A travel getaway should be an experience — and one you don’t want to forget. So skip routine accommodations and opt for something unique. What about a boutique hotel like no other? With world-class destinations like Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado and Ulusaba in South Africa, why relegate yourself to a plain old hotel room? Check out some of the best boutique hotels to start your trip off right.
Location: Poro Heli, GreeceThe helicopter ride from Athens to Amanzoe provides a preview of the luxury you’re about to experience. Not only does the location host the perfect getaway, but the views are stunning, too. The hilltop estate offers 360° views of olive groves and sea, with suites, villas and pools meant to blend into the scenery. Spend time on the beach or within the fragrant garden. Explore hidden coves via speedboat on the islands of Hydra and Spetses. Book one of eight spa treatment rooms to experience the holistic healings of Hippocrates with acupuncture, Chinese foot reflexology, deep tissue massage and body wraps. Then, you can sit back and relax — the right way.
2. Dolphin Island
Location: Rakiraki, FikiLocated on the northern tip of Viti Levu, one of the islands making up Fiji, is the private Dolphin Island. The lush jungle-like scenery and luxurious accommodations will instantly envelop you once you arrive. Focus on your well-being with one of the island’s popular spa treatments, like the Dolphin Island Papaya Facial or the Seaweed Wrap. Check out local marine life like rock cod, barracuda and butterfly fish with a world-class diving experience. Or, stay atop the water with a leisurely kayaking trip to nearby islands.
3. Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt
Location: Kitzbuhel, AustriaWhether you want to catch up with old friends or find your own path to personal wellness, the Stanglwirt is a place you can feel at home. Both a five-star luxury resort and an organic farm with views of the Kaiser mountain range, Stanglwirt offers everything you need to make your stay a comfortable one. Let go of your worries in the sauna complex with the rock crystal steam bath and salt steam grotto. Or, head outside to have fun in the outdoor rock pool, whirlpool and waterfall grotto.
4. Dunton Hot Springs
Location: Dolores, ColoradoRediscover yourself and connect with nature in this secluded resort nestled into the Rocky Mountains. Dunton Hot Springs is the ultimate relaxation location, with natural hot springs containing a strong concentration of dissolved iron and manganese, called bicarbonate water. Bathing in this type of water, which ranges in temperature from 85°F to 106°F, has health benefits like opening peripheral blood vessels and improving your body’s circulation. Choose from multiple packages to fit your stay, like Celebration, Ski and Soak, or Mountain Romance.
5. J.K. Place Capri
Location: Capri, ItalyTucked away near the ocean-side cliffs of Capri is J.K. Place Capri, a luxury destination where you can feel at home. Elegance and comfort come together with a charming on-site restaurant featuring traditional Mediterranean cuisine and a display of carefully selected cocktails at the Lounge Bar. Choose from a variety of spa treatments, such as the J.K. Signature Facial or the Aroma Massage. And schedule a consultation with a personal trainer to create a customized workout regime or gain a designated hiking buddy.
6. Magic Camps Oman
Location: Muscat, OmanDiscover the luxury of the Omani Desert with Magic Camps Oman. Far away from signs of civilization, you’ll sleep in a series of spacious private tents fitted with lanterns, divans and Bedouin-style linens. Meals are prepared ahead of time, featuring regional dishes in particular. Fan-favorites include tabbouleh, barbecued prawns and saffron biryani. The breakfast spread includes classic American favorites like cereal and an omelet station. Obviously, you can’t forget to do a sunrise climb, too. View the eastern dunes with 360° views of the desert or fly nearly 300 feet above in a fixed-wing craft.
7. Fogo Island Inn
Location: Newfoundland and Labrador, CanadaSituated on an island at one of Earth’s four corners is this eye-catching inn. Without a doubt, the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows in every room provides the perfect 360° view of the most powerful ocean on the planet — the North Atlantic. Relax your muscles in the ocean-side hot tub or detoxify your body in the wood-fired saunas. If you somehow get bored with the fantastic views, head inside to the state-of-the-art cinema or carefully curated art exhibits at the Fogo Island Gallery.
Location: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South AfricaUlusaba, Sir Richard Branson’s private reserve, is where you can enjoy luxury accommodations during an unforgettable safari adventure. There are two games drives each day at the estate. Choose one in the morning, or one in the late afternoon. During each three-hour drive, you’ll traverse 13,500 hectares of reserves, seeking out animals like giraffes, lions and elephants. And don’t forget to try the fresh, African-inspired cuisine made with local and seasonal ingredients.
The Best Boutique Hotels to Visit
Whether you want to relax in your room or explore the local way of life, make your next stay away from home an unforgettable one with a boutique hotel. The hotels above, like Fogo Island Inn in Canada and Stanglwirt in Austria, offer guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience without ever stepping foot off the property.
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