Before we discover you the 3 most exciting boutique hotels opening in summer 2019, let’s make sure you all know what a boutique hotel actually is. Boutique hotels first emerged in the 1980s to meet the increasing demand for unique experiences and design, going way beyond the mass tourism offer. Since then, they’ve gone a long way and developed several features that clearly distinguish them from other lodging options. Let’s take a look at these features:
- strong personality
- contemporary vibe and a quirky, modern spirit
- local flavor
- focus on food and beverage
As such, boutique hotels attract different audiences, from Millenials to Boomers who all have one thing in common – they enjoy the luxury that is served in a unique way. There are many popular boutique hotels around the world, but those that will sweep you off your feet this summer are:
Sonop from Zannier Hotels, Namibia
Nestled on the Southern edge of the Namibian desert in the Karas region, boutique hotel Sonop was designed as a luxurious tented camp constructed on top of boulders. As such, it offers a refined British colonial experience from the 1920s and provides its’ guests with a taste of living in complete isolation while enjoying the comfort of their accommodation and the stunning views over the desert landscape. The tents at Sonop are fully equipped with air conditioning, vintage teak furnishings, colorful carpets, and antiques. There’s even a champagne and cigar lounge, a spa with 2 double treatment rooms, a fitness centre, a heated infinity pool, and black-tie dinner service – so you can settle in deep after a day touring the range.
Earthly Paradise – Ubud, Bali
Bali has led the way in green development for several years now, with the nonprofit sustainable consultancy group Earth Company leading the way. Their newest project is an eco-boutique hotel “Earthly Paradise” consisting of earth-bag domes on a beautiful plot of land surrounded by rice paddies. Designed as an eco-friendly, social and organic facility, the hotel embodies the core values of the Earth Company which are very closely related to support change-makers in the Asia Pacific. The profit generated through the hotel will be invested in activities to further support changemakers. It’s a completely solar powered and also offers a probiotic cafe, plastic-free store, permaculture garden, and yoga shala.
The Farmstead at Royal Malewane – Kruger National Park, South Africa
Super stylish hotel group The Royal Portfolio is bringing yet another artsy and adventurous residency at Royal Malewane situated just 12-minute drive south of the existing lodge. The land is elevated offering dramatic views over the canopies of the Greater Kruger National Park while the lodge itself surrounds a watering hole popular with the abundant wildlife. There are only three luxury farm suites on the property. Each has a spacious bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower as well as an outdoor shower. There are large front and back verandahs as well as a beautiful deck and a private pool overlooking the bush where inquisitive wildlife might pay a little visit.