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Walls Of Glass Make For Killer Views At Waldorf Astoria Berlin

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  Site Where: Hardenbergstrasse 28, Berlin, Germany
September 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Check The Sweet Swim-Up Bar at Cancun's New Nizuc Resort

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  Site Where: Boulevard Kukulkan, Punta Nizuc, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500
August 28, 2013 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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A View of Central Park Still 'Trumps' The Rest

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  Site Where: 1 Central Park West [map], New York, NY, United States, 10023
August 12, 2013 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

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!

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Watch D.C.'s New 'Night Lights' Turn On From The W Hotel

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  Site Where: 515 15th St Nw [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
July 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, the National Park Service flipped the switch on nearly 500 scaffolding lights that surround the Washington Monument and now these new "night lights" are the big buzz in D.C. The monument remains closed as it undergoes repairs for damage sustained from the freak East Coast earthquake two years ago but the night lights are giving it a new life.

And judging from this shot above, one of the best places for a killer view of the monument in its new lit-up glory is from P.O.V., the rooftop bar at The W Washington D.C.. P.O.V. also has a killer view across the street to the White House making it the perfect spot to stay during Inauguration Time.

Rates right now are totally doable at around $229 a night but of course, you don't need a room to head up to P.O.V. Just a love of tapas and cocktails. The bar is closed this weekend on July 28 but after that it will resume its normal hours of 3pm to midnight during the week, 3pm to 2am on Friday, 11am to 3am on Saturday and 11am to midnight on Sunday. And this is D.C. so fellas, please don't try to rock your baseball hats, tank tops or sneakers. Collared shirts are actually preferred.

[Photo: The W Washington D.C.]

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Meandering Around Mykonos, Care to Join Us?

Where: Mykonos, Greece
June 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last week, we spent the day on the Greek Island of Mykonos, which is most notably known for it's classic flat-roofed, white-washed architecture that you see in the photo above.

Not surprisingly, we found that Mykonos is riddled with killer-view hotels set upon vistas and mountainsides, and tomorrow, we'll take you through a few different areas of the island and the hotels you can expect to find in them.

As somewhat of a teaser, we offer you some eye candy from three luxury properties: The Mykonos Grand Hotel, the Saint John Hotel, and the Cavo Tagoo. We dig their open-aired, view-heavy designs to go along with that unmistakable traditional Greek exterior (we don't mind the private pools, either). If you've been to Mykonos, let us know in the comments where you stayed and how it went.

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5 Stunning Shots From Malaysia's Bagus Place Resort

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  Site Where: Malaysia
June 20, 2013 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

A 45 minute flight from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, Tioman Island is considered one of Malaysia's most beautiful islands. It is mostly covered by dense forest, with a range of different types of resorts dotted along the coast. By far the most charming of these is Bagus Place Resort, a sustainably-built eco-resort with seven private "chalets," or small villas.

Pictured above is Bagus Place's private jetty. At 162 paces from end to end (we counted), it's the longest on the island.

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Gazing at The Acropolis in Athens from the Hotel Melia Rooftop

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  Site Where: Chalkokondili 14, Athens, Greece, 106 77
June 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everything you've heard about the city of Athens being packed tighter than a New York City subway car is absolutely true. On a recent trip to the capital of Greece, we fell in love with the pace and pulse of the city (not to mention the gyros), but boy, talk about a maze. Navigating those Greek-named streets was by no means a walk in the park, and while the city is surrounded by mountains and dotted with hills, it can be tough to get a grip on where you are due to the limited sight lines and endless infrastructure.

But, like New York, the rooftops of hotels and restaurants give you a whole new perspective on the chaos below, turning those closed-in, clustered feelings to ones of awe and appreciation. One such opportunity is found at the Hotel Melia, located right downtown in the heart of the city and boasting a view of Athens' most infamous attraction, the Acropolis.

The view, as you'll notice, is indeed killer, especially at night when the Acropolis is lit up like a torch over the city. But beyond the aesthetics, the Sky Lounge Rooftop Dining Bar turned out to be one hell of a nest, a relaxing pool scene by day and a delicious dining area at night. When in town, you've got to have a few drinks during the sunset and watch the lights of the Acropolis turn on as the daylight dwindles down. Check out the photo gallery below!

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5 Hotels In Lower Manhattan For River Gazing

June 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

For most of us, we're just happy that our hotel room in Manhattan doesn't look out onto a brick wall. But for those of you who are particular about your views, we've rounded up the best hotels in lower Manhattan for river gazing. And no, you don't have to spend a fortune to do it, which is another reason to consider downtown versus uptown when planning your stay.

