The best luxury boutique hotels in the world revealed from Portugal to New Orleans and Maldives
Looking for a luxury hotel with the wow factor?
Then look no further than these properties – because they’ve all won prizes in the Mr & Mrs Smith Awards 2019, which honours the best luxury boutique hotels around the world.
The overall winner was Casa Fortunato, a nine-room, family-run townhouse hotel in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
OVERALL WINNER: The overall winner of the Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Awards 2019 was this boutique hotel, Casa Fortunato in Lisbon
Casa Fortunato, pictured, is a nine-room, family-run townhouse hotel in the Portuguese capital
The judges were impressed with Casa Fortunato’s ‘stylish statements, exceptional service and next-generation guesthouse approach’
The judges were particularly blown away by the hotel’s ‘stylish statements, exceptional service and next-generation guesthouse approach’.
The awards also hand out accolades to hotels in a range of categories with the winners being decided by a globe-trotting panel of judges.
This year’s winners range from artsy enclaves in Mexico to remote atolls in the Maldives, as well as grand properties in the garden of England.
In the best-dressed hotel category, the winner was Palazzo Daniele, a 19th-century mansion in Puglia, Italy, which has minimalist furniture and striking art installations.
BEST DRESSED HOTEL: Palazzo Daniele, pictured, a 19th-century mansion in Puglia, Italy won the award for the best-dressed hotel
SEXIEST BEDROOM: Joali, a resort in the Maldives, won the sexiest bedroom accolade as guests can hear the gentle waves of the sea while lying in bed
BEST DATE NIGHT BAR: The bar at Maison de la Luz in New Orleans, which picked up the award for the best date night bar
MOST SPOILING SPA: The most spoiling spa award went to the Euphoria retreat, pictured, in Mystras on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece
BEST GOURMET GETAWAY: The Pig at Bridge Place in Kent was praised for its first-class food, convivial atmosphere and spot-on service’
Joali, a resort in the Maldives, won the award for the sexiest bedroom as guests can ‘luxuriate in your king-size bed listening to the gentle waves’.
The best date night bar was named as the bar at Maison de la Luz in New Orleans, while the most spoiling spa award went to the Euphoria retreat in Mystras on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece.
When it comes to food, The Pig at Bridge Place in Kent won the best gourmet getaway award for its ‘first-class food, convivial atmosphere and spot-on service’.
The best villa gong went to the colonial-style Uxua Alma Casa Anderson in Bahia, Brazil while the best budget boutique hotel was named as Sands Hotel & Spa in Palm Springs.
BEST VILLA: The best villa gong went to the colonial-style Uxua Alma Casa Anderson in Bahia, Brazil, pictured. It is close to the Atlantic rainforest
BEST FAMILY HOTEL: If you want to treat your loved ones to a luxury break, try the Datai Langkawi in Malaysia, as it was named as the best family hotel
BEST BUDGET HOTEL: The dining room at Sands Hotel & Spa in Palm Springs – the winner of the best budget hotel
COOLEST CREATIVE HUB: L’Otel at Dôce 18 Concept House in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, which is described as an ‘independent artisanal mini-mall’
LOCAL HERO: The Salt of Palmar in Mauritius, which has banned buffets and single-use plastics. It scooped the local hero award
One of the 11 luxury VIP villas at North Island in the Seychelles, which is set in 500 acres of tropical wilderness
If you want to treat your loved ones to a luxury break, try the Datai Langkawi in Malaysia, as it was named as the best family hotel.
The coolest creative hub award went to L’Otel at Dôce 18 Concept House in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, which is described as ‘an independent artisanal mini-mall overlooked by a handful of best-in-show suites’.
The local hotel hero award winner was the Salt of Palmar in Mauritius, which has banned buffets and single-use plastics.
And the final award of Above & Beyond went to North Island in Seychelles, which boasts just 11 VIP villas within 500 acres of tropical wilderness on a private island.
All award winners were announced at an exclusive dinner on Thursday at San Vicente Bungalows in Los Angeles.
James Lohan, the co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith, said: ‘Every year we’re bowled over by amazing stays with incredible stories but this year’s winners list feels particularly strong.
‘In the overall winner, we’ve got a hotel that embodies the very concept of boutique – a unique, family-run, nine-suite townhouse in the city of the moment which we hope even more people will now discover and enjoy.’
THE 2019 MR AND MRS SMITH HOTEL AWARD WINNERS
Best Smith Hotel – Casa Fortunato, Lisbon, Portugal
Best-Dressed Hotel – Palazzo Daniele Puglia, Italy
World’s Sexiest Bedroom – Joali , Maldives
Best Date-Night Bar – Maison de la Luz, New Orleans
Best Gourmet Getaway – The Pig at Bridge Place, Kent, UK
Most Spoiling Spa – Euphoria , Mystras, Greece
Best Smith Villa – Uxua Alma Casa Anderson, Brazil
Above & Beyond – North Island, Seychelles
Cool Creative Hub – L’Otel at Dôce 18 Concept House, Mexico
Local Hotel Hero – Salt of Palmar , Mauritius
Best Budget Boutique – Sands Hotel & Spa, Palm Springs
Best Family Hotel – Datai Langkawi, Malaysia
Source: Mr and Mrs Smith Awards 2019