10 Sublime Hotels With 10 Rooms or Less
These hotels may be small, but they’re big on luxury and style.
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Tucked away on a quiet street in Malta’s vibrant capital city of Valletta is Casa Ellul, an enchanting nine-room boutique hotel that boasts classic, yet stylish, architectural design. Dating back to the Victorian era, this former palazzo impresses with elegant suites featuring stone windows, high ceilings, private outdoor Jacuzzis and traditional wooden balconies. Centrally located, Casa Ellul is an easy walk from St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grandmaster’s Palace.
The freshly refurbished Bwindi Lodge in Uganda run by Volcanoes Safaris is a safari-lovers dream. Overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is well-known for its silverback gorilla population, Bwindi Lodge is a luxury lodge with just eight inviting thatch-roofed 'bandas' (guest rooms), each with four-poster beds, stylish furnishings, and dramatic canopy views thanks to windows that open wide to the park. Each banda is named after a Bwindi gorilla and comes with a personal butler.
Whether you choose to surf or not at Kalon Surf — a luxury surf resort in Costa Rica — is entirely up to you. There’s plenty to do at this all-inclusive boutique with just six spacious guest rooms. Enjoy organic, farm-to-table meals, let your cares slip away with an open-air massage or go horseback riding on the uncrowded beaches near the resort. Go for an evening swim in the infinity pool before curling up with a good book in your sumptuous king-size bed.
Sheldon Chalet in Alaska’s Denali National Park is a brand new luxury property with just five well-appointed guest rooms, which is reached by way of a 45-minute flightseeing helicopter ride. Tucked away on five private acres, Sheldon Chalet offers incredible wilderness views (including the entrancing aurora borealis) thanks to its location at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Enjoy heli-skiing and snowshoeing by day, then relax in the evening with a glass of champagne and an exemplary seafood feast.
Zash Country Boutique Hotel
Set amongst fragrant citrus groves and olive trees interwoven across this serene hideaway, Zash Country Boutique Hotel offers expansive views of the landscape in Sicily you’ll wish you could bottle up and take home. Each of 10 elegant guest rooms — whether in the manor house, the wine cellar or the green — find curious ways to immerse discerning travelers into the landscape of this former vineyard and winery. Enjoy dinner in the hotel’s intimate restaurant, which was once a wine chamber where fine wines aged.
The stunning nine-suite Casa Kimberly in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was once the love nest of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. This luxury boutique hotel is actually made up of their two adjacent casitas that were brought together, creating a lasting legacy of their love. Book a stay in the sumptuous Elizabeth Taylor Suite, once her bedroom, which boasts a pink marble, heart-shaped tub, a Swarovski crystal chandelier and spectacular views of Banderas Bay.
The Villa Casa Casuarina
Set on South Beach’s iconic Ocean Drive, The Villa Casa Casuarina was once home to renowned fashion designer Gianni Versace. This luxurious property oozes opulence, giving discerning guests at this 10-suite property a look into Versace’s legendary lifestyle, which included a 54-foot swimming pool lined with 24 karat gold tiles. The Villa Casa Casuarina is steps from the ocean, but also offers privacy, tucked behind verdant greenery and wrought iron gates.
KA BRU Beach
KA BRU Beach is an intimate boutique hotel tucked away near the entrance of breathtaking Bay of Camamu in Brazil. Six contemporary guest rooms, each with their own private terrace, allow guests to unplug and achieve calm in this natural oasis. Enjoy an in-room massage or stroll through the tropical gardens at your leisure. Start your day with a locally-sourced breakfast followed by an afternoon on a boat or up on a paddleboard in the pristine waters of the bay.
Set in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina is 86 Cannon, a luxury boutique hotel in a thoughtfully restored antebellum home. Each of the five guest rooms is styled by local interior designer, Betsy Berry of B. Berry Interiors, who took great care to preserve the function of the spaces while integrating modern amenities and design features throughout the home. Guests will be wowed by spacious marble bathrooms, high ceilings, brick fireplaces and open-air piazzas.
Helena Bay Lodge
Tucked away on New Zealand’s North Island is Helena Bay Lodge, a brand new lodge with just 10 guest rooms and suites set on 800 acres of land with four private beaches. Explore the expansive coastal property by kayak, paddleboard, or even by mountain bike. Relax by the pool and stare out into the sparkling blue-green waters of the bay or unwind with a glass of pinot noir from the wine cellar, which houses more than 1,000 bottles of hand-selected wines.