Sometimes, you book a hotel based on its location, not expecting to spend much time in the room. Other times, the hotel itself is the getaway, and you want to take advantage of every possible amenity. If you're in search of the best hotel view and don't mind paying a premium for an incredible setting, these luxurious resorts span the globe from oceans to caves, cities to seas, but have one thing in common: They're all drop-dead gorgeous.
These idyllic properties were built to pay homage to their surroundings. You'll wake up to gentle lapping waves or the cool, crisp mountain air, constantly catching your breath in awe of nature as much as the manmade elements. In fact, these hotels are so impressive, you might never want to leave. Sometimes, the right destination is worth the splurge.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa — Skipton, United Kingdom
Rate: $315 per night
Built in the 17th century, The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa was once a private retreat for the royal family. Still owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the property embodies everything about stately English countryside living. Located on the Bolton Abbey Estate in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the hotel overlooks the banks of the River Wharfe and is surrounded by 30,000 acres of green space and over 80 miles of trails. The Deluxe rooms provide a panoramic view of the estate, including Beamsley Beacon, a prominent summit in the area.
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Royal Mansour — Marrakech, Morocco
Rate: $1,450 per night
The Royal Mansour's intricately designed property, gardens, and riads (a traditional Moroccan residence featuring an interior courtyard) were crafted in the traditional Moorish style, inspired by architecture from North Africa, Spain and Portugal. The hotel offers the utmost privacy, as staff access the 53 private riads by a series of underground tunnels, the only hotel in the world to offer this unique layout. The larger riads are equipped with private butlers, fireplace terraces, steam rooms, hammans and plunge pools. All are draped in beautiful silk brocades, outfitted with control touch panels and high tech rain sensors to automatically close the roof upon the first drop. The rooms offer bewitching views of the Atlas Mountains and the city of Marrakech.
Shanti Maurice — Mauritius
Rate: $356 per night
Located on the magical island of Mauritius, luxury hotelShanti Maurice is "36 elegant acres of escapism" nestled between the vibrant sugarcane fields and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The entire property is composed of suites and villas that all face the ocean, some with direct beach access and private pools. The Junior Suite Ocean View has a large balcony for taking in the sea views and awakening to the sound of palms swaying in the breeze.
Pink Sands Club — St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Rate: $1,250 per night
An island encompassing just 5 square miles in the heart of the Grenadines, the Pink Sands Club on Canouan is one of the small luxury hotels on the tiny landmass, set among a community of sailors and fishermen. The property is all suites and villas that range from two to six rooms with views of a lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. The two-bedroom Canouan Estate Residence offers stunning views of the barrier reef and Grenadines Golf Course, and includes your own dedicated concierge. When you're ready for a shore excursion from your luxury yacht, the Pink Sands Club is the perfect destination.
Jade Mountain — St. Lucia
Rate: $2,920 per night
Described as a "cornucopia of organic architecture," Jade Mountain Resort is set above a 600-acre beach. With a philosophy of building in harmony with nature, the property's wrap-around infinity pool and rugged stone facades beautifully blend with the natural setting. It is the only resort on St. Lucia with views of both the Piti and Gros Piton mountains and Caribbean Sea. Reserve the Galaxy sanctuary to enjoy the most commanding panorama.
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria –Sorrento, Italy
Rate: $607 per night
A sunset in Sorrento is the most spellbinding sight, particularly when surrounded by the opulence of this exquisite hotel and lush Mediterranean gardens. Overlooking the Gulf of Naples, this five-star property is one of the most romantic hotels in Italy. The current hotel is celebrating its 180th anniversary, but the site is believed to be the same place where Roman Emperor Augustus had his own villa. For the best views, choose the Sea View deluxe room, which offers breathtaking views of the azure blue water and Mount Vesuvius. Even when the room rates are higher, there are secret ways you can save on your hotel stay.
Ty Warner Mansion — Los Cabos, Mexico
Rate: $35,000 per night
The ultimate beachfront hideaway, the Ty Warner Mansion is an exclusive luxury villa at Las Ventanas al Paraiso. Poised directly on the water's edge with panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez, mansion guests are treated to the services of a dedicated butler, private chef and personal assistant. The nightly rate also includes a complimentary massage, chauffeured car services and access to the private wine collection, making it one of the best hotels in Los Cabos. The dual master suites have stunning views of the beach and sea from the pool deck.
