The best of Puglia: 7 must-see cities

The votes are in, and Puglia will be the location of our first boutique hotel! We are very excited about this destination for so many reasons. Puglia offers rich history, gorgeous beaches, fascinating towns and archeological sites – all in a sublime, warm climate. Who could ask for a better travel destination? Here are a few of our favorite highlights from this amazing region.

 

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Lido Baia delle Zagare, Gargano. Photo by ENIT.

 

 

About Puglia’s past

Puglia is located in southern Italy, forming the heel of the boot, and it has a long and storied past. The ancient Greeks and Romans, along with other major powers of the day, invaded this region, conquered and colonized it. Luckily for us, travellers nowadays can expect a more serene atmosphere, with clear ocean and gorgeous sunshine. Puglia is a major tourist attraction for both Italians and foreigners.

 

 

Puglia’s cities and archeological sites

Puglia is known worldwide for its gorgeous architecture. Because it was conquered by a wealth of major powers throughout history, its landscapes incorporate a mixture of influences. Puglia is home to many old towns, balconies, doorways and arches that give you insight into these different civilisations. Features with Roman, Greco and Messapian influence are often side by side, bringing history to life.

 

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Ostuni, the white town.

 

 

Here are a few must-see cities

  1. Ostuni – This is a unique and architecturally all-white town, providing the perfect photo opp.
  2. Otranto – As one of Puglia’s sea-front towns, Otranto offers stunning views.
  3. Gallipoli – Get a taste of history by visiting this Puglian island town, surrounded by defensive walls that were built in the 14th century.
  4. Santa Maria di Leuca – Located on the southern tip, this town contains quaint sea-front villas.
  5. Alberobello and Locorotondo – These towns are known for their classic, fairytale-like old-town centres and trulli. Trulli are conical roofs made entirely of local limestone. They were built by peasant farmers, and some date back to as late as the 15th century.
  6. Lecce – This Puglian city is known for its beautiful Baroque churches.
  7. Bari – This is the Puglian capital known for its ambiance and excellent dining. The Saracen conquest left many of its structures with a kasbah influence.

 

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Città di Otranto

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Best of Puglia

Basilica of St. Giovanni Batti in Lecce

 

 

What we love most about Puglia

There are so many exciting things to do in Puglia. Whether you want to relax on the beach or scuba dive for the first time, you can do it all here. Below is a list of awesome attractions to keep in mind for your visit.

  • Torre Guaceto – This is an area with a beautiful sand dune stretch, olive groves and clear water. It is the perfect location for cycling, walking or scuba diving.
  • Gargano promontory – For a diverse landscape, visit this area that is full of sandy beaches and cool lagoons.
  • Alta Murgia national park – This is a great location for tourists to take day-long hikes to see castles and prehistoric tombs. It is also home to a cave that has 30,000 dinosaur footprints!
  • Salentine peninsula – Located at the southernmost tip, this area offers gorgeous sea caves and coves for a quick dip.
  • Otranto Jazz Festival – If you visit during the summer, you must check out this festival and get a feel for the traditional dance, the Pizzica.
  • Castel del Monte – Built by Frederick II of Swabia, these castles are a must-see.

 

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Castel del Monte. Photo by Guglielmi.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Best of Puglia

Centuries old olive tree

 

We want you to be just as excited as we are; and we hope this blog did that! Puglia is home to so many stunning sites and amazing activities. Whether you are planning a family trip, a romantic getaway or you are riding solo, Puglia should be next on your agenda. Stay tuned for our next two blogs, where we explore arguably the best part of travel – the wine and food. :)

 

Cheers,

Marcus & Kristin

17 boutique hotels we love – Our 2017 collection

This year, as we researched this list of boutique hotels we love from around the globe, a theme emerged. Nearly all of our hotels exist in harmony with their surroundings. Some of those surroundings are natural – vast African wilds, thick Southeast Asian jungles, towering seaside cliffs. Some surroundings are more human-made, like the posh high streets of London or beachy LA avenues. Regardless of where they are located, these boutique hotels have been purposefully and authentically built, in-sync with that location. The result? You, the traveler, get more than just a night at a hotel. You get an immersive experience.

 

 

Casa Cook Rhodes

The Greek Island of Rhodes is home to picture-perfect beaches, ancient ruins and steep hillsides spotted with Greek-white residences – if you’re into that sort of thing. Casa Cook is the perfect introduction to the island, with its boho vibe and laid back but on-style decor. Meet at the pool for a dip, a sip or a full-on multi-course meal, and revel in the sounds of a local DJ. Then, hop on one of the hotel’s bikes for a zip down to the nearest beach.

 

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Casa Cook in Greece. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Casa Cook in Greece. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Naxian on the Beach

This private and secluded gem on busy-for-good reason Plaka Beach is a bohemian getaway perfect for couples and groups. Sip cocktails and munch on Greek pastas at sunny oceanside cabanas and then retreat to your modern room outfitted with natural touches in sandy hues. Naxian on the beach is a getaway inside a getaway.

 

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Naxian on the beach in Greece. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Naxian on the beach in Greece. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Sophia Luxury Suites

Sophia Suites climbs a Santorini cliff, painted white with the homes of locals. This sky-high retreat seems to overlook the entire world, and you can too when you dip into one of the cool blue pools or sip a cold glass of white on your private terrace.

 

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Sophia Suites in Santorini. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Sophia Suites in Santorini. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Perivolas

Back in Santorini, we can’t leave out Perivolas, the mid-century hotel that was built into a cliff with 300-year-old cave dwellings and some of the best views on the island. Caves have become luxury accommodations, decked in the signature bright white of Santorini, and shouldn’t be missed.

 

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Perivolas in Santorini. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Perivolas in Santorini. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Kirini

Imagine the cloud-white of Santorini, and you’ll begin to understand what it’s like to stay at Kirini. Surrounded by clean, heaven-like interiors with windows open to the eye-popping views of the sun and sea beyond, you may feel like a Greek gods or goddesses. Local food and wine are served at the terrace restaurant overlooking eternal ocean blues.

