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The Ultimate Restaurant Guide for Private Jet Travelers - Part 2 - Europe, the Middle East & Africa
 
 
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Read Part 1 - The Americas list

While all of the restaurants on this list are worth a visit in their own right, in putting it together I had some very specific ideas. The basic premise was to be helpful to those of you who enjoy nice dining with great views when you travel, but aren’t traveling to dine with some “must have” restaurant in mind, although there are plenty on the list. 
 
My list is designed for those of you who are often in one place for only a couple of days and trying to maximize your time. So, the first requirement was that each venue was located in a hotel. While it did not need to be a 5-star hotel as that varies from city to city, it needed to be at least 4-stars, a quality boutique or lifestyle property with worthwhile suites for you to bed down in. Some cities have a bounty of options. Others were a struggle, and in some places, I couldn’t find any. 
 
The reason I wanted to focus on hotel venues is when traveling on a hectic schedule - for business or pleasure - sometimes it’s just invaluable to be able to dine in the place you are staying. Instead of leaving a half hour or more in advance to get somewhere in traffic, hopping in an elevator and heading to the roof can be a big stress reducer, sort of like flying privately. 
 
I wanted a rooftop, top or high-floor restaurants underscoring the word restaurant. There is no shortage of bars and lounges, but I wanted places with real dining tables and full menus, a place you can either have a personal evening or would work for business meals with partners, clients or colleagues. No dining on couches while holding small plates with people splashing you with their drinks as they squeeze by! 
 
Lastly, I also wanted either fine or fun dining with the focus on quality, and I wanted places with great views - skylines, sunsets, oceans, rivers, pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, something memorable to go along with the food, that combined with your company or closing the deal will make the night even more memorable. 
 
To make it all manageable for you, the list is divided into three installments, starting last week with The Americas, then this week off to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East and finally Asia/Pacific. Each region is listed alphabetically by city, so it’s not a ranking, just a list of restaurants I hope you end up enjoying as you travel. 

As you will see, I had some help in putting the list together, so feel free to drop me a line if you think I missed something worth adding next time around. Cheers and bon appetit!

I hope all of your travels are amazing!

All the best,

Doug Gollan

Founder/Editor
dougollan@dgamazingexperiences.com



 
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Table of Contents 

A.     Private Aviation Headlines
B.     Before You Buy Reports - Jets, Yachts, Villas
Best Hotel Rooftop and Skyscrapers Restaurants - Europe, the Middle East and Africa (not a ranking - alphabetical by city)
1.  Abu Dhabi, Ray’s Grill, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
2.  Amsterdam, Ciel Bleu, Okura Hotel
3.  Athens, GB Roof Garden, Hotel Grand Bretagne
4.  Bahrain, Re Asian Cuisine, Four Seasons
5.  Belgrade, Mama Shelter, Mama Hotel
6.  Berlin, Hugos, Hotel InterContinental 
7.  Berlin, SkyKitchen, Andel’s Hotel Berlin
8.  Cape Town, Granary Café, The Silo
9.  Cairo, The Roof Top, Kempinski Nile Hotel
10. Cairo, Revolving Restaurant, Grand Nile Tower
11. Cairo, Upper Deck, Four Seasons Nile Plaza
12. Copenhagen, Sticks’n’Sushi, Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center
13. Copenhagen, Sukaiba, AC Hotel Bella Sky
14. Doha, Al Matbakh, Arumaila Boutique Hotel
15. Doha, Zengo, The Kempinski Residences
16. Dubai, Al Muntha, Burj Al Arab
17. Dubai, Mix by Alain Ducasse, Kempinski Emerald Palace
18. Dubai, Prime68, JW Marriott Marquis
19. Dubai, Namu, V Hotel by Curio
20. Dubai, At.mosphere, Armani Hotel
21. Florence, B-Roof, Baglioni Grand Hotel
22. Florence, SeSto, Westin Excelsior
23. Geneva, Izumi, Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues
24. Hamburg, Heritage Restaurant, Le Meridien
25. Istanbul, Mikla, The Marmara Pera Hotel
26. Istanbul, Spago, The St. Regis
27. Istanbul, Le Fumoir, Georges Hotel
28. Istanbul, Safran Restaurant, Ceylan InterContinental
29. Jerusalem, Rooftop Restaurant, Mamilla Hotel
30. Johannesburg, View, Four Seasons The Westcliff
31. Johannesburg, Flames, Four Seasons, The Westcliff
32. Johannesburg, San Deck, Sandton Sun Hotel
33. Kuwait City, Sintoho, Four Seasons
34. Lisbon, Rossio, Altos Avenida Hotel
35. London, Aqua Shard, Shangri-la (same building)
36. London, Aviary, The Montcalm Royal London House
37. London, Radio Rooftop, ME Hotel
38. Milan, Ristorante Armani, Armani Hotel
39. Monte Carlo, Le Grill, Hotel de Paris
40. Moscow, Conservatory Restaurant, Park Hyatt
41. Munich, The Terrace, Mandarin Oriental (seasonal)
42. Munich, Brunch in the Sky, Hilton On The Park (Sundays only) 
43. Nairobi, The View, Movenpick Hotel & Residences
44. Oslo, The Roof Foodbar, The Thief Hotel
45. Paris, L’Oisseau Blanc, The Peninsula
46. Porto, The Yeatman, The Yeatman Hotel
47. Prague, Zlata Praha, InterContinental Hotel
48. Reykjavik, Grillio, Radisson Blu Saga Hotel
49. Rome, La Pergola, Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
50. Rome, Le Terrazza, Hotel Eden
51. Rome, Mirabelle, Hotel Splendide Royal
52. Rome, Imago, Hassler Roma Hotel
53. Venice, Terrazza Danieli, Hotel Danieli
54. Vienna, Le Ciel by Toni Morwald, Grand Hotel Wien 
55.  Executive Security Reports
56.  Jet Card Insider Reports
57.  Best Of DG Amazing Experiences Library



