If you’re tired of booking rooms at hotels near the beach, you might want to book somewhere near a rumbling mountain for a change. After all, aside from the Icelandic volcano which is wreaking quite a havoc in Europe, most volcanoes around the world are pretty enough for pictures and peaceful enough for a summer’s stay. Below are the most posh and stylish digs you’ll find near volcanic sites.
101 Hotel Reykjavik, Iceland
Once the ash settles down, you might want to book yourself a room in 101 Hotel Reykjavik. This hotel can give you a pretty unique volcanic sighting. Aside from the havoc that’s already in the headlines, the landscape is unique for another thing: brining both fire and ice together. Besides, the destination is safe enough because the hotel sits on the harbor-side of the city. It’s just 100 miles from the temperamental and beautiful Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
It fuses old Iceland with the new, more metropolitan cityscape as well. In this hotel, you’ll get to enjoy sleek guestrooms, freestanding baths, an art gallery, a basement sauna, and of course, the hotel’s popular Icelandic menu. Get to sample Iceland’s best traditional cuisines while viewing the volcano from your room.
Hacienda San Antonio, Colima, Mexico
Another volcano you wouldn’t want to miss out on is the Colima in Mexico. The best vantage point and lodgings of this Mexican volcano is Hacienda San Antonio. You can wake up early in the morning, backstroke across the hacienda’s enormous pool, enjoy the façade of the coral-pink heritage hotel, and finally, get prime peeks at the majestic slopes of the Colima volcano.
This retreat is 120-years-old, seated strategically near West Mexico’s Pacific Coast. The manor luxe with its lush gardens provides the perfect viewing point of the mountain. The best suite to take is the El Quetzal Junior Suite which has a privileged panoramic view of the haloed volcano from its terrace. Hacienda San Antonio also keeps its own organic farm so you can be sure to enjoy its delicious produce in your meals.
Later, you can order their refreshing margarita which is made from their homegrown mango grappa.
Mystique Resort in Santorini, Greece
Sitting on the Cycladic summit of the island, the vistas of Mystique is full of romance, nature, and relaxation. It offers a full view of the bay as well as the rocky heights of the Oia which sits at the northern tip of Santorini. The serene, whitewashed suites are both spacious and airy and they all come with their own private terraces providing a full view of the sea.
You can enjoy this Greek getaway the most if you book your stay in one of the hotel’s Spiritual Suites. This has their own exercise machine, Jacuzzi, and spa bed to keep you looking as good as a Greek god if you wish.
The Boatshed, Auckland, New Zealand
Those who love making an entrance can hop onto a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland to Waiheke Island just to reach the Boatshed. On the way, you’ll get to see the dramatic low-lines of the Rangitoto, a volcanic island. In full view is the blood red sky, although the volcano’s last eruption was 600 years ago.
The Boatshed only has seven suites, which makes for nautical, chic accommodations. Still, the hotel is relaxed enough for you to kick your shoes off. The hosts are also pretty popular because of their cooking. The hike up to Rangitoto itself takes about an hour, but once you view the crater rim, you know that the trip was all worth it. Among the 50 volcanoes that make up the Auckland Volcanic Field, the Rangitoto is the prime destination.
Hotel Raya, Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy
Even fashion designers like Giorgio Armani find the Aeolian Islands fascinating. The landscape of these volcanic islands probably inspires some of his creations. The Hotel Raya has vistas with a full view of the iconic Mount Stromboli. As delicious sounding as the volcano’s name itself, the hotel also offers an impressive menu. During your stay, you can take prime picks at their delicious seafood dishes.
The islands are also perfect for diving and sailing. Once you’re done with your day activities, don’t worry because you won’t be bored once the sun sets. Raya is also known for its nightlife, which means you’ll enjoy the cocktails here as much as you would the dancing.
The Fiery Stromboli is only one out of seven Aeolian volcanoes you can visit during your stay. The Vulcano is also one of the favorites. You may want to plan a side trip to mainland Sicily, though, if you want to view Mount Etna.
Amankila in Bali, Indonesia
Somewhere in Asia, the Mount Agung dominates the landscape. If you ever find yourself in Bali, Indonesia, make sure that you book rooms with the Amankila resort so you can sit right below this majestic volcano. The rooms at this hotel have their own private terraces, which means that you get to enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the skyline while sipping your favorite drink.
If you’re tired of staying in your room, you can also enjoy the hotel’s three-tier infinity pool. The pools look like paddy fields across the reception and the shore. While the suites look like freestanding thatched-roof huts, once you get inside, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the sophisticated and modern Balinese interior.
Ace Hotel, Portland, Oregon
If you want a hotel that lies an easy distance to dormant volcanoes Mount Tabor and Mount Hood, as well as the active Mount Rainier and Mount St Helens, you might want to book a room with the Ace Hotel. This sits just downtown Portland.
Reviewers find the hotel’s designs “groovy” with its edgy murals and vintage displays. The murals made by local artists never fail to get the guest’s attention, and the old vinyl records give the hotel an edgy vibe over other accommodations on the same strip.
The hotel also boasts of its bar, which makes the best Pony Cocktail and Suicide Note.
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