If your ideal hotel stay includes an unforgettable view without even needing to step outside your guestroom, consider splurging out on these top picks. We’ve scoured the corners of the globe looking for unique hotels in various destinations from Africa to Asia, South America to the Himalayas. What they all have in common is breathtaking vistas worthy of making it into our list of top hotels with a view.
Grootberg Lodge – Damaraland, Namibia
Located in Namibia’s remote northwest, the Grootberg Lodge provides a dramatic panorama of the rugged Etendeka Plateau. Guests can unwind in the outdoor pool while soaking up the far-reaching views or enjoy a sundowner on the terrace. Each of the 16 rooms are situated to take advantage of these views and black eagles can often be seen soaring above the deep valley. As if that wasn’t reason enough to stay at Grootberg, it’s also Namibia’s first lodge to run as a joint venture between the local community and the private concession in which it’s located with elephant tracking just one of the activities on offer.
Hoshinoya Fuji – Lake Kawaguchi, Japan
Japan’s most famous volcanic peak is notoriously elusive and can often hide behind mist and cloud. On a clear day, few places beat the unique Hoshinoya Fuji for intimate views of sacred Mt. Fuji. Nestled in a tranquil red pine forest on the slopes of a hill overlooking Lake Kawaguchi, the resort delivers a five star glamping experience married with Japanese minimalist design and world-class service. The 40 simply furnished cabins feature large windows through which to take in Mt. Fuji while the al fresco dining area brings you into direct contact with the wider setting.
Aliya Resort and Spa – Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Surrounded by verdant foliage on the central plains of the Tear Drop Isle, the Aliya Resort and Spa looks out towards the Sigiriya rock fortress with unrivalled sweeping panoramas. The Pidurangala Rock Temple also stands on the horizon with the neatly manicured lawns of the property beautifully complementing this impressive backdrop. The outdoor swimming pool offers the perfect spot from which to truly appreciate these views with sunloungers to relax on after a busy sightseeing schedule. The hotel also boasts luxury tents hidden amongst the vegetation for those wishing to escape even further.
King David Hotel – Jerusalem, Israel
Thanks to its world-class service, palatial design and incomparable views, the King David is one of Jerusalem’s most famous hotels. From its elevated position in the exclusive Yemin Moshe neighbourhood the hotel looks out upon the historic city walls and the skyline of minarets and church domes. There’s spacious gardens where guests can admire the views with a choice of room types offering panoramic or partial views of the Old City and Mount Zion. Dating back to the early 20th century, the hotel is a luxurious blend of Assyrian, Hittite, Phoenician and Muslim influences.
Tierra Patagonia – Torres del Paine, Chile
Immersed in the dramatic landscape of southern Chile, the Tierra Patagonia Hotel sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Sarmiento with all-encompassing views of the twisted peaks and smooth towers that define the Torres del Paine National Park. The hotel has won awards for its architecture that blends natural materials and textures with the surrounding environment in one deluxe yet eco-friendly package. The comfortable, minimalist rooms all afford impressive views with a tranquil spa and cosy public areas offering more spaces in which to absorb the natural beauty of Patagonia.
There’s plenty more hotels out there boasting magnificent vistas and we’ll be back later in the year with more recommendations from all corners of the planet.
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