Fresh Picks: A Room with a View

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

“Fresh Picks” features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, we take a closer look at four hotels on four different continents with views that will floor you.

Al Qasr Hotel – Madinat Jumeirah
There are lots of spectacular sights to cast your eye on in Dubai, and quite a few at this hotel alone. From many a room, you can take in a view of the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab building, Jumeriah beach and the rest of the pristine property. Designed with a sheikh’s summer residence in mind, Al Qasr translates to “The Palace” and looks like one.

Estancia Colomé
There are only nine rooms available at this hotel-cum-winery-cum-art gallery in the Upper Calchaquí Valley of the Argentinian Andes. Inside those nine rooms you won’t find any televisions, because, well, who needs one when you have vineyards of varietals, cumulus clouds and prehistoric peaks to gaze on.

Hotel Villa Honegg
Originally built in 1905, it just got a facelift. Not that it really needed it, because with the unobstructed views of Lake Lucerne and Swiss countryside it offers, who cares about the crown molding. But they’ve considered the details too, which you can consider while you soak in the infinity pool (pictured below) or dine on the terrace.

Park Hyatt Sydney
This Park Hyatt’s harbor location puts it directly across from the stunning Sydney Opera House. Its recently completed massive upgrade means three rooftop suites on a new fourth level with 360 degree views. One, the Sydney suite, is the city’s largest and most luxe. According to the Herald Sun, even its $9000 toilet, which plays tunes and warms, massages and deodorizes the derriere, provides a view (of Harbour Bridge and Luna Park).

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