A one-of-a-kind, awe-inspiring view is a welcome perk at any hotel, but some properties truly outshine the rest when it comes to the surrounding scenery. Fortunately, there are views that appeal to every kind of traveler, whether you want to gaze at mountains, oceans, vineyards, or dazzling city lights. VacayDaze highlights the stays that boast luxurious amenities with out-of-this-world views to match.
Hotel Santa Caterina
Hotel Santa Caterina is a late 19th century liberty style villa immersed in the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast, an elegant seaside residence surrounded by the perennial blue of the Mediterranean sea and sky, by luscious bougainvillea and by lovingly cultivated olive groves and fruit orchards.
This is Hotel Santa Caterina of Amalfi, a special place to experience the finest of Italian hospitality and lasting sensations of well-being.
Whether you’re seated at Santa Caterina’s Beach House restaurant or draped on your lounge chair by the pool, the views here of the Amalfi Coast “are just incredible from every angle,” says Stacy Small, founder of Elite Travel International. “It’s hard to tear yourself away from your sea view terrace.”
Once part of the Rabot Estate, one of Soufrière’s oldest and most famous cocoa plantations, Ladera Resort stands today as St. Lucia’s most unique and luxurious resort and the only resort situated on a UNESCO World Heritage site. The setting is breathtaking and unlike any other, on a volcano ridge line 1,000 feet above the deep, blue Caribbean Sea, with stunning views of the Pitons.
The resort’s intimate design, with just 37 rooms and suites, offers the perfect setting for forging a connection to the beauty, romance and lifestyle of St. Lucia. Befitting the resort’s eco-friendly philosophy, each is uniquely constructed from locally harvested tropical hardwoods, stone and tile. Furniture is made on site by St. Lucian artisans. Your suite’s “open wall” gives way to a private plunge pool and magnificent views of the Pitons and Caribbean.
With its fourth wall missing so that rooms open to the Caribbean Sea and blue skies, Ladera inspires every visitor and sets a benchmark, view-wise, that’s hard to beat. The design capitalizes, says freelance writer Emma Sloley, “on the island’s most swoon-worthy feature: the majestic Pitons, two lush volcanic peaks that rise out of the turquoise ocean.”
Terranea (terra-NAY-a) is a land unto itself. When you step onto our 102-acre private peninsula paradise, it’s like stepping into a whole new world – minutes from the bustle of Los Angeles. On three sides, you’re surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific and across the channel is Catalina Island.
The coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into its architecture. From the resort lobby and outdoor gardens to private terraces and inviting courtyards with outdoor fireplaces, our carefully tended southern California family resort continues to evolve naturally over time.
“This is coastal California at its best,” says Stacy Small, adding that the views from this sprawling resort just go on and on. An added benefit? Terranea is an easy reach from Los Angeles, so it’s an ideal weekend getaway.
Set on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay offers a secluded resort setting that belies its close proximity to San Francisco and other Bay area destinations.
Two championship golf courses at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay appeal to players of all skill levels; fire pits on the Ocean Lawn and a luxury spa invite conviviality and relaxation. Hotel rooms and suites are inspired by their California surroundings, as are locally sourced restaurant menus.
On the rugged coastline south of San Francisco, the The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay views here are “part California coast, part Scottish Highlands,” says Samantha Brown. “It’s invigorating and restorative at the same time.”
The Marly, an 11-suite, five-star boutique hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town, takes its name from Chateau de Marly, built in the 17th Century for the leisure activities of Louis XIV and his family, says it all.
The Marly is a real five-star showpiece with a contemporary beach ambiance. Elaborate mirrors of varying shapes and sizes reflect the uninterrupted ocean and mountain views. It is Camps Bay luxury accommodation at its finest.
Nestled under the iconic Twelve Apostles mountain range, the best views from this hip hotel are from The Marly‘s restaurant, Umi. “You can enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Seaboard,” says Katie Goldstein, luxury travel consultant and editor of Travelingpanties.com. “The sunset here might just be one of the most picturesque in the world.”
On the southeastern coast of the pristine island of Lanai, the five-diamond Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay sits just a moment away from many of the most scenic spots, best reached by foot or 4-by-4, and where the Hawaii found in vintage postcards comes vibrantly to life.
