Million dollar views: 6 of the world's best resort views

Following on from our previous series where we looked at the world’s best city hotel views, we now turn our attention to the world’s most jaw dropping resort views. While city views are entirely dependent on mankind’s ability to build structures and turn buildings into art and entire cityscapes into neon-lit bright reflections of a starry night, resorts tend to let their surroundings and good ol’ Mother Nature do the talking.

The best resorts that come with the best views try to incorporate their surroundings into the complex and add to the view, rather than highlight the resort and take away from it. Often, the resorts angle their structures so as to make the best of a guest’s field of view.

With the Earth being over 70% water, naturally, endless sea views dominate this list, with mountains, another prominent topographical feature, also accounting for much of the rest, often within the same landscape.

Jade Mountain, St Lucia

The three-walled rooms open up to vistas of mountain peaks and sea, complemented perfectly by the infinity pool in your suite. With TVs barred from the room, put your smartphone down and make the most of this once in a lifetime view.

Jade Mountain, St Lucia

Karma Kandara, Bali, Indonesia

Perched on a secluded cliff on one of Asia’s most visited islands, Karma Kandara hangs just over the coral-fringed, warm, crystal clear waters of Kandara Beach, with views towards of the ocean from a height, and with the soft, sandy beach just at the footsteps.

Karma Kandara, Bali, Indonesia

Grace Hotel Santorini, Greece

Grace Hotel Santorini is built specifically to enjoy iconic white-washed Santorini and its nearby islands, as well as some of the most picturesque sunrises and sunsets. At the peak of Caldera, the large, uniquely shaped infinity pool is the perfect place from which to soak in uninterrupted views.

Grace Hotel Santorini, Greece

Amangiri, Utah, USA

The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most astounding landscapes, formed by the Colorado River slowly scything its way over time through billions of years of rock formations. This dramatic backdrop is the setting for Amangiri, tucked into a protected valley at the border of Arizona and Utah, replete with a pool set around a protruding rock, with expansive views over this intensely vivid landscape.

Amangiri, Utah, USA

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia

This island in the middle of the South Pacific retains its charm and is often visited by honeymooners, precisely for the view. Set amid a lagoon and a barrier reef, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, in some ways, provides much the same view as Jade Mountain at St Lucia, with crystal clear waters and a jagged 700 metre mountain peak that was formerly a volcano that pierces the sky, but from sea-level, so you can marvel at the peaks of Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, while swimming with various sea creatures in the coral-friendly blue waters.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Wildflower Hall, Shimla, India

Formerly the summer capital of British India, Shimla is set high in southwestern Himalayas, among the world’s youngest, highest and most scenic mountain ranges. Wildflower Hall, formerly a residence of Lord Kitchener, sits at 8,250 feet above sea level offering a tranquil sanctuary and jaw dropping views below, particularly from the outdoor heated Jacuzzi.

Wildflower Hall, Shimla, India

Have we missed any places out? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments (14)

  1. Out of the above 5 I have seen Wildflower Hall, Shimla and Amangiri, Utah but Greece is something which is way ahead from all 4. Would love to visit it soon.

  2. Anna Parker says:

    you got me at the grace hotel! we stayed in the vanderbilt and love their style and service, but add that to a view like this and it is like heaven i imagine! i read earlier they’re opening a peloponese one in 2017 – can. not. wait.

  3. I have never been fortunate enough to stay at any of these locations but what I love about this post is that each of these destinations are very unique in their own way. From the gorgeous serenity of the beach/island location of Bora Bora to the rugged, yet beautiful landscape close to the Grand Canyon you have a wide variety of options here to meet everyone’s needs.

    Personally which would I opt for…well, I would have to say Bora Bora just because out of all these, it is probably the most unrealistic location purely because there are so many added costs of actually getting there and that’s before you consider hotel options.

  4. Kathryn says:

    They all look superb! A spectacular sea view or mountainscape can only be beaten when the two combine yet when I look at that the shot of the Grace Hotel in Santorini I can literally feel myself relaxing. I can imagine how wonderful it must be to stay there.

  5. Kerri says:

    Oh Santorini – brings back fond memories of such a beautiful and relaxing place! We didn’t have the pleasure of staying at the Grace hotel but if we ever go back it looks like the place to stay!

  6. Stunning views! Got some really good photo’s whilst traveling and hoping to get some luxury footage of places like this :)

  7. I have never heard of that hotel un Utah. Stunning!!! Definitely missing other places. Costa Rica, Thailand and some island in the Caribbean come to mind.

  8. Chinmoy Lad says:

    Antonio – you should check out Amangiri (and all the Amanresorts really). It’s a real treat.

    Thanks all for the response – I was definitely going for a more ‘varied’ approach rather than to have them all be beach, sea, mountain.

  9. Geoff says:

    Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California. Best views on the planet and my favourite place in the world. Balconies overlook the ocean, set on a cliff top.

  10. I can definitely agree with Karma Kandara, having been there. Absolutely incredible place!!
    The rest are on my yet-to-experience, but I’d say my top choice of all of these is Bora Bora. I know the Maldives provides a similar experience with the over-water bungaloes and pristine waters, but there’s just something about Bora Bora that makes it unique and inviting!

  11. Francois says:

    Bora Bora… Dream among the dreams… Hope to stay there soon at Four Seasons or Le Meridien, both awarded several times as best resort in the world!

  12. These are million dollar views only in that one most probably needs to be near millionaire status to stay at the these places. There are millions of similar spectacular views all around the world from smaller hotels which Every Day Joe can afford e.g I’ve stayed in a small hotel in Istanbul that had spectacular views of the Blue Mosque from one side and the Golden Horn on the other for just over $80 a night, and right on the beach hotels with wonderful sea views of the Greek Cyclades for $50 a night.

  13. Saurabh Jain says:

    Great Post never heard of any of these hotels. Will definitely go to Wildflower Hall, Shimla, India. Rest will be difficult but will try Shimla Hotel..

  14. Nagib Omar says:

    Another place with a million dollar view is Ngoro Ngoro Crater in Arusha, Tanzania. Hotels available are Serena, Sopa Lodges.

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