Mixed-use skyscrapers, a combination of hotels and luxury residences, have been a fixture on skylines across the Asia Pacific in recent years. Sprouting 50 floors above the ground, jet setters have the opportunity to experience the most coveted living spaces with the best city views.
From Bangkok to Xiamen, these skyscrapers house 5-star hotels and a plethora of dining options, offering guests a number of facilities such as luxury rooms, international cuisine, wellness, and non-stop entertainment. All in one place.
Not to miss out on the action, Jakarta, too is set to welcome a brand new skyscraper, the 74-storey, mixed-use Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Resort. Housed at UOB Plaza in Thamrin, Central Jakarta, it is expected to be the tallest building in the city. Its 181 rooms and suites will be around 60 square metres. A range of dining restaurants and bars, 2,000-square-metre ballroom, outdoor pool, spa, and a library lounge are all part of the facilities.
Other hotels such as Park Hyatt, Langham Hotel & Residence, and St. Regis, are scheduled to complete construction by next year. The following are three of the world’s tallest hotels.
Conrad Xiamen, China.
Conveniently located in the Siming CBD, the tallest Conrad property in the world is also within walking distance of popular attractions and Baicheng Beach. Hotel rooms are located between the 41st and 53rd floors, where guests can enjoy views of Gulangyu island, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, as well as the mountains in the distance.
Foodies can indulge in everything from Fujian and Cantonese cuisine and sumptuous seafood to exquisite afternoon tea and innovative cocktails at the hotel’s five restaurants and bars, which all offer outstanding sea views. Coast Bar & Grill deserves special mention as Xiamen’s highest bar. Fifty-four levels up, the stylish Coast Bar provides a lovely setting for an evening tipple whipped up by the resident mixologist.
Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Thailand
Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is located in a 242-metre building, with interiors designed by Hong Kong architect André Fu of renowned design studio AFSO. It’s South East Asia’s first Waldorf Astoria which will be officially launched on 30 August 2018.
Rising gently in the heart of Ratchaprasong, the hotel is walking distance of the business and shopping precincts. Guests can enjoy views of downtown Bangkok from one of 171 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, while working out at the 16th-floor fitness centre that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, or even during a swim in the outdoor infinity pool.
Visitors can head to the top of the building for dinner or drinks – Bull & Bear on the 55th storey specialises in grilled meats and seafood; the glamourous Loft on level 56 serves up cocktails inspired by the legendary Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book; and the hidden Champagne Bar on Level 57 is perfect for intimate conversation – all accompanied by dazzling views of the city.
Hilton Surfers Paradise, Australia (58 Floors, 194m)
The 194-metre Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences made its star-studded mark on Australia’s Gold Coast back in 2011, and it is still one of the tallest skyscrapers dotting the coast. The 169 guest rooms and bedroom residences have striking floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean, the world-famous Surfers Paradise Beach or the surrounding coastline.
Families will make a beeline for The Deck, an oasis comprising four pools, a spa, sauna and picnic and play areas, while business travellers can relax at the 15th-floor Executive Lounge and enjoy 270-degree views of Surfers Paradise.
Foodies will be pleased with the recently refreshed Catch restaurant, where executive chef Kathy Tindall has created a mouthwatering menu that features sustainable seafood and subtle Asian touches. Visitors can also head to FIX cocktail bar, whose vintage-style interiors, plush armchairs, comprehensive wine list and contemporary cocktails make it one of the must-visit spots for a great night out.