A.  Private Aviation Headlines

1.   Vista Global refinances with $550 million in senior, unsecured bonds
2.   Solairus Aviation's revamped Altitude jet card offers industry best minimums for super mids and large-cabin jets
3.    How to make sure you aren’t flying on an illegal charter
4.    Magellan re-launches jet cards with no peak surcharges, Phenom 300
5.    Ultra-long-range-charters buck Europe’s bizav decline
6.   NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes re-signs with Airshare
7.    Jet Card Insider: Why Delta Private Jets is a program you should get to know
8.    Airstream Jets posts one-week sale
9.    Jet Card Insider: If you think you know JetSuite you don’t know JetSuite
10.   JetSuite launches a travel agency partnership providing total travel services for its clients
11.   Priester Aviation, Starflight Aviation jet cards added to PJCC comparisons
12.   CNBC reports the FBI and U.S. Attorney has questioned JetSmarter customers
13.   NetJets, Flexjet, VistaJet - Comparing the branded large cabin options
14.   Is NetJets worth the price?




Jet Card Buyer’s Tips

1.  Buyer’s Tip #1  Know the company behind your program
2.  Buyer’s Tip #2  Fixed rates or dynamic pricing?
3.  Buyer’s Tip #3  Do I need guaranteed availability?
4.  Buyer’s Tip #4  Make sure your program’s Primary Service Area matches your flight
5.  Buyer’s Tip #5  What you need to know about Peak Days
6.  Buyer’s Tip #6  Roundtrip and one-way pricing




B.  Before You Buy Reports

1.  Before you charter a superyacht
2.  Before you rent a villa
3.  Before you charter a private jet
4.  Before you buy a jet card


The Ultimate List of Hotel Rooftop and Skyscraper Restaurants - Europe, Middle East, and Africa
 
 
Sometimes you want to enjoy the city you are in, you want a good meal and a great view, but you don’t want or don’t have the time to get out of your hotel and go halfway across town. In this second of three parts we profile city rooftop restaurants with haute and fun cuisine housed in hotels, so your bed is a mere elevator ride away. This issue features our list covering Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, then Asia/Pacific to follow. For our Americas list, click here.

What were the criteria to be included on the list?
 
- Had to be a full-service restaurant - not just a bar or lounge
- Had to be in a 4/5-star/lifestyle hotel with great suites you can bed down in
- Had to be rooftop or high floor with spectacular and memorable views
- Had to provide a fantastic dining experience equal to the views

1. Abu Dhabi, Ray’s Grill, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers


Located on Level 63, this contemporary steakhouse offers stunning 360° views of Abu Dhabi and the Arabian Gulf. Start with oysters or pan-seared foie gras then Smoked Lamb Shank with Creamed Cabbage and Crispy Bacon; Beef Wellington with Truffled Celeriac Purée, Grilled Asparagus, Red Wine Sauce; or Seafood Mixed Grill of Kingfish, Lobster, Yellow Fin Tuna, Salmon, Grilled Oysters, and Jumbo Shrimp. 

2. Amsterdam, Ciel Bleu, Okura Hotel


Several of our contributors point us to this Dutch treat. Two Michelin stars mark Chefs Onno Kokmeijer and Arjan Speelman menus which provide a different perspective of this favorite. Guide inspectors write, "At Ciel Bleu visitors can expect a spectacle: the view of the city is fantastic and the modern elegance of the decor is a feast for the eyes. The technically accomplished chef reveals his true character, producing an astonishing variety of international cuisine, surprising in its creativity and unexpected combinations of flavors."

3. Athens, GB Roof Garden, Hotel Grand Bretagne



Michelin writes, “Set on the 8th floor of the Grande Bretagne hotel, this elegant rooftop restaurant offers spectacular views across Syntagma Square towards The Acropolis. Sunny, modern Mediterranean cooking uses fresh ingredients and is accompanied by an extensive wine list. Service is smooth and efficient.” We agree. The view is breathtaking as you look out on such historical sites. A top pick by Wine Spectator fours years in a row it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

4. Bahrain, Re Asian Cuisine, Four Seasons


Time Out Bahrain writes, Last year, this high-end fusion Asian restaurant scooped our most prestigious accolade – Restaurant of the Year – and this year it scoops the Best Asian award. And deservedly so. Since opening, the restaurant has introduced a new kind of fine-dining to the island, with an expert kitchen team, trained by notable celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, transforming regional classics into refined, beautifully flavored and elegantly presented dishes. From the contemporary, 50th floor setting to the highly professional servers and buzzing atmosphere, re Asian Cuisine continues to set standards high on Bahrain’s restaurant landscape. This year, the team has also launched a leisurely Saturday brunch experience which is excellent. In general, a dining experience here is pricey, but for special occasions, this restaurant comes highly recommended and is certainly one to visit.

