The World's Best Small Hotels

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

Klaus Lorke
OF 109

Laucala Island, Fiji: LauCala

Previously owned by Malcolm Forbes, Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz’s island is almost kitsch in its gorgeousness, from its cerulean shallows to its forests in which rare orange doves flit about. With the 24-to-1 staff-to-guest ratio, there’s always somebody on hand to serve, whether you’re riding Thoroughbreds, playing golf with a pro, or sampling elaborate menus conjured up by chef Anthony Healy. That is, if you want to be attended to: A discreet coconut placed by the door indicates you’re lounging or loving or lying bare-skinned beside your pool nibbling warm brownies. Villas start at $5,400 a night for two people; 679/888-0077;