We may only be a few weeks into the new year, but let’s face it, most of us have already started to daydream about escaping to an island and planting our feet into the sand. And we hear you! So without any further ado, schedule in your annual leave and whip out your passport, because here’s six hotels in the Pacific to book now.
1. Warwick Fiji
Take a two-hour transfer from Fiji’s Nadi International Airport and find yourself along the idyllic Coral Coast on the south of Viti Levu island. The Warwick Fiji is a standout for 4.5-star luxury at an incredible price. Choose from 248 rooms that offer guests a choice of tropical garden or panoramic ocean views. Turn it up a notch and book a Warwick Deluxe Room for access to complimentary afternoon tea and drinks in the Executive Warwick Lounge.
2. Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Hawaii
Hop onto a direct flight from the east coast of Australia to Honolulu, where you can simply relax or experience all that Hawaii has to offer. Of course, you’ll want to stay at Waikiki Beach and a perfect option is Queen Kapiolani Hotel, just a few minute’s walk from the famous stretch of sand. There are nine different room types, offering a variety of views and different in-room facilities with the same retro-chic design. A stay at the hotel is not complete without participating in happy hour at DECK, a fresh, modern onsite bar with unmatched views of Diamond Head.
3. Holiday Inn Resort, Vanuatu
Touch down in Port Vila after a couple of hours’ flight and check yourself (and the family, I guess!) into the Holiday Inn Resort, Vanuatu. The resort offers guests an endless array of activities and facilities for the young and young at heart, including a kids club, golf, catamaran sailing, volleyball, snorkelling, tennis, gym, day spa and more. For the romantics out there, book an Overwater Villa for a little luxury and to truly unwind over the resort’s exclusive lagoon.
4. Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands
For a luxurious stay on the Cook Islands, look no further than Pacific Resort Aitutaki, just a five-minute drive from the airport. The award-winning 5-star resort welcomes guests aged 12 and over to its tropical oasis and with only 29 bungalows and villas, guests are sure to have an intimate experience. As the beachfront rooms are situated on the west of the island, visitors can relax on their private deck and watch the sun go down, preferably with a glass of bubbles.
5. Saletoga Sands Resort, Samoa
If you’ve already holidayed on the better-known Pacific locations, consider Samoa for a different island experience. Check out the 4-star Saletoga Sands Resort, which has rooms to suit romantic escapes and family holidays such as the Matai Villa Suite and Lagoon View Family Bungalow. The resort can arrange for you to see more of Samoa by booking day trips, or you can get involved with plenty of complimentary onsite activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and Fiafia Night, a traditional song and dance performance.
6. Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort
And if you’re really thinking about taking your holiday in the Pacific to the next level, Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort in French Polynesia is for you. Think luxury bungalows, villas and overwater bungalows matched with luxe facilities and services. The 5-star resort is located on the small island of Moorea, so you’ll need to fly into Papeete on Tahiti before taking a ferry transfer or 10-minute flight. Once there, indulge at one of the most beautiful places on Earth.