Check out the Best Boutique Hotels of 2013 according to the Mr. & Mrs. Smith Hotel Review:
1. Best Smith Hotel: Post Ranch Inn, California, USA
Located alongside a Californian clifftop, Post Ranch Inn’s 39 private and secluded cottages & cabins offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. With an award-winning restaurant, yoga classes and three infinity pools, it is in Mr. Smith’s own words, “one of the world’s very best places to stay”.
Second place: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Third place: Babington House, Cotswolds, UK
2. Hottest Hotel Bar: Ace Hotel New York New York, USA
Famed for its quirky and retro interiors and its hipster feel (think dark woods, leather chaises and taxidermy), the Ace’s bar is the epitome of downtown New York cool.
Second place: The Zetter Townhouse, London, UK
Third place: Fasano Rio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
3. Best-Dressed Hotel: Alila Villas Uluwatu Bali, Indonesia
Combining the best of a relaxed tropical resort with a cool, contemporary edge, Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali is also (bonus points) eco-friendly; and the stunning landscape of limestone clifftops helps, too.
Second place: Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Bahia, Brazil
Third place: JK Place Capri Hotel, Capri, Italy
4. Best Hotel Restaurant: Bastide de Moustiers Provence, France
This is one for the true gourmands. Alain Ducasse’s restaurant features a seasonal menu which changes daily, drawing inspiration from their vegetable garden.
Second place: Lake House, Daylesford, Australia
Third place: Bells at Killcare, Central Coast, Australia
5. Sexiest Bedroom in the World: Blakes Hotel London, UK
The Corfu Suite, is described by visitors as “honeymoon-perfect, white-on-white.”
Second place: Ca Maria Adele, Venice, Italy
Third place: Secret Bay, Dominica, Dominica
6. Best Budget Hotel: Brody House Budapest, Hungary
Founded in 2009 as part of a members’ club (it’s a “hub for creativity and innovation”), Brody House is popular with the artistic set of Hungary with regular cultural events like art showings and book readings.
Second place: Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs, USA
Third place: Home Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
7. Best Spa Hotel: Como Shambhala Estate Bali, Indonesia
Another winner from Bali, Como’s holistic approach has made it a popular stay. With an on-site yoga teacher, Ayurvedic doctor and nutritionist, it’s the perfect place to rejuvenate and unwind.
Second place: Lime Wood, Hampshire, UK
Third place: Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
8. The Greatest Outdoors: Dunton Hot Springs Colorado, United States
Dunton Hot Springs is a must for those in the mood to experience the Old West, but with modern luxuries. With 12 log cabins cabins (and one tent), guests can enjoy hot springs throughout the year
This unique mountain hideaway takes you straight back into the big-sky wilderness of the Old West, complete with log cabins, snow-capped peaks, not-so-lonesome pines and a perch on the porch to admire it all from. And, of course, there are the hot springs, which ensure that Dunton is a year-round alfresco spa haven.
Second place: Huka Lodge, Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Third place: Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef, Australia
9. Best Newcomer: Fogo Island Inn Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Designed by Todd Sauners, the Scandinavian-influenced architecture is a sight to behold. Although certainly modern, it also has elements of homespun touches such as hand-loomed rugs, a wood-fired sauna and a locally-inspired menu at their elegant restaurant.
Second place: Kurà, Costa Rica
Third place: Das Stue, Berlin, Germany
10. The Eco Award: Sextantio Albergo Diffuso Abruzzo, Italy
As Mr & Mrs Smith puts it, Sextantio Albergo Diffuso is “more than a hotel – it’s a whole new accommodation concept built around restoration and sustainability” with craftwork made by local villagers and its rustic 16th-century premises.
Second place: Song Saa Private Island Hotel, Koh Rong Islands, Cambodia
Third place: Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Blue Mountains, Australia
11. Best for Families: Soneva Kiri Koh Kood, Thailand
This 35-villa resort elevates family holidays to a new level with beaches, pools and a free kids’ club; Dutch architect Olav Bruin asked children to design their dream play area for inspiration.
Second place: Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy
Third place: Martinal Beach Resort, Algarve, Spain
12. Above & Beyond: The Upper House Hong Kong
Although with an enviable central CBD location, the luxury and privacy of The Upper House sets it apart from the hustle and bustle of one of Asia’s most lively cities. Guests have their own personal experience manager to help make your stay seamless and comfortable, toiletries are exclusively by Ren, and there’s a secret garden on level six.
Second place: Riad Farnatchi, Marrakech, Morocco
Third place: Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
Enjoy your holidays and let me know your own reviews about the hotels you’re going to stay.
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