Weekly Travel Q&A: Pacific Islands Romance
My fiancÃ© and I want to honeymoon on a Pacific island but cannot seem to agree on one in particular. The emphasis on this trip will not be on excessive outdoor pursuits (though we may go for a bit of it) but romance, quiet, scenery and good quality time together. Suggestions?
Pamela W., Cairns
Honestly, Maui comes immediately to mind. The Hawaii island is not prohibitively expensive, like more Ã¼ber-remote dots in the Pacific Ocean, but is lush and luxe enough to marry postcard scenery with the plush creature comforts you most likely want on a honeymoon. The result? Tropical romance on a pineapple poi platter. Choice Maui resorts to consider include:
The Ritz Carlton Hotel Kapalua delivers sublime service, from the spa to the many restaurants. You pay a premium for all this oceanside indulgence but in the case of a honeymoon in the Pacific, you go big or go home.
Grand Wailea Hotel is a Waldorf Astoria property so you know by brand alone what kind of service and luxury is in store. The quality level is platinum standard high and most evident in the Hydrotherapy Circuit at Spa Grande and on the plates that come out of Humuhumu’s kitchen.
Fiji has to be on your shortlist. The South Pacific is a predictable play but why not? It has the requisite components for a perfect, unforgettable honeymoon. I personally recommend the Yasawa or Mamanuca islands in Fiji. Less development than Nadi and, in manifest parts, the embodiment of white sand bliss.
Tokoriki Island Resort Mamanuca Islands offers sumptuous private luxury villas on the beach. The two of you will barely have to see another soul between check-in and check-out.
Navutu Stars Resort Yasawa Islands is the only upmarket hotel on Yaqeta Island and a total fantasy of a resort. The numbers tell the tale: 10 beachfront bungalows for maximum 20 very fortunate people at a time.
The over 130 islands of French Polynesia provide much honeymoon fodder, with Bora Bora and Tahiti the most suitable for romance travel. Both evoke fanciful visions of ivory powder sand and blood-red sunsets and, to a degree, the islands fulfill the fantasy. Though you pay for the privilege of a holiday in both, few regret the experience after the last credit card installment.
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa lives up to the name. The resort is a pearl and a rare one at that. Simply put, the property is one of the best small resorts on the planet. Service is flawless and tasteful and rooms extraordinary, from garden pool suites to premium overwater bungalows.
Le MÃ©ridien Tahiti draws on Starwood’s notable track record in the luxury resort business to remit first-class hospitality in Punaauia. Rooms feel and look like boutique flats with traces of Polynesian flair – over the water no less.
Aitutaki, in the Cook Islands, feels very Survivor and Castaway. This is just fine if you sincerely want to escape from it all. To accomplish that aim in style, splurge silly at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki, where the quality of the beach villas and bungalows eclipses even the lofty rates.