Bed and breakfast is the new black. B&Bs have always offered benefits not found in hotels, but nowadays they can compete in the style stakes too. Gone are the days of doilies and lace, unless they are strictly in line with the design scheme. B&Bs are not hotels, they are homes, and, like homes, every one is unique. Here are some of BedandBreakfastworld's top boutique B&Bs and luxury B&Bs from around the world, which provide chic accommodation to fashionable travellers.
Luxury B&B in Fez, Morocco
Whether soaking up the sun on the roof terrace, enjoying drinks and music on the veranda or sampling typical Moroccan cuisine in one of the elegant salons, guests will enjoy every moment of their stay at Le Palais d'Hôtes. Upon arrival, as well as being asked about their favourite foods, guests can choose from a menu of perfumes and essential oils for their visit to the luxury Andalusian spa, which boasts a traditional hammam, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a swimming pool, as well as a range of health and beauty treatments.
The beautiful riad is over a century old and was restored in the 1940s. The present-day riad has been sumptuously decorated to recreate the glamour of this time, as well as capture the atmosphere of this ancient city. Each of the rooms has been individually decorated with opulent fabrics and antique furniture. Almost all rooms have their own bathrooms and the Royal Suite even boasts a private hammam and Jacuzzi.
Boutique B&B in Bali, Indonesia
Situated on the beautiful island of Bali, Abian Biu is a boutique bed and breakfast with the feel of a private residence. Set in tranquil surroundings, the property combines authentic Javanese hospitality with modern Balinese living to create a new concept in holiday accommodation.
The 10 guestrooms are luxuriously furnished with traditional fabrics, antique paintings and ornate wood carvings. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, internet access and flat screen televisions, and each has a private balcony overlooking lush gardens and rice terraces.
High tea and dinner are served on a bridge over the water, lit with candles and lanterns, and guests can indulge in a traditional massage or cool off in the swimming pool.
Luxury B&B in Venice, Italy
Palazzo Bragadin Carabba gives you the chance to live like royalty in a genuine Venetian palace. Said to be once the residence of Casanova, the elegant guestrooms of the luxury bed and breakfast have been beautifully furnished with ornate furniture and opulent fabrics to provide a truly decadent experience.
Located at the heart of the city, Palazzo Bragadin Carabba is just moments from the Grand Canal, St, Mark's Square and the famous Rialto Bridge. Guests find themselves away from the tourist hustle and bustle and closer to typical Venice, with the sounds of everyday life in one of the world's most beautiful cities floating up to their window.Book Luxury B&B Palazzo Bragadin Carabba in Venice
Boutique B&B in Rome, Italy
Daphne Veneto is a boutique B&B in Rome offering an elegant setting, excellent personalised service and an unbeatable location just a few minutes' walk from many of the city's most popular attractions, including the famous Trevi Fountain and the iconic Spanish Steps.
The spotless rooms have comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and wireless internet access. Every morning guests can enjoy a breakfast of delicious pastries and fresh fruits with their coffee, and, for added convenience, the owners provide a local mobile phone for guests to use during their stay.
Boutique B&B in Barcelona, Spain
A chic newcomer on Barcelona's B&B scene, Hostal Gat Xino rejects the chintzy image of the traditional guesthouse, replacing it with a fresh, modern and urban atmosphere.
Located in the trendy Barrio Chino, just a few minutes' walk from Barcelona's main attractions, all of the rooms in this boutique bed and breakfast boast a sleek, minimalist design with crisp white linens and contemporary wall art, and each is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and a flat screen TV. A tasty Mediterranean breakfast is served on the traditional Spanish patio, while a wooden-decked terrace offers impressive views of this stylish city.
Luxury B&B in Liverpool, England
Set in the heart of Liverpool's Georgian quarter, Roscoe House is luxury bed and breakfast with fifteen beautifully appointed guestrooms.
Once home to the writer William Roscoe, this elegant period house has been restored to reflect its original grandeur. King-size beds are dressed with Egyptian cotton, modern and period pieces adorn the walls and each room is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, satellite television and complimentary wireless internet access.
Staff are willing to fulfill any request you may have, including providing champagne and flowers in your room to greet you on your arrival.
Boutique B&B in Cape Town, South Africa
Returning to Cape Town we find the gorgeous Sweet Ocean View Guesthouse. A period mansion has been completely renovated to provide boutique B&B accommodation in Africa's most popular tourist destination.
Each of the guestrooms displays creative interior design with original features such as exposed brick and wooden beams and traditional period furniture juxtaposed with bright, modern colours and fabrics.
The spacious roof terrace is ideal for sunbathing or relaxing in the jacuzzi and offers spectacular views over Sea Point to the Atlantic Ocean and the dramatic Lions Head. Each morning, a full continental breakfast is served on the lower terrace.
Cape Town city centre and the beautiful beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay are just minutes away.Book Boutique B&B Sweet Ocean View Guesthouse in Cape Town
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By: Eleanor Brown