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by The Daily Telegraph, March 22, 2016
Hotel rooms with amazing views.
Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza
This spectacular hotel is built into the side of a cliff, concealed by pine forests all around, with fabulous views of the Mediterranean in all its glory. In the north-west corner of the island, it is 10 minutes’ drive from the village of Sant Miquel and half an hour from the airport. Nearly all of the 77 rooms and suites have sea views.
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Four Seasons Moscow, Russia
The world’s best hotel view? Step inside a Kremlin-facing suite at the Four Seasons Moscow for a synapse-searing contender that must surely rank in the top 10. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal cinematic views of neighbouring St Basil’s, Red Square and the mighty Kremlin walls. A revolutionary backdrop that makes these suites the ultimate in post-clubbing party pads. Or simply spend an evening curled up on one of the sofas to marvel at a view that lends a wonderful sense of place.
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Park Hyatt Sydney, Australia
Sydney is a town obsessed with real estate and the Park Hyatt occupies the city’s top spot. Wake up to uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House staring straight back at you, begging you to get out of bed and explore. But you may just want to lie in and gawk at her beauty. You can also look up from your morning laps in the rooftop pool — those are the Art Deco curves of The Harbour Bridge above you.
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The Ritz-Carlton Singapore
The 16-year-old Ritz-Carlton seems to have it all — proximity to Marina Bay, imposing architectural presence thanks to the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kevin Roche and an impressive 4,200-piece modern art collection. Rooms come with unblocked views, either of Kallang or Marina Bay – the “26” series of corner-hugging Premier suites, the hotel’s biggest trump card, offer views of both the Marina Bay enclave and the Singapore Flyer.
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Shangri-La at The Shard, London, UK
You can't get a hotel room much closer to the clouds. The Shangri-La, within Renzo Piano's looming Shard, has 360-degree views of London.
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Mandarin Oriental New York, US
City View rooms looking out on the Manhattan skyline from the 38th and 39th floors of the Mandarin Oriental New York come with Asian cherry wood furnishings, marble bathrooms, Fili D’Oro linens and floor-to-ceiling windows.
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Shangri-La Paris, France
Originally the private mansion of Roland Bonaparte, eccentric botanist and great-nephew of Napoleon, the 101 suites and bedrooms evoke a grand classical lifestyle, some with balconies from which you can almost touch the Eiffel Tower across the river.
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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan
The hotel occupies the top floors of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower in Tokyo’s business and shopping district, with astounding views from floor-to-ceiling windows in all 179 rooms and suites. In the the meditative 37th-floor spa and its pool, nothing but glass comes between swimmer and the sight of snow-capped Mount Fuji bathed in the red glow of sunset.
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Explora Patagonia, Salto Chico, Chile
Located in the Torres del Paine National Park, you can expect existential-questioning-level views of Paine’s peaks and the surrounding glassy waters of Lake Pehoe. All 49 rooms have views of the landscape – plus there are no TVs or Wi-Fi, so as to distract you from the natural entertainment outside.
Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
This stridently modern glass-walled cocoon provides its guests with all the luxuries of a city hotel as well as a window on the beautiful, biodiversity-rich Choco-Darien cloudforest. Three ‘Yaku’ suites are the most ample, and have Philippe Starck-designed baths-with-a-view.
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Belmond Hotel Grand Timeo, Sicily
What can one say? In a hitlist of Great Views of the World, the panorama from the bar and restaurant terrace of the Timeo – over the clustered rooftops of Medieval Taormina, past the coves and headlands of eastern Sicily’s volcanic coastline and across to the puffing peak of Mount Etna – would surely place high in the top 10. A tip: try to push the budget to at least a Double Superior, as the starter-level Double Classics come without the view that is the Timeo’s chief calling card.
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The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
This is one of India’s best hotels, as much for its proximity to India’s most celebrated attraction — you can literally watch the subtle change in hues of the Taj Mahal from sunrise to sunset while lolling on your bed — as the detailed craftsmanship and design grandeur.
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Iconic Santorini, Greece
Enjoying fabulous views across Santorini's stunning caldera, Iconic Santorini was the island's first luxury cave-conversion hotel. Pictured above is The Cave Suite, whose outdoor terrace is set into the caldera’s volcanic rock. The jetted pool overlooks the Aegean.
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Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Grumeti, Tanzania
These riverine lodges are built on a gently sloping hill in the Grumeti in northern Tanzania, which is on the migratory route. The style is ‘traditional botanist’s camp’, with tented roofs and picture windows framing the river, plains and wildlife.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice
At the far eastern tip of the Giudecca island, the Belmond Cipriani gazes across the lagoon towards St Mark’s square. The Palladio Suite, with its own dock, private terrace and plunge pool, has full-length windows offering 180-degree views of Venice. It almost feels as though you’re floating on the water.
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Hotel Ranga, Hella, Iceland
You might catch the northern lights overhead at this high-end, cosy and intimate riverside hotel, which offers thoughtfully decorated suites and modern Nordic cuisine, an hour from Reykjavík. Beds are snug and many rooms have whirlpool baths and views of the active Hekla volcano.
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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, Scotland
A modern take on the grand hotel: doormen in top hats, afternoon teas and women in furs alongside first-class connectivity and impeccably refurbished rooms. Splash out on a ‘Castle View’ room for a heart-swelling outlook on life in Edinburgh.
Read the full review: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
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