If Fiji is high on your list of dream destinations but you're wanting to avoid the main tourist-traps, join Captain Cook Cruises Fiji for this exciting journey. Announcing their departure dates for 2019 and 2020, the Fijian cruise line is offering couples the chance to discover the destination's lesser-known regions aboard their eleven-night 'Lau & Kadavu Discovery Cruise'.
As the story goes, it was “love at first sight” when Thai hotelier Khun Akorn Hoontrakul spotted this secluded cove from the sea in 1985. A chance meeting quickly became a full-blown romance when he purchased the land just one week later and starting dreaming up Samui’s first five-star luxury hotel, The Tongsai Bay.
Call us childish, but we can't help but be enchanted by the idea of retreating into the treetops for a loved-up escape. Sure to impress romantics and the young-at-heart, Fiji's Nanuku Auberge Resort is offering couples the chance to do just that with their new Treetop Dining and Treetop Spa experiences. Take us there now.
Thirty-five thousand feet up in the air, the journey from Australia to Samoa is exquisite; a bird’s-eye view of hundreds of tiny atolls scattered across the turquoise ocean, ringed by haloes of coral reef and white surf. Bigger, lusher islands pass beneath, thickly forested along spiny ridges and long-dead volcano cones, that are now shimmering lakes where lava was once bubbling up from the earth’s core.
Looking for a tropical getaway with a twist? Fiji's Nanuku Auberge Resort has announced its partnership with local rugby coaches to offer guests exclusive three- and five-day training programs. We can think or worse places to learn the sport.
Say what you will about the opulence of a suite, the serenity of a spa and the magnetism of a bar — nothing shows off a hotel like a pool. With summer in full-swing in Vietnam, we’ve rounded up five of its coolest hotel pools for you to dive right into. From rooftop swimming holes to seemingly gravity-defying infinity pools, these beauties are made for days spent lazing by the water.
As if you needed one more reason to visit the islands of Tahiti, the tropical destination is also where you can swim up close with whales during migration season. Tick this off your bucket-list before everyone else.
Just when we thought Fiji's Nanuku Auberge Resort could't get much more luxurious, the resort gives us a sneak peek at their new beach villas. Set to open to the public in October, Nanuku's 13 luxury one- and two-bedroom 'Auberge Beach Villas' will boast plenty of glamorous touches.
If you've dreamt of going on a romantic cruise to Fiji, here's your cue to start planning. Until June 30, Captain Cook Cruises is offering couples a special 'Friend & Family Fare 50% Off Sale'. What does that mean for couples? Every second person cruises for half price.
Whether you snap them proudly or try to be discreet, we all take selfies on holiday. Ensuring guests get the perfect pic, one luxury Fiji resort has gone the extra mile and put together a collection of its best selfie spots. And with such postcard-perfect scenery across its 220 hectares, the resort has plenty of breathtaking locations to choose from. #NoFilter
Obvious statement of the day: Tahiti and Bora Bora are pure honeymoon goals. Beloved destinations for post-wedding getaways for generations, the tropical islands have once again proven themselves to be popular in a recent US report.
Hands up: who has, at some point, daydreamed about escaping to Tahiti? Yeah, us too. In a new web series, Tahiti Tourisme is showing exactly what it's like to visit the romantic destination and, just as you'd guess, it's pretty spectacular.
If you're counting down the hours (minutes, seconds…) till the weekend and need a little pick-me-up, check out this stunning Vanuatu private island resort.
Vanuatu is a beloved location for beautiful destination weddings for a reason. Blessed with sigh-inducing scenery and gorgeous accommodation, the South Pacific nation has plenty to fall in love with. If you've always dreamed of tying the knot in Vanuatu, take a look at this glamorous wedding-friendly resort.
Honeymooning in Tahiti just got even more luxurious. Couples can now start booking their romantic escape in style with the introduction of Air Tahiti Nui’s Premium Economy and Business Class product, available this November.
Tahiti is obviously known for its luxe accommodation with poolside bars and glamorous spas, but there's more to the islands than just celeb-friendly five-star resorts. Always dreamed of honeymooning in this magnificent destination but need to stick to a budget? Tahiti Tourisme has found plenty of ideas for a romantic getaway that won't break the bank…
If you're a Queensland foodie that hasn't yet made the trip to Byron to visit Three Blue Ducks, life is about to get a whole lot sweeter for you. Crossing state borders, the famed Byron Bay eatery will open in the soon-to-be-launched W Brisbane this April.
