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THE SAROJIN, THAILAND. SEE PAGE 98 FOR RESORT DETAILS


At Island Escapes we offer luxury and bespoke holiday experiences in extraordinarily beautiful destinations. We’ve partnered with only the best resorts – unique, exotic and exceptional – that showcase their picturesque locations and encourage you to indulge in local culture, cuisine, relaxation and adventure. We’re proud to present this portfolio of amazing resorts to you, and look forward to helping you satisfy your wanderlust to these incredible destinations.


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Escape the ordinary


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THE SAROJIN, THAILAND. SEE PAGE 98 FOR RESORT DETAILS


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05 About Us 06 Cook Islands 08 Rarotonga 21 Aitutaki 26 Fiji 28 Denarau Island 32 Viti Levu 38 The Islands & Cruising 58 Northern Fiji 66 Samoa 68 Upolu 78 Savai'i 80 Thailand 82 Bangkok 87 Chiang Mai 92 Hua Hin 95 Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak & Outer Islands 124 Koh Samui 132 Vanuatu 134 Efate 145 Espiritu Santo 150 Tanna 154 Terms & Conditions PLEASE NOTE: the prices quoted in this brochure were correct at the time of printing (Nov 2016) but may have fluctuated if surcharges, fees, taxes or currencies have changed. They are in AUD, based on low season rates and are per person per night. They do not take into account any specials released from time to time. They should be used as a guide only.

IMAGE COURTESY OF VANUATU TOURISM. ©DAVID KIRKLAND


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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us” ANONYMOUS

We are Island Escapes. We opened in 2003 – three people with a wealth of travel industry experience and an unsurpassed knowledge and passion for the destinations that truly inspire us. Over the years, our portfolio and expertise has grown to include Fiji, Thailand, Vanuatu, Samoa and now the Cook Islands, and we have cultivated strong relationships with the most unique, luxurious and extraordinary resorts in each of these wonderful destinations. We never strived to be the biggest travel company in Australia, but we are absolutely committed to being the best. By staying boutique, we have been able to focus on quality rather than quantity, and to providing our valued clients with a level of service and product knowledge that is fast disappearing in this era of ‘instant’ information. 14 years later and with over 20 staff, we firmly believe that you can learn more from a ten minute conversation with someone who has been to a resort, than in two hours

of trawling the internet trying to extract the truth from the white noise. It’s an old fashioned concept but according to the 1000’s of people we send on holidays each year, it is a successful one. We work closely with some of Australia’s best, most professional and well informed travel agents, ensuring our clients receive the best possible personalised care. This collection showcases some of our favourite hotels and resorts and we hope that it, together with our vast travel experience, enriches your next escape. Marilyn, Margie & Angie


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Cook Islands Climate The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasant, tropical climate that is warm and sunny most of the year. The cooler months are June to August (average 25 degrees Celsius) while November to March marks the warmer season where tropical showers are occasionally experienced (average 28–29 degrees Celsius). The drier months are July to November and we suggest you pack a light cardigan or long sleeve shirt as the evenings can get a little cool. This is also the peak season for travel to the Cooks and we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment. The more humid season runs from December to March. Currency The New Zealand dollar is the official unit of currency in the Cook Islands. ATM’s can be found in Avarua and at the airport. MasterCard® and Visa® are welcome at most resorts. Currency exchange is available at many of the major resorts, at the airport and in downtown Avarua. Tipping Tipping is not customary in the Cook Islands, although rewarding good service will not offend. Electricity The electrical current in the Cook Islands is 240 volts AC 50z. It uses a 3 pin power outlet identical to Australia and Australian appliances work in the Cooks without an adaptor. Passports & Visas Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond your anticipated return date, and you must possess an onward ticket. A visa is not required for tourist entry of 31 days into the Cook Islands if you are travelling on an Australian or New Zealand passport. Please check visa requirements for all other nationalities.

Check in & check out times Check in at most resorts is between 2pm–3pm and check out is generally 10am–12pm. Given the early arrival of direct flights from Australia, many resorts offer early check in or late check out at an additional but reduced cost that is cheaper than a full nightly rate. Etiquette Dress modestly when you are away from your resort and ensure that when you are leaving a beach, that you cover up for your journey home. If you are attending a church service, we recommend you dress conservatively as a sign of respect to the congregation, ensuring your shoulders are covered and knee length skirt/shorts are worn. Local women will wear their best dresses and men will wear collared shirts and long pants. Internet Internet services in the Cook Islands are relatively slow and can be unreliable. All resorts charge for WiFi access (payable directly). Language Cook Islands Maori is the official language although English is spoken widely and fluently. Useful words Kia Orana: Hello. Meitaki: Thank you. Aere Ra: Good bye


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AITUTAKI LAGOON RESORT & SPA. SEE PAGE 24 FOR RESORT DETAILS


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Rarotonga is the vibrant hub of the Cook Islands, offering a unique Pacific island experience as you are not resort bound. With a sparkling turquoise lagoon, emerald green mountains, 50+ cafes and restaurants, an energetic nightlife, and bustling markets, Rarotonga offers holidaymakers no shortage of things to see and do. Feel the rush of endorphins as you conquer the peak of the volcanic cone on a guided hiking tour. Scuba dive or snorkel in incredibly clear lagoons to see giant turtles, colourful fish and corals. Wander back from the sandy white beach to your resort and enjoy a pamper session at one of the award-winning Spas. From 4WD tours to quad bikes and push bikes, to art galleries and cultural centres, you can do as much or as little as you want. You also have the freedom of jumping on a scooter or local bus to explore the island at your leisure. Life on Rarotonga is easy, relaxed and friendly – just the way a holiday should be.

Rarotonga IMAGE COURTESY OF COOKISLANDS.TRAVEL ŠKIERAN SCOTT


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Te Vakaroa Villas PRICE RANGE: $350 - $400 PP/PN MAP REF: G10

Te Vakaroa Villas’ six luxurious accommodations provide a peaceful holiday oasis for discerning adult guests. Architect designed with contemporary interiors, the 3 x 1 Bedroom and 3 x 2 Bedroom beachfront Villas are located in a two storey complex that overlook Muri’s famous turquoise lagoon, just a short stroll from restaurants, local attractions and water based activities. Days can be whiled away and new friends made from the comfort of your sunlounge beside the resort’s infinity pool–the perfect spot to enjoy a cool cocktail at the end of a hot day. With a well appointed kitchen in each Villa, guests can choose to be either independent or their stay can be fully hosted with tropical breakfasts delivered daily to their Villa, a personal chef available by arrangement, room service and à la carte dining available at the adjoining Sails Restaurant.

• Location: Muri Beach. 20 minute drive from Rarotonga Airport • 3 x 1 Bedroom and 3 x 2 Bedroom Villas, each air conditioned and fan cooled. • Restaurants and bars within walking distance. Full kitchen and laundry facilities in each Villa • 1 resort pool • Satellite TV, DVD and iPod® dock in each Villa • Charged WiFi in each Villa • Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily, welcome fruit platter and bottle of wine on arrival • Meal Plan: Private chef available (charged) • Occupancy: Max 2 people in 1 Bedroom and max 5 people in 2 Bedroom • Honeymoon Bonus: Complimentary couples massage and bottle of Champagne on arrival (min 5 nights) • Children’s Policy: Te Vakaroa does not accommodate children U10 years


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Pacific Resort Rarotonga PRICE RANGE: $200 - 250 PP/PN MAP REF: G10

Despite being one of Rarotonga’s most popular family resorts, it’s the sense of peace and tranquillity that first strikes you as you arrive at Pacific Resort Rarotonga. Set amongst five and a half acres of beautifully manicured tropical gardens and fringed by Rarotonga’s famous Muri Lagoon, this popular four star resort manages to comfortably accommodate both couples and families without the experience for either being compromised. With only 64 elegantly appointed accommodations, this resort feels small and boutique whilst offering the amenities and services expected in a much larger, full service resort. These include one of the most comprehensive Kids Club’s in the country, two restaurants, room service, a Day Spa at its sister property Te Manava, and a full array of water sports that maximise its fabulous lagoon location.

• Location: Muri Beach. 30 minute drive from Rarotonga Airport • 57 Hotel Rooms/Suites and 7 x 2–3 Bedroom Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 restaurant and 1 bar. Kitchen facilities in all Villas • 1 resort pool. Day Spa at Te Manava • Satellite TV, DVD and iPod® dock in each Villa • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Between 2–4 people in Rooms/Suites. Max 5 in Premium Garden Villa. Max 7 in 3 Bedroom Villas • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of wine, small gift and flowers in room (proof required) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily for children 6–12 years from 9.30am–4pm (Mon–Sat) and 1pm–4pm (Sun). Children U12 eat breakfast free. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa PRICE RANGE: $250 - 300 PP/PN MAP REF: G10

Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa is the perfect accommodation choice for discerning travellers who value their independence and privacy but want the convenience of having resort amenities available just a short distance away at its sister hotel Pacific Resort Rarotonga. Set beachfront overlooking the incredible aqua hues of the popular Muri Lagoon, this 5 star villa complex offers guests the option of an entirely self–sufficient holiday or the ability to add standard resort inclusions such as daily housekeeping, linen changing, grocery shopping and daily continental breakfast baskets. Families are welcome to use The Pacific Resort Rarotonga's Kids Club and babysitting is available. With 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, each fully self–contained, individual villa is well appointed with contemporary décor, luxury amenities and its own private pool.

• Location: Muri Beach. 30 minute drive from Rarotonga Airport • 13 x 1–3 bedroom villas, each air conditioned and fan cooled • No onsite restaurant or bar. Kitchen facilities in all villas • Private pool in each villa • TV, espresso machine and iPod® dock in all villas • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Room only. Complimentary shuttle to/from Pacific Resort Rarotonga • Meal Plan: Grocery service and private chef available (charged) • Occupancy: Max 2 people in 1 bedroom villa/suite. Max 4 people in 2 bedroom villa. Max 6 people in 3 bedroom villa • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of wine, small gift and flowers in room (proof required) • Children’s Policy: Te Manava guests are welcome to use the complimentary Kids Club at Pacific Resort Rarotonga. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Nautilus Resort PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: G10

Nautilus Resort opened in October 2014 and immediately garnered popularity as one of the Cook Islands' premier luxury boutique resorts. It’s 17 spacious Are' are located on the popular Muri Beach, each featuring either 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, their own salt water plunge pool, large outdoor furnished deck and well appointed interiors that are designed in an elegant, contemporary Polynesian style. All 2 and 3 bedroom Are' are well equipped with a mini kitchenette that includes an espresso pod coffee machine and a state of the art entertainment and communication system. Families are welcome year round with a 'Kids Concierge’ onsite for children aged 5 years +, and as a result it lends itself beautifully to discerning multi–generational family travel. Dining is a pleasure in its hugely popular, stylish beachfront restaurant which features a chic beach bar and offers Polynesian influenced dishes with a special flair! With an onsite Day Spa and a variety of guest activities available, this ecologically mindful resort offers guests the accommodation flexibility of a private villa with the convenience of a full service boutique resort. • Location: Muri Beach. 30 minute drive from Rarotonga Airport • 17 x 1, 2 and 3 bedroom air conditioned Are’ • 1 restaurant and 2 bars. Full kitchen in 2 and 3 bedroom Are’ • 1 resort pool and private pools in each Are’. Day Spa • Satellite TV, espresso machine and Bluetooth sound systems in all Are’ • Charged WiFi throughout the resort (complimentary starter pack provided) • Inclusions: Full breakfast and arrival fruit platter • Meal Plan: N\A

• Occupancy: 2 people in 1 bedroom Are’, 4 people in 2 bedroom Are’ and 6 people in 3 bedroom Are’. 1–2 extra children U12 permitted, dependent on room type • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of Nautilus Wine, 30 minute massage per person and room upgrade (if available on check–in) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Concierge operates daily from 8.30am–5.30pm for children aged 5–12 years, offering various activities. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Muri Beach Club Hotel PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: G10

It’s fabulous location–overlooking Muri

• Location: Muri Beach. 30 minute drive

Lagoon, within easy walking distance to Muri

from Rarotonga Airport

Village–is just one of the many highlights of

• 30 air conditioned guest rooms

this wonderful little resort. A true ‘hotel’ in a

• 1 restaurant and 2 bars

•O  ccupancy: Max 4 adults in Premier Garden Rooms. 2 adults in all other room categories • H  oneymoon Bonus: Lovers bed set up on check-in, Indulgence gift pack (candles,

country which favours resorts and villas, Muri • 1 hotel pool. Day Spa

chocolates, sparkling wine), 30 minute couples

Beach Club Hotel offers its guests an intimate, • TV in all guest rooms

massage, private island picnic lunch and

romantic holiday experience. Modern

• Complimentary internet in reception.

interiors, spacious well appointed rooms,

Charged WiFi throughout rest of the resort

enormous pool area, creative restaurant

• Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily

that caters to many dietary needs, a wide

• Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full

selection of water sports and a social bar

upgrade to Deluxe Beachfront Room (subject to availability on arrival). Min stay 5 nights • Children’s Policy: Muri Beach Club Hotel does not accommodate children U18 years

board available

where new friends are made and old friends are reacquainted, make a holiday here a joy.

Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas PRICE RANGE: $450–$500 PP/PN MAP REF: G10 Opened in March 2015, Crystal Blue is striking–both for its ultra–modern design

• Location: Muri Beach. 30 minute drive from Rarotonga Airport

• Inclusions: Tropical fruit platter and starter breakfast hamper in villa on arrival

and its fabulous location. Set on the shoreline • 2 x 2 Bedroom Lagoon View Villas and

• Meal Plan: N/A

of Muri Beach, each of the 4 x 2 storey 2

2 x 2 Bedroom Beachfront Villas, each

• Occupancy: Max 4 adults in each villa

bedroom/3 bathroom villas feature a well

air conditioned and fan cooled

• Honeymoon Bonus: Couples in villa massage,

appointed kitchen, living area and ocean

• Restaurants and bars within walking

facing deck or balcony, and share a large

distance. Full kitchen, BBQ and laundry

infinity pool. However, what sets it apart is

facilities in each villa

its interior design. Its vibrantly white interior

• 1 resort pool

pops with little bursts from the aqua colour

• Satellite TV, Bluetooth sound system

palette, creating a clean, uber-modern, elegant sense of style unlike any other found in the Cook Islands.

and espresso coffee machine in each villa • Charged WiFi throughout the resort

sparkling wine and chocolates in villa on arrival and Te Vara Nui Combo Extravaganza for 2 including dinner (min stay 7 nights) • Children’s Policy: Crystal Blue does not accommodate children U12 years


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Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa PRICE RANGE: $400–$450 PP/PN MAP REF: G10

When you walk through the doorway leading • Location: Muri Beach. 30 minute drive to your private courtyard with its waterfall cascading into your full size pool, you enter

from Rarotonga Airport • 7 x 2 bedroom villas, each air conditioned and

a tranquil haven that immediately transports you into holiday mode. And as you continue

fan cooled • Restaurants and bars within walking distance.

• Charged WiFi throughout the resort (complimentary starter pack provided) • Inclusions: Return VIP transfers, in villa breakfast daily and arrival gift basket in villa including a bottle of sparkling wine

Full kitchen facilities and BBQ in each villa.

