Rise Above – The world looks dif­fer­ent from these stun­ning rooftop des­ti­na­tions

The world looks dif­fer­ent when viewed from these stun­ning rooftop des­ti­na­tions

Business Traveler (USA) - - INSIDE - By So­nia Ab­dul­baki

What’s bet­ter than a room with a view? Try a view from the top. There is noth­ing like a rooftop bar, res­tau­rant or pool to lift your spir­its to great heights, with open air set­tings and spec­tac­u­lar, larger-than-life scenery. Hote­liers are breath­ing life into these des­ti­na­tions with ev­ery inch of glam­our, style and lo­ca­tion scout­ing. The re­sults are must­see rooftop bars, restau­rants and pools that ex­ceed their ho­tel’s rep­u­ta­tion. Rooftops have be­come des­ti­na­tions within them­selves, vis­ited by guests and the public alike and bring­ing in di­verse au­di­ences on a global scale.

Hote­liers are cre­at­ing ex­trav­a­gantly al­lur­ing fea­tures such as high-rise pools, fancy spas, spec­tac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture, mood light­ing, mod­ern styles and any­thing else that will make their prop­er­ties rise above. These lofty des­ti­na­tions are chic, con­tem­po­rary, fresh and al­lur­ing. Yet be­ing on top is most of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by a feel­ing of hu­mil­ity that comes from tak­ing in the sweep­ing nat­u­ral vis­tas or panoramic city sky­lines. And all this while sport­ing a cock­tail in one hand and sa­vory hors d’oeu­vres in the other.

So we present an even dozen of our fa­vorite top rooftop bars, restau­rants and pools around the world that ex­ude a so­phis­ti­cated de­sign, as­ton­ish­ing lo­ca­tions with im­pres­sive views of pul­sat­ing cities and ex­u­ber­ant at­mo­spheric el­e­ments that cre­ate the set­ting for a per­fect night on the town. 1 Sky Bar, Tower Club — Bangkok Sky Bar, Tower Club at Sirocco res­tau­rant in Bangkok, Thai­land is like a diamond is­land in the night sky and a high­light of Bangkok’s nightlife and cock­tail cul­ture. Si­t­u­ated on the 63rd floor of Lebua ho­tel, this rooftop won­der takes its place as one of the world’s high­est open-air bars, while be­low the sparkling city lights be­daz­zle.

The Sky Bar also be­daz­zles with the glow of dif­fer­ent hues ev­ery 90 sec­onds. Shades trans­form from emer­ald to ocean blue, li­lac to or­ange, pro­ject­ing dif­fer­ent at­mo­spheric moods with ev­ery chang­ing color. The edgy and stylish pulse of this bar also landed it screen time in The Hang­over Part II, where sev­eral scenes were shot. 2 Ma­rina Bay Sands Sky­park — Sin­ga­pore Views of the South China Sea, Ma­rina Bay and the Sin­ga­pore skyline are all in line of sight at the Ma­rina Bay Sands ho­tel’s Sands Sky­Park. Amaz­ingly enough, the view of the wa­ter can be seen from the wa­ter in this rooftop’s 492-foot long in­fin­ity swimming pool, another su­perla­tive – the world’s largest.

Be­ing im­mersed in this amaz­ing stretch of wa­ter will lead you to think you are on the edge of the hori­zon with a whole city on the other side. The tran­quil at­mos­phere is en­hanced with palm trees lined next to float­ing white wa­ter beds, cre­at­ing a trop­i­cal oa­sis sus­pended in the sky. This ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­piece com­pli­ments

the dis­tinc­tive ho­tel, three tow­ers ris­ing like ver­ti­cal col­umns with the rooftop – a strik­ing sil­hou­ette rem­i­nis­cent of a mas­sive ship – astride them. 3 AER, Four Sea­sons — Mum­bai AER cov­ers the en­tire rooftop of the 34-story high Four Sea­sons Mum­bai in In­dia and is the high­est rooftop bar in the city. The mod­u­lar, cur­va­ceous fur­ni­ture elic­its a mod­ern yet ro­man­tic at­mos­phere, com­pli­mented by a vi­o­let hue and glow­ing can­dle­light. The set­ting por­trays a serene and warm at­mos­phere, per­fect for un­wind­ing.

With its so­phis­ti­cated sense of lux­ury and open air re­lax­ation, this rooftop lounge of­fers skyline and sea views of Mum­bai. Dur­ing mon­soon sea­son, a canopy and wind­screen em­bel­lish the venue, giv­ing peo­ple a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence a high with na­ture.

