Jaw-dropping vistas are de rigueur at hotels worldwide, and at Jetsetter we've got our favorites. From colorful cityscapes and lush mountains to tropical fish and Asian elephants, these 12 views are worth the plane ride alone.
Sixty SoHo New York
Picking a favorite New York hotel view is a bit like choosing your favorite child, but visit Sixty Soho's rooftop A60 and there's a clear winner. You'll find the city's cool kids sipping decadent cocktails, snacking on Thai plates from restaurant Kittichai, and 'gramming the NYC sunsets.
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
A room with a view of the Eiffel Tower comes at a premium, but the vistas from the Shangri-La Paris are worth the splurge. The iconic landmark can be seen from more than half the guestrooms, and in some suites you can take it all in from your private bathtub, with a glass of bubbly at your side.
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Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
If you prefer your views more submerged, look no further than the Poseidon and Neptune Suites at Atlantis the Palm Dubai. In the Ambassador Lagoon Aquarium you can spot more than 65,000 sea creatures from under the sheets through a floor-to-ceiling window that looks out into the water. The best part: Private butlers are available to bring you a cocktail (or two) and point out various species.
Jade Mountain, St Lucia
At Jade Mountain the sea meets the mountain meets the sky in what is one of the best views of the Caribbean. The hotel's "sanctuaries" (guestrooms) have private infinity pools and outdoor Jacuzzis that look out onto the crystal-blue water and the Pitons. It's so intoxicating you'll never want to leave.
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The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
If we had to pick a view fit for royalty, the palace-like Oberoi Amarvilas would win, hands down. Every guestroom, from the coziest single to the grandest suite, looks out at the Taj Mahal. The mausoleum is a focal point on each floor, and you can catch a glimpse of the building from almost every angle. The wow factor continues in the light-filled lounge, with its gold dome ceiling, turquoise washed wood and stone terrace overlooking Agra.
Lion Sands River Lodge, South Africa
Who wouldn't want to spot the big five from a private deck, cocktail in hand? The Lion Sands River Lodge, in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, offers more than your average safari. The thatched villas and treehouses come with viewing platforms that look out at Kruger National Park, so you can spot wildlife from your suite — or alfresco shower.
Soneva Kiri, Thailand
Some hotels have pools, some have spas… Thailand's Soneva Kiri Resort, on the remote island of Koh Kood, has its own observatory for celestial viewing. What we love most: Traveling astronomers come to the hotel throughout the year to give guests stargazing tips.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Canada
Andronis Luxury Suites, Santorini
The views from Santorini's glossy white Andronis Luxury Suites are so beautiful they make your eyes ache. A dreamy, Zen-like patina of blue sea and sky mirror the cerulean domed roofs in the villages below, and the majestic caldera (Santorini's volcanic crater) looms in the background. You won't find a more swoon-worthy vista.
Palazzo Murat Hotel, Positano
The Amalfi Coast is no secret — who hasn't dreamed of cruising along its winding roads, top down, wind in hair? After you live the fantasy, check into the ivy-covered Palazzo Murat Hotel. The former 17th-century royal villa looks out over the coastline, which is dotted with colorful houses and tiny fishing boats. Spend an afternoon sunning by the pool Italian-style, with a glass of limoncello and a barely-there bathing suit.
25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
This funky Berlin crash pad is all about quirky views and stylish extras. Next door to the city zoo, the 25Hours Berlin has rooms that overlook the elephant and ape enclosures and come with cool extras like binoculars and windowside hammocks. Kick back and watch the animals roam — or head to the hotel's urban jungle–inspired rooftop bar, which has 360-degree views of the city.
Lebua at State Tower, Bangkok
The rooftop scene at the Lebua at State Tower is worthy of the hype. Everyone from high-flying execs to Hollywood A-listers flocks to the hotel's vertigo-inducing Sky Bar (820 feet up!) for the knockout panoramas of Bangkok's skyline. Order a boozy mango Poptail and watch the sunset before dinner at Lebua's Sirocco, the world's highest alfresco restaurant.