Why lounge on a beach when you can luxuriate in a majestic luxury resort instead? Pick your next holiday destination using an entirely new set of criteria: the most stunning hotel views in the world. Here are our top 12 for your viewing pleasure.
Jade Mountain Resort – St Lucia
You’d be forgiven for wondering if your eyes are deceiving you. Heavenly positioned way up on the hillside for maximum viewing pleasure, St Lucia’s Jade Mountain Resort overlooks the turquoise glory of the Caribbean Sea.
Take a dip in a private infinity pool, sip away at a cocktail and marvel at the light-spangled water, pale beaches, and greenery-smothered peaks rising up into the endless sky. If you’re a romantic, this resort’s panoramic splendour will have you weak at the knees. And if you’re not, the sights on offer here will undoubtedly give you a change of heart.
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De L’Europe Amsterdam
Nestled on the tranquil waterfront of the Amstel River, De L’Europe has the kind of picturesque views that most likely have inspired a Dutch Master or two to pick up a paintbrush. Fittingly 23 of the hotel’s rooms are stylised as artists’ suites, adorned with replica paintings of famed works housed in the Rijksmuseum.
Quaint water taxis and ferries trundle past through the canals below, and the city’s historic heart unfolds before you. De L’Europe was the setting of Hitchcock’s thriller Foreign Correspondent – perhaps he chose it for an excuse to book a luxury waterfront room.
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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Alberta, Canada
O, Canada. How can a country so beautiful be so famously humble? Sublimely positioned on the banks of Lake Louise, The Fairmont Chateau serves up a majestic mix of vistas:
There’s the emerald beauty of Lake Louise herself, the spectacular Victoria Glacier, and the awe-inspiring Bow Valley mountain range with its peppering of alpine trees and caps of snow.
Indulge in a famous afternoon tea at the chateau’s restaurant, and peer wonderingly through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The luxurious rooms feature a wealth of amenities including cable TV, but you’ll be too engaged by the views to look for the remote.
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Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico – Torres de Paine, Chile
The Village People encouraged you to go west, but let’s try on the south for size instead. As far south as possible – until we reach the chilly Patagonian tip of Chile.
A minimalist white structure anchored on the banks of the turquoise Lake Pehoe, the Explora Patagonia hotel is palced right by the mouth of a waterfall in the heart of the Parque de Nacional Torres del Pain. It hardly gets more picturesque.
Breath-taking glaciers, pristine lakes, and snow-smothered jagged mountains form a ring around the hotel. If sighing at them out of your window isn’t enough, try a guided hike or a horseback trek, both ideal for exploring this untamed, untouched region.
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Le Sirenuse – Positano, Campagnia
Le Sirenuse is aptly named, this siren will draw you right in. High on a cliffside overlooking the quaint village of Positano and the idyllic Amalfi Coast, it’s family-owned, boutique luxury amidst life’s simple pleasures.
Tiny fishing boats and ferries scatter across the water by day, while by night the combination of the star-studded sky and the lights of the terraced, hillside town make for a truly charming backdrop.
As if the exterior views aren’t enough, the ones inside will impress as well: antique furnishings and decor handpicked by the family patriarch prove that Italy’s sense of style doesn’t stop with Milan.
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Shangri-La Hotel – Paris
One of the finest hotels in Paris, the Shangri-La offers sweeping views of the City of Lights – they’re so beautiful you’ll want to toast to them with a glass of vintage Moët.
Reward yourself with a piece of petit four confectionery for every landmark you pick out from your balcony window, they’re all within view. There’s the River Seine, just half a mile away, and the Jardins du Trocadero. And then there’s La Grande Dame herself: stunningly lit at night, the Eiffel Tower is so close it barely looks real – splurge on a two-storey duplex suite to see it in all its glory.
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Blanket Bay Lodge – Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand
With Mount Earnslaw on one side – and the greenery-clad Lake Wakatipu and the Humboldt Range mountains on the other – Glenorchy’s Blanket Bay Lodge is sandwiched by beauty.
It’s set amidst the unspoiled and tranquil pastures of a vast high-country farm, offering endless swathes of New Zealand’s famed rugged charm. Private balconies, cosy hot tubs and a striking infinity pool all offer majestic lake views, and the Southern Alps are never out of sight.
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The View Hotel – Monument Valley, UT, USA
Cast yourself in a real-life western with striking views – offered by the Wild West-themed View Hotel in Utah’s Monument Valley. A Navajo-owned property, the hotel is painstakingly designed to complement the natural beauty of the landscape. And with its Mars-like soil, pockets of desert grasses and awe-inspiring rock formations carved over millennia by the winds, the scenery’s nothing short of staggering.
Sit on your cabin porch and admire the tranquillity of the valley by day, then … continue to do the same when the sun goes down and the Milky Way blazes across the huge expanse of the sky. It’s wild.
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Cocoa Island Resort – Maldives
Water, water everywhere – and what a view it makes. Cocoa Island Resort is quite literally a resort island. Think vividly white beaches, curving palm trees, a turquoise lagoon brimming with tropical fish, and wooden boardwalks connecting a series of 33 luxury overwater suites.
Spend your days relaxing on your private terrace gazing out at the sparkling water and the distant horizon. Spot stingrays and turtles from your vantage point on the boardwalk, stroll the powdery sand of the island barefoot, or step straight out from your suite into the lagoon to explore the magnificent house reef below.
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Das Central Hotel – Sölden, Austria
With nothing short of sublime views of the Alps, Das Central Hotel better be licensed to thrill. Little wonder that this luxury hotel, along with its adjoining mountain resort, Ice Q, features so heavily in the New James Bond movie, Spectre.
Positioned way up high in the renowned ski resort town of Sölden, the hotel offers vivid views of the snow-topped summits from every vantage point. Decorated in cosy alpine style, it’s a perfect setting for watching the snowline gradually creep down to cover the craggy peaks and lushly forested landscape. Even James Bond thinks so.
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PARKROYAL on Pickering – Singapore
Singapore is synonymous with city – except where PARKROYAL is concerned. A lush oasis in the centre of this bustling metropolis, this luxurious beauty is distinguished by unique sky gardens that form rings around each of the hotel’s levels.
A stay here offers serene views of Hong Lim Park, it’s a small pocket of tranquillity and calm away from urban life. All four floors teem with greenery, with lushly organic expanses stretching across walkways, balconies and throughout the hotel’s interior.
Try an upgrade for access to the spectacular rooftop lounge, which offer 360-degree, light-studded views of the entirety of the city.
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InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas – Porto, Portugal
Live like royalty in an 18th century Portuguese palace in the historic heart of Porto. Brimming with heritage and opulence, Palacio das Cardosas is rich with decadent textiles, gleaming marble, and vast chandeliers.
Pour a glass of red and stand on your wrought-iron balcony admiring the views of the famed Avenida dos Aliados, a sloping boulevard lined with cafés and shops – and capped with the Town Hall at one end and Liberdade Square at the other. With hot spots like the Bolhao Market, and the striking Clérigos Church just a stone’s throw away, you can map out tomorrow’s sightseeing right from your window.
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