It was a hot, scorching summer and too hot to dine out, but the crisp autumn air is only a few weeks away. These hotels and resorts have some of the best terraces in the world for al fresco dining and drinking, whether you fancy an adults-only rooftop stage or a chance to watch the sunset and the whales, these terraces are worth planning ahead.
Father Bise Inn—France. Located in the magnificent Rhône-Alpes region, this 5-star Relais & Châteaux hotel offers exceptional cuisine to pair with one of the most beautiful natural sites by the lake. The property has a long and storied history – Winston Churchill was a regular, as was John Paul Sartre. Chef Jean Sulpice and his wife Magali acquired the property in 2017, after a complete renovation, they continue to offer world-class experiences with a two-star Michelin restaurant and classic five-star hospitality.
Adrian’s Chalet— Verbier, Switzerland. Nestled in the embrace of the Alps, this heated terrace, which sits approximately 3,000 feet above the cloud line, revels in the splendor of the snow-capped mountains and serves us a selection of fine wines and craft cocktails. This charming Swiss property has just 29 rooms but offers a full range of amenities, including a spa, pool, fitness center, and fine dining.
Rosewood Villa Magna-Madrid, Spain. This new Madrid property brings an all-botanical vibe to the terrace experience of their restaurant Las Brasas de Castellana, where the terrace is surrounded by elegant gardens designed by local talent and horticulturist Gregorio Marañón. They have also just unveiled new penthouse accommodations (Anglada House and Salamanca House) which have some of the largest terraces of a luxury hotel in Europe, each offering panoramic views of Madrid.
Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa—Corfu, Greece. This idyllic resort is home to Corfu’s highest rooftop lounge with 360° views of the Ionian Sea and coastal landscape. it’s live music, craft cocktails, and an adult-only stage. For a more laid-back lounge experience, the hotel’s Starboard Lounge offers breathtaking views and relaxing musical vibes from their resident DJ. Or, keep it simple and private and book a One-Bedroom Pool Villa overlooking the Ionian Sea where you can have your very own cocktail experience.
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal-Mexico. From January to March, the Baja Peninsula, which separates the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific, offers ideal conditions for whale breeding and whale watching. The Waldorf Astoria’s cliffside and oceanfront suites feature individual terraces for your own private viewing session. Better yet, grab a seat at one of the resort’s superb open-air restaurants, El Farallon or Don Manuel’s, for a front-and-centre view.
Hotel Great Britain—Athens, Greece. It is one of the few destinations in Athens where you will find stunning views of the Acropolis without suffering from crowds and crowds. Book a table on the terrace at the hotel’s GB Roof Garden Restaurant for totally unobstructed views and watch the rosy glory of the sun fade over one of the greatest monuments of ancient history.