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Last updated: 11 May 2021

A window to another world, waking up in a room with a view is one of the best simple pleasures about travelling. From sparkling sea views, to countryside vistas and dramatic mountainscapes, these boutique hotels are ten of our top picks for bringing the outside in…staying in bed has never looked so good.

Hôtel Crillon le Brave, Provence – France

The hilltop hamlet setting of Hôtel Crillon le Brave certainly helps when it comes to its mesmerising views of the surrounding hills. Settle into your Provençal-style suite housed within one of the nine wisteria-clad stone buildings, as the sun rises over the slopes of Mont Ventoux in the distance to the sound of cicadas singing and church bells ringing.

Forestis, Brixen – Italy

Cool, calm and connected to its stunning setting, Forestis is a summit-level sanctuary in a South Tyrolean mountainscape. Light streams in through the windows-for-walls, drawing the eye to the stunning views of snow-dusted peaks and illuminating the mellow, minimalist spaces. Sip Plose mountain spring water from the stone carafe in your bedroom, where you’ll have front-row seats to the sunset over the UNESCO Dolomites summit.

Koh Russey Villas & Resort, Bamboo Island – Cambodia

At Koh Russey Villas & Resort, the ocean is only ever a short walk away – after all, the island is little more than a mile wide – and nature is all around. And the hotel’s rooms, suites and villas – some with their own freshwater pools – bring the ocean that bit closer with their wraparound views. The private sandy beach feels within touching distance, as the bedroom blends with the backdrop of palm trees and bamboo groves, home to colourful local birds.

Sailrock Resort, Turks & Caicos Islands – Caribbean

The moment you touch down at Sailrock Resort in South Caicos, the vision of turquoise waters and white sand will be the first thing to take your breath away. Whether you stay in a Ridgetop Suite that is elevated above the shore, or a Beachfront Villa nestled among the trees and just a few sandy steps from the warm, shallow ocean, those impossibly blue Caribbean views are never out of sight.

Lazib Inn Resort & Spa, El Fayoum – Egypt

Crowning a green hillside overlooking Lake Qarun is the Fayoum-style Lazib Inn Resort & Spa. The pink clay exterior encases a series of bright, spacious luxury suites, with the incredible desert oasis as your backdrop. Take in the swaying palms and camel-dotted dunes from the comfort of your Egyptian Cotton sheets.

Canaves Oia Suites, Santorini – Greece

Picture pristine white suites set into the dark volcanic rocks, with glittering pools and individual terraces. Canaves Oia Suites boasts sweeping views of the Santorini Caldera, where whitewashed walls frame postcard-worthy scenery. Start the day in style with a champagne breakfast in bed – or dine on your terrace, gazing out across the Aegean Sea.

L’Escale Resort Marina & Spa, Mahé – Seychelles

Surrounded by rugged mountains, emerald forests, and multihued waters, L’Escale Resort Marina & Spa is a haven of natural beauty. From the Indian Ocean to Morne Seychellois (Seychelles’ highest peak), enjoy breath-taking views of the island from the comfort of your private terrace or balcony. Thanks to nautical design details nodding to the resort’s marina setting, you’ll feel as though you’re drifting aboard a superyacht.

Hotel Les Bords de Mer, Marseille – France

Fall in love with the sea all over again at Les Bords de Mer. The white walls and tall windows of this 1930s waterside villa conjure up its elegant art deco heritage. Even when you’re inside this luxury hotel, the Mediterranean is never far away. It glimmers outside the window of each room and suite, as pretty sailing boats bob beside the historic Vieux Port.

Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, Bel Ombre – Mauritius

Set on the wild south coast of Mauritius in a protected nature reserve, Heritage le Telfair puts you in a world of your own. Beautifully renovated villas are scattered throughout tropical gardens, creating the feel of a private village. Look out over the Indian Ocean through palm-fringed windows, after a day spent in barefoot bliss.

Panoptis Escape, Mykonos – Greece

This extraordinary ensemble of boutique villas on the southern coast of Mykonos overlooks the Aegean Sea and tranquil expanse of Elia Beach below. Any one of the exclusive, hilltop villas at Panoptis Escape guarantees soothing sea breezes, soul-affirming views, and romantic sunsets from the comfort of minimalist interiors with hints of artisan craftsmanship.

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