We may have shamelessly stolen E.M. Forster's title but fear not, we're not embarking upon a literary critique of 20th Century English society (that's next week). We've instead been pondering the very best views from some simply spectacular hotel rooms across the planet… a guaranteed bestseller, you'll agree. And whether you're jetting off in search of a great holiday adventure or simply looking forward to some much deserved R&R, nothing says 'holiday' quite like luxuriating in the new surroundings of your hotel room and gazing out on the scenery you'll soon be exploring. Our team of experts has scoured the globe one panoramic vista at a time (tough gig) and compiled a list of our very favourite spots…
The Villas at Awasi Patagonia, Chile
The cabins at Awasi Patagonia have been lovingly created to blend seamlessly into their surroundings in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park. And what surroundings they are; towering granite peaks; glaciers; rivers; lakes; waterfalls and abundant flora and fauna.
Deluxe Palace Garden View Room at Aman Tokyo, Japan
The first port of call on any Japan adventure, Tokyo is one of the world's most fascinating cities; a perfect distillation of a culture that is so wonderfully other to the western world. And sitting pretty overlooking the Otemachi district is Aman Tokyo, whose floor-to-ceiling windows in its Deluxe Palace Garden View rooms deliver unbeatable city views.
Ridge View Room at Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman
All the rooms at Alila Jabal Akhdar are designed to give amazing views over the Hajar mountain range but the Ridge View rooms win the day with their tranquil setting and large private balconies looking down to a vast gorge. Inside it's all hi-tech mod cons and contemporary design - perfect for a relaxing and indulgent escape.
Pacific Suites at Post Ranch Inn, USA
There are few hotels with more spectacular settings than Post Ranch Inn - set amongst the cliffs of Big Sur in California. Its glass-fronted Pacific Suites look out across the (you guessed it) Pacific Ocean, a view best seen from the comfort of your super-soft bed. The rooms themselves are decked out in wood with bold colours, sculpture and art throughout - an absolute must-visit for anyone on a West Coast road trip.
Lamu Island at Tintswalo Atlantic, South Africa
While most people stay right in the centre of Cape Town, for a hotel with one of the most breathtaking settings in Southern Africa head to Tintswalo Atlantic on the outskirts, in the Table Mountain National Park. Each suite is named after an island and Lamu Island boasts the best views in the house, across ocean and South Africa's iconic mountain ranges.
Pool Suite at Kasbah Bab Ourika, Morocco
Sitting at the gateway to the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Bab Ourika faces out towards rolling green fields and groves of olives, lemons and oranges, and up towards snow-capped mountains. All of which can be enjoyed from the hotel's lovely Pool Suites.