The dead of winter is, naturally, prime wanderlust season. And the first thing on any savvy traveler's agenda (besides warm weather and a fizzy cocktail, of course) is a killer view right outside your bedroom. These are the 14 hotels around the world with lavish, Instagram-worthy terraces and vistas to match.
Angama Mara, Kenya, Africa
Angama Mara is Kenya's newest luxury safari lodge, with a terrace overlooking the Maasai Mara a thousand feet below. The terraces feature fire pits and intimate seating areas, from which guests can quite literally witness the annual Great Migration, when millions of wildebeest venture into the area on a quest for grass. The hotel supplies guests with a pair of binoculars, naturally.
Palazzo Santa Croce, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Situated high above the jagged seaboard of Italy's Amalfi Coast, Palazzo Santa Croce is a vacation villa located just outside Positano. Featuring a bird's eye view of the ocean and village, the spectacular villa has a heated jet-stream pool, private gardens, and a full-time staff in addition to the exquisite terraces.
Hotel Alfonso XIII, Sevilla, Spain
Commissioned by the King of Spain to play host to international dignitaries, The Luxury Collection's Hotel Alfonso XIII is located in the historic quarter of Santa Cruz, with Moorish-inspired terraces on which guests can enjoy cocktails as they overlook the city.
The Hassler, Rome, Italy
Situated atop the Spanish Steps, The Hassler is Rome's historic 5-star hotel, offering breathtaking views of the entire city from its terrace which overlooks the iconic Roman skyline, including the Piazza di Spagna, the Barcaccia fountain, and the famous Via Condotti.
Rimba Jimbaran Bali by Ayana, Bali, Indonesia
Everywhere guests turn at Rimba Jimbaran Bali by Ayana, they'll find stunning water views and lush scenery. The ark-shaped sunken lobby terraces feature both views of Bali's Jimbaran Bay and the Indian Ocean. It's designed in the style of a ship, and surrounded by six swimming pools (all in different shades of blue), and connected by a network of waterfalls, fountains, and streams on different levels.
Villa San Giacomo, Amalfi Coast, Italy
A distinctive atmosphere brings history to the present in this eight room colorful and airy palazzo, complete with a private pool and garden. The chef provides extraordinary local cuisine, served on one of the many terraces that adorn the sea-facing side of the villa.
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, Papagayo, Costa Rica
Located on 1,400 acres in Guanacaste on the Papagayo Peninsula, the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica features striking indoor-outdoor spaces. The least populated province of Costa Rica, Guanacaste offers a calm, peaceful ambience.
Hotel Hoshinoya, Mount Fuji, Japan
Set on Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi-ko, Hoshinoya is the ultimate glamping experience. Start your day and end your night on the terrace where guests can gather around a roaring bonfire to enjoy drinks and snacks, and the incredible views of Mt. Fuji.
Castello di Casole, Toscana, Italy
Located in a castle which dates back to the 10th century, the terraces at Castelo di Casole overlook the iconic vineyards, farmhouses, and rolling hills of Italy's Tuscany region. Blankets are provided to guests who congregate each evening to watch the sunset with a glass or three of wine.
Paris Perfect, Paris, France
Paris Perfect is a luxury apartment rental and concierge service with over 100 apartments in the heart of Paris, with rooms that offer direct views of the Eiffel Tower. Their stunning 3-bedroom Margaux apartment, located in the posh 7th arrondissement, has a direct view of the iconic monument right from the master bedroom, as well as from the wraparound terrace, so guests can dine with a front-row view of the sparkling Tower at night.
Fleur de Chine Hotel, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
Situated on Sun Moon Lake, and next to a natural hot spring, the terrace at Fleur de Chine offers a panoramic view of neighboring mountains and greenery.
Villa di Torno, Lake Como, Italy
Spacious and light-filled, Villa di Torno sits on the edge of a charming village aside Lake Como. With direct lake frontage featuring a private dock, pool, al fresco living areas, and dramatic terraces.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor, New Jersey
The terrace at The Reeds is situated right on the bay offering the perfect waterside view. It's a place to kick back with your favorite cocktail in front of a unobscured sunset.
Rocco Forte Hotel Group's Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg, Russia
Enjoy vodka, caviar, and champagne while overlooking the iconic St. Isaac's square at Hotel Astoria. In winter, the staff provides blankets to keep you warm.