From sweeping sea views to cityscapes, majestic mountains to iconic landmarks, these 15 hotels spanning Australia to Argentina are offering the ultimate room with a view, and then some. (We won’t even get into the IG bragging rights.)
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Canaves Oia Suites: Santorini, Greece
Take in spectacular, panoramic views of the sparkling Aegean Sea from any of this 5-star hotel’s cliffside-carved suites, all featuring private terraces and some with plunge pools.
Shangri-La Hotel: Paris, France
Located in the heart of Paris, check into the right room at the luxurious Shangi-La for romantic views of the Eiffel Tower or the River Seine. Even better if you book one with a terrace.
Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa: Iguazu Falls, Argentina
The only hotel located within Iguazú National Park (a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site), all rooms and suites at this jungle-immersed Sheraton feature a private balcony with sweeping views of either Iguazu Falls or the rainforest.
Four Seasons Hotel: Sydney, Australia
Get the best view down under in select rooms and suites at the Four Seasons’ Sydney Harbour outpost, where you’ll be privy to views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, George Street, Walsh Bay and/or the stunning city skyline. If you really want to treat yourself, book the Full Harbour View Room offering the most dramatic of panoramas.
Jade Mountain Resort: St. Lucia, Caribbean
Enjoy open views of the majestic Piton Mountains and azure Caribbean sea in one of Jade Mountain’s 24 infinity pool sanctuaries or 5 sky jacuzzi suites, situated above the 600-acre beach front sister-property Anse Chastanet. The 4th wall in all rooms is entirely absent, allowing sleeping, soaking, and star-gazing to merge seamlessly.
The Ritz Carlton: Shanghai, China
Occupying the top 18 floors of the Shanghai IFC South Tower in the city’s Pudong district, all 285 art deco-inspired guest rooms and suites in the Ritz Carlton Shanghai offer a breathtaking view. Gaze out at the Oriental Pearl Tower, The Bund, Shanghai World Financial Center and more, or head up the 58th floor rooftop bar for a sweeping cityscape that will take even the most seasoned traveler’s breath away.
W Hotel: Barcelona, Spain
473 guestrooms and suites boast varying panoramic views over the Mediterranean and cityscape at the W Barcelona, ranging from the Cozy and Fabulous Rooms to the Spectacular and Wow Suites. We’re particularly fond of the latter, featuring a private terrace equipped with day beds, lounge chairs and a jacuzzi for truly soaking in the view.
Enchantment Resort: Sedona, Arizona
Nestled in the majestic Boynton Canyon amongst Sedona’s red rock formations, all rooms and suites in this secluded Southwestern haven offer private decks overlooking the surrounding mountains. Book one of the four pool suites for the added bonus of taking a private dip.
Plaza on the River: London, England
Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, most of the Plaza on the River’s 65 suites have river views, overlooking iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, the London Eye, and Houses of Parliament. Book a room with a terrace for the most unobstructed of views – and because who needs breakfast in bed when you can have breakfast on your private balcony?
Villa Treville: Positano, Italy
Situated on a cliff in the heart of the fabled Amalfi Coast, this luxury boutique hideaway resides in the former villa-based home of opera director Franco Zeffirelli. All 15 impeccably appointed suites offer breathtaking views of the clear blue Tyrrhenian Sea, some boasting private balconies, gardens and plunge pools.
Mandarin Oriental: New York City
Get a true bird’s eye view of the city at New York’s luxurious Mandarin Oriental, occupying floors 38 – 54 within the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. All 198 rooms and 46 suites offer soaring views of Central Park, the Hudson River and/or the Midtown Manhattan skyline.
Explora Hotel Salto Chico: Patagonia, Chile
The only hotel located within Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park, Salto Chico offers 49 rooms designed to take full advantage of the silence, privacy and spaciousness of the surrounding landscape – including awe-inspiring views of the Paine Ridge, Granite Towers, Lake Pehoe and of course, the Salto Chico waterfall.
Fontainebleau: Miami, Florida
Gaze out – or better yet, step out, into views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and/or Downtown Miami in any of the Fontainebleau’s lavish guestrooms and suites. Book a penthouse specialty suite for particularly dazzling views from your private wrap-around balcony and rooftop whirlpool.
Oberoi Amarvilas: Agra, India
Located just 600 meters away from the iconic Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas is the only hotel in the city affording clear, uninterrupted views of the ancient monument from every room – best witnessed at sunrise or sunset and preferably, from your private balcony.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: Alberta, Canada
Located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Fairmont Chateau’s impressive 550 rooms and suites offer spectacular, varying views of the surrounding Rocky Mountain peaks, Victoria Glacier and glistening emerald lake.
*All above photos courtesy of their respective properties, except where noted.