(CNN) — A pool sounds good, a great decor is pleasant, but one of the nicest amenities a vacation destination can offer is a room with a view. Travel agents say it’s the feature clients ask about most when booking a dream getaway.
“Everyone aspires to have the best view in the house,” said Terry McCabe, national director of leisure for Altour.
“For some people, the [most important] experience is opening the drapes in the morning and looking at nature at its best. … It takes people out of their everyday life.” With that in mind, we’re taking you around the world to seven hotels where spectacular vistas rule. Just remember that with so many beautiful places dotting the globe, this list is just a small taste of the stunning views travelers can wake up to.
5. Hotel Villa Ducale, Sicily
This boutique hotel features just 11 double rooms and six suites, but there is nothing small about the sweeping views.
Each room has a private balcony or terrace that lets guests take in vistas of Giardini Naxos Bay, Mount Etna, Italy’s mainland coastline or the Strait of Messina.
The Hotel Villa Ducale was among the winners of TripAdvisor’s 2011 Travelers’ Choice awards — chosen by the site’s members as one of the top 10 luxury hotels in the world.
Rates start at about $285 a night in September.