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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.