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Summer’s best rooftop retreats

One of the greatest pleasures of summer in the city? Retreating to a rooftop hideaway, to dine alfresco, drink in the views, or cool off with a swim. We’ve rounded up five exceptional addresses, whether you’re dreaming of a pool with a view or dinner below the stars

View across the Munich skyline from The Terrace rooftop at Mandarin Oriental, Munich

The Terrace at Mandarin Oriental, Munich

For stylish alfresco dining, this slick rooftop restaurant and bar, is open from May to early October. Its glorious wrapround views take in Munich Old Town’s spires and gabled roofs, along with the turreted town hall and twin domes of the cathedral. Sights ticked off, settle into a stylishly low-slung sofa, and consider the polished cocktail list. (You can’t go wrong with a Yuzu-Mule Slushy, or lime-sharpened Mandarin Gimlet.) The opulent east-meets-west vibe extends to the menu, with its fluffy bao buns, feelgood bowls and elegantly plated mains; try the Miso-Marinated Beef Fillet or note-perfect Charred Black Cod.

Chargrilled langoustine dish at Tasca at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Tasca at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Walking into this beachfront address is an experience that you won’t forget easily: think doormen in frock coats and fedoras, and an avenue of crystal-leafed bronze 'trees'. The ace in its sleeve, though, is the rooftop. A glinting infinity pool meets the blue of the Arabian Gulf, while Tasca is the city’s hottest table. Two-Michelin-starred Portuguese chef José Avillez is behind its menu; don’t miss his creamy Tempura Avocado, or the specially-imported Blue Lobster. Wagyu Sirloin, meanwhile, is grilled, pan-fried, or served in the ultimate steak sandwich.

The rooftop pool at Mandarin Oriental, Doha

The Pool at Mandarin Oriental, Doha

Whether you’re into poolside lounging or racking up the lengths, the eighth-floor terrace at Mandarin Oriental, Doha delivers. Curtain-swathed cabanas edge two dreamy rooftop pools; settle into a cushioned daybed with a Mandarin Margarita mocktail, sweetened with Malika, the hotel’s own-label honey. Staff are on hand with fresh towels and cool drinks, while the sun-dappled terrace at Mosaic is perfect for lunch. The view takes in Al Bidda Park and the glittering skyscrapers of West Bay; at sunset, look out for traditional teak dhows, sailing across the bay.

The rooftop pool and bar, Terrat, at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

Terrat at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

A gold lift whisks you up to Barcelona’s most glamorous rooftop, bordered by an elegant, guests-only dipping pool. Bask on a sun-warmed lounger or get an aerial view of the city, including the filigree, fairy-tale spires of Gaudí’s Sagrada Família. The biggest draw, though, is Terrat, masterminded by Peruvian super-chef Gastón Acurio. Enjoy Nikkei Ceviche, perfect maki rolls, and the finest Pisco Sours this side of Lima. Follow the regulars’ example and order the Parmesan Scallops – laced with truffle foam, and far too good to share.

The penthouse suite at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

The Penthouse Suites at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Set between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, this opulent, Edwardian grande dame is the ultimate London crash pad. Waking up to a view of the park is the biggest luxury of all – especially if you’re checked into its ninth-floor penthouse suites, the Mandarin and the Oriental (better still, they can be connected to form a three-bedroom super-suite). It might be a cliché to call a view breathtaking, but the vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows really will take your breath away. Each suite has a private terrace; the best spot in the city for breakfast, backdropped by birdsong from the park.

What to pack

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Whether it's pool-side lounging or early-morning lengths, stand-up paddle boarding or luxuriating in the big blue, these tailored swim shorts from British resortwear brand Orlebar Brown are the perfect fit. In an exclusive collaboration with us, Orlebar Brown has created four unique swim shorts styles featuring images from three of our water-side destinations, Lake Como, Bodrum, and Sanya – plus an extra special pair featuring our iconic Fan logo

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