It's no secret that Thailand is a cherished honeymoon hotspot. Thinking of visiting this fantastic destination but not sure exactly where to go? Take a peek at our guide to Thailand's top honeymoon spots...
Vanuatu has been a go-to destination for dreamy honeymoons for, well, pretty much forever. With spellbinding scenery, amazing culture and sumptuous resorts, it's simply paradise. So it's no wonder Channel Nine's Married at First Sight chose Vanuatu for Justin and Carly's honeymoon, causing plenty of Australian couples to mentally plan a Vanuatu getaway of their own.
As if you need one more reason to visit Fiji's Nanuku Auberge Resort, the luxe hideaway has just welcomed a new executive chef with serious credentials. Having worked in several high-profile luxury hotels and resorts (including the iconic Laucala Resort in Taveuni), New Zealand-born Oliver Scarf is set to impress guests with his incredible fare.
It’s no secret that French Polynesia is a couple’s paradise. A laid-back lifestyle, the-freshest-you’ll-find-anywhere seafood, super-luxe accommodation and, of course, picture-perfect scenery – it all comes together here to create what is arguably the island destination that romance-seekers the world over dream of visiting. Whether it’s your first visit or you’re seasoned regulars, we’ve put together a checklist of essential experiences you need to tick off on a Tahiti getaway.
If your dream Bali getaway involves visiting beautiful beaches, feasting on fresh seafood by the water and marvelling at majestic temples, Jimbaran (35 minutes south of Ngurah Rai International Airport) is an absolute must-visit.
From getting your glamp on in an eco retreat to kayaking to your own romantic picnic, and even volunteering on local community projects, the South Pacific is brimming with cool adventures for couples. We've scoured the region to find the most exciting activities for your itinerary...
Whatever style of honeymoon or romantic getaway you're after, you'll find it in Bali. If you're looking for an escape away from the crowds, filled with nothing but chilling out and going for relaxing walks on the beach, the island's Nusa Dua region is the place for you. If you're looking for exciting watersports, foodie adventures or a little retail therapy, there's plenty of that in Nusa Dua too. However you choose to spend your time in this picturesque destination, top it all off with a stay at one of these luxe resorts…
If you're thinking about a holiday in Fiji, one resort is making the idea a whole lot more enticing with its latest package deals.
Translating to life, bula (pronounced boo-lah) is a cheerful greeting you'll hear from the moment you arrive in Fiji. It means a lot of things – hello, how are you, hope you're doing well – but it basically comes down to the same thing: welcome to my homeland. It's this warm sense of welcome that you'll feel during a stay at the luxe Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on the island nation's Coral Coast. It's easy to pass the days at this five-star paradise just lazing about under a shady palm tree, but for an unforgettable holiday with all the trimmings, tick these experiences off your bucket-list…
If Australia's celebrity couples are anything to go by, Fiji is the place for romance this year. Miranda Kerr and Snapchat CEO Even Spiegel spent their honeymoon in the tropical paradise, Sylvia Jefferies and Peter Stefanovic escaped to Fiji's Kokomo Island Resort after tying the knot, and of course the much-anticipated Bachelorette final took place in the island destination. Inspired to pop the question on a Fijian getaway (or just wanting to discover somewhere seriously dreamy)? We've found just the places...
Whether you're fans of the show or you've just seen the promos, there's no doubt that the season three finale of Australia's The Bachelorette had us all dreaming of a luxury Fijian getaway. If you're wanting to escape to somewhere secluded and oh-so romantic, we've found five adults-only resorts that we'd totally give a rose to. Cue fairytale finale music.
An island destination with something for every couple, Vanuatu is known for its dreamy scenery, laid-back atmosphere and wide range of accommodation options. If you're escaping to this tropical haven (and we recommend that you do), find chilled vibes and a sense of intimacy at Chantilly's on the Bay. A stylish waterfront boutique hotel with all the makings for a romantic getaway, it's here that couples can enjoy total relaxation, moments from the heart of Port Vila.
Luxury-lovers, you might want to start packing for Fiji.
Nothing beats squeezing a few extra days out of your romantic getaway, expect maybe getting those extra nights for free.
