When you're staying in a hotel, one of the things that separates the luxury from the lowbrow is the view. Chances are if you're trying to budget, you'll end up with a view of rooftops, a washing line, or someone else's window. While if you're splashing out, you're almost guaranteed to have an ocean view or a skyline view as far as the eye can see.
That's why when we win the lotto, we're looking forward to finally moving from the back of the hotel to the front so we can finally enjoy the panoramic views that the wealthy take for granted. Of course the more money you have, the more extraordinary the hotels you're able to stay in - and the more exhilarating views you'll enjoy as a result. Take a look at these outrageous hotels, and see just how thrilling a view your lotto millions could purchase for you:
Ok so this isn't exactly a hotel - but how often do you get the opportunity to spend the night in an ultra-luxurious treehouse in the middle of the South African bush? Enjoy uninterrupted views of the starkly beautiful landscape before you, and enjoy a private safari right under your very nose. At $290 per night, it's a little on the pricy side, but the up-close-and-personal wildlife experience is one that's worth every cent!
Staying with Africa but moving from the land to the sea, Tanzania's private Pemba Island will see you relaxing 13 feet below the Indian Ocean! Indulge your senses in this unique underwater resort, with floor to ceiling glass and 360˚ of ocean view, complete with exquisite shoals of fish and other exotic sea creatures. At $1,500 per night, a stay in this magical undersea kingdom is cheap at the price.
Wales might not be the first place you think of when luxury vacations come to mind - but then the Portaledge Hotel is no ordinary destination either. In fact, it's hardly even a hotel; instead it's a cliff camping resort, where guests are strapped into tents harnessed to the sides of a vertical rock face - with only a thin canvas floor separating them from the ground 200 feet below. If you're an adventure junkie, then this is your ultimate getaway. If you're not, then perhaps hold onto your $700 a night, and spend the evening on solid ground instead.
If you're scared of heights, then look away now! That's because the Skylodge Adventure Suite isn't one for the faint-hearted! Adventure is right, because to access this getaway, you'll first need to scale a 400-foot rock face. And when you do, you won't be greeted by a luxury hotel room - instead you'll have your own private suite fastened to the side of a cliff, for the princely sum of $282 a night! Yes you'll have a comfortable bedroom and fully functioning bathroom, but if you're nervous around heights, it could be the worst holiday of your life. Of course if you thrive on adventure, then living on the edge so luxuriously could end up being a bucket list item that you remember forever!