There’s something about checking into a boutique hotel that elicits a curiosity for adventure and unlocks the explorer persona in us all. And as fall begins to give way to winter weather and shorter days, we can’t help but daydream of whimsical retreats that keep our interests piqued thanks to their inspired interiors. With our wanderlust spirit leading the way, we’ve pulled together some must-not-miss boutique getaways — both near and far — to sojourn over the next few months. The best part though? We’ll be bringing a piece of those signature hotel styles home. Come with us…
NOŪS | Santorini, Greece
In true Santorini form, NOŪS follows the design brief to a T with its simple white volcanic stone façade that gives little hint to the oasis beyond the threshold. Embracing the iconic topography, NOŪS is delicately carved into the cliffside along the village of Mesariá and is the first hotel of the Yes Hotels group outside of Athens. Designed by Divercity Architects, in collaboration with MplusM Architects, the property places minimalism front and center. Mimicking the simplicity of the exterior, the interiors show off clean lines and sleek finishes. Less is definitely more in this seaside oasis, but what else do you need aside from the grounding infinity pool?
Hotel Supetar | Cavtat, Croatia
In the petite historic village of Cavtat — a mere 30 miles from its famous sister city, Dubrovnik — you will find the newly renovated Hotel Supetar. Within arms distance of the Adriatic Sea, the 1920s three-story private villa has a long history of luxury accommodations. During the renovation of the hotel, remains of an ancient bath house from the Epidaurum settlement were discovered. (Artifacts soon-to-be on display in a nearby museum.) Now, the modern infinity pool floats safely above the ancient site. The hotel has re-emerged as a boutique retreat brought to life by Croatian designers STUDIO LACROMA and offers a carefully curated taste of everything this rich country has to offer — from seasonally driven menus to locally harvested wines and ancient beauty and wellness practices.
Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf | St. Barth
Overlooking pristine Shell Beach is a 21-room retreat that you won’t soon forget — meet Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf on coveted St. Barth. Surrounded by lush, mature tropical gardens, the rooms are intentionally secluded to provide ample privacy, but also open and airy, boasting expansive views of the bluff below. The chic-colonial style rooms, suites and cottages take a modern slant on traditional coastal interiors. Simple neutral palettes cocoon standout prints and natural wood and stone materials — the effect is a soothing space that engages the senses. Don’t miss the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant Fouquet’s, where the menu is likely to transport you straight to the Left Bank in Paris.
The Wild Rabbit | Cotswolds, England
Tucked away in the tony town of Kingham in Oxfordshire, two hours from London (and what feels like a world away), sits a modern British inn, The Wild Rabbit. Signature honey-colored Cotswold stones welcome guests upon entry, and though it may feel like you’re stepping back in time, the hotel’s accommodations are anything but antiquated. Whether you opt for one of the charming Pub Rooms or spring for a sprawling cottage on neighboring Daylesford Farm — one of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK — the interior approach is all about comfort first. Conveyed in light neutral palettes, each space is a study in texture, oozing coziness at every touchpoint. If you need us we’ll be curled in front of one of the many fireplaces.
Le Riad Yasmine | Marrakech, Morocco
If you find yourself lucky enough to land one of the just eight rooms of this ultra-private property, consider yourself part of the Le Riad Yasmine family. Living by the mantra, May all who enter as guests, leave as friends, owners Gabriel Paris and Alice Tassery (and their cat Bowie) have created a home away from home in this Moroccan Riad and opened the doors to other curious wanderers. Situated in the heart of Medina of Marrakech, the well-appointed rooms exhibit romantic color palettes and luxurious draperies for added privacy. And while the architecture and interior fittings are signature Moroccan style, each space has a modern flair to it that feels fresh and inspiring. After spending the day exploring the local souks and markets, the rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to end each day on the slouchy lounge furnishings.
Hotel de l’Abbaye | Paris, France
You might feel like you’re returning home to your private chateau in the middle of Paris as you step through the wrought iron gates and into the private patio of Hotel de l’Abbaye. Nestled in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement, this 4-star boutique hotel dials the old world luxury levels up to 11. The historic property was brought to life by French decorator Michel Boyer, when the original owners, Gisèle and Pierre-Antoine Lafortune decided to preserve this time-honored residence and turn the property into a hotel. In keeping with its refined pedigree, Boyer artfully mixed color and pattern into each space—creating an artful dialogue from room to room. The charming garden courtyard is the perfect respite from the bustling city streets just a stone’s throw away.
Short Stories | West Hollywood, California
Walk onto the old Hollywood set of Los Angeles’ newest boutique hotel, Short Stories. Oozing glamor moments and iconic Silver Screen vibes around every corner, this mid-century modern hotspot greets guests with a stunning checkerboard floor that extends through the lobby and into the European-like garden courtyard. Designed by Grifka Group and Kevin Klein Design, the furnishings are well considered — equal parts art-forward and modern from antique seating areas to contemporary lighting. Impressive Contardi light fixtures gently hang in the lush trees while an extensive living wall lines the pool. Make sure you grab your short story journal from your room to note down all your star sightings.