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Stunning Sunsets from Around the World

No matter your travelling style, everyone can agree on a stunning sunset, best enjoyed with a cocktail in hand or relaxing on the sand. From the magical Maldives to the bustling coastal city of Newport Beach, we’ve rounded up the best locations to enjoy golden hour around the world. 

Velaa Private Island, Maldives

Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island takes exclusivity to the next level with facilities and service that go beyond traditional resorts, making Velaa Private Island the ultimate island escape. While 18 of the 47 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity.

Home to the standout fine-dining restaurant Aragu, managed by trusted and award-winning Head Chef Gaushan De Silva. A culinary destination in its own right, Velaa Private Island also operates two other upscale restaurants, Tavaru and Athiri, two bars and the most exclusive wine cellar in the Maldives designed for the most sophisticated traveller in mind. In Velaa’s high-tech spa, guests can choose from a range of treatments such as personalised facial treatments and massage rituals. Velaa Spa holds meditation sessions, Hatha yoga classes and features the unique CLOUD 9 pod which sways and cradles guests into a state of deep relaxation.

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JA Resort Manafushi, Maldives

Set in the Northernmost Atoll, the island comprises of 84 residences including over water villas, with six restaurants and bars, including Maldives first and deepest wine cave, The Cellar. All inclusive is available, including afternoon tea, each villa’s personal bar and three course meals. Opportunities for adventure are rife, with a PADI certified dive centre, snorkelling directly from each villa, Castaway island adventures and picnics, eco golf driving range and cultural and environmental awareness centres.

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Newport Beach, California 

Visitors to Newport Beach are spoilt for choice with a range of luxurious hotels to choose to stay in. For a waterfront stay, Balboa Bay Resort offers luxury and comfort and is one of the most unique hotels in Newport Beach, CA or visitors looking to find rejuvenation in one of the top Newport Beach hotels should treat themselves to a spa treatment at Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach. Restaurants are also at an abundance in Newport Beach with a huge variety of cuisines to choose from such as French, Caribbean or Vietnamese, including infamous names in the restaurant world such as Nobu and Rothschild’s.

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The Sunset Terrace at Caesars Palace Dubai

Guests of Caesars Palace Dubai can enjoy sunset views from the resort’s newly launched bar, The Lounge. Featuring an aptly named Sunset Terrace, the bar features a menu of signature cocktails inspired by Middle Eastern flavours and a signature Ruinart Champagne ritual, perfect for sipping while watching the sun melt into the shimmering Arabian Gulf. Once darkness has fallen, dine at one of the resort’s celebrated restaurants, from British and American favourites at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen to innovative Chinese cuisine at Demon Duck by Alvin Leung.

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The Residence Zanzibar

Inviting guests to experience a truly authentic African escape, The Residence Zanzibar is steeped in 32 hectares of lush tropical gardens, fringed by a pristine mile-long beach. The resort’s 66 villas provide the ultimate seclusion, complete with a private pool and terrace to lounge in the African heat and witness the country’s mesmerising sunsets. As the sun dops into the ocean and a breath-taking kaleidoscope of colours appear in the sky, relax, dine and sip on delicious cocktails by the glass-walled infinity pool, that offers show stopping views across the Zanzibar seascape. Those celebrating a special occasion can opt for an intimate dining experience in the privacy of the villas amid the soft glow of tiki torches on the terrace, or on the resort’s expansive jetty as the sun sets over the ocean for a truly unforgettable evening under the stars. 

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Parga Beach Resort, Greece

Providing direct access to Valtos Beach, guests of Parga Beach Resort can bask in undisturbed bliss whilst enjoying the five-star resorts’ numerous facilities. Those seeking an overwater adventure can opt for a sunrise kayaking tour around the picturesque coastline, whilst for a truly memorable evening the team can arrange a private dinner under the stars, with a bespoke menu created by the head chef. Set directly on the beach, the resort’s three restaurants are easily accessible and include Ammos Beach Bar, where guests can indulge in refreshing beverages and light bites from the comfort of their lounger, watching the sun set. Peppered throughout gardens, amid centuries-old olive trees, Parga Beach Resort’s bungalow-style buildings offer stylish lodgings, luxurious facilities and access to four pools. Easily accessible from the UK, travellers can catch a direct flight from London to Aktion International airport (PVK), located a 40-minute drive from the resort.

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Ibiza Gran Hotel

Located right on the seafront, facing the island’s most luxurious marinas, Ibiza Gran Hotel is the finest manifestation of Mediterranean luxury by virtue of its sophisticated suites with incomparable views, its revitalising spa, unique dining destinations, pools and glamourous Casino. Moments from the Island’s Marina, the independently owned, state-of-the-art, Ibiza Gran Hotel is both a gateway to the White Island and a destination in its own right. The hotel offers 187 spacious suites with incomparable views of the Bay of Ibiza, Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s old town, and Formentera, the perfect views to watch the unbeatable Ibizan sunsets!

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Thanda Island, Tanzania

Nestled within Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, the rustic Thanda Island is the world’s only privately-owned marine reserve that operates as an exclusive-use luxury hotel, the perfect spot for your own private sunset. The marine counterpart of the famed Thanda Safari in South Africa, Thanda Island hosts a five-suite villa built in a breezy throwback colonial style with gym, patio, infinity pool, and library. Just a few steps away from the main villa are two authentic and recently revamped beach chalets (Tanzanian bandas) where eight more guests can reside. The island is completed with a tennis court, ocean-front yoga pavilion, helipad, helicopter, Sea Lion super yacht and a fully equipped boat house, your own paradise to enjoy breathtaking Tanzania sunsets surrounded by nature. 

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Nobu Hotel Santorini, Greece

Nobu Hotel Santorini serves Santorini’s sunsets up on a platter. Located on a beautiful clifftop in Imerovigli, the hotel houses the country’s first Nobu Restaurant, a dual-level infinity pool, fitness studio and 25 luxurious rooms, suites and pool villas. Guests can enjoy a front-row seat to Santorini’s sensational views with uninterrupted sunset vistas from the sea-facing restaurant, serving iconic dishes, such as Black Cod Miso, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, Fried Umami Chicken Wings, and Wagyu Beef Sando, as well as a variety of Greek and Mediterranean dishes and rotating off-the-menu specials. After dinner, the resident DJ leads the hotel’s Sunset Sessions, providing the soundtrack to the glorious sunset five nights a week.

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Published 20th February 2023

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