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Olives

Even if you’re not lucky at the Vegas gaming tables, you’ll always have access to a million dollar view at Tod English’s Olives. This Mediterranean restaurant is located in the famous Bellagio Hotel & Casino and offers you amazing vistas of one of the top attractions of Las Vegas: the Bellagio fountains. Reserve your table after 9pm, when the worst heat is over, to be seated outside and have front row access to this jaw-dropping spectacle. Unlike the flashy dining scene you usually find on the Strip, Olives falls into the slightly more classy category. The food is good, with a nice selection of affordable flatbreads and pastas, and wines to pair them with. The waiters can be a little arrogant but the gorgeous views and entertainment will ensure a great night out. It’s extravagant, it’s fun; it’s Vegas at its best!

  

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Terrassa

If you happen to stay in St. Petersburg during the summer, you should definitely pay a visit to Terrassa. The menu is extensive and diverse but truth be told: the real reason you go to Terrassa is to enjoy one of the city’s best views. The restaurant is located on the top floor of the tallest building in the historical center and from the outside terrace you can see the Kazansky cathedral and the famous Nevski Prospekt street. The interior is modern and bright and because of the open kitchen you might just be able to catch a glimpse of head chef Alexander Belkovich, who started here at only 21 years old. With great enthusiasm he prepares interesting dishes ranging from Italian to Asian cuisine. Reservations are a must at Terrassa. Be sure to indicate that you want to be seated outside with views of the cathedral; you will not be disappointed!
 
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Agua

Barcelona is a port city. And since the ocean explains the very existence of Barcelona, you should try to eat fish at the beach at least once during your visit. For this purpose, restaurant Agua is the ultimate destination. Agua is located on the fashionable Passeig Maritim de la Barceloneta; you won’t find a better ocean view in a nicer neighbourhood. The swanky interior has a Hamptons-meets-tropics touch to it, with spacious, bright coloured rooms and ethnic details. Reserve a table on the outside terrace and order the catch of the day while sipping on your Spanish wine. La buena vida – Barcelona style! We recommend to come here around lunch time if you want to avoid the younger (and louder) crowds since Passeig Maritim is known for its vibrant club scene.

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Perry St

New York’s far West Village has been rapidly changing for the past decade – famous architects are bringing luxury residential buildings to this neighbourhood along the Hudson River. Culinary guru Jean-Georges Vongerichten chose the right moment in 2005 to open up a sleek restaurant in one of the modern glass buildings overlooking the river. Perry St draws both its upscale “neighbours” from the surrounding buildings and food lovers willing to take the cab ride down to this westernmost fringe of the West Village. Perry St has a serene and elegant atmosphere and it’s one of the few restaurants in NYC where you can actually have a quiet conversation. It’s classy and upscale, but not stuffy. The interior is cool, with soft whites and modern, simplistic furniture. The New American food is absolutely delicious (as we expected…) but prices are reasonable (surprise!). Check out the website for any special deals they might have, such as the current Autumn promotion: a prix fixe dinner menu for $38. Perry St is the ultimate place to impress your date, out-of-towners, or anyone else you wish to share the Hudson views with while enjoying quality food. Make a reservation now.

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Het Pomphuis

The famous quote “location, location, location” definitely applies to het Pomphuis. This unique piece of history is located in Antwerp’s harbour, which has been the biggest harbour of Europe for centuries. The early 20th century construction has been used as a pump house for decades, draining water from the next door dry-dock where large vessels were repaired. Het Pomphuis (Flemish for “pump house”) has been there since 2002 and offers breathtaking views of the river “De Schelde” and all harbour activities. They did a truly amazing job at turning the old pump house into a classy restaurant whilst preserving all industrial elements – even in the restrooms! The dining room feels exceptionally spacious with huge windows and 30 foot high ceilings. The basement, which is visible from the main floor, still holds three authentic pumps. Amidst all this historical heritage, your food just tastes so much better! Don’t expect hearty Belgium food however; the portions at Het Pomphuis are small in size with complex mixtures of ingredients and a matching price tag. This is not a restaurant for cosy family gatherings or a casual Belgian beer; it is however the perfect place for special occasions, business lunches or a posh & elegant dining experience.

 

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Blancaneaux Lodge

Paradise in the rainforest – there is no other way to describe this beautiful hideaway in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. Owner Francis Ford Coppola actually used Blancaneaux Lodge as a family retreat before opening it to the public. And we’re so happy he did. This luxury resort has 20 rooms but the staff and the quietness of the rainforest make you feel like you’re the only ones there. Next to “normal” cabañas (with private pools!), they offer larger family cabanas, a 2-bedroom villa with open-air living room and the enchanted cottage, where Coppola probably wrote many of his famous screenplays. The resort has both an Italian and a Guatamalan restaurant where they are more than happy to pour you a glass of wine from the Francis Coppola Winery. Is there anything this man can’t do?? If all this great service, relaxing pools and the flowing river get too boring for you, there are plenty opportunities to seek adventure. Take a tour across the Guatamalan border to see the Maya sites of Tikal, go horseback riding at sunrise or go tubing in the famous ATM caves. Blancaneaux Lodge is the perfect place to explore beautiful Belize in a luxurious and enchanting way.

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Sirocco

OK, we’ve got to be honest with you: the food is not the reason you go to Sirocco. You go there to dine alfresco at the 63rd floor and indulge in the breathtaking views of Bangkok city. This restaurant literally offers dining on top of the world, far away from the hot and smelly streets of Thailand’s capital. Sirocco is located in the State Tower, home to other great restaurants such as Mezzaluna, Cafe Mozu and Breeze. You enter Sirocco through a golden Dome and walk down illuminated steps – a true stairway to heaven. When you’re done admiring the view, get ready to enjoy some great live jazz performances. After dinner drinks are served at the Skybar, which you might recognize from the hit movie Hangover 2. Be prepared to pay extra, especially compared to common Thai price ranges. But it’s worth it!



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