It's a destination that attracts romantics and adventure-lovers year after year... and for good reason. An island paradise with postcard-ready scenery, Fiji has something to offer every couple.
Luxury Fiji resort Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island has embraced the phrase 'when life gives you lemons, make lemonade' and has undergone a $16-million renovation, following 2016's Cyclone Winston. Transformed throughout, the resort has updated all of its guest rooms, suites and public areas, and has added new guest facilities, including a new cafe-style dining venue, miniature golf course and a Fijian cultural centre.
It's no secret that Tahiti and her islands is an incredibly special destination, blessed with straight-from-a-postcard-scenery and perfect weather. Recognised for its cultural and physicial significance, the Taputapuatea marae (sacred site) on the Tahitian island of Raiatea has officially become a UNESCO World Heritage site, giving couples just one more reason to visit.
For an island getaway away from the crowds, discover the romantic paradise that is Samoa. A place of crystalline lagoons, breezy vibes and sunkissed beaches, this tropical gem really is the stuff of daydreams.
South Australians wanting to travel to Fiji will find it much easier thanks to direct flights to the island from Adelaide. Available year round, the new direct service rom Fiji Airways will run twice weekly on Fridays and Mondays, making Fiji the perfect island destination for a long weekend getaway. Flying on the B737-800, the journey time is approximately five to six hours each way.
This is one for the romantics and thrill-seekers out there. Fiji's Nanuku Auberge Resort is now offering guests the chance to sleep under the stars on the private Nanuku Island. The Ki na kalokalo (pathway to the stars) private island camping experience features an overnight stay, beginning with a cruise aboard the resort's Nanuku 1 yacht.
Taveuni Palms Resort has taken out top honours as the best Private Luxury Hotel of the Year – Fiji at the recent 2017 Luxury Travel Guide Asia & Australasia Awards.Relinquish the hotel day bed and discover storytellers, safaris, villages, eco adventures galore. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime in the Cook Islands.
If you watched Channel Nine's The Last Resort and found yourself dreaming of visiting the resort featured in the show, you're going to want to enter this competition. In conjunction with the television show, Fiji’s Nanuku Auberge Resort is giving one lucky couple the chance to win a four-day sojourn in this South Pacific paradise.
A new island-hopping cruise and resort brand launched by South Sea Cruises Limited is offering couples a new way to see Fiji.
The newly launched Yasawa Islands Holidays invites couples to enjoy the pristine island group in Fiji more easily, providing an array of mid-range and luxury accommodation options.
Pristine coastlines and loads of luxury accommodation – what’s not to love about the South Pacific? But there’s more to this tropical paradise than sun loungers and shellfish. Fall in love with the culture and traditions of Vanuatu for a romantic island getaway.
Fiji just got even more glamorous, following the opening of three new luxury properties in 2017. Six Senses Fiji, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay and Kokomo Private Island Fiji are the newest additions to an already star-studded luxury line up, making the island destination a new hotspot for high-end travel.
An island rich with linguistic and cultural diversity, Vanuatu's Malekula island is the place to go right now for incredible festivals. The perfect destination for adventure-seeking couples looking for new experiences off the beaten track, Malekula has plenty to offer with its new festival lineup.
The striking over-the-water accommodation that helped put the Islands of Tahiti on the map 50 years ago is being celebrated this year.
Rarotonga in the Cook Islands has always been a favourite holiday destination for many Australians and for a limited time, Virgin Australia has made it cheaper than ever to travel there.
If you've always dreamed of escaping to a South Pacific Island to enjoy a truly relaxing holiday experience in pristine, natural surroundings, there’s a Fijian hideaway you need to know about.
South Sea Cruises has announced the launch of a romantic new island day retreat in Fiji, Malamala Beach Club, scheduled to welcome the first guests in mid-2017.
Have you and your lover ever dreamed of being the stars of your very own video series? Most of us have … but what about if we add a luxury island escape to the mix as well? It sounds too good to be true but the team at Tahiti Tourisme are launching a global audition for real couples and families to be the stars of their new video campaign “Two Stories/One Mana”.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we think it's the perfect time to escape to the Pacific Islands or New Zealand. To help you celebrate, we've handpicked some spectacular packages that are sure to impress your special someone. Or, let the love live on and give the gift of travel all year long. Whatever you choose, happy planning!
