5 hotels to watch the sun rise

“The early bird catches the worm,” as the renowned idiom states. One of the true joys of life is watching the sun rise, slowly lightening the cool, dark dawn with the warm rays of the star that burns brightly in the centre of our solar system. This phenomenon has been the inspiration for many a legend, myth, story or song. Historically, the sunrise has been an important part of mankind, representing enlightenment.

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Here are 5 hotels where you too can be enlightened in a number of ways if you wake up at the right time:

Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, USA

The Silicon Valley is arguably one of the centres of enlightenment in modern history, hosting a slew of tech firms led by some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in today’s world. With the sun rising slowly above the hills, the Pyramid smack-bang in front and the Bay Bridge in the distance, this is a classic urban view with which to start the day from the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, where yoga at sun rise (organised by the hotel), can only add a meditative calm to the phenomenon.

Grace Santorini, Greece

Sometimes, it’s best left to nature. Grace Santorini knows exactly how to do that. With its iconic whitewashed stone houses, the rising sun gloriously radiates the sky filling it with a streaking hue of orange, that in turn, contrasts beautifully with the pale blue of the surrounding waters. As the historical centre of Western civilisation, it is easy to see how the Ancient Greeks took much inspiration from sunrises so stunning.

W Retreat & Spa, Maldives

Sky meets sea meets the sun at W Retreat & Spa, Maldives. With no multistoried buildings or hills in sight, this very flat landscape is ideal for sunrise spotters, with the warm colours of the sun melding with the coral blue of the nearby waters and the deeper aquamarine blue of the further waters to create a beautiful fusion of colours. The corals that populate the waters in the vicinity in this beautiful landscape rely on the rays of the sun for growth.

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel, Durban, South Africa

As the photo from Mridula Dwivedi’s blog “Travel Tales from India” shows, the sunrise from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban is magnificent as it should be, rising almost stereotypically from the horizon as a big glowing fiery ball, before settling into the sky. Durban’s sunrise marks the start of the day of the myriad of creatures that form the delicate circle of life in the African wilderness.

EAST, Hong Kong

The financial centre of Asia wakes up to the world earlier than most other places. If you are staying at EAST, you are most probably on a business trip in this appropriately named hotel at the eastern part of Hong Kong Island, where major development is starting to occur to provide an alternative to the traditional business district on the west. Start your day early by catching the sunrise from a Harbour Corner room, before getting your daily caffeine boost from the complimentary coffee and Espresso maker in each room.

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