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See the world’s most popular holiday resorts from above with these stunning images

Stunning bird’s eye view pictures have shone a new light on some of the world’s most popular holiday resorts.

Siesta Key Beach, Florida.
Siesta Key Beach, Florida. Image by Matt Spangard / mediadrumworld.com

The amazing aerial images shimmering blue pools surrounded hotel buildings and palm trees at resorts including Secrets in Playa Mujeres, Mexico; El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya, Mexico; Wild Dunes in Charleston, South Carolina, USA and Siesta Key Beach in Florida, USA.

EL DORADO ROYALE, RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO.
El Dorado Royale, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Image by Matt Spangard / mediadrumworld.com

The summery drone snaps were taken by DroneBrigade.com President Matt Spangard from Charlotte, North Carolina. “In this series, I just want to bring a little joy to someone’s day,” he said. “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.”

Playa Mujeres, Mexico.
Playa Mujeres, Mexico. Image by Matt Spangard / mediadrumworld.com

“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.”

Siesta Key Beach, Florida.
Siesta Key Beach, Florida. Image by Matt Spangard / mediadrumworld.com

Matt took the beautiful pictures with a drone as he is an FAA-licensed smalled unmanned aerial system (sUAS) operator. He explained that using drones for photography came with its own set of unique problems but not all of them involved the 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.”

Stormy Wreck, Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Stormy Wreck, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Image by Matt Spangard / mediadrumworld.com

“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.”  Follow Spangard’s daily photo blog at PhotoJambo.com, on Instagram, or on Facebook .

By Mark McConville / Media Drum World