It’s easy to take a beach vacation for granted, particularly if it becomes an annual winter escape. You may even live somewhere like California, with great local beaches at your fingertips year round.
So when we go globetrotting in search of sun and sand to escape winter, it’s worth adding a little extra luxury to make the trip truly unforgettable. Let’s be honest – nobody comes to Tahiti, Fiji or Bali for a couple weeks to skimp on luxury!
With that in mind, we’ve created three outstanding getaways to Idyllic Island beach destinations. Each boasts its own unique culture, appeal, and plenty to do in between sunning yourself on gorgeous white sands.
FOR ROMANTICS – Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora
Unabashedly the glamour girl of the South Pacific, Tahiti’s name has become shorthand for paradise. Still, it’s just one of the islands that make up French Polynesia – and it isn’t even the most beautiful (though it’s still pretty great!).
The remnant of an extinct volcano surrounded by a jaw-dropping blue lagoon, Bora Bora is undeniably the resident postcard model. The water temperature here never strays far from the mid 80’s, so snorkeling, swimming and diving on the coral reef protecting the atoll are all potential highlights of your stay. Many visitors however swear by Moorea, which offers perhaps the most authentic Polynesian experience and is a popular honeymoon spot. Tahiti meanwhile is the best place to catch a glimpse of not just modern day French Polynesia, but its rich history, from European settlement to World War Two, to the island’s pivotal role in the infamous Bounty mutiny.
This 12 day air-inclusive escape in French Polynesia lets you sample each of the three islands and make up your own mind. No matter which is your favourite, you’ll come away understanding why this is the Pacific’s most romantic getaway.
FOR ADVENTURERS – Fiji Luxury Heli Combo
The Fijians lay solid claim to being the friendliest people on earth. Between the main island of Vitu Levu and the more luxurious Mamanuca Islands, Fiji is also the adventurer’s choice when visiting the South Pacific.
The Coral Coast is Vitu Levu’s most rewarding region for visitors, protected by a coral reef that offers stunning diving and snorkeling. A river safari up to a local village is an unforgettable excursion from Sigatoka. You’ll enjoy a great introduction to local culture before an adrenaline pumping speedboat ride takes you back to town.
The Mamanuca Islands move at a different pace, where crystal blue waters offer snorkeling unmatched anywhere else on the islands. It’s a very different experience and culture to Tahiti, but Castaway Island will still put a luxurious and romantic cap on your Fiji stay.
Goway’s Fiji Luxury Heli Combo combines both the Coral Coast and Castaway Island over 9 days, starting at Outrigger on the Lagoon, a spectacular resort on the Coral Coast. Guests are then transferred to Castaway Island via helicopter – just one of the unforgettable adventures to be had in Fiji.
FOR LUXURY ON A DIME – Bali Beach Escape
There’s nowhere like Southeast Asia to enjoy complete sensory indulgence and nowhere quite like Bali to do it in luxury at an affordable price.
Bali is a uniquely Buddhist island within mostly Islamic Indonesia. A devotion to spirituality and serenity permeates every aspect of local life. That approach is very evident in Nusa Dua, a peaceful, upscale alternative to backpacker-filled Kuta. The resorts here will immerse you in luxury (a 70 minute massage is included in Goway’s Bali Beach Escape) and are ideal for a round of golf (for which the area is famous).
You’ll have plenty of opportunity to experience local culture however! Besides your massage, the Bali Beach Escape includes 3 day tours to take you beyond the tourist trail. We recommend a visit to Geger Beach as well, though any of the beaches in Nusa Dua will quickly put your cares a world away. One attraction many tourists miss (that they shouldn’t!) is the Pasifika Museum, devoted to Southeast Asian and South Pacific art. See how Bali’s beauty has inspired countless artists, then get out there and let it do the same for you.