1. Sandos Finisterra, Los Cabos
All of the rooms at the all-inclusive, beach-based Sandos Finisterra resort have killer views, but it’s the sweet Finisterra Suites that take you far, far away from your everyday. These modern suites are found in the original historic section of the resort, with either clifftop views over the bay and the marina or views over the Pacific Ocean. Each suite has access to the chic VIP pool area and a terrace or balcony to give you front-row-center seats to those stunning views.
2. Rome Cavalieri, Italy
The swanky Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria resort, is situated atop a hillside in a 15-acre private park minutes from the Vatican. From its prestigious perch above the Eternal City, there are sweeping views of the Mediterranean, the pool and gardens, or the city. Get the best views from the three-star Michelin restaurant, La Pergola, or the balconies of the huge elegant rooms and suites. And should you need to know, the property offers gladiator training.
3. The Cliff Suites, Virgin Gorda, BVI
Nestled in the rocky southeast bluffs of Oil Nut Bay in the British Virgin Islands are the uber-exclusive Cliff Suites — three individual, luxe one-bedroom suites with private plunge pools and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Starting at 890 square feet, these modern beach beauties have floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the view, mammoth terraces, and an outdoor shower off the master bedroom. The Penthouse Cliff Suite was designed by Fendi Casa, and its wraparound terrace means that the outside space is as big as the inside.
4. The Ritz-Carlton, Bali
Just opened this year, the Ritz-Carlton, Bali is set upon the Indian Ocean in Nusa Dua. This contemporary, Balinese-styled resort is built on two separate levels — high atop a cliff and along the white sands of the beach. When you stay in a Clifftop Villa, you can lounge beside your own private pool where your butler can bring you a cocktail or two. But if you tire of that, take the all-glass elevator that leads down to beach for some languid lazing there.
5. Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri
The elegant Hotel Caesar Augustus on the island of Capri was once a mammoth private villa where artists and intellectuals flocked 200 years ago. Now it’s a 55-room resort perched 1,000 feet above the sea. Wake up to over-the-top views from your balcony over the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast before heading to the bilevel infinity-edge pool that seems to drop off into the ocean. After a full day of chilling by the pool, you can dine at the hotel’s restaurant, run by a Michelin-trained chef, who uses ingredients grown in the hotel’s two-acre cliffside garden
6. Kurhaus Cademario Lugano, Switzerland
As a country pretty much made up of mountains and more mountains, some of the most awe-inspiring views in Switzerland are in the Italian-speaking Ticino canton. The recently-reno’ed Kurhaus Cademario Lugano Hotel & Spa is located at an altitude of almost 2,800 feet and has jaw-dropping views of Lake Lugano and the Ticino mountains. Part Mediterranean, part modern Swiss design, the hotel is set on 7.5 acres of parkland with “whoa, those are sexy” mosaic-tiled pools, two restaurants, a bar, and plenty of terraces from which to take in the amazing view.
7. Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, The Philippines
8. Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, Charlevoix, Canada
Perched high above the mighty Saint Lawrence River in Canada’s French province of Quebec, the castle-like edifice of the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu stands looking out over the forest, mountains, and wee village of La Malbaie. This all-season, classically elegant resort has got you fully covered in the amenities department, with five restaurants and bars, a sports center that includes an award-winning golf course, a newly redone spa, and even a James Bond-style casino. Great views surround you — but for the best accommodations of all, book into the presidentially-inclined La Seigneurie Suite.
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