• Meal Plan: N/A

2 bathroom villa, complete with super king

Offsite partner restaurant delivers meals

• Occupancy: Max 4 adults in each villa

canopied bed, Italian fixtures, indoor water

on request

• Honeymoon Bonus: 2 x 1 hour relaxation

into your luxury beachfront 1 or 2 bedroom/

feature, surround sound audio visual system,

• Private pools in each villa. Day Spa

expresso machine and fully equipped kitchen, • TV, DVD, CD player and coffee machine you will immediately decide you never want

in each villa

to leave. Catering to adults only, a holiday

massages in Day Spa (min stay 5 nights and proof required) • Children’s Policy: Rumours does not accommodate children U15 years

at Rumours is guaranteed to see you relax, rejuvenate and return time and time again.

Sea Change Villas PRICE RANGE: $250–$300 PP/PN MAP REF: G10 Luxurious accommodation, privacy and independent travel culminate in Sea Change Villas – one of the Cook Islands’ premium

• Location: Titikaveka. 25 minute drive from Rarotonga Airport • 9 x Beachfront, Lagoon View or Lagoon

Villa retreats. Each of the 1–3 bedroom fully

View Executive Villas, each air conditioned

self-contained villas feature their own private

and fan cooled

pool and courtyard, and are furnished in

• Full kitchen facilities in each villa.

• Satellite TV, iPod® dock, DVD, CD player in each villa • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Return airport transfers, bottle of wine and beers on arrival and a breakfast starter pack

a style that exudes tropical sophistication.

Complimentary transfers offered to some

• Meal Plan: N\A. Private chef can be organised

There are 2 categories – Beachfront which

nearby restaurants

• Occupancy: Max 2 people in 1 bedroom villa.

have been built within metres of the high tide • Private pool in all villas mark, and Lagoon View which are set among

Max 4 people in 2 bedroom villa. Max 6 people in 3 bedroom villa

the tropical gardens with views from the deck

• Honeymoon Bonus: N/A

of the lagoon’s aqua hues. Casually elegant, a

• Children’s Policy: Sea Change does not

holiday at Sea Change Villas is sure to exceed

accommodate children aged U12 years

your expectations.


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Little Polynesian Resort PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: G10

Nestled on the southern tip of Rarotonga overlooking a spectacular turquoise lagoon that is fringed by fine white sand, is one of the Cook Islands' most well–known luxury resorts–Little Poly (as it is affectionately known). With just 14 individual Beachfront and Garden Villas this sophisticated adults only resort oozes Polynesian charm and elegance. Designed using traditional architecture, built from local timbers and featuring a simple yet sophisticated décor, each of the Beachfront Villas feature an indoor/ outdoor shower and its own gazebo with sun lounge and uninterrupted million dollar water views. Life at Little Poly pivots around its central facility which includes an open air restaurant and an infinity pool that appears to melt into the exquisitely coloured, marine protected lagoon. Water activities abound for those who are inclined however the essence of this resort is romance and relaxation, and guests are encouraged to enjoy both in abundance.

• Location: Titikaveka. 35 minute drive from Rarotonga Airport • 10 x Beachfront Villas and 4 x Garden Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 restaurant and bar • 1 resort pool • Satellite TV and DVD player in all Villas • Charged WiFi throughout the resort • Inclusions: Room only • Meal Plan: N/A • Occupancy: Max 3 adults in each Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a candlelit dinner set up on the beach (min 5 nights. Proof required) • Children’s Policy: Little Polynesian does not accommodate children U15 years


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The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $250–$300 PP/PN MAP REF: G9

Much loved and well known, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa is one of Rarotonga’s most iconic holiday destinations. With 110 guest rooms and suites that accommodate families of various configurations, this full service resort is set amongst 6 acres of landscaped gardens, fringed by a kilometre of prime beachfront and the Aro’a Lagoon Marine Reserve. Attracting a strong family clientele, The Rarotongan operates one of the Cook Islands’ most comprehensive kid’s facilities with activity programs for children from 1–16 years. For adults there is an indulgent Day Spa and an extensive array of guest facilities that include complimentary use of stand up paddle boards and kayaks, and both day and night snorkelling in the crystal waters of the Aro'a Lagoon. All this, teamed with its is incredible beachfront location, make this the perfect, affordable, ‘all around’ resort choice that is sure to appeal to both families and couples alike.

• Location: Aro'a Beach. 15 minute drive from Rarotonga Airport • 109 guest rooms, suites and 2 bedroom accommodations and 1 x 3 bedroom Private Pool Villa ‘Onemaru’, all air conditioned • 2 restaurants and 2 bars • 1 resort pool. Day Spa • Satellite TV in all accommodation • Charged WiFi throughout the resort • Inclusions: Tropical breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Mostly 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12. Grand Beachfront Suite, 2 Bedroom Interconnecting Rooms and 2 Bedroom Suites take 2 adults/4 children U12. 3 Bedroom Private Pool Villa takes 6 adults or 4 adults/6 children U12 • Honeymoon Bonus: Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and 2 x island sarongs (min 5 nights) • Children’s Policy: Moko Kids Club (complimentary) operates Mon – Sat in 3 sessions for children 4 – 11 years and includes Little Dolphins Mini Waterpark (supervised). Teen Zone operates for kids 12 – 16 years. Crèche available for infants 0–3 years. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Sanctuary Rarotonga - on the Beach PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: G9

Located adjacent to its sister property The Rarotongan Beach Resort, Sanctuary Rarotonga - on the Beach is an adult only all suite resort consisting of just 49 accommodations. Benefitting from the exquisite view over Aro’a Beach, each Polynesian style suite faces the ocean with either a ground floor patio or a first floor balcony to enjoy sunset cocktails with a view. Or if you prefer, they can be consumed at Sanctuary’s swim up pool bar–1 of only 2 available in the Cooks. Guests at this little resort experience the best of both worlds! The convenience of being located beside The Rarotongan with its many activities, dining options and guest facilities while being able to return to this quiet little oasis to rest, relax and replenish. With an adult only restaurant, access to Spa Polynesia and a variety of offsite tours available, this is a great choice for romantic couples who want to do everything…. and nothing.

• Location: Aro'a Beach. 15 minute drive from Rarotonga Airport • 48 Beachfront Suites and 1 Honeymoon Spa Suite, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 restaurant and 2 bars (1 swim up) • 1 resort pool. Day Spa • Satellite TV in all accommodation • Charged WiFi throughout the resort • Inclusions: Tropical breakfast daily, invitation to Managers Sunset Cocktail Party, use of stand-up paddleboards, snorkelling gear, kayaks and tennis • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults in all accommodation • Honeymoon Bonus: Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and 2 x island sarongs (min 5 nights) • Children’s Policy: The Sanctuary does not accommodate children U16 years


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Sunset Resort

PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: F8

Ideally located on a secluded beach, only

• Location: Arorangi. 10 minute drive from

8km from downtown Avarua, Sunset Resort offers guests an incredibly relaxing holiday

Rarotonga Airport • 28 x Studio Rooms, 5 x 2 Bedroom and

experience. With only 35 spacious suites and studios that overlook either the aqua lagoon

2 x Poolside 1 Bedroom. All air conditioned • 1 restaurant and 2 bars. Limited kitchen

or the resort’s lush tropical gardens, this

facilities in accommodation

low rise resort imbues an easy going feeling

• 2 resort pools. Day Spa

that immediately encourages guests into

• TV in all rooms. DVD on request

a carefree Pacific rhythm. Its ‘Anchorage

• Charged WiFi in room

Restaurant’ offers one of the best resort

• Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily

dining experiences on Rarotonga and when

• Meal Plan: N\A

• Occupancy: Max 2 adults in Studios. Max 4 in Beachfront 2 Bedroom. Max 3 in Poolside 1 Bedroom and max 5 in Poolside 2 Bedroom • Honeymoon Bonus: Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine in room on arrival • Children’s Policy: Sunset Resort does not accommodate children U12 years

you team this with the fabulous sunset views over the lagoon, there is no better place to spend a few quiet holiday evenings.

Crown Beach Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: F8 Set on 5 acres of tropical gardens fringed by a stunning turquoise lagoon, Crown Beach Resort & Spa offers its guests a deluxe, full service, boutique resort experience. Its 36 standalone studio, 1 and

• Location: Arorangi. 10 minute drive from Rarotonga Airport • 18 x 1 Bedroom Villas, 14 x Courtyard Pool Suites and 4 x 2 Bedroom Villas. All air conditioned and fan cooled

2 bedroom villas are well appointed,

• 2 restaurants and 2 bars

decorated in a contemporary Pacific style,

• 1 resort pool. Day Spa

and are scattered throughout the property

• TV, DVD and CD player in all suites/villas

affording a mixture of garden and ocean

• Charged WiFi throughout resort

views. An onsite Day Spa, dive centre,

• Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily

gymnasium and 2 restaurants including the

• Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available

renowned fine dining Flambé Restaurant, complete the guest services offered by this fabulous little adult only resort.

•O  ccupancy: Max 3 people in 1 Bedroom Villa, max 5 people in 2 Bedroom Garden Villa and max 4 people in all other categories •H  oneymoon Bonus: Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and fruit platter in room on arrival (min 7 nights) • Children’s Policy: Crown Beach does not accommodate children U16 years


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Manuia Beach Resort PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: F8

Relaxed and welcoming. Small and intimate. Casual and attentive. Manuia Beach Resort is one of the unsung gems of the Cook Islands. With only 24 duplex style suites, this adults only resort offers guests an intimate, romantic holiday experience in an atmosphere that embodies Polynesian hospitality. Sand paths meander through the resort’s gardens, leading all guests towards a stunning beachside infinity pool and the sand floored ‘On The Beach’ thatched restaurant, that serves delicious South Pacific cuisine and excellent cocktails. All suites have been recently refurbished and feature outdoor showers, private balconies and are decorated with individual art pieces designed by local artisans. Only 15 minutes from downtown Avarua, this owner/operated resort provides exceptional value for your holiday dollar and delivers not only what it promises, but happily much more!

• Location: Arorangi. 10 minute drive from Rarotonga Airport • 24 Garden and Beachfront Suites, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 restaurant and bar • 1 resort pool. Complimentary access to offsite gym • All suites are free of electronic entertainment • Charged WiFi throughout the resort • Inclusions: All suites – continental breakfast daily. VIP Suites–cooked breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults in all suites • Honeymoon Bonus: Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine (min 2 nights) • Children’s Policy: Manuia does not accommodate children U16 years


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Aitutaki Lagoon is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world. A seemingly endless expanse of crystalline water of the most vivid blue palette, strewn with tiny motu (islets) laden with palm trees and fringed by white sand, it represents everything we hope to find in the Pacific. The second most visited island in the Cooks, it is a magnet for honeymooners and those travellers seeking the ultimate private escape. Days are squandered revelling in its beauty from either a day cruise, a kayak or your ocean facing resort lounge chair. It is a vision you will never tire of and one you will remember always.

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki PRICE RANGE: $500–$550 PP/PN MAP REF: B9

Widely recognised as one of The Cook Islands' most luxurious resorts, Pacific Resort Aitutaki is blessed on many levels. Located on a hillside that sweeps down to a beautiful turquoise lagoon fringed by a fine, white sand beach, this 5 star boutique resort delivers a sublime holiday experience for couples and families alike. It’s 27, spacious freestanding bungalows are laden with elegant Pacific décor, luxury amenities such as Bvlgari bathroom products and small, personal touches that are guaranteed to elevate your holiday experience. Each room opens onto a spacious balcony with a day bed, million dollar views and beach access. The resort boasts a luxurious Day Spa, fabulously attentive staff, well equipped gym, a poolside bar that doubles as a casual dining area for lunch and dinner as well as a fine dining restaurant which affords one of the most spectacular views on the Island. Families are welcome year round and whilst the resort does not have a formal kids club, children will be well entertained by the many activities available. • Location: Amuri. 10 minute drive from Aitutaki Airport

• Occupancy: Max 3 people in Premium Beachfront Bungalow

• 23 x Beachfront Bungalows, 3 x Ultimate Beachfront Villas

and Ultimate Beachfront Villa. Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2

and 1 x 2 Bedroom Premium Beachfront Bungalow, all air

children U12 in Premium Beachfront Bungalow Plus. Max

conditioned and fan cooled

5 people in Premium Beachfront Bungalow (2 Bedroom).

• 2 restaurants and 1 bar • 1 resort pool. Day Spa and gym • TV and iPod® dock in all bungalows and villas • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Return airport transfers and à la carte breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available

Infant cot can be added to all room categories • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of wine, small gift and flowers in room on arrival (proof required) • Children’s Policy: Children are welcome year round however the resort does not offer a formal Kids Club. Family friendly accommodation


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Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $500–$550 PP/PN MAP REF: B9

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa isn’t just the only private island resort in The Cook’s, it is also ideally situated on the shores of the magnificent Aitutaki Lagoon. With 36 free standing, quintessentially Polynesian style bungalows (including the Cook Islands' only Overwater Bungalows), this adult only resort oozes romance and relaxation. Located just a 2 minute ferry ride from the main Island of Aitutaki, the resort offers its guests the perfect balance of seclusion and accessibility. Not that you ever need to leave its fair shores, with it providing a complete holiday experience including delicious cuisine served in the Flying Boat Beach Bar & Grill, a dedicated resort Day Spa, a freshwater swimming pool and a range of water based activities. Yet, incredible as its location is, this resort is really for romantics. It’s about couples sharing one of the most beautiful places in the world together, wondering at the scenery by day and enjoying the endless sky of stars by night. Staying here is a once in a lifetime experience… unless of course, you can’t resist a second visit.

• Location: Akitua Private Island. 10 minute drive and 2 minute launch from Aitutaki Airport • 35 Bungalows and 1 Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa ‘Te Arau’. All air conditioned and fan cooled • 2 restaurants and 2 bars. Kitchen facilities in ‘Te Arau’ • 1 resort pool. Gym and Day Spa • Satellite TV in all accommodation • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Tropical breakfast daily, invitation to Managers Sunset Cocktail Party, use of stand-up paddleboards, snorkelling gear and kayaks • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults in Beachfront, Premium Beachfront and Overwater Bungalows. Max 4 adults in ‘Te Arau’ • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine and couples Island sarongs (min 5 nights) • Children’s Policy: Aitutaki Lagoon does not accommodate children U16 years


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Tamanu Beach Resort PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: B9

Located on the Sunset coast of Aitutaki, Tamanu Beach Resort is redefining casual luxury encompassing a relaxed 22 bungalow Cook Islands getaway. Offering 1 bedroom Garden and Beachfront Bungalows, and Studio Bungalows that feature outdoor coral showers, all are only metres from the ocean, nestled among lush tropical gardens. The resort features 200 metres of white sandy beach, two fresh water swimming pools, a beachfront restaurant and bar, complimentary snorkelling gear, kayaks & SUPS to explore the lagoon and visit coral gardens and its very own giant clam. Being family owned and operated, there is a focus on providing a truly Polynesian holiday experience. Guests are invited to the Island Buffet and Fire Dance show on a Thursday night and a ‘Sunset BBQ’ on a Sunday night where new friends are made and stories of Aitutaki adventures swapped.

