Most people who travel to a scenic destination do a lot of research before they zero in on a hotel. Everyone wants a room with a great view and you can be sure that hotels with fantastic views sell out very quickly, especially during peak season. There are plenty of hotels worldwide with fantastic views, but it’s not possible to showcase them all. We’ve picked out 12 hotels from different parts of the world with views that will leave you spellbound.
Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas, Iguazu Falls, Brazil
The pastel pink hideaway is the only hotel located in the heart of the Iguazu National Park in Brazil. It is one of the best places to get up close to the beautiful falls without the crowds. Touted as South America‘s first and only Forbes Five Star hotel, the 203 room Hotel Das Cataratas is a luxurious haven with a spectacular view. Only 19 of the rooms face the falls but the garden rooms aren’t that bad either. Besides the amazing views of the Falls, you can also experience much more of what the Brazilian National Park has to offer.
Fairmont Chateau, Lake Louise, Canada
The Fairmont Chateau is everything that you would expect from a picturesque getaway in Canada. Located in one of the word’s most beautiful national parks – Banff National Park, this gorgeous resort that was built in 1892, stands gloriously at the edge of a pristine, glacial blue lake surrounded by the snowcapped Rockies. Being a year-round luxury mountain resort it provides skiing at world-class standards, canoe activities in the summer and picturesque hikes.
Enchantment Resort, Arizona, United States
The modern-looking adobe casitas of this sleek resort blend in perfectly with the surrounding red rocks of Sedona in Arizona. All 218 rooms and suites of the Enchantment Resort offer spectacular views of the surrounding Boynton Canyon. For a more secluded stay, the Junior Suite King located at the back of the canyon is recommended. Guests can explore scenic hiking trails and ancient ruins or you could just relax in one of the pools of the resort or get yourself pampered in the Mii Amo spa.
Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa
There can be no better way of experiencing the beauty of Cape Town in South Africa than by staying at this Edwardian mansion overlooking the ocean. Ellerman House is a 13 room boutique hotel located in Bantry Bay. Each of the rooms is individually styled to give guests a unique experience. The spacious and bright rooms in the Deluxe House are equipped with private terraces offering fantastic views of the ocean. Two recent additions to the property, Villa One & Two, are probably the most coveted as they provide guests with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean from private decks.
Jade Mountain, Soufrière, St. Lucia
Located far above a 600-acre beach on the south-western coast of St. Lucia in the Caribbean, the Jade Mountain Resort with its organic architecture blends in with the splendid scenic beauty of the island. You can enjoy some spectacular views of the horizon from your room or from your own infinity pool. This adults-only five-star property overlooks the World Heritage-listed Piton, as well as the Caribbean Sea, and makes for a great romantic getaway.
Kakslauttanen, Saariselka, Finland
What better way to experience the Northern Lights but from a glass igloo in Lapland. Kakslauttanen in Finland gives you the unique experience of watching the night sky through a glass dome. The best time to visit is in the autumn to totally immerse yourself in an Arctic adventure. Glass igloos are available for booking through the Northern Lights season which begins towards the end of August. If you prefer something cozier than the resort also has Kelo-Glass igloos which are a combination of log chalets with the glass igloo.
Many Glacier Hotel, Montana, United States
This iconic hotel stretched out along the Swiftcurrent Lake inside Glacier National Park in the United States will leave you mesmerized. Most of the rooms either face the lake or provide you with breathtaking mountain scenery. The building which is up to four stories tall was designed as a series of chalets and opened in 1915. Many Glacier Hotel was once referred to as the ‘Gem of the West’ and was quite often frequented by the rich and the famous.
Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico, Torres del Paine, Chile
There probably is no better way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile than to stay at a property right in its midst. The Explora Hotel Salto Chico which is located at Lake Pehoe gives you the best views of the mountains and the lake. You could avail of the services of a horseback ride or a trek provided by the hotel to further explore your surroundings or just relax. All the rooms at the hotel provide spectacular views, but to ensure you get enough of the unspoiled surroundings, ask for a room that faces the Three Towers.
Embassy Suites, Ontario, Canada
Located just 100 yards from the brink of the Niagara Falls, the 42 stories high Embassy Suites by Hilton in Ontario Canada offer the best views of the Falls. The Executive two-room suites offer spectacular full views of the Falls from the huge windows. The hotel also assists in sightseeing tours of the Falls, including a helicopter tour. You could enjoy the world-famous Hornblower Cruise or take the elevator to the tunnels leading to the observation decks behind the waterfall.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami, United States
On the southern tip of Brickell Key in Miami, United States you’ll come across the impressive Mandarin Oriental, a favorite with celebrities. The hotel with its private beach and a pool bar overlook the Biscayne Bay, providing fantastic views of the Biscayne Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the impressive Miami skyline.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
The previously owned summer palace of the royals of Mewar in the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India has been transformed into a spectacular hotel. Built on an island in the Lake Pichola, the 4-acre property appears to be submerged in water. The 65 luxurious rooms of this restored palace offer breathtaking views of the Aravali Hills and the nearby City Palace. If you want to experience how the royals lived, there’s no better place to experience it than at the Taj Lake Palace.
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada
Located on the coast of a small island off northeastern Newfoundland in Canada, this all-inclusive resort is sometimes referred to as the hotel at the end of the earth. The floor to ceiling windows of the hotel provides guests with expansive views of the ocean. You can spot whales or marvel at blue-tinged icebergs through in-room binoculars as you relax in the huge tub. Alternately you could indulge in the rooftop sauna.
Just So You Know:
- If you’re adventurous and fit enough to climb or zipline to your accommodation then the Skylodge experience is quite unparalleled to anything else. A set of three steel capsules hang off a cliff that goes down to Peru’s Sacred Valley. Guests experience amazing views from a rock cliff 400 feet above the ground.
- Another great way of experiencing the stars is to sleep in the bubble accommodation at the Attrape ‘Reves in Allauch, France.