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There’s almost nothing better than a hotel stay with a spectacular view. If you plan on spending any amount of time in your room other than for sleeping, enjoying the scenery outdoors can be one of the highlights of your vacation. Whether it’s the dazzling lights of a city, an endless expanse of the ocean, mountains or desert scenery, these U.S. hotels offer the very best views you’ll find.
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This 24-acre resort sits atop Kapalua Bay on the island of Maui and offers extra-spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling doors that open to views of the Pacific from a hardwood lanai. They range from one- to four-bedrooms and also include gourmet kitchens and large bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. A wide range of activities can be enjoyed when you can pull yourself away from the view, including water sports, championship golf and an award-winning spa. You can also arrange to take a zip line ride, go hiking or horseback riding. hospitality.
Enchantment Resort is nestled among the fiery red rocks of Sedona providing jaw-dropping views of the landscape. Small pueblo-style buildings hold the rooms and suites which all include cozy beehive fireplaces and private decks for enjoying the incredible scenery. For the best, book a room with a view of the canyon face or one on a higher floor. Look forward to walking the trails, enjoying decadent treatments at the world-class Mii Amo spa where guests have exclusive privileges for treatments inspired by the wisdom and traditions of Native Americans, aimed at achieving balance and harmony. There are several restaurants onsite or you can dine on your private terrace.
Located across over 100 oceanfront acres in the exclusive Rancho Palos Verdes area of Los Angeles, the Terranea Resort is the only true luxury destination resort in L.A. It offers breathtaking views of Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean, with every room featuring a private balcony for soaking up the magnificent scenery. There’s no reason to leave the property as it includes one of the region’s top spas, three swimming pools, nine holes of golf and six restaurants.
Located in a Mies van der Rohe-designed skyscraper in the River North neighborhood, The Langham not only offers an idyllic location on Wabash Avenue along the Chicago River, but rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the city’s skyline and water traffic on the river below. Look forward to a relaxing soak in your granite tub while taking in more great views from the huge picture windows. The hotel also hosts a health club and an indoor pool, along with the award-winning Chuan Spa that provides special bathing rituals in a hot sauna and aromatherapy shower before treatments. Its Travelle restaurant, headed up by Chef Jeff Vucko, offers an impressive interpretation of seasonal American fare.
Post Ranch Inn is often named among the most luxurious properties with the best ocean views. The Pacific Ocean unfolds from its cliff-side dwellings which include a private porch, a living room for enjoying the warmth of a roaring fire and a jetted tub for soaking next to a wall of glass with the ocean-facing windows above a steep incline for privacy. The highly-acclaimed Sierra Mar restaurant boasts floors and walls made entirely of glass that extend over the cliffs, creating the idyllic setting for an incredible meal.
Ocean House sits on a bluff overlooking Block Island Sound, surrounded by endless water. It’s a replica of the 1868 structure that once stood here, only it has over twice as many windows, maximizing the awe-inspiring views. The iconic luxury resort is the most storied in all of New England and features its own private white sand beach along with a host of amenities, like an indoor pool that opens to the outdoors, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, golf course, large fitness center and a wealth of dining options. Rooms all include marble bathrooms, but if you book a suite you’ll also get a fireplace, kitchen and/or a terrace.
Located just south of San Francisco on a dramatic stretch of coastline offering unbeatable views of the ocean and beach below, this luxurious hotel offers everything you’d expect from the glitzy chain. It comes complete with lavish rooms that include marble bathrooms and beds with goose down comforters as well as an expansive spa. If the fog rolls in, cozy up to one of the fire pits that face the ocean. Other amenities include a heated indoor pool, fitness center, lighted tennis courts and championship golf courses.
The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa overlooks Estero Bay and barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico, with balcony rooms providing the most stunning views of the Gulf around. Pull back the drapes just before sunset and you’ll witness the sun casting its last rays of golden light over the lush mangrove islands and brilliant blue waters that weave through on the way out to the Gulf. There are gorgeous water features, including rows of dancing fountains leading to the Waterfall Pool that boasts a story-tall cascade. Throughout the 26 tropical acres there are three pools, including one with a water slide, an 18-hole golf course, over a half-dozen restaurants and bars, and a beautiful spa.
The renowned Amangani sits atop a 7,000-foot butte in the heart of valley with its suites that include fireplaces and deep soaking tubs all overlooking the majestic peaks of the Grand Tetons and the meandering Snake River in Jackson Hole. Guests can also enjoy a wide range of activities from hiking to horseback riding and swimming in the heated, outdoor infinity pool that has direct, unobstructed views.
If you’re looking for one of the best if not the very best view of NYC, book a room at the luxurious Four Seasons, which soars 52 floors above Midtown, Manhattan. It offers views of Central Park all the way across to the Hudson River with big rooms that provide plenty of space and natural light, something that’s not easy to find in the Big Apple.