Top Private Balconies

Up on the roof and high above the crowded streets, there’s room to breathe and time to think. It’s no surprise, then, that roof terraces are becoming one of the most sought-after features of a holiday rental. So get ready for summertime lazing or nighttime stargazing: we’ve uncovered ten inspiring rooftop hideaways….

#1 RELAXED LUXURY IN RHODES, GREECE

Rhodes

The Acropolis of Rhodes, one of Antiquity’s most amazing structures, sits atop its hill in perfect view from this luxury villa’s roof terrace. During the day, marvel at how the sky can be thatshade of blue. And at night? Light the lanterns, start up the hot tub and recline on the sofa while admiring the twinkling streets of Rhodes’ Old Town. Unbeatable.

#2 BOHO CHIC IN PARIS

Paris rental with view of Notre Dame

The shabby chic style of this Parisian apartment makes us want to abandon the 9 to 5 and start living the Bohemian lifestyle. Like now. Once on the spectacular terrace, you’ll be treated to incredible views over the city of love’s romantic rooftops: the inspiring sight of Notre Dame’s twin bell towers is simply unforgettable. Ooh la la indeed.

#3 BARCELONA LOVE NEST

Barcelona

This immaculately furnished apartment in Barcelona is an ideal base from which to explore the city. Its roof terrace has stylish seating, touches of greenery and a breathtaking view: all the ingredients you need for a memorable evening with your chosen companion. And yes, those are the iconic turrets of the Sagrada Familia in the distance.

#4 LUXURY PRAGUE PENTHOUSE

Prague

This luxury penthouse is situated in the heart of historic Prague. The property sleeps eight and there’s ample room for everyone on the stunning roof terrace. The question is, how best to spend your time up there? Bask in the sun on a lounger, recline on the outdoor sofas with a good read, or slip into the Jacuzzi with a glass of bubbly… Decisions, decisions.

#5 THE DELIGHTFUL DORDOGNE

Dordogne

Walk under the vine-covered pergola of this Dordogne property and you emerge onto a simply sublime private roof terrace. Its rustic furniture provides the perfect place to dine alfresco and sample local wine. But the most impressive part has to be the wonderful view over the gently flowing Dordogne river towards the historic village of La Roque Gageac.

Officially one of ‘the most beautiful villages in France’, it’s nestled under a dramatic cliff face. We can’t imagine a more serene setting for a break.

#6 KALKAN HARBOUR, TURKEY

Kalkan

Spectacular panoramas of Kalkan’s natural harbour await Villa Chloe’s visitors. After exploring the spacious, air-conditioned accommodation (with room for up to eight people), recline on the roof terrace’s sumptuous sofas. A stylish canopied pergola provides shelter from the sun and decorative wrought-iron balustrades frame the mountain view perfectly.

#7 GORGEOUS GALICIA

Galicia

From cheerful terracotta walls accented by green plants to side-by-side sun loungers and views of the Enseada de Vigo (Vigo cove), this treat of a rooftop will become your favourite place to while away the hours. Vigo, in Spain’s Galicia region, brings together the best bits of both city and beach breaks: explore the Old Town’s winding streets and then stroll along the sand… before coming back for an orujo (a local brandy and popular apéritif) up on the roof.

#8 SERENE SEVILLE HIDEAWAY

Seville

Rooftop pools with close-up views of spectacular architecture? Yes, please! Once you’ve cooled off and done a few lengths, get your breath back while admiring the world-famous Torre Giralda; the bell tower of Seville’s cathedral. Travelling with more energetic types? Send them off to climb the 104 metre-high medieval structure and then wave to them from the pool. Genius.

#9 BUZZING BUENOS AIRES

Buenos

Fancy a bird’s eye view of Buenos Aires’ buzzing city streets? Try this penthouse in fashionable Palermo. It’s split across the 19th, 20th and 21st floors of the striking Oro Tower, with multiple terraces including a dining area, balcony and super stylish hot tub. It’s the ideal place to prepare for a night out as you see the bars and restaurants come to life from above.

#10 STUNNING SANTORINI

Santorini

Located in the village of Megalochori, this villa’s roof terrace has a private pool as well as a quiet courtyard and views out towards the Aegean Sea. As the sun sets and the skyline lights up, sit back and soak up Santorini’s iconic blue church domes and pristine white houses. The only problem is, you won’t want to leave.