5 SCENIC WATERFRONT HOTELS IN LOWER MANHATTAN

1. It's all about the views at Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, which also took quite a beating during Hurricane Sandy (everything's back to normal now, though). The 298-room hotel often gets overshadowed by its uptown counterparts (Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons New York), but actually this place outshines all of them put together when it comes to fresh sea breezes and plenty of open spaces around the hotel The rooms even come with telescopes!
Rates from $395/night.

Four more after the jump!

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Tiptoeing Around the Shenton Suite At Fullerton Bay Hotel

June 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are five suites offered at the Fullerton Bay Hotel, each loosely styled after a particular culture that has played a significant role in Singapore's rich history. Our favorite is the Shenton Suite, a gold- and brown-accented number which the hotel describes as "fit for a Maharaja," a subtle hint at the suite's Indian influence.

Walking in, there is a small lounge area with rich textures of suede, rosewood and chrome. An L-shaped sofa sits directly across from the minibar, which is stocked with full-size bottles of Johnny Walker Black Label and Belvedere Vodka; the walls are covered in wooden panels decorated with Indian-style motifs.

We're told all of the rooms here are designed to make guests feel like they're on a luxury cruise ship, and that is exactly how they feel. The Shenton Suite, for example, is small, but more miniature-small, not cramped-small. Walking around it, the space was so fluid and ergonomic, we actually felt like we ought to have been on our tiptoes to avoid disturbing the peace.

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A Private Villa With a Killer View, What More Could You Want?

May 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week's Killer View comes to you from a tropical locale in South-East Asia that is truly synonymous with paradise. We snapped this on a trip to Indonesia, more specifically on the island of Bali.

Getting away from the sandy shores of Denpasar, we trekked up to the inland town of Ubud. Along with being considered the cultural center of the island, we found the ultimate in rejuvenation at Como Shambhala Estate surrounded by lush jungle and tiered rice-paddies.

We aren't looking for sympathy, but it's nice when the only thing that you need to worry about is missing your yoga class overlooking the river gorge or snoring during your Balinese massage.

Each grouping of four villas boast a view like this and also come a communal "living-area" that is bordered by a gorgeous pool for cooling off or just relaxing. The private environment had us thinking we we were the only ones around until our personal butler came to see if we needed anything beyond the fruit basket and bottled water.

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Afraid Of Heights? Stay Away From Hotel Cipriani's New Floating Dinner Table

Where: Venice, Italy
May 24, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comment (1)

Here's a new reason to love one of Venice's most lovable hotels, the Hotel Cipriani. Next month, guests can sign up to have "Dinner In the Sky," a one-off experience that literally involves a 22-seat dining table being raised 164 feet in the air.

According to The Daily Mail:

"A total of 22 guests can be seated around the table, which will be suspended over the swimming pool of the hotel, located on the island of Giudecca.

Thrill-seekers will have the choice of a one-hour three-course meal prepared by the hotel's chefs or a 30-minute aperitif, during which they can drink in views that stretch to St Mark's Square on the opposite side of the lagoon."

We'd probably opt for the 30-minute aperitif, since we're almost positive the dizzying height would make us lose our appetite. Then again, we'd also have to watch how much we drank. Wouldn't want to have any bathroom emergencies at that kind of altitude!

According to the Daily Mail, the platform can be rotated 180º, offering each guest at the table a panoramic view of Venice.

If this idea sounds more romantic to you than terrifying, then plan on booking a seat at the table (50 EUR per person for the aperitif; 250 pp for dinner) for the event, which takes place June 19-23.

[Photo: Daily Mail]

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Pump Up Your Estrogen Levels With Rooftop Yoga At The James Hotel

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  Site Where: 27 Grand St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
May 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

A rooftop yoga class is making waves in New York, and it's taking place at none other than The James Hotel. Led by a local NYC yoga teacher, the class was launched last year and has been slowly gaining momentum, no thanks to the jaw-dropping views seen from the top of the hotel.

Another reason the class stands out? It's women-only.

Twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8am, ladies gather up on arguably the most scenic rooftop in the city and breathe and stretch and go 'ohm' in the company of other ladies. As in, all the mamas without the papas. As in, girls not guys. As in, the rooftop is called Jimmy, but he's the only dude allowed to the party.

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