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It’s the last day of February, so here’s hoping Spring will come soon to those of us still hiding from the cold. If in addition to a bit of warmth, you could do with some isolation from overcrowded cities, this sea villa at Malaysia’s Pangkor Laut Island should look pretty appealing right about now – it certainly does to us.
There is more than one of these overwater bungalows, but this shot makes it look like it’s just you that is lucky enough to gaze out over and sleep above the Straits of Malacca (between Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra). Given that this is the only hotel on the island, peace and quiet will be easy to come by.
Next week on Jaunted.com, our baby bro who tells us what to see and do, we'll explore the hotel scene on the tiny, 5-square-mile island of Saba that sits 26 miles off the coast of St. Maarten and in eyesight of a handful of other Caribbean islands, including St. Barth's, Anguilla, Nevis, and St. Kitt's.
But for now, especially during this cold and wintry time, enjoy this killer view from Queen's Garden Resort, perched above "The Bottom," the capital of Saba. As you can see, the property is also in the process of adding on, and we're excited for what's to come.
We'll also take a look at the island's hotel scene in general. With a population of only 2,000 and the shortest commercial runway in the world, this little-known island is one of the most unique and unspoiled getaways we've come across in the Caribbean.
[Photos: Will McGough]
Those hardy Québécois are well-known for embracing rather than fearing the winter. And when it blankets the city so attractively like this, we can almost see why.
This is an early February view from the 18th floor of the Hilton Québéc. The 23-story, 571-room hotel is located on Parliament Hill, which makes for some pretty sweet views of the St. Lawrence River, Parliament, or the Laurentian Mountains from every room.
From the floor-to-celing window in our King room, looking out across the snow-covered rooftops, the iconic Château Frontenac aka "the most photographed hotel in the world" now run by Fairmont Hotels, is visible, as is the Place Desjardins, the setting for most Carnaval activities.
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The French Riviera is famous for being rather photogenic, and if you’ve had a chance to explore the south eastern coastline, you know this to be true. No surprise then that hotels try and take advantage of their setting to offer views of the sparkling blue Mediterranée.
It will be even less of a surprise that those views often come with a serious price tag, so here is our tip for enjoying a killer hotel view without having to check in at all: the terrace at Chateau Eza in Èze Village, midway between Nice and Monte Carlo.
Perched almost precariously on a hilltop, you can see the Cap Ferrat peninsula in the distance, with Èze-sur-Mer directly below at sea level. To get to Èze Village, we’d suggest taking the Moyenne Corniche, one of three famous scenic drives between Nice and Monte Carlo. You’ll leave your car behind just outside the village wall to explore its tiny streets on foot.
Who says you have to travel to far-flung exotic islands just to get a killer view from your hotel room? Ok, maybe we did last year. But thanks to Ben Bethel, the hotelier behind The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz., we only need to head to the Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa for a zen mountain view. More specifically, we need to check into room 33 at the hotel.
The Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa describes itself as a luxury hotel with a distinctive Mediterranean design and plenty of simple yet luxe touches like pillow top mattresses, rain showers in the bathrooms, lambs-wool throw blankets and private balconies. Not to be missed is the Sedona Rouge Spa which has extensive menu of relaxing treatments and wellness programs.
But we really like how this resort's rates are truly affordable, starting at around $142 during the week and about $188 on the weekends.
[Photo: Ben Bethel]
It's that time of year again: the 2013 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...
2013 was kind of strange year. There was some good, quite a bit of bad, and a lot of just plain weird stuff happening (globally and personally.) Which is why when we were flipping through the year's Killer Views, we found ourselves drawn to the views that were far, far, away. Like this one and this one.
You can read Jetflyboy's full report on Tokoriki Island Resort here or you can just drool over more of his photos from the resort below. Say it all together now, "We want to go to there."
A few years ago, Hawaii was hit with a tsunami that caused damage to hotels on both sides of the island, mostly in the lobby and the lower levels where the water rushed in and ripped through.
We're happy to report that the unlucky hotels have since renovated, which we suppose is one (and perhaps the only) benefit of having your entire first floor wiped out by a wave of water - an excuse to spruce things up.
