There comes a time in every trip when the wonder of your surroundings finally sinks in – a moment when you pause and think, ‘This is exactly why I came here.’ For some, it’s savouring a local flavour or walking by a storied landmark. But for most, it’s experiencing an incomparable view.

Everything around you comes alive, and for a second you can’t help but wonder if a camera can do the scene justice.

Stationed in the most elite destinations around the world, Four Seasons hotels and resorts are surrounded by unobstructed views of natural beauty or urban splendour at nearly every turn.

Whether you’re swimming laps in a pool next to the Mediterranean Sea or overlooking the Parisian cityscape from the comfort of your private terrace, each of these Four Seasons destinations delivers unforgettable vistas and panoramas meant to enhance your dream getaway.

1. See the glamour of the French Riviera

Elegant, chic and historic are words that come to mind on a trip to the Côte d’Azur. And the area’s most legendary palace hotel, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, doesn’t disappoint.

Among other features, the historic hotel is known for its pool, Club Dauphin, set next to the Mediterranean Sea. After a dip, see more perspectives from your suite or over a meal at La Véranda.

Four Seasons Cap Ferrat view
The infinity pool is perched above the rocky coastline and surrounded with lounge chairs and private cabanas that make for perfect places to relax and admire the turquoise waters of the Med. Photography courtesy Martin Morrell

Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel

2. Overlook the Atlantic Ocean in Morocco

A place where modern meets tradition, Casablanca is a sprawling cosmopolitan centre set next to the Atlantic Ocean. At Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, many of the guest rooms provide floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can watch the tides from your room.

While the Atlantic provides stunning views, it also offers tasty cuisine. Bleu restaurant serves top-notch seafood – be sure to try the oysters – and views of the neighbouring sea to match.

Four Seasons Casablanca view
Admire views of the Atlantic from the privacy of your guest room.

Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca

3. View striking landmarks in Seoul

In a city where old meets new, N Seoul Tower, one of the most iconic modern landmarks, rises above the rest. While you can enjoy views from its observatory, even more captivating is watching the tower glow at night from many of the rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul.

Located in the heart of the modern city, the Hotel also offers views of the historic Gyeongbokgung Palace. After a day of exploring, choose from an assortment of baked goods and a cup of coffee at Confections by Four Seasons, where you’ll be treated to more views of the city and of a neighbouring park.

Four Seasons Seoul view
At Four Seasons Seoul, many of the guest rooms offer views of the modern city with rich history.

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

4. Bask in the sights of a tropical paradise in Hawaii

Oahu is the quintessential tropical destination: A mix of Hawaiian culture, stunning beaches and endless opportunity for adventure makes it hard to close your eyes at night. Luckily, Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina is perched on the island’s sunny west coast, so most of the rooms and suites offer vast ocean views.

But the scenery doesn’t stop there – even the tennis centre, located on the Resort’s sixth floor, boasts incredible views. Whether from the privacy of your room or over a friendly match of tennis, gaze out over the ocean and spot local marine life.

Four Seasons Oahu view
Take in the tropical sights from the Presidential Suite before hitting the tennis courts.

Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina

5. Toast the city and sea from Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar

Beyond India’s cultural offerings, the country’s largest city also boasts an eye-catching landscape sculpted by golden beaches, the sparkling Arabian Sea and architectural wonders such as the 15th-century Haji Ali Dargah mosque.

You can see it all from Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, home to waterfront-view guest rooms and AER, one of the city’s highest open-air bars. Retreat to this 34th-floor rooftop lounge at sunset to enjoy Mediterranean tapas and artisan cocktails, and rest assured that you’ve found the best view in the city.

Four Seasons Mumbai view
AER offers unparalleled sight lines of the surrounding skyline, a fascinating blend of old and new.

Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai

6. Wake up on water in Bora Bora

French Polynesia’s most famous island is flanked by turquoise waters, lush scenery and undisturbed beaches, the best of which can be experienced at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

Book the secluded Kahaia spa suite and share the perspective with someone special. Here, couples can enjoy undisturbed views of soaring Mount Otemanu, verdant valleys and a natural lagoon.

Four Seasons Bora Bora view
All of the Resort’s private over-water bungalows feature stunning island vistas and many include private plunge pools, which seem to spill into the crystal-clear South Pacific.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

7. Explore the lights of downtown New York City

It’s only fitting to enjoy a city known for its skyscrapers from one of New York’s tallest residential towers. The glamorous Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, opening in late 2016, promises urban vistas of Tribeca and the Financial District.

Four Seasons New York view
The rooms and suites make up the first 24 floors at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, designed by renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern.

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

8. Slip into a sky-high pool next to Shanghai’s nightscape

No matter where you are in Shanghai, towering skyscrapers make for a spectacular cityscape. But for the ultimate view, treat yourself to an after-hours pool party on the 41st floor of Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai.

During this exclusive experience, Shanghai’s glittering skyline lights the night as you look out the oversized windows from the pool’s infinity edge. See Century Avenue and the Huangpu River from your secluded spot, before you dine on canapés and sip wine poolside.

Four Seasons Shanghai Pudong view
The private after-hours experience is one of the most exclusive ways to enjoy the Shanghai skyline.

Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai

9. Photograph Sydney’s architectural wonders from high above the Harbour

For the best views of the Sydney Opera House, check into one of the many guest rooms or suites at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney that offer full, unobstructed views of the Harbour.

Sydney-based photographer Richard Hirst – a pro at capturing this spectacular scene – recommends taking in the view at sunrise or sunset for the best light, which will beautifully illuminate the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Four Seasons Sydney view
With its winged roof and world-class performances, the Opera House has become one of Australia’s most revered symbols, and is frequently the subject of both visiting and resident photographers.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

10. Look out on Lisbon during your morning workout

Views of Lisbon’s red-roofed architectural landscape and the Tagus River are your reward for exercising at the rooftop fitness centre at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon. Take an energising run or walk around the 10-storey-high outdoor track or elect a one-on-one yoga or pilates training session inside the glassed-enclosed space.

For a different outlook, have an authentic Portuguese meal at Varanda Restaurant, where you’ll see the mosaic-patterned Eduardo VII Park. More of Lisbon awaits outside the Hotel’s luxury guest rooms, most of which boast private balconies overlooking landmarks such as St George’s Castle.

Four Seasons Lisbon view
Visit any time from mid-April to the end of May and your outlook from the gym will be accented with purple-blooming jacaranda.

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

11. Take in the opulence of Dubai

Grand buildings, extravagantly tall skyscrapers and white-sand beaches abound in the glamorous city of Dubai. And at Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre, you can take in all the glitz and enjoy breathtaking views.

From Luna Sky Bar, see the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, jutting out of the glittering city skyline. Or look at the city below during a swim in the rooftop pool, a unique glass-walled tank, set above ground, that looks like an aquarium during the day.

Four Seasons Dubai DIFC view
Dubai is one of the most glamorous cities in the world; it’s only fitting to see it from one of the best vantage points.

Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre

12. Spend a Parisian day in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower

With its palatial décor, Michelin-starred restaurant and renowned location just steps from the Champs-Élysées, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, epitomises elegance. And just as exquisite as the Hotel itself are its Parisian perspectives.

Many rooms feature private terraces overlooking the City of Light’s enchanting landscape, including landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the Palais Garnier opera house.

Four Seasons Paris view
Book the Penthouse at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris for the best view of the Eiffel Tower. Photography courtesy Lesley Murphy

Alexandra Sheehan contributed to this article.

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris