Travel & Dining: Top 5 Rooftop Destinations of 2011

Travel & Dining: Top 5 Rooftop Destinations of 2011

Travel & Dining: Top 5 Rooftop Destinations of 2011

Sands SkyPark in Singapore is a new 3-acre tropical oasis set atop the three hotel towers at the Marina Bay Sands. There are gardens with 250 trees, a massive observation deck and an infinity swimming pool. Fear not drinkers, mixed in with all of those amenities are plenty of restaurants and bars offering views of the South China Sea, Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline. (Courtesy SkyPark)

Evening cocktails and midnight small dishes complement the open-air atmosphere of chic relaxation at Aer, Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar at the Four Seasons Mumbai. Covering the entire rooftop of the hotel, the bar — 34 stories above the city –offers panoramic city and sea views and an endless ceiling of sky and stars, creating an atmosphere that redefines the notion of freedom.(Courtesy Four Seasons)

This is the bar that might have set the standard. Or at least once personified it. Welcome to Plunge, the rooftop bar at the Hotel Gansevoort in New York’s Meatpacking district. The bar,

with spectacular views of the Hudson River and the city, was recently redone; now the walls are crimson and sensual images by photographer Deborah Anderson adorn the bar and walls. The Loft lounge features a fireplace and soft furnishings from Italy. (Courtesy Hotel Gansevoort)

Many bars offer great views, but at ROOF in Chicago, a telescope, located in one corner, allows guests to spy on the stars and surrounding city views. The 7,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space on the 27th floor of the Wit Hotel is moody and sleek. Another corner features a seven-foot double-sided glass fireplace through which partygoers can gaze upon the Chicago skyline.(Courtesy Roof)

At the ME Madrid hotel, the best views of the famous Plaza Santa Ana can be found at The Penthouse, a rooftop terrace overlooking the city. Guests can recline under the stars on luxurious beds, delicately enclosed with light, decadent fabrics, or hang out indoors in the lush lounge or exclusive VIP Bar. THE Penthouse is accessible only by private elevator and is a scintillating experience for local and international guests. (Me Madrid)

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