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20 of the Best Worldwide Places to Stay for Panoramic Views

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Published 14/01/2021 20 of the Best Worldwide Places to Stay for Panoramic Views


Whether you prefer a windswept seascape, bustling city scenery, or a sweeping mountain vista, it's often the unique views that make a holiday special.

After all, who wants to take a break in a windowless cottage, or a beautiful and luxurious cabin...that overlooks a multi-storey car park?

So whatever your viewing pleasure, we've selected some of our favourite worldwide properties, with some of the very best panoramic scenery to feast your eyes upon.

(With such outstanding backdrops to keep you company, the TV can stay off all holiday long!)

Author: Nina Jervis
Main Image: Apollo 11 | New Zealand

Belle Tout Lighthouse B&B

Belle Tout Lighthouse B&B

A historic Lighthouse B&B perched on the white cliffs of Beachy Head, with show-stopping panoramic views and many original features.   Picture this - a former working lighthouse, steeped in history, which has in its time been a home, a teashop and a filming location for a cult TV classic. Standing proudly atop the stunning white cliffs of Beachy Head, it's surrounded by…

The Stonehouses

The Stonehouses

Modern luxury, exceptional design and views to die for await at The Stonehouses - two truly unique holiday homes in the magnificent North West Highlands of Scotland. The Stonehouses - otherwise known as Curved Stone House and Treetop House - are a pair of 5-star holiday retreats just ten minutes walk from the centre of Ullapool.  Sculpted from stone, turf and grass, each…

The Harpy Houseboat

The Harpy Houseboat

Welcome aboard London's oldest houseboat, The Harpy, with unrivalled majestic views of Tower Bridge. For a floating break with a difference; in the heart of London but with a sense of getting away from it all - a stay aboard the amazing four-bedroom Harpy Houseboat.  The Harpy spent much of the last century as 'HMS Harpy'; an Edwardian Customs & Excise pontoon office,…

Radio Tower

Radio Tower

Stay in one of Jersey's most iconic and unique buildings, with dramatic 360-degree coastal views all around that promise to take you far away from everyday life. The Radio Tower holds more than a few enthralling stories within its iconic structure.  Originally built as an observation tower by German occupying forces during the Second World War, its style is completely unique to…

Ketch

Ketch

Make memories on the wild shores of the Irish Sea at Ketch, tucked away in the shadow of Ireland's tallest onshore lighthouse. This truly delightful lighthouse keeper's cottage is the perfect escape for a family of four, who can live the life of a lighthouse keeper in some of Northern Ireland's most dramatic surroundings. Set on the coast of County Down, Ketch is found at St…

RAF Wainfleet - The Tower

RAF Wainfleet - The Tower

Stay in a history-steeped, uniquely iconic Lincolnshire landmark and quirky helicopter, fit for wartime heroes and offering superlative countryside views. RAF Wainfleet boasts a distinguished history.  Beginning life way back in the 19th Century, the site reopened as a military firing range during World War Two, and was used by the celebrated Dambusters for practise. In later years, some…

Tainaron Blue

Tainaron Blue

Experience elaborate architectural design in a piece of history at Tainaron blue - a fabulous guesthouse in a converted Tower of Mani set by azure shores on the southernmost tip of mainland Greece. The stone Towers of Mani were originally built as points of defence, thanks to their enviable vantage point overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the southern slope of Taygetos Mountain. Today,…

Vedetta Lodges

Vedetta Lodges

Five-star, dog-friendly glamping in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, complete with a warm Italian welcome! Perfect for those who appreciate a touch of trademark Italian style and five-star comfort, but who also want to get back to nature while they're away, a stay at Vedetta Lodges is a beautifully refreshing and indulgent glamping experience. Nestled in the unspoilt Maremman…

Canopy Tower

Canopy Tower

Get up close and personal with the natural world, from the comfort of a treetop bedroom in Panamá's tropical paradise. Originally built in 1965, the Canopy Tower once helped defend the Panamá Canal. Today, it serves as a stunning observation point and as restful accommodation in the heart of Soberanía National Park, surrounded by some of the very best birdwatching spots in the area.…

