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EDITORs’ PICKS A room with a view

Immersed in natural beauty, these luxe hotels boast some of the most spectacular views in the world. Add them to your travel wishlist now.

Words by Shona Wallace.

VOLCANO

HOTEL AWA, CHILE

The Osorno Volcano is one of Chile’s natural wonders, known for its picturesque lake setting and physical similarities to Mount Fuji. Sitting close by on the peaceful banks of Lake Llanquihue, Hotel Awa (hotelawa.cl) is a striking glass-front property with unparalleled volcano views. The owner of the hotel is a designer and architect, which is evident in the hotel’s angular glass and stone façade. The interiors are every bit as stylish, with regional elements such as volcanic rock, cypress tree wood and local Mapuche textiles bringing a sense of warmth to the otherwise pared-back decor.

There are 16 rooms in the property, all of which have a wall dedicated to floor-to-ceiling windows, looking out on the glittering lake and snow-capped volcano. The restaurant’s viewpoint is equally impressive, as is that of the heated indoor pool, which looks out across Lake Llanquihue and its dramatic black-sand beaches. Should you wish to explore the area further, the concierge can arrange a number of activities including birdwatching hikes, seaplane rides and kayaking.

Hotel Awa, Chile
Hotel Awa, Chile, Spa
Hotel Awa, Chile, Suite and Hotel

OCEAN

CAP ROCAT, MAJORCA

Located on a secluded stretch of Palma Bay, Cap Rocat (caprocat.com) is a beautiful hotel housed in an ancient fortress. Slotting seamlessly into the dramatic coastline, the property is regarded as an architectural triumph, having won awards for its design-led restoration work. Its esteemed spa is carved into the depths of the fortress, featuring a calming saltwater swimming pool, illuminated by golden sunlight pouring through the glass roof. The hotel is a vision in its own right, and the views only add to its charm.

The three Sentinels are the most sought-after suites in the property. These luxurious private nooks are carved into the rock of a cliff edge, positioned at defensive points where cannons were once hidden. Each one is utterly unique, with rough stone walls, wooden ceilings and a terrace complete with a private infinity pool. A king-sized bed is at the heart of each room, from which you can clearly see the deep blue of the Balearic Sea rippling below. After a peaceful night’s sleep, wake up to an invigorating yoga class by the hotel’s main pool, that directly overlook the bay, then amble down to the Sea Club restaurant (caprocat.com/en/sea-club/) for freshly caught fish and a glass of local wine.

Cap Rocat. Majorca, Sentinels Suite
Cap Rocat, Majorca
Cap Rocat, Majorca

WILDERNESS

SUJÁN JAWAI, RAJASTHAN

Settled in the wilderness at the foot of the Aravalli mountains, Suján Jawai (sujanluxury.com) is a remote camp offering a unique insight into the wild beauty of rural Rajasthan. Flanked by rugged granite hills and flowering khejri trees, the surrounding area is referred to as the land of the leopard, as it is home to the largest concentration in India. The ideal place to sit back, relax and take in the otherworldly desert sights, this Suján outpost comprises nine luxurious tents, including one royal suite, dotted across the grassland. The design of the camp is in perfect harmony with its surroundings, taking cues from traditional African safari with neutral tones, natural canvas and 1930s-style brushed-steel furnishings.

The tents are opulent, modern and elegant while still retaining a sense of adventure. Each one is lined with photographs of native leopards and dotted with bright red accents, a nod to the signature turbans worn by the Rabari herdsmen who guard the camp. All rooms feature a private veranda with a writing desk, seating area and binoculars, so you can while away the hours watching the world – and leopards – go by.

Suján Jawai, Rajasthan.
Suján Jawai, Rajasthan, Royal Tented Suite
Suján Jawai, Rajasthan, Suján Hill

MOUNTAIN

MATAKAURI LODGE, NEW ZEALAND

On the scenic shores of Lake Wakatipu, just a short jaunt from Queensland, lies Matakauri Lodge (robertsonlodges.com) an 11-suite hotel with awe-inspiring views of the big three mountains: The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peaks. The quiet, undisturbed setting of the property is reflected in its interiors, which combine a feeling of cosy authenticity with sleek modern design. In the majority of the rooms, wall-to-wall windows mean you don’t even need to leave your bed to see the sights – but in such a spectacular area, it would be a pity not to.

