Character Boutique

Places to Stay

The Oasis definition of “character boutique” is accommodation that is representative of the local style, generally built from locally sourced materials and with a small and intimate feel. This type of accommodation is usually locally owed and run and is not part of an international chain

Argentina

Estancia Rincon ChicoValdes Peninsula $$$$$

Dating back to the turn of the 20th century, Rincon Chico is a charming, family-run estancia and working sheep ranch within the wildife wonderland of the Valdes Peninsula. Elegant and stylish, the estancia retains its traditional character and exudes warmth throughout from its handsome wraparound veranda to the intimate, living spaces. There are no mod cons, Rincon Chico runs off a combination of wind-power and diesel generator, disconnected from the outside world. Rincon Chico is among the v...

Finca AdalgisaMendoza $$$$

La Casa de EugeniaSan Martin de los Andes $$$

Hotel Manantial del SilencioPurmamarca & Northern Highlands $$$$

Patios de CafayateCachi, Cafayate & Surrounds $$$$

Hosteria El PilarEl Chalten & Mount Fitzroy $$$

Algodon MansionBuenos Aires $$$$$

Hub PorteñoBuenos Aires $$$$

Legado MiticoBuenos Aires $$$$

Brazil

La Villa BahiaSalvador $$$$

The Villa Bahia evokes the colonial glory of Salvador, a beautiful boutique hotel at the very heart of Salvador’s famous pelourinho. The hotel spans two historic mansions and is located next to the Sao Francisco church, a short stroll from the Praca da Se square which overlooks the gleaming waters of the All Saints Bay. French owned, it has been tastefully decorated and celebrates the history and culture of Bahia from the antique furniture and trading maps to the period dress style uniforms...

Pousada do OuroParaty & the Green Coast $$$$

Casa TurquesaParaty & the Green Coast $$$$$

Hotel Santa TeresaRio De Janeiro $$$$

Cambodia

FCC Angkor by AvaniSiem Reap & Angkor Temples $$$

Renovated from the old French Governor’s mansion, art deco embraces this chic hotel, creating an atmosphere of refined luxury and casual elegance. Defined by its lush green gardens and the salt-water swimming pool, the FCC Angkor by Avani embodies Cambodia’s tranquil pace of life.

Rooms have been artistically decorated and come complete with contemporary comforts such as LCD flat-screen TVs and complimentary high-speed Internet. All rooms and lavishly appointed suites expre...

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Heritage SuitesSiem Reap & Angkor Temples $$$

Chile

Palafito 1326 Boutique HoteChiloé Island $$$

Rising from the dilapidated shell of a traditional, wood-shingled “palafito” built on stilts over the sea, Palafito 1326 has been lovingly restored and retains many of the original hallmarks from the larch tiles and hand carved doors to the zinc roof. Inside, large picture windows throw light onto the warm, timber floors and panels while soft Chilote rugs and a time-honoured wood-burning stove help create a snug, cosy atmosphere. Overlooking the street or the bay with private balconie...

Entrehielos LodgeThe Carretera Austral $$$

Hotel AntumalalPucon & Surrounds $$$$

Hotel DeserticaAtacama Desert $$$$

The Singular PatagoniaTorres del Paine $$$$$

Le ReveSantiago $$$$

Casa BuerasSantiago $$$$$

Colombia

Hotel Dann MonasterioPopayan $$$$

A grand, stately hotel that evokes the rich colonial history of Popayan, the Hotel Dann Monasterio was once part of a Franciscan monastery that dated back to the 1570’s. Elegant cloisters encircle a large, cobbled terrace amidst well- tended gardens and a tinkling fountain while inside, the hotel exudes formal elegance with classic period décor and artwork. The rooms are all perfectly in keeping with the historic ambiance (some even occupying the original monks’cells) yet feature the...

Hacienda San JoseCoffee Triangle $$$$

Casa San AgustinCartagena De Indias $$$$$

Hotel de la OperaBogota $$$

Costa Rica

Finca Rosa BlancaSan Jose & Central Valleys $$$$

The Finca Rosa Blanca is a charming introduction to Costa Rica. The striking Gaudi-esque house rises from amidst the lush wooded hillside and sets the tone perfectly for the heady blend of art, nature and tropical flavours. Inside, hardwood floors are merged with tiled mosaics, arched windows and colourful paintings while outside the lush gardens harbour secluded decks and shaded verandas where guests can enjoy the magnificent vistas. The hotel’s El Tigre Vestido restaurant delivers a sumpt...

Hotel Grano de OroSan Jose & Central Valleys $$$$

Croatia

Art Hotel KalelargaZadar $$$

Art Hotel Kalelarga is a unique art design hotel situated in the city centre, on the main and most famous street of Zadar – the legendary Kalelarga. The hotel features 10 thematically designed guest rooms with functionality, harmony, fine materials, shapes and colours. The incorporation of stone pavement in design creates a sense of expansion of Kalelarga Street into and through the interior space of a building. During their stay at the Art Hotel Kalelarga, guests can discover Zadar’s ric...

