We all love a bit of luxury, but there is so much more to making a hotel really memorable. I recently asked 5 well-respected travel bloggers what were their favourite luxury, boutique or eco-chic hotels. They replied with a very interesting mix, from the ultimate in luxury to something a little more unusual.
For the ultimate in luxury
“A Rolls Royce transfer from the station to the hotel, a live harpist at breakfast, its own ski store and boot fitting service in the basement, tennis courts that are transformed into an ice rink in the winter, and an original Raphael painting just off the main lobby, are just some of the things you can expect. Guests are extremely well catered for at Badrutt’s – at a price, of course – explaining why they have an impressive 75% of their guests are repeats.” Paul Johnson
Escape to the woods
Part-time traveller, full-time travel obsessive, Lucy blogs at On the Luce, helping inspire other independent travellers to make the most of their travel time, balancing it with time for family, friends and work. Lucy recommends O Bar O Cabins as the perfect place to escape to.
“After a hectic two weeks road-tripping the southwest USA, I was more than ready to retreat for a while, and found the perfect place at O Bar O Cabins in Colorado. They have nine self catering cabins, sleeping two–six people, tucked away among the pine forests on the banks of the Florida River. You might be in a cabin in the woods, but that doesn’t mean you’re roughing it – each cabin is stocked with Egyptian cotton linen, spa toiletries, fresh flowers and a cosy fireplace. But there are little decorative touches like the cow print curtains and antler light fittings to remind you where you are – the owners call it ‘Urban Western Style’. There’s great fishing and walks right outside, but I wasn’t going much further than the hot tub under the stars with a glass of wine.” Lucy
Cosy comfort close to nature
“Prince Hall is a small country house hotel on Dartmoor, a part of England that I’ve grown to love for its wild landscapes and great walking. The hotel is furnished in an eclectic mix of country-house chic with exotic Moroccan touches and full of the work of local artists. The food is outstanding and you’re right on the moor with glorious walking on your doorstep, and of course your dog will be very welcome too.” Heather
Monica Stott is the travel blogger behind The Travel Hack, a blog about her search for stylish adventures around the world. For comfort with a concience she recommends this stunning eco-resort in Jamaica.
“The most incredible eco-resort I’ve ever stayed in was called Great Huts in Jamaica. They describe it as ‘Paradise on the Edge’ and I can’t think of a better description myself. In north-east Jamaica this is a small eco-resort with tree houses, tents and bamboo huts carved into the landscape of the cliffs. From the distance you can barely see the huts are there because they blend in with the surroundings so well. Everything is very natural and my bathroom was hidden away in the garden with a bath carved into the rock overlooking the sea. We’d fill the bath with cold water in the morning and by evening it was perfectly hot. There are some luxurious touches like incredible food and drink, yoga and massages but who needs luxury when you’ve got views like this.” Monica
The ultimate in quirky
If you love something a little different, Suzanne Courtney recommends Goreme – Fairy Chimneys and Cave Hotels.
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Boutique Travel Blog’s founder and editor, Kathryn, also blogs at TravelWithKat.com where she shares her passion for discovering new countries, cultures and cuisines.