Regardless where you choose to honeymoon, watching the sunset is a romantic experience that's sure to be on your itinerary. A quiet sundown cocktail on a city rooftop is just as elegant as a private dinner at a beachfront resort or a mountain retreat. These five places around the world have made watching the sunset an event that no honeymooner should miss.
Oia - Santorini, Greece
Sunsets in Santorini, Greece are famous, especially in the town of Oia. It seems as if everyone on the island gathers here to watch the sun sink into the Mediterranean Sea. Oia's location on the northern tip of the island gives it unobstructed views of the sunset and of Santorini's sunken caldera.
If a crowded cliff-top viewpoint is not your idea of romance, Oia's many restaurants and small hotels may offer respite. Eateries such as the Kastros Restaurant offer sunset reservations for tables looking directly over the sea. If you'd like to watch the sunset from your hotel, the Xenones Filotera hotel offers elegant rooms and an infinity pool overlooking the horizon.
Seminyak - Bali, Indonesia
Surfers and sunbathers alike frequent Bali's shores, and there's no better beachfront place to watch the sunset than Seminyak. From the many resorts and restaurants that line the sand, you'll have a direct view of the water as the sun dips into the Indian Ocean.
For a lively sunset atmosphere, head to the Ku De Ta beach club. Live DJs are a common accompaniment to a well-made cocktail and international cuisine. If you'd rather relax in Balinese style, choose one of Seminyak's many five-star resorts or villas for a quiet sunset retreat.
Maui, Hawaii, USA
The island of Maui has volcanoes, beaches, and waterfalls in addition to killer sunset views. In South Maui, the beaches near Kihei have clear views over to West Maui that are perfect for sunset photography and an evening picnic. The Kamaole Sands beaches are popular, though my favorite Charley Young, is a little quieter.
If you are feeling adventurous, views of the sunset from the top of the Haleakela volcano are stunning. Being at high altitude will offer sweeping views over Maui as well as out to Lanai and even the Big Island. Remember to bring a blanket or a jacket as the temperature can fall quickly.
Herradura Bay - Pacific Coast of Costa Rica
Costa Rica's Pacific Coast is known for world class surfing, beautiful national parks, and golden sunsets. Herradura Bay, which sits just north of the surfing town Jaco, is a perfect place for a quiet honeymoon sundowner. At the Los Suenos Resort and Spa, the highest point in the hotel can be rented out for a private bird eye view of the bay and the sunset. There is even a wine cooler on standby in case you'd like to toast the moment with champagne.
Kowloon - Hong Kong
Watching the sunset over the skyscrapers of Hong Kong is a fantastic city moment, and Kowloon's waterfront promenade and many rooftop bars are perfect places to catch the view. If you are in the mood for a glamorous cocktail, head to Ozone bar atop the Ritz Carlton Hotel. From here, all glass walls offer a view of not only the sky, but also of the city lights once the stars come out.