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THE VACATION REPORT the high life

From Singapore to Brooklyn, see some of the world’s finest views from great heights with our guide to must-visit rooftop bars.

Words by Monica Mendal.

FASANO RIO DE JANEIRO

The Rooftop Pool Lounge on the Fasano Rio’s eight floor is one of the world’s most iconic rooftop bars. With its unparalleled views over Rio’s city skyline, Ipanema beach and the Two Brothers mountain peaks, the bar is a draw for regular patrons and new visitors alike. Luxurious daybeds and chic lounge sofas surround Fasano’s famous infinity pool, where guests lounge while sipping on fresh juices and cocktails. Try its unique pairings, like fig and coconut water, or Brazil’s classic caipirinha, while drinking in the sunset over Ipanema. While the rooftop is limited to hotel guests only during the week, the terrace opens up to everyone for the weekend evenings on weekends, when it transforms into a buzzing locale in which to dance the night away. fasano.com

Fasano Rio De Janeiro

1 HOTEL BROOKLYN BRIDGE

The best views of the Manhattan skyline and East River can be seen from the 10th floor at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge’s Harriet's Rooftop & Lounge. Located in Brooklyn’s up-and-coming Dumbo neighbourhood, the new eco-friendly property is powered entirely by wind energy and includes two cocktail bars and a plunge pool, making it one of the most sought-after rooftops in New York’s spring and summer seasons. The decor offers a relaxed ambience, with sophisticated tropical details like rustic wooden furniture and flooring, warm greenery, nautical stripes and whimsical fringed umbrellas. Between the vibrant design and the DJ’s custom playlist, you’ll feel instantly transported. While the roof is accessible exclusively to hotel guests during the week, the pool opens to the public at weekends during the warm-weather months. 1hotels.com

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

BANYAN TREE BANGKOK

Along with floating markets and centuries-old temples, dining experiences at Bangkok’s various rooftop bars and restaurants have become another rite of passage for travellers visiting the city. Vertigo restaurant and Moon Bar, located on the 61st floor of the city’s well-known luxury Banyan Tree Hotel, is where you’ll find the most mesmerising views of Bangkok’s sprawling cityscape. Vertigo restaurant and Moon Bar offer a top-grade alfresco grill-and-bar experience with a diverse range of fare from seafood to tropical cocktails. The atmosphere is both stylish and relaxed, and the simple decor allows the city’s sprawling views to take centre stage. banyantree.com

Vertigo restaurant and Moon Bar, Banyan Tree, Bangkok

HÔTEL DES GRANDS BOULEVARDS, PARIS

Located at the top of the new Hôtel des Grands Boulevards in Paris’s second arrondissement, The Shed Bar sums up Paris in its most quintessential form. The hotel is the brainchild of the Experimental Cocktail Group, famously known for beloved spots like Balagan and Grand Pigalle Hotel. Like a scene from a Jean-Luc Godard film, the quaint rooftop bar is inconspicuously tucked away in the secret garden – oozing Parisian charm, with pops of red and pink, cascading vines and greenery and delightfully voyeuristic views of Paris’s rooftops and balconies. The Shed Bar’s list of refreshing bespoke cocktails and the classic Parisian ambience make this spot perfect for after-work drinks or happy hour with friends. grandsboulevardshotel.com

Hôtel des Grands Boulevards, Paris

HOTEL JEN ORCHARDGATEWAY, SINGAPORE

On Singapore’s most famous shopping street, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway’s rooftop offers a tropical reprieve from the crowded streets of Orchard Road. On the 19th floor, overlooking 360-degree views of the city, you can hang poolside on the colourful daybeds or a enjoy fresh signature cocktail at the hut bar. For a cocktail that offers a taste of the orient, try a China Lady, a fresh drink with a mix of Chinese spirits, or a Pina Kale-Ada for a wellness kick. For a hotel in the centre of the action, evenings on the rooftop here are surprisingly peaceful and serene, making it the perfect place to escape hectic city life in the streets below. hoteljen.com

Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, Singapore
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