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Not-So-Secret Gardens: Five Luxury Hotels with the Most Magical Outdoor Spaces

Swisshotel The Stamford's enchanting Singapore oasis
Swisshotel The Stamford's enchanting Singapore oasisCourtesy Swissotel The Stamford

When you combine the world’s most luxurious hotels with the world’s most beautiful open-air spaces, you truly have the best way to enjoy the great outdoors. These five to-die-for properties up the ante on wow-factor, with gardens, rooftops, and outdoor lounges that somehow manage to make spring and summer even more enjoyable.

Pop some bubbly and let the sun worshipping begin!

Forty 1° North, Newport, Rhode Island
Forty 1° North, Newport, Rhode Island Courtesy Forty 1 North

Forty 1° North, Newport, Rhode Island

In one of New England’s favorite summer playgrounds, the hottest spot in town is this chic, waterfront boutique hotel. And the hottest spot at Forty 1° North is the open-air dockside bar and lounge, where guests enjoy world-class cuisine while yacht-watching. Friday and Saturday nights feature a DJ and Newport’s most beautiful people—all enjoying Newport’s most beautiful views.

 Fairmont Nile City, Cairo, Egypt
Fairmont Nile City, Cairo, Egypt Courtesy Fairmont Nile City

Fairmont Nile City, Cairo, Egypt

The Nile River and the Cairo skyline are two of the most exquisite sights travelers will ever enjoy, and the best way to experience them is during a swim at this chic hotel’s 25th-floor Sky Pool. Somehow cocktails and apps taste that much better while staring off at the pyramids in the distance and watching the sun set in the Cairo sky.

Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris Courtesy Royal Monceau Raffles

Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

Enjoy meals from any one of their multiple bars and restaurants in the beautiful, lush, oh-so-peaceful Terrace Garden, complete with a pond, a teapot sculpture, and the je ne sais quoi that is Paris in the springtime. Of course the city and the season are even more enchanting thanks to the hotel’s Michelin star cuisine.

The PuLi Hotel & Spa, Shanghai, China
The PuLi Hotel & Spa, Shanghai, China Courtesy The PuLi Hotel & Spa

The PuLi Hotel & Spa, Shanghai, China

Shanghai’s sexiest and most sophisticated hotel is not only home to the city’s best spa and views, but also to the 1,400-square foot Garden Terrace. Whether for enjoying live music under the stars in the evening, afternoon tea, coffee in the early morning, or a late night cocktail, this is where Shanghai guests and locals find respite and outdoor bliss.

Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore
Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore Courtesy Swissotel The Stamford

Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore

Not one, but two free-form swimming pools, illuminated in various colors come nightfall, make one of the city’s best hotels an enchanting oasis, and the perfect break from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. The tropical setting is also the ideal spot to enjoy artisanal cocktails, fresh juices, and meals from their Alligator Pear restaurant.