Taken for granted as an everyday occurrence, we sometimes forget the natural wonder of sunrise and sunset until we venture abroad and take the time out of our day to admire this phenomenon in all its glory. We’re taking a look at some of our favourite places in the world to appreciate the beauty of dawn and dusk; at different times, in different settings and in different ways.
Few destinations in the world measure up to the magical Maldivian sunsets, the tranquillity of the water and seclusion of its private islets make it a serene spot for a romantic sunrise or sunset experience. At OZEN by Atmosphere, situated on the stunning island of Maadhoo, they offer couples the chance to combine the thrill of fishing with the Maldives’ iconic sunsets. Sailing out on a Dhoni, the crew will guide you to the best fishing locations in the island’s glittering surrounding waters, where if you’re lucky, you’ll catch tomorrow’s dinner! Admire the sky as, usually just after 18:00, the crimson colours dance and turn to darkness.
Designed and built to maximise the benefit of being on one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius, the Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa is set amidst tropical gardens which shelter bungalows from the trade winds and face the sunset. As the first environmentally aware resort in Mauritius, its infrastructure consists of 1,000sqm of solar panels, as well as composting, waste water collection and treatment plants which mean you can admire the natural scenery with peace of mind! Breakfast may be served in the privacy of your lavish villa, so we suggest you take advantage of this and order breakfast in bed as the sun rises across your terrace and pool – what a way to begin your day.
Dusk in Santorini is so significant, the sun gets a round of applause when it sets. Most commonly depicted as blanketing the blue-domed churches with amber light, you’ll be able to capture your postcard-perfect sunset snap in the village of Oia. Located on the north western cliffs of the island, it is typically Greek with white houses, island flags and church bells, enhanced by the beauty of the sunset over the Aegean Sea. Due to its popularity, Oia has become a hotspot for tourists so don’t expect to be alone in your admiration, but the small markets are great for grabbing a bottle of wine to toast your evening. A little further down the island, you’ll find Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini in the medieval village of Megalohori, a quieter spot to retreat to once the sunset spectacle ends. Luxurious and intimate, the resort's quaint grounds of winding pathways, hidden cellars and 100-year-old stone walls are surrounded by vineyards, providing a charming and relaxed island escape.
The eclectic landscape of Majorca, with versatile flora and fauna as well as soaring mountains and cliff faces mean it offers some of the most stunning sunrises and sunsets in Europe. Yet sunset dinners need not be reserved for romancing couples, at Jumeirah Port Soller, the Sunset Sushi Lounge invites groups of friends to sample creative and traditional sushi and Asian nibbles in a sociable setting. The covered outdoor terrace boasts dramatic 180-degree views of the historic port and Tramuntana Mountain Range which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, making it a truly spectacular vantage point to witness the colourful sunset.
French Polynesia is synonymous with thatched pavilions, over-water bungalows, shimmering waters and silky sands which provide an idyllic setting for a romantic sunrise or sunset experience. Seducing honeymooners for many years now, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island offers sun-seekers endless opportunities to take in the glow of the ocean and Mt Otemanu with open-air dining, beach yoga and sea kayaking in the coral gardens. A little further along the South Pacific archipelago, Moorea is a heart-shaped island of volcanic mountains, lush rainforest and sandy edges. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora faces the sunrise side of the island, so why not wake up early and admire it from your balcony before jumping into the sparkling waters for a morning snorkel?