HOT SPOTS FOR COOL PATIOS – FAIRMONT’S TOP AL FRESCO WINING & DINING
TORONTO, ONTARIO Thursday, April 04, 2013
In the mountains or on the beach, in the garden or by the sea, Fairmont’s patios are the place to be. In the immortal words of Dr. Seuss, “It's opener there, in the wide open air,” so see great sights & soar to high heights with a breath of fresh air from Fairmont.
Urban Al Fresco
Glitziest Balcony on The Bund
For fantastic views of one of the world’s most glamorous cities, the Cathay Terrace at the landmark Fairmont Peace Hotel offers the best balcony on The Bund. This local hotspot offers a sizzling bar and lounge overlooking the Huangpu River and glittering skyscrapers of Pudong – perfect for a crisp Shanghai night under the stars.
Best Haute Street Food
Andys bar at Fairmont Pittsburgh is taking it to the street with outdoor seating and a new lunch menu featuring a rotating selection of international street fare - including ramen, curry, sushi, rice bowls, bánh mì and more. Also on offer will be a selection of homemade sodas, iced teas and lemonades, while desserts and treats-to-go include macarons, parfaits and homemade ice cream bars.
Top People Watching
Overlooking Copley Square and architectural landmarks such at The Boston Public Library and Trinity Church, the seasonal patio at The Fairmont Copley Plaza’s OAK Long Bar + Kitchen is Boston’s best place to see and be seen. Inventive American cuisine with a focus on locally inspired ingredients and hand crafted cocktails are the perfect accompaniment to watching the chic set bustle through highbrow Back Bay.
Best Bar for Billionaires
The chicest terrace in Monaco is Fairmont Monte Carlo’s Billionaire Sunset Lounge. From 7pm until early morning, this poolside party offers house-made sushi, creative cocktails and fruit-flavored shisha alongside stunning views of the Principality and Mediterranean Sea. The Billionaire’s DJ takes care of the music at the best “after-sun” shindig in town.
Best Little Rooftop in Texas
With an extraordinary Dallas skyline view, the rooftop terrace at The Fairmont Dallas provides a perfect place to unwind. At night, this urban oasis comes alive as the city’s skyscrapers are illuminated, and by day, guests lounge poolside or on a float in the water while savoring hand-crafted cocktails, frozen drinks, barbecue pork sandwiches, healthy smoothies, or freshly baked cookies served by dedicated poolside waitstaff.
Top Spot for a pre-Safari G&T
A popular rendezvous spot since 1904, the Lord Delamere Terrace at Nairobi’s Fairmont The Norfolk has been an alfresco favorite among international travelers and local residents since the first European settlers came to town. Guests can sip a gin and tonic and enjoy an idyllic lunch as they watch the world go by from this historic property – a traditional jumping off point for a Kenyan safari.
Best Open Air Brunch
The ultimate ‘scene for cuisine’ in Abu Dhabi, Fairmont Bab al Bahr’s CuiScene has a popular outdoor terrace, with views of the swimming pool, Abu Dhabi Creek, and the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. With seasonal dishes from Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the decadent brunch menu has guests lounging in the fresh air all day long.
On the Waterfront
Top Spot for Watching the Ships that Go Sailin’
Spy on Hamburg’s past and present from Jahreszeiten Terrace as vintage and modern boats slip in and out of Germany’s Gateway to the World. Perched on the edge of the Inner Alster Lake – a breathtaking artificial body of water in the heart of the city - Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten boasts the most stunning views in Hamburg. The serene lakeside vistas found in the middle of this historic, yet cosmopolitan city are not to be missed.
Boldest Bet for a Year-round Terrace
Overlooking Boston Harbor, the terrace at Fairmont Battery Wharf’s Aragosta is open year-round for foodies looking for delicious treats and waterfront views. Guests get cozy around fire pits with cocktails, s’mores, and small bites, while the full menu is available on the adjacent terrace.
Top Spot for Befriending a Local
Located on scenic Hamilton Harbor, Harley’s Terrace is a Bermudian favorite at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Island-inspired cuisine is what draws guests in, but the serene view of cerulean waters and meandering sailboats keeps them for hours on end. After the sun goes down on Friday nights, the hotel’s Princess Patio is transformed into the island’s most popular happy hour, featuring live music, island BBQ and festive cocktails.