 

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Kirini in Greece. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Kirini in Greece. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Maison La Minervetta

A colorful retreat tucked away up an impossibly steep Italian cliffside, Maison La Minervetta is the darling of Sorrento. Quirky nautical decor and floor-to-ceiling windows give you the sensation that you’re in a flying ship, high above the Bay of Naples. Pull yourself away from the window for a break for an al fresco aperitif and a pool with a view.

 

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Maison Minervetta in Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Maison Minervetta in Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Nina Trulli Resort

This Puglian treasure fuses relaxed luxury with rustic history for the perfect southern Italy escape. Experience all the space of a traditional masseria in a vineyard, and take in the authentic stone trulli spotting the property. Get lost in grapevines and olive trees at Nina Trulli or go explore the historical Valle d’Itria, just 5 kilometers from the sea.

 

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Nina Trulli in Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Nina Trulli in Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Sublime Comporta

Here, modernity and structure are balanced out by a natural warmth. Villas and rooms with tall walls of windows make up the accommodation options at Sublime Comporta. You’ll find yourself somewhere between a natural retreat and a luxury resort when you visit this Portuguese getaway. Perhaps the most sublime of all is the hotel’s organic spa where you can customize your body work.

 

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Sublime Comporta in Portugal. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Sublime Comporta in Portugal. Photo by hotel.

 

 

The Blakes

We love London. And we love the quiet style of South Kensington, home of the stylish Blakes Hotel. Each of its rooms has its own British version of je ne sais quois, from country-home chic to palatial opulence to Eastern-influenced minimalism.

 

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The Blakes in England. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

The Blakes in England. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Aire de Bardenas

Located in the Bardenas Reales, Aire de Bardenas is a natural retreat that incorporates the semi-desert surroundings modern luxury. Bring the outside inside with open-air bathtubs in this boutique hotel’s double rooms, cubes and suites or reserve a bubble room set underneath a vast sky of stars. The experience is completely tailored to you, with packages available for everyone from food lovers to just lovers.

 

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Aire de Bardenas. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Aire de Bardenas. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Arijiju

The ideal spot from which to explore the Kenyan Highlands, Arijiju is a sanctuary for lovers of the wild. With a full 97,000 of open land and helicopter and quad safaris to explore it all, this boutique hotel was built into the landscape with humility and respect for its eternally wild surroundings. Arijiju has wellness-centric menus and a pool that overlooks a watering hole beloved by local elephants and giraffes.

 

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Arijiju in Kenya. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Arijiju in Kenya. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Arijiju in Kenya. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Leobo Private Reserve

Open space distinguishes Lebobo Private Reserve. Expansive rooms and an more expansive property (20,000 acres, to be exact) give you the chance to breath in the serenity of the African wild. Leave time for endless daytime adventures – from cave hiking to hippo camping (which is as wild as it sounds). Groups can reserve the award-winning Observatory Bush Villa, which sleeps six adults and three children.

 

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Lebobo in South Africa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Lebobo in South Africa. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Matetsi River Lodge

Just a short drive from Victoria Falls, this riverside lodge effortlessly brings you into the natural surroundings of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wildlife viewings are only the start of the adventures at your fingertips at Matetsi River Lodge. Its contemporary, organically airy decor and bush dining will draw you back in after a day of water- or land-safari.

 

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Matetsi River Lodge in Zimbabwe. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Matetsi River Lodge in Zimbabwe. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Phum Baitang

Possibly the best jumping off point from which to see the World Heritage site Angkor Wat, Phum Baitan is luxury built into the Cambodian jungle. Incorporating natural elements in design and decor, this hotel offers airy accommodations and world-class local cuisine that will paint your stay with local cultural and natural elements.

 

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Phum Baitang in Cambodia. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Phum Baitang in Cambodia. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Ahilya by the Sea

Overlooking Dolphin Bay and miles away from Goa’s bustling beach crowds, guests can settle into cozy rooms with at-home warmth and expansive sea views. There are rooms in three villas and one banyan tree house to choose from. Dine outdoors, take a dip in one of two pools, or share a cocktail in the common living room – whatever it takes for you to relax as if you’re in a friend’s home. That’s the Ahilya philosophy.

 

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Ahilya in Goa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Ahilya in Goa. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Palihouse Santa Monica

Here, a hotel that’s been in continuous operation since 1927. Palihouse brings all the authenticity of its namesake SoCal beachside neighborhood. Fitting comfortably in that imperceptible space between a luxury residence and a boutique hotel, Palihouse feels like a home far away from home.

 

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Palihouse in California. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Palihouse in California. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Villa Marie Saint-Barth

Happy tropical getaways are par for the course on Saint-Barth, but Villa Marie takes this to unprecedented levels. With its cheery yellow-highlighted interiors and windows open to endless views of palm trees and sand, this hotel boasts rooms, villas and bungalows for guests to choose from.

 

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Villa Marie in St. Barth. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair - 17 boutique hotels we love - Our 2017 collection

Villa Marie in St. Barth. Photo by hotel.

 

 

We’re curious what are your favorite boutique hotels around the world in 2017?
Let us know in the comments section below!

10 breathtaking boutique hotels – The Amberlair selection 2016

We know we are preaching to the converted – but travelling the world and finding beautiful places to stay in is not just a feast to the eyes – it also works wonders on our soul.

When you pick a destination, you need to find a place that makes you feel you have arrived. When you open your eyes each morning, you just have that feeling – that you are in place X, and not in potentially 25 other similar locations. That’s why we love boutique hotels. They capture what’s new and beautiful about a destination and become authentic representations of all the places we love to travel. Boutique hotels, in their aim to enhance the experience of a place for travelers, are the perfect vantage points from which to see the world. They make traveling better.

And without further ado, here are some of the gorgeous gems we have discovered and handpicked for you – beautiful boutique hotels with soul, excellent design and everything else we will make sure Amberlair has. Explore the Amberlair 2016 Boho Selection:

 

 

The Oyster Bay

Contemporary African style greets you as you arrive in beautiful Dar es Salaam and prepare for your travels through beautiful Tanzania. With ocean-view suites and relentless attention to hospitality, you’ll understand what it feels like to be truly welcome at the The Oyster Bay.

 

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The Oyster Bay in Tanzania. Photo by hotel.

