6 mind blowing hotels even celebrities fell in love with

Spend a night in any of these luxury retreats and you might just bump into your famous Hollywood star at the breakfast buffet, meet a rock star sipping a cocktail in the hotel bar, or even share an island with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. We picked some of the most stylish hideaways and hotels where celebrities love to stay. When it comes to interior design and style we share the same taste with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba: we love Borgo Egnazia and Singita!

 

 

Borgo Egnazia

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel chose this most idyllic location of Borgo Egnazia in the Italian village of Savelletri de Fasano in Puglia for their honeymoon. In the undiscovered corner of Italy the couple welcomed guests such as Jimmy Fallon and musician Timbaland. Borgo Egnazia is a castle-like and candle-lit dream setting for a wedding of A-list celebrities. From the resort, made of the typical white Lecce limestone, to the views of the Adriatic Sea, the surroundings, complete with olive trees and jasmine flowers, create something of a fairytale. Luxurious add-ons include a championship golf courses, two beach clubs and a fantastic spa that bases its treatments on ancient Puglian rituals.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Borgo Egnazia - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Borgo Egnazia - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Borgo Egnazia - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Borgo Egnazia - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Borgo Egnazia - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

 

North Island

It is no wonder Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, chose this private island for their honeymoon spot. A secluded beach, lush tropical beauty and stylish eco-friendly villas in an exotic location in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The villas blend seamlessly with their surroundings and guests share the retreat with tortoises and endangered species of birds. This is the perfect combination of beauty and privacy that draws in celebrities like David and Victoria Beckham, 10th wedding anniversary, or Salma Hayek, who was also on honeymoon here.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel North Island - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

North Island, Seychelles. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel North Island - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

North Island, Seychelles. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel North Island - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

North Island, Seychelles. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel North Island - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

North Island, Seychelles. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel North Island - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

North Island, Seychelles. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Devi Garh

Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar celebrated their wedding in 2004 at the Devi Garh, an 18th century palace and fort close to Udaipur in Rajasthan. For 200 years it was the royal residence of the rulers of Delwara principality. Nowadays Devi Garh has been converted in a contemporary manner while conserving the ancient exterior into one of the most exclusive boutique hotels in the world. The palace offers the last word in opulence, 4 staff members for every suite, an Ambassador car and chauffeur at hand for each guest and Indian haute cuisine. Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan or Fardeen Khan, and Indian business tycoons like the Ambani brothers are among the guests of Devi Garh.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Devi Garh - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Devi Garh in Udaipur, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Devi Garh - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Devi Garh in Udaipur, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Devi Garh - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Devi Garh in Udaipur, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Devi Garh - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Devi Garh in Udaipur, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Devi Garh - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Devi Garh in Udaipur, India. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Singita Serengeti

Everyone likes a bit of seclusion on honeymoon, but for Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel the Singita Serengeti House with its only 350,000 acres were enough. The two-bedroom house sits proudly in the African landscape flanked by two guest villas with open fire in each. Lunches and charcuterie are regularly interrupted by sightings of elephant at the nearby watering hole, herds of impala, thousands of zebra and wildebeest migrating through the region.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Singita Serengeti House - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Singita Serengeti House - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Singita Serengeti House - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Singita Serengeti House - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Singita Serengeti House - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Claridge’s

Celebrities flock to Claridge’s for a taste of British tradition. The doormen are having a hard time to keep up with the names of the endless procession of stars popping up at this famous hotel in London. Just off New Bond Street in London Mayfair this traditional luxury hotel opened its doors in 1898. Claridge’s is a seven-storey terracotta-faced behemoth that has long been a favourite stop for statesmen, film stars, aristocrats and supermodels. Much of Claridge’s success results from an Art Deco renovation in the late 1920s. Recent guests include Kate Winslet, Poppy Delevingne, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane von Fürstenberg.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Claridges London - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Claridge’s in London. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Claridges London - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Claridge’s in London. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Claridges London - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Claridge’s in London. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Claridges London - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Claridge’s in London. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Claridges London - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Claridge’s in London. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Le Sirenuse

Italy’s Amalfi Coast is one of the most picturesque place on earth, and it’s here that you’ll find the legendary Le Sirenuse in the village of Positano. The resort offers spectacular views from all of the 59 rooms and suites over the bay of Positano, most have a private terrace or balcony. Le Sirenuse has been popular with the celebrities since the old days of Hollywood, when Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor holidayed at the Positano hotel. Today it is one of the hotels where celebrities love to stay in Italy and you can expect to bump into Sienna Miller, Gemma Arterton, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne or Reese Witherspoon who recently spent her second honeymoon there.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Le Sirenuse - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Le Sirenuse - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Le Sirenuse - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Le Sirenuse - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Le Sirenuse - Never ever met a celebrity? Check out these 6 mind-blowing hotels.

Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

Thanks for reading and let us know which one is your favorite!

 

14 fantastic winter retreats in the Alps for boutique hotel lovers

Europe has one of the world’s most romantic regions for skiing. The Alps. Here is a list of the most beautiful, cozy and stylish winter retreats, boutique hotels and chalets that reflects the zeitgeist.

 

 

Le Chalet Zannier is an elegant and minimalistic designed mountain retreat, nestled in the French Alps in the alpine village of Mègeve with 12 bedrooms. The site has 3 alpine-style chalets, materials used are authentic, natural and imperfect, all furniture pieces are antique and charming.

 

Chalet Zannier, winter retreats in the European Alps.

