Aside from indulging in gourmet food, an integral part of any fine dining experience is immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the restaurant. That’s why restaurants with gorgeous views make any dining excursion even more memorable.
Whenever we plan a vacation, one of the first things we evaluate are the restaurants at the hotels. Since we always love to find hidden gems around the world, here are 13 of the best luxury hotel restaurants we’ve discovered.
Luxury Hotel Restaurants with Gorgeous Views
To help you plan your next getaway, today’s travel guide features luxury hotel restaurants around the world that boast gorgeous views. From sweeping ocean vistas to magnificent city skylines, below are several incredible hotel restaurants that offer unparalleled views.
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The Bench at Pebble Beach Resorts
Starting with my hometown of Pebble Beach, California, the world-renowned Pebble Beach Resorts hit a hole in one when they opened The Bench several years ago. This immensely popular, coastal California restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating with spectacular views of the famed 18th hole and Stillwater Cove. Not to mention – this is the home of the highly-anticipated 2019 U.S. Open Golf Tournament coming this June, which makes it a truly exciting time to visit the resort.
Vessel Restaurant at Kona Kai Resort & Spa
Vessel Restaurant at Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego, California offers a modern take on classic California cuisine. The ever-changing menu, created by executive chef Roy Hendrickson, incorporates local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, taking traditional delicacies and giving them a flavorful twist. Fresh off of a recent renovation, contemporary décor is complemented by a 360-degree bar at its center and spectacular views of the illustrious pool and the private Kona Kai Marina, the closest marina to the open ocean in San Diego Bay.
Raya at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
One of our favorite Southern California hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, offers an upscale fine dining experience at their beautiful restaurant, Raya. This Forbes Four-Star restaurant offers a Pan-Latin, coastal dining destination by celebrated chef Richard Sandoval with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. While guests are dining on local, Latin-meets-Asian flavors, they’ll capture endless views of the ocean, including surfers catching waves at Salt Creek Beach and possibly spotting a dolphin or a whale playing in the sea.
Beachcomber Café at The Brando
The Brando’s Beachcomber Café restaurant offers exceptional lagoon and ocean views, whether you decide to dine indoors or on the beach. Dishes include a varied menu of Polynesian-inspired dishes alongside classic French cuisine. The Brando is French Polynesia’s premier private island resort, offering carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. Located on the stunningly beautiful Tetiaroa atoll 30 miles north of Tahiti, the all-inclusive retreat is composed of just 35 deluxe villas across a dozen idyllic islets surrounding a sparkling lagoon.
Drift Kitchen + Bar at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa
Nestled north of Palm Beach on Florida’s east coast lies Hutchinson Island, an undiscovered haven presenting Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. The coastal-inspired respite is home to Drift Kitchen+ Bar, offering a contemporary al fresco and indoor dining environment overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with seating for 200. Inspired by the concepts of fresh, local and lively, Drift Kitchen + Bar features house-made pasta and prime cuts with plucked-from-the-sea offerings. Behind the bar, guests imbibe in hand-selected wine lists and carefully curated craft beer and cocktails.
Velas 10 at Grand Velas Los Cabos
Perched dramatically over the golden sands of Los Cabos, Mexico, Velas 10 delivers the freshest seafood and the finest steaks, in a distinctive ambiance with unsurpassed oceanfront views. Visitor favorites include succulent tomahawk steaks, caramelized scallops and Ajillo octopus from Ensenada. The memorable meal is amidst designer architecture with wood accents, complemented by lush tropical greenery and marble floors. Guests of Grand Velas Los Cabos enjoy complimentary dining privileges at Velas 10.
Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar at Hotel Mediterraneo
Set on Esquiline Hill in Rome, Italy, the ten-story Hotel Mediterraneo is among the highest buildings in Rome’s center and affords sweeping views of the city from its rooftop bar and terrace suites. Hotel Mediterraneo’s Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar is located on the 10th floor and provides an unforgettable city view. Guests can enjoy stunning views of historical landmarks including St. Peter’s, the Forum, the Colledel Quirinale, home to the President of the Republic, the Colosseum and many other famous Roman monuments and sites.
Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Guests of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa can dine in the award-winning Japengo, a restaurant featuring Asian cuisine infused with island flavors. Japengo is located along the Ka‘anapali beachfront and has views of the Pacific Ocean and the resort’s stunning waterfalls. Having visited the property multiple times over the years, I can tell you that it’s definitely one of the most popular hotspots on the island.
Kimball’s Kitchen at Sanderling Resort
Kimball’s Kitchen at Sanderling Resort (ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as the No. 1 Resort in the South – having won the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards), is a AAA Four Diamond restaurant nestled between the quaint Currituck Sound and the picturesque shores of the Atlantic Ocean in the Outer Banks of Duck, NC, serving up fresh and buzz-worthy Southern cuisine and dishes complemented with an award-winning wine list and floor to ceiling views of the iconic and breathtaking Currituck Sound.
Lycabettus at Andronis Luxury Suites
Lycabettus is the breathtaking cliffside restaurant at Andronis Luxury Suites located in Santorini, Greece. Offering some of the most iconic views in the area, the property brings together the finest, freshest cuisine and immaculate service that the island has to offer. This delightful terrace has unparalleled views of the majestic deep blue water just below and creates a sense of grandeur in a relaxed and elegant setting.
Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Nestled amongst the picturesque Arizona mountains, you can indulge in culinary delights at Elements restaurant at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. Their award-winning array of farm-fresh American Cuisine with Asian accents presented by Food Network star and Chef Beau MacMillan features innovative seasonal menus incorporating local, organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meat. From its extraordinary views of Paradise Valley to its acclaimed food offerings, Elements is a highlight among Scottsdale’s luxury dining options.
Tesoro at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
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Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago
Set above Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue, Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago celebrates the city and its spectacular views. Named after Maria Zec, The Peninsula Hotels’ first female General Manager, whose collaborative spirit brings together winning teams of chefs, mixologists, specialists and hoteliers, this chic and lively destination offers gorgeous views of the city skyline. Providing visitors with a true taste of luxury, they also specialize in innovative hand-crafted cocktails, and cuisine showcasing bold global flavors.
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