• Location: Amuri. 10 minute drive from Aitutaki Airport • 22 Garden and Beachfront Bungalows • 1 restaurant and 2 bars • 2 resort pools • Satellite TV in all Bungalows • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Return airport transfers and continental breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 people in Garden Bungalow and 1 Bedroom Bungalows. Max 2 people in Intimate Beachfront Bungalow, 1 Bedroom Beachfront Bungalows and Tamanu ‘Are’ • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine on arrival (min 3 nights) • Children’s Policy: Tamanu does not accommodate children U12 years


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Fiji Climate Fiji enjoys a tropical climate. Daytime temperatures vary between averages of 31 degrees Celsius in summer (Dec–Feb) and 28 degrees Celsius in winter (Jun–Aug) making it the ideal destination to escape our cold winters. Rain and humidity are traditionally more frequent in summer to mid autumn (Dec–Mar) and if you feel the heat, we recommend you choose a resort that has air conditioning if travelling during this period, as not all do. Cooling evening trade winds are more prevalent during late autumn to spring (May–Oct) and we recommend you pack light cardigans or long sleeve shirts if travelling during these months.

Check in & check out times Check in at most resorts is between 2pm–3pm and check out is generally between 10am–12pm. If you require your room prior to check in an additional night will need to be purchased. Late check out is sometimes available at a discounted rate.

Currency The Fijian Dollar is the base unit of currency. ATMs are available in most major town centres. Major credit cards are welcome in all resorts. Currency exchange is available in most resorts, at Nadi airport and in banks in town centres.

Internet WiFi is available in most resorts in Fiji, with charges dependant on the resort. Whilst it can be limited, it is reasonably reliable although less so in remote islands/resorts.

Tipping Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji, however most resorts have a staff fund should you wish to make a contribution to show your gratitude.

Etiquette When visiting villages or shopping in town, please ensure that you cover up swimwear with a sulu (sarong), sundress or shorts and t-shirt to show respect to Fijian locals. If you are attending a Kava ceremony, please ensure that you wear a sulu and that your shoulders are covered.

Language English is widely spoken throughout Fiji. Useful words Bula: Hello Vinaka: Thank you Moce: Good bye (mow-they)

Electricity The electrical current in Fiji is 240 volts AC 50z. Fiji has three pin power outlets identical to Australia, and Australian appliances work in Fiji without requiring an adaptor Passports & Visas Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your anticipated return date, and you must possess an onward ticket. A visa is not required for tourist entry into Fiji if you are travelling on an Australian or New Zealand passport. Please check visa requirements for all other nationalities

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TOBERUA ISLAND RESORT. SEE PAGE 51 FOR RESORT DETAILS


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Denarau Island offers holiday makers enormous choice! Located only 20 minutes drive from Nadi Airport, it is one of Fiji’s most popular holiday destinations and with good reason. There are nine international four and five star resorts, each featuring a variety of quality accommodation options and a number of fabulous dining venues and bars to suit all budgets. There is an 18 hole Championship Golf Course, a tennis complex, a Water Fun Park and a variety of water sports available for the more active guest. And finally there is the Port Denarau Marina Complex with its cafÊs, casual bars, restaurants, mini marts and shopping outlets. The entire island is serviced by shuttle bus or taxi (set price whilst on the island) guaranteeing guest convenience and variety. The Marina is the main departure point for launch transfers to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, making the Denarau resorts an ideal choice if a pre or post island stay is required.

Denarau Island SOFITEL FIJI RESORT & SPA SEE PAGE 29 FOR RESORT DETAILS


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Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: G5

Situated on 26 acres of ocean fronted tropical gardens, the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa offers guests a contemporary hotel style resort experience with a relaxed ‘Fiji’ feel and a French twist. Its facilities exceed expectation with award winning restaurants, a beachside wedding chapel, Kids Club, water slide and a tranquil Day Spa precinct that includes 9 bures, outdoor garden showers, a private sauna, whirlpool and a juice bar. In August 2015 Denarau’s most sophisticated adults only zone, the Waitui Beach Club, opened at the Sofitel. By day, guests staying in the Luxury Beach Club Rooms enjoy personalised butler service, 25m pool with swim up bar, gymnasium, private cabanas, and the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar. At sunset the mood and lighting change to a more vibrant party atmosphere where all guests are welcome to enjoy regular live entertainment, dine on sharing platters and tapas and sip tropical cocktails.

• 296 air conditioned hotel rooms/suites • 5 restaurants and 4 bars • 3 resort pools including 1 family pool with waterslide. 2 x gyms and a Day Spa • Satellite TV in all rooms. iPod® dock in all Luxury Rooms and Suites. PlayStations® in all Family Rooms. Coffee machines in all Luxury Beach Club Rooms • Free WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Room only. Luxury Beach Club Rooms and Suites all have complimentary access to the Waitui Beach Club • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 in most rooms/suites. Max 2 adults in Beach Club rooms • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine on arrival • Children’s Policy: Turtle Kids Club operates daily from 9am–9pm for children 3–12 years (charged). Children U12 eat free for breakfast and dinner in Lagoon Restaurant when dining with an adult. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island PRICE RANGE: $250–$300 PP/PN MAP REF: G4

The Radisson Blu Resort is one of Denarau’s most popular family friendly resorts and with good reason. There are 4 climate controlled pools including a family pool with white water tunnel slide, a toddler pool and an adults’ only pool perfect for parental ‘quiet’ time. The Blu Banana Kids Club operates daily in 3 sessions including the very popular sunset torch lighting ceremony where little ‘warriors’ join big warriors resplendent in full costume, to set the entire property alight. An excellent variety of dining outlets are available onsite ranging from casual Fish and Chips served beachfront on outdoor tables to the world class Thai restaurant Chantara and everything in between. Featuring not only hotel rooms but spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartment style suites, a Day Spa, excellent array of water activities, tour desk and a well–stocked (and priced) mini mart, this really is a fabulous all round resort.

• 270 air conditioned Guest Rooms and 1–2 Bedroom Suites • 4 restaurants and 3 bars (1 swim up). Kitchen and laundry facilities in all 1 and 2 Bedroom Suites • 4 resort pools including 1 adult only pool, a toddler pool and a family pool with waterslide. Gym and Day Spa • Satellite TV, CD, MP3 and DVD player in all rooms and suites • Free WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 2 adults or 2 adults/2 children U13 years in Guest Rooms. Max 4 adults or 2 adults/3 Children U13 years in 1 Bedroom Suite. Max 6 people in 2 Bedroom Suite • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine and special honeymoon set up in room • Children’s Policy: Blu Banana Kids Club operates daily from 8am – 9pm in 3 separate sessions for children 4–12 years. Individual sessions cost F$14 per child per session. The evening Torch Lighting Ceremony costs F$16 per child. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: G5

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa is a luxurious, contemporary designed low rise apartment style resort, located over 1.5 kms of private beach front. With a range of room types that include single Studios through to 3 bedroom Villas, it is the ideal resort choice for extended families or groups of friends who are holidaying together, with each of the 1 bedroom + accommodation featuring a BBQ, full kitchen, laundry facilities and superb ocean views. The Hilton features 7 pools defined into 2 zones–one to suit families and one serenity zone suited to adults. There are 2 restaurants onsite, as well as L’Epicier, a café style deli that serves some of the finest pastries and coffee found in Fiji. With a fitness centre, Day Spa, and one of the best Kids Club on Denarau, the Hilton provides the discerning traveller with a complete holiday experience.

• 287 air conditioned Studios and 1–2 Bedroom Villas/Penthouses • 3 restaurants and 2 bars. BBQ’s, kitchen and laundry facilities in all 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Villas/Penthouses • 7 resort pools. Deluxe Villa accommodation features a shared pool per villa block. Gym and Day Spa • Satellite TV, CD and DVD in all accommodation. Espresso Machine in all 2 and 3 Bedroom Villas/Penthouses • Complimentary WiFi in public areas. Charged WiFi in rooms • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 2 people per Studio. Max 3 people per 1 bedroom. Max 5 people per 2 bedroom. Max 7 people per 3 Bedroom • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 9am–8pm for children 3–12 years. Children U6 years dine free from the kid’s menu at the main restaurant when accompanied by a paying adult. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Viti Levu is the largest of the 333 islands that make up Fiji’s archipelago and is where you will find Nadi, the international airport gateway, and Suva, the nation’s capital. It is also home to one of the most popular holiday regions The Coral Coast. This is an 80km stretch that runs ocean front along the Queen’s Road between Nadi and Suva, featuring beaches, picturesque bays and many of Fiji’s well known beachfront resorts. Continuing further south is The Pacific Coast, commonly referred to as Fiji’s Adventure Capital. From here you can play golf, explore Fiji’s highland rivers and canyons kayaking class II rapids, go ziplining, shark diving, kayaking or surf the famous Frigates Passage. Other secluded coastal resorts are dotted around the island offering guests the great combination of a beach holiday with the convenience of a mainland location.

Viti Levu IMAGE COURTESY OF TOURISM FIJI ©CHRIS MCLENNAN


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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island PRICE RANGE: $250–$300 PP/PN MAP REF: E2

Following its opening in May 2016, DoubleTree has proven a popular addition to the Hilton stable of resorts in Fiji. Formerly operating as Sonaisali Island Resort, this family friendly property welcomed guests following a 2 year closure and a total refurbishment that saw every aspect of it revitalised and improved. The result is an authentic island holiday experience conveniently located just a 25 minute drive and 3 minute launch from Nadi Airport. Each of the hotel rooms and authentic bure style accommodation have been totally refreshed from top to bottom and feature contemporary décor, modern amenities and are located throughout landscaped gardens that overlook the ocean and the outlying Mamanuca Islands. 2 restaurants, 3 bars including a swim up bar, resort swimming pool, complimentary Kids Club, Day Spa, extensive array of watersports, paintball and horse riding ensure that all guests are well entertained during their stay.

• Location: Island off Viti Levu. 25 minute drive from Nadi Airport followed by a 3 minute launch • 32 x Guest Rooms and 88 Ocean View Bures, all air conditioned • 2 restaurants and 3 bars (1 swim up) • 1 resort pool. Gym and Day Spa • Satellite TV in all rooms and bures • Complimentary WiFi in public areas. Charged WiFi in rooms • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 2 adults/2 children U13 years in all Double Queen Rooms/Bures. Max 2 adults in all king bedded bures • Honeymoon Bonus: Special honeymoon set up in room and bottle of sparkling wine (min 2 night stay) • Children’s Policy: A complimentary Kids Club operates daily for children 3–12 years. Children U6 dine free at the main restaurant when accompanied by a paying adult. Free breakfast for max 2 children U12 years. Babysitting available (charged). Interconnecting bures available


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Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

The Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is an award winning 5 star beachfront resort situated in the heart of Fiji’s Coral Coast on 40 acres of lush tropical landscaped gardens that overlook the Pacific Ocean. This is a fabulous ‘all round’ resort that is ideal for families and couples alike with an impressive array of guest facilities to suit both demographics, and a range of accommodation options to fit all holiday budgets. Fortunately for guests, enormous importance is placed on the resort’s dining experience with 6 restaurants guaranteed to satisfy the hungriest appetite. Complimentary Kids Club operates daily for children 3+ years and the hugely popular Meimei Nanny service for little ones 6 months + provides all members of young families with quality ‘me’ time. The Outrigger’s highly acclaimed Bebe Spa features 8 treatment rooms and an amazing array of indulgent treatments that guarantee you return home relaxed and rejuvenated.

• Location: Coral Coast. 1 hour 10 min drive from Nadi Airport • 205 hotel rooms and 47 bures, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 6 restaurants and 6 bars (1 swim up) • 1 adult only pool and 1 family pool. Gym and Day Spa • Satellite TV in all rooms/bures • Charged WiFi throughout the resort • Inclusions: Room only. Deluxe Ocean View Rooms and above include Talai (butler) service • Meal Plan: Prepaid buffet breakfast or full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U13 years in hotel rooms/bures. Max 2 adults/3 children U13 in Ocean Breeze Suite. Max 4 adults/2 children or 3 adults/3 children U13 in Plantation Family Bures • Honeymoon Bonus: Couples' sarongs • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 9am–9pm in 3 sessions for children 3–12 years. Professional Meimei (nanny) service available for children 6 months + for 8 hours per day (charged - min 4 consecutive days required). Children U13 dine free (min stay 4 days). Family friendly accommodation


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Shangri–La’s Fijian Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

Set on its own island, surrounded by a turquoise lagoon that is fringed by a fine white sand beach, Shangri–La’s Fijian Resort is one of Fiji’s most iconic properties and

• Location: Coral Coast. 50 minute drive from Nadi Airport • 442 air conditioned hotel rooms/suites and 10 bures

• Occupancy: Max 2 adults/2 children U17 or 3 adults in most categories. Max 2 adults/3 children U17 in Deluxe Ocean Family Rooms and Executive Suites. Max 2 adults/4 children

features one of the most comprehensive

• 6 restaurants and 6 bars

U17 or 4 adults in Premier Lagoon Bures

lists of resort facilities. 6 restaurants, 6 bars,

• 3 resort pools. Gym and Chi, The Spa at

(2 Bedroom). Max 2 adults in Premier

9 hole golf course, Kids Club, idyllic wedding

Shangri-La

Ocean Bures. •H  oneymoon Bonus: N\A

chapel, extensive array of watersports and

• TV in all accommodation

the incredibly serene Chi, The Spa at

 hildren’s Policy: Complimentary Kids • Complimentary WiFi in the main lobby, around • C

Shangri-La compliments its relaxed

the 3 swimming pools, designated public areas

Club operates daily from 9am–12pm and

atmosphere. Comfortable accommodation

and some Ocean View Rooms

1pm–5pm for children 4–12 years. Babysitting

featuring Pacific décor rounds out what is

• Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily

available (charged). Max 2 children U12 enjoy

sure to be the perfect holiday setting for

• Meal Plan: Prepaid Food and Beverage Credit

complimentary buffet meals provided a paying

both families and couples.

Plan available for varying amounts

adult dines with them (conditions apply). Family friendly accommodation

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

The InterContinental Fiji is a contemporary luxury resort located on a ‘world’s best beach’. Featuring sophisticated accommodation with deluxe appointments and extensive services and facilities (including adjacent 18 hole par 72 championship golf course), this resort defines all that a tropical retreat should be. To further elevate the holiday experience, Club InterContinental offers seasoned travellers a superior standard of hospitality in luxurious 1 and 2 bedroom Suites with additional personalised services and exclusive privileges.

