With talk that those elusive travel bubbles will finally be happening and that we’ll be travelling to select international destinations in the second half of this year, our stunning Pacific Island neighbours are ranking high on our ‘where to’ wish lists.
Poised to be among the first first countries in the world to form a two-way travel bubble with Australia, there are not many places that do a barefoot luxury resort experience as well as Fiji and Vanuatu. So, if the change in seasons has you dreaming of a warm weather escape with palm trees, turquoise waters, attentive service and lots and lots of relaxing, read on for our expert advisors’ top picks for Pacific Island paradise.
Cruising has also been making a very strong comeback with many voyages for the upcoming summer season already solidly booked. Luckily, one of our favourite luxury operators, Regent Seven Seas still has availability on its 14 night, all-inclusive 6-star cruise taking in the natural marvels and culture of New Zealand.
To design your dream holiday, reach out via email on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can start planning now. And if you are planning on utilising the government’s tourism support package of 800,000 half price flights to regional Australian destinations, let us book these for you while also taking care of all your on-ground experiences – transfers, accommodation, tours, dining. We specialise in piecing together incredible itineraries from start to finish, and can unlock exclusive access and amenities including room upgrades, spa and dining credits, rare experiences, VIP surprises and early check in / late check outs that you won’t enjoy by booking direct.
SIX SENSES FIJI
With no local COVID transmissions since June 2020, Fiji is one of the safest destinations in the world. Six Senses Fiji is set on the secluded sanctuary of Malolo Island, the largest of Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands and surrounded by crystal clear waters, offering a picture-perfect white sandy beach for guests. It is ideal for ocean enthusiasts looking for their own relaxing piece of tropical paradise.
The resort features 24 spacious villas, all with private pools, outdoor shower and a personalised Guest Experience Maker (GEM) service. There are five restaurants and bars on site, including signature restaurant, Tovolea which overlooks the ocean and serves fresh local seafood and Fijian inspired cuisine.
The resort features an enticing array of activities for both active guests and those who prefer to sit back and relax. These include: Cooking classes, an outdoor KaloKalo Cinema, local village tours, Surf Academy, Snorkelling and Diving, Sailing, and a range of water sports including kayaking, water-skiing, stand up paddle boarding, island hopping and sunset cruises.
Inspired by a traditional Fijian village, the InterContinental® Fiji Golf Resort & Spa offers superb facilities and warm, Fijian hospitality set among coconut palms and 35 acres of native flora. Located on the beautiful and picturesque Natadola Beach on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, the resort offers a range of watersports, an indulgent spa, and a PGA-endorsed golf course. Relax on the palm-fringed white sand beach or swim and snorkel in pristine waters, discovering brilliant coralcolourful marine life below. The resort offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Natadola Bay and exotic landscaped gardens.
RATUA ISLAND RESORT & SPA
Hidden within the pristine islands of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu is the private island paradise of Ratua Island Resort & Spa. With an enchanting array of private villas and beach front marquees et amongst 146 acres of lush tropical gardens, private beaches, and coral reefs, Ratua Island offers a barefoot eco-luxe experience, over-water day spa, a yacht club, and superb organic dining. Set to reopen in late July after extensive renovations, Ratua is the ideal place to relax and recharge, whilst providing easy access to the natural wonders of Vanuatu and a range of activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving, deep sea fishing, mountain biking, paddle boarding, horse riding and kayaking.
2022 NEW ZEALAND CRUISING
REGENT SEVEN SEAS – NATURAL MARVELS & MAORI CULTURE. FEBRUARY 8 – 22, 2022
Regent Seven Seas’ ‘Natural Marvels & Maori Culture’ all inclusive, 14-night luxury cruise from Auckland to Sydney departs February, 2022 aboard the all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner. Travelling from Auckland to the stunning Bay of Islands, before making its way down NZ’s east coast, it takes in Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds before heading across to Australia with excursions in northern Tasmania and Melbourne, before arriving in Sydney.
The Seven Seas Mariner was a true pioneer of the luxury at sea experience. Every stunning suite has high-end finishes, relaxing Elite Slumber™ beds and private balconies. Regent Seven Seas really sets the bar for luxury cruising – everything is taken care of from exquisite meals, refined service, exhilarating shore excursions, on board activities, land programmes and pre and post cruise hotel accommodation.