While our own views are somewhat limited, being homebound and safe while the coronavirus pandemic is addressed globally, there is no reason why we shouldn't still be mesmerized by the beauty of international destinations. Here is a selection of inspiring views from some of the world’s best hotels to see you through this time where you might feel restricted physically but you can still wander to your heart's content. And maybe note down some venues to visit once you can travel again!
ASHFORD CASTLE, IRELAND
800 year old Ashford Castle is Ireland’s most luxurious hotel, and has been voted the world’s ‘Best Hotel’ (Virtuoso Awards – 2015), so it’s no surprise that the views on offer from its 83 rooms, suites and private accommodations are sensational. Situated on the shores of Lough Corrib, and with 350 acres of its stunning Estate scenery to enjoy, the views of the gorgeous green landscapes of the Irish West Coast are breath-taking in every direction. Sister property, The Lodge at Ashford Castle, offers similarly beautiful views from a more contemporary manor house. Your royal adventure begins when you enter through the grand stone gates. Discover exquisite interiors, delicious cuisine, a passionate team, a wealth of estate activities and the state-of-the-art spa. As a National Geographic ‘Unique Lodge of the World’, Ireland’s first Forbes five-star and former home of the Guinness family, this hotel is exceptional in every sense.
BUSHMANS KLOOF, SOUTH AFRICA
Nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains on South Africa's dramatic lesser-known west coast, Bushmans Kloof is an ecological oasis and a magical wilderness retreat, offering unforgettable views of African landscapes, including open plains, unspoiled starry skies, sandstone formations and ancient bush art sites dating back 10,000 years; and of the endemic wildlife of the area. The reserve is also home to 35 species of mammals and exotic wildlife to spot, from the Cape Mountain Zebra to the Bat-Eared Fox, or perhaps even the elusive Cape Leopard. Award-winning Bushmans Kloof offers a unique wilderness experience (a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World), just three hours from Cape Town. Renowned for passionate service and generous hospitality, accommodation comprises 16 guest rooms and suites, plus Koro Lodge and the new Cederberg House, two stunning and exclusive private villas.
THE OYSTER BOX, DURBAN
Durban’s best loved hotel serves up the most sensational views – from its 86 rooms guests can gaze out over the ocean and Umhlanga’s golden beaches, flanked by the historic red and white lighthouse, an icon of the local area. The hotel rings a bell whenever dolphins can be spotted playing in the surf – now that’s a view! Considered a national treasure, South Africa’s most cherished hotel stands majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic Umhlanga lighthouse. Discover timeless elegance, original artwork and a multitude of dining options including the famous curry feast, high tea and oyster bar, all served by a caring and passionate team. Indulge in the award-winning spa, while listening to the chatter of the monkeys and exotic birds in the tropical gardens.
THE TWELVE APOSTLES, CAPE TOWN
The only hotel situated inside Table Mountain National Park, Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers Cape Town’s finest views. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and with uninterrupted views of Table Mountain from almost every room there is no better vista in the city – so much so that the hotel’s famous Leopard Bar is the premier location for sundowners. The award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is poised above the Atlantic Ocean on Cape Town’s most scenic route. Well established as the city’s leading boutique hotel, it provides easy access to all attractions, including a complimentary shuttle service to the pristine beaches of Camps Bay and the V&A Waterfront. Be spoilt with spectacular ocean or mountain views from most of the 70 bedrooms and suites, each superbly designed to provide the utmost comfort and style. Special features include the tranquil Spa, a private cinema, Azure Restaurant, The Café Grill and The Leopard Bar.
HOTEL D’ANGLETERRE, GENEVA
The elegant Hotel d’Angleterre is situated at the edge of Lake Leman and has magnificent views of the famous Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc – it offers one of the very best views in Geneva. This beautiful boutique hotel showcases British charm and character with the finest of Swiss hospitality. The ideal blend of discreet sophistication with passionate service, the 39 individually styled guest rooms and six elegant suites are designed with exquisite art and furnishings. Delicious international cuisine is served in the celebrated Windows restaurant overlooking the lake, including Mrs Tollman’s signature dishes. The famous Leopard Bar and Cigar Lounge is the most popular night spot in the city for exceptional cocktails and live music each evening.
SUMMER LODGE, DORSET
The landscapes of Dorset have inspired writers for centuries, and you can enjoy stunning views of one of its chocolate box villages from the stunning, five-star Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant. The village of Evershot in which the hotel is located was written about extensively by Thomas Hardy, and he even designed part of the property during his architecture period. These are the charming, English views of dreams. Set within the enchanting village of Hardy’s Evershot and surrounded by rolling hills, this five-star country house hotel epitomizes the ultimate in traditional style, genuine warm service and innovative and delicious menus to rival the best in the world. With a relaxing spa, indoor pool, private tennis court and miles of beautiful countryside to explore, this is the quintessential luxurious escape.
THE OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE, GUERNSEY
The only five-star hotel on Guernsey, the historic Old Government House (or the OGH as it is known locally) is at the heart of the community, and offers panoramic sea views from its proud position on the hill in the heart of St Peter Port, just minutes from the quayside. This historic hotel with panoramic sea views, sits proudly just up the hill from the main shopping street and a five-minute walk from the quay side. Exceeding expectations with exceptional food, service and 63 beautifully designed rooms, a dedicated team treats every guest as a friend returning home, with passionate pride for fine traditional hospitality. With traditional grandeur, a red carpet leads you up the marbled entrance, with exquisite furnishings to discover within. Discover fine dining in the Brasserie and the authentic Curry Room; indulge at leisure over Afternoon Tea and enjoy cocktails at The Crown Club.
THE DUKE OF RICHMOND, GUERNSEY
Alternatively, try the views from The Duke of Richmond, the OGH’s sister property. This charming hotel overlooks a quiet park and has magnificent views across the sea. This beautiful, luxurious hotel in St Peter Port is an easy stroll to the harbor. A dedicated and friendly team create memorable stays which never fail to exceed expectations. Superb dining with fresh local seafood can be savored in stylish surroundings or al fresco on the terrace overlooking the heated outdoor pool. With 69 luxury guest rooms and four suites, a sun terrace and panoramic sea views, the hotel’s elegant surroundings are matched by stunning decor showcasing custom-made fabrics, striking black and white design, fresh cut flowers, polished glass and marble. Dine in the acclaimed Leopard Bar and Restaurant; enjoy expertly made cocktails; or indulge in Afternoon Tea, served with warm homemade scones and fresh Guernsey cream.
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