4 Ver­tigo Grill & Moon Bar, Banyan Tree — Bangkok Another sky high Bangkok whirl­wind of edgi­ness, Ver­tigo Grill & Moon Bar at Banyan Tree takes the cake for the ul­ti­mate ur­ban land­scape. Si­t­u­ated on the rooftop of Banyan Tree’s 61-story ho­tel, this bar was cre­ated to drown out the city noise. The must see bar is named af­ter Al­fred Hitch­cock’s fa­mous movie thriller, where a de­tec­tive’s fear of heights causes things to go down­hill.

Like the movie,Ver­tigo takes things to new heights, with stom­ach-churn­ing views seen from the es­ca­lated plat­forms. The venue is si­t­u­ated on what used to be a he­li­pad, with trendy dé­cor, avant-garde am­bi­ence and low walls for a clear, full view of Thai­land’s cap­i­tal. No­table land­marks in sight in­clude the Grand Palace, Royal Chapel, Wat Pho Tem­ple and the Emer­ald Buddha. 5 Rock Bar, Ayana Re­sort and Spa — Bali Rock Bar is lo­cated at the base of Ayana Re­sort and Spa in Bali, In­done­sia. It ex­presses ex­actly what its name im­plies, si­t­u­ated atop nat­u­ral rock for­ma­tions 45 feet in the air with the In­dian Ocean be­low. If the tides are high, guests need to pre­pare them­selves for mes­mer­iz­ing waves crash­ing a few feet away.

This spot is per­fect for full en­joy­ment of the sunset, quite lit­er­ally be­ing a part of na­ture with all the glam­our, but none of the grit. To add to the ex­tra­or­di­nary com­bi­na­tion of na­ture and lux­ury, the path to the Round Deck takes you over a marvelous over-thewater bridge to­ward what seems to be its own pri­vate is­land. The am­biance is ro­man­tic, nat­u­ral and al­lur­ing. 6 Sky View, La Ci­gale Ho­tel — Doha Sky View at La Ci­gale Ho­tel in Doha is alive with a lux­u­ri­ous and trendy vibe. Lo­cated on the 15th floor, panoramic views of the city are yet again the dom­i­nate fea­ture in the ap­peal of this rooftop venue. Straight ahead, Doha’s skyline is front and cen­ter, cre­at­ing an awe-in­spir­ing and fas­ci­nat­ing view.

The bar is en­veloped by a bright, but bril­liantly or­ches­trated mix of con­trast­ing col­ors across the spec­trum from red, green and yel­low with pur­ple on the side­lines. The seem­ing mis­match works, cre­at­ing an artis­tic and dy­namic dé­cor that calls for live­li­ness and style. Add to that mu­sic videos dis­played on gi­ant LED screens, and you have a recipe for edgi­ness and style.

7 Skye Res­tau­rant and Bar, Ho­tel Unique — São Paulo

São Paulo is Brazil’s largest city and ev­ery bit of it can be seen from Ho­tel Unique’s Skye Res­tau­rant and Bar, a venue named af­ter singer and busi­ness­woman, Morcheeba’s Skye Ed­wards. The Ho­tel Unique is aptly named, known for its sin­gu­lar ar­chi­tec­ture (a boat shape) as well as be­ing a hotspot for Hol­ly­wood elite and fig­ures such as celebrity Chef Em­manuel Bas­soleil.

Skye Bar lives up to the ho­tel’s so­phis­ti­cated rep­u­ta­tion not only in name but also in its shape. It cov­ers wide open spa­ces while be­ing en­gulfed by the grand cityscape that is far enough away for seclu­sion and close enough for ad­mi­ra­tion. The set­ting is ca­sual yet chic with a 360 de­gree view of the city and a per­fect cock­tail by the red pool that has an un­der­wa­ter sound sys­tem. 8 The Gal­axy Bar, Hil­ton Ho­tel — Athens The open air on this rooftop bar is not the only thing re­fresh­ing about it. Be­ing here is like be­ing part of the past. The Gal­axy Bar at the Hil­ton Athens is au­then­tic in its set­ting, with the an­cient world spread out at your feet. The view in­cludes the Parthenon and Acrop­o­lis, moun­tain­ous ter­rain and bustling city, as well as sights of the sea and Aegina Is­land.

