10 Luxury Boutique Hotels of the Year 2018

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World™ Announces the Most Instagrammable Hotel, Best Gourmet Experience, Most Sensational Spa, and more


Celebrating the Crème De La Crème of boutique hotels, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) has announced winners of the SLH Awards 2018. The awards highlight excellence in everything from dreamy designs and breathtaking suites, embracing social media, the environment and the local community.

1. Hotel of the Year - Canaves Oia Suites, Greece

Canaves Oia Suites in Santorini, Greece, was Hotel of the Year at the SLH Awards 2018. A blissful blend of island tradition and architectural inspiration, the hotel has been described as 'very nearly perfect'.

2. City Hotel of the Year - The Sukhothai Shanghai, China

The Shanghai skyline has a new addition - the sleek silhouette of The Sukhothai Shanghai. This modern luxury hotel matches immersive, genuine hospitality with a contemporary setting. Seamlessly connected to the HKRI retail mall, it’s a short stroll from Nanjing Road (West) – a favourite shopping destination in this vibrant, international city.

3. Country House Hotel of the Year - Blanket Bay, New Zealand

With the Humboldt Mountains behind, their snow-dusted peaks reflected in Lake Wakatipu in front, Blanket Bay boutique hotel is wrapped up in superb isolation. Yet this captivating hideaway is a short drive from the adrenalin hub of Queenstown – and well placed for exploring the Southern Lakes and Fjordland. With a heated outdoor lap pool and luxury spa with lake-view hot tubs, take your time to find your favourite lookout point.

4. Mystery Inspectors' Excellence Award - Hotel Villa Carlotta, Italy

A heavenly retreat in the most panoramic area of Taormina, Hotel Villa Carlotta was built in 1860 for a local aristocratic family. With magnificent views across the sea and of Mount Etna, enchanting gardens, excellent Sicilian dining and an outdoor pool, this coastal idyll promises peace and exclusivity.

5. Dreamiest Design Award - Liostasi Hotel & Suites, Greece

Chic design comes together with the beauty of nature at Liostasi Ios Hotel & Spa, an enchanting boutique hotel that has been recently renovated to provide an opulent atmosphere with alluring island and sea views. It has a serene spa, a gym area, a delightful pool with a bar, and an award-winning restaurant all within easy access of Chora.

6. Best Gourmet Experience Award - The Tokyo Station Hotel, Japan

An air of golden-age glamour hangs over The Tokyo Station Hotel. This domed, red-hued building has been part of the city skyline for over 100 years. Today, the hotel blends Omotenashi – the time-honoured spirit of Japanese hospitality – with 21st century luxury. And with no less than ten eateries on-site, it promises an indulgent escape. In the airy atrium, you can have breakfast beneath the skylight. Head to one of the bars to sip cocktails on rich, leather chairs before an evening of fine dining.

7. Most Instagrammable - Olive Boutique Hotel, Puerto Rico

Olive Boutique Hotel in Puerto Rico received the Most Instagrammable award based on its beautiful Instagram (@theoliveexperience) shots. The 15 rooms are inspired by the Mediterranean and are designed to provide guests with a multi-sensory experience. With L’Occitane toiletries, evocative fragrances of Provence and Tuscany wafting throughout the hotel and furniture made of ancient restored wood, the atmosphere is distinctly southern European. ‘See thru’ showers, smartphones with advanced technology and a film library are just a few of the luxurious extras.

8. Most Sensational Spa - Cap Rocat, Spain

A superb refurbishment of an impressive 19th-century fortress has resulted in a captivating and singular, adults-only boutique hotel overlooking the Bay of Palma. Set in 88 acres and stretching along the coastline for two kilometres, Cap Rocat Mallorca is a spectacular hotel providing a private rock cliff beach with direct access to the sea, jetty and salt water pool. Wake up to the sound of the sea and enjoy breakfast on your terrace. Take a cycling trip and explore the coastal region or spend your time enjoying water sports, fishing, diving, sailing and horse riding.

9. Most Romantic Retreat - Casa Angelina Lifestyle, Italy

Cut into the Amalfi coastline in charming Praiano sits cliff-side boutique hotel, Casa Angelina. By day sip the hotel’s own champagne beside the pool. Or zip down to La Gavitella beach, where you’ll find a dedicated area for Casa Angelina guests. Enjoy the lively atmosphere, or explore secluded coves aboard the hotel’s private boat. As afternoon turns to evening, feed your soul at sunset meditation class, then feast on fine dining dishes at Un Piano Nel Cielo.

10. Most Family-Friendly Hotel - Gaya Island Resort, Malaysia 

Fringed by a golden beach and backed by lush rainforest, Gaya Island Resort is set on an exotic island in the midst of the South China Sea. Surrounded by a wealth of coral reefs for diving, indigenous flora and fauna for guided nature walks, and with an award-winning spa in a unique mangrove setting, four restaurants, and a lounge bar overlooking the pool, it has a real back-to-nature appeal.

Patrick A Fitzgerald

24 Dec 2018, 10:00 AM

A Native of Australia Patrick A Fitzgerald has been a stylist since the age of 19. This Fashion design graduate prides himself on keeping up to date with the latest trends and faux pas. This 29-year-old is currently based between Singapore and Melbourne where his splits his time equally between styling & writing.

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