The world’s most breathtaking clifftop hotels

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When it comes to what makes a hotel truly spectacular, a cliffside setting is hard to beat. There can be little doubt then that some of the most breathtaking properties in existence happen to be perched dramatically on top of cliffs.
Commanding views, whether ocean, mountain or valley, coupled with enviable locales give these hotels endless allure — it’s no wonder they’re among the most coveted travel accommodations in the world.
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“Properties on cliffs check the boxes for everything you want in a hotel stay,” says Josh Alexander, an adviser with Protravel, a travel company in New York City. “They’re romantic, private and usually very luxurious. Literally and figuratively, you feel like you’re on top of the world.”
These are hotels worth daydreaming about for future trips, even if the pandemic means a stay isn’t in your immediate future.
From Dominica and Big Sur to the Amalfi Coast and Santorini, here are some of the world’s most jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring, envy-inducing clifftop hotels:
Secret Bay, Dominica
All-villa boutique resort Secret Bay in Dominica boasts sweeping ocean views from nearly every angle.
All-villa boutique resort Secret Bay in Dominica boasts sweeping ocean views from nearly every angle.
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In the unspoiled Caribbean island-nation of Dominica, this all-villa boutique resort is situated atop a high promontory amidst a lush rainforest and faces the sea. All units have kitchens, indoor and outdoor sitting areas and plunge pools.
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There are ocean views from nearly everywhere on the property, including the open-air restaurant and treehouse-style spa. Guests can enjoy numerous activities on land and by sea — including lionfish hunting, diving in the Champagne Reef and hiking the longest trail in the Caribbean.
Secret Bay: Ross Blvd Portsmouth, Dominica; +1 833 916 0833
Angama Mara, Kenya
Perched 1,000 feet above the Maasai Mara, Angama Mara is on the edge of the Great Rift Valley and offers panoramas of the plains that stretch on and on. The camp’s name was inspired by the Swahili word for “suspended in mid-air.”
The site also served as a location for the 1985 film “Out of Africa.” Guests can expect top-quality game viewing, including Africa’s Big Five, every month of the year, both on game drives and on walking safaris. Amenities include a photography studio, fitness center, an art gallery, a 40-foot-long swimming pool and a studio where local Maasai women bead bespoke items.
Angama Mara: Suswa Mara Triangle, Kenya; +254 730 630630
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Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Formerly a monastery dating back to the 17th century, the family-run Monastero Santa Rosa clings to the side of a cliff overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and Gulf of Salerno. With 20 rooms, it has an infinity pool, five tiers of landscaped gardens brimming with bougainvillea trees, a Michelin-starred restaurant and numerous outdoor pavilions.
The spa is the best on the Amalfi Coast and features treatments using local herbs and plants while the scenic towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello are 20 minutes by car or boat ride.
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa: Via Roma, 2, 84010 Conca dei Marini SA, Italy; +39 089 832 1199
From ৳65674 per night
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Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection, Santorini, Greece
Grace Hotel is perched above Santorini’s Caldera.
Grace Hotel is perched above Santorini’s Caldera.
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Situated high on Santorini’s Caldera, in the village of Imerovigli in the island’s northwest, the whitewashed Grace Hotel is an ideal place to enjoy the most captivating Aegean sunrises and sunsets.
The property has a Champagne lounge with sea views, a beautiful infinity pool, a high-end Mediterranean restaurant and yoga and Pilates studio. For a splurge, travelers can book the two-bedroom villa, which boasts a spacious outdoor terrace with a private pool as well as a private spa area with heated indoor plunge pool.
The hotel is currently closed and planning to reopen in mid-April.
Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection: Imerovigli 847 00, Greece; +30 2286 021300
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Nizwa, Oman
Towering 6,000 feet above sea level on the curving rim of a canyon, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar — Arabic for “green mountain” — overlooks Oman’s rugged mountainous landscape. It’s an area that Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, visited in 1986 to see the dramatic beauty firsthand.
The resort has 115 rooms, a cliff-edge infinity pool, six restaurants and lounges and a spa with hammam. Guests can hike through valleys, stargaze, mountain bike or visit ancient mountainside villages and nearby historic sites.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort: No 110, Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Nizwa 621, Oman: +968 25 218000
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Reid’s Palace, Madeira, Portugal
Reid’s Palace, a Belmond hotel in Madeira, Portugal, has been welcoming guests since 1891.
Reid’s Palace, a Belmond hotel in Madeira, Portugal, has been welcoming guests since 1891.
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Set on a rocky cliff above Madeira’s Funchal Harbor, Reid’s Palace, a Belmond hotel, is surrounded by ten acres of subtropical gardens and offers expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean from each of its 158 rooms.
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One of the resort’s three swimming pools is at the base of the cliff and has a sea-level platform so guests can jump straight into the ocean. The Italian restaurant also has sea panoramas and is an especially picturesque spot to savor the island’s sunset.
Reid’s Palace is temporarily closed until March 21, 2021.,50157837.html,50158115.html

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