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February 25, 2009
HOTEL CAESAR AUGUSTUS - CAPRI, ITALY
On a cliff 1,000 feet above the sea, the Hotel Caesar Augustus offers one of the most spectacular vistas to be found on the isle of Capri or anywhere in the world. From the rooms and grounds of this marvelous luxury hotel, guests can enjoy views over the entire Bay of Naples. The bird's eye views include the breathtaking scenery of Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento, Ischia, and unique views of the island of Capri. The finest suites enjoy amazing views as well as being spacious and elegantly designed following the traditional architectural style.
AMANGANI - JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Situated 7,000 feet above sea level, overlooking the majestic Grand Teton Mountains with meadows and grazing land in the valley below. A spectacular setting on top of the world in Jackson Hole! Truly a one-of-a-kind experience, this 'peaceful home' fosters well-being and a connection with the surrounding environment. Luxurious suites with sunken baths overlook the Teton Mountains. Book a corner suite for wrap-around views. The expansive infinity pool is set 800 feet above the valley below with views of the Grand Tetons. Soak in the grandeur!
JADE MOUNTAIN - ST. LUCIA
Imagine floating in your infinity pool at sunset surrounded by softly flickering candles overlooking the World Heritage Pitons. Imagine fine dining in the privacy of your suite with this amazing background. Imagine the sound of gentle waves lulling you into a soft slumber. Expect grand sweeping spaces beyond your imagination, with your bedroom, living area and private infinity pool forming an amazing platform floating in space. With the fourth wall missing entirely, the result is a stage-like setting from which to embrace the infinite views of St. Lucia's twin Pitons.
IL SAN PIETRO DI POSITANO, ITALY
This hotel has been called an architectural wonder for the way it was built out of the enormous jagged cliffs that dominate the panoramic Amalfi coast. The terraces offer endless views of the wonderful scenery, unique beauty and the sea. From the main terrace you can take in at a glance, the spectacular and world-renowned view of Positano, the smaller village of Praiano and the coast as far as the Faraglioni Rocks of Capri. All rooms have private terrace overlooking the sea. The view is also amazing from the hotel's Michelin star restaurant.
POST RANCH INN - BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
Nestled on cliffs, Post Ranch Inn offers an awe-inspiring setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with stunning views of the Big Sur coast, perfect for a romantic getaway. The luxury resort's organic architecture embraces the dramatic beauty of the Big Sur coastline. From here you can explore all that nature has to offer, or take a short drive to the picturesque towns of Monterey and Carmel. Rooms offer a rustic elegance with luxury and comfort. Relax by the pools and take in the views, awaken your senses with an in-room massage, spa treatment, or daily yoga classes.
ANDRONIS SUITES - SANTORINI
This new hotel named to Conde Nast Traveller's Hot List is nestled on Santorini's Caldera cliff with a heavenly view of the volcano, the charming white-washed villas, the surrounding islands and the Aegean Sea. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion that lead to the creation of the current geological caldera with its spectacular physical beauty. A giant central lagoon is surrounded by 984 feet-high steep cliffs on three sides. The island slopes downward from the cliffs to the surrounding Aegean Sea.
CASA HIGUERAS - VALPARAISO, CHILE
Located in the heart of Cerro Alegre and facing an impressive view of the bay of Valparaíso, Casa Higueras is the first boutique + design hotel to open in this port town. It was here, beginning in the 19th century, that English and German immigrants built their homes and surrounded them with beautiful gardens, which gave way to the name Cerro Alegre (Cheerful Hill). Given its location, the neighborhood acts as a balcony from which one can enjoy the view of Valparaiso. The hotel is located steps from the Yugoslavo Walkway and the century-old El Peral funicular, in a city zone declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
BLUE CAVES VILLAS - GREECE
The Blue Caves Villas are built on the rocks on top of the spectacular Blue Caves, rich in light, blue-green crystal clear water and sandy shores. The villas have direct access to the sea and "Priest's Cave" where a monk allegedly used this cave for meditation in the old days. You will have plenty of choices of local taverns, cafes and places for shopping. If you want to walk or go mountain biking there are plenty of interesting paths. The villas are surrounded by aromatic herb gardens and olive groves. Stargaze from the Astronomical Observatory, go canoeing or kayaking, snorkelling or fishing.
BULGARI BALI - INDONESIA
Blending the traditional Balinese style with contemporary Italian design, the Bulgari Resort in Bali is located near the village of Pecatu and the stunning clifftop site of the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, on the island's far southwestern tip. Uniquely positioned at more than 150 metres above the sea shore, the resort offers unrivalled views across the Indian Ocean. Nestled between the cliff and the ocean, a 1.5 kilometer long beach is accessible only through the resort's inclined elevator.
MEZZATORRE RESORT & SPA - ISCHIA
The hotel is set imposingly on a headland with a breathtaking vista of the sea and is built around a 16th-century watchtower housing romantic rooms and suites. The swimming pool with heated sea water is located on one of the terraces sloping gently from the tower to the sea. An easy path to the sea allows guests to bathe in one of the most charming bays of the island. The main panoramic restaurant Chandelier serves excellent Italian cuisine, for al fresco candlelight dining and live music.