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The Oyster Bay in Tanzania. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

The Oyster Bay in Tanzania. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

The Oyster Bay in Tanzania. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Ett Hem

Cozy and chic, with the simple elegance you’d expect from a Scandinavian hideaway, Ett Hem in Stockholm has its roots in everything local—food, style, history and personality. This boutique hotel takes care of its guests to they truly feel at home.

 

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Ett Hem in Stockholm. Photo by hotel.

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Ett Hem in Stockholm. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

Ett Hem in Stockholm. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

Ett Hem in Stockholm. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Soho House

Here, in the heart of Istanbul, where East meets West, timeless elegance meets modern simplicity. Overlooking the vibrant city beneath a string of lights, you’ll feel the pulse of the urban landscape around you while you remain in a bubble of tranquil delight. Soho House in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

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Soho House in Istanbul. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

Soho House in Istanbul. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

Soho House in Istanbul. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

Soho House in Istanbul. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Raas

In an ancient walled city that exudes lavish opulence and a strong sense of history, Raas in Jodhpur matches the ancient, earth-toned style of its surroundings, even down to the centralized body of water. The hotel’s modern architectural spin on the traditional fortress is breathtaking.

 

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Raas in Jodhpur, India. Photo by hotel.

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Raas in Jodhpur, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

Raas in Jodhpur, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

Raas in Jodhpur, India. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Colony Palms

Opened in the 1930s by an American mobster and favorite hideaway for countless mid-century celebrities like Frank Sanatra and Zsa Zsa Gbor, Colony Palms combines old Hollywood charm with contemporary desert-adapted style.

 

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Colony Palms in Palm Springs, USA. Photo by hotel.

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Colony Palms in Palm Springs, USA. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

Colony Palms in Palm Springs, USA. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Colony Palms in Palm Springs, USA. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Jalakara

Jalakara is a tropical hideaway surrounded by nature, far from the humdrum cares of the modern world, that first opened its doors in October 2015. The property was an overgrown banana & betel nut plantation backing onto tropical rainforest in the Andaman Islands in India.

 

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Jalakara in the Andaman Islands, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

Jalakara in the Andaman Islands, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

Jalakara in the Andaman Islands, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels everyone should have on the bucket list

Jalakara in the Andaman Islands, India. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Raj Mahal

The Royal Standard of the House of Amber still flutters above Raj Mahal Palace, one of the oldest and most treasured palaces in the pink city of Jaipur, located at the heart of Rajasthan’s bustling capital. An enclosed oasis, secluded in verdant gardens, Raj Mahal is the repository of a celebrated history. If you love the movie “The Darjeeling Limited” by Wes Anderson you will love this hotel.

 

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Raj Mahal Palace in Jaipur, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Raj Mahal Palace in Jaipur, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Raj Mahal Palace in Jaipur, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Raj Mahal Palace in Jaipur, India. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Raj Mahal Palace in Jaipur, India. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Santa Teresa

The atmosphere of this colonial fazenda combines traditional authenticity with tropical chic. Whether by the pool or in the tropical gardens, the Santa Teresa boasts spectacular panoramic views of the Bay of Rio and the Centro.

 

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Santa Teresa in Rio, Brazil. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Santa Teresa in Rio, Brazil. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Santa Teresa in Rio, Brazil. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Santa Teresa in Rio, Brazil. Photo by hotel.

 

 

The Redbury

The Redbury is an all-suite boutique hotel featuring 57 suites that exude a warm, bohemian counter-culture feel with design elements drawn from a variety of old-world cultures. Each spacious guest suite offers a home-like atmosphere including a European-style kitchen with gas burners.

 

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The Redbury in Hollywood. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

The Redbury in Hollywood. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

The Redbury in Hollywood. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

The Redbury in Hollywood. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Das Stue

Das Stue is Berlin’s first luxury boutique hotel, nestled in the lush Tiergarten park in the diplomatic district. Originally built in the 1930’s, Das Stue was renovated to invoke a calming ambience, with open spaces and contemporary minimalist design.

 

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Das Stue in Berlin. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Das Stue in Berlin. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Das Stue in Berlin. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Das Stue in Berlin. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 10 breathtaking boutique hotels : The Amberlair selection 2016

Das Stue in Berlin. Photo by hotel.

 

We’re curious: what are your favorite boutique hotels around the world? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Right now, our environmental conscience is bigger than ever. From free-range food to organic cosmetics and energy-saving light bulbs, we’re seeing a great shift in how we are choosing to live. Now, responsible travel is in the spotlight as more and more of us choose to enjoy eco-tourism.

A recent travel survey found that although aspiring eco-travellers want to stay in greener accommodations, they don’t want to sacrifice their plush hotels, meaning that boutique hotels with sustainability programmes are cashing in on this fantastic travel trend. Whilst many of these BoutiquEco hotels dress their re-claimed wood beds with organic silk sheets, we have unearthed some are some that are so luxuriously responsible that even royalty approve. Here are our top picks…

 

 

Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand

Drift off to sleep in a private clifftop residence or a vast beach-side villa at Soneva Kiri, safe in the knowledge that your impact on the stunning Koh Kood island has been creatively reduced. Sustainable-luxe architecture provides reclaimed wooden verandahs that makes the most of the sea views, whilst environmentally friendly electric buggies (with Rolls Royce Phantom-inspired dashboards) help you get around in bare-foot style.

 

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Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Soneva Kiri - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Soneva Kiri - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Soneva Kiri - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Soneva Kiri - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Misool Eco Resort, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Misool Eco Resort is an exclusive diving paradise in Indonesia and a model for caring for the community it lies within. Surrounded by pristine coral reef, you can eat fresh fish, caught from outside their “No-Take Zone” or take part in a Reef Restoration Experience before sleeping in your luxurious Water Cottage, which rests on stilts in the temperate water.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Misool Eco Resort - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Misool Eco Resort in Raja Ampat . Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Misool Eco Resort - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Misool Eco Resort in Raja Ampat . Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Misool Eco Resort - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Misool Eco Resort in Raja Ampat . Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Misool Eco Resort - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Misool Eco Resort in Raja Ampat . Photo by hotel.

