HIGH LIFE

As Gevora Ho­tel opens its doors on Sheikh Zayed Road – be­com­ing the tallest stand-alone ho­tel glob­ally – we round up prop­er­ties reach­ing for the stars

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Do­minic El­lis rounds up GCC and in­ter­na­tional ho­tels reach­ing for the stars

GEVORA HO­TEL DUBAI

HEIGHT 356 me­tres FLOORS 75 TOP VIEWS Its wrap-around ter­race of­fers Burj Khal­ifa views on one side and Sheikh Zayed Road high-rises on the other. It’s 100 feet taller than the Eif­fel Tower – and wins the Guin­ness World Record by virtue of be­ing one foot higher than the JW Mar­riott Mar­quis Dubai nearby (although both of its tow­ers have more floors, 82). If you have a head for heights you can pay to go up to the top ter­race (Dhs100 for adults, Dhs50 for chil­dren) and you’ll re­ceive a voucher re­deemable for a bev­er­age and pas­try at Le Vey­ron Café.

Per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly, Dubai is home to seven of the world’s top 10 tallest ho­tels. A short walk away from Gevora is Rose Ray­haan by Rotana which stands an equally strato­spheric 333 me­tres tall.

Across the road, hon­ourable men­tions should go to the Shangri-La Ho­tel Dubai, whose 42nd floor ter­race of­fers breath­tak­ing Down­town views, and the Level 43 Sky Lounge rooftop bar at Four Points by Sher­a­ton Sheikh Zayed Road. CON­TACT g e v o ra h o t e l s . com

BURJ AL ARAB

HEIGHT 321 me­tres FLOORS 27 TOP VIEWS Head to Al Mun­taha – Ara­bic for ‘the ul­ti­mate’ – on the 27th floor, or or­der a cocktail at Gold on 27. CON­TACT jumeirah. com

JUMEIRAH EMI­RATES TOW­ERS

HEIGHT 305-me­tre ho­tel tower is eclipsed by the 350-me­tre of­fice tower FLOORS 51 ( 48 for ho­tel rooms)

TOP VIEWS Alta Ba­dia and Bar serves up “hon­est Ital­ian cui­sine” and guests have been en­joy­ing the lofty 50th and 51st floor views of Sheikh Zayed Road when Gevora was still on the draw­ing board. CON­TACT jumeirah. com

GRAND MIL­LEN­NIUM DUBAI

HEIGHT 96 me­tres FLOORS 24

TOP VIEWS Another ho­tel to go for an el­e­vated ball­room, on the 20th floor, and two four-bed­room pent­houses are on the top floors. Asian restau­rant Toshi is on the 18th floor. CON­TACT mil­len­ni­umho­tels. com

JUMEIRAH AT ETI­HAD TOW­ERS

HEIGHT Tower 1, which houses the ho­tel and is 277.6 me­tres, is pipped by Tower 2’s 303.7 me­tres which con­tains ser­viced res­i­dences. FLOORS 63 and 74 re­spec­tively TOP VIEWS In Tower 1, head up to Ray’s Bar, or the Ob­ser­va­tion Deck at 300 in Tower 2 CON­TACT jumeirah. com

GRAND HY­ATT ABU DHABI HO­TEL AND RES­I­DENCES EMI­RATES PEARL (open­ing

mid 2018) HEIGHT 255 me­tres FLOORS 54 TOP VIEWS The Royal Suite three floors from the top of­fers 360-de­gree views of the Cor­niche and city sky­line. CON­TACT grand­hy­att. com

FOUR SEA­SONS HO­TEL BAHRAIN BAY

HEIGHT 201 me­tres FLOORS 68

TOP VIEWS Dine in re/Asian Cui­sine by Wolf­gang Puck or en­joy drinks and bites at Blue Moon Lounge – both lo­cated on the 50th views with strik­ing Manama views. For high-pow­ered meet­ings, book the four rooms in the sky­bridge or two board­rooms on the 50th and 51st floors. CON­TACT foursea­sons. com

THE RITZ- CARL­TON, HONG KONG

HEIGHT Lo­cated within the In­ter­na­tional Com­merce Cen­tre, which soars 484 me­tres into the West Kowloon sky FLOORS The ho­tel oc­cu­pies floors 102-118

TOP VIEWS VIPs will be drawn to the 30,000sq ft Pres­i­den­tial Suite on the 117th floor – but mere mor­tals can en­joy the gym, pool, spa and ex­ec­u­tive lounge on the floor above. The Ozone Bar is also pitched as the high­est bar in the world CON­TACT ritzcarl­ton. com

GRAND HY­ATT MANILA

HEIGHT This newly opened ho­tel sits on the top floors of the tallest build­ing in the Philip­pines, top­ping out at 1,043 feet (318 me­tres) FLOORS 66 TOP VIEWS A “bi-level en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre”, known as The Peak, is lo­cated on the top floors and will open by the mid­dle of this year CON­TACT grand­hy­att. com

BANGKOK EDI­TION HO­TEL AND RITZCARL­TON RES­I­DENCES

HEIGHT Bangkok’s Ma­haNakhon tower con­tains two of­fer­ings from The Ritz-Carl­ton – the bou­tique Bangkok Edi­tion Ho­tel and the Ritz-Carl­ton Res­i­dences FLOORS 77 TOP VIEWS Ma­haNakhon Ob­ser­va­tion Deck fea­tures a can­tilevered floor and pro­vides 360-de­gree scenic views over the city 314 me­tres up CON­TACT ritzcarl­ton. com, edi­tion­ho­tels. com

SHANGRI- LA HO­TEL AT THE SHARD LON­DON

HEIGHT The Shard soars 306 me­tres high FLOORS Shangri-La Ho­tel runs from floors 34 to 52 TOP VIEWS TĪNG restau­rant, lo­cated 128 me­tres up on the 35th floor, boasts 360-de­gree views of Lon­don – but you can get even higher views from the view­ing plat­form on floors 68, 69 and 72 CON­TACT shangri- la. com

GRAN HO­TEL BALI, BENIDORM

HEIGHT 186 me­tres FLOORS 52 TOP VIEWS Europe’s tallest ho­tel of­fers panoramic views of the Costa Blanca from its top floor. CON­TACT granhotel­bali. com

FOUR SEA­SONS HO­TEL NEW YORK

HEIGHT 208 me­tres FLOORS 52 TOP VIEWS Hard to beat the 52nd floor Pen­t­house views – yours for a cool US$30,000 a night CON­TACT foursea­sons. com

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