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There's nothing quite like kicking back with a cold one in the tropical Top End, the reliably warm weather beckoning us to enjoy a chilled tipple.

But with some of the best sunsets and ocean views getting around, it can be hard to decide where to kick back at the end of a big day in D-Town. Which views to choose?

By Tierney Seccull

Lucky for us, Zen Rooftop Lounge has all bases covered, the wraparound balcony offering year-round views of the ocean, city and sunset. Located on the 16th floor of Ramada Suites by Wyndham, a visit to Zen allows you to cast your eye over, well, most of Darwin.

Previously an exclusive perk for guests of the hotel, the doors – rather, skies – have been opened to the general public over the last year, and Hotel Manager Andrew Kritikos says word has gotten around.

“Our 360-degree outlook from the harbour to the city has become a real attraction, and we have people visiting from interstate to experience it. Everyone really loves the views – we want our guests and visitors to come along and experience the Zen vibe.”

And Zen you will be. In addition to the breathtaking panoramas, the bar is stocked with the usual suspects including wine, beer and spirits. The cocktail menu is a tempting roll call of the classics, also featuring Zen’s own special concoction.

“Our signature cocktail is the Santorini. It’s made with Skinos, which is a Greek liqueur, topped with grapefruit and lime juice, and Fever-Tree tonic water. If you’ve ever been to Greece, you’ll recognise the flavour, it’s very refreshing.”

Fill your bellies with freshly prepped fare from the complimentary canapé buffet, overflowing with cheese, crackers, dips, fruit and nuts. There’s also a range of hot dishes on offer including nachos, spring rolls and chicken nuggets. If you’re in the mood for a meal, Zen allows you to bring your own food or order from your favourite food delivery service. Main course at sunset anyone?

The space has been designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Tropical fruit-bearing plants like banana and paw paw are dotted throughout, lovingly tended to personally by hotel owner Michael. Even the chairs and tables have been selected with comfort in mind.

“Chairs have a limited time of sitting – in a café, for example, the chairs have twenty minutes of sitting. Our chairs are designed for two hours plus, so you can really settle in and relax.”

Zen is the perfect spot for storm watching, a favourite Darwinite pastime. And if the weather gets too wild, retreat inside to the air-con where you can enjoy a game of chess or backgammon. There’s also a free pool table to shoot a few quick games and huge tellies to catch your favourite sporting matches. If you’re in the mood for maxo relaxo, kick back on one of two state-of-the-art massage chairs.

For fresh ocean breezes, chilled bevs, Territory hospitality and stunning vistas, broaden your horizons and get Zen.

Zen Rooftop Lounge

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