Seabreeze Resort proved the ultimate winner at the Inaugural Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards, held recently at Taumeasina Resort, Samoa, taking home the top and most sought after award, the ‘National Tourism Excellence Award’ and ‘Best Accommodation’.
Home-sharing has becoming increasingly popular for travellers worldwide, and Tahiti has just the thing for couples wanting their own private getaway in paradise.
The luxurious all-villa Nanuku Auberge Resort in Fiji has released what it describes as its best value-added package ever for a five day stay.
Samoa has seen a surge in interest from Australian holiday planners ahead of summer, according to travel search engine KAYAK.
When you think of an über-glam island escape Bora Bora or the Maldives might spring to mind, but for something equally luxurious there’s a tropical hideaway much closer to home. Say hello to Fiji’s Likuliku Lagoon Resort.
Vanuatu is gearing up for an exciting year in 2017, with a wide range of new accommodation, dining options and activities for visitors to discover.
Seabreeze Resort in Samoa is proud to announce that it has won "Samoa's Leading Hotel" for the fourth consecutive year, at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards held in Danang, Vietnam.
Couples looking to cruise the picturesque waters of Fiji can now find all they need for that romantic getaway with the launch of the Blue Lagoon Cruises dedicated, standalone romance brochure.
Fiji’s newest and most exclusive private island resort, Kokomo Island Fiji, will officially open its shores on 31 March 2017.
The luxurious adult’s only Seabreeze Resort in Samoa has won ‘Best service’ at the 2016 New Zealand Restaurant Challenge as part of Friendship Week, which celebrates the Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa.
Renowned Fijian Resort Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is set to reopen in September, following restorations after cyclone Winston in February.
Vanuatu is the perfect setting for slowing down and rediscovering friendships – something Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) is celebrating in the best way possible, by sending two friends to ‘discover what matters’ firsthand in Vanuatu.
Forget 'paddock to plate', this dining experience is a whole lot more exotic and enticing. Boutique Vanuatu retreat Moyyan House by the Sea is now offering travellers the unique chance to taste the freshest of homegrown produce, whilst supporting the local community. Respecting the traditional lifestyle of the land, dining 'jungle to plate' means enjoying the very best that Vanuatu has to offer – great food, amazing scenery and beautiful people.
Luxurious Fijian resort, Vomo, will reopen on 1 September after substantial upgrades and repairs, following Tropical Cyclone Winston in February this year.
Perfect for couples, the take a friend for half price sale with Captain Cook Cruises provides double the fun discovering Fiji’s remote islands and beauty of its people, on all three, four, seven or eleven night Fiji island cruises.
Winter has well and truly arrived, and Air Tahiti Nui has just the remedy for those winter blues, releasing a series of hot holiday deals to luxurious resorts on Tahiti’s famed islands of Moorea and Bora Bora.
Iririki Island Resort & Spa has reopened its all new and fully refurbished South Pacific getaway island with an official Opening Ceremony featuring Honourable Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu.
From the atoll of Rangiroa – stalled in time but with some of the best diving on the planet –to the supreme beauty of Bora Bora, French Polynesia is a perfect fit for romance. If love is a many splendored thing, Tahiti is Romeo and Juliet, Scarlett and Rhett and every Mills and Boon novel all wrapped in one, big, beautiful, azure package.
While many of Fiji’s luxury resorts are already renowned for their world-class cuisine, Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji is giving guests once-in-a-lifetime food experiences that herald a new era for Fiji’s tourism as a culinary paradise. Since opening its doors two years ago, the resort has won a prestigious Dining Experience Award at the 2016 ANZ Fiji Excellence In Tourism Awards, recognised as the 'jewels in the crown' at the annual awards. A testament to the title, foodie couples seeking a romantic tropical escape will be enchanted by Fiji's Nanuku Auberge Resort and its passion for serving fresh, high-quality fare.
A holiday to Vanuatu promises romantic sunsets, relaxing mornings spent poolside and plenty of indulging on fresh, tropical cuisine. But put your book down and forget that second beachside cocktail, and try these top adventures instead. From driving through cow paddocks on the outskirts of Port Vila to flying over remote northern islands and diving one of the best wreck sites in the world,Vanuatu has adventure covered. Here’s our guide for couples who want to be captivated by the beauty of this popular holiday destination, from the air, land and under the sea.
For seasoned travellers to this tropical destination and to those who, like us, had never touched down on her alluring shores before,TheYasawa Islands, north ofViti Levu, Fiji, are the up-and-coming romantic getaway hotspots of the South Pacific.
