We all like a room with a view, whether it’s a sweeping vista of the glittering blue ocean or a gorgeous outlook over snow-capped mountains.
There are many reasons why we will pay “over the top” for a hotel stay. Some of us will pay for the service, some purely for the brand name associated with it while others enjoy the history of these iconic hotels.
But there are those who are willing to pay anything for a panoramic 360-degree view that only the best money can buy. Whether these hotels are strategically placed, either in the heart of a bustling city or deep in the desert, these hotels pride themselves on the fact that when you wake up every morning you will be awestruck with a sight to remember.
Let’s take a look at some the world’s best hotel views:
Hayman Island Resort
Set beside Australia’s magnificent Great Barrier Reef, the Hayman Island Resort has one of the most idyllic settings in the world. Surrounded by coral-fringed beaches and home to the largest pool in the Southern Hemisphere, the hotel has vistas that will stay with you long after your Kodak snaps have faded.
Experience the splendour, the grandeur, the intrigue and the magic of Villa D’Este, an opulent hotel overlooking glorious Lake Como. Since its opening in 1873, Villa D’Este has welcomed everyone from royals to rock ‘n roll stars. Set beside the placid waters of Lake Como – a favourite hangout of the rich and famous, the 16th-century residence has everything any discerning guest could ever want.
Kulala Wilderness Camp
If it’s the ‘Lion King’ view that you are after, then the majestic Kulala Wilderness Camp, situated in the heart of the Namib Desert is just for you.
Guests can enjoy drinks and a breathtaking view from the sparkling pool built into the elevated deck of this area. On the edge of the oldest desert in the world, wildlife here is fascinating in its adaptation to the harsh conditions. Enjoy a wide range of activities such as dune boarding, 4×4, balloon trips, guided walks, bird watching, game viewing and nature drives. Many choose to simply relax and enjoy the view, however, which are quite simply mesmerising. Sunrises and sunsets over the dunes are especially memorable, offering a riot of colour, texture and shapes as the desert glimmers in the sun.
If the city lights are more up your street then you’ll fall head over heels for the views offered at The InterContinental Hong Kong. Soak up the world’s most dazzling light-and-sound show, with a 13-minute extravaganza of neon-lit skyscrapers and laser beams illuminating the sky each and every night. The Presidential Suite comes with its own 230-square-meter terrace and cityscape-facing infinity pool.
Although called ‘The Standard’ this hotel is anything but. In the heart of Hollywood, this chic and minimalist hotel is where the A-list hang out when they’re not wreaking havoc elsewhere. The best view from The Standard is at the Rooftop Bar, where movies are projected onto neighboring buildings so that stars can sip martinis while watching themselves on screen.
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