On cloud nine: Luxurious skybars and restaurants worldwide


Spectacular architecture and skyscraper design in recent decades has led to tall buildings taking the world by storm. Back in 2009, only 19 buildings worldwide surpassed the height of 1,000 feet (304 metres) but Knight Frank’s ‘Global Cities: Skyscrapers 2015 Report’ noted this number blossomed to 79 last year!

For a traveller fond of the luxurious aspects of life, the taller buildings in major cities around the globe tend to come equipped with chic sky-bars, restaurants with panoramic views and all manner of delightful entertainment. Here are some especially tantalising tall buildings to visit on your next bout of jet-setting.

Flight Bar and Lounge, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

A veritable icon of the Singaporean skyline, Marina Bay Sands is an architectural marvel complete with a stunning rooftop infinity pool dishing out mesmerising views over the city. Located 57 storeys high is the Flight Bar and Lounge, equipped with both indoor and outdoor seating so you can take in the impressive views of buildings and ocean.

The Singapore skyline by night is a lovely sight, seen best atop the Marina Bay Sands. The Singapore skyline by night is a lovely sight, seen best atop the Marina Bay Sands.

As a premium bar, you can indulge in contemporary bottle service including bubbly champagne, specialty mixers and an inventive array of cocktails. The food here is just as tempting, including international-fusion gourmet creations such as duck confit quesadilla and Oriental sliders served with tangerine sauce.

Stay past sunset to see the shimmering lights come on around the buildings, feeling as though you’re part of a glittering necklace of lights in this vibrant city.

At.Mosphere restaurant and bar, Burj Khalifa, Dubai 

The tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa soars to the dizzying heights of over 828 metres! To truly appreciate the achievements of this engineering and architectural masterpiece, you’d need to travel up an exclusive elevator to At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY, the highest outdoor observatory on the planet 555 metres high. Once you have drunk in the views, head down (but to the still reputably high) At.Mosphere restaurant which rests 442 metres high on Level 122.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is a must-visit for sky high drinks and cuisine. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is a must-visit for sky high drinks and cuisine.

This sophisticated restaurant, with private dining and elegant lounge to boot, offers panoramic views over downtown Dubai and the wider Arabian Gulf. The cuisine here is a culinary artform to rival the artistry of the architecture, with evolving innovative menus concocted by Executive Chef Jerome Lagarde using only the finest international ingredients. Chef Lagarde has over two decades experience in the industry, so you know you’re in for an indulgent treat.

Bar 54, Hyatt Times Square, New York 

Located on the top 54th floor of the Hyatt Times Square, Bar 54 is a rooftop bar and outdoor terrace overlooking the drama and vibrancy of the heart of New York. It is considered by many to be among the best cocktail bars in the Big Apple, not only for the mouthwatering drinks but for the equally delicious views of the Chrysler building, both Hudson and East rivers and Manhattan’s southern skyline.

Admire the Manhattan skyline from a rooftop bar to toast to the Big Apple. Admire the Manhattan skyline from a rooftop bar to toast to the Big Apple.

Bar 54 dishes out gourmet small plates to compliment the fine wines and specialty cocktails on their menu. Several of their concoctions are very inventive, such as ‘Rhapsody in Rye’ comprising rye, dry vermouth, amaro, benedictine, angostura and orange bitters.  In 2016, Bar 54 won the OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award, so you can look forward to delectable food here as well such unique cocktails.

Once you are full, simply head down to the electric vibe of Times Square and continue exploring the city that never sleeps!

The Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong

While still respecting traditional Chinese culture and tradition, Hong Kong’s infrastructure and feel is more aligned with its Western world counterparts. In fact, the Ritz-Carlton is a great example of this innovation. Occupying the top 16 floors of the 108-storey International Commerce Centre, each of the seven restaurants and bar offer stunning views of the bright lights of the CBD or the sparkling waters of Victoria Harbour.

The Ritz-Carlton provides views out to Victoria Harbour.Relax with a glass of wine while admiring the view of Victoria Harbour.

The Ritz-Carlton is home to two Michelin-starred restaurants – Tin Lung Heen and Tosca. Serving up the best in refined authentic Cantonese and innovative Italian cuisine, it is easy to lose yourself staring out to the view below – all 420 metres of it.

Hong Kong is a progressive city that is pushing the boundaries of architecture, restaurant service and atmosphere – this is what makes the Ritz-Carlton so special to many people.

For a personalised travel itinerary, or bespoke advice on your next luxury travel adventure, speak to the experienced team at FBI Travel.



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