Don’t look down – architects select spas with the most amazing views
Nightswimming: Hong Kong by night, as seen from the pool at the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong
How about some of these spas for a relaxing break?
Not much good if you have vertigo – admittedly, but once the nausea subsides, you can chill by the pool in your robe, or get a massage as you watch the world go by beneath you.
The Top 10 spas with a spectacular views have been compiled by German building information specialists, Emporis, with the Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA in Hong Kong (above) topping the list.
Located inside the 465-meter tall International Commerce Centre, the spa is part of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and includes an indoor swimming pool with panoramic views over Victoria Harbour from 116 floors above the ground.
The Top 10 were chosen from over 400 spas in cities around the world, and were rated on factors such as the spa’s height, view, location, architectural features and interior design.
According to Emporis, the last decade has seen an increasing number of luxury hotel spas opening at spectacular heights, as they try to offer visitors a “contemporary and holistic oasis” in busy city centres.
Asian megacities dominate the Top 10 as their dramatic skylines and bustling business centres provide a steady stream of weary working travellers looking to relax with the backdrop of a breathtaking view.
Coming in second place on the list was the the Banyan Tree Spa in Singapore, set atop the 207-meter Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. It attracts visitors with its stunning infinity pool that overlooks Singapore’s skyscrapers.
Runner-up: The stunning rooftop pool at the Banyan Tree Spa, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
In third place, Spa at the Mandarin Oriental is located on the 37th and 38th floors of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, with dizzying views of Tokyo’s financial district.
3rd: Spa at Mandarin Oriental in the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, Tokyo
“The latest trend in the tourism industry allows travellers to unwind and to enjoy an incredible view of the city; relaxation and sightseeing are perfectly combined,” commented Matthew Keutenius, architecture expert at Emporis.
Here are the rest of the top ten:
4th: The Traders Hotel’s spa in Kuala Lumpur offers views of the Petronas Towers
5th: Stunning views of the harbour at the Park Hyatt Sydney
6th: The rooftop pool at the Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza, Taipei
7th: The Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona, Spain
8th: the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC spa was established in 2004
9th: The Millenium Hilton Bangkok at sunrise
10th: The view from the roof terrace at The George in Hamburg
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