You constantly wonder which accommodations would be best suited for your needs when you plan a trip to a new country, a new place, or just want to have a change of scenery. To make your life easier in the process of choosing your hotel, on Thursday, November 6, the Mr. and Mrs. Smith Best Hotel 2014 awards were announced, naming only the most loved boutique hotels in 12 different categories. Shortlists of top 10 accommodations were made in each section and voted on by the public as well as a panel of experts in travel and hospitality. All in all, there were about 25,000 voters judging the hotels on the list, from which the best were selected as the winners of the second annual Best Smith Hotel awards. Here are the 12 hotels which stand head and shoulders above the rest:
World’s Best Dressed Hotel
The winner of the Best Dressed Hotel is El Fenn in Marrakech, Morocco. This award was based on choosing the most aesthetically innovative and exemplary hotel that is one hell of a looker because of its refreshingly inspired ideas.
World’s Sexiest Bedroom
Seduction is the key and Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Nha Trang, Vietnam most definitely passed the test. It proved to have the sexiest bedroom which inflames the fire, provides quality, has the lighting just-so and some essential extras. This place really hit the nail on the head by creating the illusion of a pure castaway romance.
World’s Best Hotel Pool
A man’s got to swim when on vacation and Monastero Santa Rosa in Amalfi Coast, Italy really has the amazing combination of sun, surf and gorgeous pools, particularly the high-rise heated infinity pool this location boasts. Simply stunning, it appears the pool is but a part of the splendour of the horizon, as the eyes feast on the unfettered panorama of Ravello to Positano.
World’s Hottest Hotel Bar
New York’s The NoMad Hotel seems to have the hottest bar called The Elephant Bar where cocktail lovers and barflies may rejoice. This place is hip and happening and most certainly a bar one would love to spend all day in. Between brilliant bar staff and the hotel’s sophisticated guests, there’s a certain air of elegance that draws one into this lovely place.
World’s Best Hotel Restaurant
Lime Wood of Hampshire, UK is the home of the best restaurant in a hotel where one can savour only the best in culinary experiences offered by by two chefs, Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder, who bring the newest trends of home-smoking and foraging to the kitchens on site.
World’s Best Spa Hotel
If you’re looking to relax at a spa, Dormy house in Cotswolds, UK is the place to be with its honey-hued stones and scandinavian chic interior. Candlelight and infinity pools definitely go hand in hand while there’s a nail bar, a thermal suits and spa treatments that are infinitely more tempting.
World’s Best Eco Hotel
Ecotourism is definitely on the rise and Sal Salis in Ningaloo Reef, Australia caters to the needs of the environmentally-aware, complete with recycled products, organic foods, reusable items and luxury seaside tents relying solely on solar power.
World’s Best Budget Boutique Hotel
When it comes to luxury on a dime, the 1888 Hotel in Sydney, Australia gives you the best bang for your buck; it is a rare gem found only by word of mouth that has an antique feel with modern amenities (iPad, “selfie spot”). Stylish and cosy, this is one perfect budget hotel you must visit.
World’s Best Hotel for Families
The Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa in Blue Mountains, Australia, offers the best getaway option for full families, where the needs of everyone, from the elderly to the littlest of toddlers is catered to. 4,000 acres of wilderness untouched by human greed are available to explore in this eco-friendly adventure of a lifetime!
World’s Best ‘Above and Beyond’ Hotel
Southern Ocean Lodge in Kangaroo Island, Australia really goes above and beyond by offering a relaxing destination complete with a bounty of food and drinks that compliment the activities available to you throughout your stay. It’s really provides that feel-good factor.
World’s Best Newcomer Hotel
New hotels are always coming out for the season and it’s important to note them as well. The hotel that had the audience captured at “hello” is Ham Yard Hotel in London, UK, equipped with a vintage bowling alley, a rooftop terrace, film-screening room, a great library, etc. Plus, it’s just around the corner from the Piccadilly Circus.
World’s Best Smith Hotel 2014 – THE WINNER
Finally, the Best Smith Hotel 2014 award goes to Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa in Bahia, Brazil for it’s astonishing makeup with all-natural spa treatments, a glittering aventurine quartz lined pool, a garden from whence the food ingredients are gathered, and its welcoming atmosphere that holds certain warmth. Definitely known as one of the world’s most special destination lodgings!