A pool sounds good, a great decor is pleasant, but one of the nicest amenities a vacation destination can offer is a room with a view.
Travel agents say it's the feature clients ask about most when booking a dream getaway.
"Everyone aspires to have the best view in the house," said Terry McCabe, national director of leisure for Altour.
"For some people, the (most important) experience is opening the drapes in the morning and looking at nature at its best. ... It takes people out of their everyday life."
With that in mind, we're taking you around the world to seven hotels where spectacular vistas rule.
Just remember that with so many beautiful places dotting the globe, this list is just a small taste of the stunning views travelers can wake up to.
1. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
There is literally nothing blocking your view of St. Lucia's famous Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea at this resort.
The fourth wall is entirely absent from Jade Mountain's suites, which the hotel calls "sanctuaries," so guests get unobstructed panoramas of the beautiful surroundings.
Each sanctuary also comes with its own infinity pool for the ultimate in privacy and relaxation.
"It's total luxury, and it's a great romantic spot. You can be as alone as you want there," McCabe said.
But be prepared to completely unplug during your stay.
Jade Mountain is "deliberately techno-free," the resort says. There are no telephones, radios or televisions in the rooms, and guests are asked to not to use their cell phones in public. Internet access is available at reception "for those who simply cannot let go of the outside world."
Rates start at $950 a night.
2. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Canada
Experience this magical corner of Banff National Park, and you may feel like explorer Thomas Wilson, who exclaimed, "I never in all my explorations saw such a matchless scene,'' when he first glimpsed the lake in 1882.
Known to native tribes as "lake of little fishes," the majestic body of water was dubbed Emerald Lake by Wilson, and later renamed Lake Louise in honor of Queen Victoria's fourth daughter, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta.
"It's just so beautiful," said Becky Veith of Travel Experts. "The view is incredible."
The hotel offers sweeping panoramas of the lake and the surrounding Canadian Rockies. Come in the winter for unforgettable skiing, sleigh rides and dog sledding -- Veith was there when the lake was frozen, and she had a chance to skate on the icy surface.
There's also lots to do in the summer, including hiking, horseback riding and canoeing.
Rates start at about $358 a night for the Sizzling Summer Travel Package, which is in effect until September 30.
3. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
This luxury lodge sits perched on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest caldera -- formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed about 3 million years ago.
Thousands of animals roam the floor of the crater, including lions, wildebeests, zebras and gazelles. The stunning landscape and abundance of wildlife prompted UNESCO to declare the area a World Heritage Site, calling it one of the greatest natural wonders of the planet.
"You can be in your room and look out the window and there's a zebra walking by. It's just amazing," McCabe said.