In the Summer 10/11 edition of Holidays for Couples magazine Natalie Bannister features a fantastic new guide - The Scene - to the latest openings, very best restaurants and the hippest bars and clubs from around the globe. I'll be bringing you more of these fabulous highlights over the coming weeks, but here are just a few to get you started ...
THE SKYBAR, KUALA LUMPUR
If sexy chic is what you like as a side dish to your evening cocktails while in KL, then head to the Trader’s Hotel in the city centre and take the lift to the 33rd floor to discover the SkyBar. It’s one of the most popular nightlife destinations in the city, and the floor-to-ceiling view of the soaring twin towers of Petronas and the glittering city beneath you are just as intoxicating as the atmosphere. The SkyBar was named ‘Best Malaysian Bar’ by Malaysian Tatler, and with good reason - it’s cosmopolitan central!
MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE
Marina Bay Sands SkyPark floats atop the three soaring Marina Bay Sands hotel towers 200 metres in the sky. It boasts a casino and exclusive restaurants including The Sky on 57, headed by Singapore’s celebrity chef Justin Quek. The ultra plush restaurant, bar and lounge from Seminyak, Bali - Ku De Ta is also here, bringing with it a signature mix of modern exotic chill. You can take in the impressive views while sipping a cool drink, spend leisurely hours swimming and lounging, stroll through the new national Gardens By The Bay, or enjoy a long gourmet dinner at one of the exclusive restaurants, immersing yourself in the full effect of this visionary structure that floats in the sky.
Shanghai’s most eagerly anticipated dining and entertainment address recently opened in November this year, with the restaurant Shook! taking up residence in the ultra chic Renaissance style Swatch Art Peace Hotel (formerly the iconic Palace Hotel). This colonial heritage hotel and landmark is located on Nanjing Road at the Bund intersection and Shook! will be joined by The Time Bar and The Swatch Art Peace Hotel Terrace to create the city’s most exciting hotspot. Start or end your evening at The Time Bar or Terrace for cocktails with spectacular views of the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline, and venture in to sample the famed Shook! kitchen and menu, which features the skills of four epicurean chefs with four distinct cuisines creating signature dishes that are based around the senses.