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The top 14 boutique hotels in the world, from a romantic retreat in South Africa to a private villa in Thailand

Business Insider Logo By Katie Warren of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 15: Fourteen hotels were named the best boutique hotels in the world for 2018. Boutique Hotel Awards chose a series of standout boutique hotels from more than 300 nominees in 80 countries. The hotels were judged on dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location, service, and "overall emotional impact." A hotel in Bali was named the best overall boutique hotel, while hotels in Portugal, South Africa, Greece, New Zealand, and other countries also won top honors. A hotel has the possibility to make or break your vacation - but, if it's one of the best boutique hotels in the world, chances are you'll be in very, very good hands. In 2018's Boutique Hotel Awards, fourteen hotels around the world took home top honors in a range of categories. The hotels were judged on "all aspects of the guest experience covering six categories: dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location and, most importantly, staff service and overall emotional impact," according to the news release. A hotel in Bali was named the best overall boutique hotel, while hotels in Portugal, South Africa, Greece, New Zealand, and other countries also won top spots. Categories include World's Best Beach or Coastal Hotel, Best Honeymoon Hideaway, Most Stunning Views, and more. Here are the top boutique hotels in the world, from a beachside retreat in the Maldives to a wellness resort in Austria.

A hotel has the possibility to make or break your vacation - but, if it's one of the best boutique hotels in the world, chances are you'll be in very, very good hands.

In 2018's Boutique Hotel Awards, fourteen hotels around the world took home top honors in a range of categories.

The hotels were judged on "all aspects of the guest experience covering six categories: dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location and, most importantly, staff service and overall emotional impact," according to the news release.

A hotel in Bali was named the best overall boutique hotel, while hotels in Portugal, South Africa, Greece, New Zealand, and other countries also won top spots. Categories include World's Best Beach or Coastal Hotel, Best Honeymoon Hideaway, Most Stunning Views, and more.

Here are the top boutique hotels in the world, from a beachside retreat in the Maldives to a wellness resort in Austria.

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