• Location: Natadola Beach. 45 minute drive from Nadi Airport

• Meal Plan: N\A. Individual meals can be pre–purchased

• 266 guest rooms/suites and 50 x 1–2 Bedroom • Occupancy: Max 3 people in most rooms/ Club Suites, all air conditioned and fan cooled

suites. Max 2 adults/2 children U13 or 3 adults

• 4 restaurants and 2 bars

in Garden View Twin Room. Max 5 people in

• 5 resort pools (including an infinity pool in

all 2 Bedroom Club Suites. Max 7 people in

Club) and private plunge pools in all ground floor Club Suites. Gym and Day Spa • Satellite TV, Bose® CD player, docking station and DVD in each room/suite • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily. Club guests

Natadola Suite • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate platter in room. Cleopatra Bathing Ritual (proof required) • Children’s Policy: Planet Trekkers Kids Club operates daily in 3 sessions for children

also enjoy afternoon tea, non–alcoholic

aged 4–12 years old (F$32 per child per

beverages and 2 hours of sunset cocktails and

session including meal). Babysitting available

canapés daily

(charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Warwick Fiji PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: F3

One of the Coral Coast's most popular hotels, the Warwick Fiji, features one of the best non tidal beaches on the mainland and has undergone an extensive refurbishment program that has seen it go from strength to strength. Set amidst 28 acres of lush, tropical gardens, this low rise hotel style resort offers guests an extensive array of activities and facilities guaranteed to entertain people of varying ages. It’s broad appeal to all markets and competitive pricing makes the Warwick extremely popular for small group travel including extended families and wedding groups. The hotel's rooms and suites are comfortably appointed and feature a contemporary Pacific Island style and sweeping ocean or mountain views from their private balconies. A wonderful variety of dining options are available onsite, and dinner at the at the Wicked Walu (a seafood restaurant located on its own private island) is a holiday ‘must do’.

• Location: Coral Coast. 1 hour 30 minute drive from Nadi Airport • 247 air conditioned guest rooms/suites • 5 restaurants and 7 bars (1 swim up) • 2 resort pools. Gym and Day Spa • Satellite TV in all rooms • Complimentary WiFi in public areas and Warwick Deluxe Rooms and Suites • Inclusions: Room only. Warwick Deluxe and Suite guests receive pre dinner drinks and canapés in the Executive Lounge • Meal Plan: Individual meals can be pre–purchased • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U13 years in most room types. Max 2 adults only in Warwick Deluxe • Honeymoon Bonus: Welcome amenity on arrival • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 9am – 9pm for children 3 – 12 years. Babysitting available (charged). Max 2 children U13 years sharing room with parents eat all meals free from kids buffet or kids menu (conditions apply)


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Nanuku Auberge Resort, Fiji PRICE RANGE: $600–$650 PP/PN MAP REF: F3

Nanuku Auberge Resort is one of the most recent additions to Fiji’s portfolio of luxury resorts. Located beachfront at Pacific Harbour overlooking Beqa Lagoon, this all villa boutique resort provides discerning guests with a ‘holiday house’ experience but with the convenience of a gourmet meal inclusive rate and pampering staff. Each expansive beachfront residence is stylishly decorated in a contemporary Island style, and comprises 4 king ensuites in 3 different villa categories with their own private pools or outdoor spa and showers and complimentary butler service (Villa Mama) daily. Alternatively, there is the Vunikau Residence which offers four separate suites, each with private decks and some with plunge pools. With such a variety of accommodation options available, a relaxed Lailai Adventure Park and so much to do both on site and around Pacific Harbour, Nanuku is the perfect choice for multi–generational families or small groups of friends travelling together.

• Location: Location: Pacific Harbour. 2 hour drive from Nadi Airport or 25 minute flight to private airstrip • 24 Suites, Pool Villas, Grand Pool VIllas and a Penthouse • 1 restaurant and 2 bars (1 swim up) • 1 resort pool. Private pools in all Villas and 3 Suites. Gym and Day Spa • TV in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi in accommodation and Club House • Inclusions: All meals, selection of non–alcoholic beverages, 60 minute personalised Fijian Bobo Massage for 2 adults per Suite/Villa. Vunikau Penthouse guests receive Champagne on arrival, in villa dinner experience and mini bar daily • Occupancy: Varies from 2 adults only in Suites through to 4 adults/4 children U13 years in Grand Pool Villas • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of French sparkling wine and 1 private beachside dining experience (min 3 nights) • Children’s Policy: 1 complimentary nanny per villa for children U5 years from 8am–8.30pm. Children 5–12 years welcome at the Lailai Adventure Club with free daily activity program from 8am–5pm. Extra babysitting available (charged)


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Some of Fiji’s most popular and beautiful resorts are found on some of its smallest Islands. Each are unique in their own way and with such a variety available, it is easy to find one that fits your holiday requirements and budget. Prefer to be closer to the main island? Consider then the Mamanuca Island Resorts. There are both family friendly and adults only resorts located throughout this island chain and one is sure to suit you. Looking for an experience that’s a little more remote and off the beaten tourist track? Consider the Outer or Yasawa Islands where intimate resorts are found in exquisite locations. Alternatively, enjoy the convenience of small ship cruising whilst exploring the incredible diversity of Fiji’s outer Islands. Visit remote villages, attend school and church with the locals, snorkel unspoiled lagoons bursting with vibrant corals and sea life or just spend a wistful day relaxing on an untouched white sand beach.

The Islands & Cruising VOMO ISLAND, FIJI. SEE PAGE 42 FOR RESORT DETAILS


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Castaway Island, Fiji PRICE RANGE: $350–$400 PP/PN MAP REF: C2

Castaway is everything you imagine an island resort to be. Long stretches of soft white sand beaches fringe a turquoise lagoon abundant with colourful fish. Freestanding thatched bures are nestled among richly coloured tropical gardens laden with hibiscus and frangipani. Days can be spent snorkelling, diving, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing or undertaking a dolphin safari. Or, of course, you can just while away the afternoon lying beside the two swimming pools–one designated as a quiet area with Jacuzzi and swim up bar. Family is a cherished concept on Castaway. Children are cared for at its legendary Kids Club, open daily from 9am–10pm, and with dedicated children’s dining times and a family pool, families of all ages can enjoy their perfect holiday. Owned and operated by Outrigger Resorts, this private island property is one of the most popular in Fiji and we recommend you book early! • Location: Mamanuca Islands. Accessed by launch, water taxi, seaplane or helicopter

• 65 freestanding air conditioned and fan cooled bures including 1 Family Beach Bure (3 bedroom/2 bathroom) and 1 Grand Bure (2 bedroom/2 bathroom) • 4 restaurants and 4 bars (1 swim up) • 1 adult environment pool and 1 family pool. Massage facilities available • Bures are free of electronic entertainment • 3 complimentary WiFi hotspots • Inclusions: Room only • Meal Plans: Prepaid full board available • Occupancy: Max 4 people per bure. Limited number of bures accommodate 5 people. Max 10 people in Family Beach Bure and max 6 people in Grand Bure • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine, 2 celebration Castaway ‘sulus’, fruit basket and Dolphin Safari Island Hop excursion for 2 persons (conditions apply) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 9am–4.30pm and 6.30pm–10pm for children 3–12 years. Babysitting available (charged). Children U3 dine free. Dedicated children’s buffet dinner operates daily at 5.30pm. Family friendly accommodation


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Plantation Island Resort PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: C2

• Location: Mamanuca Islands. Accessed by launch, water taxi, seaplane, helicopter or fixed wing plane couples of all ages, young adults and families • 165 hotel rooms and bures, all air looking for beautiful beaches, great water conditioned and fan cooled sports and welcoming Fiji staff. Recently • 3 restaurants, coffee outlet and 2 bars refurbished, it offers a variety of room • 3 resort pools. Massage facilities types including 2 bedroom bures that are • Accommodation is free of electronic perfect for larger families. 3 restaurants, 3 entertainment swimming pools, Kids Club, a well–stocked • Charged WiFi throughout resort mini supermarket, 9 hole golf course and an • Inclusions: Room only extensive array of water based activities that • Meal Plan: Prepaid half board or breakfast rates available include a complimentary water park for kids • Occupancy: Max 4 adults or 2 adults/3 U16 years, make this 3.5 star resort fabulous children U16 years in all room types except 2 value for money. Bedroom Garden Bure which takes a max 8 Plantation Island offers a fun, active and

affordable Fiji island resort experience for

adults or 2 adults/5 children U16 years • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of wine, fruit basket and 2 sulus in room on arrival (min 3 nights. Proof required) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Coconut Kids Club operates daily for children 4–12 years and Lairo Club for teenager (13–16 years). Free use of Water Park for children 5–16 years inclusive. Babysitting available (charged). Max 2 children U12 years travel free on Malolo Cat (min 5 nights – conditions apply). Up to 2 children U13 eat free from buffet for breakfast and dinner and from the kid’s menu for lunch when dining with their parents or guardian at Ol Copra Shed Restaurant. Family friendly accommodation

Mana Island Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: B1 In 2015 Mana Island Resort underwent an

• Location: Mamanuca Islands. Accessed by

• Occupancy: Max 2 adults in Premium

extensive refurbishment program to its public

launch, water taxi, seaplane, helicopter or fixed

Beach and Beachfront Bures. Max 5 adults

facilities that included an enormous new

wing plane

or 2 adults/4 children U16 years in Oceanfront

horizon edged pool with day bed cabanas, new main dining complex that incorporates

• 32 Ocean View Hotel Rooms, 30 Oceanfront Suites and 98 bures, all air conditioned

Suite. Max 4 adults or 2 adults/4 children U16 in Deluxe Ocean View Bure. Max 3

an assortment of cooking stations under

• 6 restaurants, 1 café and 5 bars (1 swim up)

one roof, gym, lobby and boutique. When

• 2 resort pools. Day Spa

Ocean View Room and max 2 adults/3

teamed with their variety of family friendly

• Accommodation is free of electronic

children in Island Bure

and adults only accommodation, a vast array

entertainment

of land and water based activities, Kids Club,

• Charged WiFi in rooms and resort ‘hot spots’

idyllic wedding chapel, tranquil Day Spa and

• Inclusions: Room only

4 of the loveliest beaches found in the region, • Meal Plans: Prepaid breakfast, half or full this well priced all round resort is always a favourite of visitors to Fiji.

board rates available

adults or 2 adults/2 children U16 years in

• Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of wine (3 night min) • Children’s Policy: Tu Vonu Kids Club operates daily for children 3–12 years (F$30 per child per stay) and a charged crèche operates on demand. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Malolo Island Fiji PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: C2

Located on a golden sand beach, Malolo delivers everything you expect from an Island holiday and more. This is a little piece of paradise where worldly distractions like TV, computers and telephones are replaced with days spent in the company of those you love, enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Its spacious ‘Plantation’ designed accommodation and public facilities are reminiscent of Fiji’s Colonial past, all styled with contemporary Pacific décor and furniture, resulting in a rustic sophistication. Located in the resort’s main complex, the 2 feature restaurants offer innovative cuisine made from the freshest of ingredients, whilst the additional pool bar offers a more casual dining experience. An indulgent rainforest Spa massages away your real world worries and the complimentary Kids Club entertains your children daily. With a raft of guest activities available and some of the friendliest staff in the country, this delightful Fijian owned resort is certain to please.

• Location: Mamanuca Islands. Accessed by launch, water taxi and seaplane • 42 bures and 4 Family Oceanview Bures, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 3 restaurants (1 for guests 13 years +) and 3 bars (1 swim up) • 2 resort pools. Day Spa • Accommodation is free of electronic entertainment • Complimentary WiFi in public areas • Inclusions: Room only. Tadra Bures inc bottle of wine •M  eal Plans: Prepaid full board available •O  ccupancy: Max 4 people in Island, Ocean View and Deluxe Ocean View Bures. Limited number of Deluxe Ocean take 5 people (on request only). Max 2 adults in Tadra Beach Bures and max 7 people in Family Bures •H  oneymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine and 1 hour Aromatic couples massage (min 5 nights) • Children’s Policy: Tia’s Treehouse Kids Club operates daily from 9am–9pm for children aged 4–12 years and Khial’s Club is a teenage lounge for 13–18 years (both complimentary). Babysitting available (charged). Max 2 children U13 years dine free (conditions apply). Family friendly accommodation


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Vomo Island PRICE RANGE: $750–$800 PP/PN MAP REF: A3

Vomo is a luxurious boutique resort located on its own private 225 acre tropical island, fringed by beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise water. Its sophisticated, contemporary designed Villas, extensive guest facilities and incredible attention to detail make it not only popular with couples seeking a romantic getaway, but also with discerning families looking for a convenient escape. As the most opulent resort in the Mamanuca group that welcomes children year round, it features complimentary use of a purpose built Kids Village and interconnecting villas to guarantee family comfort. Additionally, there are lavish 3 and 4 Bedroom Residences, each with their own pool, ideally suited to larger families or friends travelling together. Food is an integral part of any holiday and on Vomo it is given enormous attention. The result is a standard of cuisine normally found in fine restaurants, made from the freshest ingredients. Only 12 minutes by air from Nadi Airport, it features a 9 hole golf course, flood lit tennis court, well equipped gym, Day Spa, state of the art PADI Dive Centre and a myriad of water sports. This is a truly beautiful resort that epitomises the phrase 'relaxed luxury'. • Location: Mamanuca Islands. Accessed by launch, water taxi, seaplane and helicopter • 28 Villas and 4 x 3–4 bedroom Private Residences, each fan cooled and air conditioned • 2 restaurants and 2 bars. Full kitchen facilities and BBQ in each Residence • 1 resort pool and private pools in each Residence. Gym and Day Spa • Bluetooth sound system and coffee machines in all accommodation. LCD monitor and DVD also in each Residence • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort

• Inclusions: All meals, non–alcoholic beverages at restaurants and bars, and daily wash and fold laundry. Residences also include Private Butler service • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U13 years in Hillside and Beachfront Villas and Beachfront Retreats. Max 6 people in 3 bedroom Residence and max 8 people in 4 bedroom Residence • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of Chandon Brut and private candlelit dinner on beach or in your Villa (proof required) • Children’s Policy: The Kids Village @ Vomo cares for children 4 – 12 years daily from 10am–12pm, 2pm–4pm and 6pm–9pm (complimentary). Baby Butlers are available for children U4 years (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: C2

Musket Cove has a relaxed, easy going pace that embraces you the moment you arrive. Its bures and Villas are scattered along the beachfront and throughout its beautifully landscaped gardens, each spacious with a separate living area, updated Pacific décor and kitchenettes in the Villa accommodation. Set on a Marina, Musket’s Yacht Club (the Island Bar) is an iconic 'sand between the toes' beach bar with a social atmosphere where yachties from all over the world mingle with resort guests over a quiet drink or two. The new Colonial style ‘Trader’ houses an excellent boutique, well stocked supermarket and a café that produces excellent casual dining fare and coffee. Teamed with their fabulous pool area including swim up bar, great dining options headed by renowned chef Peter Becker and a wide variety of guest activities, a holiday on Musket is certain to tick all your holiday boxes. • Location: Mamanuca Islands. Accessed by launch, water taxi, seaplane, helicopter or fixed wing plane

• 10 Hotel Rooms, 33 bures and 16 x 2 bedroom Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 restaurant, 1 café, the Trader (well stocked General Store) and 3 Bars (1 swim up). BBQ facilities at the Musket Cove Yacht Club. Kitchen facilities in some accommodation • 2 resort pools. Day Spa • Docking stations in all accommodation and LCD monitor and DVD in each Villa • Complimentary WiFi in resort ‘hot spots’. Charged WiFi in accommodation • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults in Raintree Rooms and Beach Bures. Max 2 adults/2 children U12 in Garden Bure. Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children 5–11 years in Lagoon Bure. Max 4 people 5 years + in Island Villas and max 5 in Garden Villas • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine, Day Spa relaxing foot treatments for 2 and romantic turndown service on first night (min 3 night stay) • Children’s Policy: Whilst Musket Cove accommodates children year round, it does not offer a Kids Club.


