08/30/2012 07:19 am ET Updated Oct 30, 2012

Five Hotel Restaurants With Jaw-Dropping Views (PHOTOS)

Lush, tropical landscapes. Gorgeous city skylines. Tempting mountain vistas. These are the reasons why we go on vacation, right? That, and being able to relax and let someone else do the cooking for a change. But why not have both?

Hotels with top-notch restaurants know that pulling in diners is about more than just the grub. A destination restaurant has to have both killer cuisine and a view to dine for in order to pull vacationers away from their lounge chairs.

We've seen some of the most unique and breathtaking vistas, all while dining on the freshest cuisine, at these five scrumptious hotel properties.

-- Kristina Fazzalaro,

Five Hotel Restaurants with Jaw-Dropping Views (PHOTOS)