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Exciting retreats, breathtaking views

We are all guilty of it: stopping on our tracks or pausing even while in the middle of something important because all of a sudden, right ahead of us is a view that is just far too gorgeous to not preserve in a photo. From fiery sunsets to twinkling city skylines, no person in the world can probably resist admiring such a breathtaking scene.

Having a scenic view is always a great come on when picking out an address. Property developers always highlight this advantage because it gives would-be homeowners a feel of the place. It helps future residents imagine how each day would be like waking up and coming home to a particular development.

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We take a look at some spots the world over with the best views. Whether it’s the gorgeous sunset or famous landmarks that they get to see day in and day out, we can only imagine how lucky residents at these places must feel as they are afforded such extraordinary scenes any time they want.

—LAWRENCE MURRAY VIA FLICKR

—LAWRENCE MURRAY VIA FLICKR

Siem Reap, Cambodia

One place that is always on the itinerary when in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is Phnom Bakheng. One of the oldest temples in the Angkor Archeological Park, this temple mountain gives a magnificent view of the setting sun over Angkor Wat. Homes, hotels and resorts are just a bicycle ride away from such a magical spectacle.

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Tourists and locals alike troop to the area as early as 4 p.m. to get a good spot where they can catch a glimpse of the sunset—the place can get crowded. Getting to the top requires a bit of trekking but getting to watch the setting sun on one side of the horizon and the rising moon on the other end is all worth it.

—CHARISMASUITES.COM

—CHARISMASUITES.COM

—MASSIMILIANO DONGHI/UNSPLASH

—MASSIMILIANO DONGHI/UNSPLASH

Santorini, Greece

They say Santorini, Greece, is blessed with such unmatched sunsets that you can marvel at it wherever you are on the island. There are preferred places, though, such as the caldera villages of Imerovigli, Fira and Oia. According to the website Greeka.com, Oia has “the most beautiful views since you can see the sun literally diving in the sea.”

Those who wish to revel at Santorini’s breathtaking sunset away from the crowds (the amount of people can get overwhelming, they say) can do so in the privacy of the island’s most notable hotels that offer the best views: Charisma Suites and Canaves Oia Epitome in Oia; Astra Suites, Cavo Tagoo, Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, and Grace Hotel in Imerovigli; Celestia Grand in Fira; and Homeric Poems in Firostefani.

—REALESTATE.COM.AU

—REALESTATE.COM.AU

The Skyhouse (Australia)

This three-level luxury penthouse in the heart of Sydney, Australia, truly lives up to its name. The Skyhouse at The Cove is a five-bedroom apartment that offers sweeping, spectacular views over the city’s central business district.

One can easily see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House through the penthouse’s floor-to-ceiling windows, whether you’re at the expansive free-flowing dining and lounge area, the master bedroom or the party area up at the terrace. Made for entertaining, The Skyhouse also features two grand balconies and a rooftop entertainment area that includes a sunken spa, a cabana with daybed, and sauna. After all, such breathtaking views are meant to be shared with friends, don’t you think?

—ARCHDAILY.COM

—ARCHDAILY.COM

Kalamaki Villa (Greece)

Located in Messinia, Greece, the Kalamaki Villa highlights the views that it offers. Designed by MGXM Architects, the building comprises two volumes which are linked by a patio which serves as a living area. From here, one’s view is directed straight to a long infinity pool which faces the deep blue sea and the Taygetus Mountain beyond.

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—LUXURYPULSE.COM

Castle On A Cliff (South Africa)

It may not be a real, legit castle but that does not make Castle On A Cliff any less grand and majestic. Overlooking the rugged southern coastline of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and panoramic views, it presents the best sunset views in the area.

Patios are positioned in such a way that residents and guests can take in the breathtaking views that Plettenberg Bay, one of South Africa’s most beautiful places, has to offer. Floor-to-ceiling windows in every room means that you get to enjoy the scenery whether you’re lounging in the bedroom, curled up with a book in the living room, or even taking a good, long soak in the tub.

Sources: Greeka.com, Realestate.com.au, Archdaily.com, Luxurypulse.com, Loveproperty.com

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