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Ten luxury cliff-top hotels
  • With 13 hand-crafted wood and stone thatched-roofed cottages, indulgent spa treatments accompanied by the sounds of the waves and candle-lit dinners in caves, this is the perfect resort for a romantic holiday. It's set atop limestone cliffs above volcanic-formed caves and overlooks the Caribbean and historic lighthouses. The cliff walls are like a museum of ancient fossilised marine life and there's a salt-water swimming pool close to the ocean so you can dive right in. The cottages are interwoven between two acres of lush vegetation and enchanting caves, and have wicker furnishings, one-of-a-kind artwork and large comfortable beds. Visit islandoutpost.com

  • Perched on the edge of the spectacular Jamison Valley by the famed Three Sisters rock formation in New South Wales, this boutique sanctuary offers striking views of the UNESCO World Heritage National Park. Lilianfels Luxury Collection Resort is a historic country mansion set among two acres of manicured gardens in the Blue Mountains. Think elegant guest rooms, ornate fireplaces and crystal chandeliers in the restaurant Darley's and The Lounge, where you can enjoy afternoon tea. Visit lilianfels.com.au

  • This legendary hotel set on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is surrounded by subtropical gardens and offers unique access to the sea from a seawater swimming pool. The interiors are classically luxurious (they were once enjoyed by Sir Winston Churchill) and the views are heavenly, whether enjoyed from the balcony of your room, the famous Cocktail Bar or the beautiful Tea Terrace, allowing you to see the city of Funchal and the ocean in all its glory. You can explore the length of the cliff by checking out the different swimming pools and outdoor lounging areas, which extend all the way down to the sea level. Visit reidspalace.com

  • Defined by cliffs that fall dramatically to the Indian Ocean, The Bulgari Resort boasts a secluded location, spectacular sunset views and a grand position 150 metres over the sea. The hotel stands like a medieval fortress town, has its own temple at the highest point and offers unobstructed ocean views close to the cliff's edge from the Ocean Cliff Villas. Holidays Please offers a seven-night stay at The Bulgari Resort, Bali including flights and transfers from £2,715 per person. Visit holidaysplease.co.uk

  • Tucked away on the unspoilt island of Dominica, Secret Bay is the ultimate place for a secluded break and is located on a cliff top overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The resort has four villas and bungalows within its 2,500 square foot space, providing you with breathtaking views of the sea from a height, as well as of the surrounding mountains. Experience the views from a hammock, the outdoor shower, private pool or Jacuzzi. The site also boasts two secluded sandy beaches, a beautiful sea cave and the stunning Cario River. Bliss! Visit secretbay.dm

  • Opening in spring 2012 on the unspoilt northwest coast of Mallorca is the luxurious Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, which stands on a cliff offering guests extensive views across the Mediterranean, mountains and the port. The hotel overlooks the fishing village of Port Soller and is surrounded by the UNESCO Heritage Tramuntana Mountain range. For the best views, book a Deluxe Mountain View or Sea View room, relax on the balcony of your room and enjoy spa treatments that use local produce, like olive oil, lemons and oranges. Visit jumeirah.com

  • Superbly positioned overlooking Wilderness Beach on South Africa's Garden Route, Views Boutique Hotel & Spa was designed to encapsulate its glorious sea-front location. Relax on the stylish Cocktail Deck while sipping exotic cocktails, check out the views of the Outeniqua Mountains from the Pool Deck and be inspired by the views from the Library Lounge. During the winter months you can also spot southern right whales using the 18km of protected coastline to come close to the shore and calve. Mantis offers a stay in a double deluxe suite from £172 per suite per night. Visit mantiscollection.com

  • This intimate retreat set within cliffs on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles is surrounded by serene rainforest and is the ultimate spot for an island escape. The Banyan Tree is located in the scenic Intendance Bay and offers majestic views of the Indian Ocean. The 60 luxurious Victorian-style bungalows are nestled in hilly terrain and each comes with its own private swimming pool, pavilion and king-sized bed. Check in to a Hillside Pool Villa for an elevated position high on the hill with awe-inspiring views of the sea or a Pool Villa by the Rocks for magnificent views of the waves. Visit banyantree.com

  • Its heavenly location set up on the cliffs overlooking the magical Faraglioni rocks and turquoise Mediterranean Sea make Punta Tragara in Capri an idyllic spot. The hotel exudes timeless beauty and is set in the heart of the island offering panoramic views from the unique property, which is sculpted out of the rock face. No two rooms are the same: for the most luxurious stay, check in to the Penthouse, which overlooks the town of Marina Piccola and has the Castiglione hill so close you can almost touch it! Visit hoteltragara.com

  • With unrivalled ocean views from its cliff top setting, a lush subtropical park surrounding the resort and its own arched wine cellar located 26 feet below ground (containing more than 11,000 bottles of wine) Vila Vita Parc in Portugal's Algarve is the perfect place for an unforgettable European getaway. Each of the resort's four distinctive buildings has its own character and a terrace so you can make the most of the stunning surroundings by relaxing outside. The beautiful sandy beach is just steps away and can be reached via a path by the cliffs. The Algarve coastline is famous for its stunning rock formations, bizarre cliff patterns and enchanting grottos and caves, and Vila Vita Parc is the ideal place to explore the natural wonders. Visit vilavitaparc.com