Secret Hotels

Pssssst. We’re going to let you in on a little secret… well, lots of little secrets really, lots of lovely secret hotels to be precise.

It's always been something of an internal struggle for us at Original Travel whenever we discover an absolute gem of a hotel… do we let the cat out of the bag? Or do we keep schtum? Well, our inner blabber-mouth just can't keep it together any more, we're officially buckling. So, whether you're searching for an urban hideout, a remote island paradise or a secluded jungle retreat, here are our favourite secret hotels on the planet.

Woops, we guess the secret's out.

Discovering a secret hotel is great for the obvious reasons but then there's that all important element of boastability as you tell all your mates how amazing it was.

Tom, Original Traveller

Where to stay

Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo is a great new addition to Portugal’s portfolio of boutique hotels. It's properly quirky, and less than an hour from Lisbon so works well in combo with the capital.

Butterfly House

Butterfly House

Butterfly House is a chic beach front hotel. Located on the Maraú Peninsula surrounded by vast beaches, wildlife, freshwater lakes and World Heritage-listed rain-forests, it is the perfect place to retreat to.

Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Situated in the heart of rural Pench is one-of-a-kind Jamtara Wilderness Camp, which takes its name from the nearby village of Jamtara. Secluded in India’s wilderness it provides the perfect opportunity for exploring the country's wildlife and jungle. What makes the Jamtara Wilderness Camp even more exclusive – is that it is the only camp located in such a close proximity to the Pench National Park- let the adventures begin!

Annandale

Annandale

New Zealand is famous for its luxurious lodges, but they do tend to stick to a well-worn – if completely excellent – format. That’s what makes the entrance stage left of Annandale all the more exciting, because this is somewhere utterly original with both a big and small ‘O’.

Zalanpatak

Zalanpatak

Visit Prince Charles and Count Kalnoky’s guesthouse in the remote village of Zalanpatak and you might feel you’ve stepped back in time a couple of hundred years.

 Padaste Manor

Padaste Manor

A luxury boutique hotel, Pädaste Manor is located on Muhu Island surrounded by landscaped parkland, forests and meadows. Only accessible by ferry, Pädaste Manor is remote and idyllic, adding to its charm.

Pool view at Song Saa, luxury hotel in Cambodia

Song Saa

Few could have predicted that Cambodia's untouched Koh Rong Archipelago would be the destination of one of the most hotly awaited hotel openings of recent years.

Coral Lodge

Coral Lodge

Set on a peninsula overlooking one of Mozambique’s most beautiful beaches, Coral Lodge is renowned for both its location and accommodation.

Ocean at Apa Villa Thalpe, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka

Apa Villa Thalpe

Just five miles from the UNESCO fortress port of Galle, Apa Thalpe is located right on the beach.

Jicaro Island Lodge

Jicaro Island Lodge

Jicaro Island Lodge is located on eponymous and tiny Jicaro Island located at the Isletas of Granada, a 10 minute boat ride from Granada city.

Union Oye

Union Oye

Few hotels have a roll call of distinguished guests to match that at the Hotel Union Oye. Since 1891 the great and the good have stayed in this historic hotel in the heart of the Fjords, with each room now dedicated to one of the most famous guests, and themed accordingly.

Cap Rocat hotel, luxury hotel in Spain

Cap Rocat

Cap Rocat, once a military fortress located in the most secluded area of the bay of Palma, has been transformed into a boutique hotel.

Leopard at Jawai Leopard Camp, luxury camp in India

Jawai

Jawai pioneers a new age of camping in India. Sujan’s latest ‘glamping’ experiment is located in the remote wilderness of the Aravalli Hills between Jodhpur and Udaipur, where would you believe it, leopards roam freely.

Casa Palopó

Casa Palopó

90 miles from Guatemala City, Casa Palopó is a beautiful villa built on the hills surrounding Santa Catarina Palopó village, on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

Mas de Peint

Mas de Peint

Mas de Peint is a beautifully restored 17th-century ‘mas’ (farmstead), situated on a 550-hectare estate right in the heart of the Camargue.

Terrace at the Le Sirenuse, luxury hotel in Italy

Le Sirenuse

Opened in 1951 by the Sersale family who still run it, Le Sirenuse has a deserved reputation as one of Italy’s finest hotels.

The Serai, luxury hotel in India

The Serai

The Serai is a romantic collection of luxury tents in the heart of the majestic Thar desert near the beautiful city of Jaisalmer.

Beresheet Hotel

Beresheet Hotel

The beautiful but stark Negev desert was once somewhere to observe from the window of an air conditioned car on route to Eilat and the Red Sea, but the opening of the Beresheet Hotel in 2011 has changed all that.

Bom Bom Island Resort

Bom Bom Island Resort

As sweet and moreish as its confectionary namesakes, Bom Bom Island Resort is a dictionary definition hidden gem.

Pousada Picinguaba

Pousada Picinguaba

A charming hotel in an exceptional location, ideal for enjoying the surrounding nature and the local way of life.

Dedon Island

Dedon Island

Dedon Island might not look like your conventional showroom, but make no mistake, this luxury hotel in the Philippines is a (very) glorified showroom for immaculate furniture company Dedon. Not in a bad way, though – Dedon have decked out many of the finest luxury island retreats anywhere in the world, so when they decided to create their own version they did so in consummate style.

Bale Mountain Lodge

Bale Mountain Lodge

Bale Mountain Lodge is an Eco-lodge well, well off the beaten track, in the heart of central Ethiopia in the Bale Mountain National Park.

