Fancy living on the edge? From Cape View Clifton in South Africa – a new addition to our collection – to cliffside stays in California, Croatia and beyond, these precariously perched hotels are the places to literally live the high life.
From its jaw-dropping cliff-edge locale, Villa Dubrovnik on the sun-drenched Croatian coast provides the sort of setting where you’ll feel right at home in your smallest swimwear and your biggest sunglasses. Book room 418 for the best sea views from your private hottub.
We’re calling it: this is one of the finest views in South Africa. All the best bits of Cape Town come together at Cape View Clifton: the Twelve Apostles mountains loom impressively on the horizon, the city loveliest and least windswept beaches are at your feet, and the honesty bar is stocked with South Africa’s tastiest wines.
Named best hotel in the world at the inaugural Smith Hotel Awards, California’s Post Ranch Inn knows how to make the most of it’s heaven-on-earth Big Sur setting: three pools, a spa, a renowned restaurant and secluded suites with vast Pacific-view verandahs. (Keep your eyes peeled for migrating whales.)
This chic Greek is pretty self explanatory – the white-with-blue edifice exemplifies the craggy isle’s traditional style, and there are Instagram-baiting Aegean views from every angle. Iconic Santorini is perched on island high-point Imerovigli: lounge by the pool, smug in the knowledge that the very best vistas are all yours.
Check into Alila Jabal Akhdar and the lunar-like landscapes of Al-Dakhiliyah are yours to explore (or at least to Instagram repeatedly – tag @smithhotels so we can see your shots). Mountains meet desert right on your doorstep, and if you can tear yourself away from the view for a few hours, there’s a couples treatment room in the spa.
Last year, Monastero Santa Rosa hotel on the Amalfi coast took home the Best Pool award at the Smith Hotel Awards, and it’s not hard to see why (check the top of this post for the bird’s-eye view). Sea-to-sky vistas don’t come much more magnifico than this.