Hotels With Breathtaking Water Views
The thought of waking up to water views every morning is, of course, something that many dream of. The calming allure would be the perfect way to start the day, even more so if you’re on vacation.
While it’s easy to list hotels and resorts in Maldives – which incidentally has two thirds of the world’s overwater bungalows – we put together a mix that boasts eclectic harbour views and ones where land meets water seamlessly.
POST RANCH INN, BIG SUR
As secluded as it can get, Post Ranch Inn sits along a rocky ridge of Californian cliff, perched high above the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by stunning and lush landscaping.
The rooms are made from recycled redwoods so you know you’re getting close to nature. As the sunset brings the temperature down, jump into one of the cliff-top basking spas and gaze at the stars.
The panoramic views of the sparkling ocean is hard to beat but what makes it even better is that this is an adult-only property and would make the perfect getaway for those seeking a romantic and relaxing getaway.
How to get to Post Ranch Inn: A 2-hour drive from San Francisco, Post Ranch Inn is located along the scenic coastal Highway 1 and can only be reached by car. During closure to Highway 1, Post Ranch Inn is accessible via helicopter from Del Monte Aviation at Monterey Regional Airport.
PIER ONE SYDNEY HARBOUR, SYDNEY
When you think of Sydney, one of the first iconic features that springs to mind is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Thanks to its location, the architectural monument is in full spectacle when you stay at Pier One Sydney Harbour.
Nestled in Walsh Bay and built on and over the water, this hotel is the perfect luxury escape for both travellers and staycationers. Imagine waking up and having breakfast in the water front rooms while watching the ferries and yachts navigate the Sydney Harbour waters.
Circular Quay, The Rocks and the newly developed precinct, Barangaroo, are a short walk away so guests are spoilt with choices when it comes to dining and entertainment options.
How to get to Pier One Sydney Harbour: The best way to get here is by Uber or taxi, which will take approximately 30 minutes from Sydney International Airport.
KATIKIES HOTEL, SANTORINI
The first thing you’ll notice at Katikies Hotel is the minimal all-white style and design. Of course, the magnificent glistening backdrop of the Aegean Sea also beckons.
With three infinity pools to choose from, you’ll never run out of places to swim, relax and busk in the sun. Choose from a complimentary buffet breakfast or order from the menu and have breakfast served in your own terrace while you enjoy the azure vista.
While the hotel sits atop the cliffs of Caldera and requires navigation by stairs, you’ll soon forget about this when you see the stunning views in the horizon.
How to get to Katikies Hotel: Only 18km from Santorini airport, the best way to get to Katikies Hotel would be the roundtrip shuttle, offered for a surcharge.
SRI PANWA, PHUKET
Commanding an alluring view of the Andaman sea, Sri Panwa is perched atop Cape Panwa on the Southeastern tip of Phuket and offers a modern yet secluded getaway like no other.
Many of the villas come with its own infinity pool but nothing beats the 360-degree ocean vista from the main pool, which also houses the rooftop bar, Baba Nest, in the middle. Talk about going from pool to bar with ease.
Whether you’re after a culinary delight or a sensory recharge with one of the many pamper packages or water adventure including kayaking and snorkelling, this luxury villa & resort caters to all.
How to get to Sri Panwa: From Phuket International Airport, the trip can take up to 90 minutes due to its location so pre-arrange for your transfers.
INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG, HONG KONG
There’s no place in the world that juxtaposes calming harbour views against incredible city skylines like Hong Kong.
InterContinental Hong Kong is located on Kowloon, in the centre of Tsim Sha Tsui, home to luxury shopping malls, museums and entertainment. Throw in an infinity pool that appears to sluice into Victoria Harbour and you’ll understand why this hotel is on this list.
Whether you’ve come for a luxury shopping spree or to indulge in the eclectic Asian flavours, the central proximity and water views make InterContinental Hong Kong an easy choice.
How to get to InterContinental Hong Kong: Hong Kong is a well-connected metropolis serviced by subway, ferries, trams and buses but the best way is to jump into a taxi. The trip will take approximately 30 minutes.