Chalet Zannier in Mègeve in the French Alps. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Chalet Zannier, winter retreats in the European Alps.

Chalet Zannier in Mègeve in the French Alps. Photo by hotel.

Chalet Zannier, winter retreats in the European Alps.

Chalet Zannier in Mègeve in the French Alps. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Whitepod is an Eco-Camp and Luxury Hotel in Valais, Switzerland. The 15 individually decorated geodesic dome pods have been equipped with traditional furnishings, high quality insulation and coupled with a wood burning stove.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel White Pod, winter retreats.

White Pod in Valais, Switzerland. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel White Pod, winter retreats.

White Pod in Valais, Switzerland. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel White Pod, winter retreats.

White Pod in Valais, Switzerland. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Fermes de Marie is situated in the medieval town center of Megève in France. It has rooms, suites and chalets located in the farm buildings based around a 16th-century cowshed, and a pool set into rocks.

 

Fermes de Marie in Megeve, France.

Fermes de Marie in Mègeve, France. Photo by hotel.

Fermes de Marie in Megeve

Fermes de Marie in Mègeve, France. Photo by hotel.

Fermes de Marie in Megeve, France.

Fermes de Marie in Mègeve, France. Photo by hotel.

Fermes de Marie in Megeve, France. Photo by hotel.

Fermes de Marie in Mègeve, France. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Haldenhof is a family-run hotel in Lech with 23 individually furnished rooms, most have a balcony. The hotel is decorated in Alpine classic style with many paintings and hunting trophies.

 

Haldenhof in Lech

Haldenhof in Lech, Austria. Photo by hotel.

Haldenhof in Lech, Austria.

Haldenhof in Lech, Austria. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Haldenhof in Lech, Austria

Haldenhof in Lech, Austria. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Jagdgut Wachtelhof is a stylish hunting lodge nestled in the Austrian Alps in the picturesque village of Hinterthal. The enchanting Jagdgut Wachtelhof is designed in an aesthetic mix of traditional Austrian architecture and contemporary style with 17 suite rooms.

 

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Jagdgut Wachtelhof in Austria. Photo by hotel.

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Jagdgut Wachtelhof in Austria. Photo by hotel.

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Jagdgut Wachtelhof in Austria. Photo by hotel.

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Jagdgut Wachtelhof in Austria. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Hotel Arlberg in Lech, Austria, is a sophisticated menagerie of original Alpine style melted with an eclectic style of country club, hunting lodge and ski-chalet chic. The boutique hotel interiors are a rich patina of textures bound within scented woods and crafted furnishings.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Arlberg in Lech, Austria.

Hotel Arlberg in Lech. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Arlberg in Lech, Austria.

Hotel Arlberg in Lech. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Arlberg in Lech, Austria.

Hotel Arlberg in Lech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Tennerhof in Austria is designed in classic Alpine style with antique furniture, but there is nothing old-fashioned at this luxury hotel. The spacious rooms are individually designed and elegantly decorated with excellent panoramic views over Kitzbühel.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Tennerhof 1

Tennerhof in Kitzbühel, Austria. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Tennerhof 4

Tennerhof in Kitzbühel, Austria. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Tennerhof 3

Tennerhof in Kitzbühel, Austria. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Lodge Park in Megève, France, captures the atmosphere of a luxurious hunting lodge. A mix of wood and antique furniture gives the 49 rooms of the Lodge Park a feel with some contemporary touches.

 

Lodge Park in Mègeve, Austria.

Lodge Park in Mègeve, Austria. Photo by hotel.

Lodge Park in Mègeve, Austria.

Lodge Park in Mègeve, Austria. Photo by hotel.

Lodge Park in Mègeve, Austria.

Lodge Park in Mègeve, Austria. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Hotellerie de Mascognaz in Champoluc, is a collection of beautifully-restored Italian farmhouses. The small walser hamlet dates back to the 14th century, sitting room with the open fire, comfortable chairs and sofas. The village is able to sleep about 50 people in a half a dozen chalets.

 

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Hotellerie de Mascognaz in Champoluc, Italy. Photo by hotel.

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Hotellerie de Mascognaz in Champoluc, Italy. Photo by hotel.

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Hotellerie de Mascognaz in Champoluc, Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Mama Thresl in Austria is well designed with natural fabrics to form a modern decoration. It offers traditional dishes, homemade pasta and crunchy salads at the foot of the Leoganger Steinberge Mountains.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Mama Thresl, Austria.

Mama Thresl in Austria. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Mama Thresl, Austria.

Mama Thresl in Austria. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Mama Thresl, Austria.

Mama Thresl in Austria. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Brücke 49 in Switzerland is a fusion of the shades of nature with a sense of the pastoral eclectic charisma. The Alpine styling within this rather smart urban villa of French influence sets a home away from home feeling.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Brücke 49, Switzerland.

Brücke 49. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Brücke 49, Switzerland.

Brücke 49. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Brücke 49, Switzerland.

Brücke 49. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Villa Flor in Switzerland is a representative, patrician house with neoclassical style and Jugendstil ornaments. The House serves 7 guest rooms with unconventional interior architecture and artful furnishing.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Villa Flor, Switzerland.

Villa Flor. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Villa Flor, Switzerland.

Villa Flor. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Villa Flor, Switzerland.

Villa Flor. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Baita 1697 is a 17th century Piedmontese farmhouse in Italy that sleeps 12 adults and 6 kids in 5 master ensuites. The villa has a spacious communal living space with wood-burning open fire.

