With ever more skyscrapers sprouting up in cities across Asia, today’s jet-setting travellers are constantly on the lookout for the next new venue offering up the best city views of a destination, from 30, 40 or 50 storeys up. Even better if they can indulge in a delicious meal or sunset cocktail at the same time! The good news is, many of these skyscrapers house 5-star hotels and a plethora of dining options, giving travellers more choice of places to go to soak in the sweeping city views. Here are three skyscraper hotels across Asia Pacific to check out.
Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Thailand
57 storeys, 242m
The gist: Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is located in a 242-metre building, with interiors designed by Hong Kong architect André Fu of renowned design studio AFSO, as well as New York-headquartered design-and-concept firm AvroKO. Rising in a gently undulating wave in the heart of Ratchaprasong, the hotel is walking distance from the business and shopping precincts.
Experience it: Guests can enjoy the views of downtown Bangkok from one of 171 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, while working out at the 16th-floor fitness centre that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, or even during a swim in the outdoor infinity pool. Visitors can head to the top of the building for dinner or drinks – Bull & Bear on the 55th storey specialises in grilled meats and seafood; the glamourous Loft on level 56 serves up cocktails inspired by the legendary Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book; and the hidden Champagne Bar on Level 57 is perfect for intimate conversation – all accompanied by dazzling views of the city.
Conrad Xiamen, China
55 storeys, 300m
The gist: The 300-metre, sail-shaped Conrad Xiamen has been an iconic part of this port city’s skyline since 2016. Conveniently located in the Siming CBD, the tallest Conrad property in the world is also within walking distance of popular attractions and Baicheng Beach. Hotel rooms are located between the 41st and 53rd floors, where guests can enjoy views of Gulangyu island, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, as well as the mountains in the distance.
Experience it: Foodies can indulge in everything from Fujian and Cantonese cuisine and sumptuous seafood to exquisite afternoon tea and innovative cocktails at the hotel’s five restaurants and bars, which all offer outstanding sea views. Coast Bar & Grill deserves special mention as Xiamen’s highest bar. Fifty-four levels up, the stylish Coast Bar provides a lovely setting for an evening tipple whipped up by the resident mixologist.
Hilton Surfers Paradise, Australia
58 storeys, 194m
The gist: The 194-metre Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences made its star-studded mark on Australia’s Gold Coast back in 2011, and it is still one of the tallest skyscrapers dotting the coast. The 169 guest rooms and 220 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom residences have striking floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean, the world-famous Surfers Paradise Beach or the surrounding coastline.
Experience it: Families will make a beeline for The Deck, an oasis comprising four pools, a spa, sauna and picnic and play areas, while business travellers can relax at the 15th-floor Executive Lounge and enjoy 270-degree views of Surfers Paradise. Foodies will be pleased with the recently refreshed Catch restaurant, where executive chef Kathy Tindall has created a mouthwatering menu that features sustainable seafood and subtle Asian touches. Visitors can also head to FIX cocktail bar, whose vintage-style interiors, plush armchairs, comprehensive wine list and contemporary cocktails make it one of the must-visit spots for a great night out.