River Eye Treehouse

River Eye Treehouse

Experience the simple pleasures of natural Norway up close, from the pure comfort of a hand-built forest treehouse. The mission of Å camp, located in the Norwegian valley of Tessungdalen, is to provide visitors with a friendly, authentic and immersive experience of the natural world. Set on the edge of the glorious Hardangervidda mountain plateau, and with a beautifully unspoilt river…

Crane Hotel Faralda

Crane Hotel Faralda

View the beauty of Amsterdam from a unique position - a stylish and award-winning hotel at the top of a former crane! Crane Hotel Faralda is probably the most spectacularly original hotel you'll ever stay in, so if you're looking for an inspiring break that will have everybody talking for a long time to come...you've just found it!   Set in a former harbour crane painstakingly…

DDG Retreat

DDG Retreat

The ultimate in unique Andalusian luxury; a peacefully private glamping haven featuring the world's most opulent tents. Featured in The Times as one of the UK and Europe's top 20 glamping retreats, and more recently described by The Telegraph as Europe's 'best retreat', DDG Retreat invites you to take everything you know about glamping holidays...and apply a seriously luxurious upgrade.…

Sacromonte Landscape Hotel

Sacromonte Landscape Hotel

An architect-designed hotel and winery sustainably blended within a vast stretch of valley grassland in Uruguay. Designed by renowned South American architects MAPA, Sacromonte Landscape Hotel is a haven for lovers of exceptional wine, exceptional comfort, and exceptional scenery alike. Beautifully secluded within a 250-acre stretch of vineyard-dotted valley and wild mountain range in…

Hobbitenango

Hobbitenango

Experience the fantasy world of Middle Earth, set high above the Antiguan hills with breathtaking volcano views. Hobbitenango ("place of the hobbits") is a blissfully remote mountainside village that combines a magical selection of solar and wind-powered eco-casitas with a farm-to-table restaurant and a family activity park.   Lovingly created in the style of J.R.R.Tolkien's…

Kagga Kamma

Kagga Kamma

Escape the din of city life, in a culture-rich South African nature reserve and spa surrounded by vast, unspoilt wilderness. Kagga Kamma is an award-winning nature reserve, magnificently located within acres of pure wilderness in South Africa's Cederberg Mountains. Just three hours from Cape Town, you'll feel as though you've been spirited to a whole other world - one filled with…

Apollo 11

Apollo 11

Gaze at the ultra-dark New Zealand night sky in all its star-studded glory, from a handcrafted ‘spaceship' with mountain views. Always wanted to embark on a space mission, but were put off by the heavy space suits and cumbersome oxygen tanks (plus, the not-so-trivial issue of leaving the Earth to do it)? With a stay aboard Apollo 11, a hand-crafted ‘spaceship' set close to Mount Cook in…

Lachra Beach Cabin

Lachra Beach Cabin

A dreamlike, distraction-free family escape with a sea-facing sunken hot tub, nestled on the edge of the Lake District National Park. A private beach cabin for four, you and your loved ones (not forgetting the dog) can relax at Lachra on the pure shores of the Irish Sea... with no distracting Wi-Fi or TV in sight. The rough-luxe retreat is beautifully positioned close to the peaceful village of…

Lymm Water Tower Suites

Lymm Water Tower Suites

Stay in an all-time Grand Designs favourite: a multi-award-winning, architect-restored Victorian water tower, complete with hot tub and roof garden that overlooks the rolling Cheshire countryside. Soaring 95ft above the Cheshire countryside, with views that stretch all the way out to the hills of Wales and the peaks of Derbyshire, Lymm Water Tower is no ordinary family home. One of Kevin…

Pilot House

Pilot House

A unique aluminium cabin for two, architect designed and perfectly set in the remote Scottish Highlands, for spectacular views over the Sound of Mull. Occupying a remote, magical position on the north-eastern shore of the Sound of Mull, Drimnin could be described as one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. In other words, it's the perfect setting for an undisturbed, unbelievably scenic getaway. Rich…

Glass Cottage Iceland

Glass Cottage Iceland

A mesmeric stay in a glistening ‘secret' retreat, with the chance to watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky, right from your bed. Glass Cottage Iceland offers the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the Northern Lights dancing across the vast, hypnotic sky... without having to leave the comfort of your cosy bed.   Or, indeed, the comfort of your sumptuous outdoor…

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