ByJessica Colley Clarke and Avery Stone on July 28, 2014
These 15 hotels offer vistas so striking that waking up provides a new perspective on where you are in the world.
Courtesy Casa Palopo
Casa Palopó, Guatemala
Some of the best views are created by none other than Mother Nature. Tucked into the Guatemalan Highlands, Casa Palopó is a former private home-turned-seven-room boutique hotel (not including a three-bedroom villa perched above the rest) overlooking one dramatic landscape. Rooms showcase panoptic views of the 1,000-foot-deep Lake Atitlan, flanked by three 10,000-foot volcanic peaks (Toliman, Atitlán, and San Pedro). Vibrant rooms feature eye-catching indigenous artwork, and terrace dining is exquisite, but it is the magnificent sunsets—with pink and orange light darting across the lake and framing the volcanoes—that are most memorable in this romantic retreat. Rooms, from $190; Carretera a San Antonio Palopó km 6.8; 502/7762-2270; casapalopo.com. —Jessica Colley Clarke