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Matamanoa Island Resort PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: B1

This picturesque adults only island resort embodies everything you imagine a Fijian Island paradise to be. It’s beautiful white sand beach is lined by swaying palm trees and fringes a turquoise lagoon abundant with sea life. Its fully refurbished, spacious thatched bures and villas each feature contemporary amenities and decor, private plunge pools and stunning ocean views. Its social bar and restaurant is the perfect location to develop new friendships at cocktail hour. Not to mention its incredibly friendly staff that welcome you to the resort as if they were welcoming you to their home. Exceptionally good value, Matamanoa’s accommodation varies from Garden View Resort Rooms for the more budget conscious through to the newly refurbished Beachfront Bures and the luxurious Beachfront Villas. This friendly little resort is a true gem and extremely popular. We strongly recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

• Location: Mamanuca Islands. Accessed by launch, water taxi and helicopter • 13 x Garden Rooms, 24 Beachfront Bures and 9 x Beachfront Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • 1 resort pool and private plunge pools in all Beachfront Bures and Villas. Day Spa • Docking station in all accommodation • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast and afternoon tea daily and 10 minute Foot Ritual in the Veidomoni Spa • Meal Plan: Prepaid half board (dinner) available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults in Beachfront Bures and Villas. Max 2 people in Garden Rooms • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of wine, fruit platter and a hand carved wooden plaque engraved with guests' first names in room/bure on arrival • Children’s Policy: Matamanoa does not accommodate children U16 years


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Tokoriki Island Resort PRICE RANGE: $450–$500 PP/PN MAP REF: B2

Tokoriki exudes relaxed, casual luxury. You are greeted on arrival with a heartfelt BULA and the genuine friendliness expressed by the staff at that moment continues throughout your stay. Lifelong friends are made during sunset cocktails when couples reappear from their daily pursuits with impassioned stories of underwater wonders discovered whilst snorkelling, private picnics on deserted beaches, hours serenely whiled away at the Day Spa and diving remote pristine reefs. Situated on the northern most island in the Mamanuca Group, this is an intimate boutique couple’s resort that provides guests with a beautifully romantic island experience. Each of the freestanding Beach Bures are located along the shoreline, offering uninterrupted views over the turquoise lagoon and for those seeking a little extra extravagance, some feature a private pool and large decked area. For those who value seclusion and even more luxury, the contemporary designed Sunset Pool Villas feature a separate bedroom and living area, terrace, and a private horizon edge pool with day bed to laze away the afternoon overlooking the ocean. A recent refurbishment of the main restaurant, bar, lounge and boutique area have together with its hugely popular Teppanyaki Restaurant, shored up Tokoriki’s position as one of Fiji’s best resorts. • Location: Mamanuca Islands. Accessed by launch, water taxi, seaplane and helicopter • 16 Beachfront Bures, 10 Beachfront Pool Bures and 10 Sunset Pool Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 restaurant, 1 Teppanyaki Restaurant and 1 bar • 2 resort pools and private pools in all Beachfront Pool Bures and Sunset Pool Villas. Day Spa • Bures/villas are free of electronic entertainment • Complimentary WiFi available in the main bure complex • Inclusions: Afternoon tea daily. Sunset Pool Villa guests also receive complimentary daily canapés and laundry service

• Meal Plans: Prepaid full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults in all bures. Max 2 adults in Sunset Pool Villas • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of French sparkling wine and gift in bure/villa on arrival (min 3 nights) • Children’s Policy: Tokoriki does not accommodate children U16 years


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Likuliku Lagoon Resort PRICE RANGE: $650–$700 PP/PN MAP REF: C2

Likuliku Lagoon typifies understated luxury. A unique resort of relaxed refinement, its design is loyal to traditional Fijian architecture built using natural materials and complimented by contemporary décor and deluxe amenities. Accommodation options range from Fiji’s only Over–Water Bures to Deluxe Beachfront Bures with their own private plunge pools, and elegant Beachfront and Garden Bures each with private courtyard and outdoor showers, ocean facing deck and daybed retreat. The resort’s hub is built in the design of a traditional Fijian Canoe House with towering ceilings and open design, and houses the resort’s signature restaurant, ‘Fijiana’ and popular Dua Tale Bar. Dining at Likuliku is a true pleasure with daily–changing, à la carte menus in a mini degustation style to suit the climate. Its signature cocktail, the Coco Mojito, is best served at sunset at the Masima Bar (located on an island in the centre of the lagoon) and best shared with newly made friends. Activities are plentiful for those so inclined, and there is the relaxing Tatadra Spa for those who are not. Likuliku is a place where the mind and body are rejuvenated, and a holiday at this multi award winning, Fijian owned resort really is one of life’s great indulgences! • Location: Mamanuca Islands. Accessed by launch, water taxi, seaplane and helicopter • 10 Over-Water Bures, 18 Deluxe Beachfront Bures and

• Inclusions: All meals and return helicopter, seaplane or private speedboat transfers ex Nadi Airport (min stay 7 nights. Conditions apply)

17 Garden and Beachfront Bures, each fan cooled and

• Occupancy: Max 2 adults in all room types

air conditioned

• Honeymoon Bonus: N\A. Celebration Bonus Package

• 1 restaurant and 2 bars • 1 resort pool and private plunge pools in each of the Deluxe Beachfront Bures. Gym and Day Spa • LCD monitor, DVD, CD and docking station in all rooms • Complimentary WiFi throughout the resort

available including a bottle of Pelorus sparkling wine and a 1 hour Aromatic Couples Massage (min stay 5 nights) • Children’s Policy: Likuliku does not accommodate children U17 years


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Tropica Island Resort PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: C2

Tropica Island Resort is nestled into a sheltered bay on the island of Malolo. Opened in 2013, it is the latest boutique resort to be added to Fiji’s collection of ‘adults only’ romantic retreats. Its 30 accommodations consist of affordable hillside Resort Rooms and the hugely popular Beachfront Bures and Suites. Each room type blends contemporary island style with Fijian architecture and hand crafted furniture, with the Bures and Suites also featuring outdoor river rock showers and private balconies with a swing chair. Given its size and convenient location, Tropica is proving to be the ideal ‘romantic celebration’ destination for anniversaries, birthdays or honeymoons. And when the celebrating is complete, you can relax and rejuvenate with a Spa treatment, a cocktail in the Sunset Beach Bar or lie by the infinity pool with your favourite book. Highly attentive staff complete what is sure to be a magical island resort experience.

• Location: Mamanuca Islands. Accessed by launch, water taxi, helicopter and seaplane • 14 Resort Rooms, 12 Beachfront Bures and 4 Beachfront Suites, each air conditioned and fan cooled • 2 restaurants and 2 bars • 1 resort pool. Day Spa • Accommodation is free of electronic entertainment • Complimentary WiFi available in the resort’s public areas • Inclusions: Room only • Meal Plans: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 2 people in Resort Rooms. Max 3 people in Beachfront Bures and max 4 people in Beachfront Suites • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine, 2 x spa treatments (1 per person) and 2 Sulus • Children’s Policy: Tropica does not accommodate children U16 years


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Lomani Island Resort PRICE RANGE: $250–$300 PP/PN MAP REF: C2

Lomani Island Resort is an intimate, peaceful

• Location: Mamanuca Islands. Accessed by

adults only resort. Happily, it is also a short

launch, water taxi, seaplane, helicopter or

stroll from Malololailai’s other (larger)

fixed wing plane

resorts with their extensive activities and

• 10 hotel style suites, 14 Beachfront Bures and

dining outlets that provide guests with a

6 Beachfront Pool Bures, each fan cooled and

variety of options other boutique resorts

air conditioned

cannot. Complimentary excursions including a • 1 restaurant and 1 bar weekly Dolphin Safari, add great value to the guest experience and daily transfers can be arranged to take avid surfers to some of the world’s best reef breaks. At 65 sq. metres and featuring indoor/outdoor showers and large

• 1 resort pool and private plunge pools in Pool Bures. Gym and Day Spa • LCD monitor and DVD in all categories. iPod® dock in all bures • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort for

sundecks, the beachfront bures are the perfect

2 devices. Charged upgrade to Premium

choice for those looking for a little extra

service available

• Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily, wash and fold laundry service, a 15 minute foot massage per person and a great selection of complimentary tours and activities • Meal Plan: Prepaid full and half board available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults in all Suites. Max 2 adults in all bures • Honeymoon Bonus: 2 sulus, a fruit basket and bottle of wine in room on arrival • Children’s Policy: Lomani does not accommodate children U16 years

indulgence. Look out for the new Beachfront Pool Bures scheduled to open January '17.

Toberua Island Resort PRICE RANGE: $250–$300 PP/PN MAP REF: E4 Toberua is a long time favourite of holiday

• Location: Lomaiviti Islands. Accessed by

• Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2

makers to Fiji. Following an extensive

vehicle and launch from Suva city or

children U16 years in Tropical Oceanfront Bure.

refurbishment program, this little Fijian

Nausori Airport

Max 3 adults or 2 adults/3 children U16 years

Island gem is in fabulous shape with great food, attentive service, a really lovely beach,

• 1 x 3 Bedroom Villa, 2 Tropical, 11 Deluxe and 2 Premium Oceanfront Bures, each fan cooled

great selection of activities (including its

• 1 restaurant and 1 bar

famous low tide golf course) and extremely

• 1 resort pool. Gym and Day Spa

welcoming staff. Its 16 spacious Fijian bures

• Villa/Bures are all free of electronic

ring the island, each featuring traditional

entertainment

design, Pacific décor and large deck that

• Charged WiFi available in Hot Spots

overlooks the endless vivid blue ocean.

• Inclusions: Morning and afternoon tea daily

Given its size, Toberua is the perfect choice

• Meal Plan: Prepaid full board available

in Deluxe and Premium Oceanfront Bures. Max 6 adults or 4 adults/4 children U16 years in 3 Bedroom Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine, 2 Toberua sulus and 2 x 30 minute massage treatments per couple (min 5 night stay) • Children’s Policy: Toberua welcomes children year round however they do not operate a Kids Club. Babysitting available (charged). Max

for people wishing to hire out an island

3 children U16 years transfer free from Suva or

exclusively to holiday with friends, extended

airport with parents

family or to celebrate a wedding or special occasion.


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Royal Davui Island Resort PRICE RANGE: $800–$850 PP/PN MAP REF: F3

It’s the view from your Vale (‘home’ in Fijian) that initially takes your breath away. As you look out from your spacious deck into the endless blue of the ocean, broken only by the distant silhouette of the verdant Beqa Island, you realise that you have found an island paradise that exists in only a handful of places in the world. Royal Davui rises out of the crystal clear Beqa Lagoon and redefines laid back luxury. It provides romantic couples with ‘the best of both worlds’ – enough genuine care and warmth that the staff will know you by name, whilst maintaining the privacy and freedom to be secluded in your own tropical oasis. Its 16 exquisitely appointed, air conditioned Vales are nestled around the islands 10 acres of lush tropical gardens, each with a separate living area to relax in, a decadently romantic bedroom to wake up in and an enormous deck with stone plunge pool to while away your days in, soaking up the million dollar views. For guests who value their privacy, Royal Davui is the perfect resort choice and a picnic on their remote sand bank the perfect activity choice. In a word…bliss. • Location: Private island near Beqa Island. Access by plane to Pacific Harbour (25 minutes) followed by 35 minute water taxi or 45 minute helicopter ex Nadi Airport • 16 air conditioned and fan cooled hillside Vales • 1 restaurant and bar • 1 resort pool and a heated private plunge pool in each Vale. Gym and Day Spa • Bluetooth sound system in each Vale • Free WiFi in and around the main facility and Vales

• Inclusions: All meals and non–motorised activities • Occupancy: Max 2 adults in Island and Royal Davui Suite Vales. Max 3 adults in Premium Davui Vales • Honeymoon Bonus: 1 hour Pure Fiji Couples Massage and Private Dining Experience (min stay 6 nights) • Children's Policy: Royal Davui does not accommodate children U15 years


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Dolphin Island PRICE RANGE: $1900–$1950 PP/PN MAP REF: D3

Dolphin Island is a stunning private 14–acre tropical paradise located just a short cruise off Viti Levu’s Sunshine Coast. Set amidst lush tropical gardens and surrounded by crystal–clear waters, it offers the ultimate luxury retreat to those seeking total relaxation and privacy. With accommodation for a maximum of just eight people at any given time, Dolphin is available only on an exclusive–use basis. Stunningly appointed and styled for guest comfort, it offers tropical living at its best. Warm and friendly Fijian staff cater to your every need and a standard bar, all delicious meals and return private vehicle and launch transfers from Nadi Airport are included within the tariff. Surrounded by an aquatic playground and located within one of the finest diving regions in Fiji, Dolphin offers a uniquely bespoke holiday experience. This 'Huka' Retreat is the ideal choice for couples seeking total seclusion, extended family groups or friends wishing to travel together.

