Category: Pacific Islands

Top 10 places in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to take your loved one this Valentine's

Top 10 places in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to take your loved one this Valentine’s

If you’ve ever fancied a romantic retreat away in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific, then look no further. We’ve scoured the region and identified ten of the best places to stay. Whether you’re looking for somewhere where you can be pampered with spa treatments or a private motu in the middle of nowhere, you’ll […]

Photograph of the week: Aerial view of Bora Bora

Photograph of the week: Aerial view of Bora Bora

This aerial shot is a view of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. It was shot from a helicopter with the door taken off during an assignment there for National Geographic Traveler. The reef and the small islands, called motu that surround Bora Bora make for spectacular patterns in the water. James Michener called Bora Bora […]

Top 10 most extravagant private island resorts

Top 10 most extravagant private island resorts

Privacy and exclusivity often rank high on a luxury traveller’s list of priorities. For those looking for something truly indulgent, discrete and filled with luxury, we have compiled a list of the most extravagant private island resorts in the world. These islands offer the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity. Beginning at a paltry £100,000 and […]

Suite of the week: Ultimate Beachfront Villa Accommodation, Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa, Cook Islands

Suite of the week: Ultimate Beachfront Villa Accommodation, Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa, Cook Islands

Suite name: Ultimate Beachfront Villa Accommodation Resort: Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa, Muri Beach, Rarotonga, Cook Islands Size of accommodation: 1,500 square feet Cost per night: $1,800 What makes it special: The size and attention to detail of the villas themselves, the absolute beachfront location on world famous Muri Lagoon, and the personal service all guests receive. Enjoy absolute beachfront […]

New culinary tours in the South Pacific with Oceania Cruises

New culinary tours in the South Pacific with Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises is expanding its Culinary Discovery Tours to the South Pacific on the award-winning mid-sized luxury cruise ship Marina. Uniquely designed for each port, these tours provide guests with the opportunity to explore local food markets, vineyards and farms in small groups, side-by-side with an expert chef from the ship’s Bon Appétit Culinary Center. Participants then […]

Diving in the Fijian islands and Tonga

Diving in the Fijian islands and Tonga

This amazing underwater footage was shot whilst scuba diving in the Fijian islands and Tonga. It’s really quite a site to behold, showcasing everything from colourful coral reefs, huge schools of tropical fish, sharks, humpback whales, underwater caves and scuba divers to much more marine life from the south Pacific. The coral reefs of the south […]

Photograph of the week: The Society Islands

Photograph of the week: The Society Islands

This week’s photograph is of the Society Islands, a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean that are politically part of French Polynesia. The archipelago is thought to have been named by Captain James Cook supposedly in honour of the Royal Society, the sponsor of the first British scientific survey of the islands. However, […]

Photograph of the week: Tattoo artist in French Polynesia

Photograph of the week: Tattoo artist in French Polynesia

Roonui is one of the leading tattoo artists in French Polynesia. Tattooing is a traditional Polynesian art form, and Roonui wears his art as well as creates it. Photographer Bob Krist tells me he was one of the most graceful and dignified people to ever be in front of his lens, and his self-possession in […]

The world's top 10 islands to visit

The world’s top 10 islands to visit

National Geographic has come up with a top 10 islands to visit. Now you might expect to see the islands of the Maldives or maybe one or two of the Greek islands, but no… this list is quite different. There’s no Fiji, no Seychelles, and it seems that even the Galapagos don’t make the grade […]

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

Luxury-Hotels.com has conducted a survey that identifies the most expensive hotels in the world. The findings came from an analysis of average room rates for standard double rooms in hotels around the world during the June to August 2012 summer season.  Interestingly, half of the top 10 most expensive hotels in the world are all […]

Top 10 places for a South Pacific honeymoon

Top 10 places for a South Pacific honeymoon

When you’re heading to the South Pacific for your luxury honeymoon there is a dizzying array of choices, but lets face it as much as you’d like to visit them all most honeymoons are generally for 2 or 3 weeks so you’ll need to do some trimming. The key destinations are New Zealand and Australia […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Luxury Rhodes honeymoons from 3redbags Italian beauty from Azimut Yachts St. Moritz charm from Badrutt’s Palace Discover the 15 islands of the Cook Islands

Book review: Moon Handbooks Tahiti by David Stanley

Book review: Moon Handbooks Tahiti by David Stanley

Although arguably not as famous as the Lonely Planet books, Moon Handbooks have been in production for over 30 years and are renowned for their wide appeal, from families through to solo adventurers.  Landing on my desk recently was their guide to Tahiti written by David Stanley. The first thing to note is that the […]

Who will be first to see in the New Year in 2012?

Who will be first to see in the New Year in 2012?

Samoa Tourism Authority‘s official plan to switch time zones to the west of the international dateline will make it become the first place to see the sunrise in 2012. Samoa currently lies to the east of the dateline, a decision made 120 years ago to keep the nation in the same time zone as the […]

Destinations that will fulfil your dreams

Destinations that will fulfil your dreams

Whether you dream of a romantic hideaway, an unforgettable ski experience, an African safari, an escape to your own tropical paradise or a scuba diving adventure, there are plenty of fantastic destinations that can make that dream a reality. Here are some of the best the world has to offer. Nestled in the coral-rich turquoise […]

6 of the world's most luxurious diving destinations

6 of the world’s most luxurious diving destinations

For the discerning traveller, diver or not, who has money to spend and wants the very best, these six destinations offer an incomparable level of service, style, and of course diving. So dream awhile, and casting all financial concerns aside, enjoy that lottery moment and consider which are the most spoiling and amazing destinations where […]

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