The following guest blog post was written by our friend, Maggie, who takes a look at unique boutique hotels from around the world.
They’re unique, exclusive, well-managed and marketed, and offer something that big chain hotels don’t: personality and intimacy. Boutique hotels are on the rise, catering to travelers who want more than just a clean room when they arrive at their destination.
From cozy ski lodges in the Swiss Alps to peaceful hideaways on Edinburgh’s famous George Street, boutique hotels are popping up all over the globe at the top destinations that attract elite customers.
Here’s a quick overview of some of the world’s best boutique hotels–and what they’re doing differently to set themselves apart from the rest:
Layana Resort & Spa: Thailand
The Layana Resort & Spa occupies a cozy, beachy corner of Thailand’s Ko Lanta District. The Layana offers traditional guestrooms, featuring luxurious surroundings–a daybed, minibar, coffee and tea station, and impeccable design right down to the very details of guestrooms. This boutique hotel’s true specialty is its beach villas and suites. According to its website, each beach villa is its own stand-alone structure surrounded by palms and local plants that ensure each guest’s privacy. Every villa includes an open-air shower outdoors as well as luxurious indoor accommodations. The Layana Resort’s Maison is a two-bedroom home beautifully appointed to offer travelers respite, space, and all the features of a home.
The Tigerlily Hotel: Edinburgh, Scotland
Much of the Tigerliliy’s appeal lies in its location on the prestigious George Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. However, when you step through the front doors, you’ll see how this hotel’s personality and charm go beyond just another shopping-district hotel. The Tigerlily feels like a combination of a boutique hotel and… well, home. Its quirky, modern design does just that– it makes you feel right at home. Thirty-three guest rooms, a full bar and restaurant, and wi-fi throughout the building, according to Tigerlilyedinburgh.co.uk, means guests will be able to relax in contemporary, colorful, tastefully-designed comfort in the heart of Scotland’s capital city.
The Hotel Aiguille du Midi: Chamonix, France
The Aiguille du Midi (Hotel-aiguilledumidi.com) sits on some of the most beautiful real estate near the France-Switzerland border. A ski lodge at heart, this hotel offers true comfort after a day on the slopes. The oversized cushy chairs in the lounge and warm, solid wood furniture in the attached restaurant/dining area offer a welcome respite after you’ve been exploring the slopes all day. Almost every room in the Hotel Aiguille du Midi offers mountain views.
Sundara Inn and Spa: Wisconsin, USA
The Sundara Inn and Spa tops the list of Wisconsin Dells hotels more for its spa than for the rooms themselves. This hotel’s spa was voted a Top 10 destination spa in the world by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Sundara spa offers seasonal health and skin treatments that leave visitors feeling more healthy and whole after leaving. Guests go to the Sundara spa to be pampered and revived. In the interest of wellness, the inn and spa is adults-only, and cell phones are off-limits in public spaces, according to Sundaraspa.com.
Maggie Camens writes full-time for an online travel magazine and relies on her personal blog for sharing her journeys big and small.