 

 

Bambu Indah, Bali

Serving organically grown produce that’s picked fresh every day, Bambu Indah invites you to stay in one of its eleven “recycled” teak bridal homes, brought to this Bali from Java, where they were crafted over 100 years ago. After swimming in the chemical-free pool and dining on exclusive meals created from time-honoured recipes, guests are encouraged to learn about sustainable bamboo architecture on a Green Village Tour.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Bambu Indah - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Bambu Indah in Bali. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Bambu Indah - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Bambu Indah in Bali. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Bambu Indah - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Bambu Indah in Bali. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Bambu Indah - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Bambu Indah in Bali. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Bambu Indah - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Bambu Indah in Bali. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

As one of South Africa’s most exclusive game reserves, Lion Sands offers an incredible boutique experience where personal butlers serve your every need in romantic treehouse-style lodges. In addition, this reserve supports the Bhubezi Community Projects trust, which works to provide families with better education, living standards and healthcare.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Lion Sands - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Lion Sands in South Africa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Lion Sands - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Lion Sands in South Africa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Lion Sands - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Lion Sands in South Africa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Lion Sands - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Lion Sands in South Africa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Lion Sands - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Lion Sands in South Africa. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Mnemba Island, Tanzania

This “award-winning barefoot beach paradise” on one of Zanzibar’s pristine, white-sand beach islands, will help you return to source in unrivalled style. Like all of &Beyond’s properties, Mnemba Island is built with a small environmental footprint and its tours and safaris exist to educate as well as delight. This boutique hotel works with its community development partner, Africa Foundation, to empower communities and promote conservation.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Mnemba Island Zanzibar - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Mnemba Island in Zanzibar. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Mnemba Island Zanzibar - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Mnemba Island in Zanzibar. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Mnemba Island Zanzibar - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Mnemba Island in Zanzibar. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Mnemba Island Zanzibar - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Mnemba Island in Zanzibar. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Mnemba Island Zanzibar - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Mnemba Island in Zanzibar. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Adrere Amellal, Siwa, Egypt

Resting in the Siwa Oasis, Adrere Amellal offers a unique boutique hotel experience deep in the Egyptian desert. Free from the electrical hum of 21st century life, each candle-lit building is crafted from the surrounding earth, enabling it to blend perfectly into its environment, cocooning its guests in an all-natural calm.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Adrere Amellal - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Adrere Amellal in Siwa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Adrere Amellal - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Adrere Amellal in Siwa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Adrere Amellal - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Adrere Amellal in Siwa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Adrere Amellal - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Adrere Amellal in Siwa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Adrere Amellal - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Adrere Amellal in Siwa. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Laguna Lodge, Guatemala

Set in its own nature reserve, Laguna Lodge perches on the edge of the sublime Lake Atitlan, where volcano views are enjoyed with a glass of delicious organic wine from your minibar (powered by renewable energy from 180 solar panels). Rooms are decorated with superb indigenous antiques and Maya weavings, rainwater is harvested, the gardens are filled with edible plants and absolutely everything is recycled, composted or re-used.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Laguna Lodge - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Laguna Lodge in Guatemala. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Laguna Lodge - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Laguna Lodge in Guatemala. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Laguna Lodge - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Laguna Lodge in Guatemala. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Laguna Lodge - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Laguna Lodge in Guatemala. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Laguna Lodge - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Laguna Lodge in Guatemala. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

The peaceful Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize has its sustainable tourism practices verified by the Rainforest Alliance. In strong support of the country’s commitment to eco-tourism, this exclusive Family Coppola resort combines a love for beautiful design with a passion for progressive sustainable practices. Elegant dwellings are cooled by clever ventilation, plush sheets are washed in biodegradable detergents and vegetables for the restaurant are picked from the hotel’s organic garden.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Blancaneaux Lodge - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Blancaneaux Lodge - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Blancaneaux Lodge - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Blancaneaux Lodge - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Blancaneaux Lodge - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

From intelligently designed spaces to the use of solar energy, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa enables you to take in the majestic splendour of Torres del Paine from your bed, your private bath or the indulgent Uma Spa. This minimalist boutique hotel features luxurious Patagonian textiles and proudly supports Reforest Patagonia, which aims to plant 1,000,000 trees in Chilean Patagonia.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Tierra Patagonia - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Tierra Patagonia in Chile. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Tierra Patagonia - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Tierra Patagonia in Chile. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Tierra Patagonia - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Tierra Patagonia in Chile. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Tierra Patagonia - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Tierra Patagonia in Chile. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Tierra Patagonia - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Tierra Patagonia in Chile. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Hotel Endemico, Ensenada, Mexico

Hotel Endemico is a collection of twenty luxurious cabins, designed by Gracia Studio and built by a team of local tradesmen to offer unobstructed views of Mexico’s wine region. Blending in seamlessly with the breathtaking landscape, these wooden pods provide you with a personal and private space to relax in, complete with a Mexican Kiva.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Endemico- BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Endemico in Mexico. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Endemico- BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Endemico in Mexico. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Endemico- BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Endemico in Mexico. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Endemico- BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Endemico in Mexico. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Endemico- BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Endemico in Mexico. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Uxua, Bahia, Brazil

Artisanal, authentic and sustainable all perfectly describe the rustic elegance of Uxua hotel in Trancoso, southern Bahia. A place of inspiration and tranquility for the global art community, this boutique beach hotel provides organic spa treatments with its potent signature ingredient, Almescar resin. It also offers Capoeira classes with 100% of the class fees going to Trancoso’s Capoeira Sul da Bahia academy.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Uxua - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Uxua in Brazil. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Uxua - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Uxua in Brazil. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Uxua - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Uxua in Brazil. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Uxua - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Uxua in Brazil. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Uxua - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Uxua in Brazil. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Treehotel, Sweden

Offering a truly unique collection of treehouse lodgings for you to escape to, Treehotel is Sweden’s most magical boutique hotel. Never losing style over sustainability, this imaginative woodland retreat lets you dream as you’re suspended up to six metres off the ground. The structures are built on live trees without destroying the tree, hardly ever affecting the natural surroundings at all.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Treehotel in Sweden - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Treehotel in Sweden. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Treehotel in Sweden - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Treehotel in Sweden. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Treehotel in Sweden - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Treehotel in Sweden. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Treehotel in Sweden - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Treehotel in Sweden. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Treehotel in Sweden - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Treehotel in Sweden. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Kalnoky, Transylvania, Romania

