The Yeatman, Overlooking the Douro River with sweeping views of picturesque Porto, The Yeatman allows guests to enjoy the beauty of the city without actually staying in it. Rooms feature outdoor terraces, but the views from the indoor and outdoor pools are arguably the best. If you count wine among your passions, a stay at The Yeatman Hotel should be on your Portugal itinerary. An elegant retreat that is serene but not boring, the 70-room hotel is set in Vila Nova da Gaia overlooking the Douro River with sweeping views of picturesque Porto.
Jade Mountain, The stunning sights of St. Lucia spring to life at Jade Mountain, perched on a mountainside overlooking the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. Each room has one wall that’s entirely open to the Pitons view, meaning you can soak up the scenery while lazing in bed.
Where: St. Lucia
Amangiri, Revel in high desert splendor at Amangiri, an ultra-luxururious retreat on a 600-acre plot where you’ll see soaring red-rock cliffs and jagged mesas. All 34 suites feature an expansive private terrace equipped with an outdoor fireplace.
Esperas Santorini, The dramatic cliffs and turquoise waters of the Greek Islands look their best from a perch at Esperas Santorini, where homey studios and suites all feature private terraces. The hotel’s location on Santorini is ideally suited for taking in fiery sunsets.
Where: Santorini, Greece
Argos in Cappadocia, Cappadocia’s one-of-a-kind landscape comes into full view at Argos, which features magnificent views of the unique architecture and Pigeon Valley. Not all rooms have a terrace or balcony, so be sure to request one to maximize your enjoyment of the views.
Bellevue Syrene, A luxurious retreat perched on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples, Bellevue Syrene is one of Italy’s most legendary hotels. Guestrooms, the outdoor pool, and the main restaurant all offer panoramic vistas over the water and the surrounding countryside.
Where: Sorrento, Italy
Terranea, Situated on 102 oceanfront acres on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea offers views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Every room comes with a balcony where you can take in the splendid scenery.
Where: Los Angeles
Belmond Khwai River Lodge, You can get close to nature at Belmond Khwai River Lodge, where the setting is utterly tranquil. If you’re lucky, you might also spot an elephant or two strolling past the viewing deck outside your deluxe tent.
Fairmont Banff Springs, A grand dame dating back to 1888, the Fairmont Banff Springs offers history, elegance, and, of course, magnificent vistas. From almost anywhere in the hotel, you can see breathtaking views of the Bow River and the Rockies.
Where: Alberta, Canada
Cayo Espanto, Take in the azure waters surrounding Cayo Espanto, located just off Ambergris Caye, from your private beachfront villa. One villa built over the water also offers a peek underwater via a glass window built into the floor.
The Upper House, In a city where there’s no shortage of great views, The Upper House still manages to stun with its vistas of the Kowloon skyline. Best of all are the window-side bathtubs that encourage extra long soaks.
Where: Hong Kong
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, Secluded on a narrow, verdant isthmus, the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is one of the most luxurious hotels in the country. It also offers ocean views from just about anywhere on the property, including the 18-hole golf course and screened-in living-room terraces inside the huge rooms.
Where: Costa Rica
Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Frank Gehry’s dramatic architecture is a stunning sight unto itself, but step inside Hotel Marqués de Riscal and you’ll gasp at vistas of La Rioja’s oldest vineyards, the town of Elciego, and, in the distance, gorgeous mountains.
The Langham Chicago, Located in a Mies van der Rohe-designed skyscraper in the bustling River North neighborhood, The Langham Chicago features 316 rooms where floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests to enjoy views of the Chicago River and the surrounding cityscape.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Built entirely over water, The Fullerton Bay Hotel offers rooms that all come equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies for taking in Singapore’s skyline. On the rooftop, there’s an infinity pool and a bar where those view might look even better.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Located on the dramatic coastline of California, The Ritz-Carlton offers unbeatable views of the ocean, beach below, and surrounding countryside. The property’s two main draws, golf and spa treatments, take full advantage of the scenery as well.
Park Hyatt Tokyo, Captured on film in Lost in Translation, Park Hyatt Tokyo is known for it’s “wow”-inducing panoramic views of Shinjuku. The best vistas can be enjoyed from the atrium lounge and the New York Grill.
Ocean House, Sitting on bluffs overlooking Block Island Sound, Ocean House is surrounded by water that appears to have no end. A replica of an 1868 property that stood on the same site, the hotel features more than twice as many windows to maximize the views from inside.
Where: Rhode Island
Taj Mahal Palace, With an unbeatable location, the Taj Mahal Palace offers the best views in the city of Mumbai. The building itself is a Victorian stunner, but so are the views past the Gateway of India to the Arabian Sea.
Punta Tragara, Occupying a postcard-perfect location on the isle of Capri, Punta Tragara has a breathtaking location over the famed Faraglioni rocks. Accordingly, the views from the two pools and all outdoor areas are incredible.
Where: Capri, Italy
Wharekauhau, Located in the middle of nowhere (or, at least, 90 minutes from Wellington City), Wharekauhau is a coastal getaway on a 5,000-acre estate. One side you’ll see views of Palliser Bay; on the other, there’s views of the surrounding mountains.
Where: New Zealand
St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora, Enjoy the tropical splendor of French Polynesia from your overwater villa at the St. Regis Resort. Aside from the aquamarine water, there’s also the dramatic sight of Fitiiu Point rising high into the sky.
Where: Bora Bora
Villa Las Tronas, Sitting on a rocky promontory above the sea, Villa Las Tronas offers picturesque views of the Mediterranean. Located on the western coast of Sardinia, the hotel’s rooms all come with balconies for enjoying the waterfront setting.
Raffles Praslin Seychelles, Choose between views of the sea and mountains at Raffles Praslin Seychelles. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
Hartwell House, Situated on 90 acres of landscaped parkland, Hartwell House serves up formal luxury in an opulent country setting. Designed for relaxation, the property features soothing views of the surrounding gardens and English countryside.