Offering vacationers pristine views, unforgettable accommodations and an escape from everyday stress, lighthouse hotels are ideal for tourists looking to get away and enjoy old-world charm.
The world’s best lighthouse hotel accommodations range from intimate and cozy to upscale and elaborately designed to appease even the most difficult to please traveler.
1. East Brother Light Station, California, USA
The East Brother Lighthouse, or more accurately, Light Station, is only accessible by boat as this lighthouse hotel is situated on an island that separates the San Francisco Bay and the San Pablo Bay in sunny California. This Victorian lighthouse features a full-service Bed and Breakfast where vacationers can enjoy spectacular views, gourmet dining and Victorian style accommodations in one of 5 lighthouse rooms available for overnight stays.
2. The Lighthouse, New Zealand
Located only 15 minutes from the Wellington City, The Lighthouse is located just a few minutes from the airport in Island Bay, New Zealand. Visitors can prepare meals in the lighthouse kitchen or experience one of the many dining options located within walking distance of the Lighthouse. Accommodations feature three levels which include sitting areas, a bedroom and two balconies for enjoying the ocean views.
3. St. Anthony’s Lighthouse, England
Situated along the eastern entrance to Falmouth Harbor, the St. Anthony’s Lighthouse was built in 1835 to guide vessels away from the Manacles rocks and safely into the south harbor. Featured on the 1980’s children’s show, Fraggle Rock, the St. Anthony’s Lighthouse provides guest accommodations in the adjacent two-bedroom Sally Port Cottage which overlooks the English Channel. This lighthouse is still in full operation alerting vessels to the rocky terrain beneath the sea and, on murky nights, an electronic fog signal can be expected.
4. Pigeon Point Lighthouse, California, USA
One of America’s tallest lighthouses, Pigeon Point Lighthouse is situated upon a California cliff about fifty miles south of San Francisco. Accommodations at Pigeon Point Lighthouse are alongside the lighthouse itself in one of four houses which each feature fully equipped kitchens and ample indoor living space. Outside, guests can relax and whale watch, explore tide pools, or walk along the oceanfront boardwalk.
5. Faro Punta Delgada, Argentina
Situated along a strategic point of the Argentine coast and originally erected to alert vessels to the the wide sandbars beneath the South Atlantic Ocean, the Faro Punta Delgada Lighthouse beam has been helping sailors navigate the coast since 1905. Today, a 27 room hotel is located along the lighthouse grounds providing romantic accommodations in a harmonic atmosphere where nature and comfort abound.
6. Harlingen Lighthouse, Netherlands
The Art-Deco designed Harlingen Lighthouse in the Netherlands is situated in the heart of the historic Harlingen docks. Featuring panoramic views from an upstairs bedroom and lookout, a nautical theme and an outdoor balcony, this lighthouse overlooks both the city and the docks offering endless viewing pleasure for vacationers.
7. Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn, Michigan, USA
Not all lighthouses are situated along expansive oceans and bays; The Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn is set along the shores of Lake Superior. This unique lighthouse hotel features nautical artifacts, historic charm and Victorian spirit that is both welcoming and relaxing. There are no televisions at Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn, so guests are encouraged to enjoy the pristine views, gourmet dining and romantic splendor of Lake Superior during their stay.
8. Molja Lighthouse, Norway
While the Molja Lighthouse is merely 3 meters in diameter, architects managed to effectively incorporate a bedroom, bathroom and living area into the lighthouse without taking away from the rustic ambiance of this unique watchtower. Walking distance from town which features old world European charm, guests of Molja Lighthouse enjoy the ultra-European experience at local cafés, restaurants and bakeries.
9. Cape Otway Lightstation, Australia
Australia’s oldest, surviving lighthouse, Cape Otway Lightstation began operation in 1848. For sailors, Cape Otway provided the very first sight of mainland after leaving from Europe. Today, visitors can escape to Cape Otway Lightstation to enjoy stunning Southern Ocean views, tranquil accommodations and sunset guided tours.
10. Heceta Head Lighthouse, Oregon, USA
Nestled along the Pacific Coast of Oregon, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is a must visit holiday destination for the romantic traveler. Here, handcrafted fire places and intimate parlors evoke a sense of relaxation and guest bedrooms provide accommodations for up to 15 guests per night. Heceta Head Lighthouse is a stargazer’s dream.
11. Big Bay Point Lighthouse, Michigan, USA
Big Bay Point Lighthouse sits atop a cliff along the deep waters of Lake Superior. Offering a romantic, secluded retreat for adult vacationers, Big Bay Point Lighthouse features 14 guest rooms, private bathrooms and a library where guests can relax and enjoy a book over coffee or tea. Guests enjoy skiing, biking, and hiking in the deep, unspoiled beauty of the lighthouse grounds.