Kalnoky, focussed on creating a peaceful atmosphere for its guests, is Prince Charles’ private nature retreat in Transylvania. Surrounded by meadows and forests, this exclusive boutique residence has been traditionally restored and lovingly cared for. One of its smaller properties is now being converted into a training centre for traditional crafts and rural skills to help sustain Romania’s villages.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Zalan House - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Zalan House in Transylvania. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Zalan House - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Zalan House in Transylvania. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Zalan House - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Zalan House in Transylvania. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Zalan House - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Zalan House in Transylvania. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Eremito, Italy

Emulating the peace and soulfulness of ancient monasteries, Eremito offers space to meditate and de-programme from the system. Its luxuriously silent rooms are free from modern disruptions like Wi-Fi and televisions and instead focus on healing stressed minds and bodies with natural materials, hemp-yarn bedding and green valley views.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Eremito in Italy - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Eremito in Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Eremito in Italy - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Eremito in Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Eremito in Italy - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Eremito in Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Eremito in Italy - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Eremito in Italy. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Eremito in Italy - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

Eremito in Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Whitepod, Switzerland

In the heart of the Swiss Alps, Whitepod is an eco-luxury boutique hotel, designed to blend environmental conservation and superior hospitality seamlessly. Menus and each of the 15 pods (energy efficient geodesic domes) are adapted seasonally to blend in with the surroundings and maintain a low impact on the environment. Night lighting is minimal, water and energy usage is sensible, private ski lifts are as standard.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel White Pod Snow - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

White Pod in Switzerland. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel White Pod Snow - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

White Pod in Switzerland. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel White Pod Snow - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

White Pod in Switzerland. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel White Pod Snow - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

White Pod in Switzerland. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel White Pod Snow - BoutiquEco: The world’s finest 15 green retreats

White Pod in Switzerland. Photo by hotel.

 

 

…Finally you made it to the end of our our long post. Thanks for reading, M&K

We were happy if you answered our questions:
Have you stayed in a BoutiquEco hotel? What did you love about it?

5 reasons why free WiFi is the most important amenity in boutique hotels

Although many guests choose to go to a boutique hotel to “get away from it all”, evidence shows that they all want free and fast WiFi when they get there.

 

Blue Karma Resort free and fast wifi

Blue Karma Resort. Photo by hotel.

 

In a recent #LuxTravelChat about boutique hotels on Twitter, frustrated guests said that the thing they never wanted to see in a hotel again was a charge for WiFi. Accessing the Internet has become so engrained in our day-to-day lives that having to pay for it (or worse still, not having access to it at all) seems, well…rather ridiculous.

Another survey shows that travellers rank free and fast WiFi as the most important amenity in hotel rooms and, as the old phrase goes: The customer is always right. “Access to the Internet is something that is, basically, like oxygen” said Stephen Holmes of Wyndham Worldwide.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - #luxtravelchat @luxtravelchat on Thursday September 24, 2014. Champagne - free and fast wifi

 

 

So why is free and fast WiFi so important?

Free and fast WiFi at boutique hotels is important for a number of reasons. It’s not that #boholovers want to be stalking their friend’s cousin’s brother-in-law on Facebook all day, rather, they want to be able to make contact on their terms and use the Internet to customise and improve their stay. And there are some practical reasons too.

 

1. All-round communication

Having access to free and fast WiFi means that guests can stay in touch with their families and friends and happy guests mean better hotel experiences. Whether they want to update their social media accounts with a photo of that very Instagrammable wet room, or have a Skype call with their family, free and fast internet access will help them to feel relaxed and satisfied.

 

2. Work and business

With remote work on the rise, hotels are not just catering for business travellers who need a place to stay for the night before a meeting, they’re accommodating people who work and travel. The better and more accessible an internet connection is, the more time business travellers can spend utilising everything a hotel has to offer. Free and fast WiFi enables guests to work from the hotel, which means they don’t need to leave and spend money in a cafe, when they can stay and work from their room, the hotel lobby…or bar.

 

3. On-trip planning

Free and fast WiFi makes it easy for guests to make the most of their holiday, enabling them to access all kinds of web-based information. Once hooked up to a WiFi connection, travellers can use their devices to find out opening times for attractions like the nearby national park, book tickets to the theatre and even complete practical tasks like checking in for their next flight on a mobile app. In this context, WiFi offers a seamless guest experience, which is something that #boholovers expect.

 

4. Avoiding roaming charges

Although the EU is scraping data roaming charges, international travellers still have to cough up to use the Internet on their mobile devices. If a hotel offers free and fast WiFi, travellers are going to be able to save money during their trip at a relatively minor cost to the hotel. Who knows, maybe they’ll be encouraged to book that in-room spa treatment with the money they’ve saved.

 

5. Creating a true, full-service hotel

Global brands believe that free and fast WiFi isn’t just a benefit for travellers, it actually helps hotels innovate and offer the best experiences for their guests. Additionally, by giving employees access to information in real-time, they have the ability to provide instant and relevant service to guests right at that moment, which is crucial for boutique hotel guests who are looking for a really personalised service. It doesn’t just stop at check-in, though, there are endless possibilities for using WiFi to mobilise all kinds of guest services and enterprise requirements. Mobile room service, anyone?

 

Free WiFi is the future

Guests see this amenity as absolutely essential to their hotel experience. In a recent survey, almost ¾ of guests said they’d walk away from a hotel that didn’t have free and fast WiFi, which is bad news for hoteliers who don’t want to get set up.

 

We’re hoping that 2016 is the year that will change the relationship between hotels and Internet access.
How are you dealing with the increasing demand for free and fast WiFi in hotels?

16 exotic hideaways where gypsetters escape the 9-5

Gypsetters are a breed of modern-day travelers who are reviving the free spirit of gypsies and combining that with the ease and convenience of air travel around the world to discover destinations and cultures that are new to them—both experiences that arguably can’t be had when you simply stay put.

The ’60s and ‘70s were a time of non-conformism for young people throughout the Western world. Thanks to a travel route established by British scientific explorers a decade before, hippies and young people flooded the Hippie Trail, which was a sometimes-treacherous but well-traveled route from Istanbul to India. This was when air travel was still relatively new.