5. Belgrade, Mama Shelter, Mama Hotel


Located on the 4th-floor roof, the Mama Shelter restaurant offers a culinary experience inspired by the Serbian traditions, simple, tasty and generous.
Find its gigantic bar in the heart of the room, its opened kitchen and a wood-fired oven pizzeria. Name by Forbes as one of Europe’s best new rooftop restaurants, 
its 5,000 sq. ft. the terrace overlooks the city and offers an exceptional view. It also offers an outdoor bar, a giant table football, tennis table, and a spectacular braseiro.

6. Berlin, Hugos, Hotel InterContinental



The one Michelin star Hugos Restaurants on the 14th floor of Hotel Intercontinental in Berlin-Tiergarten guests will experience the perfect combination of panorma, food, and service. Reserve one of three private dining rooms, each with a different view - east, west or south. West looking at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is pictured above. Choose a four, six or eight-course tasting menu.

7. Berlin, SkyKitchen, Andel’s Hotel Berlin


Michelin writes, “It is worth making your way out to Lichtenberg to sample the voyage culinaire on offer on the 12th floor of Andel's Hotel. The 3- to 11-course set menu showcases a creative, modern cuisine full of contrasts with local and international influences. The setting is relaxed yet stylishly chic, and the view is wonderful. The Skybar is two floors further up."

8. Cape Town, Granary Cafe, The Silo


A pick from Embark Beyond CEO Jack Ezon, Conde Nast Traveler writes, "Colorful artworks from the collection hang in the ground floor entrance and around the hotel, including commissioned pieces by Frances Goodman, Jody Paulsen, and Pierre Carl Vermeulen. From there, you shoot up to the reception on the sixth floor and the hotel’s Granary Café, where you get an eyeful of the waterfront on one side and Table Mountain on the other through the building’s huge “pillowed” window bays by U.K. industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick. You’ll also get a sampling of the brashly eclectic interior design overseen by owner Liz Biden (think colorful silk fabrics, European and Asian antiques, African art, and industrial details)."

9. Cairo, The Roof Top, Kempinski Nile Hotel


Located on Floor 11 The Roof Top is Kempinski Nile Hotel's open-air dining venue above the River Nile and positioned as the sun sets on the horizon. The menu is limited compared to other restaurants in the hotel, but there are freshly prepared mezze trays presenting local ingredients, and you can order from the menus of other restaurants in the hotel, including the specialty beef shawarma. Most of all you have the views.

10. Cairo, Revolving Restaurant, Grand Nile Tower


This is the former Grand Hyatt now trading as Grand Nile Tower and it offers some of the best views you will find of Cairo. It rotates 360 degrees in 75 minutes, bringing the Pyramids, the Nile River, and the entire city into view. It offers French cuisine with a show kitchen. 

11. Cairo, Upper Deck, Four Seasons Nile Plaza


With table seating and a menu that includes salmon filet, sea bass with lemon butter sauce, surf and turf and a full sushi bar as well as sandwiches and salads, despite its name, Upper Deck Lounge makes our restaurant list with its floor to ceiling glass windows and rooftop views.

12. Copenhagen, Sticks’n’Sushi, Tivoli Hotel


Situated on top of Tivoli Hotel & Congress Centre in Central Copenhagen, this large restaurant, with stunning views, a rooftop terrace, and cocktail bar, can accommodate groups up to 85 people for dinner. On the casual and fun side of the dining spectrum, Sticks'n'Sushi also has a wide range of meat, from free-range chicken, veal and wagyu beef to sustainably caught fish and organic pork. They also make vegetarian and vegan food and use as much organic produce, as they can. The hotel has some decent suites, and is modern, not luxury, but good if you are there for a night and want a fun place to host your Danish team or partners.

13. Copenhagen, Sukaiba, AC Hotel Bella Sky


On the 23rd floor, 76 meters above ground level, restaurant and bar Sukaiba Copenhagen is a new restaurant and bar experience in 2018 based on sustainability and local ingredients. Guests can choose from an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner alike and making room for both light meals and more 'all-round' food experiences.

14. Doha, Al Matbakh, Arumaila Boutique Hotel


Part of Bill Heinecke’s Minor Hotel Group, the Arumaila Boutique Hotel is host to this rooftop Indian restaurant which offers sunset views of Doha’s skyscraper filled skyline in the new Souq Watif complex. Qatar Living recommends, "Nalli Nahari, lamb shanks braised in old Delhi spiced gravy, which had been cooking to perfection for six hours prior to our arrival.” It says, "Overall, Al Matbakh is the North Indian experience you’ve been looking for. You will get all the old favorites with a few new items. The menu is simple and effective, and each dish is crafted with passion that translates into the flavor.” 