Best Waterfront for Cigars & Scotch
The Cigar Room at Fairmont The Palm in Dubai offers elegantly chic surroundings for sipping malt whiskies in full panoramic view of the Dubai Marina Skyline and Arabian Gulf (as do all of the restaurants at the resort). With a walk-in humidor and the largest collection of bourbons in the city, exclusive evenings are devoted to the pairings of cigars, malts, wines and chocolates, hosted by the resident award-winning Habanos cigar sommelier.
Primmest Harbor View
No visit to Victoria is complete without a relaxed meal on The Veranda at The Fairmont Empress. Overlooking the sparkling Inner Harbour, The Veranda offers a sumptuous farm to fork menu featuring Vancouver Island's finest ingredients. Whether lounging with a martini, having an afternoon nibbly or indulging in a decadent meal, guests will enjoy gazing at the vine-hugged arches, regal Legislative Buildings and glittering water over a bottle of British Columbia wine.
Best River View
Aux Chantignoles restaurant at Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello is introducing an outdoor terrace for lovers of the Quebec countryside. Whether partaking in the restaurant’s famed Sunday Brunch or indulging in afternoon cocktails, the views of the mighty Ottawa River are guaranteed to impress. For an additional summer treat, barbecue dinners featuring chefs grilling up à la minute selections of fish, meats and poultries at sunset are also on offer at the resort.
Pretty in Pink Sand
The Dock is a chic new waterside lounge at The Fairmont Southampton’s Waterlot. Refreshing drinks from the locally-sourced cocktail menu complement spectacular sunsets over sparkling Jews Bay. A beautiful Bermuda evening on stylish loungers is spent listening to music under the stars, while mouthwatering grilled fare comes straight from the outdoor kitchen.
Best For Hanging with Hippos
The Pool Bar at Fairmont Mara Safari Club is a refreshing retreat in the heart of Kenya’s famed savannah, where guests can take in views of the surrounding hippo- and crocodile-filled Mara River. Ideal for relaxing and cooling off, the bar serves local libations including the popular and refreshing ‘Dawa’ cocktail.
Greenest Urban Dining
The courtyard at the Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown, which flourishes with a variety of plants, trees and flowers, is an oasis. Romantically lit each night, the flowering Cherry Trees, Crepe Myrtle Trees, Hydrangea, Rhododendron and Juniper bushes add to the lush atmosphere. The Courtyard Juniper Restaurant serves locally sourced cuisine, much infused with honey from the hotel’s rooftop hives, such as the Honey Nut Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Port Reduction, and Candied Walnuts.
Greenest Rooftop Dining
On the third floor of Fairmont Waterfront rests a beautiful terrace complete with Vancouver’s very own garden, a secluded rooftop honeybee apiary, outdoor heated pool, and a patio made for lounging. With views of the harbor on one side, skyscrapers on the other and heady fragrances from the variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables planted nearby, the terrace offers cool drinks all summer long.
Mountain Dining a la Fairmont
Iciest Summer View
The patio views at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise are simply breathtaking. Rocky mountain luxury is epitomized by the delicious cuisine and glistening lake views set in the shadow of the majestic Victoria Glacier. The Lakeview Lounge patio offers exquisite tapas and signature cocktails, but many will find that nothing beats sharing a plate of nachos and cooling down with a refreshing stein of beer.
Al Fresco Alps
The Swiss Alps are on fantastic display at Fairmont Le Montreux Palace’s Terrasse. A peaceful haven with unbelievable views over the mountains and Lake Geneva, delectable grilled fish, lobster, savory meat dishes and more pique the palate as they flow out of the new show-kitchen. Ice cream and cocktails round out this delicious alpine experience.
Canadiana at its Finest
The Fairmont Banff Springs is celebrating its 125th Anniversary as an icon of the Canadian Rockies, and there’s no better place to take in the resort’s stunning views than on one the hotel’s patios: The Waldhaus Pub overlooks the valley where the Spray and Bow River meet, while the Rundle Lounge is an ideal spot for a romantic date overlooking the Fairholme Mountain Range. For a real thirst quencher, the Fairmont Banff Springs 125th Signature Lager is not to be missed.
Reality TV-Tested Terrace
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains prove easy on the eyes as guests enjoy freshly squeezed cocktails on the Mallard Terrace at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Cozy fire pits are popular on cool evenings, while sunny afternoons are best spent noshing on steak frites with friends. Even Hollywood producers are subject to the terrace’s charms - it’s been home to an intimate date for Jillian Harris on The Bachelorette, and was also featured on Top Chef.
