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When it comes to hotels, bigger isn’t always better. Sure, there’s something alluring about mega-resorts with seemingly endless activities, numerous dining and drinking options, and all the pools your heart desires. But there’s also the flip side of the coin, with some travelers looking for a more intimate, personalized experience. If you’re one of the latter, check out these nine tiny hotels with just 20 rooms or less.

BALQUISSE Heritage Hotel, Bali, Indonesia

At this 10-room boutique property in Bali, guests might feel as if they’re in the middle of the jungle, thanks to the surrounding greenery, but it is conveniently located just off the Jimbaran boardwalk. The owner of the hotel is also an interior designer, made apparent by the hand-picked furnishings, including Balinese antiques, throughout the resort. Despite its small size, the hotel has an on-site restaurant and spa, and two pools.

Cromlix, Kinbuck, Scotland

Owned by tennis champion Andy Murray, who restored the property in 2014, this Kinbuck, Scotland, manor-turned-hotel has just 15 bedrooms, plus a separate Gate Lodge, set on 34 acres. Guests will enjoy the many activities offered — from trout fishing to clay pigeon-shooting to archery — not to mention the fine-dining restaurant, the game room and the whiskey room.

Hlemmur Square, Reykjavik, Iceland

Sitting on the popular shopping street Laugavegur, about a 15-minute walk from the heart of downtown Reykjavik, Hlemmur Square offers guests an on-site restaurant and a bar with live music, an inventive cocktail menu and plenty of craft beer. Though the hotel proper, located on the fifth floor, only has 18 rooms, visitors should note that it shares a lobby and amenities with its sister hostel, located on the third and fourth floors.

Castle Hill Resort and Spa, Proctorsville, Vt.

Guests at the 10-room Castle Hill Resort and Spa in Vermont are treated to plenty of Old World charm, from…