Sometimes a pint of lager and a packet of crisps just doesn’t cut it. We’ve scoured the globe to find the hotel bars with a bit more va va voom…
A holiday is one of the rare times in life when you can put the usual routine on hold and live the VIP lifestyle for a week or two. Takeaways on the sofa can be traded in for fancy meals out, and supermarket trips can be replaced by a little boutique-browsing. As for after-dinner drinks, you can say goodbye to your trusty local pub and hello to a watering hole worth writing home about…
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
You can sniff, swirl and sip into the early hours in this stylish lounge. On the shelves behind the bar, hundreds of bottles of wine and premium spirits line up like books in a library. The whole place – which has just had a head-to-toe makeover – wouldn’t look out of place in Manhattan. Leather armchairs and elongated sofas gather around little tables, and chunky candles are dotted here, there and everywhere. Entertainment comes courtesy of the grand piano.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
The menu at this place is so extensive, there’s a different version of the classic rum cocktail for every day of the month. You’ve got all sorts of weird and wonderful variations to choose from. Play it safe and go for a fruity blend, like papaya, kiwi or peach, or brave one of the more off-the-wall concoctions, like the mint chocolate mojito or – if you’re feeling really daring – the ‘Bloody Extra Hot’ one, which comes with lashings of tomato juice and Tabasco sauce.
Nothing kills the party mood like spending half your night queuing for a drink. And that’s why this help-yourself honesty bar is so brilliant. You can pour your own drinks, and come back for more whenever you fancy. What’s more, because the bar terrace is up on the roof, it offers up brilliant views of the ocean and the terracotta rooftops below. Grab one of the ultra-comfy sunloungers, or sink into the whirlpool bath, glass of wine in hand.
It stands to reason that a Hard Rock Hotel bar is going to be pretty cool, and this one doesn’t let the side down. Zebra-print chairs cluster around glossy black tables, and framed music memorabilia lines the walls. On the last Thursday of every month, the bar lays on Orlando’s only rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party, where legendary rock bands from days gone by take to the stage. Past acts have included the likes of ABC and Foreigner.
Sitting pretty on a private island, this place is your ultimate beach bar. For starters, the only way of getting here is to catch a boat from the hotel on the mainland. After ten minutes or so zooming across the Caribbean Sea, you’ll arrive in what can only be described as paradise. The bar itself is nothing fancy, but the setting is out-of-this-world. The whole place is haloed by flour-soft sands, cyan waters and a more-than-generous helping of palms, and you can enjoy a drink while flamingos and iguanas wander past.
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