Discover a wonderful collection of beautiful boutique hotels scattered across the globe, including an untouched jungle paradise in Cambodia, an oasis in the desert of Dubai and a wildlife haven in French Polynesia.
In the world of travel, ’boutique’ means individually designed rooms, personal touches and usually good old peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of busier, larger resorts.
Choosing where to lay your head on a dream holiday can be a tricky affair… but it need not be, opt for one of these beautiful boutique hotels and you will be guaranteed to let out a little ‘ooooh’ as you arrive.
1- East Winds, Saint Lucia
Get ready for romance in idyllic St Lucia. The East Winds team will welcome you with open arms, making every moment of your stay memorable. This charming boutique hotel is a Caribbean hideaway only steps from the beach; with abundant palm trees, sand, and rugged mountainous landscapes.
Life at this easy-going all-inclusive boutique resort is like a low key house party that nobody wants to leave.
Situated on the azure waters of Labrelotte Bay, this is one of the oldest and most loved resorts in St Lucia.
It’s idyllically set in 12 acres of lush tropical gardens, bordered by the golden beachfront of one of the island’s most pristine bays, and provides an exclusive experience to those who value luxurious simplicity.
Pretty gardens are dotted with cute cottages, including hexagonal rondavels with king-size beds, walk-in showers and large patios. the resort has a wide variety of elegant facilities to suit any taste. Savour award-winning innovative Caribbean and international cuisine at the Flamboyant Room; a beautiful open-air beachside restaurant. Then soak up the sunset to the soulful melodies of a jazz duo at the Bamboo Lounge, or enjoy friendly conversation and a glass of champagne at the Almond Tree Bar. However you choose to spend your evenings, be sure not to miss Friday’s barbecue on the beach, with its special lobster grill and unobtrusive live music.
This really is a resort where old-fashioned glamour meets modern-day luxury; and just like the cocktails, it’s mixed perfectly.
Why you’ll love this resort…
❤ Boutique property with 30 charming cottages and suites in tropical gardens
❤ Elegant all-inclusive dining including nightly four-course gourmet dining with thoughtfully paired wines
❤ Champagne by the glass is included each evening in the bar
❤ Complimentary yoga and pilates classes four times a week
❤ Weekly rum tasting, cooking and cocktail classes are included
2 – Anantara Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Seychelles
This resort might be small in stature, but it truly packs a punch. Anantara Maia Luxury Resort & Spa in the Seychelles (member of the Leading Hotels of the World) is a peaceful location to take in the stunning panoramic views of the western Mahé coastline. You can take a helicopter ride from the hotel to explore the surrounding islands and have everything taken care of by your private butler at this heavenly resort.
Some 30 elegant villas perch on a rocky outcrop along the beautiful western coast of Mahé. This luxury resort boasts an unrivalled all-inclusive package, which includes unlimited dives and romantic private dinners.
From the moment you arrive nothing is too much trouble with your personal butler on hand to anticipate your every wish. As featured in The Millionaires’ Holiday Club, some 30 private villas all boast their own infinity pools, a submerged outdoor double bath and a secluded gazebo with an oversized day bed. Guests can choose between the sublime views of Ocean Panoramic Villas and direct beach access from the Maia Signature Villas.
Dine at the fabulous Tec Tec restaurant, which specialises in Mediterranean cuisine with an Asian Creole influence, or take advantage of the many romantic private dining options which are also available as part of your BEYOND all-inclusive stay.
Maia is a place to unwind and by day you can spend your time in the world-class Maia Spa enjoying a host of treatments, meanwhile, wellbeing enthusiasts will revel in the reinvigorating experiences available that include Qi Gong and yoga. During your stay, you should certainly take the opportunity to experience Mahé’s many local attractions, including botanical gardens, bird sanctuaries and lush forests. Take a helicopter tour or sail around the island on a catamaran for a true sense of this easy-going island in the Seychelles.
