For help booking a boutique hotel or villa in Europe, try this boutique travel website.
Name: www.Slow-Chic.com What it does: Locates properties you'd expect to see only in movies. There are 225; most are in France, but others are in Italy, Morocco, Spain and Belgium, hand-picked for discerning travelers.
What's hot: You'll have to get used to not calling your vacation digs a hotel. You could be staying in a 17th-century chateau, a small castle in Brittany, an ancient palace turned riad in the medina in Marrakech, or a small country resort on the shores of a lake in Sardinia, to name a few. Prices are very reasonable and are often the same or considerably less than a luxe hotel in Europe. Click on the "Overview" and be sure to read the short checklist of what the curators love, items not to miss and, especially, "The Best Bit."