We visited two hotels on opposite sides of the island, the Hilo Hawaiian and King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, which were both affected by the tsunami and have since redone their lobbies and parts of their property. Although there is a risk that comes along with the ocean-front location, it also rewards with rockin' killer views.
Sure enough, just as we compile a list of our favorite killer hotel views comes another view that nearly tops them all.
This is the view outside room 336 at the luxury resort, Capella Pedregral, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. What more can you ask for? The ocean, the beach, a couple of palm tree, a boat happily sailing by and in case you can't see it, your own private plunge pool on the terrace. Muy bonita!
Rates for this Ocean View King Room, the starting room category at the hotel, are currently going for about $650 a night. That rate includes complimentary WiFi, complimentary minibar refreshments (non-alcoholic) and a daily delivery of Coronitas, tortilla chips and guacamole. We'll have more on that and other authentic Mexican touches at Capella Pedegral next week.
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Two weeks ago, we ran a story on some of the details about a hotel room that bother the average luxury traveler. Have you ever flung open the drapes in a gorgeous room, only to see a brick wall a few feet away? Yeah, we should’ve added that to the list. Few things can be so disappointing. In complete contrast, when you score one of those oh-so-sweet views to die for, it can be the difference between an okay hotel stay and the memory of that room with the great view. So, in case you were out to make your next great memory, allow this list of killer hotel views to inspire you:
We begin with Capella Lodge (pictured above), located on the itty-bitty (11 kilometers in length) Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. The landmass is located in the midst the world’s most southern coral reef, an area declared an UNESCO heritage site in the early ‘80s. Seriously, who wouldn't want to wake up like this?
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Based on its setting within the Zoofenster skyscraper, the views to be had from Waldorf Astoria Berlin already looked good on paper, but having seen a number of rooms ourselves recently, we can tell you that the hotel does indeed serve up some killer views.
These particular vistas, stretching all the way across the city’s Tiergarten to the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag in the distance, come courtesy of one of its Tower Suites, recognisable even from the outside as being located in the all glass block within the limestone façade. Accessible only by a separate set of lifts, which need a key card to be activated, they each measure 900+ square feet with living and dining room, powder room, master bedroom and bathroom, and kitchenette. More pictures after the jump.
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There's something about a swim-up bar that gets hotel guests excited, but the one at Cancún's Nizuc Resort & Spa truly blows our socks off. The pool is still pretty pristine as the hotel has only been open since March, so there's no wear-and-tear as of yet.
Also, Nizuc is not an all-inclusive, so this bar isn't three-deep in 18-year olds clamoring for cloyingly sweet margaritas and cervezas. No, this is a more civilized ( and pricey) experience in an infinity pool with a sleek, dark blue hue, rather than the traditional garish turquoise coloring. The over-sized serving area is manned by a crew of talented bartenders who mix up such concoctions as the Rocket (made with reposado tequila, lime juice, and cranberry) and a green powerhouse of a drink made from local chaya leaves and vodka ( a healthy-boozy drink!).
One of the many waiters will bring your drink to your bali bed (no charge, first-come, first served) or lounger and from there it's just you and the incredible scene you see above and after the jump.
Downtown Manhattan might be home to some of the chicest hotels in the world (The Standard High Line, Andaz Wall Street, Dream Downtown, The Bowery Hotel, we could go on and on) but there's still something so magical about Central Park, and even more so when your hotel suite overlooks both the park and Columbus Cirlce.
That's what you will find at the Trump International Hotel in this two-bedroom suite on the eighth floor. If you go higher up, you will have even better views into the park but we prefer this view better so we can see the action in Columbus Circle as well. Don't worry, the exterior of the building is mirrored so while you may be able to see the hot dog vendor scratch his nose, he can't see you do the same.
Rates for these suites, which we redesigned nearly three years ago by Ivanka Trump, start around $2,000 a night and feature the two bedrooms, a kitchen with Sub-Zero appliances, a dining area and a separate living room. And don't forget about the Travel Fit Kit!