The World's Best Small Hotels

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

Mark Williams
OF 109

Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe: Singita Pamushana Lodge

The isolated private game reserve—founded  in 1994 by the Malilangwe Trust, which is largely supported by philanthropist Paul Tudor Jones—is authentic down to its very foundation, with traditional stone architecture and Shangaan-inspired tribal interiors. Local guides, like second-generation Tengwe Siabwanda, are among Africa’s best—and they’re great with kids, which explains Pamushana’s popularity for multigenerational holidays that might combine archery at dawn, tiger fishing after lunch, and lion spotting at night. Traveling to Zimbabwe may require more vigilance due to crime and possible political unrest, but once you’re here, evenings are spent in the clifftop pool, enjoying spicy biltong and South African wine and watching vultures soar over the 130,000 acres of game-rich bush. Rooms start at $1,380; 27-21/683-3424;