The world’s best boutique hotels for 2018


Want to stay at the best boutique hotel in the world? Then pack your bags for Bali, Indonesia.

Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa was just awarded best hotel in the world by the Boutique Hotel Awards.

Winners were selected from more than 300 nominees in more than 80 countries, with each property visited personally by an experienced hotel judge for a true first-hand guest experience.

Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa. Credit: @baliwebpro

Asia was strongly represented with four winners, including the World’s Best Private Villa – The Resort Villa in Rayong, Thailand – and World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel — Reethi Faru Resort in Filaidhoo, Maldives. Awarta’s island neighbor, Hanging Gardens of Bali, took the gong for World’s Most Stunning Views.

Hotel Grand Windsor in Auckland, New Zealand – an art deco building elegantly refurbished in 2017 – was named World’s Best New Hotel.

Hotel Grand Windsor. Credit: @hotelgrandwindsornz

The accommodation also won the titles of Australiasia’s Most Inspired Hotel Design, and Best New Hotel in Australasia at the awards held in London last week.

The world’s best boutique hotels: Full awards

World’s Best Boutique Hotel: Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas, Bali, Indonesia

World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel: Reethi Faru Resort, Filaidhoo, Maldives

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

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

World’s Best Culinary Experience: Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas, Bali, Indonesia

World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel: Hotel TwentySeven, Amsterdam, Netherlands

World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway: Drake Bay Getaway Resort, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

World’s Best New Hotel: Hotel Grand Windsor, Auckland, New Zealand

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

World’s Most Romantic Retreat: Akademie Street, Franschhoek, South Africa

World’s Most Sustainable Hotel: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino, Canada

World’s Best Wellness Spa: Green SPA Resort Stanglwirt, Going am Wilden Kaiser, Austria

World’s Best Private Villa: The Resort Villa, Rayong, Thailand

World’s Most Stunning Views: Hanging Gardens of Bali, Bali, Indonesia

World’s Best Family Hotel: Blue River Resort and Hot Springs, Dos Rios, Costa Rica



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