10 Clifftop Hotels with Spectacular Views

10 Clifftop Hotels with Spectacular Views
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From the lively living of Ibiza to the snows of Norway, these are some of the best clifftop hotels around the world. Put them on your bucketlst of rooms with a view. Or just browse for a visual treat

Nakshatra Shah
February 06 , 2021
18 Min Read

They overlook famous sites, stunning landscapes, and city skylines. We curated a list of hotels for a memorable stay with front row seats to the best views in the world. 

Fannarakhytta Lodge in Norway’s Adventurous Outdoors

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If snow-clad mountains close to the Arctics define the term ‘solace’ for you, then Norway might be the perfect destination. The Scandinavian country is home to glaciers, coastal fjords and white mountains. At an elevation of 2068 metres, on the peak of Fannaraken, lies Fannarakhytta, one of the highest tourist lodges in Norway. Hiking, fishing, and outdoor winter adventures are a part of your stay here. And you can grab the best visual bite of sunrise from here. Fannarakhytta offers a stunning view of the Hurrungane Mountains and the Jostedal glacier. This Nordic land pretty much fulfils the idea of a winter getaway full of adventure and views. 

Hacienda Na Xamena in the lively Balearic Island

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While this Balearic Island has made itself a prominent part of Mike Posner’s song and a movie title, Ibiza has a global reputation of being the ‘liveliest nightlife’ destination of the world. But beyond the nightclubs of Sant Antoni and Ibiza town, there are several other attractions that lure tourists from around the world. Quaint villages, charming hill tops, yoga retreats also add to the spirit of this island. If you are staying at Ibiza, you cannot miss the experience of enjoying the view Hacienda Na Xamena offers. Known to be Ibiza’s first five-star hotel, Hacienda Na Xamena is located at the side of a cliff and is within the premises of a national park. A series of outdoor heated pools called ‘cascades’ linked by waterfalls tumbling down the hillside, add to the charm of this hotel. An indoor pool, an on-site restaurant, a luxe spa combined with a bewitching view of the Mediterranean, make this an inescapable experience. 

Mystique Hotel nestled in the magnificence of Santorini

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If you’ve watched the Angelina Jolie starrer ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’, you must have wondered what shooting location was used as Lara’s mansion. Well, it was one of those lovely villas in Santorini. One of the islands in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is popular for its stunning sunsets and multi-coloured cliffs. The Mystique Hotel makes staying at Santorini even more enticing, with its infinity pool and a gorgeous cliffside view. Carved on the rugged Caldera cliffs of Oia, this luxury collection hotel, seamlessly blends comfort and natural surroudings. Overlooking the hypnotic turquoise blue Aegean, decked with cave-style suites, and view of the volcano beyond, Mystique offers a true taste of Santorini. 

Bulgari Resort Perched at Bali’s Southern Tip

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An all-out tourist paradise, abundant in stunning hotels in charming locations, Bali is one of the most popular holiday destinations. From temples, to beaches, to resort towns, Bali is also abundant in natural views. The Bulgari Resort is placed on the Bukit peninsula on the southern tip of Bali and offers ocean-gazing at its best. Beneath the hotel lies a secluded beach that one can reach using a glass elevator ascending 500 foot down from the cliff face. The resort has ocean view villas, a restaurant, four bars and a pool. 

Yunak Evleri Hotel at Turkish Mountain Cliffs

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Popular for combing Oriental and European elements, Turkey is not just a tourist destination, it is a cultural experience. The melting pot extends to the fascinating cuisine (that includes the mouthwatering baklava and traditional Turkish tea). This country enjoys a unique geographic location, and is quite the tourists’ hub. Located in Cappadocia, Yunak Evleri Hotel is one of the finest places to stay in Turkey. The rooms at Yunak have been modelled with a touch of the local Turkish life. Cave rooms decorated Ottoman style offer an aesthetic time-travel into an ancient lifestyle. A Greek mansion sits at the top of the cave houses, combining luxury and tradition.

Monastero Santa Rosa on Italy’s Amalfi Coast

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Italy with its permanent footprints on the culinary map of the world, is also home to some of the most prepossessing travel destinations. Art, food, landmark ruins attract several tourists to this country each year. Monastero Santa Rosa is snuggled on the Amalfi coast in Italy and was a monastery in the 17th century. Below Santa Rosa lies a fishing village, adding to its breathtaking view and sense of seclusion from a busy metropolis life to a quaint and charming village one. Positano and Amalfi are clearly visible from here and a pool at the edge, adds to the luxe of this hotel. 

Post Ranch Inn on the Cliffs of Big Sur, USA

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An adults-only property, the Post Ranch Hotel was once a homestead and was later remodelled into a luxury living collection. Placed on the cliffs of Big Sur, it attracts honeymooners and tourists looking for an opportunity to reconnect with their partner and nature at the same time. It is the definition of eco-lux. One of the most strikingly gorgeous hotels in the world, Post Ranch overlooks mountains, cliffs and sprawling natural landscapes. The Jade Pool faces the ocean on the edge of the Big Sur cliff. With its organic architecture, eco-sensitive rooms and spellbinding natural surroundings, Post Ranch makes for a perfect romantic getaway. 

Ladera Resort on the Tropical Caribbean Land

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Another adults-only property, the Ladera Resort is nestled in St. Lucia. Stretching sands, mesmerising sunsets and turquoise waters of the Caribbean make Ladera a luxurious tropical stay. With its 37 suites decked in hardwood, there are private plunge pools and open walls adding to the overall experience. Ladera’s onsite restaurant is also considered one of the best on the island. One can enjoy horseback riding, catamaran cruises and a beautiful undisturbed view of the entire landscape.  

Culzean Castle in the heart of Burns country, Scotland

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Globally known for its fine whiskey, Scotland also gave the world its classic ‘Loch Ness Monster’ folklore. A rich history and a natural Highland charm make Scotland a really interesting tourist destination. The Culzean Castle is perched on a clifftop in Maybole, and lies at the heart of the rugged Scottish countryside. Flaunting its Robert Adam architecture, Culzean is a property that dates back to the 18th century. Once fashioned for the residence of the 10th Earl of Cassillis, it is now one of the finest Georgian structures in Scotland. Dreaming of a Celtic getaway? Culzean might just be the perfect destination. 

La Casa Que Canta in a Mexican Fishing Village

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Sitting over the water, and cut into a hillside above Zihuatanejo Bay, La Casa Que Canta offers the privacy of a vacation home with a ravishing view of the naturalscape around. Wrapped by the ocean, this luxury hotel in Zihuatanejo, Mexico has thatched roofs, intricate handcrafted interiors, and an open-air Mar Y Cielo restaurant.The freshwater pool pavilion is carved from the rocks.  Enjoy a meal with the sound of the waves crashing on the cliffside.  La Casa Que Canta truly stands for ‘The House That Sings’.

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