pool deck of Hôtel Lily of the Valley overlooking the sea in France

One reason we travel is to experience life in another part of the world — even just for a week — to live in another corner of the globe. And while there are plenty of beautiful hotels out there, those with a view have the power to situate you where you are; to remind you that, yes, you are on the Italian coast or deep in the Swiss Alps. 

The Mr & Mrs Smith travel club mission is to not only curate a collection of properties with exceptional views, but to ensure that every property recommended offers a high level of service, beautiful interiors, and a desirable location. And, its partnership with IHG Hotels & Resorts makes travel even more rewarding. Travelers can earn and redeem IHG One Rewards points at Mr & Mrs Smith properties around the globe.

While all of Mr & Mrs Smith properties are anonymously reviewed by an undercover team of tastemakers (yes, really), there are a few with views so stunning they deserve a little callout.

Santorini Sky — Santorini, Greece

If you’re in Santorini, chances are you’re there — at least in part — for the views. And the villas at Santorini Sky don’t disappoint. They’re perched on the island’s highest point, offering unobscured views of the sea and sky. If you think it’s gorgeous during the day, just wait until the sun sets while you’re lounging in your private pool, drink in hand.

Hotel Bellevue Syrene — Sorrento, Italy

The Hotel Bellevue Syrene is perched on the edge of a cliff, literally, so there’s nothing between you and the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Naples. It is stunning. Many of the rooms have their own sea-view balconies and the entire property is covered in terraces with seating that looks out over the water. Don’t be surprised if you never want to leave.

Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden — Palma, Spain

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The real standout view at the Can Bordoy is from the rooftop terrace, which has a pool and looks out over the city. But beyond the stunning rooftop is an open-air garden whose greenery infuses every part of the historic, five-star hotel. For around-the-clock views, even from bed, book a suite with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Rusacks St. Andrews — St. Andrews, Scotland

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It’s almost impossible to forget where you are: Rusacks St. Andrews, a hotel with one of the world’s most iconic locations: the 18th hole of the St. Andrews golf course. The views over the course are enough to make even the most jaded golfer feel giddy, and from the panoramic parlor on the top floor you’ll enjoy the “very best view in St. Andrews.”

Valsana Hotel & Apartments — Arosa, Switzerland

Valsana Hotel & Apartments is an obvious choice for any list involving views. The hotel is situated in a Swiss ski town rich in big-mountain vistas. Once you pick your jaw up off the floor, you can set out to explore the peaks that tower outside your window — the gondola and ski area are just steps away and a round of ice golf on the frozen-over lake is a must.

Scarp Ridge Lodge — Colorado, United States

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The historical significance of Scarp Ridge Lodge may be the hotel’s most defining trait (it’s set in an old miner saloon), but if you head up to the rooftop, the views will knock your socks off. From this quiet perch above town, it feels as though you can touch the Rocky Mountains. Make sure to return in the evening to enjoy sunset views from the property’s rooftop hot tub.

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa — Zanzibar, Tanzania

This self-proclaimed “barefoot resort” is set on one of the most beautiful strips of sand in Zanzibar so, as you can imagine, the ocean views are out of this world. From the palm-roofed villas, which are set right on the beach amongst lush, exotic gardens, you can soak up the tranquil views while lounging in your private pool or outdoor bathtub. (P.S. Don’t miss a sunset drink at the property’s rooftop bar.)

Hôtel Lily of the Valley — La Croix-Valmer, France

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This five-star property has views for days — and days. It’s situated in the hills above the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, a location offering guests views over the bright-blue waters and a welcome coastal breeze. When you’re not staring out over the sea, a visit to the Hôtel Lily of the Valley spa, which has a snow shower and on-site hammam, is a must.