The top 14 boutique hotels in the world, from a romantic retreat in South Africa to a private villa in Thailand

Boutique Hotel AwardsHotel TwentySeven in Amsterdam was deemed the hotel with the world’s most inspired design.

A hotel has the possibility to make or break your vacation – but, if it’s one of the best boutique hotels in the world, chances are you’ll be in very, very good hands.

In 2018’s Boutique Hotel Awards, fourteen hotels around the world took home top honours in a range of categories.

The hotels were judged on “all aspects of the guest experience covering six categories: dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location and, most importantly, staff service and overall emotional impact,” according to the news release.

A hotel in Bali was named the best overall boutique hotel, while hotels in Portugal, South Africa, Greece, New Zealand, and other countries also won top spots. Categories include World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel, Best Honeymoon Hideaway, Most Stunning Views, and more.

Here are the top boutique hotels in the world, from a beachside retreat in the Maldives to a wellness resort in Austria.


World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel: Reethi Faru Resort

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Location: Filaidhoo, Maldives Rates starting at: $US171


World’s Best City Explorer: Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel

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Location: Lisbon, Portugal Rates starting at: $US133


World’s Best Classic Elegance Hotel: Relais & Chateaux Hotel Heritage

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Location: Bruges, Belgium Rates starting at: $US222


World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel: Hotel TwentySeven

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Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands Rates starting at: $US570


World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway: Drake Bay Getaway Resort

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Location: Drake Bay, Costa Rica Rates starting at: $US523


World’s Best New Hotel: Hotel Grand Windsor

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Location: Auckland, New Zealand Rates starting at: $US129


World’s Best Relaxation Retreat: Carpe Diem Exclusive Boutique Resort

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Location: Santorini, Greece Rates starting at: $US406


World’s Most Romantic Retreat: Akademie Street

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Location: Franschhoek, South Africa Rates starting at: $US342


World’s Most Sustainable Hotel: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

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Location: Tofino, Canada Rates starting at: $US6,500


World’s Best Wellness Spa: Green SPA Resort Stanglwirt

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Location: Going am Wilden Kaiser, Austria Rates starting at: $US395


World’s Best Private Villa: The Resort Villa

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Location: Rayong, Thailand Rates starting at: $US150,000/week for whole property


World’s Most Stunning Views: Hanging Gardens of Bali

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Location: Bali, Indonesia Rates starting at: $US565


World’s Best Family Hotel: Blue River Resort and Hot Springs

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Location: Dos Rios, Costa Rica Rates starting at: $US89


World’s Best Boutique Hotel and Best Culinary Excellence: Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas

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Location: Bali, Indonesia Rates starting at: $US403

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