The World's Best Small Hotels

A master list of the world's most luxurious yet intimate and humble hotels, inns, and guest houses.

Courtesy Saffire Freycinet
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Tasmania, Australia: Saffire Freycinet

The broody island of Tasmania, Australia’s southernmost point, was the place to send convicts to be out of sight during colonial times. Now people cross the Tasman Sea for restoration, not incarceration. Wrung-out corporate warriors retreat to Saffire Freycinet’s space-age building, a stingray-inspired design that is integrated into the landscape of vast granite outcrops, located hours from the nearest town. Guests on the e-Tox Package hand over their digital detritus upon check-in. Smartphones are replaced with hot-towel cocoons in the spa and two-hour walks over the white crescent perfection of the beach at Wineglass Bay. Suites start at $1,640; 2352 Coles Bay Rd., Coles Bay; 800-723-3473;