Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Sitting atop the Helshoogte Pass, the Delaire Graff Estate enjoys the sublime scenery of the Cape Winelands as its backdrop. Through vast windows and from exceptional terraces, botanical gardens and swimming pools, gaze out over the Stellenbosch valley towards Table Mountain. Captivating from dawn to dusk, the villa’s dramatic views also serve as a picture-perfect setting to taste the estate’s award-winning portfolio of wines.
Mashpi Lodge, Quito, Ecuador
Part of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Mashpi invites guests to “watch the greatest show on Earth” from the cloud forests of Ecuadorian Chocó, a phenomenal biodiversity hotspot. Within glass walls and from wraparound open-air terraces, this is full immersion in the rainforest’s astounding array of flora and fauna, thanks to its privileged plateau, 950 meters above sea level. Furthermore, Mashpi’s commitment to sustainability, community and conservation of the ecosystem is at the core of its practices, ensuring that research and education are used to preserve and build a better future for the rainforest.
Amanjiwo, Central Java, Indonesia
Imbued with serenity and surrounded by majesty, Amanjiwo, at the foot of the Menoreh Hills in Central Java, overlooks Unesco World Heritage Site Borobudur, the 9th-century Buddhist monument. There is no shortage of beauty and spectacle at this peaceful palatial resort – from the volcanic landscape and ancient architecture to the far-reaching rice fields – but particularly resplendent is enjoying the sunrise over the largest Buddhist temple in the world.
Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
With one of the most iconic backdrops in the world, Le Sirenuse sits in the heart of the steep cliffside village of Positano, serving an unparalleled vista from its Amalfi Coast perch. Virtually every corner of the hotel boasts magnificent views over the storied town and its bay – which is just as majestic at night as it is under the beaming southern Italy sunshine. Sipping the signature Le Sirenuse cocktail (an exquisite blend of gin, lemon, maraschino and champagne) on its poolside terrace is the very definition of la dolce vita…
Gara Rock, Devon, UK
From its clifftop position, Gara Rock overlooks the rugged coastline of rural Devon, providing an endless panorama of scene-stealing views. The hotel’s Penthouse and Secret Suite are particularly beguiling, courtesy of their rustic-chic design and unbroken vistas of the setting, with the sound of the ocean to lull you to sleep.
The Joshua Tree House, California, US
On a dream-worthy desertscape, the charming Joshua Tree House is perfect for an off-grid escape in the wide-open expanse of nature, with the sprawling sand and seemingly endless sunshine greeting you on the doorstep. The best view, however, might just be of the glowing California sky from the hot tub, from which you can spend an evening stargazing.
Macakizi, Bodrum, Turkey
Macakizi is a boutique, ultra-private sanctum settled into the bougainvillea-and-olive-grove-dotted hills looking out over Türkbükü bay, on the northern side of the Bodrum Peninsula. Melding into its easy-going Mediterranean backdrop, the trendy haven gives ample perspective – from sea-view villas to waterfront terraces – to soak up the glistening Aegean Sea.
Meliá Zanzibar, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Located on the northeast coast of Zanzibar, Meliá Zanzibar makes the most of its idyllic setting, where palm-fringed, pristine sands meet crystal-clear waters. Wake up to the sounds and sights of the Indian Ocean every morning from the sea-skimming villas, bungalows and pavilions, and marvel at the seabed and reefs in the ocean from the Jetty Bar and Restaurant, which stretches out over the azure waters.
The Upper House, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Appearing to almost float above the dazzling lights of Hong Kong, The Upper House might be an intimate design hotel on the inside, but the outside scene is colossal. From its spot in Admiralty’s Pacific Place, guests can relish in the city’s electrifying skyline through the vast picture windows, while indulging in the interior serenity of this urban escape.
Angama Mara, Suswa Mara Triangle, Kenya
With its name, Angama, inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’, it isn’t difficult to imagine the remarkable scenic aspect that this safari lodge offers from its station high above the Great Rift Valley. Overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara, which is widely considered to be Africa’s most impressive game reserve and home to the continent’s great mammals, the views here are likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Anantara Al Jabal, Nizwa, Oman
As one of the world’s highest luxury resorts, exceptional sights await at Anantara Al Jabal, which rests on Oman’s legendary Green Mountain – a two-hour drive inland from Muscat. Here, the sensational outlook encompasses vivid canyons, mountainous terrain and far-reaching desert, which can be taken in from any corner of the hotel, as well as its heavenly infinity pool and famous viewing platform.
Jade Mountain Resort, Anse Chastanet, St Lucia
High in the hillsides of the Anse Chastanet estate, rooms (or ‘sanctuaries’) at Jade Mountain offer a unique perspective of the stunning south-western coastline, with their open-plan, near-panoramic designs. The fourth walls are absent so that guests can revel in an unobstructed vista of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea from anywhere in their room, but the view is perhaps best enjoyed from the private infinity pools on the glorious terraces.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
The Taj Lake Palace hotel is often referred to as a mirage in the middle of Udaipur’s Lake Pichola. Dating back to 1743, the marbled masterpiece encompasses ornate gardens, cascading fountains and elaborate courtyards. But it is the breathtaking scenery, illuminating the island’s every room, of the Aravalli and Machla Magra Hills that are a particularly special sight to behold.
Forestis, Dolomites, Italy
Amid wild and secluded forest on the Plose mountain in the Dolomites, Forestis offers sweeping, unobstructed views of the mountain range from its vantage point of 1,800 meters above sea level. Channeling the restorative and rejuvenating powers of its astonishing surroundings, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the spa hotel allow nature to saturate the minimalistic interiors. Whether the mountains are snow-covered in winter or alive with blossom and birdsong in spring, the scenery is never underwhelming.
Joali, Muravandhoo, Maldives
Hovering over the Indian Ocean, Joali is a quintessential Maldivian paradise on Muravandhoo island in the midst of the Raa Atoll – one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world. From this unparalleled position, guests can contemplate the magic of its marine life, with the villa views spanning from the picturesque gardens to the creamy sands and into the shimmering waters.