Great hotels embody all things luxurious: beautiful rooms, top-notch amenities, and unique features that cause them to stand out from the rest. But, the best of the best offer even more than that. They provide guests with one-of-a-kind, exquisite views — the type that aren’t typically seen in everyday life. Ready to soak up some of the best views in the world? These 10 hotels provide guests with breathtaking views that can be seen from their suites, restaurants, and pools.
1. InterContinental Hotel, Hong Kong
The very best room in the hotel is the 7,000-square-foot presidential suite, per U.S. News & World Report. You’ll find yourself enthralled with the top-of-the-line suite, which provides guests with panoramic views of Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island. No matter what time of day or night, you’ll have unparalleled, breathtaking views of the city. The only reason you’ll step foot outside of your hotel room is to take advantage of the infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi, which will still amaze you with dazzling views of the harbor and city skyline.
2. Shangri-La at the Shard, London
“Occupying levels 34 to 52 of Western Europe’s tallest building, the Shangri-La’s guestrooms and suites all have floor-to-ceiling windows so that you can enjoy the uninterrupted views of the entire city,” per The Club. From your room you can watch the life of the city unfold along the River Thames. Or, perhaps, you’d rather relax with a cocktail at Shangri-La’s stylish GONG bar – on level 52 – where you can marvel at sparkling city views as afternoon turns to dusk. While all of the rooms boast beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows, the 39th-floor suite, set to open in September, will offer a 180-degree view that stretches from the Palace of Westminster to Canary Wharf.
3. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Rising majestically above the 600-acre beachfront resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain offers beautiful architecture and scenic beauty. It’s the only resort in St. Lucia that provides guests with iconic views of the Piti and Gros Piton mountains, which appear to float above the Caribbean Sea, per Forbes. The mountains provide stunning views, but this resort’s one-of-a-kind architecture also provides guests with an aesthetically appealing oasis. Throughout the resort there are individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns, writes Jade Mountain. What’s even more unique about Jade Mountain is the setup of its bedroom, living area, and infinity pools. Each suite slides “into each other and form a platform – no wall separates the suite’s interior from its mountain and sea views,” writes Forbes.
4. Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa, Costa Rica
How often can you say you’ve been in a room that overlooks a volcano? If you stay at Costa Rica’s Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa, you’ll have the luxury of overlooking the Arenal volcano. Known as one of Costa Rica’s most tranquil resorts, you’ll be provided with glimpses of the volcano no matter where you go — the rooms, restaurants, and pool all offer exquisite views of the active volcano, according to USA TODAY. As an added bonus, lava flows daily (it’s considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in the world), so one of your views could even be a little bit more exciting than the rest. Don’t panic about the lava, though – seismologists have reassuringly said that the activity is calming down, so no need to fret about a massive eruption anytime soon. If a volcano isn’t what you’re hoping to see, you’ll also have views of two pure, crystalline streams (La Palma and Kioro), private springs, and beautiful gardens.
5. Le Sirenuse, Italy
This small, quaint hotel, which was once a private summer home, provides guests with beautiful views of the bay of Positano, per Forbes. Many of the rooms also provide a terrace or balcony, only furthering your access to the beauty around you. If you’d like to alternate between views from your room and other places throughout the elegant resort, try Le Sirenuse’s terrace — you’ll have picturesque views while enjoying the pretty flowers and lemon trees. You can eat lunch at one of the terrace’s bar tables, which overlooks the sea, or try the Champagne & Oyster Bar, which provides another worthy view and is filled with roses and frangipane flowers.
6. Wolwedans, Namibia
“Sitting above a dune plateau, the Wolwedans’ secluded Dune Lodge strikes the right balance of luxury and rustic charm with its hardwood furnishings, canvas blinds, and plentiful amenities,” says U.S. News & World Report. From the Dune Lodge, you can soak up the views of Namibia’s rolling hills and desert sands. You’ll also have access to the lodge’s private veranda. You’ll be a short walk away from the main complex where you’ll have access to a wine cellar, dining rooms, a pool, two lounges, and a tea deck. Once you’re done enjoying Wolwedans’ amenities, you can head back to your lodge and soak up some more of the beautiful views.
7. The Peninsula, New York
For those hoping to truly see New York City, staying at The Peninsula could grant you that wish. According to NewYork.com, when night falls and the city’s lights appear, you will have a hard time finding a better view than what’s offered in your suite. The hotel rises above Fifth and 55th, ensuring the New York skyline is all around you. During the day, the view offers you a private peak into Midtown and its sprawling streets. For the best cityscape views, opt for the Grand Luxe rooms on the higher (15 to 20) floors. You can also soak up the city views at the spa pool, which provides floor-to-ceiling windows, or Salon de Ning where you can sip cocktails while on the roof.
8. St. Regis, Bora Bora
Part of French Polynesia, a scattering of islands covering nearly 1 million square miles of the South Pacific, Bora Bora contains the double peaks of Mt. Otemanu and Mt. Pahia. The St. Regis Bora Bora provides endless views of the lagoons and the famous pair of mountains. The overwater villas, some with their own overwater pools, further enhance Otemanu views, according to Yahoo Travel. If you can pull yourself away from the view, take time to enjoy the Oasis pool, the saltwater private lagoon (full of native fish and stingrays), as well as the central pool, which includes a swim-up bar. St. Regis is the equivalent of paradise.
9. Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, California
Southern California has breathtaking views. Surprisingly, though, very few hotels are actually able to capture the area’s beauty. Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel has it figured out – it is able to make the most of its beautiful view, partially because it’s located on a 150-foot cliff, per Yahoo Travel. “The altitude allows for serpentine walkways, grand terraces, and subtropical gardens descending from the building to the beach, an especially popular break for Orange County’s surfers.” Quietly mediate while listening to the Pacific Ocean, or relax on the beautiful terraced lawns. The new fireplace guest rooms provide startling views of the coves below, and the top floor view offers an all-water landscape framed by palm trees.
10. Ledges Hotel, Hawley, Pennsylvania
Prepare to be amazed as you step through the door of this waterfall-side hotel. It used to be a glass cutting factory, but has been transformed into an uber-contemporary paradise. As you walk inside, you’ll be amazed at the vibrant, local art, fluffy white duvets, and bathrooms that provide gray ceramic floor, subway tile, glass showers, and molded green glass sinks, writes the Huffington Post. Request a contemporary second floor suite, which in actuality is a second- and third-floor apartment. The suites contain a modern, spiral staircase that leads to an open, and airy second-story bedroom and large bathroom. Here’s why this hotel has earned a spot on the list – you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the falls from your platform soaking tub. How’s that for relaxing?
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