What better way to toast to a sensational, luxurious trip abroad than to clink glasses with your fellow globetrotters and indulge in a lovely drink?
Sunset is in many ways the ideal time for such a toast, especially when you’re admiring the sky turn from orange to lilac and mauve, seated at a spectacular location that dishes out jaw-droppingly beautiful views of the city you’re currently visiting. With that in mind, here are some of the top two spots around the world for a sunset drink.
Say “yamas” in Oia, Santorini, Greece
Few places on the planet can rival the surreal beauty of the seaside town of Oia, pronounced ‘la’, in Santorini. Nestled in an ancient caldera full of cobalt-blue Aegean waters and flanked by high cliff tops, Oia is a jewel with cobble-stoned streets twisting through pristine white architecture topped with blue roofs. The skyline is dominated by three charming churches, with ornate bells, reaching for the blue sky above with their aqua rooftops.
Formed due to a volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago, the caldera provides a shimmering blue backdrop to the sunsets behind the cliffs, the waters reflecting the magnificent sky. Most writers will tell you that seeing the sunset in Oia is so mesmerising that no words can fairly represent its beauty. You can glimpse the island of Thirassia and volcano of Palia and Nea Kameni around the horseshoe shape of the caldera, seeing these formations dance in the rays of sunset light. Sip your drink at any one of the many clifftop restaurants, as most are on the edge and offer phenomenal views. However, for those who really want to be high up and right on the edge for an unparalleled vista, head to Feredini.
Located on one of the tallest cliffs, hundreds of feet above the caldera waters, Feredini has clifftop cabanas with sheer drapery floating down the columns and crisp white linens. Feel like Olympic gods and goddesses as you say “yamas”, or cheers, in Greek!
Say “cheers” at The View Bar in New York
The Manhattan skyline has been the subject of countless artworks, a genuinely inspirational sight that echoes power and beauty through soaring skyscrapers. Sure, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge will give you a stellar view of the skyline, but there’s no comparison to seeing these glittering buildings at eye-level atop the revolving restaurant and bar, The View, in Times Square.
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows frame the bar, located 48 storeys high and slowly revolving to ensure you get to see a 360 degree panoramic view of the skyline. Time your trip to The View for just before sunset and see both a daylight and night-time cityscape of New York, because both are unique.
As the lights glimmer on in the thousands of apartments around you, you’ll be immersed in a shimmering and dazzling environment as you sip your cocktail or beer in the Big Apple. There’s an exclusive vibe here fit for luxury travel, and you’ll rotate past iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. Of course, after your drink, you can head down the elevator to Times Square and soak in the neon lights and vibrant energy of this space once the sun has set.
If you’re on business travel, The View would be an excellent choice to take clients to for networking in a unique, impressive atmosphere.
No matter what your daytime plans are whilst in Santorini or New York, don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to toast to the sunset at these stunning spots.