For some,accommodation is of secondary importance and serves merely as a convenient basefor exploration. For others, hotel premises are actual vacation spots and inthat case, a killer view is not an added value, but a principal decisivefactor. Have a look at some of the world’s most amazing hotel locations – theyunfold such incredible vistas that you’ll feel inclined to spend hours withyour nose glued to the window pane… if there are any, of course.
Wolwedans – NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Wolwedans is far more than just a springboard for safari experience. Atits heart dwells a consistent philosophy to deepen our appreciation for theworld and promote eco-friendly tourism that contributes to the conservation ofNamibRand Nature Reserve rather than exploits its potential.
Nestled in the dunes and backdropped by endless stretches of desert scenery, theWolwedans camps – constructed on wooden platforms and graced with 360 degreeviews of the Namib Desert – combine an exhilarating feel of secluded camp life withcomforts of the most sophisticated hotels. Behind the window, life is rolling undisturbed,much as it has done for centuries.
A single night at the Dunes Lodge will set you back around $450 per person.
Jade Mountain Resort – Soufriere, St. Lucia
Wake up in a room that’s totally devoid of one wall and be greeted bythe unsurpassed view of the Piti and Gros Piton mountains rising from the lustrous CaribbeanSea. Epic! The architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy went to great lengths to builda resort that remains in absolute harmony with nature, and his efforts producedan effect that simply escapes description. Around 40 sanctuaries with privateinfinity pools are tucked into an estate of 600 lush tropical acres, withaccess to sparkling beaches and a historic plantation where the resort growsits own organic produce. The rooms are deliberately techno-free to celebrate thesense of communion with nature.
Lebua at State Tower – Bangkok, Thailand
Lebua atState Tower is a place to consider if it’s limitless cityscape and mesmerizingmetropolitan lights that makes your heart go boom. The hotel’s opulent décor isone thing, outstanding service is another, but the view extending from Sirocco -the world’s highest al fresco restaurant- beats everything handsdown. One can hardly imagine a more romantic urban setting for a late nightdinner. And if you by any chance wish to ask a vital question to your beloved,make it Romeo-and-Juliet style – on the balcony overlooking the Chao Phrayariver.
Conrad Rangali Island Resort, Maldives
Great literary minds couldprobably come up with extensive prose about the beauty of the Conrad Resortsetting, but in fact, its magic can be captured in a single word ‘paradise’. Seton two private islands, Conrad offers spacious, stage-like water villas thatrise from stretches of impossibly azure waters as well as ocean-front beachvillas with private terraces and marvelous outdoor garden-bathrooms. A cherryon top, the resort offers an unforgettable dining experience 16 feet below sealevel. In Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, guests can sip champagne, relish the delicacies of Maldivian-Western fusion cuisine and marvel at 180° views of exhilaratingmarine life.
Oberoi Wildflower Hall – Shimla, India
Nestled at 8,250 feet, carpeted by acres of pine andcedar woods and hugged by the grand Himalayas, Wildflower Hall is a luxury refugefor those who do not necessarily feel like trekking, but still want toexperience the magnificence of the Indian crown. The residence skillfully recreatesthe old world charm with wood paneling, rich furnishing, impressive artwork andcolonial manners, but it’s not the décor that draws attention here. Thestunning views extending from the restaurants, outdoor Jacuzzi,the heated swimming pool and numeroustrails winding through the forests make even the most elaborate designfade.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa – Cape Town, South Africa
No matterwhich way you turn your head at the TwelveAp
ostles Hotel, there’s always a marvel to behold. On one side, there is the UNESCO-protected TableMountain National Park, with the majestic Twelve Apostles and the TableMountain proper, which has recently gained New7Wonders of Nature status; on theother, there’s the infinite surface of the Atlantic Ocean, broken every now andthen by splashes of water as whales and dolphins perform their playful leapsand spins. Your neck will really be sore from turning.
Hilton Embassy Suites – Niagara Falls, Canada
Nothing compares to the close-up experience of the magnificentNiagara Falls (like from a boat, with water rushing all around), but to have anunobstructed view of the iconic horseshoe from you bedroom is quite a thrill,too. The fallsview suites are located on floors 10 through 42 (the higher, thebetter) and provide spacious family accommodation. In some of them, youcan even gaze at the falls from a 2-person whirpool that is open to thebedroom. And if you get hungry at the end of the day, you can enjoy thespectacle of nightly falls illumination right from your table at the KegSteakhouse & Bar, located on the 9th floor of the Embassy Suites andfeaturing giant floor to ceiling windows.
Hotel Caruso – Ravello, Italy
Tucked into the dramatic coastline of the Amalfi Coast, southof the Bay of Naples, Hotel Caruso is an elegant vantagepoint overlooking one of the most alluring Mediterranean regions. The former 11th century palace wasturned into a stylish hotel, suited to contemporary standards but retaining itsclassical air and historic heritage. A true pearl of the house is a sensationalrooftop infinity pool that makes you feel the sea and sky melt into one,embracing you with deep blue immensity. And the Amalfi itself can easily claim to be Europe’s most magnificent stretch of coast. Enjoy theviews!
The Yeatman – Porto, Portugal
The Yeatmanis yet another place that could be recommended to cityscape enthusiasts, exceptthat in this case the light-flooded skyscrapers are replaced with copper roofsof picturesque medieval houses. Each room boasts a large private balcony offeringan unobstructed view across the River Douro to the historic center of the city,which may be lacking in famous landmarks, but brims with charm and authentic street-lifevibe.
Views aside, the Yeatman is located in the heart of a highly-ratedEuropean wine capital and therefore makes for a perfect stay for wine lovers,eager to explore the pleasure of Port and discuss the details of Portuguese viticulturewith the hotel’s stuff. Even better yet, why not enjoy a glass of fabulous wine lounging by the rooftop infinitypool and taking in the stunning panorama of the city?
Los Notros Lodge- El Calafate, Argentina
Make yourself comfortable in a large, softarmchair, get a grip on a steaming mug of coffee and enjoy the privileged viewof the Perito Moreno Glacier reigning over the waters of the Lago Argentino.The contrast between the warm, cozy interiors of Los Notros Lodge and theicebound Patagonian landscape behind the window is unforgettable, but he trueessence of the hotel’s philosophy is to blend with nature and coexist inperfect harmony. The architectural design of Los Notros ensures that theglacial splendor penetrates into every corner of the lodge (including thebathrooms!).
So that’s our top 10. Don’t hesitate to let us know of other amazing hotel locations you’ve come across.