En route, they did not stick to traditional hotels or typical tourist routes. Instead, they tried to interact as much as possible with each other and locals—treating their journeys as a cultural and spiritual adventure rather than a set of predetermined experiences. The glory days of the Hippie Trail came to an end in 1979. Since then, the Hippie Trail has lain dormant. Some countries have been cut off from the route and, for the most part, Western tourists.

There is something in the air today, as a new generation of young people are taking to the road and searching for a similar strain of non-conformism. Today, gypsetters are taking to the road, reviving the Hippie Trail. With airlines connecting all the major stops along the way, it’s faster and more convenient for the off-the-beaten-path traveler of today to set out along the Hippie Trail in search of adventure.

Fashionable boutique hotels with roots in natural surroundings and local culture have found their place among exotic destinations around the world. These destinations, and the gorgeous boutique hotels you’ll find there, are the epitome of chic luxury for the modern day gypsetters.

 

 

Ibiza

Yes, young students flock to Ibiza to party during the summer months. But these crowds, and the canned resort experiences that go with them, can be easy sidestepped if you delve into the hidden side of the island. Discover secret rocky coves, quiet villages and idyllic beaches, untouched by partygoers—a perfectly chic retreat for the modern day gypsetters.

Our favorite boutique hotels in Ibiza for gypsetters:

Pure House Ibiza – Relax in style at Pure House, where comfort in a unique, convivial environment is held in the highest regard.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Pure House Ibiza gypsetters

Pure House in Ibiza. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Pure House Ibiza gypsetters

Pure House in Ibiza. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Pure House Ibiza gypsetters

Pure House in Ibiza. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Pure House Ibiza gypsetters

Pure House in Ibiza. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Pure House Ibiza gypsetters

Pure House in Ibiza. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Ibiza Zen – A converted farmhouse has become a chic bohemian paradise, convenient to the pulse of the island but far enough away to offer true tranquility.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Ibiza Zen gypsetters

Ibiza Zen in Ibiza. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Ibiza Zen gypsetters

Ibiza Zen in Ibiza. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Ibiza Zen gypsetters

Ibiza Zen in Ibiza. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Ibiza Zen gypsetters

Ibiza Zen in Ibiza. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Marrakech

This fashionable Moroccan city attracts chic travelers from all corners of the world, and the colors and styles you’ll see here are enough to feast on for your entire holiday. Nonstop people watching and shopping abound, set against a backdrop of colorful city streets with sophisticated charm. The boutique hotels here are among the best in the world.

Our favorite boutique hotels in Marrakech for gypsetters:

Talaa 12 – This traditional riad in the historical center of Medina has been renovated as a serene oasis in a vibrant, bustling destination.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Riad Talaa 12 gypsetters

Riad Talaa 12 in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Riad Talaa 12 gypsetters

Riad Talaa 12 in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Riad Talaa 12 gypsetters

Riad Talaa 12 in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Riad Talaa 12 gypsetters

Riad Talaa 12 in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

El Fenn – Here, the traditional spirit of a Moroccan riad meets the colorful, contemporary attitude to create Marrakech’s funkiest boutique hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Riad El Fenn gypsetters

Riad El Fenn in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Riad El Fenn gypsetters

Riad El Fenn in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Riad El Fenn gypsetters

Riad El Fenn in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Riad El Fenn gypsetters

Riad El Fenn in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Riad El Fenn gypsetters

Riad El Fenn in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Goa

Throughout the years, Goa has kept its unique identity as a beautiful Indian region, former Portuguese colony and cultural center for an international hippie movement. The beauty of the beaches, secluded forests and riverways are part of the natural beauty that defines Goa, as well as some of the best boutique hotels in all of India.

Our favorite boutique hotels in Goa for gypsetters:

Ashiyana – Escape to the eco-lodges or palm grove treehouses of Ashiyana for a stylish and spiritual retreat from your ever-busy life.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Ashiyana Yoga Retreat gypsetters

Ashiyana Yoga Retreat in Goa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Ashiyana Yoga Retreat gypsetters

Ashiyana Yoga Retreat in Goa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Ashiyana Yoga Retreat gypsetters

Ashiyana Yoga Retreat in Goa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Ashiyana Yoga Retreat gypsetters

Ashiyana Yoga Retreat in Goa. Photo by hotel.

 

 

La Mangrove – Simple and natural, the tipi accommodations and riverside lounge of La Mangrove are only part of what this eco-hotel has to offer.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - La Mangrove Goa gypsetters

La Mangrove in Goa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - La Mangrove Goa gypsetters

La Mangrove in Goa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - La Mangrove Goa gypsetters

La Mangrove in Goa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - La Mangrove Goa gypsetters

La Mangrove in Goa. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Lamu Islands

Off the eastern coast of Kenya, the Lamu Archipelago offers serene beauty as well as a secluded historical feel. The lengthy beaches and chic accommodations surrounding it make this the ultimate relaxation destination, and the picture-perfect quaintness of Lamu Town gives you that extra surreal feeling of stepping into the past.

Our favorite boutique hotels in the Lamu Archipelago for gypsetters:

The Majlis Hotel Lamu – Panoramic ocean views and exquisite “barefoot luxury” define this Manda Island boutique hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - The Majlis Lamu gypsetters

The Majlis in Lamu. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - The Majlis Lamu gypsetters

The Majlis in Lamu. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - The Majlis Lamu gypsetters

The Majlis in Lamu. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - The Majlis Lamu gypsetters

The Majlis in Lamu. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - The Majlis Lamu gypsetters

The Majlis in Lamu. Photo by hotel.

 

 

The Red Pepper House – An encapsulation of a storied Swahili culture and breathtaking serenity, this is a charm-filled boutique hotel

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Red Pepper House gypsetters

Red Pepper House in Lamu. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Red Pepper House gypsetters

Red Pepper House in Lamu. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Red Pepper House gypsetters

Red Pepper House in Lamu. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Red Pepper House gypsetters

Red Pepper House in Lamu. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Bali

Bali is a host for spirituality- and luxury-seekers alike. With its unparalleled pristine beaches and its soft and quiet spiritual soul, travelers can come for the unique cultural identity this destination has to offer or for some of the most gorgeous tropical landscapes visible to the human eye. Stay at one of the island’s distinct boutique hotels and you may never want to leave.

