Rooms with a view: our top 6 scenic hotels around the world

With more and more luxury hotels opening their doors all around the world, alongside existing hotels continually upping their game and guests becoming ever-more discerning, the bar is set ever higher all the time, from accommodation to cuisine, and from spa facilities to unique activities. But whether all those boxes are ticked or not, often it is the views that make a hotel unique and memorable, whether it’s a perfect ocean vista, a view over a blissfully secluded beach, or a panorama of lush tropical rainforest or snow-capped mountain peaks. From Greece to Australia, we pick our top rooms with a view across the globe.

Myconian Avaton, Greece

For a quintessential slice of Greece, the Myconian hotels on Mykonos have it covered in style. Stay at the gorgeous Myconian Avaton, which is perched above the popular Elia Beach, and has spacious and luxurious suites and villas with expansive terraces overlooking the Aegean, where you can enjoy the views from your private Jacuzzi or pool. You need never leave your terrace, but if you can drag yourself away, you can also enjoy gourmet Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails by the infinity pool – one of the largest and most impressive pools on Mykonos.

Morgan’s Rock, Nicaragua

After a refreshing swim, a surf or some beachfront relaxation (unwind in a hammock with a drink from the beach bar), head up the private lamp-lit steps to your private villa nestled in the cliff to wake up to THIS view over the beach. The rather lovely Morgan’s Rock sits just up the coast from the surfing community of San Juan del Sur on Nicaragua’s beautiful Pacific coastline, and the luxury eco-chic villas have optimum positions to make the most of this stunning setting. Sit on your secluded terrace with a glass of local volcanic Flor de Cana rum, looking out over the beach, the ocean and the lush greenery.

Kasbah Bab Ourika, Morocco

Kasbah Bab Ourika has a spectacular setting in the Ourika Valley in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, where you can take in the panoramic mountain vistas alongside a slice of local Berber village life – all just half an hour from Marrakech airport. The rooms and suites are full of local character, with natural earth colours and carved-wood furnishings, while private terraces look out over the olive groves, fields of orange and lemon trees, the river and the snow-capped mountains beyond. Take in the sunset with a cocktail and do some stargazing in the vast starry night skies.

Amanoi, Vietnam

The Aman hotels have set the bar worldwide for sheer wow factor in the most postcard-perfect of locations – and the Amanoi in Vietnam is certainly no exception. Set in lush rainforest where the jagged mountains and rugged coastline of Nui Chua National Park meet the sweeping ivory sands of Vinh Hy Bay, its open-plan pavilions make the most of the panoramic views. Some have their own private infinity pool, while the villas come with their own living and dining areas, as well as your own personal chef and housekeeper for the ultimate luxury holiday.

Nita Lake Lodge, Canada

Canada is known for its natural wonderland of mountains, lakes and forests, and you can enjoy the exceptional scenery at its best at Nita Lake Lodge, which sits right on the shores of a glassy glacier-fed lake, framed by mountain peaks and dense forest. The Rainforest Suite adds an extra touch of luxury and romance, with its own elevator entrance, a plush four-poster bed, and supreme views. There are plenty of ways to explore the great outdoors on the doorstep, with complimentary kayaks, bikes and paddleboards on offer.

Sal Salis, Australia

The tents at exclusive safari camp Sal Salis sit in pristine white-sand dunes on a secluded stretch of beach in Cape Range National Park in Western Australia, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, with the colourful corals of Ningaloo Reef just metres offshore. The tents are raised on timber platforms so the coastal breezes naturally cool the rooms and the beach and sea views are maximised. After snorkelling on the reef and swimming with whale sharks, enjoy classic bush tucker by the sea as kangaroos and wallabies hop past.

Thomas Ryves is Marketing Director at Exsus Travel. Exsus Travel specialises in creating the very best luxury tailor-made holidays, honeymoons and family adventures in over 80 destinations worldwide.

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