From Bangkok rooftops to cliff-sides in Crete, these venues with a view serve up panoramic vistas alongside first-class food and creative cocktails.
Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand
Vertigo is an apt name for the Banyan Tree Bangkok’s rooftop restaurant – it sits 61 storeys up, with each linen-dressed table offering killer views of Thailand’s capital. Start with a cocktail at the adjacent Moon Bar as the sun sets (try the signature Moon Romance cocktail – a zingy mix of melon vodka, lime juice, peach and crème de menthe served on a bed of dry ice), before taking your seat for steak and seafood overlooking the city.
One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
There’s a definite ‘Arabian Nights’ vibe on the One&Only Royal Mirage’s rooftop – sofas are scattered with brightly patterned cushions and tables are lit by candle-filled lanterns. Traditional mezzeh dishes and expertly mixed cocktails are served to a soundtrack of chill-out tunes and live music, and the views stretch across the immaculate hotel grounds to Palm Island Bay.
Daios Cove, Crete
This cool and contemporary cocktail bar has huge windows showcasing wide-angle views of Daios Cove, the private bay that the hotel is named after. Signature drinks here include culinary-inspired cocktails created with fresh ingredients. Try the Evergreen, a delicious blend of orange vodka, lemon juice, mountain tea syrup and cherry and vanilla bitters.
Belmond La Residencia, Majorca
You could sit inside at La Residencia’s award-winning El Olivo restaurant. But although the restored 16th-century olive press is a lovely setting, we reckon the terrace just gets the edge. The hotel is perched on the slopes of the Tramuntana Mountains, so the vista stretches across Deia’s honey-stone houses to the forested mountains on the other side of the valley. Enjoy the views as you tuck into a feast of Majorcan dishes – try the salt-cooked prawns from nearby Soller drizzled with local olive oil, or order the suckling pig, served with traditional sobrasada sausage.
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The Park Lane, Hong Kong
Widescreen city views come as part of the deal at The Park Lane Hong Kong’s 27th-floor restaurant. Whether you’re sitting out on the decked terrace or inside next to one of the floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll have prime views of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers and harbour. Stop by for a weekend brunch (complete with oysters and fresh seafood) or dress up for dinner with a backdrop of city lights.