An Airbnb isn’t always what the doctor ordered. Sometimes we want to be spoiled – a concierge to make dinner reservations, a chocolate on the pillow, an on-site spa for a spot of pampering. The year’s best boutique hotels are where you’ll find all that, plus stunning locations and brilliant design to match.
The World Boutique Hotel Awards is the first and only international awards organisation exclusively dedicated to recognising unique excellence among luxury boutique hotels. The nominees are evaluated personally by members of the judging team, ensuring that all winners are capable of transporting their guests into a novel world through the location’s history and culture, and its own stylistic flair. Whether you’re looking for a quirky city bolthole, a stylish country retreat, or a desert island hideaway, the World Boutique Hotel Awards knows where you should check in.
The 2016 winners were recently announced at a glittering gala dinner in London. The ceremony brought together an array of boutique hotel owners, travel and lifestyle press, and travel industry influencers from all corners of the world. A few of the highlights include:
World’s Best Private Villa
Over Yonder Cay took this coveted title for 2016. A private island in the Bahamas, this eco-luxe retreat includes four unique villas, private beaches, a private marina, a superyacht, a golf course, tennis courts, infinity pools, jacuzzis, and boundless opportunities for adventure on land, on sea, underwater, and in the air.
World’s Best New Hotel
Manchester’s newest five-star hotel is Hotel Gotham, an ultra-cool joint housed in an imposing former bank building designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens. The hotel and its wonderfully quirky interiors have already earned a reputation as a favourite haunt for celebrities, and served as shooting locations for multiple television shows.
World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel
Kau Manor in Estonia invites visitors to “appreciate the intricate history of mankind” with an eye-popping collection of objets d’art. Along with those spectacular trinkets, the hotel is home to an award-winning restaurant, a sauna and indoor pool, a spa, event spaces, and a wine cellar. Stepping into Kau Manor feels like entering Wonderland, minus Alice.
As for the overall winner, you’ll find it, along with the full selection of global winners, in the gallery above.