15. Doha, Zengo, The Kempinski Residences


Inspired by the world travels of Chef Richard Sandoval and the ancient spice routes from Asia to the Far East, Zengo’s menu offers a unique spin on authentic Pan-Asian cuisine. The menu ranges from sushi, sashimi and hand-crafted dim sum to curry dishes, grilled entrees, and wok dishes. Hand-muddled mocktails, with a focus on Asian flavors, complement the diverse menu. I Love Qatar writes, "Zengo is an Asian inspired restaurant located on the 61st floor (with) panoramic views of the sea and Doha cityscape. The menu offers a large variety of Asian dishes including sushi, tempura, dim sum, and stir-fries. The dumplings are a popular item!"

16. Dubai, Al Muntha, Burj Al Arab


At the top of perhaps one the world's most iconic hotel 200 meters above the Gulf waters, modern French cuisine accompanies your 27th-floor view. You have “the entire (Dubai) skyline right in front of you,” says Vista Global chairman Thomas Flohr.

17. Dubai, Mix by Alain Ducasse, Kempinski Emerald Palace


Mary Gostelow of The Gostelow Report says, "An impressive and stunningly beautiful place to dine, both in the setting and food presentation." Mix by Alain Ducasse pays tribute to the local produce. Surprisingly perhaps, it’s the first restaurant of the famous chef in the United Arab Emirates and also the largest in his restaurant group. It is zoned to create an intimate, welcoming atmosphere. Spread over three floors, guests have an option to enjoy al fresco dining on the sixth-floor rooftop, surrounded by views of the sea and The Palm Jumeirah. There is a private chef’s table hidden from view in the central dome of the Palace, where you ascend in a private elevator. 

18. Dubai, Prime68, JW Marriott Marquis


Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the glossy white interiors of Prime68 with natural light. Located on the 68th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis if you want steaks with your view, this is the place. In fact, it won the best steakhouse from Awards Dubai, Food & Travel Arabia, Time Out Dubai, and the World Travel Awards. There are also private dining rooms seating up to 15 (above) so good for group business dinners.
 
19. Dubai, Namu, V Hotel by Curio

Located on the 31st floor of the V Hotel (formerly the W Hotel) in Dubai's Al Habtoor City CNN named it as one of its “Best rooftop and sky-high restaurants in the world.” Dubai’s only licensed Korean restaurant, according to TimeOut Dubai, Namu is “taking the open kitchen concept to a whole new level (featuring) a square island with four live stations, each focusing on methods incorporating either steam, action, fire or ice."

20. Dubai, At.mosphere, Armani Hotel


Award-winning travel journalist Julia Assad likes At.Mosphere Restaurant in the Burj Khalifa, which while not in the hotel, it is just an elevator ride up from the Armani Hotel. This is “the place” for eating at the top of the world. Perched at the 122 floors at the World’s highest skyscraper - Burj  Khalifa, this restaurant serves degustation menus. 

21. Florence, B-Roof, Baglioni Grand Hotel


On the fifth floor of the Grand Hotel Baglioni, you can find the restaurant B-Roof, where you can enjoy haute cuisine with a panoramic view of Florence's skyline. You will feel like you can almost touch Brunelleschi's dome and Giotto's Tower. The restaurant is also the ideal setting for events of all kinds, especially receptions, ceremonies and weddings, thanks to the versatility of the spaces, the multi-level terraces, the trellises, and the typical wrought-iron balustrades. Blogger Wandering Eater writes, "The food satisfied my stomach and craving for Tuscan fare. The service was very courteous and friendly. But the things that really take this experience to another level was my eyes being fed by the marvelous vistas from my table and the unparalleled views of Florence if you are able to go to the outdoor terrace."

22. Florence, SeSto, Westin Excelsior


Michelin says, "Situated on the sixth floor of the Westin Excelsior hotel, this modern, designer-style restaurant is the jewel in the hotel's crown. While the view of Florence through the large windows is stunning enough in winter, in summer the superb terrace gives guests the impression of flying above the city. Imaginative cuisine with robust flavors created by an experienced and highly skilled chef.” I’ve stayed at the hotel. It’s a solid choice.

23. Geneva, Izumi, Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues


Geneva is turning Japanese at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues over Izumi, its rooftop Nippon restaurant with picture perfect views of Mont Blanc, the old city, its eponymous lake and the gurgling Rhone River directly below. While the city has strong competition in the luxury hotel sector, the rooftop view is definitely a point in favor of staying here. 

24. Hamburg, Heritage Restaurant, Le Meridien


Chef Rasmus Schulte Rahde and his team serve steaks, fish. Michelin inspectors say, "Heritage offers a fantastic view of the River Alster and appetizing cuisine to boot. Menu options include international dishes such as the North Sea turbot with black beluga lentils and lime Hollandaise sauce, as well some delicious smelling (thanks to the 800° US Southbend Broiler) prime mature steaks."

25. Istanbul, Mikla, The Marmara Pera Hotel


Located on the rooftop floor of the Marmara Pera design hotel, “Mikla is urban, sleek and stylish. The restaurant is funky retro with chrome ’70s and 50’s furniture and a stunning wooden rail-sleepers bar,” says Newsweek, adding, "The magical views over the city stretch to the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace where you almost travel back through time to the heart of the Old Istanbul.” The restaurant is funky retro with chrome ’70s and 50’s furniture.
Both the menu and the general feel of the restaurant reflect the Turkish-Scandinavian background of Mehmet Gürs, the Chef-Owner. It’s ranked #44 on World’s Best 50 Restaurants in 2018.

