The deliciousness of the meals, exceptional décor and all round ambiance are touchstones when it comes to a great restaurant. But here we highlight the importance of location, albeit in this case a tad extreme that adds to the uniqueness of an eatery. Here are some stunning cliffside restaurants that will get you on the edge of your seat.
Air Bar | Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
Set on the cliffs of Taling Ngam overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, the aptly named Air Bar is a floating bar where guests can sip some of the best cocktails in Koh Samui. The deck of the Air Bar protrudes out from the cliffs, decorated with lush wooden outdoor beds and sofas to lounge on while watching the sunset.
The specialty tipple is a refreshing concoction called the Royal Samui Sunset Cocktail that gives a kick with the use of Phraya rum and fresh pineapple juice. The Air Bar also has an impressive menu of snacks and tapas to accompany the drinks. The crispy duck spring rolls come with sweet and sour hoisin sauce or if you like meats on a stick, the grilled Thai chicken satay is the perfect snack to eat with their silky peanut sauce.
Amanoi Resort | Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam
The east coast of Vietnam is home to a stunning coastline flanked by lush hills, next to waters as azure and sparkling as an aquamarine gem stone. Scattered on the cliffs of Vinh Hy Bay is a five-star resort, the Amanoi with a million dollar view of Vietnam’s secret shoreline. Their restaurant and bar are spread across an open terrace overlooking the horizon as they serve some of the best Vietnamese cuisines.
Dinner is served in the traditional Vietnamese family style where rice is accompanied by various side dishes like prawn curry and pomelo salad. Ala Carte dishes include a selection of congee and Vietnamese favourites like rice paper rolls and a variety of protein and vegetables stir fry delicacies. The bar’s signature drinks menu is a colourful and exotic one with cocktails like Thrilla in Vanilla, shaken with vanilla vodka and lemongrass or the refreshing Vinh Hy Affair made with white rum and fresh pineapple juice.
JU-MA-NA | Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali, Bali, Indonesia
Some Moroccan charm overlooking the crashing waves of Bali’s shoreline can be found at Ju-Ma-Na restaurant and bar. Unique outdoor furniture in classic white are arranged among fire pits and honeycomb columns, creating an impressive terrace décor. Glass railings add to the airiness of the outdoor restaurant while the indoor dining is inside a floor to ceiling glass structure with no obstructed view of the waters.
The food selection is top notched as seasoned chefs prepare delicious fares like the Ju-Ma-Na seafood risotto or the trio combo of braised wagyu short ribs, lamb and herring. End your meal
with the white chocolate mousse decorated with blood orange cremeux in the obsession ivory chocolate dessert, one of the many sweet delicacies served at Ju-Ma-Na.
Sirena | Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa, Boracay Island, Philippines
Lovers of the jungle and sea will adore the dining options at the Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa. Though there are four on
the premises, Sirena is the one with the best of views. A circular pavilion with glass doors give a 360 view of the lush landscape of Boracay. To be closer to the waters, Sirena’s outside terrace give off romantic jungle vibes for a dining experience like no other.