June 21, 2021

Discover The World’s Most Mesmerizing Clifftop Resorts

Take your next vacation to new heights by experiencing a mesmerizing clifftop vacation at a resort high above sea level, often secluded via sparsely populated, untouched landscapes. These unique clifftop resorts offer guests a wide variety of activities that are designed to both rejuvenate and relax.

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Italy

Located in Sorrento’s town center and set on high tufa cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Naples with views across to Mount Vesuvius, this charming property has been catering to luxury travelers since 1834. Easily recognizable when arriving from the sea, the hotel’s three classic 19th century buildings sit above the town harbor, and the property is surrounded by the lush greenery of a 20,000 square-meter Mediterranean garden. A member of Leading Hotels of the World and Virtuoso, the hotel is home to one-of-a-kind suites, each with its own interesting history playing host to celebrities, monarchs, politicians and artists over the years. The hotel is the perfect gateway to Naples (about a 45-minute drive) and offers the opportunity for day trips to Capri, Ischia, Nerano and Punta Campanella as well as Pompei. Guests can find relaxation at The Boutique Spa La Serra and indulge at the restaurant Terrazza Bosquet featuring chef Antonino Montefusco.

Amanera, Dominican Republic

This oasis is perched atop 60-foot cliffs overlooking Playa Grande Beach and the ocean. Amanera, meaning peaceful water, sits on the idyllic north coast of the Dominican Republic. Boasting 25 private casitas, the property situated on 2,000 acres of virtually untouched land comprised of verdant peaks and lush jungle with centuries-old trees and royal palms stretching across nearly seven miles of continuous Atlantic seacoast on Hispaniola’s northern shore. The surrounding region is notable for being both pristine and sparsely populated, offering a variety of scenery that includes starkly beautiful desert areas and dramatic waterfalls.

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

This prestigious property is comprised of 67 ultra-luxury villas that sit cliffside on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs sweeping down to the Indian Ocean. Here guests will find an infinity pool which faces the panoramic Indian Ocean, where they can enjoy stand-up paddle board yoga classes. Its Cliff Edge Cabana is a hotspot for Instagram-worthy photos and other activities like aerial yoga classes. A few luxurious cliffside suites even feature their own private infinity pools that look down on the beach below, including all Cliffside and Hillside Villas. The property also features a Cliffside Spa for the ultimate secluded spa paradise. The landscaping and architectural forms were derived from the local Bali savannah-like environment without intruding on the wild and seasonal surroundings. Using the idea of Bali’s rocky terrace fields and lush gully, the architects have created terraced planes, which protect cool gardens, with a focus on sourcing locally bamboo used for the ceilings while locally sourced lava rocks used for the roofs of each villa. 

Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman

Located in the central section of the Al Hajar Mountains, Alila Jabal Akhdar offers an escape to solitude, nature, fresh air and some of the most stunning sights in the country. Suites including the Mountain View Suite, Horizon View Suite, Ridge View Suite, Jabal Terrace and the Jabal Villa all feature the most mesmerizing views overlooking the valleys below. Guests are also welcome to enjoy sunrise yoga and meditation sessions on-site. This landmark hotel was designed in harmony with the environment, preserving the natural beauty of the region through traditional Omani construction techniques, local stones and contemporary architecture. This rugged, mountainous region is also home to the Arabian Peninsula’s highest mountain, Jebel Shams, which the AlilaJabal Akhdar staff is ready to guide you through on their exclusive Alila Experience, Hike Around Jebel Shams.

Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California

Perched cliffside on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific in the heart of the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, Montage Laguna Beach offers 30 acres of oceanfront luxury. When guests check into the coastal resort, they are greeted by a striking floor-to-ceiling window that frames both the Pacific Ocean, Mosaic pool, and the dramatic cliffside. Guests visiting the coastal resort can unwind in 20,000-sq-foot Spa Montage where they are serenaded by the sounds of waves splashing into the cliffside rocks while they relax by the salt water spa pool. Montage Laguna Beach offers a wealth of outdoor recreation, including three pools, beach and water sports and stand-alone bungalows.

Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii

Montage Kapalua Bay is set on a coastal cliff of Maui’s west coast. Montage Kapalua Bay’s clifftop location provides an ideal venue for whale watching and both guests and locals spot resident turtles while snorkeling in the rocks below. The 24-acre intimate resort features over 50 residences, grand residences and privately-owned Montage Residences ranging from one to four bedrooms with spacious living rooms, large private lanais, fully equipped kitchens, elegant master suites and luxurious bathrooms with designs that beautifully reflect the resort’s island heritage. This spring, Montage Kapalua Bay welcomed back Champagne Hale at its intimate cliffside venue, Cliff House, a pop-up bar and lounge for guests and locals to experience the finest Maui sunsets while enjoying a variety of champagnes perfectly paired with an innovative dining menu.

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

This beachside resort is tucked away into the cliffside within a pristine 1,400-acre private peninsula. In the lobby, guests will find that the forest has truly come within, with design inspired by the tropical area that surrounds it. Each restaurant on property features open air designs and breathtaking views to compliment the experience. In-room, guests will find floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors that invite the magic of the tropical forest into each living space. The Bay View rooms are especially perfect for a gorgeous cliffside lookout.

Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, Big Sur, California

Big Sur is the ideal coastal getaway with cliffside towns, gorgeous ocean views, hiking trails galore, and consistently idyllic weather. The resort is located atop the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Its spacious community spaces featuring sweeping vistas, including The Sur House Terrace, where overnight guests get to indulge in breakfast and dinner, and the Glass House Art Gallery. Perched 1,100 feet above the glistening sands below, this spectacular glass “case” caters to private dining experiences, proposals, events and more.