 

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Baita 1697 in Italy. Photo by hotel.

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Baita 1697 in Italy. Photo by hotel.

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Baita 1697 in Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

 

 

Der Kirchenwirt in Leogang, anno 1326, with its reduced and spacious white washed rooms combines rustic furnishings with modern decor. The restaurant serves traditional Austrian cuisine and Salzburg specialities.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Der Kirchenwirt, Austria.

Der Kirchenwirt. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Der Kirchenwirt, Austria.

Der Kirchenwirt. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Der Kirchenwirt, Austria.

Der Kirchenwirt. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Der Kirchenwirt, Austria.

Der Kirchenwirt. Photo by hotel.

 

Thanks for reading. We hope you like our taste and we inspired you for your next trip to the Alps. If you need more inspiration, here is another list of 10 Ski Boutique Hotels for a New Year stay from the Poolside Blog.
Let us know if you can add a gorgeous winter retreat to our list!

The 12 best british boho pubs where you can sleep

In the last years UK has developed its pub culture, pubs have improved their food concept and enlarged their service by stylish rooms. Great pubs became gorgeous boutique hotel pubs. Here is our best pick of british boho pubs.

 

The Tommyfield is a cool little pub with great local food in London Kennington with 6 attached rooms, well-priced and nicely decorated. @ThreeCheersPubs

 

Tommyfield - boho pubs

The Tommyfield in London Kennington. Photo by pub.

 

Tommyfield - boho pubs

No. 6 was our room at the Tommyfield in London Kennington. Photo by pub.

 

 

 

The Wheatsheaf Inn is a chic gastropub set in the pretty Cotswolds village of Northleach with 14 well designed bedrooms in eclectic décor. @WheatsheafGL54

 

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The Wheatsheaf Inn in Cotswolds. Photo by pub.

 

Wheatsheaf Room - boho pubs

Our bathtub at The Wheatsheaf Inn in Cotswolds. Photo by pub.

 

 

 

The Stapleton Arms with its 4 bedrooms, nestled in a sleepy village called Buckhorn in the North Dorset, is worth a special trip. Local ale, farm ciders and delicious homemade pork pies. @StapletonArms

 

Stapleton Arms - boho pubs

Stapleton Arms. Photo by pub.

 

Stapleton Arms - boho pubs

Our bed at Stapleton Arms. Photo by pub.

 

 

 

The Village Pub in Gloucestershire adheres to the compulsory Cotswolds palette of moss greens and muted greys, both the pub and in the 6 bedrooms. @The_Village_Pub

 

The Village pub - boho pubs

The Village pub. Photo by pub.

 

The Village pub - boho pubs

The Village pub. Photo by pub.

 

 

 

The Wild Rabbit is a Cotswolds boutique hotel pub offering rustic chic, open fires and 12 pared down style rooms with honest creature comforts, from the owner of Daylesford Organic, the organic empire in Gloucestershire. @wildrabbitpub

 

Wild Rabbit - boho pubs

Wild Rabbit. Photo by pub.

 

Wild Rabbit Room - boho pubs

Wild Rabbit. Photo by pub.

 

 

 

The Kingham Plough, a bolthole in the heart of the quaint village of Kingham, is full of personal charm and has strong links with local farmers, home-made bread and baked beans that don’t come from a tin. The 6 rooms are individually decorated, unfussy with sweet-smelling Penhaligon’s products. @kinghamplough

 

The Kingham Plough - boho pubs

The Kingham Plough. Photo by pub.

 

The Kingham Plough - boho pubs

The Kingham Plough. Photo by pub.

 

 

 

The Devonshire Arms in Somerset is a former hunting lodge from the 17th-century. Everything’s fresh from the countryside and the portions are robust, the most of the 9 seagrass-floored bedrooms overlook the green.

 

Devonshire Arms - boho pubs

Devonshire Arms. Photo by pub.

 

Devonshire Arms Room - boho pubs

Devonshire Arms. Photo by pub.

 

 

 

The Bell in Ticehurst is much more than a remarkable pub, it has all the trappings of an urban boutique hotel, eclectic and playful, each of the 7 bedrooms inspired from regional history and folklore. @bell_ticehurst

 

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The Bell in Ticehurst. Photo by pub.

 

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The Bell in Ticehurst. Photo by pub.

 

 

 

The Queens Arms in the stunning countryside of Somerset is a 18th-century pub hidden away in a sleepy village with 8 bedrooms in contemporary rustic chic. The contemporary lunch and dinner menus change weekly to reflect the availability of local produce. @QueensArmsPub

 

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The Queens Arms. Photo by pub.

 

Queens Arms Room - boho pubs

The Queens Arms. Photo by pub.

 

 

 

Harbour Master at the quayside in Aberaeron is a boutique hotel pub in Wales with 13 stylish rooms. They serve good fresh local food and drinks in a buzzy atmosphere. Cooking is simple and unfussy, allowing the flavours of the quality ingredients to shine through. @hmaberaeron

 

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Harbour Master. Photo by pub.

 

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Harbour Master. Photo by pub.

 

 

 

Crab & Boar is located east of the village Chieveley in an enviable location with views over the Berkshire Downs. There’s a strong Mediterranean feel that leads to the 14 bright and stylish, individual themed bedrooms that have their own country charm. @crabandboar

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Crab & Boar in Chieveley

Crab & Boar. Photo by pub.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Crab & Boar in Chieveley

Crab & Boar. Photo by pub.

