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Typical Range: $30 and $75 per square foot National Average: $21,541With the high cost of new construction, some h omeowners are looking to their basements for additional living space. While the average cost of basement remodeling is about $21,541 nationwide, that figure varies widely depending on the quality of the materials used and the type of remodeling.Still, finishing a basement is often a much more affordable way of expanding a home’s living space than building a new addition to the house because the floors and walls are already in place.
You can stay at the most beautiful,in the world, but often that means you're one of 500 guests. At a boutique hotel, however, you are never treated as one of many. When you stay at a property with just a handful of rooms — be it or thatched-roofed chalets — you can expect a level of service that's often unattainable at large-scale hotels. From private safaris through Kruger National Park Area to personalized butler service and private chefs, the world's best boutique hotels know how to deliver.
To ensure quality and a next-level dedication to service, we reviewed each top-ranked hotel featured in the 2021 Travel + Leisureand put together a curated list of just 14 properties with fewer than 20 rooms. The result is a smattering of intimate properties that don't skimp on service — whether it's a safari lodge in Botswana or an in the Costa Rican jungle.
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Mahali Mzuri, Masai Mara, Kenya
Mahali Mzuri, which means "beautiful place" in Swahili, was named the no. 1 hotel in T+L's World's Best Awards — and it's easy to see why. Thein the Kenyan bush has just 12 stylish tents, each with an en-suite bathroom and private deck overlooking the wildlife living within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy.
While you settle into your home away from home, a team of chefs are busy preparing three meals a day to fuel days spent swimming in the outdoor infinity pool, cruising the savannah on game drives, or melting into a spa treatment.
Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection, Santorini, Greece
Situated on a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, thishas a handful of accolades to its name as the no. 1 hotel in Greece and no. 6 in the world. It's known for some of the best sunset views on Santorini.
Stacey Solomon heads to the zoo before giving her bathroom a makeover
The 32-year-old put on a stunning display as she posed with her daughter Rose in front of their newly-decorated garden for Easter.The TV personality, 32, had no time for rest during her days off as she took her children Leighton, nine, and Rex, two, to their favourite attraction.
And thanks to the property's size — just 20 rooms and suites — no detail is overlooked. Each guest is treated to expansive indoor-outdoor spaces with unobstructed sea views and perks like complimentary breakfast and clifftop yoga.
Savute Elephant Lodge, a Belmond Safari, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Thesomehow manages to be both chic and wild, with 12 luxurious tented rooms overlooking the expansive Chobe National Park. Each day, elephants parade by the property while the nearby watering hole welcomes hyenas and cheetahs. To make things even more luxurious, three meals a day (included in your stay) are paired with fine wines and enjoyed alfresco with views over the savannah.
Nobu Ryokan Malibu, California
, which is owned by acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa of Iron Chef fame, takes the traditional Japanese ryokan experience and elevates it into a five-star experience that feels more like a retreat than a hotel. The property's 16 polished rooms have a Zen-like feel, wooden soaking tubs, skylights, and fireplaces and/or patios.
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As you might guess, the beachfront property (upgraded rooms have ocean views) also has an upscale restaurant operated by chef Nobu and access to Malibu's Carbon Beach, an exclusive spa, and a racquet club.
andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
With just six rooms to look after, the team athas no problem going above and beyond for each and every guest. Set on the edge of a rare sand forest in the Phinda Private Game Reserve and overlooking an impressive wetland system, this safari lodge is all about wildlife — and romance.
The property has a reputation for it's secluded, intimate feel, and boasts a team of knowledgeable safari guides who introduce guests to the iconic Big Five, among other local wildlife.
Pickering House Inn, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Set inside a landmark mansion near Lake Winnipesaukee, thishas just 10 rooms, each with its own distinct look and feel. Included in every say is a gourmet daily breakfast and light snacks that are best enjoyed on the inn's expansive covered deck. As if the hotel itself wasn't charming enough, it's also set on the edge of the idyllic town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
Ashley Tisdale sent her husband to buy '400 BOOKS' before AD shoot
Ashley Tisdale has an eye for decor - and her own interior design business - so she felt ready to completely revamp her new Los Angeles home last year. The 36-year-old actress proudly showed off all of her hard work both inside and outside of her stunning $4.75million Mediterranean-style villa to Architectural Digest. Before the shoot, however, Tisdale admitted that she panicked over her bare bookshelves and sent husband Chris French out to purchase '400 books.' © Provided by Daily Mail Welcome! Ashley Tisdale proudly showed off all of her hard work both inside and outside of her stunning $4.
