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Top 10 small design hotels lost in Mother Nature

Discover our top 10 small design hotels lost in Mother Nature, from lush forest hideaways to cosy coastal retreats. Float among the trees at our cool glazed cubes in Norway - Ex Machina vibes all around - or chill with a cool-cat Tuscan, get artsy in a famed hotspot on the Baltic Sea, luxuriate in a sleek architectural gem close to Lake Garda, treat yourself at an elemental outpost on the Aran Islands and get romantic in rural luxe at Montefollonico.

Be prepared to put your visual settings on WOW – each of these little style nuggets has a location that will remain in your thoughts for an eternity (well, until you return home and book again, that is…)

Home to knitting workshops, cottage industries, craft brews, folklore, painters & writers and fabulously fresh produce, each of our destinations carries the stamp of coastal originality and woodland life – a true design escape.

Azores

Portugal

Pico do Refúgio, art, hotel, boutique, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Pathway to the Twin Lakes, Sao Miguel
Pico do Refúgio, art, hotel, boutique, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Artsy modernism melts within aged plantation walls perched upon a verdant hilltop here at Pico do Refúgio – a house of uninterrupted rural cool where Azorean beauty bursts from the terracotta architecture and the scents of wild coastal nature clean the air.

Lake Garda

Italy

Vivere Suites and Rooms - a small design bed & breakfast, in the Arco Mountains, close to Lake Garda, Italy
Vivere Suites and Rooms - a small design bed & breakfast, in the Arco Mountains, close to Lake Garda, Italy
Vivere Suites and Rooms - a small design bed & breakfast, in the Arco Mountains, close to Lake Garda, Italy

A sleek modernist base that is both rustic and sophisticated in its simplicity – Vivere Suites and Rooms was conceived to mirror the surrounding vineyards and Arco Mountains. This rural idyll is a small architectural bolthole that gives nature a stylish makeover. Irresistible.

Tuscany

Italy 

An old farmhouse conversion that is brimming with smoothness and urban vibes, La Bandita's original stonework is forged with pastel eggshell tones, modern furnishings and fresh tonal whites. The perfect frame to those alluring Tuscan vales and the puffball sheep grazing all around.

Ostseebad Ahrenshoop

Germany 

A famed artists' retreat for centuries, the small house-hotel of Der Charlottenhof is all about style on the seaside. A design den bathed in nautical blues and New England crisp sail whites, just steps away from the windswept beaches, this is a thatched hideaway that is chilled and lovingly familiar.

Kingussie

Scotland

A sensory tale of a weathered, highland stone farmhouse dating back to 1603 and the delicate, cool aesthetic of Nordic design. Killiehuntly Farmhouse has fused simple beauty and wilderness – a creative guesthouse, a den wrapped in the solitude of the Cairngorms National Park. 

Alstad

Norway

An unfussy architectural gem floating above a bed of the greenest and most delicate fauna - like a scene from the latest Hobbit epic - this is total immersion in nature from your spectacular, viewing pods – at Juvet, less is definitely more.

Tuscany

Italy

A restoration of raw genius – Follonico is a small rural design hotel and imaginative retreat of utter, rustic romance. Complete with exposed weathered elements and complemented with chic salvaged interiors. 

Heggenes/Valdres

Norway

Herangtunet Boutique Hotel is a fairytale-like gingerbread house wrapped in a lush carpet of nature deep in Norway's forests. A small designer den and a chameleonic hub of eclectic creativity – it is traditional, pleasingly crafted and naturally cool.

Aran Islands

Ireland

The design hotel, Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites in the Aran Islands, Ireland
The design hotel, Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites in the Aran Islands, Ireland
The design hotel, Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites in the Aran Islands, Ireland

An elemental experience awaits at this natural designer den where cashmere hugs, rock walls shield and simplicity is elegant. An insanely popular foodie destination, Inis Meáin is where the maverick chef-owner prepares food from the seas, straight from the heart.

For our full edit of all our luxe-boutique hotels wrapped in the embrace of mother nature see our full SALT & TURF collection, and for more small luxe hotels full of local character and design you must peek at our DINKY LUXE edit - we even have Top 10 Dinky Luxe edit, to inspire like never before.  

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