 

 

 

Brook Green in Hammersmith, London is a former coach house that was turned into an excellent traditional pub that features 17 stylish bedrooms. @brookgreenhotel

 

Brook Green Pub - boho pubs

Brook Green Pub. Photo by pub.

 

Brook Green Pub - boho pubs

Brook Green Pub. Photo by pub.

 

 

#LuxTravelChat and Amberlair are talking about Boutique Hotels

Love boutique hotels? Then you will love tomorrow’s #luxtravelchat with our co-host @amberlair. Join me, @mrsoaroundworld @luxurytravelmom @luxtravelchat Pls RT
What was your most memorable hotel experience? Join us and @amberlair for this week’s #luxtravelchat!
#luxtravelchat this week has @amberlair as special guests. We will be talking boutique hotels for sure.

Best of welcoming tweets on Twitter by @mrsoaroundworld, @luxurytravelmom and @luxtravelchat before #LuxTravelChat on September 24, 2015.

The one and only #LuxTravelChat on Twitter was founded by UK-based Ana Silva O’Reilly of Mrs. O around the world and US-based Kim Marie Evans of Luxury Travel Mom with the aim to bulid a global luxury travel community on Twitter, where like minded people can meet.

On Thursday, September 24, #LuxTravelChat and Amberlair were talking about boutique hotels. A big thank you to all of you who joined us! Here are the quite impressive results.

So simple: Champagne and free Wi-Fi is all what we need in Boutique Hotels - #Luxtravelchat and Amberlair

So simple: Champagne and free Wi-Fi is all what we need in Boutique Hotels

Top answers to question No. 1

Q1. Which was the best boutique hotel you ever visited? What made it so special? #luxtravelchat

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #Luxtravelchat and Amberlair

Almost everyone mentioned a different hotel. Here are the top 15:

  1. Ett Hem in Stockholm
  2. San Giorgio in Mykonos
  3. Singita Lodges in Africa
  4. Finca Cortesin in Spain
  5. Cap Rocat in Mallorca
  6. The Kensington Hotel in London
  7. The Greenwich Hotel in New York
  8. Fogo Island Inn in Canada
  9. The George in Rye in England
  10. Ham Yard Hotel in London
  11. The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts
  12. The Laguna Beach House in California
  13. Rachamankha in Chiang Mai
  14. Canaves Oi in Santorini
  15. Tongabezi in Zambia

Top answers to question No. 2

Q2. If you had to name 3 things you will never forget at a hotel, what would they be? #luxtravelchat

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #Luxtravelchat and Amberlair

  1. Service! People make the difference. Warm and friendly staff make your stay.
  2. Details, design and comfy beds
  3. Location, view and atmosphere

Top answers to question No. 3

Q3. Which were the 3 things you would never want to see again at a hotel? #luxtravelchat

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #Luxtravelchat and Amberlair

  1. Wi-Fi charges!
  2. Dirt, stained bed sheets and bed bugs
  3. Outdated or cookie-cutter design, scuffed furniture
  4. Bad service, unfriendly and grumpy staff

Top answers to question No. 4

Q4. One of the features of @amberlair will be the bars – gin, champagne, whiskey and more. Personal favourite? #luxtravelchat

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #Luxtravelchat and Amberlair

  1. Champagne!
  2. Wine
  3. Gin

Top answers to question No. 5

Q5. Voting for @amberlair has started: where will you vote? Spain, Italy or South Africa #luxtravelchat

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #Luxtravelchat and Amberlair

On Thursday the #LuxTravelChat community voted for:

  1. Italy — 48%
  2. Spain — 30 %
  3. South Africa — 22%

These 10 stylish Riads are Marrakech’s best Boutique Hotels

Riads are traditional Moroccan houses or palaces with an interior garden or Patio, which allowed the family privacy and protection from the weather. What is the difference to Boutique Hotels? None, in Marrakech many of these Riads were turned into small hotels, independent owned with few rooms, local architecture and exclusive service.

 

In the Medina

 

Dar Darma is situated in the Medina of Marrakech with breathtaking view to the Koutoubia Mosque and the Atlas Mountains, a private dwelling that offers traditional Moroccan hospitality in a relaxed, exclusive atmosphere.

 

Dar Darma - Boutique Hotels in Marrakech.

Dar Darma in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Dar Seven is a small and elegant Riad in Marrakech’s Medina owned by Princess Letizia Ruspoli. Marrakchi designer Gérome Vermelin renovated and decorated the old house that is located close to the Sidi Benslimane mosque.

 

Dar Seven - Boutique Hotels in Marrakech.

Dar Seven in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Palais Riad Lamrani is a restored 19th-century palace, nestled in the heart of Marrakech’s Medina. Amidst the atmospheric souks this boutique hotel exudes traditional Moroccan charm. The Riad is styled in Art Deco, regency furniture combined with local antiques.

 

Palais Riad Lamrani - Boutique Hotels in Marrakech.

Palais Riad Lamrani in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Riad Jaaneman is an elegant boutique hotel in the bohemian part of Marrakech’s Medina. The name Jaaneman is an Indian word that means “Soul of me” but translates into “My love”. In the refined oasis of urbane flamboyance classical style meets eclectic harmony.

 

Riad Jaaneman - Boutique Hotels in Marrakech.

Riad Jaaneman in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Ryad Dyor is located in the Sidi Ben Sliman neighbourhood, in the center of Marrakech’s Medina, a unique oasis of peace and serenity, offering a blend of authentic and modern design.

 

Riad Dyor- Boutique Hotels in Marrakech.

