Waking up

Wake up to the view of your dreams when you book a stay at one of these stunning destination hotels.

There’s nothing like a picture-perfect view out of your bedroom window to remind you you’re on holiday – especially when you’re in a destination known for its sweeping scenery or iconic sights. Here are some top views that’ll be far more effective than any alarm clock in getting you up early in the morning.

Hotels With a Viewhotels

The View: Rice Paddy Terraces

Rice Paddy Field at Ubud Sunrise over Paddy Fields at Ubud

Where: Ubud, Indonesia

Hotel: The Samara

Wake up to this: Depending on the season, row upon row of rice paddy fields, which may be a lively, bright green or golden brown.

The view outside is accentuated by touches of exotic Balinese architecture and design inside the rooms, which feature abundant natural wood for a rustic, cosy feel. All that greenery is the perfect backdrop for a lazy afternoon spent cosying up with a good book.


Also enjoy: When you’re not mesmerised by the views outside your window, take a dip in the outdoor pool, walk along the garden trails, enjoy a massage, or rent a bicycle or scooter to enjoy the nearby attractions, including the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest.


The View: Clear Blue Waters

Maldives Sunrise Sunrise over the Maldives

Where: The Maldives

Hotel: Conrad Maldives Rangali

Wake up to this: Picture-perfect sea meets sky horizons and clear blue water – or if you’re early to rise, stunning daybreaks over the water.

The thing that makes this Maldives retreat extra special is the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant located within the hotel. The world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant is located 5m below the surface – here you’ll be treated to one-of-a-kind spectacular underwater views as you dine on contemporary European cuisine. It’s a view you could easily look forward to waking up to.


Also enjoy: With 11 other restaurants at the resort, you’ll be spoilt for choice of cuisine. The oceanside resort also boasts its own private white sand beach and a full-service spa for a spot of indulgence.


The View: Snow-capped Mountains

Saas Fee Alpine Village Alpine Village in Saas-Fee

Where: Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Hotel: Popcorn Hotel

Wake up to this: White, splendorous snow-capped mountains. The hotel is perfectly nestled in the slopes to offer you stupendous views of the Alps. Inside, each of the 20 rooms also boasts its own individual decor, so you can be sure your stunning morning view is uniquely yours.


Also enjoy: The slopes aren’t merely wonderful to look at; they also comprise some of the best skiing spots in the world. T

he hotel provides easy access to ski lifts and gondolas to take you up to the skiing and snowboarding spots. However, no one’s stopping you from sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the view over a cocktail or cuppa.

You might also fancy a game of billiards or snuggling up by the fireplace in the lobby. For those who are looking to heat things up, the hotel also has nightclub on its premises.


The View: Iconic City Skyline

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong View from the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong / Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

Where: Hong Kong.

Hotel: Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.

Wake up to this: One of the most iconic city skylines in the world with a bird’s-eye view from the seventh tallest building in the world. Drink in views of Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour from your room, or head up to Ozone bar on the 118th floor for unbeatable sights.

A word of warning: The Ritz-Carlton is the tallest building in Hong Kong, so this is not for those who are afraid of heights.


Also enjoy: The standards are high at this five-star hotel. Highlights include five restaurants (two with Michelin stars), a nightclub, two bars and lounges, a full-service spa, indoor pool, health club and cafes. Also, the hotel is close to many nearby attractions, including Hong Kong’s shopping malls.


The View: Sprawling Vineyards

Barossa Valley Sunrise over Vineyard in Barossa Valley

Where: Nuriootpa, South Australia

Hotel: The Louise

Wake up to this: Elegantly landscaped vineyards and olive groves which paint a romantic picture outside your window in this sumptuous sanctuary. Located in the Barossa Valley, this eco-friendly luxury hotel boasts rooms with private terraces – perfect for enjoying a breathtaking sunrise over a sip of wine.


Also enjoy: Head out for a meal at top-class restaurant Appellation, conveniently located on the hotel’s property. Enjoy the hotel’s many luxurious touches: an infinity lap pool, private outdoor showers, the ‘Breakfast with the Kangaroos’ experience and pampering suites.

Alternatively, head out for a stroll to the numerous nearby attractions, with renowned local wineries and shops all a stone’s throw away.

The View: Caribbean Sea and Mountains

Sunrise at St Kitts Sunrise over St Kitts / CC 2.0 /  Flickr

Where: St Kitts.

Hotel: Mount Nevis Hotel and Beach Club.

Wake up to this:Jewel-toned greens and blues of the Caribbean. Here, you will be treated to views unlike anywhere else in the world. Get ready to feast your eyes on the vivid natural colours before you, which will make you forget all about urban jungles and concrete dwellings.


Also enjoy: A trip to the Caribbean is not complete without sun, sand and sea. Mount Nevis is located near Pinney’s Beach, Turtle Beach, Cockleshell Bay and Lion’s Beach – take your pick for a spot of sunbathing. Pampering is available on-site, too: the hotel property boasts its own outdoor pool and offers massage treatments.


The View: The African Bush

Bush Sunrise Sunrise in the Bush / Thinkstock

Where: South Africa.

Hotel: Camp Jabulani.

Wake up to this: This five-star luxury lodge is located on a private game reserve, so you’ll spend your days on safari and your nights resting in your own private sanctuary. This means you’ll be waking up with the South African bush outside your window – what could be more thrilling?


Also enjoy: Of course, the main draw not to be missed is the safari experience. Having said that, there’s absolutely no shame in spending the majority of your trip inside the lodge itself – a full-service spa provides a dizzying range of massages and spa treatments, and each room comes with its own private plunge pool and fireplace for some private R & R.


Image Credits: Courtesy of respective hotels, Thinkstock