The Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Top 10 Small Luxury Hotels of the World

If large and lavish sprawling palaces are what come to mind when hearing the phrase “luxury hotel,” this list may pleasantly surprise you. Proving that great things can come in small packages, these ten small hotels offer some of the richest leisure experiences across the globe.


 The Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World


Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Two hours south of Bangkok, Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa lets you book not only suites but private beachfront villas, many with their own pools. When you’re ready to explore nearby Hua Hin’s world-class golf courses and shopping, charter a limo to take you to and from your destination.

Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa
Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa


Hotel Banke

Hotel Banke boasts all the opulence and sophistication expected of a Parisian 5-star hotel. Being situated in the Opera district means it’s only a short walk or Metro trip to Printemps, the Louvre, and the Opera Nationale — which is a wonderful way to experience Paris.

Banke Luxury Hotel Paris France
Hotel Banke – Paris, France


Baros Maldives

Boasting its own reef and lagoon as well as close approximation to other ideal diving locations, Baros Maldives has been family owned and operated since 1973. Even better, the resort’s commitment to ecological sustainability means you can enjoy its beautiful reefs, knowing they’ll be there for decades to come.

Baros Maldives Luxury Escapes
Baros Maldives


Hotel Esencia

Not only a world-class hotel, but a world-class kitchen! Enjoy a delicious mix of Mexican and Mediterranean flavors from Hotel Esencia’s own garden while relaxing on the beach, in your room, or enjoying a treatment at Esencia’s organic spa.


Le Grand Bellevue

The Grand Bellevue combines a rustic Swedish Alps aesthetic with a full-service spa including an herbal bath, an ice grotto, and a twilight soak in primrose essential oils. The hotel also boasts the longest Chesterfield Sofa ever commissioned.


Hôtel & Spa Des Pêcheurs

Surrounded by breathtaking gardens and iridescent beaches hidden by rock formations and the limitless ocean, Hotel & Spa Des Pecheurs is a secluded paradise. Explore Cavallo’s many shipwrecks and Roman ruins by foot, boat, and scuba diving tours.


Pacific Resort Aitutaki

Enjoy a dawn or sunset kayak ride at one of the Cook Islands’ most romantic honeymoon destinations — The Pacific Resort Aitutaki. Their spa, Tiare, offers massages, body rubs, facials, and other pampering services in their facilities, in your suite, or even directly on the beach!

Luxury pacific resort aitutaki
Pacific Resort Aitutaki – Cook Islands


Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang

Your relaxing stay begins immediately when you touch down in Vietnam, with pickup car and a chartered luxury yacht awaiting you. Many services at Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang are offered 24/7 so you can enjoy the idyllic beaches and gardens, speedboat rides, and high-class Vietnamese cuisine at any time.


The Margi

Just a half hour from all the attractions of Athens, The Margi boasts one of the most beautiful and secluded locations on the Athenian Riviera. Enjoy a cruise of the marina and surrounding islands or get in a game of golf on the par 72 Glyfada golf course.


The Marmara Bodrum

With gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea and Bodrum Castle and easy access to numerous local museums, churches, and ruins, The Marmara Bodrum is a perfect luxury escape for those who enjoy a little history with their pampering. Explore Iasos and the amphitheater, then return to the modern world’s exciting pace with a trip down famous Bar Street.

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  1. Marta Kulesza says:

    I hope one day I will be able to afford some of these! for now camping it is! 🙂

  2. Adventurous Miriam says:

    Absolutely gorgeous hotels! They all look like perfect getaways now that it’s getting so cold! A few months ago, my husband and I stayed at a large luxury resort in Cambodia which was great, but it lacked personality. That’s what I like about these small hotels – they’re much more personal and intimate.

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      So true. Thanks for reading, Miriam!

  3. Wow, they really look great. I definitely prefer smaller hotels than these huge tourist temples one next to the other. Those ones scare me off and I would leave immediately 🙂 Your post shows that it’s possible to find small but amazingly beautiful hotels all over the world.

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      I agree. These small hotels always have so much character!