Through the lens: rooms with views
The Globe at Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh
Set in the glass-walled, golden sphere that tops the Al Faisaliah tower, The Globe has truly extraordinary views, spanning jagged skyscrapers, the landmark Sky Bridge and neon-lit freeways far below. Its menu, meanwhile, is a masterclass in modern European cuisine, from the sous-vide chicken parfait to the lobster-studded bouillabaisse. Time your reservation right to catch sunset, then watch as the city lights up.
The Riverside Terrace at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Known as the River of Kings, the Chao Phraya River is the beating heart of Bangkok – and runs right by the legendary Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. Watch its comings and goings over dinner, from the lantern-edged Riverside Terrace – from speedy commuter ferries to graceful long-tail boats. Alternatively, check into a room with floor-to-ceiling river views; a sumptuous, silk-hung State Room ought to fit the bill.
The Royal Penthouse at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
From the city’s ultramodern skyline to the blue of the Arabian Gulf, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai has unmatched vistas. For dazzling seascapes, check in to the glamorous Royal Penthouse, with showstopping views over the water and a panoramic rooftop terrace. Relax and unwind in your very own steam room, before sinking into the circular marble bathtub, set by the window.
The Panoramic Suite at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como
If glorious vistas come as standard at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como, they’re truly next level in the Panoramic Suite with Private Pool. It comes complete with a private sundeck and, of course, that pool – a dreamy, sun-dappled stretch of blue, backdropped by the lake and mountains. Keen to get a closer look at the lakeside towns and villas? The hotel’s concierge can arrange a bespoke boat tour.
The pool at Mandarin Oriental, New York
A hop, skip and jump from Central Park, Mandarin Oriental, New York has incredible views over Manhattan. Survey the park from the sleek MO Lounge, with a spiced Manhattan in hand, or see the sights from your bed in the aptly-named New York Skyline Suite. Perhaps the most unique views, though, are from the indoor lap pool – a 75-foot beauty, perched high above the Hudson River.
The Royal Suite at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech
Set amid 20-hectare gardens, spanning tranquil pools and rustling olive groves, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is the calmest of retreats. Check in to the Royal Suite for palatial surrounds, and views of the Atlas Mountains from your suitably sprawling private terrace. It has two plunge pools, along with cushion-strewn sofas – just the spot for a restorative mint tea, while you plan a foray to the souks.
A poolside cabana at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
Tucked between the landscaped KLCC Park and soaring Petronas Twin Towers, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur has front-row city vistas, whether you’re lunching on the terrace at Aqua or sipping coffee on your balcony. Better still, soak it all in from a cabana by the pool, with its infinity-edge views across the treetops.