Top Ten Resorts in the South Pacific

The earliest explorers thought they had found paradise on Earth when they came across the picture-perfect islands of French Polynesia. It’s a safe bet that you’re going to feel the same way. Whether enjoying their enchanting beaches with the one you love or their authentic culture with the family, you’ll want to stay in the sublime resorts with overwater bungalows and signature service that South Pacific is known for.

 

BORA BORA

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora  *****

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora South PacificExperience a legendary South Seas escape at this intimate resort designed in traditional Polynesian village style, applauded on Travel+Leisure’s 2013 “T+L 500″ list of the world’s best hotels. Stroll the white-sand beach, dip into the wave-shaped pool, scuba dive amid a colorful coral reef, and indulge in the spa’s signature treatments.

– 107 AC Bungalows & 2- or 3-Bedroom Beachfront Villas

– 2 Restaurants/2 Bars

– Concierge/24-Hour Room Service

– Outdoor Pool/Children’s Pool/Teen Lagoon

– Spa/Fitness Center/Yoga

– Water Sports/Tennis

– Children’s Program/Romance Menu

 

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort  *****

St. Regis Bora Bora South Pacific

Set on 44 acres of lush landscaping edged by white sands and a shimmering lagoon, this French Polynesian resort on Travel+Leisure’s 2013 “T+L 500″ epitomizes carefree elegance. Exquisite villas showcase exotic woods, handwoven fabrics, and super views of Mt. Otemanu. Lagoon features chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s inventive menu.

– 100 AC Villas & Over-Water Bungalows

– 4 Restaurants/2 Bars

– 24-Hour Concierge & Butler Service

– 2 Outdoor Pools/Water Sports/Private Lagoon

– Miri Miri Spa by Clarins/Fitness Center/Tennis Courts

– Children’s Program

– Wireless Internet Access

 

MOOREA

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa  *****

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa St. Regis

Applauded on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List 2013,” this stylish luxury resort opens onto a private white-sand beach between two bays on the heart-shaped island of Moorea. Retreat to individual bungalows with marble baths, private terraces and plunge pools, and stunning views. Recreation ranges from diving and snorkeling, to luscious spa treatments.

– 104 AC Bungalows

– 3 Restaurants/2 Bars

– Concierge/Room Service

– Outdoor Infinity Pool

– Moorea Lagoon Spa/Fitness Center

– Water Sports/PADI Dive Center/Children’s Activities

– Live Entertainment Including Polynesian Shows

Added Value – Bottle of Champagne for Honeymooners

 

Moorea Peral Resort     ****

Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa South Pacific

Accommodations at this luxury Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List 2013″ resort include plush over-water bungalows as well as deluxe garden bungalows with private plunge pools. Snorkel and scuba dive in crystal-clear waters, then refresh with a Vichy shower at the spa. Sit down to tantalizing seafood delights at Matiehani Restaurant.

– 94 AC Rooms, Suites & Bungalows (50 Over-Water)

– 2 Restaurants/Bar

– Concierge/Room Service

– Outdoor Infinity Pool

– Manea Spa

– PADI Dive Center/Snorkeling

– Coral Nursery

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TAHITI

Taha’a Island

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa  *****

Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa South Pacific

Proud member of the Relais & Châteaux collection, this deluxe Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List 2013″ resort welcomes you to a world of pristine beauty and barefoot sophistication. Guest accommodations open onto the beach or are perched above the lagoon. Go snorkeling in a stunning natural coral garden, just steps from the beach.

– 57 AC Suites & Villas

– 3 Restaurants/2 Bars/Pool Bar

– Concierge/Room Service

– Outdoor Pool

– Spa/Fitness Center

– Water Sports/PADI Dive Center

– Floodlit Tennis Court

 

FIJI

Coral Coast

Outrigger on the Lagoon – Fiji  *****

Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji South Pacific

Reminiscent of a traditional Fijian village, this luxury resort delivers sweeping ocean views in an exquisite tropical landscape on a white-sand beach. Most accommodations feature Outrigger’s signature VIP Talai butler service. Float away in the vast lagoon pool, and choose from fifty treatment options at the stunning Bebe Spa.