Why you’ll love this resort…
❤ All-villa resort with accommodation options on the beach or with panoramic ocean views
❤ Dining experiences can be arranged whenever and wherever you like at no extra cost
❤ The resort’s private helipad offers the perfect opportunity for island-hopping
❤ Personal butler takes care of every need including making breakfast each morning
3 – Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden, Mallorca
A little closer to home with Mallorca at Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden. Set in an opulent mansion within the historic city of Palma, you can spend hours exploring the secret gardens, lounging on the rooftop terrace, and spending quality time with your loved one with a couple’s spa experience. It’s easy to see why this hotel recently won the title of ‘Most Romantic Hotel in the World’ by Conde Nast Johansens.
Striking the perfect balance between authentic heritage hotel and contemporary luxury – combining unmistakeable Balearic charm with five-star perks – the Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden is the ultimate Palma hideaway.
Wander down a peaceful, unassuming street in Palma’s Old Town, and you’ll stumble upon this gem of a hotel. Grand it most certainly is, as the Can Bordoy has breathed life into a gorgeous 16th-century building and transformed it into an exquisite boutique hotel, with a winning combination of heritage, contemporary style and indulgent features throughout. Step inside and find yourself cosseted in reclaimed 16th-century spaces, from the light-filled lobby to corridors bedecked with parquet floors; the characterful library adorned with antique pieces to your very own stylish suite.
In total, there are 24 charming suites at the Can Bordoy, each individually designed with mid-century and art deco features plus 21st-century treats, such as king-size beds (with adjustable firmness), freestanding tubs and TVs integrated into the mirrors. Best of all, every guest can enjoy butler service here, so arranging a massage, day trip or dinner reservation can all be taken out of your hands.
When it comes to dining at Can Bordoy, you’ll want for nothing thanks to the hotel’s organic eatery, Botanic, where wholesome and healthy fare is served either out on the terrace or within one of the elegant indoor spaces. There’s an all-day breakfast menu, Sunday brunch, excellent wine menu and lots of local dishes, plus plenty of gluten-free options and moreish smoothies too. Otherwise, if you want to eat out in Palma, there are so many fantastic restaurants right on your doorstep in the old quarter, La Lonja.
The Can Bordoy story continues outside with its magical secret garden, starring a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool tub, and sun loungers laid out beneath the canopy of fruit trees, all hidden behind the garden walls. Meanwhile, upstairs you can access the building’s rooftop terrace which boasts a plunge pool and more sun loungers, affording captivating views across Palma.
Why you’ll love this resort…
❤ Voted ‘The Most Romantic Hotel in the World’
❤ Lose yourselves in the magical secret garden
❤ Savour the spectacular views and charm of Palma Old Town
❤ Enjoy the wholesome, organic fare at the hotels Botanic eatery
4 – Song Saa Private Islands, Cambodia Islands
Song Saa Private Island is a unique addition to this collection; home to virgin rainforest, a private beach and tropical reefs, which all add to the serenity of the hotel. With a focus on preserving the island’s natural beauty, this eco-friendly resort will delight you at every turn. Watch sunset movies, attend yoga sessions and explore the surrounding waters.
Located off the coast of Cambodia, Song Saa Private Island hotel is spread across two pristine isles in the Koh Rong Islands.
Dedicated to the environment, this is an eco-luxe resort complete with thatch and stone villas peppered throughout the jungle canopy or perched on stilts above the sea. Expect rustic chic with decadence and a thorough commitment to sustainability. Each of the villas offers ocean views and private pools with lavish polished marble walls, earthy tones and timber beams. The extra touches such as the four-poster bed, Moroccan lanterns and native tribal statues add character and panache.
The resort is set in a remote location that is bordered by clear waters with a jungle interior and therefore needs to be pretty self-sufficient. The restaurant serves an array of delicious cuisines, and you can expect organic ingredients and flavours of traditional Cambodia infused with Thai specialities. Western delights are often available too.
Why you’ll love this resort…
❤ Located in the Koh Rong Islands, Song Saa Private Island is home to virgin rainforest, a private beach and tropical reefs.
❤ Eco-friendly, barefoot luxury resort with over water, ocean view and jungle view villas, each has a private pool.
❤ Lovely All-Inclusive option here includes meals, drinks, transfers, mini-bar, non-motorised watersports, village excursion and a massage.
