Top 5 reasons to visit Luxembourg

How much do you know about Luxembourg? We all know it's there. Somewhere in central Europe. But not that many of us have been there or even know that much about it. Having recently spent a long weekend there, I'd like to share with you 5 reasons why I think Luxembourg...

Appetite inducing Vancouver

Appetite inducing Vancouver

I love Vancouver. Even during the height of Canadian winter it is rare for this coastal city to see snow. For the few days a year it does come, the flakes rarely last the day (at least at sea level, elevation is a different story!). Vancouver does have its hot days,...

Ottley’s Plantation Inn, the perfect Caribbean retreat

Ottley’s Plantation Inn, the 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 a doubt unique and a cut above the ordinary. It was to share these magical places that I first started writing...

Boutique cruising with Azamara Journey

Boutique cruising with Azamara Journey

As I stepped aboard the Azamara Journey, a grand staircase greeted me, as did a most welcome glass of champagne. I'd been invited to join a short leg of a Mediterranean cruise to check out this beautiful, recently refitted ship and from what I had heard I was going to...

Nilaya Hermitage, Goa

Nilaya Hermitage, Goa

Nilaya Hermitage, Goa, India On a hillside overlooking Arpora to the Arabian Sea beyond, Nilaya Hermitage is a secluded, boutique hotel in Goa, as unique as it is beautiful. This article contains affiliate links. For more information about affiliate links, please...

The elegant Ritz-Carlton on Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

The elegant Ritz-Carlton on Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

The Perfect combination of a beachside and city break With a choice of 5 swimming pools, including one for adults only, numerous enticing dining options, lush gardens, a private sandy beach, a luxurious spa and superb service, the elegant Ritz-Carlton Dubai JBR, on...

Travel more responsibly on an eco-chic holiday

Travel more responsibly on an eco-chic holiday

Would you like to travel more responsibly but don't want to give up your creature comforts? If yes, then we have to agree with you, this is our favourite way to travel too. Whether you are after a luxurious eco-safari in Africa, an Arctic cruise or a stylish European...

Mandina Lodges | Barefoot luxury in The Gambia

Mandina Lodges | Barefoot luxury in The Gambia

Luxury lodges on a tributary of the River Gambia, deep in the heart of Makasutu Forest. In the sacred forest of Makasutu, you'll find the perfect place to escape the world, relax and unwind. With just nine lodges, at many times, it will feel as if you have this...

Top 5 Central & South American Eco Resorts

Top 5 Central & South American Eco Resorts

Central and South America's diversity of wildlife is simply breathtaking, as is the natural beauty of its landscapes and the warmth of its people. If you are looking for sustainable luxury travel, then here are 5 of the best environmentally friendly and responsible...

Top 10 treehouse holidays around the world

Top 10 treehouse holidays around the world

Where better to escape the stresses of work and your everyday routine than by heading up into the treetops? From a luxurious suite with a hot tub in the grounds of an English country house hotel to a rainforest eco-lodge with 360° views of the jungle, there's no place...

Five fun and fascinating things to do in Mykonos, Greece

Five fun and fascinating things to do in Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, a stunning island in the Aegean Sea, is famous for its windmills and beaches but there's a lot more to do here besides sunbathing with your nose in the latest best-seller. Here we take a look at five fun and fascinating things to do in Mykonos. 1. Join a...

How to make your next trip the best one yet

How to make your next trip the best one yet

We all know the dip you get once you’ve made your way back home after your most recent trip – so it’s not long before you dive into planning the next one! But instead of your usual routine, how about going one further and doing everything you can to make sure your...

5 reasons to visit the stunning island of Mykonos

5 reasons to visit the stunning island of Mykonos

As one of the top destinations to visit in Greece, if you’re looking for a holiday of a lifetime, Mykonos may be the perfect spot for you. The island oozes glamour and sophistication, with a thriving party atmosphere, beautiful Mykonos beaches as well as...

Why you should go on a cruise at least once in your lifetime

Why you should go on a cruise at least once in your lifetime

Are you yearning for adventure or seeking relaxation? Maybe you’re looking for the perfect family holiday? Do you care about the environment? Have you considered a cruise? It’s time to dispel a few myths about cruising. The variety of cruises available and the type of...

Top 6 boutique hotels in Switzerland

Top 6 boutique hotels in Switzerland

Setting out on a journey to Switzerland is like embarking on a trip of a lifetime. The magnificent blend of meadows, lakes, and Alpine peaks as a backdrop to medieval towns and world-class attractions is arguably unbeatable anywhere else in the world. And in this...

How to plan the perfect honeymoon

How to plan the perfect honeymoon

Relaxing on a secluded palm-fringed beach for two weeks, a short break skiing in an exclusive Alpine resort or an extended glamping expedition on safari in Africa, honeymoons come in many different shapes and sizes. Surprisingly, the average honeymoon is planned and...

Gallery Hotel Art | Elegance and art in the heart of Florence

Gallery Hotel Art | Elegance and art in the heart of Florence

Chosen by the Telegraph as one of the best boutique hotels in Florence, Gallery Hotel Art, is part of the impressive Lungarno Collection by the Florentine fashion Ferragamo family. Located in the heart of Florence, it couldn’t be better situated for a memorable city...

5 fabulous luxury holidays around the world

5 fabulous luxury holidays around the world

Luxury around the world comes in many different shapes and sizes and in a vast variety of stunning locations from mountain tops to coastal plains. We’ve hand-picked our favourite holiday villas and apartments in each of five very different settings. Whether you’re...

Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa, Quebec

Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa, Quebec

[wp_show_posts id=""]Imagine the rural Quebec of a storybook. Tall evergreens and maple trees that blaze crimson in autumn and drip sap to be made into syrup in spring. Farmland, dotted with farmhouses and animals, rolls up from the mighty St. Lawrence River. There’s...

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

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

On the slopes of Mount Liamuiga with stunning views down the hillside to the Caribbean Sea, the exclusive resort of Belle Mont Farm offers so much more than other luxury hotels. It’s a celebration of the local community, on the unspoilt West Indian island St Kitts....

The Cotswolds charm of Bruern Cottages

The Cotswolds charm of Bruern Cottages

The glorious Cotswolds, England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has long been a popular choice for a leisurely break. Tourists from all areas flock to this charming stretch of south-central England to stroll through its picture-postcard towns, famous for...

The great perks of a private jet charter

The great perks of a private jet charter

When you’re considering booking a private jet charter, it’s fair enough to think you’re going to be splashing the cash. However, it can be more cost-effective than you think and there are many other perks to hiring a private plane.

Feel at home on holiday in a luxury serviced apartment in London

Feel at home on holiday in a luxury serviced apartment in London

We recently shared our favourite hotels in the city but a great alternative if you prefer somewhere more private, somewhere you can really feel at home, is renting a luxury serviced apartment in London. London is a place like no other where past and present come...

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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