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10 Fab Resorts in the South Pacific

When you need a holiday – truly, desperately need a holiday – to unwind from workaday life, destress, decompress, let go of 9 to 5 cares or just forget about reality, few places on the planet provide a cocoon of calm like the South Pacific. With that firmly in mind, we present 10 fab resorts that double as havens of holiday bliss.

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Le Meridien Bora Bora – Photo credit

Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
Pearl Beach, Tikehau Atoll, Palliser Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago

One of the most spectacular atolls in Polynesia, Tikehau’s postcard lagoon spans 26 km across. The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort sits on a private enclosure of pink sand and coconut groves. Two words come to mind: impossibly idyllic.

Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Pearl Lodge
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands

A tropical garden is home to the Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Pearl Lodge over the bay and village of Taiohae. Local artisans built the resort’s bungalows with indigenous materials, each of which overlooks a black sand beach.

Le Meridien Bora Bora
Motu Tape, Bora Bora, Leeward Group, Society Islands

Sublime beach and lagoon bungalows make the posh Le Meridien Bora Bora a honeymooner’s paradise. The chic resort reaps top travel and tourism honours on a regular basis.

Hiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge
Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands

Get in touch with nature and classic Polynesian hospitality at the handsome Hanakee Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge, across from majestic Mount Temetiu, scenic Traitors Bay, the Bordelais canal and the volcanic island of Tahuata.

Hotel Vahine Island
Uturoa, Raiatea Island, Society Islands

Plunge your tired feet in cushy white sand and revel in the unhurried charm of this uncommonly gorgeous gem on Raiatea Island. Hotel Vahine Island is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Le Taha’A Island Resort & Spa
Tahaa Road, Tahaa Island, Society Islands

Open just over a decade, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa has won just about every important accolade in the industry and is a bucket list standout in the Relais & Châteaux family.

Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa
Maharepa Beach, Moorea Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia

A boutique hotel with stylish appointments, the 94 rooms and bungalows of the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa offer a range of paradisal options for the holiday-starved.

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Pearl Beach, Tikehau Atoll, Palliser Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago

Tahitian architect and designer Bruno Hervochon lent his considerable flair and expertise in the overall décor aesthetic of this jewel in the Palliser Islands.

The Havannah Vanuatu
Samoa Point, Efate Island, Vanuatu

Just 30 minutes from Port Vila, Vanuatu, The Havannah sits on a premier stretch of beachfront and delivers all the holiday in paradise goods.

Outrigger On The Lagoon Fiji
Queen’s Highway, Korotogo Sigatoka, Coral Coast, Fiji

Arguably one of the best island resorts on the planet, Outrigger on the Lagoon is nestled on 16 hectares of pristine Coral Coast beachfront on Viti Levu island. It costs a pretty penny for the signature butler service but perks like complimentary arrival drinks, Champagne with canapés in the afternoon and luggage service are difficult to resist.

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