With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we wanted to highlight the best places to relax, indulge and enjoy some quality time with your other half.
Often overlooked in favour of island retreats, the South Pacific is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway; think vibrant waters, warm sands and welcoming people.
From Fiji’s Kokomo Private Island to the infamous Brando resort in French Polynesia, this is our curated list of our favourite romantic lodges in the South Pacific, perfect for indulging your significant other.
1) Yasawa Island Resort and Spa, Fiji
With ‘Yasawa’ the first of fifteen different Fijian words meaning ‘heaven,’ this little slice of paradise lives up to its moniker. The famous white sand beaches lining the shores of these incredible islands are nestled amongst pristine palm trees, sparkling blue waters and simply idyllic surroundings, with next-to-no commercial development. There are 11 private beaches dotted amongst six small villages here, and it’s quite unlike anywhere else in the world.
The local Yasawa Island Resort and Spa is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Each of the 18 bungalows here comes complete with expansive decks, thatched cabanas, hammocks and outdoor showers. For a truly memorable experience, the dedicated honeymoon villa is set apart from the rest of the resort at the end of the deserted beach and with its own horizon pool overlooking the ocean. Perfect for foodies and adventurous travellers alike, couples staying here can dine on local fresh fish or take to the waters on diving excursions.
2) Conrad Bora Bora Nui, Bora Bora
A luxurious lagoon side resort, Conrad Bora Bora Nui is surrounded by white sandy beaches and breathtaking sunset views. With rooms right on the water, this dreamy resort is set in a private cove on Motu Top’opua that has an incredible view of Mount Otemanu as its backdrop. Panoramic lagoon views, cultural activities and luxury dining opportunities make this coveted resort one of Bora Bora’s best.
A foodie haven, this secluded property houses an impressive six restaurants and bars, offering everything from French to Chinese cuisine. After you’ve feasted on delectable dishes, choose between Upa Upa Lounge Bar and Iriatai Wine Bar for sundowners or make a splash at the swim up Tarava Pool Bar. A hilltop spa with stunning views, a pool, fitness centre, miniature golf and various water activities ensure no couple that stays here is ever bored.
3) Kokomo Private Island, Fiji
It would be hard to pick just one island out of Fiji’s 300-strong archipelago; with so many white sandy beaches, peaceful lagoons and sun-drenched havens to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice. At Kokomo, the all-inclusive private island resort offers the perfect setting in which to switch off and enjoy an idyllic escape in paradise. The epitome of pure escapism, Kokomo Private Island is located at the tip of the Kadavu Island Group and surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef.
As soon as you approach the island – either by private seaplane or helicopter – you immediately get the feeling you have arrived someone very special. A lush green interior gives way to powder white sand, which in turn seeps into the sparkling turquoise waters of the Pacific. Travellers staying here can choose between a beachside villa or rainforest residence, each of which comes with their own individual charms. Spend your time here enjoying fresh produce at the Beach Shack restaurant, or exploring the The Great Astrolabe Reef – the fourth largest coral reef in the world.
4) The Brando, Tetiaroa
Perhaps French Polynesia’s most famous resort, The Brando has well and truly earned its reputation. The favoured island retreat of Tahitian royalty before Marlon Brando fell in love with it and built his luxury resort here, the Tetiaroa atoll of French Polynesia was made for lovers to lose themselves in its airy, ethereal beauty. Bright, airy villas with private plunge pools blend harmoniously into their surroundings, whitewashed beaches slope into pristine waters, and you’ll find a luxurious spa nestled among the tropical flowers of the lush green interior.
5) Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa, Rangiroa
A New Zealand greeting wishing good health upon all those welcomed with it, these two words ring true at Rangiroa’s Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa. Set amidst a lush coconut plantation in the heart of French Polynesia, Hotel Kia Ora is the perfect location for enjoying stunning views of glistening sunsets, or fine dining in the resort’s Tahitian-French fusion restaurant. Explore the surrounding waters – famous for their incredible array of sea-life – with a snorkel, kayak or canoe through the pristine blue seas.