There is a lot to be said for a luxurious boutique hotel room with both desirable decor and immaculate amenities, but when the room also boasts an astonishing view, the space becomes truly unforgettable. From Patagonia’s snow-capped mountains to Vietnam’s lush green paddy fields in, here are our favourite views to take your breath away…
Going against the classic earthy walls and thatched rooves of most South African safari lodges, The Outpost’s architect took an ambitious approach. Cantilevered above the steep slopes around the Luvuvhu River, this award-winning luxury eco-lodge has an industrial, Zen-inspired design that ensures you don’t miss a second of wildlife watching. This a remote corner of the Kruger, so you’ll see few other safari vehicles while out and about – instead, look out for elephant, buffalo and, with luck, antelope, kudu and monkey. Back at the lodge, hop in your freestanding half-egg bathtub, slide back the bathrooms screens, and enjoy that amazing panorama.
Among 20-acres of the Hilpankandure Tea Estate’s lush, emerald peaks, you’ll find 5-bedroom Ceylon Tea Bungalows. Within the Hill Country hotel’s charming, restored planters’ bungalow’s, each room boasts a four-poster bed and distinctive character. The icing on the cake: drawing back the curtains in the morning, to the luxuriant hilly interior of Sri Lanka. Watch clouds trailing through the tangled treetops of the valley or the encroaching mist encircling the grassy peaks. Nothing short of extraordinary.
One of Rio de Janeiro’s most extraordinary hilltop havens, Vila Santa Teresa is a small hotel with very high standards. From the impeccable, yet personal service and the seasonal Brazilian menu to the infinity pool with breath-taking city panoramas, everything is perfectly executed here. The 7 serene suites are contemporary yet opulent, with warm hardwood floors, capacious walk-in showers and enormous windows. Book the Master Suite for a sunken Jacuzzi bathtub and views of Sugarloaf Mountain. From up here, it’s easy to see why this part of Rio de Janeiro is called the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City).
Tucked away in a pretty Swiss Alps village, surrounded by fir forest and mountaintops, The Cambrian spa hotel is the designer Alpine escape you’ve been dreaming of. With a full menu of winter activities, we understand it may be difficult to pull yourself away from the slopes, but what’s a holiday without a bit of downtime? From the comfort of your south-facing bedroom, enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate while taking in Switzerland’s breath-taking scenery – more than half the rooms overlook the valley. Equally, do make time for some well-deserved R&R in the spa, where the outdoor pool has big views over the valley.
Built atop gorgeous cliffs, gleaming-white boutique hotel Grace Santorini is a minimalist’s paradise, reflecting the signature sugar-cube architecture of the region. Wake up to the mesmerising Santorini vistas of the sparkling azure sea and the world’s most iconic caldera. End your day beside the infinity pool, cocktail in handy, watching the sun sink below the horizon. The saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and this case, that’s 100% true.
While it is easy to get caught up in the vibrant buzz of contemporary Vietnam, sometimes you need a blessed relief. Enter La Siesta Hoi An Resort. Set on the fringes of a tranquil river village, La Siesta is the perfect place to escape the bustle of Hoi An. The second you enter the boutique hotel, you feel the soothing effects of your surroundings. From its sumptuous interiors to the luscious plains that await outside your bedroom window, this city bolthole has it all.
Lying low within the dramatic landscape of the Torres del Paine National Park, it is Tierre Patagonia’s location, and its ability to blend seamlessly into its Chilean steppe surroundings, that makes this eco-friendly design hotel so striking. Perched on the shores of Lake Sarmiento, in the shade of the Paine Massif peaks, it merges Scandinavian design with Patagonian tradition, creating the perfect sanctuary for expedition-weary explorers. Each room features the Patagonia panorama as its backdrop, and the hotel offers a plethora of outdoor pursuits to get up close with your awe-inspiring surroundings: boat past icebergs, ride with gauchos, hike to the base of the Torres, or watch condors and caracaras. Unforgettable.
Set along the southern edge of Goa, overlooking a near-deserted beach and the glistening Arabian Sea (that’s often speckled with dolphins), you’ll find The Cape Goa. This romantic retreat has just 4 guest cottages, reflecting its intimate setting. Out on your private terrace, your sunken Jacuzzi tub overlooks the white-sands beneath. Inside, you can enjoy uninterrupted views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Fill your time with barefoot strolls along the beach, Ayurvedic massages on your deck, and evenings spent lingering over cocktails, seafood and spectacular sunsets in the open-sided restaurant. It’s enough to make anyone a morning person.