Our favorite boutique hotels in Bali for gypsetters:

The Sandat Glamping Tents is camouflaged in the rice fields, nestled in the natural and spiritual beauty of Bali.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Sandat Glamping Tents Bali gypsetters

Sandat Glamping Tents in Bali. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Sandat Glamping Tents Bali gypsetters

Sandat Glamping Tents in Bali. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Sandat Glamping Tents Bali gypsetters

Sandat Glamping Tents in Bali. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Sandat Glamping Tents Bali gypsetters

Sandat Glamping Tents in Bali. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Blue Karma – Among rice paddies and fruit trees rests this unique resort, ready for those looking to truly relax and let it all go.

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Blue Karma Resort in Bali. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Blue Karma Resort Bali gypsetters

Blue Karma Resort in Bali. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Blue Karma Resort Bali gypsetters

Blue Karma Resort in Bali. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Blue Karma Resort Bali gypsetters

Blue Karma Resort in Bali. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Byron Bay

A bohemian paradise in the 1970s, Byron Bay has grown up, but it hasn’t lost its hippie roots completely. A laid back atmosphere and natural beauty are the defining characteristics of this chic destination along the east coast of Australia.

Our favorite boutique hotels in Byron Bay for gypsetters:

Halcyon House – A clean and eccentric vibe define this boutique hotel that offers bright colors and beach views—a paradise for the weary traveler.

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Halcyon House in Montauk. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Halcyon House Montauk gypsetters

Halcyon House in Montauk. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Halcyon House Montauk gypsetters

Halcyon House in Montauk. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Halcyon House Montauk gypsetters

Halcyon House in Montauk. Photo by hotel.

 

 

The Atlantic Byron Bay – Styled to bohemian-surfer perfection, the Atlantic overlooks the rainforest and sits only steps from the ocean.

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Atlantic Byron Bay in Australia. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Atlantic Byron Bay Austaralia gypsetters

Atlantic Byron Bay in Australia. Photo by hotel.

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Atlantic Byron Bay in Australia. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Atlantic Byron Bay Austaralia gypsetters

Atlantic Byron Bay in Australia. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Tulum

Tulum, Mexico is a bright star shining just south of party-central Cancun. Its ancient beaches and tranquil ocean views that spread turquoise for miles make this a relaxing destination to be beat. The chic and beautiful travel here to soak up the golden sun rays as well as the simple happiness that resonates along the sandy beaches and cultured streets.

Our favorite boutique hotels in Tulum for gypsetters:

Coqui Coqui – The rustic feel of Mexican ruins greets and cools travelers, while the natural warmth of the Caribbean sun warms them right back up.

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Coqui Coqui in Tulum. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Coqui Coqui Tulum gypsetters

Coqui Coqui in Tulum. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Coqui Coqui Tulum gypsetters

Coqui Coqui in Tulum. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Coqui Coqui Tulum gypsetters

Coqui Coqui in Tulum. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Papaya Playa Project – Sustainability and creative collaboration have come together in this Tulum retreat, with a unique identity along Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

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Papaya Playa Project in Tulum. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Papaya Playa Project gypsetters

Papaya Playa Project in Tulum. Photo by hotel.

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Papaya Playa Project in Tulum. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Papaya Playa Project gypsetters

Papaya Playa Project in Tulum. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Montauk

The furthest point east on Long Island, New York, stretching away from Manhattan, is the unassuming destination of Montauk. Among its Hamptons neighbors, this beach town has a more laid back vibe but upholds a distinguished sense of style with its quality restaurants and unique boutique hotels.

Our favorite boutique hotels in Montauk for gypsetters:

The Surf Lodge – Gathering together outdoors in a casual-chic atmosphere is the philosophy behind this unique Hamptons hotel.

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The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - The Surf Lodge Montauk gypsetters

The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - The Surf Lodge Montauk gypsetters

The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - The Surf Lodge Montauk gypsetters

The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Photo by hotel.

 

 

The Montauk Beach House – This one’s a Downtown Montauk hotel that helps travelers rediscover the simple and social side of summer.

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The Montauk Beach House. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - The Montauk Beach Hotel Lounge gypsetters

The Montauk Beach House. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - The Montauk Beach Hotel gypsetters

The Montauk Beach House. Photo by hotel.

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The Montauk Beach House. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Today, gypsetters seek out the best in style and luxury all over the world, without limitations.
For boutique hotel lovers, there are no such things as boundaries.

Tell us: What are some of your favorite boutique hotels in these stylish destinations for gypsetters?

Meet #Italyboholover Maria Pasquale @heartrome

In this series, we wanted to do something different: we wanted to find out what drove global citizens to leave their lives behind and move to Italy (we shall call them #italyboholover. First up, is the lovely Maria Pasquale who went from Down Under, to the Eternal City.

 

 

 

Where are you from and what made you fall in love with Italy?

I’m from Melbourne, Australia and the Italian way of life and psyche made me fall in love. It’s where an appreciation for the good things in life, like food, wine, art, culture, and history, are truly embraced and appreciated. It ain’t all pretty, but nothing in life is perfect. I’d say, Italy comes quite close!

 

 

When did you move and where? What do you love the most in your life in Italy now? 

I moved to Rome in September 2011 on a whim. I’d only be dreaming about living here for about 15 years prior. I love that I can go for a walk in a modern day metropolis and stumble upon, and literally, walk past or walk on, ancient ruins and signs of the past. It makes me feel connected to history. I love the Roman food scene and the fact that I can get a real carbonara any day of the week. I love having an aperitivo with friends and the fact that just two hours on the train gets me to Florence or Naples!

 

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Would you share with us your 3 favourite places in Italy to visit?

