Who doesn’t crave a little luxury in their lives? As Scott and I get older, we find ourselves enjoying the finer things in life more than we did when we were younger. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t need to be pampered every moment of every day — and we still love a good adventure — but there is nothing wrong with splurging on vacation.
One of our favorite things about small boutique hotels is the individuality of each one. Here are ten unique luxury escapes around the world.
10. Cosmopolitan Suites
This all-suite clifftop hotel in Santorini, Greece is ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway with stunning views. Its ideal location allows guests to easily explore the surrounding nightlife and cuisine, the UNESCO heritage village of Oia and the medieval village of Pyrgos..
9. Entre Cielos
With luxury spa treatments inspired by local wine culture and a location in Mendoza’s famed wine region, this is the perfect escape for wine enthusiasts looking for a relaxing getaway. In between sipping wine or relaxing at the spa, guests can take a hot air balloon flight or go horseback riding through the vineyards.
8. Blue Diamond Riviera Maya
This adults-only resort is perfect for couples looking for a quiet getaway. Guests can enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows and many of the rooms have their own private pool. Yoga, pilates and watsu classes are offered and the resort is perfectly located for enjoying the nearby Cenotes.
7. Columbia Beach Resort
Columbia Beach Resort in Cyprus overlooks the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea. Each of the 94 suites are decorated to mirror the colors of the sea and the surrounding landscape.
6. Casa Bonita
Located in the Southwest of the Dominican Republic, Casa Bonita luxury eco-lodge is surrounded by a tropical forest and serves up locally-sourced organic cuisine. This intimate hotel is the perfect spot for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
5. Château de Bagnols
Have you ever wanted to stay in a medieval castle? I’ve stayed in a few castles in France, but never one with a drawbridge and moat like the Château de Bagnols. This property features 22 spacious apartments — each with its own unique flavor.
4. Cameron Highlands Resort
This boutique hill retreat in Malaysia sits among tea plantations at the highest point of mainland Malaysia. For a unique experience, guests can enjoy a private picnic in the plantation, which has views of the valley below.
3. Cappadocia Cave Resort and Spa
In addition to its unique location on a hilltop in Cappadocia, this resort has the world’s first cave spa. Each room has a natural feel — just like the resort’s surroundings — and views of the volcanic rock formations known as the ‘fairy chimneys.’
2. Bella Luce Hotel, Restaurant and Spa
Bella Luce is a 12th-century manor near St. Peter Port on the island of Guernsey in the United Kingdom. With their award-winning Garden restaurant, elegant suites, Tasting Room with a large selection of vintage whiskeys, and cozy log fires, it seems like the perfect place to warm up on even the coldest of days in the Channel Islands.
1. 137 Pillars House
If you’re looking to stay in a beautifully restored 19th-century teak wood building in Chiang Mai, then this is the spot for you. 137 Pillars House offers 30 luxurious suites, each with a vintage-tiled veranda overlooking the manicured gardens. One of their signature comforts includes picnic baskets with champagne to take with you on day trips.