When in need of a simple getaway and a quiet way of life, look no further than these five enchanting hideaways that embrace and highlight natural surroundings, immersing you in a transformative sensory experience. 

Ranging from 5-15 room establishments, these small-scale retreats provide a lifestyle of understated luxury. Whether restored, preserved, or newly constructed, behind each project is a passionate owner who is eager to share their love for the region and an architect who makes the concept a reality.

The retreats all have gorgeous landscapes that combine rustic atmospheres with natural materials, neutral colour palettes, and minimalistic modern aesthetics that blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. Honouring tradition, details respect local materials and artisanal crafts while shedding light on the history and quintessential characteristics of the regions. Common areas and guest rooms are meticulously curated by engaging the past with the present.

A dreamland and paradise for nature-conscious and design-savvy travellers, every space is uniquely created, allowing one to feel as if they are in a private home while maintaining the comfort and services of a hotel.

Casa Olivi

Photo by Wilson Santinelli

Just beyond the medieval town of Treia in Italy, in the gorgeous Marche region, Casa Olivi is a 300-year-old dreamy farmhouse with breathtaking views where old meets new.

Protected by the Cultural and Historic Heritage of Italy, the stone building and interiors were transformed by Swiss architects Markus Wespi and Jérôme de Meuron to combine the best of Italy, from tradition to modernity.



Coqui Coqui

Right in the heart of the dense Yucatan jungle on the shore of a tranquil lagoon, sits the perfect getaway with limestone exteriors that blend into the seemingly preserved natural surroundings. Inspired by the nearby Mayan ruins, Coqui Coqui Coba Papholchac holds unique architecture inspired by the region.

The interiors capture the essence of the 1920s explorer’s era and also house a perfumery by founders and perfumers Nicolas Malleville and Francesca Bonato.



La Granja Ibiza

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Set on acres of well-tended farmland, the 16th-century farmhouse is nestled right in the middle of Ibiza Island.

A joint project of Design Hotels and Friends of a Farmer, the centuries-old house was transformed into a hotel by Dreimeta Design Studio of Augsburg, Germany and led by Armin Fischer. 

The once-private residence was converted while preserving and highlighting the structure’s weather-worn imperfections, imbuing the space with an aching elegance.




Masseria Moroseta

Photo by Marina Denisova

Located amid olive trees in the heart of Italian region of Puglia, 10 minutes away from Ostuni (La città Bianca), this all-white farmhouse is a long-time dream of owner Carlo Lanzini.

Designed by Andrew Trotter, founder of Openhouse Magazine, the masseria is pure bliss and a perfect mix of both a traditional atmosphere and modern design minimalism.

Don’t miss out on the delightful locally sourced farm-to-table food by young chef Giorgia Goggi and the famous Moroseta dinners.


Villa Anouck

Nestled alongside the forest of Douar Laaraic and located near the coastal town of Essaouira, Villa Anouk is a tranquil retreat away from the chaos of everyday life.

Built in the Moroccan Beldi tradition, made entirely of stone and wood with thatched ceilings by local artisans and master craftsmen, owner Anouk Beguery has kept the original features during the restoration of the farm building. The enchanting refuge’s interiors were meticulously curated with authentic accents and furnishings.