As the world slowly reopens, it’s only natural to ask yourself, “Where to next?” But as soon as your destination is chosen, the next question in line is, “But where will we stay?” With social distancing regulations still in place and an endless amount of contradicting information on what’s considered “safe,” the last thing you want for your long-awaited vacation is to feel anxious the entire time you’re away.
The solution? Go boutique.
1. You’ll enjoy a smaller, more intimate, and personalized experience.
From the moment you check-in at a boutique hotel, you’ll feel as if you’re the only people on the property. From the doorman knowing you by name, a personal tour to get acquainted with the property, luggage was delivered to your room accompanied by drinks, snacks, and a welcome note, and being greeted by every staff member you pass with a cheery hello – they leave no detail overlooked.
Insight on where to visit? The concierge will know where you should go based on your preferences. Recommendations on where to eat? They will know all the tastiest local joints. Advice on the best option for getting back to the airport? They knew the answer. It didn’t matter how busy they are, you are a priority.
It’s conducive to social distancing.
Choosing to stay at a smaller boutique property means you’ll naturally interact with fewer people. Less rooms means less guests, and less guests means less staff which, in turn, means you’ll come into contact with far less people than at a resort or larger chain hotel. It’s the next best option to renting out a private vacation home.
However, one perk to choosing a boutique hotel versus a private vacation home is that you can guarantee proper sanitation, health and safety requirements are being met. Every hotel brand, both large and small, are implementing new rollouts to ensure your visit to their property is as safe as possible. From curbside or online check-in and hand sanitizing stations, to branded PPE (personal protective equipment) and limited capacities, business as usual has a new “norm,” but it’s all for the safety of you, their guests and priority.
You’ll have access to unique wellness amenities unavailable to the masses.
After months of quarantine, you’re most likely looking for one of two things: adventure or relaxation. If an escape from the recent increase of stress and anxiety is the route you’re interested in, a boutique hotel stay is the vacation you should book next.
“Boutique” and “wellness” typically go hand in hand. “Boutique” isn’t for everyone which means boutique brands focus on specialized experiences, such as wellness. As health and wellness popularized over recent years, larger brands have attempted to capitalize on the movement. But what might be seen as a trend to those brands, is seen as second nature to boutique properties who embraced the wellness shift years ago.