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From the world's sexiest bedroom to the ultimate pool with a view: Revealing the best boutique hotels on the planet

  • Luxury travel experts awarded 11 of the best boutique hotels in the world rating rooms, restaurants and pools 
  • Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, Australia, was chosen by discerning holidaymakers as the overall winner 
  • Exclusive addresses in Chile, Japan, Italy, Thailand, Portugal, Canada and the US were all awarded accolades 

By Naomi Leach For Mailonline

Published: 07:34 EDT, 10 January 2017 | Updated: 17:41 EDT, 10 January 2017



A Thai rainforest hideaway, a slick London hub and a dreamy Lake Como icon are just some of the best boutique hotels in the world, according to the latest Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards.

The luxury hotel experts and celebrity 'tastemaker' judges have crowned 11 properties across the world in the accolades in addition to one winner voted for by 25,000 discerning holidaymakers.

Whether travellers are seeking a romantic beach bolthole in Australia or the world's most indulgent spa in Japan, there are show-stoppers for everyone. 

Best Smith Hotel: Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, Australia 

James Lohan, the founder of Mr&Mrs Smith, said: 'Halcyon House burst on to the scene as a new opening last year, and has since become one of the most impressive boltholes on our books. With its good looks and down to earth charm, it's a well-deserved winner'

James Lohan, the founder of Mr&Mrs Smith, said: 'Halcyon House burst on to the scene as a new opening last year, and has since become one of the most impressive boltholes on our books. With its good looks and down to earth charm, it's a well-deserved winner'

Described by the boutique site as 'part beach house, part Hamptons hideaway', the Australian coastal retreat of Halcyon House on Cabarita Beach captured the imagination of the Mr & Mrs Smith community, who awarded it the Best Smith Hotel.

Despite only opening last year, the 21-room newcomer, with its celebrated Queensland chef Ben Devlin, has attracted a legion of fans who voted for it over other enticing global addresses.

James Lohan, the founder of Mr&Mrs Smith, said: 'Halcyon House burst on to the scene as a new opening last year, and has since become one of the most impressive boltholes on our books. With its good looks and down to earth charm, it's a well-deserved winner.'

Pool with a View: Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

Shades of blue: Guests at this 100-year-old Lake Como icon can take a dip against a breath-taking backdrop

Shades of blue: Guests at this 100-year-old Lake Como icon can take a dip against a breath-taking backdrop

Basking in the beauty of Lake Como, the 100-year-old waterside hotel still draws top accolades due to its unrivalled poolside panorama.

Paula Goldstein, founder of travel website Voyage D'etudes, commented on the winner: 'Water, water and more water – plus pasta – is basically my idea of heaven.'

Guest can enjoy three swimming pools, waterside bars, an Espa spa and top Italian cuisine in-house. 

World's Sexiest Bedroom: Keemala, Phuket, Thailand

Each Thai villa has four poster beds, al fresco bath tubs and a private pool making a romantic rainforest bolthole for couples

Each Thai villa has four poster beds, al fresco bath tubs and a private pool making a romantic rainforest bolthole for couples

Romance in the rainforest is served up at this tree-top suite, which has been crowned the world's sexiest bedroom.

Each Thai villa has four poster beds, al fresco bath tubs and a private pool.

Beyond the rainforest canopy, guests have views of the mountains and Andaman sea. 

Best-Dressed Hotel: Palazzo Margherita, Basilicata, Italy 

Boasting nine bedrooms, a library, restaurant, bar and lavish salon, the 19th century property has been restored by Francis Ford Coppolla to its current opulent aesthetic

Boasting nine bedrooms, a library, restaurant, bar and lavish salon, the 19th century property has been restored by Francis Ford Coppolla to its current opulent aesthetic

Francis Ford Coppola has lovingly restored this 19th century hotel to its current state of decadence.

The Italian hilltop scene-stealer won the best dressed hotel award.

Designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal commented: '[It is] a beautifully-designed, updated Palazzo which still retains its character and soul.' 

Most Spoiling Spa: Amanemu, Mie, Japan

Founder of Destination Deluxe, Vivienne Tang said: 'Amanemu has incorporated the Japanese bathing tradition of onsen, making it a very authentic and overly Zen spa experience; the watsu pool is definitely a highlight'

Founder of Destination Deluxe, Vivienne Tang said: 'Amanemu has incorporated the Japanese bathing tradition of onsen, making it a very authentic and overly Zen spa experience; the watsu pool is definitely a highlight'

Set in Ise-Shima National Park's forests near natural hot springs, Amanemu offers spa guests a spellbinding stay.

As such it was named the most spoiling spa by serenity seekers.

Vivienne Tang, Founder of Destination Deluxe, said: 'Amanemu has incorporated the Japanese bathing tradition of onsen, making it a very authentic and overly Zen spa experience; the watsu pool is definitely a highlight.'

