by David Cohen

There’s something about getting to the top of any building that brings you a natural high that just doesn’t go away.  Delicious  cocktails, a pool,  music, sun-fueled and chill-out leisure time, or incredible city views are only some of the amazing pleasures these Designer Hotel rooftops offer any traveler. 

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Located in one of the most glamorous spots on the Cote d’Azur – behind the famous Croisette in Cannes, France, the FIVE HOTEL & SPA exudes sophisticated charm and spirit. Taking inspiration from five continents, artisans from around the globe were commissioned to create luxurious handcrafted furniture for this 45-room hotel. The rooftop offers guests one of the best views of the old city. The Zen pool, a stainless steel pool is complemented by a blonde cumaru deck with big comfy day beds, turquoise walls, and three waterfalls. To satisfy your hunger, try some delicacies created by Jacques and Laurent Pourcel at the Sea Sens restaurant on site.
 
Top Left: It’s not often that the exterior of a hotel steals the show, but exactly the case when it comes to Hotel Omm, in Barcelona, Spain. The unusual limestone façade of the hotel is a work of art. Inside the hotel, the design of simple lines, natural materials, and fine balance of colors and volumes, provide a calm backdrop to the futuristic lighting fixtures. The rooms themselves looks like pages in a book about to be revealed. The swimming pool and solarium on the roof are made from dark wood, creating a natural atmosphere. The drama is created by the fantastic panoramic view of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Milá. During the summer evenings, cocktails and tapas are served a la Barcelona style by the poolside. Guests can enjoy special performances and treats during the Hotel Terrace Week each June, and Moet & Chandon champagne always host parties on special dates through the summer!

Top Right: Located in the heart of the market, The Great Getaway Medina is the perfect picture during a trip to the exotic city of Marrakech, known as the "Ochre City" in Morocco, Africa. This intimate six-room hotel offers a magical experience from the moment you enter. The grand circular courtyard with high columns and arches are full of jeweled stones walls, along with intricately detailed handcrafted wood furniture that furnish the entire hotel.. With magnificent views of the ornate historic old city and the Atlas Mountains, the roof is Aladdin’s fairy tale paradise. The aroma of spices coming from the grill on the roof will make you hungry for the Moroccan specialties offered, including kebabs, fresh seafood, beef with dried plums, and home style terrines. 

Bottom: The Mamilla Hotel offers a unique designer comfort gate-a-way in the old city of Jerusalem in Israel. Combining the genius of internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie, and interior designer Piero Lissoni, the result is a striking. A modern design combining old Jerusalem stones, a dramatic floating metal staircase, glass and steel ceilings all achieving a minimalistic esthetic contemporary design. The outdoor lounge and restaurant on the rooftop offer an inspiring view of the Old City. Guests can enjoy the comfortable seating while having a drink at the elegent wood paneled bar. This comfort extends into the Mamilla Café, where the informal dining area includes a long Carrera marble table and sofas at the elegant shaded terrace lounge.