Art Hotel Kalelarga

Almayer Art & Heritage HotelZadar $$$

Ecuador

Hacienda San Agustin de CalloCotopaxi National Park $$$$

The San Agustin de Callo is a sumptuous colonial hacienda and once Augustinian convent built on the ruins of a 15th century Inca palace. Exquisite Inca masonry blends seamlessly with the cobbled courtyard and sweeping colonial architecture while inside, the hacienda is decorated throughout with an eclectic mix of antique furniture, colourful artwork and local textiles. Steeped in history, San Agustin offers a unique slice of Ecuador and is a wonderful base to explore the breathtaking Cotopaxi...

Guatemala

Casa Santo DomingoAntigua $$$$

Sleep amidst the ruins of the former Santo Domingo Convent, a colonial treasure reduced to rubble following the devastating earthquake of 1773! The Casa Santo Domingo is a landmark hotel and living museum that showcases the convent’s unique baroque architecture and picturesque gardens that defined its former colonial glory. Casa Santo Domingo has the rare commodity of space in Guatemala’s old capital where you can explore the grounds stumbling upon crumbling fountains and ruined archways ...

Meson de MariaAntigua $$$

El ConventoAntigua $$$$

Posada del AngelAntigua $$$$

India

Killa BhawanJaisalmer $$

Killa Bhawan has a simple but refined charm that suits its remote, romantic Arabian Night setting in the desert town of Jaisalmer. It is discretely nested in three bastions of the Fort walls, converted into a spectacular hotel where taste and refinement soften the impressive military past felt in every one of its stones.

The 8 heritage rooms decorated in vivid shades of crimson, lime and orange offers today’s best amenities with terraces commanding the finest Jaisalmer’s sunset vi...

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SuryagarhJaisalmer $$$

BrijRama PalaceVaranasi $$$

RAAS JodhpurJodhpur $$$$

Samode HaveliJaipur $$$

MaidensDelhi $$$

The ClaridgesDelhi $$$

The ImperialDelhi $$$$

Italy

La Sommità RelaisBari $$$$

Behind the Catalan-style portal, a veritable oasis is unveiled. The harmony of white and cream tones, natural stone, and minimalist decor invite you to disconnect and recharge. Take the time to read under the shade of an alcove or at the edge of the little pool, get lost staring across the roofs of the city and the groves of olive trees stretching to the Adriatic, before savouring a refined and reinvented Puglian cuisine.

La Sommità Relais

Masseria BannataEnna $$

Villa della PergolaGenoa $$$$

Capitolo RivieraGenoa $$$$

Villa e Palazzo AmintaComo $$$

La Bandita TownhouseSiena $$$$

Il BottaccioPisa $$$$$

Laos

Satri HouseLuang Prabang $$$

Each of the rooms and suites are furnished with superior crafted wooden furniture, oversized balconies, spacious bath rooms with rain shower and separate toilet room. In room facilities include coffee & tea making, a personal safe, WIFI internet, hair dryer, individual air conditioning and ceiling fan with flat screen TV available on request.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, garden bar, library, outdoor swimming pool (rare in Luang Prabang) and small spa.

Individualit...

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Rosewood Luang PrabangLuang Prabang $$$$$

Malaysia

Cheong Fatt Tze MansionPenang $$$

The mansion has 38 rooms that are grouped around 5 courtyards of which just 16 are available to stay in. Each individually themed air-conditioned room is unique; they are all different sizes and have been decorated in different styles. Common facilities include 2 archive rooms that chart the fascinating history of the building and families that have lived in it, a TV room, manicured gardens and a lovely courtyard where alfresco breakfast is taken. Free WiFi brings the mansion well in to the 2...

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - Penang - Malaysia

Seven TerracesPenang $$$

Morocco

Heure Bleue PalaisEssaouira $$$$$

Heure Bleue Palais has succeeded in preserving the character of a traditional Moroccan house and the hospitality cherished by this country. At the crossroads of African, Moorish, Portuguese, English and oriental influences, the rooms and suites are located around the patio, where a fountain sings and the heart of the Riad beats. The traditional Hamman is the perfect place to relax, the panoramic outdoor pool on the terrace overlooks the medina and the ocean, and the cuisine is a subtle blend ...

Heure Bleue Palais

Norway

Litløy FyrVesteralen $$$$$

The lighthouse itself is situated on the highest point of the island, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding sea and mountains. To get to Litløy Fyr, visitors can take a ferry from the nearby town of Sandnessjøen and then hike or bike to the lighthouse from the island’s landing spot. The location of Litløy Fyr is truly unique and offers a peaceful and tranquil escape from the busy city life. There are currently three double rooms for rent in the lighthouse keepers...