– 205 AC Rooms & Suites with Balconies/47 AC Bungalows with Verandahs

– 5 Restaurants/6 Bars/Live Entertainment

– Bebe Spa/24-Hour Fitness Center

– Golf Training Facility

– Complimentary Kids Club (ages 3 & up)

– Dedicated Meimei Nanny Service

– Helicopter Package in Combination with Castaway Island, Fiji

Added Value

Bonus Free Nights; Suite Upgrade Promotion; Honeymoon Package; Kids Eat Free (ages 12 & under)

 

Qamea Island

Qamea Resort & Spa  ****½

Qamea Resort & Spa Fiji South Pacific

Winner of the World Travel Awards’ 2012 “Fiji’s Leading Spa Resort,” this exclusive boutique property is ideal for adults seeking a truly authentic Fijian island experience. Guest accommodations have traditional Fijian style, 20-foot-high ceilings, mahogany floors, and ocean views. Learn to scuba dive with help from the PADI dive pros.

– 17 AC Bures & Villas

– Restaurant/Bar

– Concierge/Room Service

– Outdoor Pool

– Jungle Spa

– Water Sports/PADI 5-Star Dive Center

– Weddings & Honeymoons

 

Royal Davui Island

Royal Davui Island Resort     *****

Royal Davui Island Resort South Pacific

Set in Fiji’s spectacular Beqa Lagoon, this exclusive adults-only resort delivers an unbeatable level of Fijian luxury, elegance, and privacy. Retreat to intimate villas with private plunge pools, Jacuzzis, and stunning views. Sail a catamaran, go scuba diving, unwind with delicious spa treatments, and enjoy a private picnic on an isolated sand quay.

– 16 AC Private Villas with Plunge Pools

– Restaurant/Bar

– Concierge/Room Service

– Outdoor Pool

– Spa/Fitness Center

– Water Sports/PADI 5-Star Dive Center

– Nightly Entertainment

Added Value

Stay/Pay Bonus Nights (see your Travel Consultant for details)

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COOK ISLANDS

Aitutaki

Aitutaki Escape  *****

Aitutaki Escape South Pacific

Perfect for romantic getaways, the wedding of your dreams, or a gathering of family and loved ones, this awesome resort – with its three private villas set at the edge of stunning Aitutaki Lagoon – is renowned for authentic Polynesian luxury and unrivaled personal care. Intimate villas have private swimming and spa pools, plus full designer kitchens.

– 3 AC 1- & 2-Bedroom Villas

– Daily Tropical & Self-Cook Breakfast Items Delivered to Villa

– Off-Site Restaurant Meal Plans

– Concierge

– Complimentary Bicycles, Kayaks & Snorkeling Equipment

– Home Theatre Systems/DVD Library

 

Rarotonga

Sanctuary Rarotonga – On the Beach  *****

Sanctuary Rarotonga South PacificIndulge in this adults-only beachfront boutique resort with a distinctive South Pacific ambiance, secluded white sands, crystal-clear blue lagoon marine reserve, and even a unique swim-up bar. Swim and snorkel among jewel-colored tropical fish, be pampered at SpaPolynesia Luxe@Lime Blossom Villa, and dine on fine Pacific cuisine with your toes in the sand.

– 48 AC Suites

– 2 Restaurants/2 Bars/Pool Bar

– Outdoor Pool

– SpaPolynesia Luxe@Lime Blossom Villa/Sauna/Jacuzzi

– Tennis/Complimentary Water Sports Gear/Introductory Scuba Session

– Dance Lesson/Cultural Activities/Resort-Wide Wi-Fi

– Use of Facilities at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa

 

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