Everywhere you look there are jaw-dropping scenes: the fine-dining restaurant sits right on the water, serving local produce against the mountainous backdrop. The site of the spa is equally spectacular, boasting private floral gardens and a heated lake-view pool. The landscape lends itself well to a relaxing retreat, but it’s not all massages, lie-ins and local wine tastings. For those raring to explore Queensland’s reputation as an adventure hub, the lodge also offers an array of activities, including mountain biking, jet boating and even bungy jumping.

JUNGLE

BELMOND LA RÉSIDENCE PHOU VAO

Nestled high in the mountains above the historic town of Luang Prabang, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao (belmond.com) is a peaceful haven overlooking acres of lush tropical jungle. Sitting on the edge of a UNESCO world heritage site, the opulent hotel is surrounded by untouched beauty. This respect for nature runs throughout the thoughtfully designed property, with groomed gardens abundant in bougainvillea and papyrus plants, and interiors punctuated with locally-sourced fabrics and rosewood. The jewel in its crown is arguably the open-air Mekong Spa, where guests can indulge in authentic Loatian treatments before relaxing with fresh herbal tea in the garden-view pavilion.

There are 32 suites to choose from – the foliage-fringed garden suites are slightly more spacious, but the junior suites have the best vantage points, with large windows looking out on the mountains. After a day exploring the grounds or venturing into the town, cool down in the freshwater infinity pool that sits right on the edge of the cliff, almost as if you are swimming into the jungle below.

La Résidence Phou Vao, Loas
La Résidence Phou Vou, Loas, Swimming Pool
La Résidence Phou Vou, Loas, Swimming Pool

SUNSET

CAVO TAGOO, SANTORINI

Take one look at the sun setting in a blaze of colour over the Aegean Sea, and you’ll soon understand the popularity of Santorini. This quintessentially Greek island is synonymous with romantic retreats, owing to its postcard-perfect vistas, idyllic climate and iconic azure-domed churches. There are over 800 places to stay on this tiny island, but one of the most sought-after boutique hotels is Cavo Tagoo (cavotagoo.com), a white washed, minimalist villa perched high above the sea by the quaint village of Imerovigli.

The hotel is in prime position to watch those legendary sunsets, complete with the hazy shadow of the island’s famous volcanic caldera. The suites have been designed to make the most of the views – particularly impressive are the Cavo Tagoo and Diamond Suites, which feature roomy terraces with private infinity pools and jacuzzis. Creating a tranquil mood, the overarching aesthetic is modern with a boho-chic charm – think light-filled rooms dotted with copper bowls bowls, cut-out lanterns and driftwood coffee tables.

SAFARI

ULUSABA, SOUTH AFRICA

Imagine watching the sun rise on your terrace, only to spot a herd of elephants strolling by or a lioness reclining in the sun. This is what you can expect when waking up in the 65,000-hectare Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which is often touted as one of the top safari spots in Africa. Situated high on the summit of a koppie (Afrikaan for hill), the Rock Lodge at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve (ulusaba.com) affords the best view in the area, looking out across miles of South African bush, abundant in the big five game animals.

From the tranquil treatment rooms to the cosy wine tasting lounge, most shared spaces in the lodge feature floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing for incredible sights at every turn. All rooms in the Rock Lodge come with view, but the best in the house can be found in the nearby Cliff Lodge suites, which feature spacious viewing decks with pools, ideally situated to watch the wildlife roaming below.

Ulusaba, South Africa, Cliff Lodge Suite
Ulusaba, South Africa, Rock Lodge Suite, Treehouse Suite
Ulusaba, South Africa, Cliff Lodge Suite
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