14 Hotels with the Best Views in the World
Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Elounda, Crete, Greece
- Book it: 30-28410-65500 or www.bluepalace.gr
- See why Blue Palace Resort & Spa was also named as having one of the best pools!
With an elevated position just beyond Elounda on the eastern side of Crete, the Blue Palace has what Dr. Paul Johnson of A Luxury Travel Blog calls “an enviable view that overlooks the picturesque island of Spinalonga,” itself a star of numerous novels and films.
Southern Ocean Lodge
Kangaroo Island, Australia
- Book it: 61-02-9918-4355 or southernoceanlodge.com.au
Perched on the limestone cliffs of Kangaroo Island, Southern Ocean Lodge “has a front-row seat to the wild Southern Ocean,” says freelance journalist Jill K. Robinson. “Every view from the secluded lodge on this rugged coast is a rich one.” Travel correspondent Peter Greenberg says that sunsets here “are not just special. They’re a Maxfield Parrish painting come to life.”
Hotel Santa Caterina
- Book it: 39-089-871012 or hotelsantacaterina.it/en/index
- See why Hotel Santa Caterina was also selected as one of Coastal Living’s Best Beach Hotels in the World.
Whether you’re seated at Santa Caterina’s Beach House restaurant or draped on your lounge chair by the pool, the views here of the Amalfi Coast “are just incredible from every angle,” says Stacy Small, founder of Elite Travel International. “It’s hard to tear yourself away from your sea view terrace.”
Ladera St. Lucia Resort
Soufrière, St. Lucia
- Book it: 866-290-0978 or ladera.com
With its fourth wall missing so that rooms open to the Caribbean Sea and blue skies, Ladera inspires every visitor and sets a benchmark, view-wise, that’s hard to beat. The design capitalizes, says freelance writer Emma Sloley, “on the island’s most swoon-worthy feature: the majestic Pitons, two lush volcanic peaks that rise out of the turquoise ocean.”
Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez
- Book it: 33-04-93901234 or cannesmartinez.grand.hyatt.com
What could be more classically Riviera than the view from this stunner in the famed French coastal magnet for the chic and glamorous? As travel correspondent Samantha Brown puts it: “You see all the sultry beauty that is Cannes – the famed boulevard La Croisette, rows of palm trees, and the bright blue sea.”
Fogo Island Inn
- Book it: 855-268-9277 or fogoislandinn.ca
While the attention-grabbing design of this luxury hotel parked at what seems like the edge of the world has received just acclaim, the views it has created are equally noteworthy. The space “affords sweeping views of the sea,” says Jill K. Robinson, adding that the luxurious details within are inspired by natural surroundings… yet another way to honor those drop-dead views.
Montage Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, California
- Book it: 866-271-6951 or montagehotels.com
“From every room you can drink in the Pacific and watch the sun sink into the sea,” says Ann Wycoff, freelance travel writer and co-founder of the global adventure site wandermelon.com. During winter, gray whales hug the coastline en route to Baja while in the summer, 100-foot blue whales cavort and feed in these same waters." Stacy Small agrees. “It’s hard to find a better sunset view than the one enjoyed from your chaise at the ocean-view pool,” she says. (See why Montage Laguna Beach was chosen as one of Coastal Living’s Best Beach Hotels in the World.)
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
- Book it: 44-01687-450730 or arisaighouse.co.uk
It’s pure Scottish magic on the water, says travel correspondent Peter Greenberg, who compares the far-flung beauty of this granite mansion in the West Highlands to that captured in the popular film, Local Hero. “If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know why this place is so special,” he says.
Bar Harbor, Maine
- Book it: 866-258-7253 or theharborsidehotel.com
“Wooded islands, bobbing boats and weathered fishing docks highlight a glistening, pristine bay,” says Samantha Brown of the view from this hotel perched on Frenchman’s Bay in the renowned resort town. “The view is pure Maine,” Brown says.
Cape Town, South Africa
- Book it: 021-437-1287 or themarly.co.za
Nestled under the iconic Twelve Apostles mountain range, the best views from this hip hotel are from its restaurant, Umi. “You can enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Seaboard,” says Katie Goldstein, luxury travel consultant and editor of Travelingpanties.com. “The sunset here might just be one of the most picturesque in the world.”
Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay
- Book it: 808-565-2000 or fourseasons.com/manelebay
This resort overlooks one of Hawaii’s “most stunning stretches of sand, which curves along Hulopoe Bay, a marine preserve filled with sea life,” says Samantha Brown. “It’s an amazing view both above and below the sea.” Katie Goldstein touts the private balconies for perfect gazing, and adds that the view from the Jack Nicklaus golf course’s signature 12th hole “will take your breath away.”
Sheen Falls Lodge
- Book it: 353-064-6641600 or sheenfallslodge.ie
For a setting that is straight out of Gaelic myth, make your way to Sheen Falls Lodge’s Octagonal Presidental suite, which overlooks the falls, says Samantha Brown. “I looked out the window and thought, ‘Wow, this is Ireland.’” This luxury hotel’s location between the world-famous Ring of Kerry and Ring of Beara means that the beauty just keeps going in all directions.
How we chose our best beach hotel views: Coastal Living polled more than 50 travel writers and bloggers world-wide to solicit nominations for best beach hotels, best beach hotel pools, and best beach hotel views. We then solicited input from judges Samantha Brown, Peter Greenberg, and Stacy Small, to make final selections in this category.