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Livin' On The Edge: The Best Cliffside Hotels (PHOTOS)

Posted: 08/04/2012 9:20 am

Everyone loves a beach hotel, but for an added bit of drama -- and a much improved view --
there's nothing like a cliffside perch. Here are 10 Tablet favorites.

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  • Grace Santorini - Santorini

    No list of classic cliffside dwellings could possibly be complete without a mention of Santorini — it’s got plenty, but <a href="" target="_hplink">Grace Santorini</a>, with its tumbling terraces and minimalist-modern décor, might just be the most picturesque.

  • Kauri Cliffs - New Zealand

    Perched at the northern edge of New Zealand’s North Island, <a href="" target="_hplink">Kauri Cliffs</a> feels like the edge of the known world — though one suspects that life at the actual edge of the world would be a bit rougher than it is here.

  • Ayana Resort - Bali

    Bali may be known for its sea level splendor, but at <a href="" target="_hplink">Ayana</a> the cliffside views offer a welcome change in perspective (literally). With pools and dining alcoves tucked into varying perches along the cliff, the views range from dramatic to even more dramatic.

  • La Suite - Rio de Janeiro

    Rio is a town that gives you plenty to look at, but few hotels have anything that can match <a href="" target="_hplink">La Suite</a>’s view: from this cozy residential enclave above Joatinga Beach you can look back up the coast and admire Ipanema from afar.

  • Reid's Palace - Madeira

    It’s been a Madeira classic for generations, and while his palace is certainly something special, it’s arguably <a href="" target="_hplink">Reid’s Palace</a>'s taste in seaside real estate that’s been the key to this hotel’s extraordinarily long-lived appeal.

  • The Marine Hermanus - South Africa

    The views of Walker Bay would be extraordinary enough, even were the <a href="" target="_hplink">Marine Hermanus</a> not positioned at a crossroads for migrating Southern Right Whales — so close you can watch them from the privacy of your room.

  • The Caves - Negril

    A Jamaican hotel without a sandy beach sounds unthinkable, but <a href="" target="_hplink">The Caves</a> will show you a new, higher angle on this island paradise, where the Caribbean practically laps at your cottage’s front door.

  • The Earth Hotel - Japan

    Seven-tenths of the earth’s surface is covered in water, so it’s only sensible that the bulk of <a href="" target="_hplink">The Earth Hotel</a>’s surroundings should be aquatic as well, with the primeval forest at its back and Toba Bay straight ahead.

  • Le Sirenuse - Positano

    The mythological Sirens lured sailors close to the cliffs with the promise of love; <a href="" target="_hplink">Le Sirenuse</a> lures travelers to the cliffs of Positano with the promise of one of Italy’s most extraordinary hotel experiences.

  • Terranea Resort - Los Angeles

    In spite of its coastal location the greater Los Angeles area has something of a shortage of hotels and resorts with proper, up-close, front-row ocean views — something that <a href="" target="_hplink">Terranea</a> is doing its best to fix.


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