Next Level: The Best Clifftop Hotels In The World

Next Level: The Best Clifftop Hotels In The World

Taking the meaning of “hanging out” quite literally, these awe-inspiring hotels will leave you breathless – and hopefully not just due to vertigo.

Polurrian Bay Hotel


Cornwall has some of the UK’s most beautiful cliffs and The
Polurrian Bay Hotel sits atop one of the very finest. Overlooking
the Lizard Peninsula and offering British hospitality at its best
with plenty of quintessential Cornish touches, it’s both child- and
pet-friendly – ideal for some true British escapism with all the
family in tow.



Located rather anonymously in central Vietnam, Amanoi envelops
its surroundings in a characteristically subtle way. Straddling a
vertigo-inducing ridge, you’re spoilt for choice with either ocean
or mountain vistas. With meandering paths taking you between
secluded villas or down to the deserted beach, the high point is
the hotel lobby with sweeping 360-degree views. The best of both
worlds, ocean lovers can while away lazy days down on the pristine
beach – though we recommend spending your time gazing at nothing
from the elevated heights of the infinity pool.

Alila Uluwatu


The ultimate Balinese destination, Alila Villas Uluwatu is
architecturally inspiring and eco-friendly to boot. Priding itself
on luxury service with personal butlers, standalone pool villas and
several top-notch restaurants and a spa, it would be a pretty
exceptional hotel wherever it was – but what sets it above other
luxury retreats is its clifftop perch with jaw-dropping panoramas
over the Indian Ocean. Views are best enjoyed from the resort’s
infinity pool or while sipping a cocktail in a signature cabana
jutting out over the crashing waves.

Post Ranch Inn

Big Sur, California

Located in Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn is the place to stay if
you’re road tripping Route 1. While room types include funky tree
houses, the 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean from the
cliff-edge cabins are unrivalled – the perfect place to sip
Californian wine while watching the uninterrupted sunset. A
favourite among Hollywood A-listers, the hotel also has an
award-winning restaurant, horizon-hugging infinity pools and a
phenomenal spa.

Intercontinental Koh Samui


Koh Samui historically evokes images of tourist-thronged beaches
and rather suspect cocktail buckets. But the Intercontinental shuns
the crowds and occupies an unspoilt stretch along the island’s
western coast. It offers all the slick trimmings and luxury touches
expected of the chain but with an added dazzle thanks to the
striking ocean view. Possibly the world’s best sundowner location,
you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away from the mesmerising
sunsets, day after glorious day.

Hacienda Na Xamena


Ibiza has its fair share of boutique boho hotels but what sets
this one apart – aside from being Ibiza’s first five-star hotel –
is its location nestled in a national park and built into the side
of a cliff. Sweeping Mediterranean views entice you at every turn,
but the showstopper of the hotel has to be the “cascades”, a series
of outdoor heated pools linked by waterfalls tumbling down the
hillside. It’s the ultimate hedonistic retreat.

Jade Mountain Resort Caribbean

St Lucia

So mesmerising is the view from each of the 24 rooms as this
luxury St Lucia resort that they are called “sanctuaries”, each
offering a seamless open living space merging bedroom, lounge and
private infinity pool. The whole resort is blended harmoniously
into the hillside, affording every room spectacular panoramas of
the Caribbean Sea. The hotel is perfectly prepped for swooning
honeymooners with everything geared towards romantic seclusion and
heart-fluttering sunsets.

Mystique Hotel


Built on the gorgeous cliffs of Santorini, the hotel’s
whitewashed curves sit perfectly alongside the uninterrupted sea
views. An obligatory infinity pool awaits, hanging on the edge of
the volcanic cliffs with the whole resort blending luxury with a
seamless integration into nature. All cavernous suites boast views
of the Aegean and the smoking volcano beyond. If you can drag
yourself away, Oia village itself is well worth a wander, with the
whole place feeling like it is carved into the hillside.

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