Catch the Best Sunset Celebrations in the World at These 7 Hotels

Serenity now.

There’s something so magical about watching a sunset: These spectacular displays slow us down after a busy day, bring people together, and force us to be present. It’s like Mother Nature calling a “time out.” 
These seven hotels wind down the day with a mix of rituals and celebrations that extend beyond the usual sunset selfie opps. Check out these ooh-and-aah-worthy ways to enjoy a daily dose of natural beauty while traveling.

1Cocktail and Horseback Riding Experience at Smith Fork Ranch, Crawford, Colorado

Sitting pretty between Aspen and Telluride, eight miles west of Crawford, Smith Fork Ranch only caters to 28 guests per week. The 280-acre spread serves up a “Cocktail and Horseback Riding Experience,” where guests take an early evening horseback ride to a hilltop overlooking the ranch. There, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness, they indulge in cocktails and light bites as the sun sets. The property reopens in May for the 2016 season. 

2Yoga on the Rocks at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, Oahu, Hawaii

Step up your yoga practice with Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa’s Yoga on the Rocks” program. One Wednesday each month, the beachfront resort offers a sunset Vinyasa yoga session on the hotel’s outdoor Na Lea Terrace. The sessions starts at 6 p.m. — perfectly coinciding with the sunset — and are led by a Lululemon ambassador. Like any good workout, the yoga lesson is followed by wine, cocktails, and breathtaking views of Diamond Head. Bliss is a steal too: The yoga session costs $10 per person, and includes one boozy beverage. 

3Lakeside Mayan Shaman Blessing at Casa Palopó, Lake Atilan, Guatemala

The private residence turned luxe boutique hotel Casa Palopó offers an Insta-worthy lakeside location and killer views of the San Pedro Volcano. Smackdab in the heart of Mayan culture and tradition, Casa Palopó celebrates the last breaths of daylight with a sunset blessing performed by a Mayan Shaman. 

4 Sunset S’mores on the Beach at Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Think s’mores are reserved for camping? Nope. They’re the perfect pairing for sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Every night a sunset at the Sandpearl Resort, a kid is picked by the resort’s mascot, Ridley the Turtle, to ring the sunset bell. Families flock to the beach to roast s’mores at the hotel’s fire pits.  

5Sunset Lechon on the Beach at San Juan Marriott & Stellaris Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan Marriott & Stellaris Casino takes the standard beach barbecue to epic new levels of awesome with its authentic lechon on the beach celebration. Timed with the sunset, the pig roast is inspired by the lechoneras, or outdoor restaurants that specialize in whole pig, slow roasted over an open firefound along Guavate — also known as the Pork Highway. It’s a tasty way to soak up one of the island’s best beaches. The experience occurs monthly and is open to all guests, travelers, and locals — plus private bookings. 

6Sunset Steel Orchestra at Crystal Cove, Barbados

Bajans need no excuse to eat, drink and be merry. At Crystal Cove, the local tradition of limin’ and whinin’ — also known as kicking back a cocktail and dancing to Caribbean calypso music — is alive. Guests at Crystal Cove watch the sun dip into the sea to the sound of calypso, soca, and reggae music, while sipping rum punch (made with local fave, Mount Gay, of course) and tasty bites. 

7Spirit of Adventure Celebration at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Marana, Arizona

At the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain near Tucson, guests assemble nightly at 5:15 p.m. on the resort’s Ignite Terrace. At that time, a haunting, soul-stirring acoustical performance is presented by a local Native American flutist perched in the nearby Tortolita Foothills. The celebration honors the ancient Hohokam tribe, which inhabited Dove Mountain from 300 B.C. until 1450 A.D. Once each evening’s flute refrain is complete, a resort natural historian shares the story of the Hohokam people and encourages guests to reflect upon the day they enjoyed in this magical setting. 

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