26. Istanbul, Spago, The St. Regis


Crowning The St. Regis Istanbul, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant combines stunning views of Maçka Park and the Bosphorus with warm, contemporary design and original artwork. A distinctive white, ribbed vaulted ceiling unfolds onto floor-to-ceiling glass, connecting an intimate dining room with a spectacular lounge. A zinc and leather-topped bar anchors the lounge and frames the exhibition appetizer kitchen, which invites guests to observe our chefs in action. The linear spaces are further defined by beautiful, intricately patterned wood plank and inlaid mosaic.

27. Istanbul, Le Fumoir, Georges Hotel


Wallpaper named Georges Hotel to its list of best business hotels, and its Le Fumoir restaurant is considered as one of the best French restaurants in Istanbul. Le Fumoir is ideal for lunch or dinner, and there’s soft jazz playing in the background. The rooftop terrace offers a stunning view of Bosphorus and Golden Horn.

28. Istanbul, Safran Restaurant, Ceylan InterContinental 


Safran Restaurant on the top floor of the Intercontinental Hotel offers incredible rooftop views of the palaces and mosques glittering on the Bosphorus. Live classical Fasıl music adds the finishing touch to an authentic atmosphere. Academie Internationale de la Gastronomie awarded Safran Restaurant for its Turkish and Ottoman cuisine with the sophisticated setting. If you are looking for a fine dining environment with a view, this is a good pick.

29. Jerusalem, Rooftop Restaurant, Mamilla Hotel


Mamilla’s Rooftop restaurant offers a large and varied menu for both lunch and dinner, featuring fresh natural ingredients infused in simple cooking; from grilled meat and fish dishes, fresh salads and pasta, to a selection of yummy desserts. Says Michael Holtz, CEO of luxury travel agency SmartFlyer, “There is a great chef, fresh ingredients, and beautiful views of the old city."

30. Johannesburg, View, Four Seasons The Westcliff


The Four Seasons Hotels The Westcliff makes our list for its elevated hillside position. A suburban 5-star hotel View (and Flames below) both offer incredible 240-degree views of the city. View serves contemporary dishes, and EATOut says, "At View, the food – and not the chef – is the star. The seasonal menu offers refined and honest contemporary cuisine – a richly satisfying experience with delicacies like crayfish and foie gras. View’s urban chic interior opens out onto a sunset terrace, where diners can take in sweeping views of vibrant Johannesburg.”

31. Johannesburg, Flames, Four Seasons The Westcliff


EATOut describes the menu as "fusion with Asian, Italian and Thai influences and flavors. Start off your meal with three light salads – the shaved vegetable salad with beetroot, carrots and chia seeds comes with a perfectly poached runny egg, which has a crispy batter. There’s a Thai-inspired soup with mussels, line fish, prawns, Asian sausage and udon noodles. The Kudu carpaccio is served with grilled zucchini, artichoke, and roasted hazelnuts – just the right flavors to prepare your appetite for mains. Also worth trying is the apple-and-fennel cured salmon with lime, buttermilk, rye toast ,and rooibos vinaigrette."

32. Johannesburg, San Deck, Sandton Sun Hotel


Rooftop Guide says, "San Deck Bar and Restaurant is all-day dining and drinking rooftop terrace, situated on the 6th floor of the fabulous five stars Sandton Sun Hotel. Located north of the city center, this large venue offers several unique outdoor spaces and a lovely view over Johannesburg’s economic and lifestyle hub skyline. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the cuisine being a fresh take on South African flavors and served as both sliders, sharing plates and full meals. The drink menu also takes inspiration from the local, with a wide selection of South African beer, wines, and spirits, that are also mixed into signature SAN cocktails."

33. Kuwait City, Sintoho, Four Seasons


Sintoho in the Four Seasons offers panoramic city views high above Kuwait City with a mix of flavors from Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo for a pan-Asian feast.

34. Lisbon, Rossio, Altos Avenida Hotel


We found Rossio via Lindsey Ueberroth, the CEO of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Forbes writes, "The rooftop restaurant at the Altis Avenida hotel is worth a visit for the rooftop views over the beautifully tiled square of Restauradores. If the weather allows (it usually does), insist on a table on the terrace. Chef João Correia is proud of the fact that his robust, rustic cuisine is inspired not by fine dining but by his grandmother’s cooking in the central province of Ribatejo. There’s no use of liquid nitrogen or spherified anything, just a desire to feed people well."

35. London, Aqua Shard, Shangri-la
 

Aqua Shard is not actually part of the Shangri-la hotel, but it is in the same building, thus it makes our list. Located the 31st floor, the restaurant serves innovative contemporary British cuisine paired with spectacular London views. Gayot writes, “Aqua Shard offers views over London from the 31st floor of Europe's highest building, and an interior done in a purple and grey color scheme with comfortable banquettes covered with Liberty print. Add to all these dishes using seasonal local ingredients and a dash of exotic flavors and you have a winner. Potted rabbit comes with baby vegetable pickles and rosemary toast; roast halibut is accompanied by charred onion, confit orange peel and nasturtium leaves with passion fruit and honey dressing adding a sweet note. Or go for roasted Cornish lamb loin with carrots, mint yogurt and puffed rice. Desserts range from salted caramel chocolate mousse with crispy Mandarin to poached pear with honey sponge and ricotta, and there’s a good selection of British cheeses as well.”
 