Riad Dyor in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

El Fenn offers 28 individually styled rooms and suites, located close to the Djemaa el Fna square. Vanessa Branson and Howell James created a home from home retreat in a rainbow of colours. Retro furniture sourced from local flea markets was combined with one-off bespoke pieces to create a unique interior.

 

El Fenn - Boutique Hotels in Marrakech.

El Fenn in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Riad Snan 13 has a panoramic terrace with view over Marrakech’s Medina, Koutubia and Dar el Bacha’s Palace. The Patio was turned into a shared, yet intimate and quiet space.

 

Riad Snan13 - Boutique Hotels in Marrakech.

Riad Snan13 in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Riad Tarabel  is in the heart of the most beautiful district of the Medina, dotted with antique shops and the Dar El Bacha Palace. The Riad is an old colonial style mansion in an original decor blending subtle traces of Moorish architecture with Second French Empire style.

 

Riad Tarabel - Boutique Hotels in Marrakech.

Riad Tarabel in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Riad Adore is contemporary ten bedroom riad in the in the very heart of Marrakech’s Medina, close to the souks, the monuments and the main square. The Riad was recently restored by the well-known architect Christophe Simeon. The modern Moroccan inspired décor evokes all the charm of traditional riad style.

 

Riad Adore - Boutique Hotels in Marrakech.

Riad Adore in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Riad Les Yeux Bleus, located in the Bab Doukkala district in the Medina, features eight individually styled bedrooms. The Riad balances a blend of contemporary and traditional style with a pop-art touch in the choice of colors.

 

Riad Les Yeux Bleus - Boutique Hotels in Marrakech.

Riad Les Yeux Bleus in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

What are your favorite Riads in Marrakech? Let us know!

 

6 stunning design hotels that make you addicted to Iceland

Iceland is probably not the place where you expect boutique or design hotels. The country of glaciers, volcanos and hot spring is well-known for hiking or other outdoor activities. So why should I find stylish hotels there? However these design boutique hotels on Iceland exist and they are great, so great that they can make you addicted to the beautiful nature and the vibrating capital town of Reykjavik.

 

 

ION

The ION Hotel is the only hotel in the Þingvellir National Park. The Islandic owner Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir extended and renovated the old workers’ quarters of the Nesjavellir geothermal power station and turned it into a fabulous design hotel. (from 250 € – 45 rooms)

 

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Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - ION Iceland - design boutique hotels

 

 

101

Right in the heart of Reykjavik the 101 Hotel is located. The owner and designer Ingibjörg Pálmadóttir has created a chic and cool design hotel out of an old office building from the 1930s. (from 270 € – 38 rooms)

 

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Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Bath at 101 Hotel Reykjavik Iceland - design boutique hotels

 

 

Kvosin

The Kvosin Downtown Hotel is located close to the Parliament in a square behind the Reykjavík Cathedral. It features modern rooms, most rooms have a kitchenette with a dining area, a fridge and a stove. (from 200 Euro – 24 rooms)

 

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Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Kvosin Reykjavik Iceland - design boutique hotels

 

 

Black House

The black house in Borgarnes is situated at the base of mount Hafnarfjall right along the shores of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This traditional timber house was built in the authentic 18th-19th century style of country houses of the region and gets the tone and style just right. The interiors are modest in attitude but with a great combination of chic modern personality and old world style designed by Icelandic designer Rut Káradóttir.

 

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The black house in Borgarnes in Iceland. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel: 6 stunning design hotels that make you addicted to Iceland

The black house in Borgarnes in Iceland. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel: 6 stunning design hotels that make you addicted to Iceland

The black house in Borgarnes in Iceland. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Budir

Hotel Budir is located in a remote area in Snaefellsnes, just a couple of hours drive from Reykjavik, at the edge of the Snaefellsjokull National Park. The little black church that belongs to Hotel Budir is in walking distance. Weddings are welcome here. (from 170 Euro – 28 rooms)

 

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Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Hotel Budir Iceland - design boutique hotels

 

 

KEX

The KEX hostel (Islandic for Cookie or Biskuit) Hostel is the most stylish youth and backpacker hostel we have seen in a while, housed in an old biscuit factory in Reykjavik’s city centre. (from 90 Euro – 43 rooms)

 

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Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - KEX Hostel Reykjavik Iceland - design boutique hotels

 

 

The Architect’s House

When you head up to Akureyri, there is not much choice to find stylish accommodations. The architect’s house is the one. With an amazing view to the fjord Eyjafjörður, Jórunn’s stylish architect’s house is fully booked in summer. You’d rather reserve early. (from 80 Euro – 3 rooms)

 

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Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Architect House Akureyri Iceland - design boutique hotels

 

 

Are there other fascinating hotels, we need to mention on Iceland? Let us know. In the next blog post we will write about our favorite places to eat in Iceland.

 

6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Europe in summer is a dream for most travelers. Long days, wonderful weather and plenty of time off to enjoy it all. Here are some of our favorite summer retreats on the continent that will make it a trip to remember.

Aenaon Villas

Aenaon Villas on Santorini was built on a cliff overlooking the sweeping Aegean Sea, a breathtaking Greek escape includes seven whitewash villas, each built with the care of traditional Cycladic architecture. The property displays elegance and luxury at every turn. White walls, furniture and décor help to further define the dramatic sea views that are plainly seen from each secluded villa. (from 300 € – 7 villas) @aenaonvillas

Giorgos: “My wife and I had wanted to create a place just like this; it was our dream for quite a while. After having worked as an engineer and my wife in public relations we decided to create a small boutique property like this one and run it ourselves during the last years of our working life. We were sure we’d enjoy this lifestyle very much.”

