A Room With a View
In times like these, who doesn’t love day dreaming about a luxurious room with a spectacular view! Here's a few properties with amazing views to not only invite the outside in, but also serve as major travel inspiration for when travelers can roam free again.
Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite
The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in Johannesburg’s affluent Sandhurst neighborhood features a Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, in honor of the late president and philanthropist. The suite was once occupied by Mandela as he stayed at the Johannesburg property, prior to it being a hotel, for six months while he edited his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. The suite offers exclusive views of the property gardens and majestic pool terrace. The lush and rolling landscaped garden setting of the hotel spans across the entire 10 acre property and features all indigenous plants, greenery and flora to South Africa in respect to the country’s heritage and natural resources. With peaceful and tranquil views of the magnificent gardens of the property and the divine pool and terrace, the Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite is an ideal space for relaxation any time of day.
Located in Cape Town’s Bantry Bay, Ellerman House offers spectacular Atlantic Ocean views against the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head. Most rooms come with a sea view but Villa One offers the most spectacular views. Villa One is the quintessential coastal retreat and sheltered from the prevailing Southeaster wind in summer. Its three bedrooms, spacious living areas and private infinity pool offer spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the dramatic mountain scenery characteristic of this stretch of the rugged and beautiful Cape Peninsula. The villa epitomize the glamorous beach lifestyle for which Cape Town has become world famous for. With complete privacy and highly personalized service, including a private chef and hospitality team.
THIRDHOME Fox Fields Farm
Available for rent through luxury property and travel club THIRDHOME, the Fox Fields Farmin Bar Harbor, Maine offers the chance to relax in nature while taking in the incredible west-ward facing ocean views of the property. Fox Fields Farm not only boasts remarkable sunset views on the private cove, it also provides direct access to Acadia National Park and surrounding horse and foot trails for stunning nature views.
Carlton Hotel St. Moritz
Situated in St. Moritz, one of the most well known ski resorts in the world, the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz is a classic example of the destination’s renowned elegance and exclusivity. An all suite hotel featuring 60 lake-facing suites, the property also boasts a 4,155 square foot Carlton Penthouse that offers 360-degree views and five terraces. From this top-floor suite, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Alpine Valley and Lake St. Moritz.
Quasar Expeditions offers some of the best views of the Galapagos Islands from their two yachts, the M/V Evolution and M/Y Grace. Both boats provide up close and personal 360-degree views of the area’s wildlife (dolphins, sea lions and turtles to name a few!) beautiful sunsets and spectacular sunrises. With rooms for only 16-32 guests, travelers feel at home and one with nature for the entire cruise.
Located in the southern region of South Africa’s Kalahari savanna, Tswalu is home to the Motse, a secluded “village” of nine dwellings, each complete with an open viewing deck. Beds are situated to maximize guests’ views of the wide-open Kalahari landscape, complete with sweeping vistas and greenery. The Motse’s bathrooms boast private gardens with outdoor showers, which allow for unobstructed views of the desert skies above.
Fregate Island Private
Way out in the middle of the Indian Ocean in the Seychelles, newly reopened Fregate Island Private offers the ultimate in privacy and seclusion. With only seventeen villas sprinkled throughout the island, (complete with their own pool and 24/7 butler service), guests wake up to a view of the sparkling sea just outside their window. The ocean goes on forever, making guests feel like the only ones in the world.
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Hotel Arts Barcelona is one of the first landmarks to spot in Barcelona as it is one of the two tallest buildings (tied with Torre Mapfre) in the city. At 505 feet, the 44 stories of glass and steel rise high above the landscape and overlook both the city and Mediterranean Sea from different vantage points around the hotel.
The most notable and celebrated view is the emblematic architectural icon, La Sagrada Familia. Along with the view of La Sagrada Familia comes a view of the L’Eixample district of the city. With its narrow, bustling streets, L’Eixmaple looks like an intricate grid-like map when viewed from a high altitude, enhancing the beauty of La Sagrada Familia. The best places to view La Sagarada Familia are on the top floors of the hotel, where the exclusive Penthouses collection is located. The Presidential Penthouse in particular is comprised of two bedrooms, one of which has an excellent view of La Sagrada Familia. The penthouse also has an outdoor terrace that displays the magnificent cathedral in the distance.
Pangkor Laut Resort
YTL Hotels’ Pangkor Laut Resort is located on its own 300-acre private island off the west coast of Malaysia, comprised of a 2-million-year-old rainforest and surrounded by white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Pangkor Laut Resort features overwater villas resting on stilts above the waters of the Strait of Malacca. The villas bost private outdoor verandas with sun loungers and oversized bathtubs that look out over the water.
The resort also features The Estates, which are nestled on the northern part of the island within the jungle. The Estates are reminiscent of the romantic lifestyle of a British estate manager of old Malaya, where guests can enjoy the colossal, natural arboretum that surrounds them. The eight private estates feature their own living and dining pavilions, a personal butler and chauffeur-driven car, and a private plunge pool with breathtaking views of the serene landscape.
Hotel Crillon Le Brave
Hotel Crillon Le Brave in Provence offers spectacular views of the vast landscape below from the hotel guest rooms. Against a backdrop of hypnotically beautiful landscapes sits a wonderful labyrinth of 17th and 18th century buildings, where Crillon Le Brave literally merges with the landscape, consisting of around ten ancient Génoise-tiled houses that were acquired over time since 1989. The hilltop position and high vantage point of the hotel offers views of dream-like Provence, with vines and olive groves stretching as far as the eye can see in an idyllic scene and completely unspoiled landscape. With the backdrop of Mont Ventoux, and the hotel’s location in the heart of Vaucluse, guests can find harmony and mindfulness in their surroundings.
Hotel Crillon Le Brave.
Singita Serengeti House
Singita Serengeti House in Tanzania offers some of the best views for the famous Serengeti. Set on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill its location provides endless, breathtaking vistas of the plains and wildlife as they visit the nearby watering hole. All rooms look out onto the Serengeti plains and often heads of elephant or zebra show up to just say “hello". Up to eight guests can feel at home at Serengeti House, with two suites in the main house and two garden suites situated on either side, connected through a central pool deck.