Livable, enjoyable rooftop spaces are the cherries on top of great homes. Be it a bed, a bathtub, a magnificent view, or all of the above, it’s always a happy surprise to discover that your vacation rental has a brilliant rooftop. Time to hit the roof? Here’s our pick of eight sigh-worthy toppings.
Pictured top: Sorrento Villa Gulf of Naples, Italy. Slumber under the sky… or the parasol, or bask boldly in the sun in this beautiful villa that clings to the cliffs in the Gulf of Naples. Whatever you choose, the sea will be keen on joining you.
Playful Penthouse Barcelona, Spain
Perfect illusion… This penthouse on top of a restored Art Nouveau building in the heart of Barcelona provides an impression of seclusion in the bustling city. We love that its rooftop is practically another living and dining area. Not pictured: the outdoor shower, because a little surprise goes a long way.
Palapa Beach House Sayulita, Mexico
Bare essentials… Here’s a bring-your-own-imagination rooftop in a beautiful beach house of bold colors and lush jungle landscaping–within walking distance of lively Sayulita. Come up here with your yoga mat at sunset, your honey for a cuddle, or just yourself for a little “me time” with the view.
Portimao Townhouse Portimao, Portugal
Soak it all in… Ahh the ol’ hot tub on the roof. Need we say more? Yes, because we’re absolutely loving the modern standalone tub plus nomadic-chic rug and cushion setup in this redesigned townhouse in Portimao.
El Paseo Penthouse Havana, Cuba
Havana haven… This penthouse on Havana’s famous Avenida Paseo has been a family property for years, so it’s full of personal touches and plays of color. Case in point this pair of yellow striped loungers perfect for catching a rooftop tan.
Design Studio Valletta, Malta
Neighborhood watch… This contemporary space sits on a renovated 18th-century building at the seaside end of Valletta’s main thoroughfare. The apartment used to be an architect’s atelier, as you would very well suspect the moment you step through the door.
Holbox Island Bungalow Holbox, Mexico
Holbox hideaway… This little bungalow in a quiet corner of the Yucatan is nicely intimate, with rooms that feel like nooks. This indulgent rooftop lounge invites afternoon siestas in the cool of its shade.
Medina Riad Marrakech, Morocco
Quiet in the medina… Taking the time to enjoy the rooftop is a quintessential part of the riad experience. This one’s in the heart of Marrakech’s medina, allowing a bit of luxurious calm above the bustling markets below.
Ready to hit the roof? For more regal rooftops, browse our collection of vacation homes here.