Hold on to your hat: the most dramatic bluff-side hotels in the world are as breezy as they are beautiful.
Barbados: Built in 1887, the Crane Residential Resort ($$$$) sits above a pink-sand beach accessible by a glass-front elevator or 99 stone steps. Opt for a room in the original building with stone-coral walls and a hand-carved mahogany bed.
Brazil: Escape Florianópolis’s frenetic beach scene at the nearby Ponta dos Ganchos ($$$$), on a private, crescent-shaped peninsula. Guests can relax with passion-fruit caipirinhas on one of the eucalyptus-fringed decks or head to the tiny island just offshore.
Newport, Rhode Island: Rooms at the Chanler at Cliff Walk ($$$$), a Gilded Age manse on the promenade, might have a Renaissance or English Tudor theme. But the cherry-bacon-and-yuzu lobster rolls are thoroughly modern.
Amalfi Coast, Italy: On a limestone promontory 980 feet above Cape d’Orso is Monastero Santa Rosa ($$$$), a revamped 17th-century nunnery. You’ll find a ninth-century chapel, a rock-walled tepidarium, and a cliffside infinity pool that can only be described as divine.
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