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 Southern Ocean Lodge
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Kangaroo Island, Australia: Southern Ocean Lodge

Hoteliers James and Hayley Baillie have created a high-design temple on the wild and woolly coastline of Kangaroo Island, off South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. Forget poolside clichés and glitz: Travelers come to experience lunar beaches and what feels like a zoo without fences. With only a few people per square mile, kangaroos roam free, wild koalas perch in roadside gums, and the farm showcases enough sublime produce to make a chef weep. The lodge’s new wine-obsessed general manager, John Hird, is creating an unparalleled cellar of regional varietals, like a bold Barossa Shiraz, to sip in the memorably dramatic lounge with sandblasted-limestone floors. Rooms start at $1,100 a person per night, with a two-night minimum; Hanson Bay Rd., Kingscote; 61-2/9918-4355; southernoceanlodge.com.