Top 10: hotel rooms with a spectacular view

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (April 28, 2014): Top 10 hotel rooms with a view.

Location, location, location! We all like a room with a breathtaking view, whether it’s a spectacular outlook over snow-capped mountains or a sweeping vista of the glittering blue ocean. And we are prepared to pay extra for one. I hereby present you the top 10 hotel rooms with the most spectacular views in the world.

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10. THE RITZ-CARLTON, HONG KONG

Atop the 118-storey, 1587ft (484m) International Commerce Centre (ICC) sits the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, the world’s highest hotel, with most rooms and suites boasting incomparable views of Victoria Harbour and the glimmering skyline of neighbouring Hong Kong Island. Inside, soaring architectural elements encrusted with custom glass artwork echo the signature glamour of the city below. The awe-inspiring 118th-floor bar, Ozone, the highest of its kind in the world.


9. BANYAN TREE SEYCHELLES

Located on the picturesque south-western coastline of Mahé island, the 60 exquisite Creole-style villas of Banyan Tree Seychelles are located along a fabulous crescent of powdery white sand, backed by hills that are covered in lush rain forest. From the spacious terrace of the five exclusive Intendance Pool Villas, you  will enjoy a stunning bird’s-eye view of the Indian Ocean, Intendance Bay and the lush tropical mountain greenery surrounding Banyan Tree Seychelles.

VIEW FROM INTENDANCE POOL VILLA, BANYAN TREE SEYCHELLES
VIEW FROM INTENDANCE POOL VILLA, BANYAN TREE SEYCHELLES

8. AL MAHA DESERT RESORT, UAE

Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, is nestled in a verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai’s magical dune and desert landscape. The suites are faced far apart, blend gently into the desert and offer unsurpassed luxury. Beautifully furnished with a unique collection of authentic Arabian artifacts and antiquities, all suites boast private pools and offer spectacular views of the Dubai Desert Reserve and its wildlife.

AL MAHA DESERT RESORT, UAE
TENTED SUITE, AL MAHA DESERT RESORT, UAE

7. OBEROI AMARVILAS, INDIA

The hotel is approached along a sweeping driveway, verdant with native trees and lit by flaming torches. Just inside, a Mughal style quadrant is ornamented with cascading fountains and framed by an arched passageway and gold leaf frescoes. Located 600 meters from the world-famous Taj Mahal, all rooms, suites, lobby, bar and lounge offer breathtaking views of the monument. At night, you can savour a candlelit dinner beside its soft silhouette.

  • Hotel websiteOberoi Amarvilas
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, one lunch for two, early check-in, and late check-out).
OBEROI AMARVILAS, INDIA
ROOM, OBEROI AMARVILAS, INDIA

6. JADE MOUNTAIN, ST LUCIA

Individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool suites and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky, make Jade Mountain one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences, especially for honeymooners. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s 29 suites (called “sanctuaries”) are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of  St Lucia’s twin peaks, the Pitons World Heritage Site, and of course, the eternal Caribbean Sea.

STAR SANCTUARY, JADE MOUNTAIN, ST LUCIA
STAR SANCTUARY, JADE MOUNTAIN, ST LUCIA


5. W BARCELONA, SPAIN

Located in the stunning waterfront area of Spain’s most dynamic and stylish city, W Barcelona boasts unparalleled views of both the Mediterranean Sea and the City of Barcelona from most of its 473 fabulous guest rooms and suites. Rising like a sail from the Mediterranean’s brown sands, it is as much a work of modern art as it is a luxury brand hotel. Designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, the W Barcelona sets the scene for a spectacular stay just steps from the famous Barceloneta boardwalk.

W BARCELONA, SPAIN
W BARCELONA, SPAIN

4. EXPLORA PATAGONIA, TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK, CHILI

Explora Patagonia is located at the center of the Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Anchored like a white ship on the shores of turquoise Lake Pehoé, Explora Patagonia’s unique location sets travelers literally in the middle of Patagonia’s most famous landscape, while greeting them with award winning architecture. The 37 Cordillera Paine Room and the 6 Exploradores Suite all have breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and horns.

  • Hotel websiteExplora Patagonia
  • Other top 10 accolades: Explora Patagonia also features in my top 10 list of the world’s best wilderness lodges.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and USD $100 resort credit).
EXPLORADORES SUITE, EXPLORA PATAGONIA, CHILE
EXPLORADORES SUITE, EXPLORA PATAGONIA, CHILE

3. TRUMP HOTEL CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA

Soaring 92 stories above the Loop and North Michigan Avenue, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is a showcase of bold style and engaging design, polished stainless steel and iridescent-tinted glass. It is the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world, and downtown Chicago’s most enviable address. The 339 guest rooms, suites and Spa rooms are immaculately designed and offer, not only the utmost in comfort and luxury, but also incredibly impressive city views through  floor-to-ceiling windows.

  • Hotel websiteTrump Hotel Chicago
  • Other top 10 accolades: Trump Chicago also features in my top 10 list of luxury hotels owned by celebrities.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, seasonal amenity, and USD $100 hotel credit).
TRUMP HOTEL CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA
DELUXE GUEST ROOM, TRUMP HOTEL CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA

2. FOUR SEASONS BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is surrounded by sand-fringed islets on an outer coral reef that enclose a turquoise lagoon with majestic views of Mount Otemanu. Towering above this South Pacific coral island’s vast blue lagoon, its green volcanic cone is the vista from the deck of the over-the-water lodgings. It is overwater Bungalow Suite No. 231 with private plunge pool that has the best view of all.

FOUR SEASONS BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
FOUR SEASONS BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA

1. AMANGARI, UTAH, USA

Amangiri resort is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. Built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views, the resort blends into its dramatic surrounds where deep canyons and towering plateaus create a raw landscape of immense power. Amangiri’s Aman Spa features a floatation therapy pavilion, water pavilion with sauna, steam room, cold plunge and step pool, fitness centre and yoga pavilion. The panoramic views from the mesa view suites are particularly spectacular at sunset.

AMANGARI, UTAH, USA
MESA VIEW SUITE, AMANGARI, UTAH, USA

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