With so many options, making decisions about travel is difficult. Making decisions about hotel accommodations is even more challenging. Only after scrutinizing the list of amenities, mapping out the proximity to places of interest, clicking through the photo gallery several times, and triple checking the WiFi policy, can travelers choose the hotel for their next big adventure. While some are satisfied with a comfy bed, plush pillows, and basic bathroom amenities, it might be worth it to splurge and book a hotel with a jaw-dropping view. The hotels below transport travelers one step closer to iconic destinations with their picturesque surroundings.
1. Mandarin Oriental, Prague
The rich cultural spirit and distinct architectural design of the city of Prague is captured exceptionally by the Mandarin Oriental retreat, a former 14th century monastery that offers a peaceful environment with a touch of opulence. Throughout the hotel, guests can catch captivating views of Prague including the ancient Prague Castle, the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. The Mandarin Oriental houses 79 contemporary rooms and 20 upscale suites, each equipped with modern luxury amenities.
The hotel’s gives guests a chance to taste Asian cuisine in the middle of Prague at Spices Restaurant and Bar, where innovative dishes are served under remarkable vaulted ceilings. With the ability to blend together two different cultures, Spices is becoming a popular favorite among guests and locals alike. In the hotel’s lounge and outdoor terrace, guests can dine at any time of the day on light dishes crafted by a skilled executive chef. Visitors are encouraged to make time to enjoy the Mandarin Oriental’s spa and wellness center, where the restful ambience leaves guests feeling revitalized and refreshed.
2. Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet, Istanbul
From the creamy walls to the arched windows, to the delicate mosaics and to the grand entryway, every element of the Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet exudes the true spirit of the Turkish culture. While each of the 54 luxury rooms and 11 lavish suites showcase the colorful surroundings, the hotel’s A’ya Rooftop Lounge has the most astonishing views of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, or Sultanahmet, with its towering minarets.
The Topaki Palace, as well as a handful of nearby museums that narrate the story of the Turkish people through ancient artifacts and historic artwork, accompany these neighboring landmarks. With more than years of practice, Four Seasons has perfected its high-quality dishes served at the in-house restaurant. Guests have the option of dining privately in their own rooms, in the restaurant, or in the hotel’s enclosed herb garden.
3. Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives
The scene of a popular desktop wallpaper comes to life at Jumeirah Vittaveli, where cottages appear to be floating above the crystal-clear, turquoise waters. Located on Bolifushi Island, the hotel is a mere 20 minutes from the capital city of Male. This Maldivian paradise, affiliated with the famous Burj al-Arab in Dubai, is recognized for its sweeping ocean views that foster the relaxing atmosphere present across the resort. Accommodating families and guests, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers 43 suites and villas on land and an additional 46 on the water, with each villa complete with a private swimming pool.
Complimentary bicycles make it easier to navigate through the winding paths, allowing more time for the wide range of water activities including snorkeling, windsurfing, and diving. The inventive dishes from any of the five restaurants served against a breathtaking background or the local products and treatments used to rejuvenate guests at the Talise spa will leave guests feeling pampered and wanting more.
4. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
It’s one of the most photographed hotels around the world, recognized by its three separate towers fused together by a roof terrace housing the unique Sands Skypark. From the public observation deck and private 490-foot infinity pool, the largest in the world, guests can take in the panoramic views of the modern city skyline. At Marina Bay Sands, guests can choose to stay in any of the 2,561 rooms where the indescribable views are best experienced in person.
When it comes to satisfying appetites, Marina Bay Sands offers a wide range of cuisines with an index of more than 60 restaurants. Guests will be inspired to work out 55 floors above the city and eager to soothe all five senses at the award-winning Banyan Tree Fitness Club and Spa. This luxury hotel is prepared to assist guests with all their needs, including last minute gifts with its gift shop and in-house florist services.
5. San Antonio, Santorini
Whether its lounging by the poolside, sipping cocktails at the Sun Lounge Bar, and taking in the breathtaking views of the infinity pool flowing seamlessly into the ocean or recharging at the volcanic spa suite overlooking the horizon, the San Antonio resort in Santorini is the perfect destination for pure relaxation. Constructed around the surrounding mountains, San Antonio offers guests seven different types of rooms and suites with stellar views of the ocean, as well as the caldera.
Burrowed alongside the rest of the resort, the Cliff Side Restaurant of San Antonio is located in the delightful town of Imerovigli and pleases guests with its fine delicacies paired with stunning sunset views. While spending time at San Antonio, guests can practice their yoga techniques at the special Dru Yoga classes designed to increase energy and relieve stress. The amiable staff is always available and ready to assist guests in planning romantic dinners or excursions outside the resort.