August is that time of year when it becomes clear that summer isn’t going to last forever, though balmy days and golden evenings might say otherwise. Planning your mid to late summer escape around spending time outdoors is a foolproof way to make sure you catch the best of what the season has to offer. If you’re bent on unwinding and haven’t had the chance yet this summer, consider the luxury rooftop experiences below as opportunities to get the best of any given city, only a short elevator ride away from your room. From fire pits to all day cocktail service, these decks, terraces, and patios are here to keep you feeling on top of the world as you absorb the atmosphere from your new vantage point.
The Mississippi Terrace at Big Cypress Lodge – Memphis, TN
Only a year old, The Terrace is already one of Memphis’ sought-after evening destinations, cementing its place in the city’s vibrant nightlife culture.
Perched on the top of Memphis’ Bass Pro Shops Pyramid, The Mississippi Terrace puts you directly above the Great River as you drink, dine, and relax with the city below at your fingertips. As part of the Big Cypress Lodge, The Terrace evokes the hotel’s luxury interiors outdoors to complement fire pits, a full bar, and a stage for live performances. Big Cypress’ Lookout Restaurant is on site, offering gourmet meals and glass observation decks, and the Terrace serves a full menu of appetizers to top it all off. Pick a spot to catch the Mighty Lights LED bridge light show, sip on a specialty cocktail, and sink into a truly elevated experience.
Rooftop at Torali at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago – Chicago, IL
Chicago’s 12th floor Rooftop at Torali is one of the highlights at the city’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and it’s known as one of the best spots for aerial view of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. Highly urban and frequented by locals, Torali is less waterfront oasis and more downtown sharp, with chic decor, modern cocktails, and shared Italian plates that make it a great choice for meetups, networking, and a taste of Chicago’s nightlife social scene. Rest your drink on the marble counter, let your gaze span the city below and get lost in the possibilities.
Thompson San Antonio – San Antonio, TX
Having opened its doors in February 2021, The Thompson is one of San Antonio’s youngest ventures, joining the businesses that make up the city’s famed Riverwalk. The Thompson’s rooftop is an attraction of its own, featuring The Moon’s Daughters, a restaurant and bar overseen by chef Robert Cantu. Take in sprawling Downtown views from the outdoor seating, sample from the modern Meditarranean menu, and enjoy one of Texas’ newest and most exclusive evening experiences. Don’t miss DJ sets on the weekends, along with a myriad of pop-up events taking place throughout the year!
Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Savannah – Savannah, GA
Serving fresh meals, creative cocktails and an array of globally sourced wine, Peregrin at the Perry Lane Hotel is an introduction to Savanna’s chic side; the city has a way of blending its rich history with an ever-evolving local culture. The hotel pool makes this particular rooftop about more than just the views, inviting you to cool down surrounded by tropical greenery and the steeples of the historic district. Enjoy uninterrupted cocktail service, lounge furniture, and a serene setting where your comfort is a priority. In a contemporary twist on Southern hospitality, Peregrin strives to bring you a slice of Savannah’s luxuries without missing a beat.
Prince Waikiki – Honolulu, HI
Prince Waikiki’s centered urban location strikes an alluring contrast with the exclusive but secluded feel of Muliwai Deck. The furnished fifth-floor pool deck includes a saltwater and infinity pool, along with private cabanas. The poolside seating is only steps away from Hinana Bar and its selection of island inspired cocktails and refreshers. Evenings are filled with live music, pastel skies and views of Ala Wai Harbor. In close proximity to Honolulu’s best shopping, dining and nightlife, the Prince Waikiki gives you the flexibility to spend a day out and a night in, or vice versa. Casual but nonetheless elegant, Muliwai Deck, Hinana Bar, and Prince Waikiki’s additional restaurants and common areas have all the amenities 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 medley of traditional Meditarranean- Israeli recipes, garnished with a California-style approach. In partnership with the H.Wood Group, the restaurant complements panoramic views of Los Angeles and the Beverly Hilton’s storied history. Fresh ingredients, an emphasis on vegetables, and drinks infused with fruit essence and top notch spirits make sure your experience won’t end with dinner; stay through the evening for crafty cocktails and live DJ sets happening Thursday-Sunday.
Salon de Ning at The Peninsula New York – New York, NY
Located on Fifth Avenue and Fifty-fifth Street, The Peninsula Hotel is back in business after a 14-month closure, giving you the chance to experience it firsthand from a fresh perspective. The hotel’s rooftop bar, Salon de Ning stands on its own as one of the city’s most desirable nightlife venues and this Fall, the Salon’s West Terrace will unveil its metamorphosis into Chalet de Ning. The seasonal makeover turns the terrace into a Swiss-Alps themed dining and drinking retreat, with a Swiss-cuisine inspired menu and two heated domes in anticipation of winter weather. One thing that remains the same, however, are the Manhattan views that give the Salon de Ning its pronounced reputation as a premier Midtown must-see any time of year.
Rooftop Sky Villas at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection – Los Cabos, MX
Chileno Bay Resort’s Sky Villas take the idea of terrace thrill to an entirely new level with rooftop accommodations designed to fit groups of family and friends. With a prime location in Los Cabos, Mexico, the Sky Villas include full kitchens, spacious areas to plan and play, rooftop decks, private pools, and fireplaces. The hotel’s highest points become yours as you meander between outdoor and indoor, glimpsing ocean views throughout. Head to the resort’s beach to reflect along a protected shoreline, and return to your villa for a dip in the pool or hot tub as dusk falls. Crisp, clean and angular, the Sky Villas can include three, four, or five bedrooms, making sure your temporary home is as much a sanctuary as it is a five-star resort.
By this time, you’re hopefully imagining yourself looking out over a sky high balcony, enjoying a sunset, sunrise, or the downtime bliss in between. A bustling rooftop is a rare but worthwhile draw to seek out when choosing your next resort, especially if you’re extra conscious of summer slowly wrapping up. Floating above a skyline is a feeling like no other, especially if you have a frozen cocktail in hand and a photo opportunity on the horizon.