Take in striking vistas and inspiring scenery at these epic retreats.
From unbelievable mountain views to postcard-worthy seaside scenery, the vantage points from some of the world's luxury hotels will leave you in awe. And while amenities such as cutting-edge underwater sound systems, poolside yoga sessions and relaxing cabanas are added bonuses, these hotel pools stand out with their picturesque surroundings and breathtaking backdrops. If you're hoping to wind down with a good book and a killer view, retreat to one of these legendary hotels with stunning pools showcasing dramatic mountains, cityscapes and ocean views.
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Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
The Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa sits on 1,700 acres of unspoiled terrain in Tuscany. From the pool deck, you can take in panoramic views of the mountainous Serchio Valley and the charming rural villages below. Book a classic room or a suite to enjoy quintessential Italian hospitality. And don't miss savoring authentic dishes at the on-site restaurant, La Veranda, or checking into the spa for a soothing body scrub, spa treatment or massage. And regardless of what's on your itinerary, carve out time to explore the local area for its top-tier wineries and storied medieval architecture.
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Four Seasons Resort Nevis
St. Thomas Parish, Nevis
The charming island of Nevis offers a welcome alternative to the heavy cruise crowds of neighboring St. Kitts. On the shores of the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, you'll find Pinney's Beach, one of the Caribbean's most picture-perfect beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear waters. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis's pool deck features dual views of the surrounding landscapes, with towering Nevis Peak on one side and the nearby island of St. Kitts on the other. Check into one of the hotel's glorious rooms, before heading to the beach for superior service or relaxing at one of the three pool areas, where you can unwind in a chaise lounge and enjoy jaw-dropping views.
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The Inn at Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, California
The Inn at Laguna Beach features 70 rooms appointed with bright, Southern California-inspired accents. The property also boasts one of the best locations in all of Orange County, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and easy access to Laguna's shopping and dining district. The hotel's pool deck serves as the perfect spot to unwind, catch up on some much-needed R&R and take in the surrounding hills filled with sparkling mansions and twinkling lights. The hotel's rooftop bar also offers sweeping views of the California coastline, along with an idyllic perch to enjoy a memorable meal.
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Irish Town, Jamaica
While Jamaica is well known for its breathtaking beaches and tropical scenery, its mountain ranges are equally impressive. Strawberry Hill in Jamaica is perched high up in the famous Blue Mountains, offering views of the rolling hillsides and Caribbean Sea below. The hotel has 12 cottages and sits on 26 acres of a coffee plantation that's been converted into a resort. Strawberry Mountain's infinity pool looks over the island's capital city of Kingston, providing the perfect spot to relax. Rumor has it that Bob Marley visited this spot to gather inspiration for his music. After visiting Strawberry Hill, you'll never see Jamaica the same way again.
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Hotel Villa Honegg
Hotel Villa Honegg, a five-star boutique, is best known for its quality service and sweeping views of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding Swiss Alps. The hotel features 23 luxurious rooms and suites, along with a hillside location perfect for recreational activities such as hiking and biking. But the hotel's real draw is its infinity pool, which features phenomenal views of the mountains, the lake and the clouds. Dubbed the "Stairway to Heaven Pool," the hotel spa offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Plus, the hotel features a sauna and a fitness center, offering plenty of wellness facilities to relax, rejuvenate and recharge.
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Monastero Santa Rosa
Conca dei Marini, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is breathtaking on its own, but it's easier to take it all in from a beautiful poolside cabana. Check into the Monastero Santa Rosa for an unforgettable stay filled with antique furnishings, thoughtful modern touches and dramatic views peering over the Tyrrhenian Sea. This 17th-century monastery-turned-resort will leave you in awe of its surrounding scenery in the charming fishing town of Conca dei Marini. The hotel's infinity-edge pool provides unmatched seaside views. Order a cool glass of limoncello, pull up a lounger and soak it all in.
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This brand-new resort boasts overwater villas, a private lagoon and the type of luxury you would expect in a far-flung destination like the Maldives. Each villa offers a tranquil atmosphere that's well-suited to couples, along with a private pool and sweeping views of the aquamarine waters below. Relax on your overwater balcony while you check out the area's fascinating sea life, or enjoy meditating in your secluded pool. By day, you'll take in beautiful and intimate ocean views; by night, you'll observe a star-speckled sky.
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Grand Hotel Tremezzo
This 100-year-old Lake Como property is a member of the Preferred Legend portfolio – and for good reason. Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers luxury, seclusion and a floating pool with sweeping views of Lake Como. A second garden pool also offers panoramic views of the surrounding Swiss Alps. Plus, this hotel has 80 luxurious guest rooms, four suites and eight over-the-top rooftop suites for special occasions. Check into the hotel for posh accommodations, gourmet dining and, of course, jaw-dropping views you can't get anywhere else in the world.
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Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa
St. George's, Grenada
This Sandals outpost is an all-inclusive resort, meaning food, drinks and entertainment are all included in the nightly rate. Plus, at the pool, you'll get amazing views of the surrounding mountains and crystal-clear waters. In addition to the main pools, several property suites are outfitted with their own plunge pools. Some suites even include sweeping balconies and spacious soaking tubs, offering a romantic atmosphere to relax and unwind. Best of all, you'll enjoy a globally inspired gourmet menu and a variety of high-quality services and amenities offered at Sandals properties, such as indulgent spa treatments (for an additional fee).
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Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
This famous Marriott resort offers unique views of the sailboat-lined Charlotte Amalie harbor (on the isle's west coast) and its surrounding peaks. The resort's cliff-side pool offers incredible city and water views, providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend. Enjoy leisurely sitting on the pool deck with a good book or gliding to the swim-up bar for the hotels' famous strawberry-jalapeno margarita. In addition to its pools and beach access, the hotel offers luxurious rooms, an on-site spa and expansive indoor and outdoor space for weddings and corporate retreats.
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