From the atoll of Rangiroa, stalled in time but with some of the best diving on the planet, to the supreme beauty of Bora Bora, French Polynesia is a perfect fit for romance.
The Cook Islands are truly paradise on earth – a place everyone should experience at least once in their lives. Laid-back and casual with a friendly atmosphere, Rarotonga, the main island of the Cooks, will be where you spend most days. Because you can circumnavigate the island by car in just 45 minutes, it really doesn’t matter in which area you choose to base yourself. Here’s a review of two of our favourite places to stay but there are many more – go and discover them.
If you've ever been to Tahiti, chances are you have been embraced by Mana. Mana is the "special aura, energy and power that embraces the islands of Tahiti, leaving visitors feeling richer and more connected."
A holiday to Vanuatu promises romantic sunsets, relaxing mornings spent poolside and plenty of indulging on fresh, tropical cuisine. But put your book down and forget that second beachside cocktail, and try these top adventures instead. From driving through cow paddocks on the outskirts of Port Vila to flying over remote northern islands and diving one of the best wreck sites in the world, Vanuatu has adventure covered. Here’s our guide for couples who want to be captivated by the beauty of this popular holiday destination, from the air, land and under the sea.
The stunning Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa has come in at lucky number 13 on the list of Top 25 Resorts in Australia, New Zealand & The South Pacific in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2015.
It is hard to think of a more romantic destination than Fiji. With its lush tropical landscape, luxurious resorts, pristine white beaches and sunsets which get more spectacular with each passing night, Fiji is even more gorgeous than the holiday brochures make out.
For the second year in a row, The Havannah has taken home the title of Vanuatu's Leading Resort at the World Travel Awards ceremony in Hong Kong.
If you're looking for a tropical escape that's both peaceful and packed with adventure then Vanuatu should be top of your list. Known for its pristine beaches, vibrant culture and natural beauty, Vanuatu is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect with that special someone. If you want to do something other than sun-bake on the beaches – though we recommend that as well – we've found five things couples should do in Vanuatu.
Anyone who has visited Fiji will tell you they fell in love. With the islands, the people, the hospitality, the lifestyle, the food, the ocean and maybe even the kava. For a couples' holiday, Fiji is the ideal tropical location because while it's a tourism hotspot, there are more than 330 islands for you to choose from, to find that stretch of sand for just the two of you. In the north, the lesser-known and up-and-coming superstars of the South Pacific, the Yasawa Islands, are perfect for honeymooners and loved-up couples with luxurious accommodation options, vibrant reefs and verdant mountains. The Yasawas are accessible by boat or sea plane from Denarau, so hop aboard an Awesome Adventures Fiji or a South Sea Cruises vessel and get ready to discover a lost world, full of as much or as little adventure and activity as you want. You're on Fiji time now.
Opening at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa in July is the Waitui Beach Club – a dynamic new adults-only leisure area with its own pool, Champagne bar, restaurant and poolside cabanas.
Romantic, bewitching, spectacular... you could fill an entire paragraph with superlatives about these heavenly islands. Largely unspoiled by tourism with no traffic jams or even traffic lights, no high-rise buildings and no over-crowded cities, the Cooks are truly heaven on earth for couples looking for a Robinson Crusoe type experience wrapped in the embrace of five-star luxury.
Cruising is an easy and convenient way to see the stunning islands of Tahiti, not to mention making for a romantic and luxurious getaway. If you're looking to whisk your loved one away for a couples' getaway in 2016, seeing Tahiti is set to be even more accessible with the addition of Dream Yacht Charter's three new Lagoon 620 vessels.
My brother was on his way home from a two year round-the-world journey and dropped in on our father at our childhood home in the Cook Islands. “That’s where I want to live the rest of my life,” he said. “All that searching and it was there all along, under my nose.” It’s the people, he says. Cook Islanders are what make these islands so unique, they’re chubby, jovial souls always with a guitar handy and a laugh that’ll scare you at first with its sonic boom.
Home to unspoiled oasis, emerald mountains, white-sand beaches and extraordinary coral reefs, the South Pacific's Cook Islands has plenty to enchant couples. Made up of 15 beautiful islands, this spellbinding destination really does seem straight from a postcard. Daydreaming of escaping here? We've found five utterly spectacular havens in the Cook Islands that are sure to win you over.
