Its been a hot and steamy summer and too hot to dine outdoors, but autumn’s crisp air is mere weeks away. These hotels and resorts have some of the world’s best terraces for enjoying al fresco drinking and dining, whether you crave an adults-only rooftop scene or a chance to watch the sunset and the whales breech, these terraces are worth planning ahead for.
Auberge du Père Bise—France. Situated in the stunning Rhone-Alps region, this Relais & Châteaux 5-star hotel offers exceptional cuisine to pair with one of nature’s most beautiful lakefront settings. The property has a long and fabled 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 deliver world-class experiences with a two-star Michelin restaurant and classic five star hospitality.
Le Chalet d’Adrien—Verbier, Switzerland. Tucked in the embrace of the Alps, this heated terrace, which sits roughly 3000 feet above the cloud line, revels in the splendor of snow-capped mountains and serves us a selection of fine wines and artisan cocktails. This charming Swiss property has only 29 rooms but offer the full slate of amenties, including spa, pool, fitness center and fine dining.
Rosewood Villa Magna—Madrid, Spain. This new Madrid property brings a thoroughly botanic vibe to the terrace experience at their restaurant Las Brasas de Castellana, where the outdoor seating is surrounded by elegant gardens designed by local talent and horticulturist Gregorio Marañón. They also just unveiled new penthouse accommodations (Anglada House and Salamanca House) which boast some of the largest terraces in a luxury hotel in Europe, each one offering panoramic views of Madrid.
Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa—Corfu, Greece. This idyllic resort is home to the highest rooftop lounge in Corfu with 360° views of Ionian sea and coastal landscape. it’s a live music, craft cocktails and adults only scene. For a more casual lounge experience, the hotel’s Starboard Lounge, boasts breathtaking views and chill musical vibes from their resident DJ. Or, keep things simple and private and book an Ionian Seaview One Bedroom Pool Villa 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, provides perfect conditions for whale breeding—and whale watching. The Waldorf Astoria’s cliffside and beachfront suites have individual terraces for your own private viewing session. Even better, take a seat at one of the resort’s stunning al fresco dining destinations, El Farallon or Don Manuel’s, for front and center view.
Hotel Grand Bretagne—Athens, Greece. This is one of the few destinations in Athens where you’ll find sweeping views of the Acropolis without suffering the throngs and crowds. Book a terrace table at the hotel’s GB Roof Garden restaurant for totally unobstructed views and watch the sun’s rosy glory fade over one of ancient history’s greatest landmarks.