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Dreaming of a romantic hotel or resort that sits on the edge of a cliff offering jaw-dropping views and more? You can’t go wrong with any of these offerings that are ideal for taking romance up a notch.
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The Four Seasons Ko Samui sits atop a tropical, palm tree covered cliff, blending perfectly blends in with its breathtaking natural environment. Known as one of the best luxury hotels in Thailand, and one of the world’s top spa and health retreats, its cliffside villas are shaded by coconut groves and each one features its own private plunge pool to soak up the magnificent views, overlooking the striking white sands of the private bay. As soon as you arrive, you’ll know your in a special place, with arrivals marked by the sound of a traditional gong. There are two gourmet restaurants serving abundant varieties of fish and exotic herbs paired with the country’s sophisticated culinary traditions. The Pla Pla restaurant offers casual dining right on the beach, while the KOH, Thai Kitchen & Bar, is situated on a palm-covered hilltop and cooled by breezes from the Gulf. The onsite spa is tucked away in the lush jungle and offers a menu of nurturing treatments based on centuries-old healing techniques and herbal and holistic remedies. The private, individual treatment rooms are housed in five covered verandas known as salas, each with indoor and outdoor Thai-style massage beds.
Sitting high above the fishing village of Conca dei Marini on the Amalfi Coast, this 17th-century monastery-turned-luxury hotel is worth a stay for the views alone. Acclaimed as one of the most stunning hotels in the region, it offers spectacular sea views, a luxurious spa and a magnificent pool, all set within beautiful tiered gardens. Offering the ultimate in seclusion, hidden away in the cliffs between Amalfi and Positano, it’s ideal for a romantic retreat, especially if you’re looking to go all out. Have breakfast delivered to your room each morning and then spend he day exploring before returning to relax in the rooftop infinity pool with its awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, or take advantage of he extensive menu of treatments at the spa before dining in the property’s restaurant, which offers the delicious flavors of Campania, often including ingredients from its own gardens.
Post Ranch Inn sits on a towering mountain ridge overlooking the Pacific as one of the dreamiest destinations on Earth, and one of the romantic places to stay in the world. Enjoy couples massages, a candlelit restaurant, incredible stargazing after dark and The Jade Pool – a definite highlight that overlooks the crashing waves below – as well as the occasional whale that passes by, leaping out of the water to make you feel as if you’re in a movie. Bungalows, made of slate, marble and wood, are split between separate buildings, designed to blend seamlessly into the property’s lush natural landscape. From the platform bed to the fireplace, each exudes natural comfort and supreme luxury – for views of the ocean, choose the Cliff House, and for unforgettable mountain views, try the Tree House, where the steps float mid-air.
Set atop a cliff towering 1,000 feet above the Bay of Naples on the stunning island of Capri, the luxury Hotel Caesar Augustus combines modern conveniences with the most compelling aspects of ancient Roman architecture. Each of the hotels’ terraces, impeccably appointed rooms and suites offer sweeping views over the entire bay as well as Sorrento, Mount Vesuvius and the neighboring island of Ischia. Master suites are individually decorated with artworks and antiques from the owners’ private collection as well as upscale amenities like a luxurious marble bathroom, complete with Jacuzzi and a sun-soaked terrace.
Located right on the rim of the ancient volcanic Ngorongoro caldera, this gorgeous lodge not only offers some of the best views in Africa, but it’s arguably the best spot on Earth for seeing the most wildlife in one, spectacular compact wildlife venue. You’re practically guaranteed to see the “Big Five,” which includes lion, buffalo, elephant, rhinoceros and leopard. From the very first mesmerizing sight of the crater and the thrill of the descent down its inner walls, you’ll get a true sense of what Africa is all about. Arrive in January and you can even experience the incredible thunder of hooves across the dirt as the more than one million wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebra make their annual migration. Room interiors are reminiscent of an elegant baroque chateau, with gilt mirrors, beaded chandeliers, paneled walls and brocade sofas. And, that impressive African landscape can be enjoyed right out your window.
Rated one of the best hotels in Mexico for 2016, Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa, located on the Pacific Coast, is also an excellent contender as the world’s most impressive cliff-slide hotel. The resort is literally attached to majestic cliffs that rise above a powdery, white sand beach and crashing waves. Its 59 suites are an incredible mingling of traditional and modern Mexican touches, and each one comes with its very own private infinity edge pool and terrace that opens up to jaw-dropping, panoramic views of the ocean. Look forward to soaking up the sun along one of the two freshwater pools, and treating your senses to an afternoon at the spa, with heavenly options like the Xochitl-flower-infused treatment. There are three restaurants to choose from too, serving up everything from traditional enchiladas and ceviche to sushi and tapas.
Ladera is an intimate upscale, adults-only hotel set on a volcanic cliff with spectacular views of St. Lucia’s famous twin peaks, the Piton Mountains, which just nearly 3,000 feet out of the sea. For romance in the ultimate tropical location, it sets perfect scene. The glorious fiery sunsets, secluded stretches of idyllic sands and turquoise waters complete the dream setting as well as offering the opportunity for private horseback rides, catamaran cruises and delectable candlelit dinners. The 37 suites are made of tropical hardwoods, stone and tile, and all have a private plunge pool and open wall, allowing fresh breezes from the forested hilltops and panoramic views. Its onsite restaurant is considered one of the best on the island, with views that match the cuisine.
Santorini is one of the most romantic islands in the world, and Ikies Traditional Houses offers is among the best of the best for lovers. Perched on a tranquil clifftop, with some of the best views around, this unique boutique hotel with dug-out cave houses offers rare views over both the village as well as Thirasiá and the caldera. The 11 pre-1956 dwellings or fishnet warehouses have been artfully converted to accommodation in descending tiers at the caldera edge, with sweeping views. The Collector’s Villa features two en-suite bedrooms with king-sized beds, plus a caldera-edge hammam. Breakfast, meals and drinks are always served as room service on the vast balcony of each house, while staff is always willing to arrange reservations for dining and all types of activities.
Culzean Castle looks as if it stepped right out of the pages of a story book, standing dramatically on a cliff with impressive views across the sea to the mountains of the Island of Arran. With its Robert Adam architecture, fascinating history and gorgeous surroundings, Culzean is one of the country’s most popular attractions for visitors. Located in the heart of Burns country, it also offers an ideal central base for visiting the poet’s haunts. In the late 18th century, Adam converted an old fortified towercastle for the 10th Earl of Cassillis to create what is now considered the finest Georgian castle in all of Scotland, with its circular saloon and oval staircase acknowledged as Adam’s final masterpiece. The top floor of the castle was converted into a self-contained apartment in the 1940s and offered to General Dwight D. Eisenhower for his lifetime tenancy. Today, it offers exclusive accommodation for guests in its six bedrooms, arranged around the magnificent staircase.