In a sapphire ocean scattered with emerald islands, Samoa is a precious gem - cool, clear water that invites you in to swim, fabulous surfing, waterfalls that tumble down forested hills into swimming spots so pristine that you’ll think you are the first to find them, and engagingly friendly, laid-back locals who relish sharing their paradise with you.
One of Vanuatu's premier boutique properties has just unveiled two brand new Deluxe Waterfront Villas.
The luxury hotels lining the golden sands of Nusa Dua's beachfront sport more stars than the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nowhere else will you find a collection of luxe hotel brands such as St Regis, Westin, Conrad, Laguna – a Luxury Collection Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Grand Aston, Chedi Sakala, Royal Santrian, Nikko and Melia sitting side- by-side: stunning beachfront property after stunning beachfront property.
French Polynesia offers couples more off the beaten track romantic options than perhaps anywhere else on Earth...
Many couples have been lucky enough to experience the alluring beauty of Fiji, but not quite like this. Blue Lagoon Cruises offers a variety of newly refreshed Fiji cruising expeditions, including three, four and seven night itineraries – an ideal way to explore the breathtaking offerings of this Pacific island with the convenience an organised cruise offers.Visit remote villages, learn how to cook traditional Fijian fare, take a hike to a majestic mountain top or explore the mysterious caves of the Sacred Islands – an endless range of adventures just waiting to be had.
Just putting it out there, Niue (pronounced Nu-ay) is the undiscovered tropical island adventure paradise you are looking for, and you can bet none of your friends have been there, let alone heard of it – perfect. And it’s not at all hard to get to!
Niue is the undiscovered tropical paradise ideal for your romantic getaway or honeymoon. With luxurious accomodation, exquisite cuisine, plenty of things to see, do and buy, you will leave relaxed and with experiences that will last a lifetime (not that you'll want to!)
Adventurous couples, this one's for you. We can't get enough of Niue, a South Pacific island paradise that's simply divine in every way. And when better to explore this romantic location than on your honeymoon or romantic getaway for two? We've rounded up our top 5 things to discover about this little gem of a destination …
If you plan on spending your honeymoon or romantic getaway in the island locale of Niue, September might just be the month to go. Niue's inaugural food destival, KaiNiue Food Festival, starts this September, running for four days over September 19-22.
French Polynesia offers couples more off-the-beaten track romantic options than perhaps anywhere else on Earth... Maurice the coconut farmer knocks back the coffee on offer with a flick of his hand.
Samoa offers absolutely everything a romantic holiday needs. When it comes to luxury resorts and island and beach holiday ideas, Samoa is definitely at top of the list.
But just what exactly does it offer loved-up couples in search of the perfect dreamy locale?
An idyllic experience in Samoa ...
Gently lapping waves, swaying palm trees and a balmy breeze, a true vision of paradise – Samoa is all this and more. It's a dreamy destination, particularly for couples who come to this stunning island nation and are instantly captivated by its charms.
Surrender to the 'castaway' feeling as you stroll hand-in-hand down long, empty beaches or escape to secluded sheltered bays with blue lagoons, beautiful soft golden sand and warm, inviting waters.
Part of the ultimate Tahitian experience is, of course, staying in a romantic overwater bungalow. These elegant forms of accommodation perch over the water, offering extreme luxury overtop some of the world's most beautiful and pristine waters.
Here are five of the best overwater bungalows to visit in Tahiti and just what makes them so special.
The Cook Islands are the quintessential tropical islands we all dream about when everyday life gets dull and boring – the sultry heat of a shimmering, golden sun sitting high in yet another perfect blue sky, the vibrant green fronds of coconut palms riffling in the gentle sea breeze, the pungent perfume of colourful tropical flowers wafting through the air. The Cook Islands is a garden of Eden, a place where life is lived in the slow lane, and each new day unfolds with the promise of yet another perfect day in paradise.
Islands tend to have romantic pasts, but none more so than Norfolk. It's here, in this tiny isle, where a single ring sealed the bonds of forbidden love for history's famous Bounty mutineers, leading to an incredible fusion of cultures. Haven't yet heard the tale? Prepare to fall in love with the romance and sheer beauty of Norfolk Island.
The swaying palms, warm welcome and laid-back charms of Fiji have long held a special place in the heart of Australians, and are a particular hit with couples considering a destination wedding, or looking for the perfect island honeymoon locations.