❤ Lots of activities including snorkelling, windsurfing, paddle boarding, sunset movies, yoga and a Buddhist ceremony with monks’ blessings
❤ Song Saa Foundation: Huge focus on conservation, the natural environment and supporting the local community
5 – Al Maha a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
At Al Maha, you will be at the heart of some of the world’s most untouched terrain. Al Maha is located in an oasis within the Dubai Desert Conservation, with sprawling sand dune vistas for miles. Adventures include trekking with the camels, heading out on wildlife drives and relaxing at the timeless spa.
Situated amongst a timeless dune and desert landscape at the centre of the 225 square-kilometre Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, this secluded, award-winning resort is a verdant oasis resembling an ancient Bedouin encampment.
The luxury hideaway that is Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa offers a seductive ‘at-one-with-nature’ experience that simply can’t be found elsewhere.
There are 42 ultra-private Suites waiting to welcome you, all with handcrafted furniture and authentic Arabian and Bedouin ornaments, and their own private pool from which to gaze at the desert wildlife. For absolute luxury try the spacious Royal Suites, boasting magnificent bathrooms and living rooms, where the floor-to-ceiling windows allow the dramatic views to flood in.
For total romantic seclusion, you can call upon the in-suite dining service. However, for a dining experience you’ll never forget, head for the sophisticated style of the alfresco ‘Al Diwaan’ restaurant. Its breathtaking views of the endless landscape are something that has to be seen to be believed – there really is nothing else like it on Earth. Then go and top all that off with cocktails on the main veranda, wrapped in the dark silence of a brilliant night sky as animals congregate at the nearby floodlit waterhole.
Twin your stay here with a few days in the city to experience the best of both worlds; indigenous Arabian wildlife and desert activities at Al Maha, and beach life, shopping and sightseeing in the city.
Why you’ll love this resort…
❤ Retreat to Al Maha, located in the middle of the Dubai Conservation Reserve
❤ Enjoy many activities including camel trekking, wildlife drives, archery, horse riding and guided desert and dune safaris
❤ Relax at the Timeless Spa, where you can enjoy massages. body treatments and facials
❤ Eat dinner under the stars in the dunes
6 – The Brando, Tahiti French Polynesia
Rounding out this boutique hotel collection, we have The Brando hotel. This private south pacific island is utterly gorgeous and has lots to do for intrepid explorers and relaxation lovers alike. You can take a dip into the ocean to visit manta rays, reef sharks and sea turtles or wander through the unspoilt scenery of the island and its beaches.
Stay in the very lap of luxury at The Brando, a gorgeous, all-inclusive, exclusive retreat spread across the islands of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia, the former home of Hollywood star Marlon Brando.
Close your eyes and picture a paradisiacal scene of fine white sand, gin-clear seas and lavish beach villas set beneath a brilliant blue sky.
This private island beach resort is named after Marlon Brando, who bought Tetiaroa in 1966 after falling in love with its pristine, natural beauty. Today, The Brando is one of the most sought-after retreats in the South Pacific, a stunning blend of first-class luxury and authentic local experiences, with a particular emphasis on sustainability and respect for French Polynesian communities. The hotel possesses 35 gorgeous villas set on the beach, watersports equipment, a spa shielded by palm trees, private pools, complimentary bicycles to borrow and a restaurant helmed by Michelin-star chef Guy Martin.
There’s plenty to do too, including stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling over coral gardens, birdwatching and learning about French Polynesia in the Explorer Centre. Feel at one with nature as you explore the unspoilt scenery of Tetiaroa, looking out for local wildlife such as Sea Turtles, Manta Rays and Reef Sharks beneath the water’s surface, and intriguing bird species above it. Indulge in spa sessions, romantic candlelit dinners and private island-hopping tours; immerse yourself in local culture by trying Polynesian dance, music and art workshops; or simply unwind in your exquisite thatched villa in total privacy. The Brando really does feel like something straight out of a Hollywood movie.
Why you’ll love this resort…
❤ Marlon Brando fell in love with the island of Tetiaroa while filming and bought it
❤ The Brando was the world’s first and foremost post-carbon luxury resort and island
❤ Indulge in a three-hour spa experience in the Fare Maru suite nestled in the treetops
❤ Join naturalist guides for daily bird discovery and reef exploration tours
If you are considering a dream boutique holiday we would love to go through the options with you so do get in touch.