Vacation High Above Sea Level At These Clifftop Resorts

Take your next vacation to new heights by experiencing a mesmerizing clifftop vacation at a resort high above sea level, often secluded via sparsely populated, untouched landscapes. These unique clifftop resorts offer guests a wide variety of activities that are designed to both rejuvenate and relax.

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Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Italy

Located in Sorrento’s town center and set on high tufa cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Naples with views across to Mount Vesuvius, this charming property has been catering to luxury travelers since 1834. Easily recognizable when arriving from the sea, the hotel’s three classic 19th century buildings sit above the town harbor, and the property is surrounded by the lush greenery of a 20,000 square-meter Mediterranean garden. A member of Leading Hotels of the World and Virtuoso, the hotel is home to one-of-a-kind suites, each with its own interesting history playing host to celebrities, monarchs, politicians and artists over the years. The hotel is the perfect gateway to Naples (about a 45-minute drive) and offers the opportunity for day trips to Capri, Ischia, Nerano and Punta Campanella as well as Pompei. Guests can find relaxation at The Boutique Spa La Serra and indulge at the restaurant Terrazza Bosquet featuring chef Antonino Montefusco.

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

This prestigious property is comprised of 67 ultra-luxury villas that sit cliffside on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs sweeping down to the Indian Ocean. Here guests will find an infinity pool which faces the panoramic Indian Ocean, where they can enjoy stand-up paddle board yoga classes. Its Cliff Edge Cabana is a hotspot for Instagram-worthy photos and other activities like aerial yoga classes. A few luxurious cliffside suites even feature their own private infinity pools that look down on the beach below, including all Cliffside and Hillside Villas. The property also features a Cliffside Spa for the ultimate secluded spa paradise. The landscaping and architectural forms were derived from the local Bali savannah-like environment without intruding on the wild and seasonal surroundings. Using the idea of Bali’s rocky terrace fields and lush gully, the architects have created terraced planes, which protect cool gardens, with a focus on sourcing locally bamboo used for the ceilings while locally sourced lava rocks used for the roofs of each villa.

Montage Laguna BeachLaguna Beach, California

Perched cliffside on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific in the heart of the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, Montage Laguna Beach offers 30 acres of oceanfront luxury. When guests check into the coastal resort, they are greeted by a striking floor-to-ceiling window that frames both the Pacific Ocean, Mosaic pool, and the dramatic cliffside. Guests visiting the coastal resort can unwind in 20,000-sq-foot Spa Montage where they are serenaded by the sounds of waves splashing into the cliffside rocks while they relax by the salt water spa pool. Montage Laguna Beach offers a wealth of outdoor recreation, including three pools, beach and water sports and stand-alone bungalows.

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

This beachside resort is tucked away into the cliffside within a pristine 1,400-acre private peninsula. In the lobby, guests will find that the forest has truly come within, with design inspired by the tropical area that surrounds it. Each restaurant on property features open air designs and breathtaking views to compliment the experience. In-room, guests will find floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors that invite the magic of the tropical forest into each living space. The Bay View rooms are especially perfect for a gorgeous cliffside lookout.

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