The quickest way to get a taste of the sublime? Head to one of these five destinations to watch what we consider to be some of the best sunsets in the world...

1. Guatemala

Steer clear of the crowds at the Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala at the nearby and far less visited site of Yaxha. After a tour of the impressive temples, climb to the top of one of the vast pyramids where we can arrange for waiting drinks and snacks, then watch as the sun sets over the lush rainforest.

Sunset over beach

2. Brazil

Every afternoon, the locals of Jericoacoara in Northern Brazil climb the aptly named Sunset Dune before settling down to watch the sun setting into the sea, a rarity in a country with a mostly west facing coastline.

Sunset over boats

3. Croatia

Go for an evening swim in Lone Bay in Croatia's Rovinj and watch the sun descend behind the horizon.The water here is so salty that you can float pretty much without swimming and watch the sky turning pink then purple and finally inky blue.

Big Sur Sunset

4. California

The Sierra Mar restaurant at the Post Ranch Inn has a breathtaking cliff-side location and breathtaking views out over the Pacific Ocean. We'll book you a table by the window so you can enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail and some of the best food along the Californian coast while gazing at the sunset over the ocean.

Halkidiki Church

5. Greece

There are several elegant white-washed hotels on the Greek Island of Santorini from which to enjoy picture perfect views of the sun sinking into the Aegean behind the caldera of what was once a vast volcano.

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