Bigger isn’t always better…
How the times have changed. It wasn’t long ago choosing a hotel with less than 20 rooms meant you where backpacking in Brazil and sharing a room with a hideously hairy 4o year-old guy.
These days it’s a little different, with tiny hotels taking the world by storm. Since these mini escapes can only be accessed by a handful of guests, you can often find yourself in a hotel that’s cuter and more luxe than some of the most ritzy in the world. More often than not, their service is impeccable, they offer better amenities, are tastefully designed and provide a cute little room you can crawl into at night.
If you’re not sold, check out these cuter-than-cute super lush tiny hotels from around the world…
1. Iniala Beach House, Phuket, Thailand
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary hotel suites at the Iniala Beach House. No two rooms are alike and the sculpted, Thai inspired furniture will make you feel as though you’ve entered a futuristic world. Book here.
2. El Lodge Ski and Spa, Granada, Spain
Though it looks like a traditional ski cabin, this lodge’s interior is trendy and super contemporary. Think private spas, Nordic furnishings, deer rugs and expansive views of the mountain. This small hotel also ensures all its guests are kept happy with three restaurants to choose from, ski boot warming services and a dedicated kids zone. Book here.
3. Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka
Originally built back in the 1920s, you’ll have to rent out the whole island to stay in one of the neo-palladian villa’s five bedrooms. The private hotel includes elephant rides to and from the island at high tide as well as an incredible 360 degree view. Does it get any better? Book here.
4. Nira Caledonia, Edinburgh, Scotland
Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, this adorable hotel has taken over two 19th century Georgian townhouses. The modern decor complements the grand sandstone exterior and creates a magnificent blend of old and new. Book here.
5. Blancaneaux Lodge, Coppola, Belize
The Blancaneaux is a delightful luxury hideaway where your villa is surrounded by tropical jungle and waterfalls cascade into your private pool. With only 19 rooms in the complex, time spent at this small retreat will be hard to beat. Book here.
6. Twin Farms, Vermont, USA
Explore Vermont’s only private ski area at the five star Twin Farms lodge. The experience is unmatched with six cozy rooms, custom meals, and service that’s so incredible you’ll never even have to wait in a ski lift line, since staff will drive every guest to the top of mountain in a snowmobile complete with warmed blankets. Book here.
7. Perivolas, Oia, Greece
Located on the cliffs of Oia, Santorini, the Perivolas is absolute paradise. Three hundred year-old caves have been converted into 17 rooms, a gym, restaurant and two pools to create a relaxed and elegant hideaway. Book here.
8. Blantyre, Massachusetts, USA
For years this estate has been named one of America’s top small luxury hotels and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s family owned and operated and boasts having an exclusive spa resort, daily wine tastings, Summer hiking tracks, Nordic skiing, tennis courts, entry into the elite Cranwell golf club and meals accompanied by a live concert pianist. Book here.
9. Littleisland Lighthouse, Norway
This lighthouse hotel stands alone on the tip of the Norwegian wilderness, with no cars, shops, bustling streets or stress to worry about. A night here will see you sleeping in one of the two rooms within the historic lighthouse. You can’t leave without enjoying your time spent off the beaten track. Book here.
10. Hicksville Trailer Palace, California, USA
These western themed little trailers have their own front porch, basic amenities and face onto a communal pool. Time spent with your loved one enjoying this artists retreat will be a quirky adventure neither of you will forget any time soon. Book here.
11. Casa Colombo Collection, Mirissa, Sri Lanka
Created to be a one-of-a-kind retreat, this elegant hotel only accommodates six couples and has a ‘casa domo’ or personal assistant, for each guest. Spend your days on a private yacht and finish with a seafood feast back on shore at the award winning restaurant. After a night in this tropical paradise, you’ll never want to leave. Book here.
12. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
This resort takes glamping to another level with small deluxe tents for each couple. The intimate accommodation offers stunning views, elephant safaris and spectacular mountain trails. Book here.
13. Château Eza,Eze Village, France
With breathtaking views over the Mediterranean and onto the village of Eza below, this enchanting boutique was converted from a 400 year-old chateau to create 10 lovely rooms. Take the time to enjoy the period features throughout the building and be sure to have a meal at the amazing Michelin star restaurant. Book here.
14. The Peninsula House, Dominic Republic
Rated by the Business Insider as one of the top 10 hotels in the Caribbean, The Peninsula House has only six rooms in the entire complex. The plantation style guesthouse overlooks the Samana Peninsula coastline, has charming interiors and offers impeccable service. Book here.
15. Thorngrove Manor, Adelaide Hills, Australia
Situated in the picturesque Adelaide Hills region, play out your childhood fantasies at the romantic Throngrove Manor. With only five rooms in the entire complex, you and your SO can explore the beauty of the surrounding wine region in privacy and be treated like royals. Book here.
16. Castello di Vicarello, Tuscany, Italy
An adorable Tuscan villa surrounded by olive vineyards, Castello di Vicarello is romantic getaway heaven. Spend your time enrolling in one of the private hotel’s cooking courses, getting pampered at the day spa, or lying by the crystal waters of the infinity pool. Book here.
17. Jade Mountain, St Lucia
With a limited amount of guests allowed at this St Lucia hotel, it’s as exclusive as it gets and is well known for celeb sightings. You’ll be handed a phone on arrival with a number to your personal butler, so you won’t even have to leave your deckchair looking out over the expansive ocean when you need to top up your cocktail. Book here.