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Whether exploring the American West or islands in Africa, there are endless reasons to wake up early and see the world.

10 Reasons Not to Sleep In

Need a reason to skip the snooze button on your next vacation? Early birds experience magical moments others miss. Here, Four Seasons team members from around the globe share what drives them to wake before sunrise – and why you should too.

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5:30 AM, JACKSON HOLE

“There is nothing like an early morning bike ride in Jackson. It’s akin to a  mini wildlife safari, with bald eagle, coyote, elk and moose sightings. But my favourite is seeing the hot-air balloons getting ready for a sunrise flight with our guests. The sun bouncing off the Tetons is nothing short of magical – and I take great joy in knowing I can help shape and share that magic.”

—Michael Nichols, Concierge (Member Les Clefs d’Or USA), Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole 

 

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole

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6:00 AM, LAS VEGAS

 “I often send guests south of the Hotel for a morning run past the iconic Las Vegas sign, continuing on to the trails at Sunrise Park. On their return leg, they are rewarded with views of the Strip illuminated by rays of sun, contrasted with the neon of the night prior.”

Gamini Sugathadasa, Bellman, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas 

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

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6:15 AM, MALDIVES PRIVATE ISLAND AT VOAVAH, BAA ATOLL

“I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a dawn dive in the pristine waters off Voavah. Just you and the reef residents coming out of their nighttime hiding places as the sun’s ray start to light the reef. It’s pure magic.”

— Ismail Naeem, Katheeb (Island Chief),  Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah, Baa Atoll

Maldives Private Island Voavah at Baa Atoll

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6:40 AM, SYDNEY

 “Every corner you turn in Sydney, there is beauty to be found.  However, my favourite iconic Sydney moment is watching the sun rise from behind the sails of the Sydney Opera House from one of our Four Seasons Full Harbour Rooms. Simply breathtaking.”

Charlotte Trickey, Lounge 32 Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney 

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

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Borabora

6:45 AM, BORA BORA

“One of the unique things guests can do here, just seconds after waking, is jump into the warm turquoise lagoon from their overwater bungalow suite. There is truly no better way to start the day than in the healing waters of our paradise.” 

Eric Desbordes, Executive Chef, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora 

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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Mexico City

7:00 AM, MEXICO CITY

 “There’s nothing quite like rising early in a city of 22 million people. Soon enough, the streets will start bustling and local markets will reward visitors with fresh tamales, tortillas and tlayudas

David Valencia, Guest Relations Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City 

Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

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7:15 AM, GOLDEN TRIANGLE, THAILAND

“I love that moment when guests look up from their breakfast table at Nong Yao just as the sun is rising and spot our herd of elephants sauntering in for their morning snack.”

Tobias Emmer, Camp Manager, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle  

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

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7:30 AM, HAWAII, HUALALAI

 “As the sun is rising, pedal the 17 miles of paved road on Mauna Loa with friends, and then throw a rucksack over your shoulders and head up to the crater.”

Colin Clark, General Manager, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai 

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

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Africa

8:00 AM, SERENGETI

“Of all the wildlife sightings in the Serengeti, spotting a rhino is incredibly precious. The population of this creature has suffered tremendously over the past few decades, but now there are great efforts in place to support the future of these animals. If you are lucky enough to see one of the remaining rhinos in person, you truly understand why these efforts are so important.”

Ahmed
Attas, Discovery Centre Manager, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti 

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania

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9:00 AM, MAURITIUS

 “The eight-handed massage is the perfect way to wake up the body with synergies comparable to a dancer’s choreography: fluid and soothing.”

—Joelle Jennepy, Senior Spa Director, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita 

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita