Destinology loves boutique retreats – let us introduce some of our favourite hideaways.
The House by Elegant Hotels, Barbados
Hidden from view, The House by Elegant Hotels is an adults’ only experience. There are just 34 rooms so quiet spaces and an intimate atmosphere are easily found. The rooms have feather topped king sized bed and luxury cotton linens, iPod docking station and Nespresso® coffee machines. Each room or suite opens onto a private balcony which overlooks the Caribbean ocean.
Chic and unpretentious you are guaranteed to be pampered – it begins with a jet lag massage and then your every wish is tended to by your personal 24/7 ambassador.
Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico
Seductive seclusion is what the Viceroy Riviera promises.
Tucked in tropical gardens, each of the 41 private villas feature a private plunge pool, outdoor lounging area and indoor relaxation space. King-size beds, wrapped in Egyptian cotton envelope happy and relaxed guests and your relaxation soundtrack is provided by a Bose music system.
Poolside, ‘tropical butlers’ are ready with iced face-towels to cool and your chaise-longue will never be damp as the covers are changed in an instant. For the ultimate experience choose the all-inclusive Mayan Indulgence.
Naladhu Private Island, The Maldives
Looking for peace and tranquillity at home? Naladhu Private Island makes you feel like you are at home, but without any of the stresses of everyday life.
Your speedboat is met by your dedicated butler who will accompany you to your island sanctuary. The island has only 20 houses all with private pools and without leaving your abode you can experience private dining, an in-house spa journey and the continued services of your butler.
Neighbouring islands of Dhigu and Veli have leisure activities for the whole family and more dining options; always at the end of the day you can return home to your perfect pillow.
Shinta Mani, Angkor, Cambodia
Visionary Bill Bensley collaborated on the design of Shinta Mani Angkor and Bensley’s Butlers provide a highly personalised experience based on your needs.
The hotel is sophisticated and the tranquil internal courtyard complete with waterfall is ‘the’ spot for a stylish cocktail and laze in a cabana den.
There are 39 modern, minimalist rooms are filled with art inspired by Angkor and hand-crafted accessories. The Superior Garden Rooms are the ultimate boutique option as entrance is via a mini internal garden which brings the outdoors to your central French Quarter location.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
Built in the 18th century by the young prince Maharana Jagat Singh of Udaipur for his own pleasure, Taj Lake Place floats in the middle of Lake Pichola and is majestic and magnificent.
You may recognise Taj Lake Palace from its starring role in the James Bond film Octopussy.
There are 65 rooms and 18 grand suites, each unique and adorned with princely inspired décor, Indian silks and traditional furniture.
The hotel is renowned for its elegant restaurants, open only to resident guests. Overlooking the lily pond is Neel Kamal which presents the majestic cuisine of the Udaipur region in a setting reminiscent of a grand royal ball.
Retreat into the cliffside enclave perched above Agios Stefanos on the island of Mykonos. Traditional whites and sea-hued blues amongst the traditional architecture give Grace Mykonos a sense of place on the island.
Rooms and suites have private outdoor spaces that overlook the landscape and for guests who want that added escape some have private, heated plunge pools.
Relaxing on the sun-drenched terrace involves basking on a king-size sun bed with attentive staff who will bring you iced towels, frozen fruit juice shots and if the mood takes you a cocktail or two!
Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi
Deep within the desert sands surrounded by natural beauty and stillness is Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa – it is a step away from the scurry of modern life.
Inspired by classical homes of the region, the Resort has 103 guest rooms, suites and private villas that enjoy views of the desert. Décor is inspired by traditional artwork and Arabesque accessories are a treat for the senses.
Here, the Talise Spa really is an oasis in the desert - a picturesque garden houses treatment rooms, a healing crystal sauna, steam rooms, plunge pools, snow caves and a traditional hammam.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
On the shores or Talamanca Bay is Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay which promises ‘the perfect balance of indulgence and serenity’ a place where boutiques rocks for kids too.
Just 152 rooms and suites have plush beds, cosy sofas and marble bathrooms with deep stone soaking bathtubs or rain-fall showers. Floor to ceiling windows open onto furnished terraces where drinks can be enjoyed from your mini cocktail cabinet as the sunsets.
The Kids’ Club is a chic, trendy space where pirates and mermaids can have fun engage in cookery classes and try DJ workshops – it is Ibiza after all!
At Nobu you are surrounded by boutique – a walk away is trendy and chic Marina Botafoch where jet setters are found meandering through the bars and designer boutiques!