Nothing beats waking up to the sound of gentle waves lapping, or pulling the curtains back in the morning to reveal an expanse of tranquil blue water. From ocean-side Bermuda accommodation to Crete’s most well-positioned hotel, here is my selection of the very best views from some of my very favourite beachfront hotels. |
All at Sea in Crete
It’s hard to imagine a hotel with a better vantage point over the water than the St Nicholas Bay in Crete. Set on a headland, the resort has the most wonderful views out to sea in three different directions. The hotel manages to take full advantage of this wonderful positioning with a selection of elegant bars each providing access to a different vista out across the azure blue of the Mediterranean. Relax with a cocktail in the Astra Bar, enjoy traditional entertainment in the Kafenion or just sip a cold drink surrounded by water on the Bonatsa Jetty.
Those wanting the ultimate in beachfront luxury should try one of the high-end suites which have their own terrace with pool, right on the waterfront.
Old School Glamour in Bermuda
Enjoy a view of the pristine waters of the Atlantic in the refined surroundings of the traditional Pompano Beach Club in Bermuda. Enjoying a cool cocktail in the elegant Sunset Lounge with a backdrop of stunning ocean views is like stepping back to a bygone age of glamour and sophistication. It is quite unlike any other Bermuda accommodation I’ve come across.
This is one of those establishments where they still insist on collared shirts on gentlemen for dinner, and that is part of what gives this beachside resort its unique charm. Run by the same family since the 1950s, there’s a reassuring continuity here that is reflected in the unchanging, but always inspiring, ocean views.
High Rise Splendour in Croatia
The five-storey luxury Hotel Ola on the Croatian Coast offers luxury and wellbeing alongside its breathtaking views of the Adriatic. Some guests like to go and lie on the beach to get a view of the sea, but personally I prefer taking the lift to the fifth floor and relaxing on the elegant sun loungers dotted around its rooftop terrace. When it gets too hot I simply dive into the high-rise infinity pool and enjoy the views from there.
Looking down on the beach from a pool at this lofty height certainly gives one a sense of wellbeing; if that isn’t enough, the hotel will do its best to make you healthy with a restaurant serving food based on a paleo philosophy menu. And then there’s the gym staff, who are on-hand to help you on their Active Body workout programme. Given the choice, I’d rather lie on the rooftop drinking in the view, but each to their own!
Whether you choose Bermuda accommodation with a hint of glamour, Croatian wellbeing or the stunning vistas across the Mediterranean in Crete, one thing is for sure: nothing compares to a room with a view.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing luxury Bermuda accommodation, as well as holidays to Croatia, Sicily and many other destinations around the globe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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