What’s inside a hotel’s walls obviously matters a lot, but there are places in the world where what’s outside its windows quite naturally takes top billing. Here you’ll find ten of the finest views in Europe.
Belmond La Residencia
For a new perspective on Mallorca you can’t beat Belmond La Residencia, a sixteenth and seventeenth-century villa high in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains, with views of the idyllic village of Deià and the Mediterranean in the distance.
Italy doesn’t do gentle rolling hills — the valleys of Trentino are nothing short of spectacular, and Biohotel Hermitage, the region’s first boutique-style eco-hotel, makes the most of its impossibly dramatic setting.
When it comes to destinations with extraordinary views, Santorini is the major leagues. But even given the stiff competition, Grace stands apart, its terraces affording vertigo-inducing views of the island’s volcanic caldera at seemingly every turn.
Neither an urban boutique nor a rural resort, Gran Hotel La Florida is something unique: on a hilltop a thousand feet above Barcelona, it offers a rare combination of seclusion, access to the city, and panoramic views over the cityscape and the Mediterranean.
Capri is another island that’s blessed with far more than its fair share of sublime vistas, and this Le Corbusier–designed villa, with its precarious cliffside perch, surveys the rocky southern coast from a comfortably elevated position.
Despite its bucolic location high up in the Eastern Alps, overlooking the sparkling-blue Lake Ossiach, hotel12 is a far cry from the traditional chalet — it’s more like an elaborate modern art installation that doubles as a boutique hotel.
The Caucasus Mountains of northern Georgia are spectacular, and possessed of a character all their own — and Rooms Hotel Kazbegi is perfectly placed to frame those landscapes in an artful, almost cinematic way.
The Azores, those little volcanic specks in the middle of the Atlantic, feel like the end of the world, which gives Santa Barbara’s modernist villas plenty to look at through their floor-to-ceiling windows.