• Location: Private island off Viti Levu near Raki Raki. Accessed by vehicle and launch, seaplane or helicopter • 4 air conditioned Bure Suites (sold as an island charter) • 1 restaurant, 1 bar and various dining locations • 1 resort pool. Massage facilities available • Suites are free of electronic entertainment. Main resort bure has TV, DVD, CD and iPod® dock for guest use • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: All meals, standard bar and vehicle/launch transfers from Nadi Airport • Occupancy: Max 2 people per Bure Suite • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of French sparkling wine and a photo frame • Children’s Policy: The resort welcomes children year round however it does not operate a Kids Club. Babysitting available (charged) and child friendly activities can be organised when families are in house


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Yasawa Island Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $800–$850 PP/PN MAP REF: D2

Located on a remote, unspoiled island in one of the most visually beautiful regions of Fiji, Yasawa Island Resort & Spa has 18 luxurious bures and access to 11 private beaches–a romantic formula that has been delighting guests for many years. Scattered along a pristine stretch of fine white sand, among gardens awash with tropical blooms, its oversized, sophisticated bures blend modern comfort and amenities with traditional Fijian architecture and design, affording a sense of privacy and extravagance. Life at this beautiful resort pivots from its contemporary designed main bure which houses the restaurant pavilion, beachfront bar and resort pool. From here the day ambles from snorkelling among vivid corals, to private picnics on deserted beaches, rejuvenating Spa treatments, guided walks, dancing with the local villagers or a refreshing swim in a hidden chamber of the Blue Lagoon Caves. To holiday on Yasawa is to holiday in Paradise, and lucky are those who enjoy it. • Location: Northern Yasawa Islands. Accessed by daily scheduled charter flight

• 18 air conditioned and fan cooled bures including 1 x 2 bedroom bure and 1 deluxe honeymoon bure ‘Lomalagi’ • 1 restaurant and bar • I resort pool. Private pool at Lomalagi Bure. Baravi Day Spa with plunge pool • iPod® dock in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi in main bure • Inclusions: All meals, non–alcoholic beverages, activities, water sports and tours except Spa, fishing and scuba diving) • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/3 children U12 years in Deluxe Beachfront bures and Lomalagi. Max 2 adults/2 children U12 years in Bure Suites. Max 5 adults or 4 adults/4 children U12 years in the 2 Bedroom Bure • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of Champagne (min 4 night stay). Stay 6 pay 5 bonus applies to bona fide honeymooners • Children’s Policy: Children U12 years are welcome during ‘family times’ only (extended periods surrounding school holidays). During this period a complimentary activity program operates from 9am–4pm and 7pm – 9pm. Babysitting available outside of these hours (charged). Childrens/family dinner takes place at 5.30pm


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Captain Cook Cruises PRICE RANGE: $350–$400 PP/PN MAP REF: DEPARTURE POINT G6

What better way to explore the diversity and the natural beauty of Fiji’s outer islands than aboard the MV Reef Endeavour – a small cruise ship catering for just 130 passengers. The 7 night Yasawa Island cruise combines the 3 and 4 night cruises and visits the islands of the Mamanucas and Yasawas including Waya and the Sacred Islands. Additionally, Captain Cook operates a Northern Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise, a Northern 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise as well as an 11 night Lau and Kadavu Discovery Cruise. • MV Reef Endeavour – departs Denarau Marina • 3 night Mamanuca and Southern Yasawa Islands Cruise – departs Saturday at 12pm, returning Tuesday at 9am • 4 night Northern Yasawa Islands Cruise – departs Tuesday at 1pm, returning Saturday at 9am • 7 night Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands Cruise – departs Saturday at 12pm and Tuesday at 1pm, returning the following Saturday or Tuesday at 9am • 7 night Northern Colonial Fiji and the Northern 4 night Cultures Discovery Cruises operate on selected dates throughout the year • 11 night Lau & Kadavu Discovery Cruise departs twice a year • 63 Cabins, Ocean View Staterooms and Tabua Suites, all air conditioned • 3 dining and bar areas on Reef Endeavour and 1 in the Village • 1 freshwater swimming pool and 1 Jacuzzi. Mini gym and Day Spa

• Monitor with DVD in Tabua Suites only • Complimentary WiFi in Tabua Suites and public areas when vessel anchored • Inclusions: All meals, island tours and activities (exc diving) • Occupancy: Max 4 in Porthole Cabins. Max 2 in Staterooms and Tabua Suites • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine. Charged Romance Package available that includes foot ritual, product pack and private deck dinner one evening (POA) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Group child minding is provided on board for children 5–9 years inclusive at the following times: 9am–12pm; 2pm–5pm and 6.30pm–10.30pm. Children U5 years are not accepted on this cruise. The cruise is a very interactive experience for children, learning about the culture, visiting a local school and lots of outdoor activities. Family friendly accommodation


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Blue Lagoon Cruises PRICE RANGE: $450–$500 PP/PN MAP REF: DEPARTURE POINT G6

The Fiji Princess offers 3 boutique itineraries throughout Fiji’s beautiful Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. With a maximum 4 hours cruising per day, guests can enjoy exploring remote villages, discover Fiji’s ancient culture, swim with manta rays, visit the Sacred Islands and Sawa I lau Caves, and relish the amazing beauty of uninhabited pristine beaches. Accommodating just 68 passengers, this is small ship cruising at its best. Fiji Princess – departs Denarau Marina • 3 night Explorer Cruise – departs Friday at 3pm (Fiji Princess) and returns Monday at 3pm (Cougar II) • 4 night Wanderer Cruise – departs Monday at 12.15pm (Cougar II) and returns Friday at 10am (Fiji Princess) • 7 night Escape to Paradise Cruise – departs Friday at 3pm (Fiji Princess) and returns Friday at 10am (Fiji Princess) • 34 Hibiscus and Orchid Cabins, all air conditioned • 1 dining area and 2 bars on board Fiji Princess • 1 ‘splash’ pool • TV (movies only) in all cabins above the waterline and Nespresso®coffee machines in Orchid Deck cabins • Complimentary WiFi in public areas only, when reception is available

• Inclusions: All meals, island tours and activities. Orchid Deck Cabins also include welcome Pure Fiji gift and daily stocked mini bar with beer, wine and water. • Occupancy: Max 2 in all Cabins • Honeymoon Bonus: Charged Romance Package available (POA) • Children’s Policy: Children 14 years + welcome year round. Children U14 years welcome on certain cruise departures only (during Australian and NZ school holidays). Child minding not available


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If you are seeking a holiday experience that takes you off the traditional tourist trail, then visiting Fiji’s outlying regions may be the perfect option for you! Rich in culture, tradition and incredible beauty, your decision to explore these more remote areas will be rewarded tenfold. Encompassing Vanua Levu and Taveuni, the northern islands of Fiji are some of the most authentic, visually beautiful and geographically diverse regions of the country. Lush mountainous terrain backdrops against secluded turquoise lagoons and small traditional Fijian villages. Renowned for their world class snorkelling and diving, these islands house some of Fiji’s most remote and exquisite resorts.

Northern Fiji QAMEA RESORT & SPA. SEE PAGE 62 FOR RESORT DETAILS


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Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa PRICE RANGE: $250–$300 PP/PN MAP REF: D5

Koro Sun is the perfect choice for couples and families who are seeking an active holiday experience in a natural setting. Located on 160 acres fringed by rainforest and a private lagoon, it offers a variety of accommodation options to suit everyone from romantic couples through to families of all different configurations. Activities include mountain bikes, 9 hole golf course, snorkelling, escorted Kayak trips, paddleboards, guided rainforest trekking, diving and handline fishing. Complimentary nannies are provided for children U4 years and we highly recommend that you finish your day with a soothing treatment in their award winning Rainforest Spa.

• Location: Vanua Levu. 15 minute drive • Occupancy: Max 2 adults only in Edgewater from Savusavu Airport Bures. Max 2–6 people per bure/villa • 23 Rainforest room categories (1–3 bedrooms). dependant on room type 24 Edgewater room categories (Floating • Honeymoon Bonus: Fruit basket and Sulus Bures, Bures and Villas). All accommodation is • Children’s Policy: Complimentary children’s air conditioned and fan cooled activity program from 9am–4pm daily • 2 restaurants and 3 bars (1 swim up) for children aged 4 years+. One ‘Bula • 2 family pools (1 with water slide) and 1 adults Buddy’ is provided for every 2–3 children only pool. Rainforest Day Spa offering personalised service for families. • TV/DVD in some room types Complimentary nanny service operates for • Complimentary WiFi in Club House only children U4 years from 8am–4pm or 2pm– • Inclusions: Continental breakfast, afternoon 10pm daily. Family friendly accommodation tea daily and return airport transfers • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available

Matangi Private Island Resort PRICE RANGE: $400–$450 PP/PN MAP REF: C6

• Inclusions: Either room only or meal inclusive

This family owned and operated resort

• Location: Island off Taveuni. Flight to Taveuni

located on a private island off Taveuni

(1 hr 30 mins) and then a vehicle and launch

rates available. Daily laundry and extensive list

offers stylish, sophisticated accommodation,

transfer (approx. 45 mins)

of complimentary activities

• 12 air conditioned bures including 1 x 2

• Occupancy: Max 4 people in 2 Bedroom Bure.

and coconut palm thatch. Surrounded by a

Bedroom Bure, 3 Treehouse Bures, 5

Max 3 people in Beachfront and Ocean View

marine reserve, Matangi is very popular with

Beachfront Bures and 3 Ocean View Bures

handcrafted using wood, bamboo, lava rock

snorkellers and divers, but it should equally

• 1 restaurant and 1 bar

appeal to romantics seeking a truly beautiful

• 1 resort pool. Day Spa

resort in this stunning region of Fiji. If your

• iPod® dock in all bures

budget permits, staying in a Treehouse is a

• Complimentary WiFi in dining room, poolside,

unique treat. Make sure you dedicate one day of your holiday to a picnic at the exquisite Horseshoe Bay. It’s guaranteed to be one of your favourite days of the year.

lounge and bar areas

Bures. Max 2 people in Treehouses • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of wine and breakfast in bed (first morning) •C  hildren’s Policy: Matangi does not accommodate children U16 years


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Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort PRICE RANGE: $750–$800 PP/PN MAP REF: D5

Located amidst 17 acres of coconut plantation overlooking Savusavu Bay, Jean–Michel Cousteau Resort (JMCR) is a stylish property that fuses contemporary décor with traditionally designed Fijian bures. Strongly committed to sustainable tourism, JMCR’s real strength lies in its ability to provide a romantic luxury experience for couples seeking a secluded hideaway, whilst at the same time offering one of Fiji’s most comprehensive and responsible children’s programmes. A dedicated family and junior pool with waterslides, toddler pool, Sunsmart Bula (kids) Club for children aged 0-12 yrs and the provision of a complimentary dedicated nanny for each child under 6 years make JMCR one of the only luxury Fiji resorts that fully cater for families year round. Dining at JMCR is a pleasure with the resort renowned for its exceptional cuisine created from only the freshest of ingredients such as locally caught seafood, tropical fruits and home grown organic vegetables. JMCR combines relaxation and indulgence with a plentiful selection of eco–friendly guest activities such as day and night snorkelling with their resident Marine Biologist, village visits, private beach picnics, diving, fishing, rainforest and waterfall hikes, tennis and daily yoga. With so much to do, one visit to this beautiful, award winning resort will never be enough! • Location: Vanua Levu. 15 minute drive from Savusavu Airport • 8 Gardenview and 6 Oceanfront bures, 6 x 2 Bedroom Bures, 4 Point Reef Bures and 1 Villa, each fan cooled • 2 restaurants and 1 bar

• Occupancy: Max 4 people in a Gardenview or Oceanfront bures. Max 5 people in the Villa and Point Reef Bures. Max 6 people in 2 bedroom bures • Honeymoon Bonus: Complimentary cocktail and hors d ’oeuvres for 2 adults each evening

• 1 adult only ‘serenity’ pool, 1 family pool with waterslide,

• Children’s Policy: 2 children U13 years dine free per bure.

1 toddler pool and a private pool at The Villa. Day Spa

Dedicated family dining zone. Complimentary Kids Club

• All bures are free of electronic entertainment. CD player

operates daily from 8.30am–9pm for children 0–12 years.

in The Villa • Complimentary WiFi in all accommodation, lobby and lounge area • Inclusions: All meals, bottled soft drinks and water, return airport vehicle transfers and a comprehensive selection of activities including 5 offsite excursions scheduled on a weekly basis

Complimentary nanny provided for children U6 years from 8.30am–9pm. Teens have a dedicated activity buddy 8.30am-6pm. Extra babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Qamea Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $400–$450 PP/PN MAP REF: C6

Qamea’s 17 luxurious beachfront bures are scattered among verdant gardens laden with tropical blooms on a tranquil bay fringed by white sands and towering palm trees. Each bure has been built in traditional Fijian style with soaring 20 ft ceilings, a covered terrace and contemporary Pacific décor that provides a luxury feel with a touch of romance. Apart from being simply beautiful, Qamea’s other strength comes from it’s fabulous location. As an island off Taveuni, guests have at their doorstep incredible offshore snorkelling (in a region famous for its soft corals and colourful reef fish), world class diving, surfing (seasonal), jungle waterfalls, authentic cultural interaction, coastal and mountain hikes as well as all the expected resort water activities. With Fiji’s only Guinot Spa, delicious cuisine and welcoming staff, Qamea is the perfect retreat for the discerning traveller who wishes to be lavished by the good things in life.

• Location: Island off Taveuni. Flight to Taveuni (1 hr 30 mins) then vehicle and launch transfer (approx. 40 mins) • 1 Honeymoon Villa, 11 Beachfront and 2 Honeymoon Bures and 3 Royal Beach Houses (2 Bedroom), all air conditioned • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • 1 resort pool, private plunge pools in the Royal Beach Houses and Jacuzzis in all Honeymoon categories. Gym and Day Spa • iPod® dock, LCD TV and DVD in Royal Beach Houses only • Complimentary WiFi in all accommodation and public areas • Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily. • Meal Plans: Prepaid full board available • Occupancy: Max 2 adults in Honeymoon Bure. Max 3 adults in Beachfront Bure and Royal Beach House (1 BR). Max 4 adults in Honeymoon Villa and Royal Beach House (2 BR) • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, 1 x 30 minute massage per person and 1 x amenity gift pack of oils and lotions (min 7 nights. Conditions apply) • Children’s Policy: Qamea does not accommodate children U12 years


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Taveuni Palms Resort PRICE RANGE: $1250–$1300 PP/PN MAP REF: C6

The award winning Taveuni Palms is one of the most beautiful, relaxing and indulgent resorts you are likely to find. It consists of only 2 luxury villas, each sitting on their own acre of absolute beachfront and boasting their own private pool, beach and contemporary furnishings. Each has a personal staff of seven, who are on call to provide you with wonderful food and wine, and indulge you in unsurpassed service and amenities whilst still affording ultimate privacy throughout your stay. Being located on Taveuni – an island steeped in natural beauty – activities abound including incredible diving and snorkelling, rainforest and coastal hikes, a variety of water sports, fishing, mountain bikes, horse riding and a refreshing swim in the magnificent Bouma Waterfalls. Teamed with the very competitively priced Spa menu, a holiday at Taveuni Palms is sure to top your list of favourites.