36. London, Aviary, The Montcalm Royal London House


Conde Nast Traveller writes, "There’s something pretty special about taking in panoramic views of Finsbury Square and the City.” Think local, sustainably sourced products all fresh by the day. In addition to coal oven steaks, you’ll find roast fillet of Peterhead cod, Jerusalem artichoke, apple, shitake mushrooms, hazelnut butter or fillet of red deer, cauliflower, shallot, pickled walnuts, salsa verde.

37. London, Radio Rooftop, ME Hotel


Blogger Heroine in Heels reports, "Radio is a rooftop restaurant bar above the ME Hotel. It’s got a bit of a reputation of the kind of place where the cool kids hang out. Leggy blondes taking Instagram photos, and men in Gucci slippers sipping champagne in the sun. However, for all its cool kid vibe, it’s surprisingly welcoming for us regular folk. This mix is perfect though, as it means I get to indulge in a bit of people watching.”  Aside from the views, there is a variety of Mediterranean inspired dishes. 

38. Milan, Ristorante Armani, Armani Hotel


Michelin notes Ristorante Armani, stating, "Elegant and carefully prepared contemporary cuisine served on the seventh floor of a palazzo which is totally dedicated to the world of Armani. Superb views of Milan combine with a decor of black marble and backlit onyx to create an exclusive and fashionable ambiance."

39. Monte Carlo, Le Grill, Hotel de Paris


Located on the 8th floor of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Le Grill offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Mediterranean. The roof opens entirely, so you can enjoy lunch in the sun and dinner under a starry sky on warm days. The cuisine features grilled meats that have built the restaurant’s reputation. The renovations are a return to an illustrious past, the renaissance of a magical place and the promise of an exhilarating experience. Michelin points to its “very good” wine list.

40. Moscow, Conservatory Restaurant, Park Hyatt


Rooftop Guide says, “You get one of the best views in Moscow with stunning sights of the Kremlin and the Bolshoi. Come early to get a table on the outdoor terrace. The decor is rather simple, classy and uncluttered. The rooftop bar at Conservatory Lounge & Bar Terrace serves fabulous cocktails and there is really nice food, both for lunch and dinner.

41. Munich, The Terrace, Mandarin Oriental 


Open during the summer months, The Terrace is one of Munich’s best-kept secrets for al fresco dining or sip cocktails. The newly redesigned terrace features a lounge area with a bar. With Oriental statues and large potted plants, the blue and turquoise design mixes chic Asian touches with a Mediterranean look and feel. Guests will be able to enjoy a menu featuring a mix of Asian, Latin American and Mediterranean delicacies, whilst taking in the stunning view, showing everything from the twin domes of the Munich Cathedral to the undulating Alpine horizon.

42. Munich, Brunch in the Sky, Hilton On The Park


On Sundays only, enjoy a brunch buffet, live cooking from the chefs at Tivoli and gorgeous views of the city at the popular 'Brunch in the Sky' event. Hilton on the Park's Salon Marco Polo, located on the 15th floor of the hotel.

43. Nairobi, The View, Movenpick Hotel & Residences


With a name like The View, you know this has to either be a talk show or restaurant that offers some very impressive perspectives. Movenpick's revolving restaurant on the 24th floor offers 360-degree vistas of the Kenyan capital while you enjoy traditional Swiss specialties. A variety of fondues and veal zurichoise with crisp white table cloths and immaculate settings will make you think you might be in Zurich.

44. Oslo, The Roof Foodbar, The Thief Hotel


Michelin says, "During the summer season Thief FoodBar on The Roof holds its doors open. You’ll enjoy pre-batched cocktails together with sizzling snacks and delightful summer dishes based on the finest seasonal ingredients. With splendid views across the Oslo Fjord and Tjuvholmen, it is the ideal place to be stolen away from everyday life.” You’ll find seating for 100 guests on the deck with the salty fresh air, and a sizzling Josper grill preparing light summer dishes and grilled meats and seafood. Look forward to spring chicken cured in porter beer, malt-marinated beef steak, and tagliatelle alle Vongole, among other delicacies. There are now glass panels and heating that extend the season.

45. Paris, L’Oiseau Blanc, The Peninsula


The Gostelow Report’s Mary Gostelow gives us L’Oiseau Blanc located on the 6th floor of The Peninsula Paris. The restaurant offers French cuisine, highlighting the best national products hand-picked every day at the market. Each week there is a new menu inspired by seasonal ingredients. The aviation-themed interior celebrates flying aces Charles Nungesser and François Coli who attempted to cross the Atlantic in 1927 from Le Bourget.

46. Porto, The Yeatman, The Yeatman Hotel


Of this two-star Michelin restaurant, CNN reports, "Chef Ricardo Costa creates tasting menus that are a contemporary interpretation of traditional Portuguese flavors, and his dishes are always ideal for pairing with The Yeatman's vast collection of local wines.” Michelin adds, "This stylish restaurant has a bright decor combining the classical and the contemporary, as well as phenomenal views of Oporto across the river. The young chef conjures up innovative cuisine showcased via several menus, with dishes based around seasonal ingredients and a superb balance of flavors. The wine cellar is one of the best in Portugal."

