Five roof terraces guaranteed to give you holiday envy
Hotel roof bars and pools are all well and good, but the roof terrace is private to just you (and whoever's worthy of an invite). Whether you want to host an after party or create a romantic hideaway for two, villa rooftop terraces provide some of the best holiday-porn going:
One of the most unique roof terraces belongs to the La Trasita property in Positano, Italy. The distinctive apartment occupies the top level of a 14th century Saracen tower, complete with a private circular rooftop terrace. Sleeping two people, La Trasita is an exceptional romantic retreat, with curved staircases taking you from one floor to the next and incredible sea views from arched windows.
Set in rock strewn gardens, Ca’n Castello is a fine example of modern architecture with a chic design that heavily features natural elements of stone and wood. Built with glass walls, the exquisite roof terrace makes the most of the 360° panoramic views over the ocean, villa’s private pool and Balearic countryside. The terrace has a docking station – ideal for after parties or recreating the magic of Café del Mar during the day.
Part of the Private Collection at CV Villas, Baraka Point has one of the most enviable roof terraces in the world. The roof terrace runs around the master ‘Mandarin’ suite, and is decked with teak furniture and king-size hammock. The terrace looks out over the villa’s private beach and onto jaw-dropping views of the Caribbean Sea. With an outdoor music system, the terrace is perfect for house parties. Sleeps up to 14 people.
A favourite for honeymooners, Renato’s Tower on the Borgo San Biagio estate in Umbria is an inimitable property with first class views over Italy’s rolling hills and woodland. The rooftop terrace is equipped with loungers and a two metre square hot tub from where you can soak up the scenery. The Renato Tower has a room on each floor and as well as the private hot tub terrace, there’s an open fireplace, and kitchen and bedroom with rustic exposed stone walls. Guests at Renato’s Tower can also enjoy the wider facilities of the Borgo San Biagio estate, including an 18m heated pool and acres of pretty gardens.
A peaceful hideaway right in the midst of the Medina, the Dar Sana riad is a romantic retreat from the markets and chaos of Marrakech. Small but perfectly formed, Dar Sana has a tented roof terrace, complete with dining tables and loungers. Listen to evening prayer from the rooftop, with African lamps creating a gorgeous romantic evening light. Dar Sana is even home to Ali and Nino, two resident tortoises who were rescued from a souk.