Stunning bird’s eye view pictures have shone a new light on some of the world’s most popular holiday resorts.
Captured with a drone by photographer Matt Spangard, 43, from North Carolina, the collection of images provide a fresh perspective on some very envy-inducing destinations.
Together, the aerial shots present shimmering blue pools surrounded by hotel buildings at Mexican resorts including Secrets in Playa Mujeres and El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya; while others elsewhere include Wild Dunes in Charleston, South Carolina and Siesta Key Beach in Florida.
Looking good! The impressive landscaped design of Playa Mujeres in Mexico, captured with a drone by photographer Matt Spangard
Meanwhile, other spectacular shots show golden sandy beaches with sun worshippers dotted throughout and boats anchored at a busy marina.
‘In this series, I just want to bring a little joy to someone’s day,’ says Mr Spangard, who took the snaps for Drone Brigade.
‘You may be sitting at a desk in an overly air-conditioned office tower right now but for a few seconds, I can transport you to the Islands.
‘You could easily be one of those little dots down there on the lounge chair at the pool. If that brings a smile to your face — or even better, inspires you to book your own getaway — I consider it a success.
‘There’s one more message, actually, and this one’s a bit selfish: if you run a resort in a far flung corner of the world, I hope you will invite me to come photograph your property for my next series.’
Life’s a beach: Sun-seekers catch some rays as the drone flies overhead at the Siesta Key Beach resort in Florida
Wow-factor: A stunning view of the five-star Grand Pavillion resort at Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms, in South Carolina
Now that’s inviting: Holiday-makers can be seen gathering around the ice-blue pool at the El Dorado Royale, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Give us a wave! A row of private yachts lined up at the Isle of Palms marina in South Carolina
Dive in: The stunning and carefully-crafted layout of Playa Mujeres, Mexico, is perhaps best appreciated from the air
Making a splash: Golden, sandy beaches with sun worshippers dotted throughout provide an insight into the 5-star breaks, pictured here is Florida’s Siesta Key Beach
Wild Dunes resort in South Carolina: A perfect line of beach umbrellas punctuate the sands in the US beauty spot
Perfect combination: Nature’s beauty faces-off with the man-made structures at the El Dorado Royale in Mexico
Rock-n-roll: The choppy waters of Stormy Wreck in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, which is popular with US tourists
Matt, who is an FAA-licensed smalled unmanned aerial system (sUAS) operator, took the pictures with a drone.
‘I think being a successful drone photographer means you need to keep an open mind,’ he added.
‘What looks like a perfect shot from the ground might fall to pieces when you are looking at it from above. Being able to quickly scan for and recognize those patterns that make drone photography so unique is key. You also have to work quickly because battery life is still quite short at around 15 minutes.
‘That perfect opportunity is fleeting and if you don’t have everything framed up and ready to go, you’re likely to miss it. There are always problems to overcome when shooting drone photography at resorts.
‘Pick your poison: wind, sand, sun and heat. The biggest hurdle to overcome, though, is that of the curious bystander.
‘When you’re flying, you need to remain focused on that tiny dot that you are responsible for in the sky, not the curious guy who is trying to peek over your shoulder at your screen while peppering you with questions.’
Symmetrical: A birds eye-view of the accommodation at Wild Dunes in South Carolina, which is perfectly in symmetry
Shore thing! Vacationers relax on the sands of Siesta Key in Florida, while the crystal-clear waves lap the beach
New perspective: The drone snaps have shone a new light on some of the world’s most popular holiday resorts, including the El Dorado Royale in Mexico
Splashing out on their holiday: A sun-drenched pool deck at the Wild Dunes resort is full of people cooling-off from the heat
Inviting: Most guests at the Wild Dunes will not be able to appreciate the full architectural wonder of their resort
Cruise control: Privately-owned boats are anchored at a busy marina in South Carolina, where the elite like to party
Lap of luxury: Palm Cove at the Wild Dunes resort appears almost heart-shaped – and probably not by chance…