You’ve worked hard and finally escaped from it all on a romantic getaway – time to toast the occasion with a sundowner or two. Heading to a dreamy Asian destination? Whatever you’re celebrating, pull up a bar stool or sunlounger at one of these stylish rooftop bars for a fabulous evening…
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Baba Nest, Sri Panwa – Phuket, Thailand
Pinch-me-now vistas of the Andaman Sea and its islands make this über-luxe Phuket bar truly spectacular. A hotel bar like no other, Baba Nest at Sri Panwa is the stuff of daydreams. Perched high atop Cape Panwa and looking out to the southwestern tip of Phuket, the glamorous hangout is easily one of Thailand’s most impressive spots.
Featuring a wrap-around infinity pool, an extensive drinks list and a rooftop deck with 360-degree views, Baba Nest has all the essentials for a sumptuous evening – but be sure to make a reservation. Known for its classic and creative concoctions, the bar books out months in advance. Yes, it’s that good.
Aer, Four Seasons Mumbai – Mumbai, India
It doesn’t get much more luxurious than the Four Seasons Mumbai’s Aer lounge. Stretching across the hotel’s entire roof, the bar is as breezy and scenic as its name suggests.
For the ultimate in romantic evenings, watch the bustling streets below from the 34th floor and enjoy a glass of something refreshing to the soundtrack of the resident DJ. Expect panoramic sea and city views, plus craft cocktails, fine Champagne and single malts. You will have to time your visit right, though, with the bar closing during the monsoon seasons.
New York Bar, Park Hyatt Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan
Situated on the fifty-second floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, the New York Bar is a must-visit for drink connoisseurs and film buffs alike. World-famous as the bar where Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson met in the cult classic Lost in Translation, it’s also a sophisticated hub for great live music.
Stocking premium cognac and brandies, plus the largest selection of American wines in Japan, The New York Bar is one for those who are serious about their drinks.
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Rock Bar, AYANA Resort and Spa – Jimbaran Bay, Bali
For something truly romantic, wander over to AYANA Resort and Spa’s Rock Bar. Nestled atop distinctive rock formations along Jimbaran’s pristine coast, the bar offers some of the dreamiest sunset views in Bali.
Known across the globe for a reason, the bar serves delectable bar snacks and crowd-pleasing concoctions like Asian Lychee Martinis and Tarragon Margaritas. Be sure to watch the talented mixologists work their magic behind the cliff-top bar, as waves from the nearby Indian Ocean crash against the walls and cool diners with an ocean mist.
OZONE, Hong Kong Ritz Carlton – Hong Kong, China
Sitting on the 118th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, OZONE towers over one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Also one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated bars, this dazzling beauty guarantees instant party vibes.
Bathed in brilliant blue hues and featuring eye-catching style, OZONE is sure to make you feel like A-listers on a city escape. Serving the very best in spirits and cocktails, the opulent nightlife spot also hosts speical Dom Pérignon Sunday Brunches that are ideal for an OTT yet refined experience.
TOPS – Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund, Shanghai
If you’re visiting the futuristic hub of Shanghai, you’re going to want to take in the sights along the iconic Bund and Huangpu River. For an unforgettable night, spot the Oriental Pearl Tower and its iconic neighbours from the rooftop terrace of TOPS at Banyan Tree Shanghai.
After enjoying innovative cocktails and new-age tapas, let your hair down when night falls and internationally renowned DJs show off their talents. Or, keep things laid-back with a couple of well-earned sundowners while watching the world go by at twilight.
SkyBar at CÉ LA VI – Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
For a relaxed spot in Singapore with amazing views and incredible cocktails, make your way to SkyBar at CÉ LA VI. With one of the city’s most iconic locations, the bar is situated atop Singapore’s most famous hotel and is blessed with unparalleled panoramic vistas.
Complementing its brilliant surroundings with outstanding drinks, SkyBar is great for international classics and signature drinks inspired by the region’s warm climates – think enticing fusions of exotic local ingredients and flavours. Top it all off and book a table at CÉ LA VI’s restaurant for award-winning modern-Asian cuisine.
MoonLite Kitchen and Bar, Anantara Seminyak – Seminyak, Bali
Bali is the place for chilled vibes, tropical scenery and lazy afternoons – experience it all when you visit Anantara Seminyak’s MoonLite Kitchen and Bar.
With a laid-back atmosphere that’s hard to beat, this rooftop bar looks out over sprawling vistas of the fringing Seminyak Beach and its blue horizon. An open-air deck makes MoonLite ideal for stargazing and watching sunsets, while the bar itself is wonderful for classic tipples and inventive creations.
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At Singapore’s 1-Altitude, the bar stretches over not just the rooftop, but three levels of one of Singapore’s tallest structures. Sitting pretty at 282 metres above sea level, its rooftop Gallery & Bar is actually the highest alfresco bar in the world and is where you’ll find 360-degree views of the city. Three words – do not miss.
Get your night off to the right start with dinner at the resturant the level below before watching the Singapore skyline glitter at night (cocktail in-hand, of course).
Sky Bar, lebua – Bangkok, Thailand
Innovative cocktails, Insta-ready views and a little film stardom – it’s this winning combo that makes lebua’s Sky Bar in Bangkok such a beloved spot. Situated approximately 250 metres above ground, the bar was where The Wolfpack in The Hangover Part II began their evening. Take a leaf out of their books and enjoy an equally exciting night out at Sky Bar – hopefully with a better, more memorable ending.
If you’re not distracted by the backdrop of Bangkok’s sparkling skyline, the talents behind the bar will keep you entertained with a show of their own. Creating unique twists on classic drinks, the mixologists also serve popsicle versions in funky shapes and their signature Hangovertini, created for the film’s cast while shooting. Order yourselves something delightful and enjoy the high life, even just for the night.
Looking for luxurious accommodation for an Asian getaway? Find the perfect place to stay here…Helpful links:Baba Nest // Aer // New York Bar // Rock Bar at AYANA // OZONE // TOPS // SkyBar at CE LA VIE// MoonLite Kitchen and Bar // 1-Altitude // Sky Bar at lebuaImage credits: www.babaphuket.com/ and www.bangkok.com/