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Compile your 2016 travel must-sees out of these award winning hotels
When boutique style experts Mr and Mrs Smith announce their best hotel award winners every year, we know we’re in for a glam treat. Their trusted word carries prestige weighting across the global hospitality platform and to win one of these is like winning an Oscar.
After collecting votes from 22,000 frequent flyers and a board of 50 judges, just 12 have been crowned the best boutique hotels 2015.
Scouring the world for the sexiest bedrooms and pads with an eco ethos, they do all the hard work so you don’t have sit. Sit back, enjoy, and let the awards begin…
Best Dressed Hotel:
Ett Hem, Stockholm
Housed in a red brick mansion, this sartorial hotel gives a new meaning to chic. Employing interior whizz Ilse Crawford, this swanky hotel has an eclectic combination of antique treasures and Scandinavian style. Simple, modernist chairs are mixed with earthy tones and special brassy finds that add a touch of glamour.
Sexiest Bedroom: Bellevue Syrene, Sorrento
Lay beneath the wispy canopy on this sumptuous bed or sink into the roman cave’s hydro-massage pool with your loved one as the winds from Vesuvius whistle through the open balcony doors. We couldn’t think of anywhere else we would rather escape to on a romantic retreat.
Hottest Hotel Bar: Zetter Townhouse, London
It is only fitting that The Big Smoke should host the world’s hottest bar. The Victorian Townhouse has been refurnished in one of London’s hottest postcodes. Mixologists add a touch of magic to every tumbler and flute they serve whilst guests rub shoulders with socialites in the sexy red room.
Best Hotel Restaurant: Oreade at Monteverdi
This Tuscan cave headed by chef Giancarla Bodoni and her team promises to tantalise taste buds with its fresh Italian produce. Their passion for fine dining is evident in their carefully orchestrated menu that provides scented flavours from across Val ‘Orcia.
Best Hotel Pool:
Set in 600 acres of untouched land, this pool curves around the natural boulders of the desert and hums with a mineral glow. The ruggedness of the sandstone backdrop parallels the clean lines of the perfectly placed day beds that hang above the water and the uniformity of the white sun loungers.
Best Spa Hotel: The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
The floating treatment rooms at this serene spa make for the perfect private spots to enjoy traditional Vietnamese massages. Each pod has a personal deck and deep tub to bask in south-east Asian tranquility with just the koi fish and palm trees for company.
Best for Families: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji
The best of both worlds – free babysitting services and yoga classes for adults plus water sports and fun at Bula Club for the kids. This five star Fijian spot is immersed in tropical jungle and surrounded by a private beach to ensure there’s something for everyone.
The Eco Award: Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
In the Gulf of Thailand sits this little emerald. Song Saa Private Island is committed to preserving the Island’s natural beauty by growing natural vegetation and recycling water so we don’t have to feel guilty about over indulging.
Best Budget Retreat:
Masseria Cervarolo, Puglia
The trullo houses that dot this hotel’s grounds are native to the region and add a unique charm to this budget boutique. The circular architecture feels like a princess’ turret and the locally sourced food is to die for, we are in Italy after all.
Above and Beyond:
Huka Lodge, New Zealand
When crowning this winner, Smith looked for a hotel that is so unique in its services and interior that it really goes above and beyond expectations of even five star hotels. Unparalleled backdrops that no interior designer could rival surround this lodge, along with a menu of personal experiences.
Best Newcomer: The Battery, San Francisco
It is not easy to compete with old properties who have esteemed clientele, however the interiors of the latest gem in The Golden Gate City rival just about any we have seen. Industrial exposed bricks and decadent furnishings ensure this battery is fully charged.
Best Smith Hotel 2015: The Pig – On The Beach, Dorset
The crème de la crème of hotelier awards goes to no other than our homegrown Babe, The Pig. Gathering lots of attention over the past year, this hotel offers guests the great British seaside from cute dovecote houses and converted wagon spas. You won’t believe it ’til you see it.