There is something magical about waking up in your hotel room, opening the curtains and admiring an incredible water view. There are many magnificent oceans, seas, rivers and lakes to explore around the globe and luckily for travellers there are many fantastic hotels that maximise the opportunities for appreciating their aqua outlook. Here at Flight Centre, we've put together this compilation of hotels that both overlook the water and provide a unique accommodation experience.
The Caves Resort, Jamaica
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, The Caves feature one and two bedroom cottages and suites that are perched dramatically on limestone cliffs. This 12 room property also boasts a private dining cave, the Blackwell Rum Bar and an Aveda Amenity Spa, which is sure to make your visit all the more special.
Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
Rather than looking out over the ocean, why not opt for an underwater vista? Arguably the first permanent pressurised undersea structure in the world, the Poseidon Undersea Resort features underwater guest rooms that offer 270 degree windows that allow incredible views of the marine life that call Fiji home.
Hayman, Hayman Island, Australia
With the world famous Great Barrier Reef on your doorstep, the luxury resort known as Hayman is situated on one of the 74 Islands that make up the Whitsundays. This is the perfect escape for complete indulgence.
Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece
The Greek Islands are synonymous with beautiful architecture, stunning beaches and incredible vistas. This accommodation option on Santorini blends perfectly into the white-washed surrounds and takes full advantage of the spectacular outlook over the Mediterranean Sea.
Jade Mountain, St Lucia
Consider heading to the Caribbean island of St Lucia and checking into Jade Mountain, an architecturally-designed resort that blends effortlessly with the island's terrain. The infinity swimming pool is sure to be a focal point of rest and relaxation.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
Made famous in the James Bond film, Octupussy, the Taj Lake Palace is idyllically situated in the middle of Lake Pichola in the Indian city of Udaipur. This converted palace, now boasts various palatial rooms including Royal Suites and the opulent Grand Presidential Suite.
Grotta Palazzese Hotel, Polignano A Mare, Italy
The Grotto Palazzese is situated on the east coast of Italy at Polignano A Mare just south of Bari and overlooks the stunning Adriatic Sea. The accommodation experience is made all the more memorable because the hotel is carved out of the region's rock.
Cocoa Island Hotel, The Maldives
While over water bungalows provide a fantastic accommodation experience, the Cocoa Island Hotel in the Maldives present rooms that are inspired by dhoni boats, wooden vessels used by local fishermen. The 33 over water suites each have a private terrace and are connected by board walks.
Hotel Villa Honegg, Ennetbürgen, Switzerland
Select a lake view room and enjoy the remarkable views over Lake Lucerne. The Hotel Villa Honegg, which recently enjoyed a complete renovation, prides itself on its classic European elegance, incredible attention to detail and welcoming vibe.
Blue Sydney, Australia
Converted from a finger wharf, Blue Sydney is a boutique hotel that overlooks Sydney harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens. On offer are 100 superbly appointed guestrooms of which 36 are loft suites. For dinner, there are numerous restaurants along the wharf that are sure to tempt your taste buds.