Oceans, mountain, beach, and even a combination of the three – we’ve rounded up five top rooms from across the Opal Collection that’ll take your breath away…and make you want to plot some vacation time right now. But don’t be too stunned by that picture window. We also detail what makes them special before the curtains are even drawn.
Boathouse Suite [Bar Harbor, ME]
Bar Harbor’s West Street might best known as the former home of some of the Gilded Age’s richest families, so it’s a fitting location for a suite fit for the. Situated in the heart of Down East Maine in an active marina and with Acadia National Park’s rolling mountains as a backdrop, the Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina’s four Boathouse Suites are perched atop granite pilings that jut out into Frenchman Bay. Drink your morning coffee on the deck that hovers over the bay as you soak up the peace and calm of Maine’s serene coast.
A panoramic ocean view of Frenchman Bay offers insight into why so many fall in love with Down East Maine. Boats of all shapes and sizes bob cheerfully on the moorings in the bay and luxury vessels float at the marina’s docks, while Maine’s rocky coast and evergreen forests forge a striking contrast to the deep blue of the bay.
Inside the Suite
Each of the four Boathouse Suites is a two-bedroom, two-bath home away from home. With subdued ocean and beach hues, the suites have the feel of a tastefully decorated modern ship’s berth, while shiplap walls, vintage oars, antique lamps, and miniature model ships add a nautical element. If the view of the water from the living room isn’t enough, step out on the deck so you can listen to the soothing sound of the water lapping at the pier below.
Where to Stay Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina
Beachfront Premium Edgewater Suite [Naples, FL]
In an all-suite hotel, you may think every suite is equal, give or take. But the Beachfront Premium Edgewater Suite deserves special note. The 2,000-square foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath masterpiece is stocked with every luxury amenity a traveler could crave, but step out onto your private balcony, and you’ll know why this suite is the cream of the crop.
The panoramic views grant an uninterrupted line of sight over the Gulf of Mexico and seven miles of pristine white sand beach. Only the white beach umbrellas dotting the beach and the lush green dune grasses will vie for your eye’s attention from your balcony vantage point.
Inside the Suite
A living room that begs for relaxing with friends and family, an exceptionally well-appointed modern kitchen with stone countertops and full-sized appliances, a dining room with seating for six, an en suite bathroom with a free-standing soaking tub and separate glass-enclosed shower – this suite’s description reads like the real estate listing for a luxury apartment, but it’s all yours for the duration of your stay, no realtor required.
Where to Stay Edgewater Beach Hotel
Opal Sands Resort [Clearwater Beach, FL]
At most hotels, the million-dollar views are reserved for the premium suites. But at Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach, each and every room has a spectacular panoramic view of the pastel blue horizon line of the Gulf of Mexico, powdered sugar beaches, and Pier 61, where Clearwater’s famous nightly sunset celebration is hosted.
Step past the floor-to-ceiling windows and out onto your private balcony (yes, each and every room has a balcony, too) to take in not only the sweeping ocean and beach views, but also an unrestricted view of a spectacular sunset. Since the hotel is oriented due west, there’s no way you’ll miss the show, as the clouds and water reflect the fiery tones of the sun’s last exhale before it dips below the horizon of the Gulf of Mexico.
In the Room
New in 2016, each of the resort’s 230 rooms takes on a modern, beach vibe with sea-green and driftwood tones. It helps the furnishings almost blur into the view out the window, giving the rooms an expansive feel.
Where to Stay Opal Sands Resort
Flume Cottage [Rockport, ME]
Nestled on 230 acres on its own Midcoast Maine peninsula, Samoset Resort is one of Maine’s legendary vacation destinations. From the championship golf course to the resort’s Ultimate Backyard, there’s no shortage of opportunities to get outside and take in the stunning views of the Maine coast that wraps around the resort. But there’s one view that’s singular – that of the Flume Cottage.
Built on a solid rock foundation that juts out into Penobscot Bay, the cottage is surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic and the countless tiny islands of this stretch of unforgettable coastline. Its one side connected to land? The pristine emerald green of the resort’s 15th fairway. Ocean views from every room are a given. To take that view to another level and seemingly perch yourself above the bay, step out onto the very private deck. This could be your everyday activity thanks to a table for seaside dining, a couple of lounge chairs for reading and napping, and even a bubbling hot tub.
In the Room
Airy and bright, this seaside cottage is the quintessential coastal retreat in Maine, with all the resort’s services and amenities at your beck and call. The cottage features a central open-concept living area with lofted ceilings and exposed beams, a full kitchen, breakfast bar, dining table, and a cozy and inviting living room. There’s even a desk with its own ocean view – the perfect mini-writer’s retreat just waiting to inspire a literary masterpiece.
Where to Stay Samoset Resort
Whiteface Guest Suite in the Main Lodge [Lake Placid, NY]
If you think that “hotel room with a view” only applies to a beach resorts, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how spectacular the views are from Lake Placid Lodge. Tucked in the Adirondack Mountains alongside the shoreline of Lake Placid, the Lodge is an Arts and Crafts mountain retreat from a bygone era.
Mountains, woods, water, and sky envelope the Whiteface Guest Suite at the top of the Main Lodge. Tall windows and a spacious covered balcony offer guests unparalleled views of the lush green forested mountains and steely gray lake. Sneak out to sip your coffee as you watch wisps of fog roll over the lake as the sun comes up in the summer, or bundle up and look out over ice skating guests in the winter.
In the Room
Beneath a lofted ceiling and massive timber beams, Whiteface’s enormous king-sized bed is a magical sight to behold, wrapped in hand-carvings and vines. If you can pry yourself out of its cozy depths, you’ll find that curling up next to the massive stone fireplace with a book or soaking in the claw-foot tub is an exceptional way to spend an afternoon. But if you can’t bear to lounge without a million-dollar view, take your R&R outside to your private balcony, where you’ll find a daybed equipped with a mountain of pillows and blankets. Go ahead and nap as much as you’d like – the view will be there waiting for you when you awake.
Where to Stay Lake Placid Lodge