Best Family Hotel: Treehotel, Sweden

The mirror cube (above) is just one of six individually designed treehouses at this family favourite Swedish hotel

The mirror cube (above) is just one of six individually designed treehouses at this family favourite Swedish hotel

Offering six individually designed treehouses, including a mirror cube and cabin, it's no surprise the Treehotel Sweden is a favourite with adventurous families.

The best family hotel has a spa and a nearby guest house for buffet breakfasts.

Chef Tom Aikens commented on the win: 'I love the freedom that each room gives, the uniqueness in design, how well the hotel integrates into the natural surroundings and the amazing amount of activities available when you stay.'

Best Date-Night Bar: London Edition, London 

The central London design hotel has a cosy fireplace and an impressive grand dining room Berners Tavern

The central London design hotel has a cosy fireplace and an impressive grand dining room Berners Tavern

Holidaymakers and locals alike looking for the ultimate date night bar should add the London Edition to their black book, according to the luxury experts at Mr & Mrs Smith.

The central London design hotel has a cosy fireplace and an impressive grand dining room called Berners Tavern.

'Each Edition property hits the nail on the head when it comes to killer food and drink combos, and since I'm a sucker for classic cocktails and bygone-era bar culture, this one's a top contender in my book,' said Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, founder of the Taste The Style website.

Best Gourmet Getaway: The Old Clare, Sydney, Australia

Local produce is used in both of the hotel’s restaurants and a third eatery is on its way

Local produce is used in both of the hotel's restaurants and a third eatery is on its way

British chef Jason Atherton and Australian Clayton Wells are the team behind this Sydney hotel's five-course tasting menu.

Local produce is used in both of the hotel's restaurants and a third eatery is on its way.

Beer fans are well catered for at the best gourmet getaway winner and there is also a rooftop pool to sprawl by after a hearty feast.

Above & Beyond: Awasi, Patagonia, Chile 

Blissful solitude awaits guests who book into Awasi on the edge of Chile's Torres del Paine national park

Blissful solitude awaits guests who book into Awasi on the edge of Chile's Torres del Paine national park

Guests are treated to a staggering mountain backdrop at the 12 luxury cabins that comprise Awasi.

Blissful solitude awaits on the edge of Chile's Torres del Paine national park

TV presenter Anita Kapoor commented on the award: 'Secluded cabins amidst Patagonian triple peaks, eco-awareness, and they've bothered to make their villas and bathrooms wheelchair accessible; location, privacy and inclusivity wins hands down.' 

 Local Hotel Hero: 11 Howard, New York, US

Editor of Cereal Rosa Parks said described this popular New York address as an 'aesthetic-minded' and 'stylish' boutique hotel

Editor of Cereal Rosa Parks said described this popular New York address as an 'aesthetic-minded' and 'stylish' boutique hotel

New Yorkers flock to this popular city address to enjoy its modern minimalism, French restaurant and lively, eclectic bar.

Outlining the reasons for its win, Rosa Park, editor of Cereal magazine, said: ‘This hotel engages with and gives back to its community in multiple ways, but my favourite element is the Jeff Koons-mentored mural created by local students, because supporting the arts is what I’m most passionate about.

'And this particular effort is very much in tune with the aesthetic-minded nature of this stylish, boutique hotel.’ 

Hottest Hotel Soundtrack: Fazenda Nova Country House, Algarve, Portugal 

The first winner of the soundtrack award is renovated farmhouse Fazenda Nova Country House which has a saltwater pool and herb garden to unwind in

The first winner of the soundtrack award is renovated farmhouse Fazenda Nova Country House which has a saltwater pool and herb garden to unwind in

This year Mr & Mrs Smith has introduced the hottest hotel soundtrack category because they claim ‘music can make or break an atmosphere’.

The first winner is renovated farmhouse Fazenda Nova Country House, which has a saltwater pool and herb garden to unwind in.

Tastemaker judge and DJ Lauren Laverne said that the property has ‘a laid-back soundtrack that is as chic, timeless and classy as the hotel itself'. 

Coolest Creative Hub: Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada 

Minimalist Fogo Island Inn in Canada was the first winner of the creative hub award and is described by the hotel experts as ‘a dramatic camp for rural retreat seekers’

Minimalist Fogo Island Inn in Canada was the first winner of the creative hub award and is described by the hotel experts as ‘a dramatic camp for rural retreat seekers’

Another new award category celebrating the cultural hubs that hotels are becoming was chosen by travel tastemaker judges. 

Minimalist Fogo Island Inn in Canada was the first winner and is described by the hotel experts as ‘a dramatic camp for rural retreat seekers’.

Designer Henry Holland added:‘The inspiring Todd Saunders design perched on the cliff edge is so spectacular... this has to be a front-runner.’

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