Scattered over an incredible two million square kilometres of ocean and largely unspoiled by tourism – no traffic lights and no high-rise buildings – the romantic Cook Islands are a holiday paradise for couples looking to drop out, kick back and just relax into 'island time' – that mysterious Pacific timezone when nothing is important and nothing is rushed. So take off your watch, turn off your phone, take a deep breath and feel the tension leave your body... perfection!
What does this mean? Naturally, it means you should head to romantic Fiji for your honeymoon or romantic getaway as soon as possible!
An island getaway is the perfect way to create enduring memories, and besides, with today's busy lifestyles you probably deserve a break.
Fiji is a place where happiness finds you... and here are three reasons why Fiji should be on your travel list.
Air New Zealand has introduced a mid-week flight to Niue – a romantic island country northeast of New Zealand – allowing more transit opportunities for travellers.
If anyone tells you they've already 'done' Fiji, it's worth telling them this: Fiji is hardly a single island destination, there's actually over 330 islands sitting in 150 000 square kilometres of Pacific Ocean. Should you wish to visit every island with some form of accommodation option on it, it would take a lifetime of romantic getaways. But what an undertaking that would be, for Fiji ranks as one of the world's ultimate romantic destinations and what's more, it's just a four and a half hour flight from Australia's east coast and is just two hours ahead – meaning you'll suffer not a single night of jet lag.
If you're thinking about honeymooning in Vanuatu, we don't blame you. This island paradise offers everything from luxury accommodation to romantic beach sunsets, water perfect for swimming and landscapes that are great for hikes and adventure.
Put simply, honeymoons in Vanuatu are divine. Whether it's your dream to recline in a sun lounger day-in, day-out and enjoy a time of rest and relaxation, or you'd like to get out and about with your loved one to experience a new culture, Vanuatu has you covered.
If you are in search of the perfect Pacific island paradise for a couples' trip away, don't look past the Cook Islands.
This collection of stunning islets is ideal for honeymoons or simply for a romantic getaway. After all, who needs an occasion to celebrate with their loved one in one of the most beautiful parts of the world?
Swim, snorkel, dive, lounge by a beautiful pool or spend time exploring the lush forest. While away your afternoons lying on the beach with a good book, and savour evenings sipping on cocktails at your hotel bar. All, of course, with the one you love. It's utopia just for couples.
Many people dream of travelling to a tropical destination like Fiji, with its endless beaches of glowing white sand, pristine ocean and exotic atmosphere making it extra special.
Why not take the plunge and go? You and your loved one can enjoy luxury accommodation, endless strawberry daiquiris and all the warm ocean water you can imagine.
Pick a luxurious resort to stay at, complete with pampering spa facilities, stylish pool area and top-quality bars and restaurants. Your room is bound to be gorgeous, with heavenly beds, rejuvenating showers and hopefully a fully-stocked minibar!
France and the Pacific are both romantic in their own right, so when you combine the two, the resulting French Polynesia can seem unreal in its charms and beauty. Rest assured, this paradise is alive and well, and is awaiting you and your loved one.
If you're on the search for the perfect destination for honeymoons, you simply won't be able to resist Tahiti and her beautiful islands. French Polynesia is made up of renowned Tahiti and some other lesser-known island gems that you will have the chance to visit if you head to the South Seas for your loved-up getaway.
Tahiti With the mythical peaks of Bora Bora as the backdrop, the show quickly moves into full swing. From yellow to orange, pink, red, blue, purple - and various outrageous hues in between – the multi-coloured palette moves through the sky and glassy ocean. It’s not surprising that Tahiti attracted the attention of artists like Paul Gauguin. fIn addition to France’s greatest Post-Impressionist painter, many other artists, explorers and writers made the arduous journey to French Polynesia, sometimes spending months at sea to answer its alluring call.
Bewitching, seductive Tahiti; a name that's launched a million or more dreams of love and lust under a tropical sky; a place that's captivated sailors, movie stars, artists, writers, lovers and mere mortals looking for paradise since the Englishman, Captain Wallis 'discovered' it in 1767. French Polynesia is made up of a group of five archipelagos; the Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu Atolls, Austral Islands and the Gambier Islands; 118 islands strung out like a broken strand of pearls across four million square kilometres of ocean.
