Taking a holiday to the sea is one thing, but to make the best of it, you want to wake up each morning to an ocean breeze and an unforgettable view. The gentle rush of waves hitting the shore is both relaxing and inspiring, so it’s no wonder that some of the best hotels in the world make sea views their top priority.
With life by the sea proving as good for the body as it is for the soul, you’ll likely be booking your holiday with visions of the deep in mind. Here are some of the most amazing seaview hotels imaginable, from every corner of the world.
Soneva Kiri, Thailand
This beautiful collection of suspended villas and interlinked spas and restaurants in Koh Kood, Thailand is awash with greenery on every side. The opportunity to cycle, scuba dive or unwind in the spa makes for an attractive package in and of itself, yet where Soneva Kiri really shines is its Cinema Paradiso. That’s a nightly open air movie-going experience where the big screen is surrounded by natural trees and vegetation.
But of course, the sea views are what really make this hotel special. Soneva Kiri proudly notes it’s a Thai hotel in untouched tourism territory, making the natural splendours of the water shine. They’re best enjoyed from the infinity pool, which is easily up there among the best in the world.
Jade Mountain Resort, St Lucia
While great sea views and the Caribbean go together like strawberries and cream, it takes a special kind of vision to stand apart from the crowd. The owner and architect of Jade Mountainin St Lucia, Mr Nick Troubetzkoy, specially designed this hotel and resort to sprinkle down the hillside among trees and rocky outcrops to give the perfect sea view from every angle.
While spas, infinity pools and balconies each offer superb views of the sights, the hotel also boasts a stylish approach to cuisine. Gourmet flavours here, rich in tropical flair with colours and spices to match, is complemented by acoustic sessions and jazz musicians that help liven up the night.
Gara Rock, Great Britain
With staycations on the rise and plenty of beautiful views on offer to those in the know, there’s a rising and almost secretive and secluded clique of UK hotels offering stunning sea views.
At Gara Rock in Devon, the rugged coastlines of the UK, sprawling out into a rolling ocean, make for superb views. Meals and teas at The Lookout Hut give great views at mealtimes too, but the loft rooms offer a sublime retreat for those of you looking for grand sea vistas that also let you access nearby spa and beauty therapies.
Six Senses Fiji
Making its debut in April 2018, Six Senses Fiji on Malolo Island makes the most of the archipelago’s stunning sea views. With white sandy beaches and rich, deep blue Pacific waves in every direction, water babies have lots to love here. That’s especially true if staying in one of the more exclusive pool villas, each of which have their own private pools to enjoy alongside those sea vistas. With delicious dining and a range of ways to unwind, including a Wellness Village for treatments, Six Senses Fiji is also doing its bit to function in harmony with the natural beauty surrounding it. In fact, the site uses solar power throughout the resort, making it environmentally friendly in every way.
For the ultimate in sea views at your hotel, consider retreating to a tiny coral island surrounded on all sides by the Indian Ocean and a bevy of white sand beaches. That’s what’s promised by Baros Maldives, a luxury hotel resort featuring intricately designed tropical architecture that perfectly complements its stunning surroundings.
Small and intimate, you’ve got authentic dining and personal sunbeds to enjoy, but the real showstopper here is the beautiful Nooma. She’s a traditional wooden dhoni sailing ship, offering excursions out on that crystalline sea under swarthy sunshine galore.
There are so many hotels offering fantastic sea views. Which is your favourite?