Aenaon Villas, Santorini - Greece

Aenaon Villas in Santorini, Greece. Photo by hotel.

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Aenaon Villas in Santorini, Greece. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Aenaon Villas in Santorini, Greece. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Aenaon Villas in Santorini, Greece. Photo by hotel.

San Giorio

A breath of fresh air for those who are used to traditional and overdone luxury accommodations, San Giorio on Mykonos is a project for those who want to enjoy simple elegance under the same roof as like-minded people. Design-oriented and highly unique, this hotel includes organic elements that are only further accentuated by the highly coveted sea views situated on one of the most scenic areas of the island between Paradise and Paranga beaches.

Thomas Heyne and Mario Hertel, who transformed the Paradise Club into one of the most popular nightclubs in the world, developed San Giorgio in a bohemian style and down-to-earth gypset, tailored to pleasure-seekers enraptured with the euphoric energy of Grecian paradise. (from 170 € – 32 rooms) @sangiorgiomyk

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - San Giorgio Mykonos

San Giorgio in Mykonos, Greece. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

San Giorgio in Mykonos, Greece. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

San Giorgio in Mykonos, Greece. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

San Giorgio in Mykonos, Greece. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

San Giorgio in Mykonos, Greece. Photo by hotel.

Château de la Resle

Château de la Resle is located in the wine making region of Burgundy in France, built in the 17th century, and has the charm of a well-loved private home. (from 195 € –  6 rooms and suites)

“Château de la Resle is one of these typical French country side châteaux. They make you want to get closer and discover their beauty; an intriguing mix of romance and authenticity, sometimes impressive in size but often small enough to imagine a comfortable home.”

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Château de la Resle in Burgundy, France. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Château de la Resle in Burgundy, France. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Château de la Resle in Burgundy, France. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Château de la Resle in Burgundy, France. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Château de la Resle in Burgundy, France. Photo by hotel.

Masseria Fumarola

Masseria Fumarola is a traditional house topped with 11 trulli. Once a working farm run by the grandmother of present owner Anna, and converted into a hotel by Anna’s architect father.  The 14 rooms and suites spread across the main building and a scattering of outhouses are soothing and spacious. The Masseria is a stylish piece of rural Italian life, a place to savour simple delights. Ana’s husband Claudio, the son of Baroness Ilaria Ciani Bassetti and Baron Vincenzo also runs Castello di Roncade with an attached vineyard close to Venice. (from 160 € – 14 rooms)

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Masseria Fumarola in Puglia, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Masseria Fumarola in Puglia, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Masseria Fumarola in Puglia, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Masseria Fumarola in Puglia, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Masseria Fumarola in Puglia, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Masseria Fumarola in Puglia, Italy. Photo by hotel.

The Giri

Chic and modern are the words that best describe the Giri on Ibiza, which situated in San Juan, amidst a secluded natural environment. Guestrooms are appointed in sexy, modern luxury, and the spa and gourmet cuisine takes guests to a new level of elegance. (from 250 € – 7 rooms and villas)

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The Giri in Ibiza, Spain. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

The Giri in Ibiza, Spain. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

The Giri in Ibiza, Spain. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

The Giri in Ibiza, Spain. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

The Giri in Ibiza, Spain. Photo by hotel.

Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo is a Portuguese treasure is inspired by the natural surroundings and offers a variety of experiences, from modern luxury to rustic romance. Areias de Seixo is not only highly energy efficient with locally sourced construction materials, but it also blends the indoor and outdoor spaces. Overall this boutique hotel offers a particularly organic feel. (from 295 € – 7 rooms and villas) @areiasdoseixo

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Areias Do Seixo Portugal

Areias Do Seixo in the North of Lisboa, Portugal. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Areias Do Seixo in the North of Lisboa, Portugal. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Areias Do Seixo in the North of Lisboa, Portugal. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Areias Do Seixo in the North of Lisboa, Portugal. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

Areias Do Seixo in the North of Lisboa, Portugal. Photo by hotel.

Let us know what are your favorite boutique hotels in Europe!

6 cool hangouts where you can sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Goa has long been a place that has enticed visitors. Latin influences, leftover from more than four centuries of Portuguese rule, pervade the culture, architecture, food, language and lives of everyday Goans. Locals will tell you it’s a place entirely separate from the rest of India–complete with its own mixed heritage that’s part Indian, part European. And, it’s expansive beaches and laid back, hospitable attitude have continued to draw visitors after independence.

In the sixties, it was hippies from America and Britain. Today, it’s everyone, including wealthy Indians from Mumbai and Delhi who have joined the trend of vacationing to Goa. Even celebrities flock to this tiny western Indian state, and where do they stay? At any of Goa’s wonderfully small luxury hotels.

Each hip hideaway has its own personality and taps into a different facet of Goan culture, environment and style. Hidden from the throngs of tourists that flock to Goa’s irresistible beaches, these secret pearls of hospitality are secluded and luxurious. Here are a few of the best boutique hotels where celebrities in Goa stay:

Nilaya

In Sanskrit, Nilaya means “abode in the blue” or simply, heaven. This hotel is a remote getaway with an eclectic mix of style that combines cozy French design, local Rajasthani natural elements and Moorish architecture. This was Goa’s first boutique hotel, opened in the 90s by hotelier Hari Ajwani and his French stylist wife, Claudia Derain. In their early years, they hosted stars as big as Mick Jagger. Today, visitors come to Nilaya to experience nature, wellness and spiritual bliss in a quiet, off-the-beaten path boutique hotel. (from 280 $, 11 rooms)

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Nilaya Hermitage in Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

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Nilaya Hermitage in Goa, India. Photos by hotel.