My first visit to a Pacific island was to lovely Vanuatu a little over two decades ago and I fell totally under its spell. I still have a vivid memory of our first morning at Warwick Le Lagon Resort, sitting on the verandah of our overwater bungalow on Erakor Lagoon as the sun rose, watching the locals paddling to work in their canoes, their big wide smiles and greetings of hello ringing clear across the water. It looked like nirvana to me and so very different from my usual drive to and from work on congested roads. It was a peaceful, idyllic place and I think it was the first time I had truly relaxed on a holiday!
Simone Wright and Eric Perrigault met on the Greek island of Rhodes 15 years ago – Simone was on holiday from Australia and Eric was on a sailing trip from France, a meeting that would change both their lives forever.
After a whirlwind romance, neither returned home, instead they packed up and sailed the world together, stopping to moor and live for a time in exotic locales like the Seine River in Paris, the Spanish paradise of Minorca and the beautiful Caribbean island of Martinique.
Craig Tansley finds plenty of ways to explore this tropical getaway
Simply chilling out and enjoying the perfect scenery is what Tahiti is best known for. However, if you want to explore a bit and get more out of your honeymoon destination, then try these 5 great things to do in Tahiti.
Cruise on a catamaran with or without a skipper
Rent a fully provisioned boat - those who are not up to actually sailing the vessel on their own have the option of 'renting' a skipper and even a cook.
The swaying palms, warm welcome and laid back charms of Fiji have long held a special place in the heart of Australians. In fact, our love affair with this blessed group of isles is so strong that many Australians head back there each year to marry. And at under four hours flying time from Brisbane, why wouldn’t you!
I've just returned from a whirlwind trip to Fiji, where I attended the spectacular celebrations for the completion of the Phase III (AUD $30 million) development and expansion of Wyndham Resort Denarau Island - one of the largest tourism developments undertaken in Fiji in recent years.
Most couples dream of spending their honeymoon or anniversary in a dreamy bungalow, overlooking waters of such aquamarine clarity that sea life can be spotted from the hammock on your porch.
Luckily, these iconic, thatch roof-style bungalows exist in some of the most beautiful islands in the world. In both the Maldives and Tahiti, you can put your snorkel gear on and jump right off your porch.
Though many of these spots are a bit of a splurge, they're absolutely perfect for couples planning a celebratory holiday, and staying in one of these luxury villas will be an unforgettable experience.
We're already big fans of Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, a private island resort that sits directly on the Aitutaki Lagoon in the gorgeous Cook Islands. With its great accommodation (including overwater bungalows) and its very own spa, what's not to love? It's the perfect location for honeymooners or couples looking for their perfect island holiday, effortlessly combining luxury and Polynesian charm in a world-class resort.
We've been given even more reason to put the ever-romantic Aitutaki on our 'must visit' list – no doubt you'll agree with us!
Treat yourself to a romantic holiday in the beautiful island of Fiji. To celebrate the official change from Air Pacific to Fiji Airways, the national airline has announced a special sale. Fly to Fiji from only $330 return (including taxes) from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Experience a new standard of comfort, as the latest fleet of A330 aircraft and rebranded 737's offers patrons luxury state-of-the-art amenities and exceptional Fijian hospitality.
With savings of up to 75% off regular fares, you can't turn this offer down!
Staff feature writers for Holidays for Couples, Lynn and Steve Hill, recently had a mini ‘breakation’ in Fiji…
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Nadi airport is the stunning Denarau Island, so a holiday here is very easy.
There are a number of luxurious resorts on Denarau, all dotted strategically along the beach, lapped by the crystal clear blue waters of Nadi Bay. However, one resort stands out amongst the crowd – theSheraton Fiji Resort.
Get set for a pulse-quickening, eyes-agog escape. Melissa Rimac plunges in to find the regions’ most extraordinary, most romantic, aquatic wonders.
Jemma Fletcher discovers the growing trend of Voluntourism.
‘The honeymoon that gives back’ – could there really be such a thing? A romantic escape which fuses romance, seclusion and luxury with the heart-warming gesture of giving back to the local community? Here at Holidays for Couples, we began to wonder if this fabled honeymoon could really exist … and after a bit of digging, we’re pleased to announce that it most certainly does – in droves!
Below are our top six destinations which provide dream honeymoons with an opportunity to make the world a better place.
South Pacific Islands