Hotels around the world with breathtaking views


Text: Amelia Chia

These hotels don't just offer amazing service; they've got some of the world's most stunning vistas, too

Imagine waking up to views of untouched wilderness with the sun rising over the ocean, or sweeping panoramas of some of the world's biggest cities. There's nothing more appealing than a magnificent vista nudging you awake from your slumber, while you slip into the day with a steaming hot cuppa and breakfast in bed. The travel experts at Scott Dunn have picked their top five hotels around the world that offer just that — views so spectacular that they'll leave you in awe for the remainder of your trip.

Very few hotel locations are more dramatic than that of the Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman. The property stands on a cliff top above a gorge with stunning views out over the Al Hajar Mountains. For those who enjoy rugged landscapes and an off the beaten track type holiday, this is the one for you. But if you prefer optimum seclusion, head down south Annandale in New Zealand, which sits on a 4000-acre farm in a spectacular coastal location. It'll be hard to leave after days of glittering waters, jaw-dropping scenery, and superb food and wine. The pictures above speak a thousand words.

COMO's Uma Punakha is a luxury boutique lodge overlooking the Punakha Valley in Bhutan. With 11 light and airy rooms furnished with wood-burning stoves, hand-painted murals, and dramatic views overlooking the valley and rice paddy fields, it guarantees a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Yet a couple of hours' away is Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand's Phang Nga Bay, tucked away amongst picturesque limestone pinnacles. The waters in this area are pristine, and we recommend waking up for a sunrise swim at The Hilltop Reserve to kick off your holiday.

Lastly, if you're in Reykjavik seeking out the Northern Lights, book a stay at Hotel Ion, a hip hotel resembling a world war bunker. Adventurers, do take note — this destination is a year-round one for thrill seekers that are into hot spring picnics, ice climbing, horseback riding, caving, snowmobiling, glacier hikes, and the like. Our top tip is to request a lake view room to make the most of the local landscape.

Fancy a trip of a lifetime? Visit Scott Dunn to find out more.


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