Chedi Muscat Hotel — Muscat, Oman
Rate: $608 per night
Set on the serene waters of the Gulf of Oman, the Chedi Muscat boasts enchanting views of the mystical Al Hajar Mountains, which rise above the hotel's elegantly landscaped 21-acre garden. Each of the 158 guest rooms has views of the dazzling water and peaks, but the view is especially exquisite from the oversized windows of the Serai Sea View Room. Appointed with subtle Asian touches and high-tech gadgets, natural sunlight spills in to awake you for the perfect sunrise.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar — Zanzibar, Tanzania
Rate: $615 per night
Framed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the Essque Zalu Zanzibar is one of the most awe-inspiring places to unwind, with the subtle scent of spices lazily drifting on the warm breeze. Built into a natural cove, the suites and villas all feature views of the garden or water. The Ocean View Suite is a charming place to fall off the grid for a bit as you watch the colorful kite surfers and sailboats pass by.
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San Ysidro Ranch — Santa Barbara, Calif.
Rate: $1,495 per night
The No. 1 hotel in the U.S. according to Forbes Traveler, San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara is often referred to as "America's Riviera." Nestled in the Montecito foothills of wine country, John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned at this luxury hideaway. The 41 private bungalows and cottages feature outdoor hot tubs and cozy fireplaces, each with views of the canyons, coast, or gardens. While the water is appealing, the immaculately landscaped wildflower and lavender fields will have you feeling like you fell down Alice's rabbit hole with their hypnotic scents.
Grace Santorini — Thira, Greece
Rate: $745 per night
This exclusive boutique hotel is perched above the world-famous Caldera, offering magnificent views made even better by the glow of a sumptuous Grecian sunset. Each room features a private terrace to take in the ombre sky, and some of the suites also feature a uniquely crafted "one-way" window, created by meticulously positioned fragments of volcanic rock that provide a view of Imerovigli that's simply unmatched. The Deluxe Room with Plunge Pool features views of the Caldera, Skaros and the Aegan Sea.
Mohonk Mountain House — New Paltz, N.Y.
Rate: $2,780 per night
It may come as a surprise, but there are castles in America, and you can even stay in them. With accommodations fit for royalty, the Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark surrounded by 40,000 acres of protected forest. Hidden in the Hudson Valley just 90 miles north of New York City, the resort exudes a Victorian vibe, with activities to match. Indulge in archery, carriage rides, ice skating, snowshoeing and a host of other pastimes before retreating to your mountain view suite with stunning views of the Catskills.
Fregate Island Private — Fregate Island, Seychelles
Rate: $5,542 per night
A true sanctuary in the Seychelles, guests will lose themselves in the unrivalled beauty of this enchanting private island. Private pool residences include infinity pools, Jacuzzis and buggies for exploring the resort. Almost everything is included, most notably a welcome massage, morning yoga session, a scuba diving introductory course, all meals, local wine and beer, guided nature walks and non-motorized watersports. Every day you'll wake up to views of the lush jungle and deep blue sea.
The Reverie Saigon — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Rate: $315 per night
This opulent oasis can be found on the topmost floors of Ho Chi Minh City's landmark Times Square Building, offering an incomparable perspective on the vibrant city. Showcasing contemporary Italian design and craftsmanship, no detail was overlooked in this hideaway above the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the Panorama Deluxe Room put the Saigon River and dazzling skyline on full display.
Blue Waters Resort and Spa — Antigua
Rate: $738 per night
The crown jewel of Blue Waters resort, the Cove Suites and penthouses offer unrivaled decadence and uninterrupted views of the Caribbean Sea for prime seclusion and privacy overlooking the calm waters of Antigua. Upon arrival, you'll be issued a personal cell phone to place calls to the concierge, food and beverage services and management so you can rest assured that any request you may have is just a call away. Each suite has an open floor plan with either a patio or balcony for waking up to the warm Caribbean breezes.