A sensational view is not to be underestimated… Forget the Instagram content, pulling your curtains open to a view that’s so good that you want to bottle it is precisely how some people choose their hotels.
And rightly so. While you can replicate the 1200 thread count white sheets or eggs benedict of dreams at home, you can’t recreate your destination view – and the buzz it gives you.
These are the hotels that offer major wow factor when it comes to offering the ultimate room with a view.
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Jade Mountain, St Lucia
If tranquil mountain-gazing is your thing, pack your bags for Jade Mountain in St Lucia. Rising majestically above its sister resort Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain’s bold architecture takes in every inch of its surrounding Caribbean nature so it feels like part of the building. Located on the south-western Caribbean coastline and nestled amidst a lush tropical 600-acre tropical estate, the resort is right in the heart of the island’s marine reserves with St Lucia’s legendary twin peaks, the Pitons, as the dramatic backdrop. With spacious ‘sanctuaries’, not rooms, expect 29 luxury suites that feature platforms that float out into nature for the ultimate Insta backdrop.
Grand Hotel Portovenere, Liguria
A gem in Liguria’s most romantic bay, Gulf of Poets, this picture postcard spot has enchanted poets, painters and literary types from all over the world. The XVII-century hotel overlooks the small harbour in the medieval village of Portovenere, which was loved by the likes of Shelley, George Sand and Lord Byron. With a panoramic position on the coast, the building has an outdoor courtyard (once the cloister of the convent), high-vaulted ceilings and long windows to absorb the views. Check into Suite del Castello for a spacious terrace overlooking the majestic Doria Castle and the colourful village of Portovenere, or Suite dei Poeti, which has a series of horizontal windows with views over Palmaria Island and the Gulf of Poets.
Corinthia Hotel, London
From the London Eye to Whitehall to Nelson’s Column, get a panoramic vista over London’s bustling water highway and uber-landmarks from the Corinthia London rooftop. Whether you want to see the sun rise as it reflects off The Shard, or the London Eye illuminating the riverbank by night, this is the hotel to watch London life unfold. Pick your premium city view via your suite. While the River Suite gives you a bird’s eye view of the Thames, the Whitehall Penthouse gives you more of a great statesman feel with Whitehall below – plus, your own personal terrace complete with giant chessboard if you ever get bored of the view.
Ritz Carlton Singapore
With an iconic location in Marina Bay, you can take in the buzzy city skyline from a height at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Upgrade to a Ritz-Carlton suite and you can enjoy your city vista in a marble bathtub, thanks to the decadent, gargantuan hexagonal bathroom window. While most suites will give you panoramic views of Marina Bay and the cityscape, other rooms offer a more tranquil vista of the Kallang River. If you want views with accompanying cocktails, buzz the lift for the elevated Club Lounge experience on level 32 to get panoramic views of the light-filled city by night with your Singapore Sling.
Plaza Athénée, Paris
Where to get a front row seat of the Eiffel Tower in the City of Love? Hôtel Plaza Athénée is like Paris, personified. Do your research to find the most romantic rooms with the most iconic views. While Avenue Montaigne View rooms give you a view of the River Seine and Eiffel Tower if you peer outside your window to the right, there are palatial ‘Eiffel’ suites where the Eiffel Tower is so near, you feel like you could catch it when it sparkles. We love the Signature Eiffel Suite, which gives you art deco style on the eighth floor, as well as your very own roof terrace offering a 360-degree view from the Eiffel Tower all the way over to Montmartre.
Belvedere, Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos was the first Greek island to be ‘discovered’ in the 1950s, and its main town rapidly gained a reputation as the Cyclades’ most picturesque harbour.
The Belvedere is perched at the top of the old town and ensconced in a private setting away from the partying crowds of Mykonos, and rather than one hotel, is a whole collection of individual properties.
For the best views of Mykonos, check into the Hilltop Complex, situated just 250m away from the main hotel. Walk out on to your terrace or balcony in the morning to see the picturesque scene of Mykonos Town and the Aegean Sea below. The palette of crisp whites and Aegean blues, with the hotel’s interiors of traditional canvas, marble, forged metal, wood, and even natural rock, mean your room blends but doesn’t steal from the perfectly scenic local Cycladic architecture.
Pure Pods, New Zealand
An almost entire glass unit so you really have indescribable views of the starry night sky and surrounding landscape. It’s eco, its five star, its nature at its best. There are currently eight scattered across the South Island in New Zealand, each located in a dramatic landscape. Inside, the pods are modern and luxurious, but it’s the views that run for miles..
Leave the world behind, relax and let nature refuel your soul. There are no neighbours, no television or internet and mobile signal is patchy (along with an information book includes an apology to anyone able to locate a 3G signal.) Simply enjoy the view.
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