Whether perched high on a cliff watching the waves crash against the rocks or nestled in just beyond the sand at sea level, a hotel’s seaside view can be its biggest draw. Taking advantage of their enviable position, smart seaside hotels make sure their guests can take it all in from every room — spa rooms with views of the ocean, restaurants that overlook the waves, and bedrooms that allow guests to wake up to the sights and sounds of the sea. (Photo courtesy of Kodiak Greenwood/Post Ranch Inn)
These top five seaside sleeps boast not only the calming eye-candy of the ocean, but delectable cuisine to accompany it, as well. From award-winning meals to the perfect ocean view pairing, these hotels know how to work that view into every last amenity. — Nicole Campoy-Leffler
This iconic Cape Town hotel — a bright-white Art Deco beacon perched on a mountainside with crashing ocean waves below — is the ultimate spot for that quintessential African experience, the sun-downer. Grab a spot on the Leopard Bar terrace for a memorable Atlantic Sunset — the bar’s rainbow-colored cocktail that mirrors the view beyond.
Then glide onto a table at the hotel’s award-winning Azure restaurant for Seafood Espetada, if you’re in the mood for flame-grilled langoustines, tiger prawns, and calamari tubes, or the delicately spiced Fynbos Vegetable Curry, which uses plants and herbs from the region’s unique vegetation that doesn’t grow anywhere outside South Africa’s Western Cape.
After a climb up the Twelve Apostles (the mountain the hotel sits on), a splash in the ocean-view infinity pool, and a soak in the spa’s rock-hewn hot tub, collapsing in your elegant hotel room is tempting. But prop your eyelids open long enough to enjoy a classic film in the hotel’s 16-seat cinema, complete with popcorn, ice cream, and vintage movie posters. Doubles from ZAR 4755.00 (USD 679.00). (Photo courtesy of Flickr/sallylondon)
Brits flock to the county of Cornwall, the southernmost point on the mainland, for its pristine beaches and dramatic coastline. A peninsula jutting into the Atlantic, Cornwall is renowned for its fine dining and you’ll find nowhere better to eat than the romantic Scarlet, a luxury green hotel perched on a cliff above a sandy beach.
From its Frank Lloyd Wright-esque architecture to its 37 stylish seaview guestrooms, this is one of those places you’ll wax lyrical about for years to come. Swim in the solar-heated interior pool or brave the bracing open-air rock pond before hopping into a wood-heated clifftop hot tub.
You’ll scarf down every last morsel of the local, seasonal dishes in the glass-walled restaurant, presided over by a Michelin-starred chef Ben Tunnicliffe. The menu changes frequently, but expect delights like stuffed courgette flowers and pistachio frangipane. Doubles from £190 (USD 290.00). (Photo courtesy of Scarlet Hotel)