Whether the setting for your trip is a pristine palm-dotted beach with aquamarine waters; a steep, snow-covered mountain; or a legendary landmark that gleams at night, a dazzling locale can make your hotel stay.
A hotel with a view provides a sense of place, a memorable experience and a lot of material for your Instagram feed.
Forbes Travel Guide found hotels everywhere from Anguilla to Zurich with vistas that are so beautiful, you won’t want to stray from the property’s grounds. Take a peek at these scenic stunners:
Nestled inside a former medieval church and Byzantine tower, this Florentine gem exudes history. Two accommodations in particular feature unforgettable views: In the Pool Suite, soak in an outdoor whirlpool or enjoy a patio breakfast in the shadow of the Florence Cathedral and Giotto’s Bell Tower, and in the Pagliazza Tower Suite, the Duomo is just outside your window.
Jade Mountain Resort
The one-of-a-kind, open-air accommodations at this St. Lucia respite only have three walls, which puts you even closer to the majestic Pitons looming nearby. Hidden along a cliff that soars above the Caribbean Sea, the resort offers staggering sights.
The Prince Park Tower Tokyo
The Tokyo Tower hovers next to The Prince Park. Get an up-close look at the red-and-white landmark in the hotel’s Sky Lobby — sit near the window or in a tiered seat near the bar to see its glow at night.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
Witness the Strip roar to life from this non-gaming, 47-story oasis. Sleek rooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal the bright lights of Vegas nights and the surrounding desert landscape. The views are even better if you can snag a room with a window-facing tub.
Santorini Secret Suites & Spa
A cliffside perch and an amphitheatrical design give this boutique hotel incredible vistas everywhere from the suites to the alfresco restaurants. Gaze at the vast sea and the rocky caldera at sunrise — preferably with a Greek breakfast — and then again at sunset — preferably with local wine — when the swirling colors bounce on the water.
Mandarin Oriental, New York
Glimpse Central Park, the skyline and the Hudson River from this Columbus Circle tower. One of our favorite panoramas is from the 35th-floor MO Lounge, where you can sip an MO Fashioned (made with lapsang-souchong-tea-infused Knob Creek) and gaze out over the park’s treetops.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
This island paradise affords spectacular views at every turn, especially at Blu Beach Club, which overlooks a 1.2-mile lagoon that seemingly melts into the azure skies. Whether heading to the club’s decks, fiber-optic-lit “constellation” pool or treetop restaurant, you’ll get an eyeful.
Towering red rocks surround this Sedona escape. Reserve a recently renovated Pool Suite and take in Boynton Canyon, one of Arizona’s most picturesque box canyons, from your private pool, patio with a cozy fireplace or one of the viewing decks.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
Behold postcard-worthy turquoise waters from the Bora Bora haven’s two-bedroom villa. It looks out over the beach and lagoon from the enticing private pool. Or opt for an aerial lagoon view from Te Manu Bar’s treetop seating.
Bulgari Resort and Residences Dubai
Look one way at the Jumeirah Bay hotel and you’ll see Dubai’s cityscape. Turn the other way and it appears you’re on a tropical island. Discover the dual ocean-and-skyline views from Hoseki’s private dining room, La Limonaia lemon tree garden and some of the stylish rooms.
The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection
Tucked among Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, the sprawling 3,500-acre ranch lets the peaks steal the spotlight. They shine from places like the yurt, pergola, on-property High West Whiskey Distillery terrace (complete with Adirondack chairs) and Sky Suites and Rooms.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Sitting atop a 118-story skyscraper, the Five-Star hotel delivers knockout panoramas of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island’s skyline from every room. We are partial to the Deluxe Victoria Harbour Suite for its walls of windows that overlook the water and the city.
The Dolder Grand
This hilltop retreat floats above Zurich in the countryside. Observe the hotel’s historic main building, the city, Lake Zurich and the Alps from the top-floor Golf Suite, which has a vast terrace that lines the entire space and boasts a stunning 270-degree panorama.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
Who needs a TV when the waterfront Singapore hotel offers 360-degree views of magnificent Marina Bay? Rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows open up to futuristic Marina Bay Sands and other skyline standouts. Don’t miss a swim in the rooftop pool, which offers unobstructed vistas.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay
While all 80 accommodations at this newly renovated British Virgin Islands hideaway have unobstructed ocean scenery, the most impressive vantage point is from the One-Bedroom Pool Suites. Unwind in your own plunge pool overlooking the bay and then linger in your outdoor rain shower and patio.
Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers
Soak up a mesmerizing panorama from the elevated standalone tub in the Royal Etihad Suite. A window wall puts the city and Gulf on full display in the stone-filled bathroom. Bonus: Gape at 360-degree views from the hotel’s 74th-floor Observation Deck at 300.
Shangri-La Hotel Paris
Nab a front-row seat to the Eiffel Tower’s nightly light show at this palace. Many rooms, including La Suite Shangri-La, La Suite Gustave Eiffel and La Suite Chaillot, have balconies overlooking the 1,063-foot monument. In the summer, get the same Iron Lady vistas at the summer rooftop lounge Bar à ciel ouvert.
Experience sweeping 180-degree views of Manila Bay from Okada’s aptly named Manila Bay Suite. While you’ll keep busy with the two-bedroom suite’s massage room, entertainment room and bathroom jetted tubs, the warm hues of the sunset demand you stop and peer out the oversized windows.
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Sprawl out on a chaise lounge in The Ritz-Carlton Suite’s wrap-around terrace to take in the electric-blue water lapping the sandy shores. Or admire the Cancun getaway’s stretch of Caribbean Sea from the top-floor suite’s outdoor oversized soaking tub.
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
Peer through the large windows at the Budapest hotel’s Corvinus Art Collection, Presidential and Executive suites to see the hulking Ferris wheel spinning just outside in Erzsébet Square. Be sure to catch the 213-foot-tall wheel in the evening when it’s illuminated and festive.
Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, Anguilla
Each of the 108 rooms and suites at this alluring Anguilla refuge comes with spacious verandas or balconies overlooking the crystal-clear waters of Maundays Bay. The buildings’ whitewashed Moorish-Greco arches perfectly frame the palm trees and the bright aqua waves.
Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley
A mid-mountain Deer Valley, Park City, locale gives Stein Eriksen a prime perch during ski season when it transforms into a winter wonderland. Stay inside, grab a hot chocolate and watch the skiers glide down the slopes, or hit the outdoor hot tub to see the mountain action.
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
Take your pick of striking Atlantic Ocean or Miami skyline vistas in this all-suite wellness sanctuary, where top-to-toe windows come standard in all accommodations. For the most soothing backdrop, select a two-bedroom apartment with a balcony and enjoy unfettered wave watching.
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero
Residing on the top 11 floors of a 48-story building, the newly opened Four Seasons has the highest guest rooms in the city and unparalleled vistas of the bay and attractions like Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica Pyramid, Coit Tower and more.