Modern travel often means taking to the sky, and increasingly it means staying at hotels in high places. Check in at one of these luxury accommodations located in skyscrapers rising over bustling Asian cities, and you’ll get beautifully designed rooms, transcendent spa treatments and breezy sipping spots – but it’s the views that you won’t forget.
Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand
Built on the former helipad of a 61-floor office building, Banyan Tree Bangkok’s Moon Bar is one of the most awe-inspiring spots in the city, thanks to its sophisticated vibe, sultry breezes and breathtaking views. Just below it, the hotel’s 327 suites are finished in polished wood and Thai silk in muted hues. Public spaces like the lobby get enhanced with indoor waterfalls, fresh orchids and Thai incense, but the real unwind happens in the Banyan Tree Spa. Over three floors, this legendary wellness destination offers holistic-themed treatments performed by some of Thailand’s most extensively trained therapists. Equally restorative is a swim in the 21st-floor pool, especially as the sun begins to set on surrounding skyscrapers.
Four Seasons Guangzhou, Chinese Mainland
Look up: from the Four Seasons Guangzhou’s 70th-floor lobby, guests will first notice a glass-clad, sky-lit atrium rising an incredible 33 floors to the roof of Guangzhou IFC, the hotel’s home. In the 344 guest rooms, inviting beds, ergonomic workstations and egg-shaped bathtubs are angled to optimise unobstructed floor-to-ceiling views of the Pearl River and local landmarks like the Zaha Hadid-designed Guangzhou Opera House below. Among the hotel’s six restaurants, Catch, offering fusion seafood, is this city’s highest dining spot. Stunning views are also a main feature of Hua Spa on the 69th floor, where you’ll find a 24-hour fitness centre and an infinity pool, too.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, China
It’s the highest spot in the city that has the world’s most skyscrapers. Birds and the occasional helicopter in flight appear near eye level in the guest rooms at Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, which span floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong’s tallest building. It competes in height with surrounding mountains, a sight best appreciated with high-tech telescopes placed in all 50 suites. At Ozone bar, toast the magnificent views of Hong Kong Island with signature cocktails like the Dragontini, made with vodka, yuzu and raspberries, and taste the chocolate tart to feel even closer to heaven. Insiders know to book treatments at the spa after dark to get an even more spectacular view to go with the pampering.
Andaz Tokyo, Japan
Find a slice of zen above the frenzy of Tokyo atop Toranomon Hills, the city’s tallest building. Hyatt’s boutique hotel brand, Andaz, occupies the top seven levels of the 52-storey tower. Views from the 164 guest rooms mesmerise in any direction: south-facing rooms look upon Tokyo Tower while to the north is Tokyo Skytree, the world’s second-tallest structure after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Guests arrive via the 51st-floor lobby, where they find paper partitions and lattice wall panels as decor. Red leather club chairs and meticulously trimmed bonsai trees keep up the Japanese aesthetic at Andaz Tavern, where European dishes are finished with Japanese flavours. Its views are outdone only by those from the Rooftop Bar, a haven of woven cane chaises, cushy daybeds and tropical cocktails.