• Location: Taveuni Island. 2 minute drive from Matei Airport • 2 individual air conditioned and fan cooled private villas – 1 x 2 Bedroom and 1 x 3 Bedroom Horizon Villa • 5 dining locations per Villa with a private chef • 1 pool per Villa and a Jacuzzi in the 3 Bedroom Horizon Villa. Spa facilities • LCD Monitor, DVD, Bluetooth sound system and iPod® dock per Villa • Complimentary WiFi in each Villa • Inclusions: All meals, selected non–alcoholic beverages, personal staff of 7, 1 hour massage treatment and bottle of Champagne on arrival, extensive activities and airport transfers • Occupancy: Max 4 people in 2 Bedroom Villa. Max 6 people in Horizon Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: 1 spa treatment per person • Children’s Policy: Taveuni Palms welcomes families year round but does not offer a Kids Club. A complimentary nanny is offered for 8 hours per day for the duration of your stay. Family friendly accommodation


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Laucala Island, Fiji PRICE RANGE: $4600–$4700 PP/PN MAP REF: C6

Laucala Island provides guests with a level of luxury that is beyond expectation. Every element of this stunningly beautiful resort is exceptional. Intensely private, its 25 oversized Fijian designed Villas are located for exclusivity in dramatic and different locations around the northern coast of the island, each with direct access to the ocean. Using natural timbers, stone and local building techniques, each is impeccably furnished with contemporary chic Island décor, opening onto secluded landscaped gardens that feature an infinity edged pool. The 3500 acre island can be explored via your private buggy–and there is much to experience. The nightly tariff is all inclusive and dining at any of the 4 restaurants is limited only by your appetite and your imagination. Meals are prepared using the freshest organic meats, seafood and vegetables, 80% of which are grown and raised on the island. Activities abound with an 18 hole championship golf course, horse riding, jet skis, tennis, trekking, world class diving and snorkelling, yoga instructors, game fishing, decadent Day Spa, cultural evenings and even a resort submarine! As is often the case however, it is the friendly warmth of the Fijian staff who elevate the guest experience, and with 370 staff servicing Laucala there is an enormous amount of warmth, with guests left wanting for nothing but to return again and again. • Location: Island off Taveuni. 40 minute private flight ex Nadi Airport

• Inclusions: All meals. A wide range of well chosen Laucala house wines, Champagne and spirits in all bars, lounges

• 25 x 1–3 bedroom, air conditioned, private Villas

and your Villa. Daily laundry, 90 minute Spa massage per

• 4 restaurants and 5 bars

adult, inner reef diving, sunset cruise, motorised water

• 1 glass lap pool, a 3 tiered lagoon pool and private pools in

activities (water–skiing, wake boarding, jet skis, underwater

each Villa. Gym and Day Spa • Satellite TV, Bose® home entertainment system, iPod® dock and espresso coffee machine in each Villa • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Occupancy: Max 2 people in 1 Bedroom Villa and Peninsula

scooter, Submarine DeepFlight excursion) and golf (18 hole championship course) • Honeymoon Bonus: Sunset cruise, Champagne and a 60 minute massage per person • Children’s Policy: Laucala welcomes families year round

‘Udu’. Max 4 people in 2 Bedroom Villa and Overwater ‘Wai’.

and a Kids Club/activity program operates daily as required

Max 6 people in 3 Bedroom Villa and Hilltop Estate ‘Delana’

for children 1–12 years. A complimentary Nanny service and babysitting is available. Family friendly accommodation


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Samoa Climate Samoa has a consistent, warm, tropical climate with 2 distinct seasons – wet and dry! Temperatures year round average between 29 – 30 degrees Celsius. The dry season is traditionally May to October and the wet season November to April. Currency The Samoa decimal currency is the Tala (dollar) and Sene (cent). All major foreign currencies can be exchanged in Samoa. ATM’s and banks offering currency exchange are located at the airport, in Apia and at Salelologa on Savai’i. Credit cards (MasterCard®, Visa® and American Express®) are widely accepted in major hotels, restaurants and stores. Tipping Tipping is neither practiced or expected in Samoa. Electricity The electrical current in the Samoa is 240 volts AC 50z. It uses a 3 pin power outlet identical to Australia and Australian appliances work in Samoa without an adaptor. Passports & Visas Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your anticipated return date, and you must possess an onward ticket. A visa is not required for tourist entry of 60 days into Samoa if you are travelling on an Australian or New Zealand passport. Please check visa requirements for all other nationalities.

Check in & check out times Check in at most resorts is between 2pm – 3pm and check out is generally between 10am – 12pm. Given that direct flights ex Australia land very early in the morning, if you wish to guarantee your room’s availability on arrival you must pre-book an additional night’s accommodation or be prepared to wait until standard check in time. Etiquette Samoa has a strong cultural and Christian faith and modest attire should be worn when outside of your resort. If attending church on a Sunday, women are expected to wear a dress or a skirt and blouse and men a pair of trousers and a shirt. Avoid walking through villages during the evening prayer curfew (usually between 6pm – 7pm). Never stand in a fale when elders are seated and remove your shoes before entering a fale, ensuring that your feet are never pointed directly at elders (either hide them under crossed legs or under a sarong). Most Samoans observe Sunday as a day of rest and therefore most businesses are closed on this day. Internet Charged internet is available at most resorts in Samoa although it is limited in its speed and capacity. Language Samoan is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout the country Useful words Talofa - Hello Fa’afetai – thank you (Far-ah-fay-tie) Tofa - Goodbye


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There are few more visually spectacular islands in the Pacific than Upolu. It is blessed with long stretches of palm tree lined white sand beaches that frame the extraordinary turquoise palette of the Pacific Ocean, volcanic mountain ranges covered with lush rainforests, and a web of rivers that cascade into stunning waterfalls. Fishing, diving and surfing spots are scattered around its coastal road to the delight of the active traveller, whilst its pristine environment encourages exploration by all visitors. Located on a natural harbour, the nation’s capital Apia is worthy of an extended visit as you explore its local Maketl Fou (food market) and flea market, enjoy its restaurants and nightlife and take in the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum located just outside of the town. But the true blessing of this wonderful country is its people – whose pride in their culture and heritage will enchant you. Fa’a Samoa (Samoan way) promotes family, respect and welcomes visitors, and their incredible sense of community endears all guests to this beautiful country.

Upolu

IMAGE COURTESY OF SHERATON SAMOA AGGIE GREY'S RESORT. SEE PAGE 70 FOR RESORT DETAILS


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Taumeasina Island Resort PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: C13

The latest addition to Samoa’s stable of upmarket resorts, Taumeasina Island Resort is located on a man–made island joined by causeway to the mainland, 5 minutes drive from Apia. Opened in July 2016, it presents a new, modern style to Samoa’s resort scene. All of the hotel Suites and Waterfront Villas (2 or 3 bedroom) feature ocean views and are stylishly designed with contemporary décor and amenities. The resort boasts 2 private beaches, a fresh water swimming pool, an array of on island activities, a selection of restaurants and bars and impressive service from staff eager to make a wonderful first impression. Unique in its location, guests benefit from the tranquillity offered by its casual island lifestyle, but with the convenience of a short drive or (slightly longer) walk into downtown Apia to enjoy its restaurants and popular attractions.

• Location: Island off Apia attached by causeway. 45 minute drive from Faleolo Airport • 80 Oceanview Rooms, 16 x 2 Bedroom Waterfront Villas and 8 x 3 Bedroom Waterfront Villas, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool. Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 2 bars. Kitchen facilities in all villas • Satellite TV in all room categories • Complimentary limited WiFi in all accommodation • Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 2 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 years in Oceanview and Deluxe Oceanview Rooms. Max 5 people in 2 Bedroom Waterfront Villa. Max 7 people in 3 Bedroom Waterfront Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine and gourmet chocolates (min 5 nights) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily for children 5–12 years from 10am–12pm, 2pm–4.30pm and 6.30pm–9pm. Kids playground. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: C11

Located on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach amidst 224 acres of lush tropical gardens, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort is a fabulous all round property! Situated in close proximity to both the airport and Mulifanua Wharf, it features an indulgent Polynesian Day Spa, 18 hole golf course, ocean views from the private patio or balcony of all of the resort’s extremely comfortable rooms, a variety of water sports and one of the most comprehensive kid's programs on offer in Samoa. Built where James A Michener began writing "Tales of the South Pacific", the resort encourages guests to experience Fa’a Samoa, ‘the Samoan way’, via its enticing bars and restaurants offering local and international cuisine and the enormously popular weekly ‘Fia Fia’ cultural show and feast. Aggie’s Resort is the ideal choice for an affordable relaxing family holiday.

• Location: Mulifanua. 5 minute drive from Faleolo Airport • 127 Deluxe Ocean View Rooms, 5 Executive 1 Bedroom Suites and 1 Deluxe 1 Bedroom Suite all air conditioned • 1 resort pool. Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 2 bars (1 swim up) • Satellite TV in all rooms/suites • 1 hour free WiFi in lobby daily • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U13 in Deluxe Ocean View Rooms. Max 4 people in all suites • Honeymoon Bonus: N\A • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates for children 4–12 years old from 9am–5pm daily. Babysitting available (charged). Max 2 children U13 years eat breakfast free. Children U4 years are provided complimentary buffet meals when accompanied by a paying adult. Children 4–12 years can access a reduced rate children's menu


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Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel & Bungalows PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: C12

In June 2016, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Greys Hotel & Bungalows re–opened after a 2 year closure and a multi–million dollar redevelopment that has elevated this iconic Apia Hotel to a whole new level, whilst maintaining its strong sense of history. All rooms, suites, bungalows and resort facilities have been refurbished in a classic style befitting a colonial hotel, but with all the modern, luxurious amenities expected by discerning travellers today. Ideally located overlooking Apia harbour, Aggie’s real charm doesn’t come from its rooms or its vastly improved restaurants and facilities. It is derived from its character and incredible near 100 year history of accommodating everyone from Royalty to Presidents to movie stars from the Golden Era. The hotel is as famous as its founder and a stay here is a must on any holiday to Samoa.

• Location: Apia Harbour front. 45 minute drive from Faleolo Airport • 142 guest rooms, 23 Bungalows, 2 x 2 Bedroom Bungalows and 7 x 1 – 2 Bedroom Suites, all air conditioned • 2 resort pools. Gym • 2 restaurants, 1 café and 2 bars • Satellite TV in all guest rooms/Bungalows • 1 hour free WiFi in lobby daily and charged in Link@SheratonSM • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U13 in Classic and Superior Rooms and Bungalows. Max 2 adults in Harbour Room. Max 2 adults/4 children U13 in 2 Bedroom Suite • Honeymoon Bonus: N\A • Children’s Policy: Whilst children are welcome year round, Sheraton Aggie’s Hotel and Bungalows does not offer a Kids Club or activity program. Max 2 children U13 years eat breakfast free. Children U4 years are provided complimentary buffet meals when accompanied by a paying adult. Children 4 – 12 years can access a reduced rate children’s menu


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Le Vasa Resort

PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: C11

With its casual, stress free atmosphere, incredibly friendly staff and beautiful ocean

• Location: Cape Fatuosofia. 15 minute drive from Faleolo Airport

front location, Le Vasa offers its guests

• 14 fales and 2 bedroom villas

the perfect tropical escape. Situated only

• 1 resort pool and Day Spa

15 minutes from the airport, this boutique

• 1 restaurant and 2 bars. Some accommodation

little resort is nestled on a stunning lagoon, featuring fale and villa accommodation with Island style décor and modern amenities

features limited kitchen facilities • iPod ® dock in all accommodation. Satellite TV available in guest media room

that guarantee guest comfort. An extensive

• Charged WiFi throughout resort

array of facilities, activities and day tours are

• Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily and

Superior Oceanfront Fale. Max 5 people in Sunset Villa and Villa Malietoa and 6 people in Villa La Vasa • Honeymoon Bonus: Upgrade to full breakfast daily, bottle of sparkling wine and fruit platter, 1 candlelit dinner for 2, 2 x complimentary cocktails and 1/2 hour traditional massage per person (min 5 nights in Oceanfront Fale) • Children’s Policy: Le Vasa welcomes children U11 years only during designated family times

available but Le Vasa’s real strength lies in its

return airport transfers (min 3 nights)

(surrounding school holidays) however a

capacity to transport you from stressed and

• Meal Plan: Prepaid full board available

formal Kids Club does not operate during

weary to relaxed and rejuvenated, just in time • Occupancy: Max 4 people in Lagoon and for your first spectacular sunset cocktail.

these periods. Babysitting available (charged)

Deluxe Oceanfront Fales. Max 3 people in

Return to Paradise Resort PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: C11 Set on the beachfront made famous in the 1953 film of the same name, Return to Paradise is a proudly Samoan owned and operated resort that has an accommodation type to suit all manner of

• Location: Lefaga. 30 minute drive from Faleolo Airport • 36 guest rooms, 2 Suites, 4 x 2 Bedroom

• Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 in Ocean Breeze and Treetops Rooms. Max 2 adults or 2 adults/2 children

Beachfront Villas and 4 x 3 Bedroom

U12 in Beachfront rooms. Max 2 adults in

Beachfront Villas, all air conditioned

Maeva Honeymoon Suite. Max 4 people in 2

guest configurations. Beach facing and

• 4 resort pools (1 adult only). Outdoor gym

Bedroom Presidential Suite. Max 6 people in

featuring modern tropical décor, everyone

• 2 restaurants and 1 bar

2 Bedroom Beachfront Villa and max 8 people

from romantic couples to large families are

• TV (local stations) in all accommodation

well catered for. An extensive array of resort

• Charged WiFi throughout the resort

• Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine

activities and facilities ensure that the most

• Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily and

• Children’s Policy: Return to Paradise

active are entertained, whilst those seeking a less strenuous holiday can simply enjoy the wonderful offshore snorkelling, exploring reefs that are teeming with sea life.

return airport transfers (min 5 nights) • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available

in 3 Bedroom Beachfront Villa

welcomes children year round but does not offer a Kids Club


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Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: C12

Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa embodies all that is wonderful about Samoa! The accommodation is built by Samoan craftsman using local materials, each featuring stylish Pacific décor and all the amenities required to make for a relaxing stay. There are many resort activities on offer including village and island tours, scuba diving (off site by arrangement), surfing guides, snorkelling, kayaking, boating in traditional Samoan “paopao” outrigger canoes, and excursions into the adjacent mangrove estuary. With accommodation to suit both couples and family groups, Coconuts endeavours to provide their guests with more than just a resort holiday. They work hard to ensure that they truly experience ‘Samoa’–the friendly warmth of the villagers, learning their culture and embracing Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan way). For the ultimate indulgence, try their Over Water bungalows, the only ones of their type available in the country.

• Location: Siumu. 45 minute drive from Faleolo Airport • 26 Suites and 15 x 1–2 Bedroom Beachfront Fales, Royal Beach Villas and Over the Water Fales, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool. Day Spa • 1 restaurant and 2 bars • Accommodation is free of electronic entertainment • Charged WiFi in public areas • Inclusions: Choice of either complimentary daily breakfast or mini bar (bottle water, soda, house wine and local beer replenished daily) and complimentary return airport transfers (min stay 5 nights) • Meal Plan: Prepaid full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in all Suites, 1 Bedroom Beachfront Fales, Villa Pule or Ali’I and Over the Water Fales. Max 5 people in 2 Bedroom Beachfront Fales and Villa Matai. Max 11 people in Royal Beach Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: N\A • Children’s Policy: Coconuts welcomes children aged 3 years + year round however does not operate a formal Kids Club. Babysitting available (charged)


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Seabreeze Resort PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: D13

Nestled in a picturesque cove, Seabreeze Resort is a gorgeous boutique property that continues to wow guests with its great food, idyllic location and tranquil atmosphere. Owner operated, it strives to ensure that its guests’ holiday expectations are not only met but are exceeded. The result is an architecturally designed and stylishly decorated beachfront resort where the staff welcome you like family but still provide you with the privacy sought on a romantic getaway. For the active minded there is snorkelling, the To Sua Trench is a 20 minute walk from the resort or you can explore the coastline of this historical bay in glass bottom kayaks. Or for the less inclined, days can be whiled away poolside, soaking up the sun and the spectacular ocean views. This award winning resort is a fabulous choice for couples seeking a casual, intimate holiday experience in one of Samoa’s most luxurious properties.

