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Best Smith Hotel 2014

Best Smith Hotel 2014

So here it is: the big one. The hotel that stands head and shoulders above the rest – your most beloved bolthole, the stuff of your travel fantasies. The best of the best.

The Smith collection includes some of the world's most astonishing hotels – all design-led escapes potentially worthy of entry into our coffee-table canon. And since our global awards are being voted for by the people who matter most – travel-savvy boutique-hotel lovers like you – there can be no higher accolade than Best Smith Hotel 2014.

Winner Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa

Bahia, Brazil

Best Smith Hotel 2014 - Smith Hotel Awards 2014 Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa

We demand a lot from our pick of the world’s best hotels: but this exotic repeat visitor to the Smith Hotel Awards delivers on every level. All-natural spa treatments in tree-flanked pavilions, a glittering aventurine-quartz-lined pool and inventive Brazilian cuisine (using garden-gathered ingredients) in informal surroundings have turned this former hippie haven into a hip hangout. Designed by Diesel's former creative director Wilbert Das, the creative casa collective encapsulates the essence of a great Smith stay: its take on 'localism' is stylish without trying too hard, ensuring it gels perfectly with its setting; the welcome is warm and one-of-a-kind; it brings the outdoors in like no other beach bolthole; and it lingers in the memory long after you’ve left. The public voters and our judging panel agree: Uxua Casa is one of the world's most special stays… 

Runner-up Alila Villas Uluwatu

Bali, Indonesia

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Alila Villas Uluwatu

‘Everything about this place is staggering: the location, the design, the food and the spa. A genuinely unforgettable experience that’s only enhanced by the warm welcome’
Sophie Lam, travel editor The Independent

Runner-up Qualia

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Qualia

‘This hip Hamilton hotel has shown up in categories from Sexiest Bedroom to Above and Beyond – and this is its second year as a Best Smith Hotel nominee. It’s no surprise, given its unique setting and exceptional service’
Juliet Kinsman, Mr & Mrs Smith editor-in-chief


Best Smith Hotel 2014 Award Criteria

All-round excellence

The best hotel in the world will cover many of the criteria laid out in the other awards categories: if there's a spa, it will be exceptional; the dining delectable; the grounds breathtaking; and the bar atmospheric. Service should be seamless; and bedrooms beautiful - in short, it's nothing short of spectacular.

Spirit of Smith

Does your favourite hotel exemplify what Mr & Mrs Smith would look for in a romantic retreat, city break or tropical-island hideaway? Is it gorgeous, characterful, unique, and focused on quality with an attention to detail that borders on mania? Does it make your heart skip a beat? Did it surprise and delight at every turn? This is a hotel you want to shout about – and so do we.

Best in class

That said, an expectation of excellence doesn't mean the big guns should overshadow the smaller stars. What's important here is that the Best Smith Hotel 2014 is at the top of its game and the best of its kind – be that a countryside gastropub, luxury city hotel, beach resort or tropical forest lodge.


After the success of our inaugural Smith Hotel Awards, we're excited to discover what your favourite hotel will be this year – what will be judged the world's best boutique hotel. It might be the newest on the scene, or an old favourite that still has relevance: either way, the Best Smith Hotel 2014 will be current, forward-looking, and heading for even greater success.

Previous winners

Best Smith Hotel 2014 2013

WINNER POST RANCH INN, Big Sur, United States

RUNNERS-UP Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia Babington House, Somerset, United Kingdom

BEST OF THE REST Cap Estel, Côte d'Azur, France Chewton Glen, Hampshire, United Kingdom The Pig, Hampshire, United Kingdom Qualia, Great Barrier Reef, Australia Song Saa Private Island , Koh Rong Islands, Cambodia The Upper House, Hong Kong, China Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Bahia, Brazil

Our judges

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  • Ilse Crawford

    Ilse Crawford

  • Stephen Bayley

    Stephen Bayley