Enjoy panoramic sea views and rugged luxury in these cliffside hotels.
Aman Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
The island of Sveti Stefan is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Montenegro. What was once a 15th century fisherman’s outpost and a prosperous resort in the 1950s fell into disrepair during the Yugoslav wars. In 2008, Amanresorts International conducted a massive restoration of the entire island, revealing several long-forgotten historical buildings, including a medieval church.
A path of pink pebbles forms the causeway that leads to Queen Marija’s early 20th century summer residence, Villa Milocer, which is attached to Aman Sveti Stefan’s boutique retreat and spa. The resort is effortlessly elegant and romantic. Cottages and suites retain Aman’s signature style of restrained luxury. Whether dining on freshly caught seabass in the restaurant, enjoying a bespoke spa treatment with locally sourced herbs and olive oil, or simply relaxing on the grounds with a glass of rose in hand, the charm of this hotel is that it doesn’t feel like one at all but rather, an exclusive village that one is privileged to visit.
Double rooms from $1,000, aman.com
Perched on the edge of a cliff along the picturesque Amalfi coast is Casa Angelina, one of the area’s only contemporary boutique hotels. From the rooftop terrace of this hotel, one can witness a vast spread of ocean interrupted only by the islands of Capri and Li Galli and the Sorrento peninsula, which stretches into the horizon. In this abode of barefoot luxury, interiors gleam brilliantly white, offset only by colourful Murano glass sculptures that decorate the communal areas. Just 10 minutes from Positano, the property offers a refreshing alternative to the area’s traditional hotels and opulent resorts.
Double room from $460, casangelina.com
Post Ranch Inn
Big Sur, California, US
High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, 1,200ft above the Pacific Ocean, sits Post Ranch Inn. Located along California’s Highway One, known as one of the world’s most scenic drives, the journey to this magnificent abode will take you through majestic state parks, beaches and waterfalls. Each cabin and cottage, composed of recycled redwood trees, offers guests total seclusion. There is nothing but soaring condors, starry nights, breathtaking views and a wood-burning fire for company. It makes the perfect destination for relaxation, rejuvenation and, of course, romance.
Cottages from $1,225 per night, Postranchinn.com