East meets West in this el­e­gant rooftop bar with mod­ern yet mod­est dé­cor of mod­u­lar chairs and wood pan­els along with an eastern fla­vor that gives it a cozy, saloon feel. The Gal­axy Bar is a rooftop where the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of history and a com­bi­na­tion of city and na­ture views con­spire in per­fect har­mony to cre­ate a time­less sense of re­lax­ation.

9 Vi­enna Sof­i­tel Vi­enna Stephans­dom’s Das LOFT res­tau­rant is charm­ing, el­e­gant and re­fined. Lo­cated on the 18th floor of the ho­tel, it is also ar­tis­ti­cally in­no­va­tive and full of in­trigue. The mu­ral on the ceil­ing, cre­ated by Pip­i­lotti Rist, ra­di­ates a gor­geous tech­nique that re­flects the lu­mi­nous col­ors off the glass pan­els and into the night sky.

What helps pro­duce this ef­fect is the con­trast of the min­i­mal­ist, dark in­te­rior. The il­lu­sion that the night sky is a blend of beau­ti­ful col­ors is a stun­ningly cap­ti­vat­ing one. The floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows are 32 feet high and sur­round the room for easy ac­cess to the panoramic view. Part of the cityscape in­cludes Vi­enna’s Kahlen­burg forests that lead to the fa­mous Danube and the tow­er­ing spire of St. Stephan’s Cathe­dral.

10 The Pen­t­house, ME Madrid Reina Vic­to­ria — Madrid The Pen­t­house at ME Madrid Reina Vic­to­ria Ho­tel pro­vides a spec­tac­u­lar view of the ar­chi­tec­tural trea­sures of the Plaza de Santa Ana on one side and the rest of the city on the other. The ter­race of­fers lux­u­ri­ous, low-slung Ba­li­nese beds for re­clin­ing un­der the night sky. The del­i­cate pur­ple glow and thin cur­tains, along with the flicker of can­dle­light com­bine to cre­ate a sooth­ing and mel­low feel­ing suited for vi­brant nightlife and ul­ti­mate re­lax­ation.

The laid-back style is in­fused with both a Latin flair and a con­tem­po­rary ap­proach.You can take a ride up the pri­vate el­e­va­tor to the sky-high ter­race to en­joy be­ing part of the scenic view. Here, there’s no way to look but up at the Plaza de Santa Ana loom­ing in se­ri­ously close prox­im­ity. 11 Up­stairs, The Kim­berly — New York Among the great­est cities with the great­est ci­tyscapes in the world, one can­not over­look NewYork City, filled with sky­scraper rooftops, lively crowds and an adren­a­line-fu­eled nightlife. Tak­ing its place among these Man­hat­tan rooftops, on the 30th floor at 145 E. 50th Street, is Up­stairs at the Kim­berly Ho­tel. The view from this cozy pen­t­house lounge is dom­i­nated by the Chrysler build­ing along with a clus­ter of mag­nif­i­cent sky­scrapers glow­ing like or­na­ments against the night sky.

The mid-air lounge is so­phis­ti­cated and ur­ban with heated wood floors for chilly nights and a re­tractable glass ceil­ing, all prac­ti­cal fea­tures de­signed to keep in­clement weather from dis­rupt­ing the col­lec­tive mood. Dec­o­ra­tive light bulbs hang above from in­ter­twined strings and, when lit against the dark lounge, cre­ate a dream­like at­mos­phere that per­fectly com­pli­ments the iconic back­drop. A great lounge for all-year round en­joy­ment. 12 SUSHISAMBA, Heron Tower — Lon­don SUSHISAMBA is a chain res­tau­rant that com­bines di­verse cui­sine for a fab­u­lously unique ex­pe­ri­ence. The res­tau­rant in­cludes Ja­panese, Brazil­ian and Peru­vian food and is lo­cated in cities around the world such as Mi­ami, NewYork and Las Ve­gas. The SUSHISAMBA Lon­don, si­t­u­ated on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tow­ers, of­fers un­par­al­leled scenic views of the city from one of the high­est out­door ter­races or in­door floor-to­ceil­ing glass views on the Con­ti­nent.

The out­door pa­tio in­cludes a lush tree in­side the bar area with a va­ri­ety of drinks en­cir­cling the base. The in­door res­tau­rant ar­tis­ti­cally com­bines the black and white mo­tif with a splash of yel­low. Over­head is a bam­boo arch­way with hang­ing bulbs that cre­ates the il­lu­sion of close-by twin­kling stars at night. BT

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