For those who prefer the comfort of breakfast in bed, as oppose to getting up to go sight-seeing, now you can do both! From jagged peaks to rolling countryside, some hotels are generously endowed in the eye candy department. Order a glass of champagne and get the best view without leaving your hotel room, with the following best selection of perfectly situated hotels.
Casa Angelina, Italy
The seaside road leading towards Praiano offers endless vistas of the sea, and peek-a-boo views of the white walls of Casa Angelina clinging to cliffs of Southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Your days here will be spent soaking in the warm sun, sipping chilled Falanghina, and dipping your toes into the ocean on the private and picturesque beach of La Gavitella which is accessed by a private glass elevator and 200 steps. There are also a fleet of Sea Gem boats at your disposal for when you desperately need some wind in your hair.
Huka Lodge, New Zealand
When director Peter Jackson needed a suitable backdrop for his Lord of the Rings trilogy he chose the countryside of New Zealand, and the environs of Huka Lodge bear more than a passing resemblance to Middle Earth’s Shire. This quaint lodge is located among lush forest on New Zealand’s North Island, with the sounds of the nearby Waikato River forming the soundtrack to a restful night’s sleep. Fly-fishing is a popular activity at this former fisherman’s retreat, while bungee jumping and skydiving can be found nearby for those seeking adrenaline-fuelled fun.
Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal
Douro Valley marks Six Senses first foray into the European hotel scene, and it’s clear a wise choice was made once one claps eyes on the stunning locale.
The hotel sits in a manor house high on a hill overlooking the myriad vineyards and greenery of this fertile corner of Portugal. Guests seeking a quiet retreat will find all they seek here and more, just 90-minutes by car from Porto.
It’s clear plenty of thought went in to the renovation here, with the New York-based Clodagh Design faithfully bringing this 19th-century lodging up to the highest modern standards. Guests can choose from 71 different rooms and suites, each festooned with oak flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows and a colorful tone.
Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland
Time seems to have stood still in Gstaad. This tiny Swiss town is home to more cows than people, something borne out by the ample amounts of farmland in the area. Stiff restrictions on development have seen the town change little over the last 100-years, with the development of Alpina Gstaad taking over 20-years to come to fruition.
Thankfully, the hotel proved worth the wait, decorated lovingly with a hand-selected art collection, recovered wood interiors and state-of-the-art lighting systems.
In winter, skiing is the main attraction and Alpina Gstaad offers close proximity to over 250 kilometers of pistes, 62 lifts, as well as a high-altitude glacier. In summer, the town comes alive with outdoor sports enthusiasts looking to experience world-class hiking and mountain biking. Coupled with the opulent Six Senses Spa that’s on-site, it won’t be long until Alpina Gstaad is no longer a secret for discerning travelers.
Anjajavy l’Hôtel, Madagascar
Set along the scenic Mozambique Channel, Madagascar’s Anjajavy l’Hôtel offers 24 extravagant rosewood villas right on the beachfront. Each of these villa accommodations boasts a large terrace overlooking the sea, as well as a small staircase that leads up to a private relaxation room. The area surrounding the hotel is a nature reserve home to over 1,800 floral species, many of which are endemic. Given the coastal location, it’s no surprise there are plenty of aquatic activities on deck including deep sea fishing charters and snorkeling among coral.
As usual with an Aman hotel, the location of Amandayan is spectacular, and then some. An ancient city, Dayan has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s here the hotel is perched, overlooking an intricate bridge/canal system and dramatic mountainous landscape.
35 luxurious suites await discovery at Amandayan, all contemporary in style and unmistakably Chinese. Each Suite is decorated with local materials and opens onto a courtyard or a terrace with views of the local rooftops or the awe-inspiring mountains nearby.
Aman’s Spa leans heavily on traditional Chinese medicine to provide a world-class wellness facility. Four treatment rooms are on hand to offer massages, exfoliations, acupuncture and cupping. The Spa is also home to a large heated pool, a fully equipped gym and Pilates studio.
Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island
First settled by Polynesian mariners in the 7th century, Rapa Nui, or Easter Island as it’s also known, now welcomes tourists from around the globe who want to get up close and personal with the island’s iconic carved stone heads. All-inclusive Explora Rapa Nui provides a prime spot from which to explore. The lodge houses 30 understated suites, each with expansive ocean views and modern amenities (minus distracting TVs). The swimming pool, Jacuzzi and massage hut are more relaxing ways to pass the time. Given the island’s remote location and delicate eco-system, the lodge is fully LEED-certified to ensure minimal impact on the local area.
Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada
There’s something magical about this part of the world: maybe it’s the snow covered pine trees, imposing mountain ranges, or pristine lakes. But it might just be Fairmont Banff Springs. Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, this elegant retreat gives its stunning surroundings a run for their money.
Awaken to timeless design, crisp mountain air, and sweeping views. Wrap yourself in a plush robe and enjoy a leisurely brunch before a day of hiking, ice skating, or skiing at one of three nearby resorts. Return in time for a fireside cocktail before indulging in a wide selection of cuisine to please any gastronomic craving, be it innovative appetizers or steaks grilled to perfection.