The Roundtree, Amagansett, New York
in East Hampton has what it takes to charm even the most jaded of hotel guests — luxurious rooms and suites, renovated cottages, and perks like loaner bikes and beach gear. With just 15 meticulously renovated rooms, you can expect a next-level dedication to service and attention to the little things — from high-end linens to curated experiences that include cooking classes and winery tours.
Gibb's Farm, Karatu, Tanzania
It's next to impossible to beat the location of, a circa-1929 farmhouse and safari lodge set on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. And while guests will be drawn to the carefully laid out lodging — 17 cottages and two houses — the real draw is the property's expansive gardens, which include an herb garden, rose garden, cactus garden, vegetable garden, and a medicinal garden.
In addition to Tanzanian safaris and activities around the farm (think: baking classes and coffee bean picking), guests are treated to true farm-to-table meals influenced by Tanzanian and English cuisine.
Matetsi Victoria Falls, Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe
It's about more than twice-daily game drives and walking safaris at thein Zimbabwe. The family-owned property sits right on the banks of the Zambezi river near the largest waterfall on Earth: Victoria Falls.
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Stargazing and s'mores without having to sleep on the ground.For many travelers, camping is one of those experiences that sounds better in theory. But when the cover of night comes, not everyone wants to pitch a tent, stoke a fire, and be on bear watch. Some things are just better left for scout troops and Jack London novels. However, that doesn't mean you have to hole up indoors and miss all the natural beauty that exists in the Golden State, from old-growth redwood forests and dramatic coastal cliffs to verdant vineyards and otherworldly desert landscapes.
The property has 18 stand-alone suites (including two family suites) and a private villa with four en-suite rooms, an outdoor pool, and an expansive outdoor dining area where you can enjoy meals prepared by your own private chef.
Khwai River Lodge, a Belmond Safari, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Thein Botswana serves up the perfect mix of adventure and calm. It's at once both a basecamp for big game drives and a retreat with all the bells and whistles — including a peaceful infinity pool, luxe tents with spacious decks, and in-room massages.
With fewer than 20 suites, you'll enjoy impeccable service, full board, and a private deck perfectly situated for elephant viewing.
The Bushcamp Company's Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
With an enviable location right in South Luangwa National Park, guests atwill become accustomed to seeing wildlife at all hours of the day. In fact, elephants have been known to parade right through the lodge in search of the property's wild mango tree. Guests rave about the 18 recently refurbished chalets, luxurious Bush Spa, and the staff's excellent attention to detail.
andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa
Theis perched on the border of Kruger National Park overlooking a wildlife watering hole. In addition to a hard-to-top location rich with wildlife sightings, the South African property has a small smattering of thatched-roof cottages featuring canopy beds and private verandas.
This Unexpected Canadian City Is the Perfect Wellness Destination
You may think of Montreal or Toronto when you think of Canadian wellness tourism, but there's another contender.If you’re looking for scenic mountain views that will inspire you to get outside, you can’t do better than the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. An elegant hotel with world-class amenities, the hotel is surrounded by stunning mountains like Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain, earning it the moniker “Castle in the Rockies.” There are plenty of refreshing ways to pass the time here—you can hike, ski, snowshoe, visit hot springs, get a spa treatment, and take a night-sky tour at this world-famous resort.
When not out exploring the park, guests at the 20-room boutique hotel can enjoy the outdoor pool and hot tub or a night under the stars in the Ngala's treehouse.
Sasaab, Samburu, Kenya
It doesn't get more personalized than the, a five-star boutique hotel with just nine tented rooms, each with a private veranda, plunge pool, and furnished deck looking out over the wilderness. In addition to standard safari offerings, you can view the Kenyan landscape by helicopter or camp in a dome tent with wide-open night sky views.
Casa Chameleon, Mal País, Costa Rica
Thishas just 10 villas, each overlooking the acclaimed surfing beaches of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. To balance out days spent in the surf and sand, the secluded jungle property offers a selection of body treatments, fitness classes, and delectable Costa Rican fare (all-inclusive meal packages are available).
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