If you shudder when you hear the words ‘all inclusive’ and you dream instead of holidays in small, independent boutique accommodation where the luxury is bespoke, you’re not alone. More and more people booking ‘luxury’ holidays are turning away from the big multinational chains and looking for something more personal and intimate.
From holidays to Croatia and Madeira to destinations closer to home, such as the Channel Islands, there are a range of small boutique hotels which are heeding this new trend and offering an exclusive experience to their guests. You just need to know where to find them!
Bringing them all together under one brand umbrella is the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, an organisation that promotes only the very best high-end accommodation, giving customers a ‘go to’ source for excellence in independent holiday accommodation. The group is proud to offer a range of differing destinations, ranging from exclusive private island hotels to refined rural retreats across a vast range of countries. But for those looking for boutique excellence close Hotel spa alsace to home, here are my recommendations for the very best small luxury holiday accommodation in Europe from its collection.
Boutique Hotel Alhambra, Croatia
If your view of holidays to Croatia includes overcrowded resorts and bustling beaches, think again. The Boutique Hotel Alhambra gets around the problem of crowds, as it’s situated off the mainland on the stunning island of Lošinj. The majestic old-world property has been renovated with class and style with echoes of Art Deco. Its beachfront location is emphasised with wide, elegant windows and a terrace that boasts panoramic coastal views. Of course, a luxury hotel wouldn’t be complete without exquisite fine dining, and the restaurant here does not disappoint. The Alfred Keller is one of Gault et Millau most highly recommended restaurants.