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Vertigo has never been so much fun. Whether you’re gazing down on a Manhattan street, on the Amazon rain forest or on a vast canyon in Oman, the world looks different—often better—from above.
Vertigo has never been so much fun. Whether you’re gazing down on a Manhattan street, on the Amazon rain forest or on a vast canyon in Oman, the world looks different—often better—from above.
While a stunning view straight out over a city- or seascape has long been a selling point for luxury hotels and resorts, forward doesn’t have to be the only way to focus. There’s an exhilaration in looking down from so far up above it all. These hotels (plus one tour company) think vertically.
 
Dinner in the Sky, Vancouver
 
Westcoast Sightseening will be hoisting guests 180 feet into the air above downtown Vancouver for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner this summer. Strapped into their swiveling seats with comfortable harnesses and dangling their feet in the air (if they want), 22 people at a time will tuck into gourmet meals with spectacular 360-degree ocean, mountain and city views.
The Jabal Activity Wall at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman
 
This recently launched adventure course is an adrenaline junkie’s dream: the country’s first mountain zip lines and a 650-foot long via ferrata up a cliff’s edge, all at 6,500 feet above sea level and high over the bottom of the cavernous landscape below.
L’Abeille in the Sky at the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
 
This luxury hotel recently began offering a four-course lunch with a five-star view (made by a Michelin two-star chef) at monthly events on its rooftop terrace. The menus will change with the micro-seasons—for instance, May’s lunch included oysters, Cotenin spider crab and morels—but all will be made by executive chef Christophe Moret and enhanced with wines chosen by the head sommelier.
The Canopy Tree House at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Peru
 
Unlike many new “tree house” hotel rooms, Inkaterra’s Canopy Tree House is properly built on a suspended platform amid the high branches. It's reached via a long suspension bridge that hangs 98 feet above the rain forest floor. Guests who don’t book the tree house can still follow the Canopy Walkway, a system of eight suspension bridges above the jungle, to observe animal species that are not usually visible from the ground.
Vertigo TOO and Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Bangkok
 
The site of Bangkok’s highest high tea, the open-air Vertigo TOO sits on top of the 60th floor and overlooks the Chao Phraya River and twinkling city lights below. Once the sun goes down (spectacularly) it transforms into a lively bar with signature cocktails, light bites, music and dancing.
The aerial park at Skamania Lodge, Washington
 
This lodge in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area offers guests a glimpse into one of the United States’ most beautiful natural wonders. The property’s new aerial park and zip line tours are the most exciting way to explore the 175-acre wooded estate.
The rooftop bar at Arlo NoMad, New York City
 
One of the most stylish, luxurious microhotels around, this lower-midtown property became an Instagram darling with the glass panel in the floor of its happening rooftop bar, aptly called the Heights. Even though 31 floors isn’t all that many by Manhattan standards, it certainly feels like a lot when you’re looking straight down at the taxis and ant-size pedestrians far below.