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