47. Prague, Zlata Praha, InterContinental Hotel


Zlatá Praha at the Intercontinental Hotel Prague offers spectacular views over the city by day and a more intimate candlelit atmosphere after sunset. Executive Chef Roman Dolejs and his team use the freshest ingredients available, all sourced from local suppliers. Highlights include a candlelit dinner overlooking the city and Sunday Brunch. Come at sunset for amazing views.

48. Reykjavik, Grillio, Radisson Blu Saga Hotel


Michelin says, "Located at the top of (the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel); the unusual ceiling depicts the zodiac signs but it's the 360° views that will steal your attention, especially at sunset. The young team delivers an array of ambitious Nordic dishes with clear flavors."

49. Rome, La Pergola, Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria


Heinz Beck’s three Michelin star La Pergola in the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria offers stunning views of the of Rome in a classically decorated dining room. Andy Hayler, the only person to have eaten in all Michelin three-star restaurants in a single year says, “Fagotelli carbonara is the restaurant signature dish, and was as good as ever, the liquid filling of the pasta delightful, the seasoning precise. Black cod mash with celery infusion and crust was also excellent, the fish beautifully cooked and the celery having deep flavor.” He adds, “Service was superb from start to finish, as polished as you could wish for.” If you are an oenophile, he notes the wine cellar contains 65,000 bottles of wine, with 3,500 different labels offered on the list.

50. Rome, Le Terrazza, Hotel Eden


A favorite with several of my expert helpers, Le Terrazza brings Michelin star fine dining and spectacular views. Chef Fabio Ciervo is focused on fresh produce and herbs in his bold and native cuisine. Guide inspectors write, "Sitting in the modern, elegant dining room of La Terrazza, your attention is drawn to the spectacular roof-garden restaurant overlooking the city's rooftops. Also competing for your attention is the creative and original cuisine which has a hint of local flavor, although the main influence here is the chef's imagination."

51. Rome, Mirrabelle, Hotel Splendide Royal


Directional Aviation Chairman Kenn Ricci brings us this gem. Michelin writes, "Boasting stunning views from the 7th floor of the Hotel Splendide Royal, Mirabelle offers a selection of local specialties in an elegant setting. An impressive wine cellar includes a range of Italian and international bottles. The Mirabelle has one of the most elegant gourmet terraces in Rome, and in summer, the panoramic terrace transforms into a gorgeous roof garden that offers open-air dining with spectacular views."

52. Rome, Imago, Hassler Roma Hotel


Recommended to us by Ted Teng, CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World, CNN reports, "Perched at the top of the Spanish Steps, this luxury hotel has an unsurpassed view of Rome. The same view is also available from the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant Imàgo, located on the sixth floor, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Naples-born chef Francesco Apreda pays tribute to his experience working in Japan with dishes like blue lobster with hijiki seaweed salad and Parmesan cheese, or risotto with red chicory, Robiola cheese, and coriander seeds. They all combine traditional Italian cuisine with flavors of the East."

53. Venice, Terrazza Danieli, Hotel Danieli


Known as one of the city's most important landmarks, Hotel Danieli is a patrimony of Venetian excellence. Set on Riva Degli Schiavoni, the Luxury Collection property dominates the lagoon and is just steps away from the Bridge of Sighs and the famous monuments of Piazza San Marco. The rooftop restaurant, Terrazza Danieli, is a staple for locals and tourists alike. The venue boasts spectacular views of the Grand Canal complemented by the finest traditional Italian cuisine. Michelin’s inspectors say, “This restaurant boasts breathtaking views of Venice. As is fitting in this historic city, which has long acted as a crossroads between East and West, the menu blends local dishes with exotic spices and flavors. Pleasant alfresco dining on the terrace in summer."

54. Vienna, Le Ciel by Toni Morwald, Grand Hotel 


Michelin writes of its one-star appointment at the top floor of the Grand Hotel Wien, "The atmosphere up on the seventh floor is classically elegant and, quite naturally, the best tables are those on the roof terrace. The kitchens serve distinctive and creative food made using the best quality produce. Attentive service.” 


 
56. Jet Card Insider Reports
1.   Air Partner
2.   Airstream Jets
3.   Flexjet
4.   DashJet
5.   Delta Private Jets (new)
6.   JetSuite (updated)
7.   Jet Aviation
8.   Jet Linx Aviation
9.   Magellan Jets
10. NetJets
11. Private Jet Services (PJS) Group
12. Prive Jets 
13. ProspAir 
14. Sentient Jet (Updated)
15. StraightLine Private Air
16. Wholesale Jet Club
17. Wheels Up (New)
18. XOJET



57. Our Most Popular Special Reports

If you are looking for more ideas and inspiration, check out some of our most popular Special Reports below...

National parks by private jet
 

If you want to see America’s rural beauty, its national parks and dramatic landscapes, but want somebody to take care of all the details, including luxury accommodations and top guides who will escort your own private group, meet Revealed America. Founded in 2010, it has been written up and awarded by the likes of Conde Nast Traveler, Forbes, Sunset Magazine and the Virtuoso network of luxury travel agents. GQ calls it  “how to visit the National Parks without roughing it.” In this issue we present the actual three park, private jet itinerary Revealed America recently executed for a lucky client. Read more...
 