Rome – A visit to Italy is just not complete without a visit to caput mundi, as it was know in Roman times (“capital of the world”). The imposing monuments, the cobblestoned streets, resplendent piazzas, and the colors. Oh I love the colours of Rome! The vibe changes from district to district but a little of the ol’ dolce vita can be felt throughout and you will eat and drink like you haven’t before!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet Maria Pasquale: our #ItalyBoholover @heartrome

 

Sicily – From Palermo to Catania, Etna to the temples of Agrigento, to the shimmering blue waters of the Aeolian islands, Sicily has something for everyone. Stunning as it is dark and mysterious, it’s a real mish-mash of Greek, Middle Eastern, and African influence which can be felt throughout and tasted in its unique and eclectic cuisine. Sweets (namely freshly piped ricotta cannoli) are just standout in Sicily!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet Maria Pasquale: our #ItalyBoholover @heartrome

 

Piemonte – I dare someone to travel to Italy’s northwest Piemonte region and eat poorly. It’s not part of the DNA around here! Home to Turin, where dessert and coffee culture are a part of daily life; Alba, where the prized white truffle hails from; and towns in the Langhe area, like Barolo and Asti, where award-winning wines of the same name are produced; this region wears quality like a badge of honour. And Bra is where Italy’s Slow Food Movement began. It’s a true food and wine lovers paradise.

 

 

We are looking to develop the world’s first crowdsourced hotel in Italy – our community chose the country. Where do you think we should do it?

This is tough! I’ll say Rome. Yes, there are so many hotels in the eternal city but I would love to see a new funky boutique property around here!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet Maria Pasquale: our #ItalyBoholover @heartrome

 

 

What do you think about the Amberlair concept?

I think it’s cutting-edge and is really setting the bar for the future of the hotel industry. Clients seeking luxury travel products are willing to pay top dollar and are looking for perfection and quality. This usually means boutique and ordering really bespoke services. I like that Amberlair is working with travel industry professionals and consulting with real people.

 

 

If you had your own hotel, what 3 things would you make sure it would have?

  1. Free wifi throughout – not just in the lobby, or in some rooms, but a strong and fast connection property wide!
  2. iPod / iPhone docs in the room so I can plug in my music, with whichever handset I have!
  3. A fully-stocked bathroom with luxurious cosmetics and a vanity pack!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet Maria Pasquale: our #ItalyBoholover @heartrome

Maria Pasquale in Florence

 

Born to Italian parents, Maria Pasquale always knew Rome was her destiny, although she was raised in Melbourne. She has a formal background in political science and policy and now runs her own event management and PR company, through which she manages marketing & social media for Eating Europe Tours, encompassing food tours across Rome, London, Amsterdam, and Prague.

An unabashed romantic, Rome being her one true love, she is the creator of popular food, travel, and lifestyle blog, HeartRome and as a freelance food and travel writer is a contributor to Tripology, Fodor’s, 10 Best, and USA Today Travel.

In Rome, you’ll find her walking the streets of Trastevere, checking out the latest bar for an aperitivio or dining with friends.

Follow Maria Pasquale on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

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. @ChaletZannier

 

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. @whitepodhotel

 

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. @mhsibuet

 

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

 

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. @hotelwachtelhof

 

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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. @HotelArlberg

 

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. @Tennerhof

 

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Tennerhof in Kitzbühel, Austria. Photo by hotel.

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Tennerhof in Kitzbühel, Austria. Photo by hotel.

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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. @lelodgepark

 

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. @hotelleriedemascognaz

 

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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. @mamathresl

 

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. @Baita-1697

 

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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. @Kirchenwirt

 

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!

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!

 

Myanmar, beaming smiles, is a travel back in time

If there’s one thing that can bring any person of Myanmar to smile, it’s a foreigner waving and singing out “Mingalabar!”

 

Bagan: The ancient city of pagodas

 

Burmese kids at the monastery

Burmese kids at the monastery

 

The Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon

The Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon

 

That simple greeting, which is essentially a Buddhist blessing, can change any experience in Myanmar from ordinary to extraordinary. Tourists in this country are not as common as neighboring Thailand, and it has yet to be added to the circuit for many Westerners traveling through Southeast Asia. So with a small gesture of acceptance and a willingness to embrace the culture, tourists visiting here are still able to surprise and delight locals. And the beaming smiles that are returned—radiating from elderly monks as much as small children—are enough to boomerang that delight back at even the most distracted traveler.

 

A huge Buddha statue in the south of Myanmar

A huge Buddha statue in the south of Myanmar

 

Marcus in front of the largest reclining Buddha in the world

Marcus in front of the largest reclining Buddha in the world

 

 

Visiting Myanmar is challenging in so many ways. Internet is still hard to come by. Transportation is somewhat sporadic. And yet, it’s arguably the easiest place to travel in the entire world. The people and their welcoming demeanor make it so. Few places in the world are this way. Maybe it’s the years the country has spent closed off from the rest of the world, or maybe it’s simply in the blood, but there are genuine human experiences to be had on the streets of Myanmar.

 

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Myanmar - On the Inle Lake in a long boat

On the Inle Lake in a long boat

 

Fishing on the Inle Lake

Fishing on the Inle Lake

 

The Inle Princess Lake Resort is our favorite boutique hotel in Myanmar

The Inle Princess Lake Resort is our favorite boutique hotel in Myanmar

 

Authenticity is easy in this country, and the tourist experience is more influenced by what locals want to provide than what they think Westerners want to experience. Here, you won’t find many places to buy cheap Western clothes or international call centers or global brand advertisements. But you will find guesthouses and hotels and guides and even average citizens who will go out of their way to make you feel at home in their country.

 

Famers on their oxcart in Myanmar.

Famers on their oxcart in Myanmar.

 

Peanut harvest in Myanmar

Peanut harvest in Myanmar

 

The genuine personality of the country is reflected in a few accommodations that embrace the welcoming hospitality that make Myanmar special. Our favorite boutique hotel in the country is the Inle Princess Resort at Inle Lake. Eco-friendly and hyper-local in design and structure, this hotel is genuine, authentic and absolute comfort.

 

Traditional Burmese market

Traditional Burmese market

 

Burmese food from the supermarket

Burmese food from the supermarket

 

We have been to Myanmar a handful of times now, and it’s the authenticity that keeps us coming back and loving it each and every time. We truly believe that travelers looking for a genuine experience off the beaten path will flourish here. Mingalabar!

 

Burmese Monk in Mandalay

Burmese Monk in Mandalay

 

Burmese nuns saying "Mingalabar"

Burmese nuns saying “Mingalabar”