If you have a fondness for taking time out during a holiday to people watch and see the world go by, you’d opt for relaxing at a street café. But if you want to city watch, you need to get high! Well, higher up that is.
In many cities, all over the world, you can take yourself up and away from the hustle and bustle at ground level to observe the wonders that come from a panoramic viewpoint. Developers are taking advantage of this desire to relax and see the bigger picture by offering bars, restaurants and observation platforms with simply unbeatable views.
The Flexicover Team has some great options for that perfect experience and some fantastic photos!
The Press Lounge; New York City, USA
If you want unobstructed views of the Manhattan cityscape, then the Press Lounge delivers as one of Manhattan’s finest rooftop bars. Opened in 2010 atop Ink48 Hotel, this has quickly become the spot to enjoy a drink or light snack whilst taking in some of the best views of the city. An extensive wine list, hip cocktails and seasonal small plates make this a superb choice. It’s no surprise that New York Magazine recognised it as the city’s ‘Top New Rooftop Bar’!
Aer; Mumbai, India
Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar, Aer, is easily one of the city’s finest too. Taking up the whole of the 34th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, this open air lounge is the place to be and be seen. Relax high above bustling Mumbai and take a moment to soak it all in, whilst enjoying panoramic views of city and sea. Open all year round (including monsoon season with suitable protection) this is a great experience and a fabulous place for a cocktail at sunset!
Georges Hotel Galata; Istanbul, Turkey
The Georges Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel housed in a heritage building in the heart of Istanbul’s cultural centre and just a few steps away from Galata Tower. The wonderful rooftop terrace boasts stunning views of the waters of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or even just a drink, this should definitely be on your list of places to see when visiting Istanbul. Its elegance and charm makes for a great way to while away a few hours above it all!
Ristorante Aroma; Rome, Italy
If you want elegance and sophistication, then the gorgeous Palazzo Manfredi is your place. This five star luxury hotel was once a magnificent 17th century villa. The rooftop bar and restaurant has the most breathtaking views of the Colosseum and surrounding Roman ruins, especially at breakfast as the sun lights up the city’s imperial heritage and the dome of St. Paul’s Basilica. Here, in the heart of Rome, you can bask in the beauty of the ‘Eternal City’!
The Dome at Lebua; Bangkok, Thailand
The highlight of Bangkok’s nightlife scene, Sky Bar (250m in the air) offers the most spectacular views of the city with the New York Times labelling it as ‘the most stunning rooftop bar you’ll ever see’. The multi-hued island bar changes colour every 90 seconds making it an absolute must see if in Bangkok this year; it would be hard to rival this vantage point and award-winning bar. Enjoy an evening under the stars here against a stunning backdrop with live jazz and fancy cocktails!
Wherever your travels take you this year and whichever rooftop you are lucky enough to visit, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away. Safe travels!