The World's Best Small Hotels

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

Michael Turek
OF 109

Vancouver Island, Canada: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Managing director John Caton and his wife, Adele, are eager to confiscate all handheld gaming devices as soon as kids arrive at Clayoquot. You’ll be fine, he reassures distraught teens, before sending them off on horseback, down two 1,000-foot-long zip lines, into kayaks for some whitewater rafting, or into the UNESCO-protected forest. Here, deep in a riverine fjord in a camp styled after those of early prospectors, the days are packed full with activities led by a team of young Canadians. At sunset, the same guides will sort out the s’mores around the campfire while Mom and Dad slip off for massages or an under-the-stars glass of wine in one of the three hot tubs overlooking the Bedwell River. Turns out kids don’t mind the digital detox: The canvas tents (with soft bamboo sheets guests are forever trying to buy) are booked out a year in advance. Tents start at $4,750 a person for three nights; 888-333-5405; wildretreat.com.