When you think about luxury hotels you probably imagine elegant communal spaces, refined restaurants, luxe suites and discreet, attentive service. But when you look out of your window, or step out onto your private balcony, what do you want to see? A pampering holiday experience is about more than just a five-star interior, it is about a setting which makes you feel relaxed, perhaps even a little awed, and gives you a sense of splendour and wonder at the natural world around you.
Those properties that are set in the most breath-taking landscapes, with immense panoramic views make the biggest impression on me. So here is a run down of my top three luxury hotels from around the world with a view to remember.
Mountain Vistas in Mallorca
The stunning mountainous region of Pollensa, on the island of Mallorca, is the ideal setting for accommodation with a view so it’s no surprise that the family owners of the thirteenth-century villa, Llenaire, decided to convert the manor house into a luxury hotel. With just eight elegant bedrooms, guests can enjoy spectacular views out across the Tramuntana Mountains.
To encourage visitors to make the best of these wonderful vistas, the hoteliers are happy to loan guests bicycles to explore the local terrain. But for those who prefer to drink in the scenery from a more relaxing position there is also a wonderful salt-water infinity pool on the stylish sun terrace.
Island Idyll in Bermuda
What better sight to see out of your bedroom window than a beautiful private beach, glistening with the pink sands of Bermuda, lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic? This is the view which greets the guests of The Reefs Hotel & Club Suites in Bermuda. The elegant property, set on its own stretch of coast, offers some of the best ocean views on the island, particularly from one of the private Club condos with their large balconies, complete with hot tub.
Vineyard Elegance in Croatia
The Meneghetti Wine Hotel in Croatia offers a very different view to guests looking for a secluded rural getaway. Set in the heart of a country estate surrounded by traditional vineyards and olive groves, the Meneghetti feels a million miles away from the toils of modern urban life. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy the regular wine tastings offered by the owners which include many of the estate’s own wines.
So next time you are considering which of the wide range of luxury hotels in which you would like to spend your next getaway, remember to think beyond the ambience and facilities of the accommodation itself to the vistas and scenery beyond its walls. After all, you can put great five-star service and fine furnishings anywhere, but you can’t change the splendour of a naturally breath-taking vista in which the building is situated.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing accommodation in luxury hotels across Europe and Bermuda. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.