For private jet users, their planes are time machines, giving them back valuable hours every time they fly. Recognizing that even when they are on the ground, business aircraft fliers are often trying to maximize their time, our sister publication, DG Amazing Experiences, a weekly travel e-newsletter for private jet owners, and Private Jet Card Comparisons, have combined to put together a restaurant guide specifically designed for those of you who are often up in the air.
In the debut list, there were 143 restaurants in over 60 cities across six continents. Each restaurant combines memorable high-floor views, fantastic cuisine and is located in a leading hotel, meaning instead of fighting crosstown traffic, you only need to hop in the elevator.
– Had to be a full-service restaurant – not just a bar or lounge
– Had to be in a 4/5-star/lifestyle hotel with great suites you can bed down in
– Had to be rooftop or high floor with spectacular and memorable views
– Had to provide a fantastic dining experience equal to the views
In terms of the big winners, Marriott brands – Ritz-Carlton, Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Bulgari, JW Marriott, Westin, and Le Meridien had the most entries with 20 restaurants while Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts placed 11. Lebua at State Tower in Bangkok, which bills itself as the world’s first vertical destination for bars and restaurants with more than a dozen at the top of its 60 plus story skyscraper, had four of its restaurants on the list, the most of any single hotel, and it helped power Bangkok to the destination with the most restaurants for private jet setters on our list – nine. Ritz-Carlton hotels in Tokyo and Shanghai each had three restaurants on the list.
Among some of the most amazing views is the Acropolis in Athens from the GB Roof Garden at the Hotel Grand Bretagne, the pyramids at Giza from the Revolving Restaurant at the Grand Nile Tower in Cairo, the Dubai skyline from Al Muntha at the Burj Al Arab, Mont Blanc from Izumi at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, Monte Carlo and the coast from Le Grill at Hotel de Paris, the Eiffel Tower from L’Oiseau Blanc at The Peninsula, the Strip in Las Vegas from Riviera at the Delano, the expanses of Los Angeles from La Boucherie at the InterContinental Downtown, Manhattan’s skyline from Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s harbor and the skyline of Central from Felix in The Peninsula, the expanse of Singapore from Jaan on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, Sydney’s bridge and Opera House from Altitude at the Shangri-la.
To compile this list I used my own travels, extensively researched various lists and articles about top restaurants filtering out the ones that didn’t meet my criteria, and I had lots of help from experts in dining out while traveling.
Among many, particular thanks to Andrew Collins (CEO of Sentient Jet), Mark Dardenne (CEO and Luxury Hotel Developer), Jack Ezon (CEO of Embark Beyond), Thomas Flohr (Chairman of Vista Global), Patrick Gallagher (President of NetJets), Mary Gostelow (Editor of Gostelow Report), Michael Holtz (CEO of Smart Flyer), David Lowy (President of Renshaw Travel), James McBride (CEO and Luxury Hotel Developer), Deepak Ohri (CEO of lebua Hotels & Resorts), Kenn Ricci (Chairman of Directional Aviation), Juliana Saad (Award-winning Brazil-based journalist), Ted Teng (former CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World), Lindsey Ueberroth (CEO of Preferred Hotels), and Jamie Walker (CEO of Jet Linx Aviation with his base teams across the U.S.), who each used their extensive travels and local knowledge.