As travelers with very long bucket lists, we’ve just about seen it all when it comes to strikingly beautiful hotels. But this particular piece of paradise ― recently named the best boutique hotel in the world ― may just be the most dynamite destination we’ve ever seen.
Secret Bay is a colony of eco-friendly villas on the relatively secluded volcanic island of Dominica in the West Indies. A team of travel pros at the Boutique Hotel Awards recently named it the best boutique hotel in the world after an extensive evaluation of about 400 properties worldwide, awards director Edward Gabbai told HuffPost.
And oh, is it a stunner:
The Boutique Hotel Awards sends real-deal judges out into the world to personally vet each shortlisted hotel. Secret Bay beat out other properties for its exquisite rooms and warm-hearted service, Gabbai said. Of course, this perfection comes at a price: One of Secret Bay’s famed 2-person villas will set you back more than $1,000 per night this holiday season.
But hey, it’s never too late to add a vacation to your wish list, right? Here are the winners from the Awards’ other top categories, for inspiration:
Best Beach or Coastal Hotel
El Nido Pangulasian Island, Philippines
Best City Hotel
11 Mirrors, Kiev, Ukraine
Most Sustainable Hotel
Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy
Best Wellness Spa
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy