Golden hour: The best hotels in South East Asia to catch the sunset from
Whether you're chasing resort vibes or cityscapes this summer season, one thing remains constant — you’ll get to soak in some spectacular sunsets that light up the sky in hues of red, orange and yellow. And what better way to enjoy the golden hour view and summer sounds than with a glass of champagne or iced tea? From the island paradise Maldives to the urban cityscape of Kuala Lumpur, our round-up of Instagram-worthy vantage points features private suites and sunset yacht rides for the best sunset views in South East Asia.
Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa: An uninterrupted vista across sun, sand and sea
Enjoy in sea-to-sky silhouettes and an uninterrupted view across the horizon, as you lounge in the comfort of your overwater villa. Spacious accommodations at the upcoming Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa offers guests an intimate oasis of refined tranquility, and every single villa comes with a private pool, as well as direct access to the Indian ocean. Another great space to catch the sunset is the resort’s Eden Champagne & Gin Bar, with carefully curated selections and an intimate setting – or perhaps at a table by the water at Origin, amidst a mindful, forward-thinking seafood dining experience. Take in panoramic views of azure waters and watch time pass at a different pace as the sky turns dramatic shades of gold.
Conrad Bali: A view accompanied by a transformative wellness experience
In the Island of the Gods, take your sun salutations to a whole new level at Conrad Bali. Yoga or pilates by the beach is just the beginning at the resort, where you’ll be able to settle into your favourite poses amidst the ocean breeze and the warming heat of the setting sun.
Chasing sunsets, coupled with incredible wellness experiences, would help you reset — from forest bathing, to sound healing and signature spa treatments that elevate your experience into a spiritual practice. You could even pay a visit to the sacred Balinese water temple, Tirta Empul, to immerse yourself in a ritual purification exercise for inspired living and inner peace. For some, sunsets are signifiers of a divine connection: with such stunning sights, you’ll instantly feel transformed.
Waldorf Astoria Bangkok: Sweeping sights from one of the tallest buildings in the city
Skyscrapers and high-rise buildings dot the Bangkok cityscape, but none are quite so luxurious or iconic as the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. Located in the heart of the city’s central business district, and spread across different levels of the building, you’ll get some of the best views of downtown Bangkok from the hotel’s restaurants and bars. Watch the sun dip below the horizon as you indulge in grilled meats and seafood at the 55th-floor Bull & Bear – or stand by the wraparound windows and admire the glittering city lights far below, as you enjoy an evening with friends at The Loft on the 56th floor, complete with bespoke cocktail in hand.
In the day, head over to the infinity pool on the 17th floor, and lounge in the sun (or shade, if you prefer!) while overlooking the scenic grounds of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. Pro tip: come in the evening, and stay till late – watching the sky shift from afternoon, to dusk, and then to night, is something you’ll never quite forget.
Conrad Koh Samui: For panoramic cliffside views
Looking for a different kind of adventure? Located on the south-western tip of the island, Conrad Koh Samui offers a host of cliffside villas and commanding sunset views of the Gulf of Thailand. Even the restaurants and bars boast singularly unique views - imagine visiting a cocktail bar perched high above the resort against a large rock wall, where you could sit in swing sofas and sip on specially concocted mixtures - all while basking in the warm glow of the setting sun. Experience the highlights of island living with beach kayaking activities, snorkelling trips at nearby coral reefs, or sunset yacht rides. Or slip into the luxury spa to enjoy soothing massages and saunas with calming ocean views.
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