RITZ-CARLTON LAGUNA NIGUEL
Situated atop a bluff overlooking the ocean, this peaceful sanctuary is located half way between Los Angeles and San Diego in Dana Point, California. The resort is located 150 feet above the ocean, providing breathtaking views of the surf below, as well as Catalina Island. Laguna is Southern California's premier seaside artist haven, with quaint cottages, subtropical gardens and sandy coves stretching along a seven-mile scenic coastline. Consistently ranked among the worlds premier travel destinations, this alluring Southern California vacation spot provides the perfect getaway for the discriminating guest.
LAS BRISAS - ACAPULCO, MEXICO
This landmark pink resort sits high on a hillside overlooking famous Acapulco Bay. Las Brisas is a world of quiet luxury and complete privacy with romantic private patios, and more than 200 swimming pools, surrounded by bougainvillea and hibiscus. Sophisticated travelers flock to this 1957 resort for its panoramic views, secluded lodgings, spa services, and private beach club with water sports and both salt- and freshwater pools. Airy, blossom-strewn guest casitas include terraces that provide gorgeous views of ocean, bay, or both. Most have private plunge poolsthere are literally hundreds on the property.
REID'S PALACE - MADEIRA, PORTUGAL
Perched on a cliff-top amid 10 acres of semi-tropical gardens, providing its own brand of personal service to all generations, today's Reid's Palace offers relaxation and indulgence, romance and activity for the whole family on the exotic, temperate island of Madeira. Reid,s Palace epitomizes the spirit of travel from the heyday of luxury, style and adventure. Opened in 1891 by William and Alfred Reid to accommodate passengers of the great ocean liners, it now stands for contemporary luxury and elegance.
CHATEAU DE LA CHEVRE D'OR - FRANCE
Le Château de la Chèvre d'Or in the mediaeval city of Eze sits between the sky and the Mediterranean Sea and offers a rare, warm, family-friendly atmosphere. Perched between the mountains and the Mediterranean in the medieval village of Eze, The Chateau de la Chevre d'Or has a spectacular view from the mountainside. The elegant rooms have been made over with decor from the finest Parisian interior couturiers. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness Room and free access in a nearby Tennis Club.
THE CHANLER AT CLIFFWALK - NEWPORT
The Chanler at Cliff Walk beckons and sweeps you under the portico and into a timeless, sparkling lobby. It speaks of grace and grandeur, of easy splendor, of welcome and comfort. In the panoramic patio restaurant, the quality and atmosphere form the perfect complement to the view of the bay. At The Chanler, experience a unique and timeless grandeur, from the exquisitely designed rooms - all individually styled - to the fabulous dining at the Spiced Pear Restaurant. The Chanler is your escape to elegance at the start of Newport's famous Cliff Walk.
CASA ANGELINA - ITALY
The hotel's location sets it high above the Mediterranean and the picturesque village of Praiano. Clean, contemporary lines dominate the interiors, accented by masterpieces of modern Murano glass, contemporary paintings, and bronzes. All 41 rooms and suites frame views of the Gulf of Salerno with a pristine white-on-white design. Amalfi Coast flavors infuse the gourmet cuisine at Un Piano nel Cielo, where guests dine either indoors or out on the large sea-view terrace. Those who love the sea and seek tranquility find their fondest dreams realized at this cliff-top hideaway.
AMANKILA - BALI
Amankila (meaning peaceful hill) is a cliffside beach resort overlooking the Lombok Strait in East Bali. The suites are elevated to take advantage of the spectacular views to the sea and surrounding hillsides. The resort is built on four levels. Guests are received in a columned, open-air setting. The Bar and the Restaurant are located one level below. From there, steps lead down to the library, the Gallery, the Terrace Restaurant and the three-tiered swimming pool. The Beach Club, which spreads in and about a mature coconut grove, is down at the beach.
HOTEL CARUSO - RAVELLO, ITALY
Situated 350 metres above the sea, perched on a craggy cliffside, Ravello commands the ultimate panorama over the Amalfi coast, a magical location that the French poet, Andre Gide, evocatively described as "between the sky and the sea". The Hotel Caruso Ravello sits amongst gardens of perfectly laid-out flower beds, lush Mediterranean vegetation, palm trees and fountains, tapers off at a vast 'terrazzo' that offers an unparalled vista along the coast and out over the deep-blue sea, though don't look down if you don't have a head for heights as the drop is breathtakingly sheer.
LE SIRENUSE - POSITANO, ITALY
Overlooking the village of Positano and the Mediterranean Sea, the restaurant offers a choice of three different menus and settings for meals. The views from the terraces are breathtaking. The pool terrace is the largest of all and with potted lemon trees surrounding the pool is perfect for sunbathing. Situated on the upstairs terrace of the Palazzo, with a spectacular sea view offers a variety of local and Mediterranean appetizers. The bars offer impeccable service with interiors of period furniture, paintings, an abundance of vines and flowers and views to the Islands of the Sirens.
CLIFFSIDE HOTEL - WATERFORD, IRELAND
This intimate hotel features terraces, gardens and balconies that seem to literally trickle down the cliffs. So close is the sea, you'll feel like a passenger on an ocean liner. The hotel is as distinguished for its design and dazzling sea views as for the region's finest food, spa and sleep experiences. The interiors have sumptuous decor and palettes of marine blue, fuchsia, aubergine and sea green evoking the surrounding Waterford countryside. Almost all rooms feature private balconies overlooking the Irish Sea.
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