Cuba with your own private jet
 

From driving classic cars to cigars, nightlife, nature and the arts, Cuba has so much to do. Johnny Considine, the Irish owner of Cuba Private Travel, who has been living in Havana for 15 years, has been featured in the likes of the Financial Times, Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler, and The Telegraph. He recently told How To Spend It, “The quality of experience that you can have now in Cuba is top-notch. He can also arrange a tour of the island nation using your own private jet. Read more.
 
Seven hot superyachts for charter this Summer
 

We checked in with Northrop & Johnson’s top brokers to find out which superyachts are hot for the charter market this summer, and in our report are eight picks for both Europe and North America. For each superyacht, you’ll find a summary of length, builder, launch and renovation dates, capacity for guests, number of cabins, range of rates, where each boat will be based for the winter season, minimum charter length, captain as well as a list of toys. Read more...
 
Crystal Esprit is perfect for groups up to 64
 

Crystal Esprit sits in the wide gap between chartering a superyacht and even the smaller luxury cruise ships that take 200-300 passengers. There are 91 crew and 62 guests, and the passenger areas are spread across four decks. 

Explore hidden harbors and out of the way island beaches, swim to shore, splash out on wave runners, water toys and your own private submarine. Crystal Esprit is a 5-star floating resort for just 62 guests. You even can charter the entire yacht for celebrations or meetings. Read more…




 
Tour Italy Like a VVIP By Super Car
 

1000 All’ Ora combines its insider auto industry connections with the best of Italian luxury experiences. They arrange everything from hotels to restaurant reservations, sourcing the specific supercar types you want and accompany your group providing VVIP service. 

They will also video your experience, including filming by drones, providing you with a memorable look back at your adventure. They arrange factory tours and behind the scenes visits to wineries, ateliers and museums. Below is a sample four-day itinerary, but in the end, they will do whatever you want, wherever you want in Italy. Read more…
 
Takeovers in The Bahamas, Costa Rica and Panama


Sometimes you want to take over the entire place. In this issue we look at three private resorts, visiting The Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Panama. Each provides the privacy and personalized service that comes with your own residence, but offer more than a typical villa, and are perfect for friends, family and special events such as wedding and even corporate retreats. Read more
 
A billionaire’s private island resort in Fiji


Laucala Island in Fiji was once the playground of publishing mogul Malcolm Forbes. Now owned by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, it is a private island resort with just 25 oversized villas bringing together high luxury and South Pacific romance in a playground of soft adventure, and even an 18-hole golf course. Each villa is different, designed with an eye to traditional Fijian style and all come with private pools set amidst the palms of coconut plantations, white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and lush green mountains. Read more…
 
Why Waikiki is back as a luxury destination
 

Waikiki is back as a destination for luxury travelers. The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach has joined the Halekulani, Royal Hawaiian and Trump International as 5-star options. But the real change is that both Waikiki and Honolulu have become a destination fit for foodies, adding to the increasing quotient of luxury shopping. Most importantly, and often overlooked, a quick drive to the other side of Oahu and you will find deserted beaches, hiking, biking and all sorts of soft adventure on par with Hawaii’s outer islands.  Read more...
 
Five stunning villas in Los Cabos
 

Located next to One&Only Palmilla, Del Mar Los Cabos is a luxury gated. Expansive homes up to 12,000 sq. ft. are built to the highest standards of construction, and you have your own butler and private chef. Elegant Mexico handles all pre-arrival planning and concierge services. You get your own golf cart, Club Ninety-Six beach club and kids club access, Club Espiritu fitness club and spa, Offsite activity coordination services, in-residence spa services, 24-hour gated security, and 24-hour emergency medical response are all included. Read more...



 
Luxury on the Bund in Shanghai


If you are visiting on leisure or have extra time, or this is your first time coming to Shanghai, The Peninsula should be at the top of your consideration set. It also has a board meeting room with stunning views of The Bund on the west bank Huangpu River. The area is notable for its beautiful waterfront buildings, many of which have been restored. If you are doing a product launch, there is some nice rooftop space, indoors and outside. Read more…
 
Fine and Fun Skyscraper Dining in Bangkok


lebua at State Tower in Bangkok has become the epicenter of Thailand’s move to award-winning internationalizing, with 2-star Michelin restaurant Mezzaluna, Breeze, Sirocco, and soon Chef’s Table under the direction Vincent Thierry of the 3-star Michelin Caprice in Hong Kong. Of course, the nightlife is not restricted to restaurants with a multitude of specialty bars from The Flute A Perrier Jouet and Alfresco 64, a Chivas bar, lebua No. 3, with its caviar shooters and of course the bar that launched a worldwide trend, Skybar (pictured left). Read more...
 
Views of the lake in Geneva
 

In the center of Geneva, convenient to private banks and the United Nations, Hotel D'Angleterre is hotel with a view of Lake Leman, both from its top suites and fine dining restaurant. Part of the Red Carnation group of boutique luxury hotels, each suite and room has its own unique decor. Don’t forget to check out its new cigar lounge. Read more...




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