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Location might be everything when it comes to choosing a honeymoon resort, but we argue that one of the most underrated considerations it the view outside of your hotel windows. After all, it is your honeymoon, so the chances of you leaving your room in the first 42 hours isn’t all that high. You might as well enjoy the sights as far as you can see them through the glass or while sipping some champagne on your balcony—or, even better, from your own private plunge pool. If you’re comfortable accepting that your most used honeymoon hashtag will probably be #views, consider posting up at one of these romantic resorts that offer just that and more.
Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
It’s safe to say this hotel boasts unrivaled panoramic views of the Arabian Sea, because it does so from below the waters. Honeymooners who say in the Underwater suites score an up-close-and-personal view of the Ambassador Lagoon and its 65,000 marine inhabitants, including thousands of fish, stingrays and, yep, sharks. The unique underwater experience is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to what this 22-stories-high hotel in the middle of Dubai can offer in terms of views. You can see the entire city skyline from the roof!
The Hassler, Rome, Italy
Since it’s near-impossible to cover the grounds of this vast and widespread historical city—in one single visit, at least—you might as well stay somewhere where you can catch views of it almost in its entirety. That’s what you’ll get atop the Spanish Steps of Hotel Hassler Roma. Fun fact for honeymooners: Both Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly honeymooned in one of the 93 rooms in this hotel, 13 of which are suites. When you’re not scoping out all the ancient ruins around the city, enjoy a Michelin-starred meal at Imàgo, which also offers panoramic views of some of the most iconic spots in Rome.
Casa Palopó, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Waking up to a view of majestic volcanoes is probably not part of your everyday routine. But, should you experience it every morning of your honeymoon? Why not? Casa Palopó is nestled among the lush highlands of Lake Atitlán, a serene getaway from the hustle and bustle you’re probably used to back home. This luxury boutique hotel overlooks the lake as well as three volcanoes across the shore. City-dwelling couples will especially love the amount of space they’re given: Each Indonesian wood-decorated private villa has three bedrooms, each with private bathrooms and private terraces, a large living room area, two helipads (for those who want to get there in true luxurious fashion), butler service and personal chef service.
Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi Coast, Italy
This 17th-century ruin-turned 20-room luxury resort sits perched above one of the most out-of-this-world views arguably in all of Italy—overlooking the Bay of Salerno and the sweeping Amalfi Coast. It was pretty much designed with romantic couples in mind, which makes it the perfect honeymoon escape. Foodies will love the on-site Michelin-starred restaurant, Il Refettorio, as well as the meticulously maintained terraced organic gardens from which the eatery scores most of its produce and herbs. A dramatic infinity edged pool offers day-long panoramic views for you and your new spouse to soak up.
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
Deep in the countryside of Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas is this gorgeous hacienda-style hotel that spans approximately 100 acres wide. Surrounding the mere 12 rooms and 24 stand-alone casitas is nothing but the pure and tranquil green mountains. Each casita faces views of the valley and comes equipped with its own fireplace to make your peaceful observance all the more pleasurable. In lieu of the lush greenery surrounding the property, guests are invited to pick their own produce, such as quinoa, Urubamba giant corn, medicinal herbs and a variety of potatoes.
Park Hyatt Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Located just across the harbor from the infamous Sydney Opera House, this posh hotel is smack-dab in the very center of one of Australia’s largest cities. Nearly all rooms in the Park Hyatt Sydney have this unrivaled view, which also stares directly at the iconic Harbour Bridge. Honeymooners really looking to maximize their enjoyment will want to stay in the Sydney Suite—a two-bedroom suite boasting over 3,853 square-foot of interior space, along with a private outdoor terrace with practically a 360-degree panoramic view the stunning city.
Adler Dolomiti, Ortisei, Italy
If you want to feel like a true fairy princess, here’s where you should book your honeymoon—tucked away in the Southern Alps in northeastern Italy. World mountain climber Reinhold Messner himself was quoted saying, “Although there are higher mountains, there are none more beautiful.” Take it from the dude who’s seen more mountain peaks than anyone else you know—this place and its astounding views are a beaut. The land where Adler Dolomiti sits was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO, as the hotel itself is set in the center of Ortisei overlooking the mountains.
Le Bristol Paris, Paris, France
What’s a honeymoon to Paris without constant views of the Eiffel Tower? In Le Bristol’s honeymoon suite, on the eighth and top floor, that’s what you’ll score all day and all night long. In addition to the Eiffel Tower, inarguably the most romantic of Paris’s many monuments, you’ll also see Grand Palais, the exhibition hall and museum complex at at the Champs-Élysées. The suite itself boasts 1,905 square feet and is comprised of a large sitting room with ivory-hued walls and a bedroom draped with flowered chintz. Once inside, you pretty much have no reason to leave your hotel!
Canaves Oia Suites, Santorini, Greece
There’s a reason why Santorini continues to top the charts of the most romantic honeymoon destinations year after year—it has breathtaking views of the mediterranean sea and the caldera cliffs from pretty much anywhere. Still, some views are better than others, and we have to give it up to Canaves Oia Suites for having one of the very best. Oia (pronounced "eea") is the coastal town on the northwestern tip of the island and is best known for its remarkable sunsets. That’s why most honeymooners flock here, in addition the the whitewashed houses carved into the cliffs, Michelin-starred restaurants and endless rows of high-end shops.
Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
If interior views are just as important to you as exterior views on your honeymoon, this romantic spot nestled between two gentle canals in the heart of Amsterdam is one not to be missed. It’s opulent in all of the right ways, with the perfect balance of sophistication and modernity that honeymooners of all age will enjoy. It’s also full of rich history, since the space was served as a convent in the 15th-century before it transitioned to the Dutch Admiralty headquarters and later City Hall.
The Singular Patagonia, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
You’ll find this gem of a resort atop nearly 30 acres of breathtaking land deep in the heart of Southern Chile's Patagonia region overlooking the Fjord of Last Hope Sound and the snow-capped Andes. Be prepared for a jaw-dropping view of some of the most unimaginable scenes in nature when you draw open your curtains each morning. Whether you love water views or mountain views, The Singular Patagonia offers both. When you’re finished enjoying the view from afar, you can head out and explore the private, pristine reserves on foot, on horseback or on kayak.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
If an African safari is what you imagine to be the perfect honeymoon, it doesn’t get any better in terms of views than Singita Sasakwa. Located in northern Tanzania on a private concession of 350,000 acres bordering the of world-renowned Serengeti National Park, the flagship lodge and its hilltop location affords breathtaking views over the wide open plains. The lodge is built in the style of an Edwardian manor house and is composed of nine secluded cottages and one private retreat that all overlook the sun-kissed plains below. Honeymooners can enjoy this view from their own private plunge pool, or, for those daring enough to take even closer look at the African wildlife below, there is a Swarovski spotting scope on the deck of every cottage.