The Best Boutique Hotels in the World

The best boutique hotels in the world were recently honoured at a gala awards evening in London. The winners of the Boutique Hotel Awards 2019 were announced during a ceremony which brought together an array of boutique hotel owners, travel and lifestyle press and travel industry influencers from all four corners of the globe earlier this month.

What we like about this particular awards program is that the hotels and private villas are actually visited. It is the only independent awards organisation in hospitality where each and every property is visited personally by an experienced hotel judge, who specialises in each category, and where decisions on winners depend on true first-hand guest experience at the property.

The winners were selected from over 300 Nominees in over 80 countries. The organization then coordinates judge evaluation visits with each shortlisted nominee. The judges document all aspects of the guest experience covering six categories: dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location and, most importantly, staff service and overall emotional impact. Finally, these extensive hand-written evaluations are meticulously studied by our Awards Panel, which decides our regional and World’s Best Award.

Here are the Award Winners

World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel  Emaho Sekawa Resort, Fiji, South Pacific 
World’s Best City Explorer Hotel  Riad Kheirredine, Marrakech, Morocco 
World’s Best Chic Elegance Hotel  Arctic Light Hotel, Rovaniemi, Finland 
World’s Best Classic Elegance Hotel  Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage, Bruges, Belgium 
World’s Best Culinary Excellence Hotel  Velaa Private Island, Maldives 
World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel  Byblos Art Hotel, Verona, Italy 
World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway Hotel  Drake Bay Getaway Resort, Drake Bay, Costa Rica 
World’s Best Newcomer Hotel  Te Koi The Lodge At Bronte, New Zealand 
World’s Best Relaxation Retreat Hotel  Green SPA Resort Stanglwirt, Austria 
World’s Most Romantic Retreat Hotel  Rancho Pacifico, Uvita, Costa Rica 
World’s Most Eco Friendly Hotel  Donkey Bay Inn, Russell, New Zealand 
World’s Best Wellness Spa Hotel  Masseria San Domenico, Puglia, Italy 
World’s Most Stunning Views Hotel  Hanging Gardens of Bali, Bali, Indonesia 
World’s Best Family Hotel  Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge, Greater Kruger, South Africa 
Best Farm To Table Hotel  Masseria Susafa Hotel 
Best Host Of The Year  Riccardo Barsottelli Of Locanda Al Colle 
The Finest Home – Grown Wine Pairing  Tenuta Montemagno 


This year’s gala proves that the best boutique hotels in the world are diverse, unique and not cookie cutter. We’re impressed.