Hotel roof bars and pools are all well and good, but the roof terrace of a villa is exclusive to just you and your friends. Whether you want to host an incredible after party, design an intimate wedding or create a romantic hideaway for two, the team at CV Villas share their favourite rooftop terraces from their luxury collection.

LA TRASITA, Amalfi Coast

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One of the most unique roof terraces belongs to the La Trasita property in Positano, along Italy’s Amalfi coast. Tucked into the coastal hills, Positano is one of Amalfi’s most picturesque villages with azure views over the Bay of Salerno. The distinctive La Trasita apartment occupies the top level of a 14th century Saracen tower, complete with a private circular rooftop terrace. Sleeping two people, the villa is an exceptional romantic retreat, with curved staircases taking you from one floor to the next and incredible sea views from arched windows.

Commanding views over the bay, the terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the region’s delicious seafood; clams are a staple ingredient in local cuisine and fresh seafood pasta is perfectly complemented by Campania’s Greco di Tufo white wine. 

2. CA’N CASTELLO, Ibiza

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Set in rock strewn gardens close to the Na Xamena cliffs in the north of Ibiza, the Ca’n Castello villa is a fine example of modern architecture with a chic design that heavily features natural elements of stone and wood.  Built with glass walls, the exquisite roof terrace makes the most of the 360° panoramic views over the ocean, villa’s private pool and Balearic countryside.  The terrace has a docking station – ideal for after parties or recreating the magic of a Café del Mar set during the day.

With a bohemian past and hedonistic present, Ibiza is a haven for artists, music fans and sun worshippers. Explore beyond your villa to discover the island’s ancient history in D’alt Vila, the beautiful swimming waters near Santa Eulària des Rui and boutique shopping at Sa Penya.

3. BARAKA POINT, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean

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Part of the Private Collection at CV Villas, Baraka Point in the Coppermine Point National Park has one of the most enviable roof terraces in the world. The roof terrace runs around the master ‘Mandarin’ suite, and is decked with teak furniture and king-size hammock. The terrace looks out over the villa’s private beach and onto jaw-dropping views of the Caribbean Sea. With an outdoor music system, the terrace is perfect for house parties.

Set on a rocky headland, Coppermine Point National Park has a hiking trail leading to ruins of a 19th-century mineshaft and workers’ houses once occupied by Cornish miners and their families. Boat trips leave for outer islands such as Anegada, renowned for its cacti, iguanas, and pristine beaches. Or charter a yacht and sail around neighbouring Necker Island, which is owned by Richard Branson.

4. RENATO’S TOWER, Borgo San Biagio, Umbria

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A favourite for honeymooners, Renato’s Tower on the Borgo San Biagio estate in Italy’s Umbria region is an inimitable property with first class views over Italy’s rolling hills and woodland. The rooftop terrace is equipped with loungers and a two metre square hot tub from where you can soak up the scenery. The Renato Tower has a room on each floor and as well as the private hot tub terrace, there’s an open fireplace, and kitchen and bedroom with rustic exposed stone walls. Guests at Renato’s Tower can also enjoy the wider facilities of the Borgo San Biagio estate, including an 18m heated pool and acres of pretty gardens.

Umbria is nicknamed ‘Italy’s Green Heart’, a moniker earned because of the region’s forests and olive groves that cloak the hills (especially between Assisi and Spoleto) with sunflowers bringing an explosion of yellow each June. The region is famous for its painters, sculptors, and spiritual leaders, with painter Perugino, teacher to Raphael, leaving famous works all over Italy.

5. DAR SANA, Morocco

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A peaceful hideaway right in the midst of the Medina, the Dar Sana riad is a romantic retreat from the markets and chaos of Marrakech. Small but perfectly formed, Dar Sana has a tented roof terrace, complete with dining tables and loungers. Listen to evening prayer from the rooftop, with African lamps creating a gorgeous romantic evening light.

Dar Sana is even home to Ali and Nino, two resident tortoises who were rescued from a souk.
Shopping in Marrakesh can be so absorbing that you might want to make it the primary focus of a trip. The city has an abundance of well-stocked souks, each offering a bombardment of handicrafts, silver jewellery, leather goods, lanterns, carpets, and pottery. By scouring the alleyways you will find a host of other distinctive items, such as antique camel saddles, musical instruments, and brightly coloured spices piled into cones.

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