Hotel TwentySeven in Amsterdam was deemed the hotel with the world's most inspired design.
  • Fourteen hotels were named the best boutique hotels in the world for 2018.
  • A Franschhoek hotel was named the world's most romantic retreat.
  • 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, Greece, New Zealand, and other countries also won top honours.


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,  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.

In the category for the world's most romantic retreat, a Franschhoek hotel won.

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: R2,400


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

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Rates starting at: R1,900


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

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Rates starting at: R3,100


World's Most Inspired Design Hotel: Hotel TwentySeven

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rates starting at: R8,000


World's Best Honeymoon Hideaway: Drake Bay Getaway Resort

Location: Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Rates starting at: R7,300


World's Best New Hotel: Hotel Grand Windsor

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Rates starting at: R1,800


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

Location: Santorini, Greece
Rates starting at: R5,600


World's Most Romantic Retreat: Akademie Street

Location: Franschhoek, South Africa
Rates starting at: R4,800


World's Most Sustainable Hotel: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Location: Tofino, Canada
Rates starting at: R91,000


World's Best Wellness Spa: Green SPA Resort Stanglwirt

Location: Going am Wilden Kaiser, Austria
Rates starting at: R5,500


World's Best Private Villa: The Resort Villa

Location: Rayong, Thailand
Rates starting at: R2.1 million per week (for the whole property)


World's Most Stunning Views: Hanging Gardens of Bali

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Rates starting at: R8,500


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

Location: Dos Rios, Costa Rica
Rates starting at: R1,200


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

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Rates starting at: R5,600 

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