Nothing quite beats a room with a view, does it? For the avoidance of doubt, we’re not talking about the EM Forster novel, but that uncommon joy on arrival at your hotel after a long flight to be greeted by a magnificent, sweeping panorama. With that in mind, we’ve hand-picked some scenic stays that will wow even the most jaded round the world traveller.

Each one also offers sumptuous accommodation and impeccable service, so the perfect choice if you’re looking to embark on a round the world trip in the lap of luxury, or if you just want to sprinkle your shoes-string backpacking with a magical experience. Here are 5 heavenly hotel views that you can soak up from the comfort of your balcony, bathtub, bed or bar...

The Peninsula, Hong Kong

View from The Peninsula, Hong Kong

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A Hong Kong institution for more than 80 years, the name Peninsula is synonymous with luxury, style and elegance. Situated perfectly on the edge of Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui, The Peninsula offers incredible views of the harbour and soaring skyline from one of the Grand Deluxe Harbour View Rooms. Be sure to check out the view from the ultra contemporary Felix bar and restaurant – the view of the sparkling city lights is nothing short of jaw-dropping.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

View from Shangri-la hotel, Sydney

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Located in the heart of The Rocks, the luxurious Shangri-La Sydney makes the perfect base for exploring this beautiful city. Each of the hotel’s 563 luxurious rooms and suites afford panoramic views of Sydney’s magnificent harbour with its iconic bridge and opera house. The Shangri-La’s Altitude bar and restaurant is an ideal vantage point to enjoy panoramic views along with a refreshing beverage or two.

The One and Only, Cape Town

The One and Only Hotel, Cape Town

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The 5* One & Only Cape Town is situated in the heart of the city's fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. As its name suggests, the Vista Bar and Lounge with its huge glass windows, offers incredible views of Table Mountain, the city’s iconic landmark. Each of the hotel’s sumptuous rooms and suites boasts a private balcony which commands superb views over the busting waterfront or Table Mountain.

The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort

Overwater bungalows, Bora Bora Pearl Resort, French Polynesia

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Located on the tiny islet of Motu Tevairoa, just 10 minutes by boat from Bora Bora airport, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort is a deluxe, traditional style Polynesian style resort. This outstanding resort offers sensational views across the unfeasibly beautiful Bora Bora lagoon to Mount Otemanu and beyond. The ultra-luxurious overwater bungalows offer direct access to the lagoon, with a private sundeck from which to soak up the incredible vista. The hotel’s Tevairoa Restaurant is perched 20 feet above sea level and overlooks the crystal clear, turquoise lagoon, while the Taurarea Bar is the perfect place to watch a magical sunset over a cocktail or two.

Salto Chico Lodge, Patagonia, Chile

Salto Chico Lodge, Patagonia, Chile

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Located in the heart of the remarkable Torres del Paine National Park, in Central Patagonia, the luxurious Salto Chico lodge was built in 1993 and is designed to blend in with the natural environment and put guests in touch with their sublime surroundings. The lodge is spectacularly located on the banks of the Salto Chico waterfall, and affords stunning views of the jagged peaks of the Paine Massif, as well as Lake Pehoe and, of course, the cascading waterfalls. This is the only lodge in the area with its own horses, offering guests an exciting and unique way to explore the surrounding forests, lakes and majestic mountain vistas.

Tailor-made trips

If you have in mind the kind of place you’d like to stay, but you aren’t sure where or what you can afford, we can tailor-make accommodation for your round the world trip. You’ll benefit from our knowledgeable consultants’ wide experience of hotels of all standards across the world and our personal recommendations on the best value places to stay. Simply call us on +44 1273320580, contact a consultant directly or request a quote.

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