Spend your days lounging by the Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay lagoon-style pools, strolling the botanical gardens, reconnecting body and spirit at Hawanawana Spa, and savoring Japanese cuisine at the cliff-side NOBU LANAI. From the rugged uplands to the aquatic sanctuary of Hulopoe Bay, the opportunities for adventure – and relaxation – are endless.
The Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay resort overlooks one of Hawaii’s “most stunning stretches of sand, which curves along Hulopoe Bay, a marine preserve filled with sea life,” says Samantha Brown. “It’s an amazing view both above and below the sea.” Katie Goldstein touts the private balconies for perfect gazing, and adds that the view from the Jack Nicklaus golf course’s signature 12th hole “will take your breath away.”
Overlooking the picturesque Sheen Falls, this five-star Relais & Chateaux hotel is renowned for its 2AA Rosette restaurant and luxurious rooms, suites and villas.
Set on the Wild Atlantic Way, outside the town of Kenmare, Co Kerry, Sheen Falls Lodge is an unforgettable base for your Irish holiday, providing the ultimate in hospitality.
For a setting that is straight out of Gaelic myth, make your way to Sheen Falls Lodge’s Octagonal Presidential suite, which overlooks the falls, says Samantha Brown. “I looked out the window and thought, ‘Wow, this is Ireland.’” This luxury hotel’s location between the world-famous Ring of Kerry and Ring of Beara means that the beauty just keeps going in all directions.
Opened in the late 1920’s, the Hôtel Martinez embodies the carefree spirit of the French Riviera and the Mediterranean lifestyle. Known for its warm and friendly atmosphere filled with joie de vivre, it was and is the place to see and be seen on the Croisette.
Inspired by the landmark’s Art Deco style paired with the colors of the Côte d’Azur, interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon breathes a new life into Hôtel Martinez luxury hotel in Cannes, Green Globe certified.
What could be more classically Riviera than the view from Hôtel Martinez in the famed French coastal magnet for the chic and glamorous? As travel correspondent Samantha Brown puts it: “You see all the sultry beauty that is Cannes – the famed boulevard La Croisette, rows of palm trees, and the bright blue sea.”
Perched on a coastal bluff high above the Pacific, Montage Laguna Beach resort offers 30 acres of seaside luxury at the heart of Southern California’s preeminent artist colony. Each of the 250 guestrooms feature sprawling views of the ocean, as well as craftsman-style architecture and a museum-quality collection of art.
Montage Laguna Beach guests have exclusive access to a wide selection of amenities, including rejuvenating wellness options at the 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage; gourmet dining at Studio, The Loft, or Mosaic Bar and Grille; outdoor relaxing by one of two onsite pool decks; and much more.
“From every room you can drink in the Pacific and watch the sun sink into the sea,” says Ann Wycoff, freelance travel writer and co-founder of the global adventure site wandermelon.com. “During winter, gray whales hug the coastline en route to Baja while in the summer, 100-foot blue whales cavort and feed in these same waters.” Stacy Small agrees. “It’s hard to find a better sunset view than the one enjoyed from your chaise at the ocean-view pool,” she says about Montage Laguna Beach.
Nestled on picturesque Frenchman’s Bay, the Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina has made a name for itself as one of the premier downtown Bar Harbor hotels. With 193 superb accommodations, stellar amenities and authentic “Down East” hospitality, the Harborside has everything you need to create unforgettable Bar Harbor vacations, whether you are planning a romantic weekend getaway, family vacation or traveling to Bar Harbor to celebrate a special occasion.
Choose from elegantly-appointed guest rooms and luxurious suites, nearly all of which feature stunning views of Frenchman’s Bay and the ocean beyond. The Harborside also showcases several acclaimed Bar Harbor restaurants ranging from the aromatic Italian fare at La Bella Vita to authentic lobster bakes at Stewman’s Lobster Pound. You’ll also enjoy an array of hotel amenities, including access to our expansive free-form swimming pool, boasting 180-degree harbor views and a spacious deck with comfortable loungers.
Activities abound in beautiful Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina where you can go for an adventurous sailing trip in search of great humpback whales or go lobstering on-board an authentic Down East lobster boat from their own downtown marina. Experience the stunning beauty of Acadia National Park, located just minutes away, or take advantage of the sophisticated dining, clay tennis courts, fitness center, oceanfront pool and pampering spa services at the nearby Bar Harbor Club.
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