Outdoor dining at Leopard Safaris Wilpattu Camp, luxury camp in Sri Lanka

Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris Wilpattu Camp

The lakeside location of the Leopard Safaris camp, just a stones throw from Wilpattu National Park, was chosen with isolation in mind, so that guests can fully appreciate the beautiful wilderness and wildlife in this, Sri Lanka’s largest park.

Chinzombo

Chinzombo

Chinzombo, formerly the green season base of the 80s, now pioneers the Bush glamping movement in Zambia, with its ultra sleek and stylish design, putting it in direct competition with the glamour’s of South Africa and Tanzania.

Hotel Budir

Hotel Budir

The hotel is situated right at the edge of the ocean, with its own private inlet where boats can dock.

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Estancia la Bamba de Areco

In the heart of the Pampas, this colonial style building is full of character and encompasses all the traditions of the gaucho. In the style of a country ranch, Estancia la Bamba de Areco, is a charming ‘must see’ spot in the Pampas.

Laucala Island

Laucala Island

Question: what do you do when you own a soft drink company worth billions? Answer: buy yourself a dream island in the South Pacific.

Veranda at Camp Figtree, luxury hotel in South Africa

Camp Figtree

Camp Fig Tree is a remote private lodge set on top of the stunning Zuurberg mountain range. Resting between a conservancy and the Addo Elephant National Park, the camp boasts unparalleled views.

The Pool at Tea Trail Bungalows, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka

Ceylon Tea Trail Bungalows

Summerville has the air of a country cottage, Castlereagh has an eclectic style, and they sit opposite each other on the shores of the Castlereagh lake.

Hotel Vira Vira

Hotel Vira Vira

Set in 23 acres of Native Park along the shores of the Liucura River, Vira Vira will introduce a true hacienda experience to the region. It will expose aspects of regional cuisine and traditions, immersing travellers in the surrounding scenery and adventurous pursuits of Pucón.

Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge

Named after the sound the sand makes when you tread on it, Nkwichi (which literally means squeaky sand) is a slice of undiscovered paradise on the shores of Lake Malawi.

Canne Bianche

Canne Bianche

Canne Bianche Hotel & Spa is a whitewashed, beachfront chic boutique hotel in Fasano, nestled between Brindisi and Bari on the Puglian coast.

Calistoga Ranch, luxury hotel in Napa & Sonoma Valley

Calistoga Ranch

The ranch is tucked away in a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley, just outside the historic town of Calistoga.

Nihiwatu

Nihiwatu

In 2016 luxury hotel Nihiwatu (on Sumba Island) was declared the number one hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine. With a mile long beach exclusive to hotel guests, a private surf break, and a sustainable tourism project that sees a portion of the resorts profits repatriated into the local community we can easily see why.

Playa Cativo Lodge

Playa Cativo Lodge

Accessible by boat, Playa Cativo ticks all the boxes when it comes to a beach/jungle stay. Surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park and across from Osa Peninsula and Corcovado, this eco-lodge offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature whilst combining a bit of R & R.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

A luxurious eco-resort set in the untamed wilderness of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve - one of the best intact examples of temperate rainforest on Earth - this former mining outpost has been converted into a luxury tented retreat.

Six Senses Yao Noi

Six Senses Yao Noi

Set in a landscaped rubber plantation on a small island in Phang Nha Bay, the Six Senses villas offer the highest in luxury island living. The resort is committed to environmental sustainability, including water recycling and energy efficiency, without compromising its dedicated personal service.

Kinsterna

Kinsterna

Four miles from the vast rock citadel of Monemvasia, Kinsterna Hotel & Spa was once a medieval manor house that has been lovingly converted into an immaculate boutique hotel in 18 acres of vineyards, olive groves, and eucalyptus and cypress trees.

Southern Ocean Lodge Aerial

Southern Ocean Lodge

The award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge is located on Kangaroo Island off the south coast, not far from Adelaide.

 Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta

Zuleta is a 4,000 acre colonial working farm that has belonged to the family of a former Ecuadorian president for more than 100 years.

La Casona

La Casona

Surrounded by the stunning Andes mountains, La Casona is a small luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Cusco.

Tsara Komba Lodge

Tsara Komba Lodge

Located on the secluded island of Nosy Komba off the northwest coast among one of the world’s richest ecosystems, Tsara Komba is the ultimate getaway.

Hotel Puerto Valle

Hotel Puerto Valle

With its somewhat convenient location providing private access to the Wetlands, Hotel Puerto Valle offers the best wildlife fix in Argentina, combined with a good dose of luxury.

Palm Trees at Capella Lodge

Capella Lodge

World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is a crescent-shaped sub-tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean, a two-hour flight from Sydney.

Blancaneaux Lodge

Blancaneaux Lodge

Owned by Francis Ford Coppola, Blancaneaux Lodge is a peaceful retreat located in the central forests of Belize, just outside the town of San Ignacio.

 Eagle's Nest

Eagle's Nest

Set atop a private peninsula overlooking the Bay of Islands, and surrounded by 75 acres of sub-tropical native bush and secluded beaches, Eagles Nest hotel is in a fantastic location.

Motswiri Camp

Motswiri Camp

Motswiri Camp is located in the world renowned Selinda Reserve, an area of over 120,000 acres of pristine African bush, and is a charming and comfortable base from which to explore this area.

You may rest assured that Original Travel will be a first port of call when next arranging future hols. Thanks again for all you did for us.

Simon

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