August is the time of year when it becomes clear that summer will not last forever, even though balmy days and golden evenings might say otherwise. Planning your escape between mid and late summer around spending time outdoors is a foolproof way to make sure you get the best out of what the season has to offer. If you want to relax and have not had the chance yet this summer, you can consider the luxurious rooftop experiences below as opportunities to get the best of a given city, just a short lift ride away from your room. From campfires to cocktail service all day, these decks, patios and patios are here to make you feel on top of the world while absorbing the atmosphere from your new vantage point.
Mississippi Terraces at Big Cypress Lodge – Memphis, TN
Only a year old, the patio is already one of Memphis’ coveted evening destinations, cementing its place in the city’s vibrant nightlife culture.
Located within Memphis’ Bass Pro Shops Pyramid, you sit directly across the Great River while drinking, eating and relaxing with the town below at your fingertips. As part of the Big Cypress Lodge, The Terrace evokes the hotel’s luxury interiors outdoors to complement fireplaces, a full bar and a stage for live performances. Big Cypress’ Lookout Restaurant is on-site offering gourmet dining and glass-watching decks, and the terrace serves a full menu of appetizers to top it all off. Choose a place to catch the light show of the Mighty Lights LED bridge, sip a special cocktail and sink into a truly sublime experience.
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Rooftop at Torali at The Ritz -Carlton, Chicago – Chicago, IL
Chicago’s 12th floor Rooftop at Torali is one of the highlights of the city’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel and is known as one of the best aerial photo locations of Lake Michigan and the Navy Pier. Torali is very urban and frequented by locals, and is less oasis on the waterfront and sharper in the center with elegant decor, modern cocktails and shared Italian dishes that make it a great choice for meetings, networking and a taste of Chicago’s nightlife social scene . Rest your drink on the marble table, let your gaze span the city below and get lost in the possibilities.
Thompson San Antonio – San Antonio, TX
After opening its doors in February 2021, Thompson is one of San Antonio’s youngest businesses and joins the businesses that make up the city’s famous Riverwalk. Thompson’s rooftop terrace is a private attraction with The Moon’s Daughters, a restaurant and bar supervised by chef Robert Cantu. Take in a scattered view of Downtown from the outdoor seating, sample from the modern Mediterranean menu, and enjoy one of Texas’ newest and most exclusive evening experiences. Do not miss the DJ sets on the weekends along with a myriad of pop-up events that take place throughout the year!
Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Savannah – Savannah, GA
Peregrine at the Perry Lane Hotel serves fresh meals, creative cocktails and a selection of globally sourced wines and is an introduction to Savanna’s smart side; the city has a way of mixing its rich history with an ever-evolving local culture. The hotel’s pool makes just this roof terrace more than just the view, inviting you to cool off surrounded by tropical greenery and the towers of the historic quarter. Enjoy uninterrupted cocktail service, lounge furniture and tranquil surroundings where your comfort is a priority. In a contemporary twist on Southern hospitality, Peregrin strives to bring you a slice of Savannah luxury without missing a beat.
Prince Waikiki – Honolulu, HI
Prince Waikiki’s central urban location creates an alluring contrast to the exclusive yet secluded feel of the Muliwai Deck. The furnished pool terrace on the fifth floor contains a salt water and an infinity pool along with private cabanas. Poolside seating is just steps away from Hinana Bar and its selection of island-inspired cocktails and refreshments. The evenings are filled with live music, pastel skies and views of Ala Wai Harbor. Near Honolulu’s best shopping, dining, and nightlife, Prince Waikiki gives you the flexibility to spend a day out and a night in, or vice versa. Casual yet elegant, Muliwai Deck, Hinana Bar and Prince Waikiki’s additional restaurants and common areas have all the facilities you need to make the hotel a destination in itself.
SANT’OLINA at The Beverly Hilton – Beverly Hills, CA.
Led by chefs Burt Bakman, Michael Teich and David Johns, Sant’olina at the Beverly Hilton defines the hotel’s rooftop experience with a blend of traditional Mediterranean-Israeli recipes, garnished with a Californian approach. In partnership with the H.Wood Group, the restaurant complements panoramic views of Los Angeles and Beverly Hilton’s history. Fresh ingredients, emphasis on vegetables and beverages added to the fruit essence and spirits on top means that your experience does not end with dinner; stay through the evening for chic cocktails and live DJ sets that take place Thursday-Sunday.
Ning Salon at The Peninsula New York – New York, NY
The Peninsula Hotel is located on Fifth Avenue and Fifty-5th Street and is back in operation after a 14-month closure, giving you the chance to experience it first-hand from a new perspective. The hotel’s rooftop terrace, Salon de Ning, stands alone as one of the city’s most coveted nightlife venues, and in the autumn, the salon’s west terrace reveals its metamorphosis into Chalet de Ning. The seasonal makeover makes the terrace an eating and drinking retreat with Swiss Alps, with a menu inspired by Swiss cuisine and two heated domes in anticipation of the winter weather. One thing that remains the same, however, is the view of Manhattan that gives Salon de Ning its pronounced reputation as a leading Midtown must-see at any time of the year.
Rooftop Sky Villas at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection – Los Cabos, MX
Chileno Bay Resorts Sky Villas takes the idea of patio tension to a whole new level with a rooftop terrace designed to suit groups of family and friends. With a prime location in Los Cabos, Mexico, Sky Villas include fully equipped kitchens, spacious planning and play areas, rooftop terraces, private pools and fireplaces. The hotel’s highest points become yours as you meander between the outdoors and indoors and glistening ocean views everywhere. Walk to the resort’s beach to reflect along a sheltered coastline, and return to your villa for a dip in the pool or hot tub when dusk falls. Sharp, clean and angular, Sky Villas can comprise three, four or five bedrooms, ensuring that your temporary home is as much a haven as a five star resort.
At this point, hopefully you imagine yourself looking out over a sky-high balcony, enjoying a sunset, sunrise, or standstill in between. A busy roof terrace is a rare but worth pulling when choosing your next resort, especially if you are extra aware that summer is slowly wrapping up. Hovering over a skyline is a feeling like no other, especially if you have a frozen cocktail in hand and a photo opportunity on the horizon.