Hotel helipads are normally used by VIP guests with special transport needs. Today, a number of properties have found a second purpose for this facility when it lies idle, offering it as a venue to event organisers looking for an unusual site to hold their corporate function. Mix takes a look at a few:
PENINSULA HONG KONG
The hotel's double helipads are being served by a helicopter departure lounge called "The China Clipper", which features a private elevator, a cosy reading area and is completed with rich, comfortable furniture. Visiting groups on a sightseeing flight can enjoy the amenities of the lush lounge before heading up for a quick helicopter spin around the city.
Group size: Up to 40 people
CARCOSA SERI NEGARA
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A favourite among dignitaries and VIPs, the hotel has its very own grass helipad that, unlike the others on this list, is located at ground level, adjacent to the heritage mansion-turned-hotel. Perks such as limousine transfer and butler service can be arranged to enhance the first-class experience of your guests.
Group Size: With the lush gardens and lawns beside the helipad, the whole space can fit a few hundred easily
Local authorities, initially prohibited the use of the hotel's helipad for any purpose, had finally relented and allowed the events to be held there. It is now a popular venue for cocktail receptions, with many large corporations using it for high-profile events.
Group size: Up to 100 people can fit comfortably
SWISSÔTEL THE STAMFORD
Most parties at the Swissôtel Singapore are held at the majestic sky bar. For the extra edge, however, events can be arranged at the hotel's helipad, atop one of Singapore's tallest buildings. It is a place where people enjoy an unobstructed view of the city.
Group size: Up to 200 people can fit on the rooftop helipad
BURJ AL ARAB
Shaped like a flying saucer, this rooftop helipad has been a venue for exclusive, premium events. Tiger Woods has played golf on the helipad while Andre Agassi and Roger Federer held an exhibition match there. The Burj Al Arab also provides an airport transfer service by helicopter – a luxurious Augusta 109 Executive helicopter to be exact.
Group size: Up to 150 people