There is no stripper pole or ceiling mirror in the bedroom that’s just been named the sexiest hotel bedroom in the world.
Instead, the water villa at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam offers sunset views of the bay, thanks to a king-sized bed positioned to face the water in an open-concept, doorless hideaway that harnesses its natural surroundings -- water, tropical jungle and light -- to seduce its tenants.
For the second edition of the Smith Hotel Awards, hosted by boutique hotel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith, the Six Senses luxury resort and spa nabbed the title of sexiest bedroom for offering “ravishingly romantic” villas that evoke the notion of a castaway romance.
This year’s pick marks a stark contrast to last year’s winner, the Corfu Suite at Blakes Hotel London, a lavish bedroom featuring exquisitely detailed mother-of-pearl dressers and a four-poster bed draped in gossamer nets.
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Instead, the seduction of Water Villa 5 could be its understated minimalism, accented simply by a draping mosquito net over a king-sized bed and open concept to excite the imagination.
“Water Villa 5 is the pick of the bunch, with an infinity-edge plunge pool set seductively into the rocks, a private ladder leading into the ocean, and rustic-luxe good looks that conjure a cocoon of pure castaway romance,” editors wrote.
The Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa in Bahia, Brazil was also a big winner in the Smith Hotel awards, taking the title of Best Smith Hotel for offering all-natural spa treatments in tree-flanked pavilions, a quartz-lined pool and inventive Brazilian cuisine, editors said.
The hotel was designed by the former creative director of Italian clothing company Diesel.
Other winners included:
Best Hotel Restaurant: Hartnett, Holder & Co at Lime Wood, UK
The Eco Award: Sal Salis, Australia
Hottest Hotel Bar: The NoMad Hotel, US
Best Spa Hotel: House Spa at Dormy House, Cotswolds
Best Budget Hotel: 1888 Hotel, Sydney Australia
Best-Dressed Hotel: El Fenn, Morocco
For the full list visit smithhotelawards.com/2014/winners.