Littleisland Lighthouse

Kongsfjord Arctic LodgeFinnmark Plateau

Eilert Smith HotelStavanger & Ryfylke $$$$

Opus XVIBergen $$$$$

Bergen Børs HotelBergen $$$

Hotel Continental OsloOslo $$$$

Peru

PuquioColca Canyon $$$$$

The first of its kind in the Colca Canyon, Puquio is the height of rustic charm, a unique tented camp that harks back to the days of the first Andean explorers. Sensitively constructed with warm natural materials, Puquio offers a mix of terracota tyled adobe cottages and stylish canvas tents that blend seemlessly into the surrounding high desert landscape. Although far from luxurios, each spacuious tent benefits from features such as private terraces, wood-burning stoves and indoor/outdoor sh...

Inkaterra Machu PicchuMachu Picchu $$$$

Hotel BLima $$$$$

Portugal

Maison Albar – Le Monumental PalacePorto $$$

The hotel features white marble from Estremoz, black ironwork, and high ceilings with a luminosity that will take your breath away. The hotel’s Art Deco lobby staircase sets the tone and pace for this lively, trendsetting and fine dining establishment. Here, food is a bastion of French gastronomic excellence with three different locations placed under the high command of a French Michelin-starred chef. It’s a monumental adventure to be experienced at the mouth of the Douro River, ...

Maison Albar - Le Monumental Palace

Romania

Suter Palace Heritage Boutique HotelBucharest $$$

Some of the rooms at the hotel come with a balcony or a seating area. Each room features a private bathroom equipped with a bath and complimentary toiletries. The sophisticated interiors exude a sense of grandeur. You can enjoy a wide range of delicacies in the hotel’s à la carte restaurant, and conduct business comfortably in an inspiring setting. Guests have the option to relax on the terrace or in the garden. The hotel offers bike and car hire services, and the surrounding area is p...

Suter Palace Heritage Boutique Hotel

Serbia

Saint Ten HotelBelgrade $$$

Step inside to uncover Saint Ten’s secrets. From the lobby to the guest accommodation, bold lines and warm, naturally inspired colours set a soothing scene. Every room and suite provide all you need to work or unwind, from a desk and coffee machine to hand-selected furnishings. Take the relaxation further with a massage in the spa – there’s a whole menu to choose from. Or venture down to L’Adresse Restaurant for freshly prepared, locally sourced food with a Mediterranean focus. Ou...

Saint Ten Hotel

South Africa

The Oyster BoxUmhlanga Coast $$$$

With 86 luxurious rooms, suites and villas to choose from, The Oyster Box meets the individual needs of every visitor. Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, a family group or solo, each room is superbly designed to provide the utmost comfort and style at your home away from home. Sublime cuisine using the freshest seasonal ingredients will tempt and delight – of course, incredible oysters are on the menu – even for breakfast accompanied by Champagne should you w...

The Oyster Box

Spain

Fontenille Menorca – Torre VellaMinorca $$$

Decorated with natural materials in shades reminiscent of linen, sandstone and slate, the rooms and suites maintain their cool freshness, while the Mediterranean sun invites you to take refuge under the palm trees that line the pool and stand tall against the azure blue sky. With the sea as its backdrop, this beautiful setting is exactly what you have been yearning for and one of our favourites

This is just one of the hotels that we recommend in this area. If your favourite is not feat...

Fontenille Menorca - Torre Vella

Sri Lanka

ManiumpathyColombo $$$

With eight suites to choose from ranging from ‘Ground Floor Suites’ with private gardens and ‘Upper Floor Suites’ with balconies, to a ‘Family Suite’ or ‘Master Suite’ for larger groups, there is a variety to choose between. Each room is beautifully decorated with unique furnishings, soft hues and some rooms with four-poster beds, balanced with earthy timber and subtle tones. Room features include expansive windows to capture the views and beautiful antique bathrooms. The room...

Maniumpathy

Nine SkiesElla $$$$

Fort BazaarGalle $$$$

LunugangaBentota $$$$

Frangipani TreeUnawatuna $$$$

Vietnam

La Siesta Hoi AnHoi An $$$

There is a wide selection of guestrooms, suites and duplexes housed across three wings – classical hotel style and two wings of townhouse villas with verandas, terraces, and balconies. The two restaurants are both excellent and the swimming pools are first class. The all rooms benefits include turndown service, free use of bicycles, free shuttle bus to the beach with stopover at the old town, free access to fresh water Swimming Pool and the additional Club Wing include complimentary minibar...

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Litte Riverside Hoi AnHoi An $$$

aNhill boutiqueHue $$$

La Siesta Hang BeHanoi $$

Hotel de L’OperaHanoi $$$

Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls HotelVictoria Falls $$$$

The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquillity and seclusion that many guests seek. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away and “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark. World-class service, and food and be...

The Victoria Falls Hotel
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