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

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Slide 1 of 15: Fourteen hotels were named the best boutique hotels in the world for 2018. Boutique Hotel Awards chose a series of standout boutique hotels from more than 300 nominees in 80 countries. The hotels were judged on dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location, service, and "overall emotional impact." 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 honors. 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 honors 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.
Slide 2 of 15: Location: Filaidhoo, Maldives Rates starting at: $171
Slide 3 of 15: Location: Lisbon, Portugal Rates starting at: $133
Slide 4 of 15: Location: Bruges, Belgium Rates starting at: $222
Slide 5 of 15: Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands Rates starting at: $570
Slide 6 of 15: Location: Drake Bay, Costa Rica Rates starting at: $523
Slide 7 of 15: Location: Auckland, New Zealand Rates starting at: $129
Slide 8 of 15: Location: Santorini, Greece Rates starting at: $406
Slide 9 of 15: Location: Franschhoek, South Africa Rates starting at: $342
Slide 10 of 15: Location: Tofino, Canada Rates starting at: $6,500
Slide 11 of 15: Location: Going am Wilden Kaiser, Austria Rates starting at: $395
Slide 12 of 15: Location: Rayong, Thailand Rates starting at: $150,000/week for whole property
Slide 13 of 15: Location: Bali, Indonesia Rates starting at: $565
Slide 14 of 15: Location: Dos Rios, Costa Rica Rates starting at: $89
Slide 15 of 15: Location: Bali, Indonesia Rates starting at: $403

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 honors 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

Location: Filaidhoo, Maldives
Rates starting at: $171

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

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Rates starting at: $133

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

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Rates starting at: $222

World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel: Hotel TwentySeven

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rates starting at: $570

World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway: Drake Bay Getaway Resort

Location: Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Rates starting at: $523

World’s Best New Hotel: Hotel Grand Windsor

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Rates starting at: $129

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

Location: Santorini, Greece
Rates starting at: $406

World’s Most Romantic Retreat: Akademie Street

Location: Franschhoek, South Africa
Rates starting at: $342

World’s Most Sustainable Hotel: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Location: Tofino, Canada
Rates starting at: $6,500

World’s Best Wellness Spa: Green SPA Resort Stanglwirt

Location: Going am Wilden Kaiser, Austria
Rates starting at: $395

World’s Best Private Villa: The Resort Villa

Location: Rayong, Thailand
Rates starting at: $150,000/week for whole
property

World’s Most Stunning Views: Hanging Gardens of Bali

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Rates starting at: $565

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

Location: Dos Rios, Costa Rica
Rates starting at: $89

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

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Rates starting at: $403

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