Coolest View in Kenya
Facing the snow-capped Mount Kenya and overlooking the property's beautifully manicured grounds, Tusks restaurant at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club features an alluring alfresco dining terrace, which boasts a menu abounding with an incredible variety of organic foods farmed in Central Kenya.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is set in the heart of Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies, and the hotel’s patios are the place to be in summertime. The Emerald Lounge patio and Cavell’s Terrace overlook stunning Lake Beauvert and are known to be top spots for eyeing wandering wildlife. The signature burger and rooftop honey lager, made exclusively for the Lodge with honey from the hotels own bees, complete the perfect Alberta experience.
A leisurely visit to the Luana Lounge at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is best spent with a tropical libation and nibbles from a delectable pupu (appetizer) menu. Guests are urged to stay for the daily sunset torchlighting by the resort’s Hui Holokai Beach Club Ambassadors, which is set against sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the gorgeous Kohala Coast sunset.
Top Spot For Beaches & Biltong
In South Africa, 31 Degrees at Fairmont Zimbali Resort provides panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Featuring local favorites such as biltong (South African cured meat), wasabi nuts and droewors (traditional spiced sausage), international fare such as sushi and paninis also delight. At sister property Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, Trophy Bar is the place for a soul satisfying drink. With views of the Indian Ocean over the rim-flow pool in one direction, and the beautiful forest and golf course in the other, it just doesn’t get any better.
Best Hideaway in a Mangrove Forest
Beachcombers can look no further than Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico’s Riviera Maya for a spectacular beachside dining experience. Guests will find the perfect outdoor terrace to unwind with a Habanero & Cucumber Margarita at AAA Four Diamond Las Brisas Bar, a secluded spot set between the sea and an enchanting mangrove forest. With breathtaking vistas of the Mexican Caribbean, guests can enjoy the breeze under a graceful palapa (traditional thatched roof) after taking a lancha (covered boat) down one of the resort’s winding canals.
Top Whale Watching
The Polo Beach Grill and Bar at Maui’s Fairmont Kea Lani offers fresh air, sweeping Pacific views, tropical cocktails and locally-sourced cuisine. But in winter, the always expansive views of the neighboring Islands can be punctuated by a glimpse of ever elusive humpback whales. A house favorite, the Bento Box offers tropical fruit, soba noodle salad, Maui-grown greens and a choice of Sugar Cane Chicken Teriyaki Skewers; Grilled Local Fish; Firecracker Shrimp; and Volcano Spiced Ahi.
Chipping for the Best Fish & Chips
Perfect for relaxing by day, and great for indulging in the fresh air by night, The Clubhouse at Fairmont St Andrews is hard to beat. With panoramic views overlooking the sparkling lights of St Andrews, the historic town and two Championship golf courses, the magnificent scenery is paired with traditional golfers’ fare and home-style cooking, like the East Neuk Haddock in a Beer Batter with Chips - a local favorite.
Top Indian BBQ
The terrace garden of Zoya at the new Fairmont Jaipur is an exclusive spot to enjoy drinks and authentic Indian BBQ. Chefs create mouthwatering cuisine on the grill while bartenders whip up custom cocktails in full view of the majestic Aravali Hills. Signature Indian dishes such as Bhaati ki bhavnagri mirch, Dhai lasun ki chutney - charred local chilies stuffed with cottage cheese and papadum - are not to be missed.
Best Edmonton View
Patio season is prime time in Edmonton, and The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald boasts the city’s premiere outdoor dining spot. With savory food and spectacular views, The Confederation Lounge patio beckons with a magnificent vista of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Local specialties such as Alberta beef, game, freshwater fish, and local produce draw in locals all summer long.
Vancouver’s Most Exclusive Rooftop
The place to be in Vancouver is Fairmont Pacific Rim’s rooftop pool, which offers an exclusive summer experience for guests and residents complete with a swanky cabanas, hip bar, fresh summer sippers and snacks to enjoy. Views of the North Shore Mountains and soaring seaplanes provide the ultimate British Columbia backdrop.
Best NoCal Clean Cuisine
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa offers two options for guests who want to dine in the warm California sun. Set among serene pools and manicured gardens, the Spa Cafe exudes a warm atmosphere with its mission style furnishings and wonderful selection of Wine Country Cuisine. Alongside the resort’s historic Water Tower, a second poolside retreat beckons with refreshing cocktails and fruit smoothies with freshly prepared sandwiches and salads.
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