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Nilaya Hermitage in Goa, India. Photos by hotel.

Pousada Tauma

Pousada tauma translates to “resting place” in Portuguese. Designed by Architect Dean de-Cruz with local laterite stone, this boutique hotel is nestled into its natural surroundings with local colonial style. Lush gardens, open-air spaces and intimate suites surround the tranquil hotel pool, perfect for adult-only getaways to rejuvenate the mind and body. (from 250 $, 13 rooms)

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Pousada Tauma in Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Pousada Tauma - Sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Pousada Tauma in Goa, India. -Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Pousada Tauma - Sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Pousada Tauma in Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Siolim House

Siolim House is a classically restored Goan Portuguese mansion built in 1675, refurbished in traditional colonial style. In 2001, the hotel–which boasts of being “unlike a hotel in every way”–was a finalist in the Asia Pacific Awards for Restoration by UNESCO and received an Award of Honor. Siolim House maintains its identity as a true heritage house, attracting discerning travelers including super model Kate Moss. (from 70 $, 10 rooms)

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Siolim House in Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Siolim House, India - Sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Siolim House in Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Siolim House, India - Sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Siolim House in Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Presa di Goa

Edouard Speck from Luxembourg, retired from his job in the hotel industry, runs now his own Boutique Hotel as your friendly host. Designed in refurbished Indo-Portuguese style and furnished with traditional colonial furniture, this hotel is reminiscent of the complex and beautiful Goan history. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop at I95 Restaurant & Bar, which is a short five minute walk from Presa di Goa and is famous for their prime filet steak. Yes, they sell beef in India, but perhaps it’s only possible in the cultural melting pot of Goa. (from 80 $, 11 rooms)

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Presa di Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Presa di Goa, India - Sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Presa di Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 cool hangouts where you can sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Presa di Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 cool hangouts where you can sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Presa di Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Elsewhere

Elsewhere is a dream location right on the beach, cut off from the mainland by a salt water creek where otters and baby sea turtles can often be spotted. Owner Denzel Sequeira restored the four beach houses: The Captain’s house, the Priest’s house, the Bakery and the Piggery. Recent celebrity guests include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, alias Brangelina, with their children and world renowned author Amitav Ghosh. Location is secret until booking, but we know where it is :-)
(From 800 $ per week, 4 beach houses and 3 otter creek tents)

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Elsewhere in Goa, India. Photos by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Elsewhere - Sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Elsewhere in Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Elsewhere - Sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Elsewhere in Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Elsewhere - Sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Elsewhere in Goa, India. Photo by hotel.

Yogamagic

For travelers ready for a transformational detox, this is the hotel for you. This hip hideaway is home to four of the best yoga teachers in the world. The combination of daily yoga classes, sleeping under canvas tents and the delicious organic food makes it a true escape from the busyness and toxins of everyday life.
(from 150 $, 7 tents and 2 suites)

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Yogamagic in Goa, India. Photos by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Yoga Magic Retreat - Sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Yogamagic in Goa, India. Photos by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Yoga Magic Retreat - Sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Yogamagic in Goa, India. Photos by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Yoga Magic Retreat - Sneak a peek at celebrities in Goa

Yogamagic in Goa, India. Photos by hotel.

For more tips and insight into meaningful travel experiences in Goa and other Indian destinations, take a look at one of our favorite guides: Love Travel Guides by Fiona Caulfield.

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Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It’s hunting time

The wild boar is fresh and the cheese is rich. Truffles and mushrooms and chestnuts abound. Even in the cool temperatures of winter, when the rainy days are not uncommon, Tuscany comes alive with bright colors that put every other winter destination to shame. And, when the tourists all but disappear between the ancient cities of Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena – it’s then that locals come out of the woodwork, unhindered by throngs of wine-hungry crowds and restaurants serve up the season’s finest ragùs.

 

porc and lentils in tuscany, italy

 

The star of that meaty pasta sauce is the wild boar, or il cinghiale, as its known locally. Hunting season is between November and January throughout Tuscany, and locals take this season very seriously, especially when it comes to wild boar who wreak havoc on wine and other crops before harvest time is through. As an animal that is known for eating pretty much anything, the boar has few natural predators anymore, which means that Tuscans have no qualms about making sport of taking them down and cooking them up. Birds and rabbit are also hunted at this time of year.

 

 

Hotel Monteverdi

Via di Mezzo, Castiglioncello del Trinoro, 53047 Sarteano

Hotel Monteverdi is a haven on a hilltop. Its three buildings maintain their original 12th century authenticity, while the interiors (including each artistically adorned guestroom) blend modern sophistication and ancient charm. Almost exactly halfway between Rome and Florence, this may be one of the best small luxury hotels of the world. (rooms from 375 €)

 

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Hotel Monteverdi, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Hotel Monteverdi - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Hotel Monteverdi, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Hotel Monteverdi - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Hotel Monteverdi, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Hotel Monteverdi - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Hotel Monteverdi, Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

Hunting is a region-wide tradition that doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. For travelers who are lucky enough to plan a winter visit to Tuscany, hunting is a distinct possibility, complete with traditional dress, dogs and a final feast to celebrate the hunt. And for those who opt out of the hunting and want to move straight to the eating, winter is when the dishes of the region come to life. Tuscans eat what’s in season, which means you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort

Localita’ Casteani 1, 58023 Ribolla

Built in the traditional Tuscan style, this luxury boutique hotel and its authenticity are steeped in 1,000 years of history, with roots in the Counts of San Bonifacio – a group who later were depicted as the warring subjects of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The hotel encapsulates a true Tuscan getaway with breathtaking landscapes and the quiet charm of tradition married with the ease and comfort of modern amenities. (rooms from 240 €)

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Conti Di San Bonifacio - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Conti Di San Bonifacio, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Conti Di San Bonifacio - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Conti Di San Bonifacio, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Conti Di San Bonifacio - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Conti Di San Bonifacio, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Conti Di San Bonifacio - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Conti Di San Bonifacio, Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

But vegans beware: while the rich late harvest olives, truffles and mushrooms do make their way into Tuscany’s hearty dishes, in the winter, the cuisine caters to meat lovers. Cinghiale, of course, is available in abundance and makes the perfect ragù. And pecorino is even said to be creamier this time of year, since sheep are munching on green pastures. Whether you’re hunting wild boar, truffles or simply great wine, Tuscany in the winter is a paradise for travelers looking to avoid crowds and understand local life at its purest. Though you won’t need to escape from snow during the winter months in Tuscany, you may still want to cozy up by the fire and sip a bold red or huddle around an aromatic dinner table with your travel companions once the days turn to dark.

 

 

Poggio Ai Santi

Via San Bartolo 100, 57027 San Vincenzo

Complete with three houses that separate the few number of guest rooms, this boutique hotel stands quietly above the seaside with a landscape of olive trees. As an adult-only escape, Poggio Ai Santi focuses on tranquility and comfort. (rooms from 149 €)

 

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Poggio Ai Santi, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Poggio Ai Santi - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Poggio Ai Santi, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Poggio Ai Santi - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Poggio Ai Santi, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Poggio Ai Santi - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Poggio Ai Santi, Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

Although the countryside is filled with agrotourism accommodations as well as B&Bs and plenty of Italian Palazzi-Style luxury hotels (similar to the french Louis XIV kitsch), your chances are slim if you’re looking for a unique escape at a boutique hotel.

 

 

Casa Soleluna

Località San Martino a Bocena 359, 52044, Cortona, Arezzo

Rustic ambiance and a warm, welcoming atmosphere make Casa Soleluna one of our top picks in the region. Located in the Tuscan countryside of Arezzo, this boutique hotel exudes natural tranquility and allows guests to become connected in many ways with the local terroir. (rooms from 80 €)

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Casa Soleluna - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Casa Soleluna, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Casa Soleluna - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Casa Soleluna, Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Casa Soleluna - Smart travelers aren’t afraid of Tuscany in the winter: It's hunting time

Casa Soleluna, Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

What is your favorite boutique hotel in Italy? We are curious!

 

7 facts what a boutique hotel is NOT

There is no easy way to define boutique hotels. There are a number of qualities that these charming hotels of the world share, but they offer an experience that’s better understood in-person rather than by a definition. But, we can try to explain that “you’ll know it when you see it” feeling and where it comes from by first exploring what a boutique hotel is NOT.

 

If you’re staying somewhere that’s…

  1. Cookie cutter accommodations,
  2. Part of a chain,
  3. Dull, with inside-the-box design,
  4. Filled with too many rooms,
  5. Impersonal,
  6. All inclusive, or
  7. Pretty much just flat and soulless

 

…then you are not staying at a boutique hotel. Keep looking, though! These hip hideaways can be found almost anywhere in the world that visitors would want to go (we can personally attest to that…). In our travels, we came across more secret retreats and small luxury hotels than we can count, and while we do still believe boutique hotels are better defined through seeing than explaining, we’ve compiled a few traits they all share:

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Dar Seven Marrakech

Photo by Dar Seven in Marrakech

 

Getting this out of the way: yes, a boutique hotel is tiny, with no more than 50 rooms and no less than ten (otherwise, it would be an inn or b&b). Their size gives these great small hotels a distinct air of intimacy and personal touch that large hotels just can’t offer.

A true boutique hotel is also one-of-a-kind and independently owned. These indie hotels are distinct from cookie cutter accommodations. They have a style and personality that is truly unique and enhance their guests’ experience of the destination. Boutique hotels tend to be hip, with trend-setting clientele and forward-looking design elements. Because the décor is unique to the independent owners, it is not designed to appeal to the masses but instead a specific crowd of adventurous travelers with a taste for authenticity.

These hip hideaways are dedicated to hyper-attentive service. Because they include personal touches that large hotel chains can’t match, the best boutique hotels in the world pride themselves on their top-of-the-line, personalized service. Providing an easy and at-home atmosphere for guests is essential to the charming hotel experience. They offer great, distinct options when it comes to food and beverage. With restaurants and bars that often draw in locals, you typically won’t lack for cutting edge meals and drinks when you stay at one of these independent hotels.

A boutique hotel is not mainstream, all-inclusive or bland. It’s authentic, stylish and exclusive, unique in design and architecture, trendy, intimate, cosy and inspiring. It provides a personalized service with a real focus on the customer. And most importantly, it offers a memorable experience in itself.

So there you have it! Our attempt at answering the question, “What is a boutique hotel?” But boutique hotel lovers will attest: you have to experience it in person to really understand what it all means. Tell us about some of your favorites and why you love them in the comments below.