About Us

HIP stands for Highly Individual Places – a must for every property featured on our website. HIP hotels have to fulfil certain criteria: they must be unique, characterful and charming, and off the beaten track. They encompass the reason for travel – to explore the unknown and discover hidden gems. Our properties make travel exciting, rewarding and memorable.

Our diversity of hotels is incredible. From an ecolodge buried in the depths of the rustic Sri Lankan grasslands to an elegantly grand lakeside property with over 100 years of history, HIP Hotels offers the chance to experience the sort of hideaways once found only in the pages of James Bond novels.

There is still so much beauty and intoxicating culture and heritage to be discovered around the world, from the savannahs of Kenya’s inviting national reserves, Oman’s breathtaking Al Hajar Mountains, Peru’s biodiverse habitats and the turquoise treasures of Thailand, to the magni cence of India’s Raj, the sand, surf and sea of Indonesia, and the breathtaking beauty of Italy. HIP Hotels offers travellers the chance to explore these jewels.

HIP Hotels was founded in the 1990s by award winning photographer, Herbert Ypma, and has sold over 2 million books in over 11 languages. It has since been acquired by a London based private equity firm who are heavily investing on new, exciting projects for the brand.