• Location: Aufaga. 1 hr 30 minute drive from Faleolo Airport • 11 Ocean View, Reef View, Beachfront and Honeymoon Villas/ Suites, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 resort pool • 1 restaurant, 1 Pizzeria (open weekends only) and 2 bars • Accommodation is free of electronic entertainment • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: À la carte breakfast daily, complimentary minibar replenished daily for items consumed, use of smartphone during your stay and food platter in room for arrivals after 9pm or before 7am • Meal Plan: Prepaid full board available • Occupancy: Max 2 people in Ocean View and Beachfront Villas and the Honeymoon Pointhouse. Max 3 people in Reef View Villa and Max 4 people in Ocean View Suite • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine and canapés one afternoon, 30 minute couples massage and a room upgrade subject to availability on check-in (min 5 night stay) • Children’s Policy: Seabreeze does not accommodate children U18 years


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Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: D13

Opened in 2013, and one of the few of its calibre in Samoa that accommodates families with children of all ages year round, Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa has already firmly established itself on the holiday wish list of many. Set on the shores of a stunning turquoise bay fringed by a white sand beach, this boutique property offers 25 spacious villas each featuring ocean views, indoor and private outdoor bathrooms and modern décor. Purpose built Family Villas are available and a Kids activity program operates, subject to some seasonal and age conditions. With a great restaurant, loads of resort activities available both on and off water, and an array of day tours, car rental and licensing facilities onsite and an indulgent Day Spa, your holiday at Saletoga will see you return home rejuvenated… the Samoan way!

• Location: Matatufu. 1 hour 15 minute drive from Faleolo Airport • 14 Ocean View and Beachfront Villas, 10 x Ocean View Family Villas and 1 Matai Villa Suite, each air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 resort pool. Gym and Day Spa • 1 restaurant and 1 bar (swim up) • TV (local stations) and DVD player in all accommodation • Charged WiFi in public areas • Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily. Matai Villa also includes fruit basket and bottle of sparkling wine • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in Ocean View and Beachfront Villas. Max 5 people in Ocean View Family Villa. Max 2 people in Matai Villa Suite • Honeymoon Bonus: 2 x 30 minute massages per room, a fruit platter and welcome gift on arrival • Children’s Policy: Kids activity programme operates seasonally for children 3 years +. Family friendly accommodation


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Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: D12

As you arrive at Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, you are immediately embraced by its peaceful tranquillity. Set on 33 coastal acres of tropical gardens on Upolu's south coast, it is a haven for romantic couples of all ages. A place where enjoying life’s simple pleasures restores balance and rejuvenates weary souls. Where days disappear in a haze of leisurely activities, afternoon naps, good food and easy going banter with new found friends. 29 spacious Villas are scattered throughout the resort featuring either garden, ocean or absolute beachfront views. Each fuse authentic Samoan architecture with stylish contemporary décor and quality amenities, creating a luxurious place to retreat to at the end of each glorious day. Activities abound from golf (9 hole resort course) to surfing, diving, fishing, snorkelling, village visits or local tours. Or for those wanting less taxing pursuits, an afternoon spent in the Resort’s Day Spa will potentially be the most rewarding of your holiday. From the incredible hospitality extended by its welcoming staff, to its landscaped tropical gardens, its beachfront location, its simplicity, its luxury – this is a beautiful resort. • Location: Siumu. 45 minute drive from Faleolo Airport

• Meal Plan: N/A

• 16 Traditional, Garden View and Ocean View Villas,

• Occupancy: Max 3 adults in Sinalei Traditional, Garden

6 x 1 Bedroom Ocean View Villas, 6 Beachfront Villas

View or Ocean View Villas. Max 4 adults in 1 Bedroom

and a 1 Bedroom and a 2 Bedroom Beachfront Villa,

Ocean View and 1 Bedroom Beachfront Villa. Max 6 adults in

all air conditioned • 1 resort pool. Day Spa

2 Bedroom Beachfront Villa. Max 2 adults in Beachfront Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: Complimentary room upgrade,

• 2 restaurants and 2 bars

Champagne breakfast in room and 1 hour couples

• Villas are free of electronic entertainment

massage (min 7 nights)

• Charged WiFi in public areas • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily, 15 minute head and shoulder massage per person and daily afternoon tea. Use of resort golf course also included (clubs/balls charged). Complimentary return airport transfers (min 5 nights)

• Children’s Policy: Sinalei does not accommodate children U12 years


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Known locally as the ‘big island’, Savai’i is only a 90 minute ferry ride from Upolu, yet on arrival you feel as though you have been transported to another world – a world where you really can get away from it all and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Scenically, it ticks all the Pacific Island boxes – white sand, turquoise water, blowholes, palm trees and rain forests. But its stand out feature is the Saleaula lava fields, where Mt Matavanu erupted in 1905 and 1911 sending forth 50 square kms of lava tongues in its wake. Culturally abundant, one of the greatest joys of your visit to Savai’i will be derived from the easy interaction with the local community. Attend a local Church Service (where the locals are resplendent in their Sunday best ‘whites’), join in a game of kirikiti (national version of cricket) or enjoy a Sunday roast Samoan style – cooked in a volcanic rock oven called umu. There are lovely beaches that ring the island but do remember to ask permission before swimming from the nearest village.

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Le Lagoto Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: A10

Deriving its name from the Samoan word for ‘sunset’, Le Lagoto not only offers its

• Location: Fagamalo. 45 minute drive from Salelologa Ferry Terminal

• Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid full board available

guests a prime vantage point to enjoy Mother • 5 Ocean View Bungalows and 5 Beachfront

• Occupancy: Max 4 people in all bungalows

Nature’s dusk lightshow, but also a fabulous

• Honeymoon Bonus: Tropical fruit basket

Bungalows, all air conditioned

base from which to explore all the natural

• 1 resort pool. Day Spa

and a bottle of red or white wine (min stay

wonders that She has imparted on the Island

• 1 restaurant and 1 bar

4 nights. Proof required)

of Savai'i. Featuring just 10 Samoan style

• TV (local stations) in all bungalows

Bungalows and 2 Family Rooms, Le Lagoto

• Charged WiFi in all bungalows and some

is nestled into a secluded cove that is fringed

public areas

by coconut palms and fine white sand. A

• Children’s Policy: Le Lagoto welcomes children year round however they do not operate a formal Kids Club or activity program

resort restaurant, bar, Day Spa, infinity pool and selection of non–motorised water sports provide guests with the ideal destination for a relaxing holiday.

Amoa Resort

PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: B10 Located in the heart of Faga Village across the road from one of Samoa’s most spectacular turquoise lagoons, Amoa Resort has just 11 Polynesian influenced, well

• Location: Faga Village. 20 minute drive from Salelologa Ferry Terminal • 6 Poolside Villas, 2 Family Poolside Villas and 3 Seaside Deluxe Bungalows all air conditioned

• Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U13 years in Seaside Deluxe Bungalows. Max 4 people in Poolside and Family Poolside Villas • Honeymoon Bonus: Tropical flowers, fruit

appointed Deluxe Bungalows and Poolside

• 1 resort pool. Day Spa

Villas set in lush tropical gardens. Ideally

• 1 restaurant and 1 bar (swim up)

basket and bottle of wine on arrival (min 2

located to explore Savaii’s many sites and

• TV (local stations) in all bungalows

night stay)

attractions, one of the highlights of your stay • Charged WiFi throughout resort

• Children’s Policy: Amoa welcomes children

is sure to be dining in its open air restaurant

• Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily

year round however they do not operate a

which specialises in nouveau Samoan/

• Meal Plan: N\A

formal Kids Club or activity program

Pacific Cuisine under the direction of their award winning chef. A world away from your ‘everyday’, a holiday at Amoa is guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate.


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Thailand Climate Thailand enjoys a tropical climate although there are regional and seasonal variations. For the most part, the best weather is found during November – March, Thailand’s winter, when humidity is minimised. The warmest months are April and May and the monsoon season is generally June to October. During this period heavy rain showers can be frequent and humidity is high. Traditionally the most ideal time to travel to Phuket is November to March and the most ideal time to travel to Koh Samui is March to June. Temperatures range on average between 20 – 35 degrees Celsius depending on the season, although the northern regions are generally cooler.

Currency The Thai Baht is the basic unit of currency used in Thailand. ATM’s are available in most major town centres. Major credit cards are welcome in all resorts and many restaurants. Currency exchange is available in most resorts, at airports, banks and in Exchange Centres in towns. Tipping Tipping is not expected in Thailand, yet offering it will not offend. Bartering however, is not only encouraged it is expected, but don't start to bargain unless you intend to buy and never try to barter in a department store. Electricity The electrical current in Thailand is 220 volts AC 50z. Various plug sockets are in use and an adaptor is required if you are taking electrical appliances from Australia. Passports & Visas Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your anticipated return date, and you must possess an onward ticket. A visa is not required for a tourist entry into Thailand for stays of under 30 days, if you are travelling on an Australian or New Zealand passport. Please

check for all other nationalities. Check in & check out times Check in at most resorts is between 2pm – 3pm and check out is generally between 10am – 12pm. If you wish to guarantee your room’s availability on arrival you must pre-book an additional night’s accommodation or be prepared to wait until standard check in time. Etiquette The Royal Family is highly respected by the Thai people and therefore it is a punishable offence to criticise them. It is illegal to throw any litter on the streets and if caught you will be fined 2,000 Thai Baht. When leaving your hotel always obtain the hotel details in Thai in case you get lost and need assistance back to your hotel. Internet Free WiFi is available in most resorts in Thailand, and in many public areas. It is reliable and fast. Language Thai is the official language. English is widely understood in major cities and in tourist regions. If you are visiting villages or less tourist areas, very little English will be spoken and understood. Useful words Sawasdee Krab (if you are male): Hello and goodbye Sawasdee Ka (if you are female): Hello and goodbye Khob Khun Krab (if you are male): Thank you Khob Khun Ka (if you are female): Thank you


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Bangkok, Thailand’s cosmopolitan capital, is a vibrant city. With numerous attractions on offer including traditional Buddhist temples, the floating markets, vast shopping centres, diverse and world class cuisine, and its famous night life scene, a visit here is a must. Once dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’, a leisurely cruise along the Chao Phraya River is an enjoyable way to explore the city, gain a glimpse into its past and witness its daily routine. The easiest and quickest way to get around Bangkok is the Skytrain which is both convenient and affordable. Whether it is your destination or simply a stopover enroute to one of Thailand’s many beautiful tourist regions, a stay in Bangkok is sure to be a holiday highlight.

Bangkok


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The Siam PRICE RANGE: $400–$450 PP/PN MAP REF: B5

The Siam radiates beauty, serenity and privilege. This urban luxury retreat offers its fortunate guests a peaceful riverside haven – a rare find in a city as frenetic as Bangkok. Privately owned and operated, this grand hotel pays homage to the sophistication and elegance of the Orient during the Art Deco period, and is surrounded by 3 acres of sprawling landscaped gardens. Festooned with beautiful art and antiquities, its spacious suites, pool villas (the only ones in Bangkok) and exclusive 100 year old traditional Thai House are each individually designed in a unique Thai theme and include a personal butler dedicated to ensuring that your stay in Bangkok is the best it can be. A private screening room, 2 restaurants, cooking school, well equipped Muay Thai gym, extensive list of private guest tours and opulent Day Spa provide guests with an exceptional holiday experience. This is by no means ‘just’ another city hotel.

• Location: Dusit District • 28 Suites, 10 Pool Villas and ‘Connie’s Cottage’ (100 year old Thai house), each air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 resort pool (with children’s splash area). Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants, 1 café and 2 bars • Satellite TV, iPod ® dock, Bluetooth sound system and coffee machines in each category • Complimentary WiFi throughout hotel • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily, Butler service, daily fresh fruit and boat cruise between hotel and Bangkok’s central Sathorn pier • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 people per Suite or Villa. Max 2 people in Connie’s Cottage • Honeymoon Bonus: VIP amenities • Children’s Policy: The Siam welcomes children year round however does not offer a Kids Club or activity program


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Banyan Tree Bangkok PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: B6

Located in a 61 storey building in the central business district, the Banyan Tree Bangkok is better described as a ‘vertical resort’ than a hotel. Friendly, engaging staff welcome guests with an unsurpassed level of service and attention to detail. Its spacious 1 and 2 bedroom suites provide a tranquil sanctuary and feature elegant décor with luxury amenities and Thai inspired accents. Shopping ‘companions’ will introduce you to a wealth of treasures waiting to be found at eclectic markets or at the chic shopping malls nearby. A pleasing selection of restaurants offer varying cuisines to satisfy every palate, and for a unique dining and cultural experience, the Apsara Dinner Cruise shouldn’t be missed. At sunset make your way to the famous Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar where cocktails are served alfresco with spectacular 360o city views, and the setting sun battles with the creeping urban lights in a stunning illumination showdown.

• Location: Sathorn District. Closest Skytrain: Sala Daeng • 327 guest rooms, Club Rooms and 1–2 Bedroom Suites, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool. Gym and Day Spa • 7 restaurants and 3 bars • Satellite TV. Coffee machines in all rooms except Horizon • Complimentary WiFi throughout hotel • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily. Guests in Serenity Rooms/ Suites enjoy all day snacks, refreshments, afternoon tea and 2 hour evening alcoholic beverages and canapes. • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 people in all rooms. Max 5 people in 2 Bedroom Suites • Honeymoon Bonus: Guaranteed upgrade to the next room/ suite category (up to 1 Bedroom Suite only), sunset drink for 2 people at Latitude Lounge and Bar, bottle of wine and a Banyan Tree Relaxing Bath (min 3 nights) • Children’s Policy: The Banyan Tree Bangkok welcomes children year round and families staying in Serenity Rooms or Suites have access to a play room (unsupervised). Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: B5

The 5 star Siam Kempinski is ideally located with direct access to the popular Siam Paragon shopping centre in downtown Bangkok. Despite being surrounded by the vibrant hum of the city, this luxurious urban hotel provides guests with a tranquil escape such as would normally be found in a resort. Each of its sumptuous rooms and suites feature a contemporary interior design fused with Thai inflections and a complimentary mini bar replenished daily. Many have a private balcony that overlooks the lush garden and swimming pools, with Cabana Rooms benefiting from direct access into the resort’s pool. A complimentary Kids Club exclusive to hotel guests operates daily allowing mum and dad the opportunity to shop, relax or explore the city at their own pace. With one of the grandest hotel lobbies in Bangkok, a raft of quality facilities and an award winning restaurant, the Siam Kempinski is a resort of refined sophistication.

• Location: Location: Rama District. Closest Skytrain: Siam • 401 guest rooms, Deluxe Residences and Suites, all air conditioned • 4 resort pools (including children’s pool). Gym and Day Spa • 3 restaurants and 2 bars. Some room categories feature kitchenettes and laundry facilities • Satellite TV in all rooms. Higher categories feature coffee machines and home theatre sound systems • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily and complimentary mini bar (soft drinks, snacks and local beers) replenished daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Maximum 3 people in all categories • Honeymoon Bonus: Floral arrangement, fruit basket and cake on arrival and honeymoon turndown service with amenities on first night • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily for children 3–12 years from 9am–6pm. Babysitting available (charged)


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Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: B6

Ideally located for both business travellers and holiday makers, the Anantara Siam offers an elegant sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Each of the hotel’s rooms and 1 and 2 bedroom suites feature traditional Thai architecture and décor that meld local artefacts, teak furniture and richly coloured silks with contemporary amenities, creating a tranquil ambience. Attentive staff provide a level of service guests remember long after their first visit, and are the reason for their return time and time again. A decadent day Spa is complemented by Anantara’s signature Wellness concept where guests are invited to choose elements to improve their health, fitness and holistic wellbeing with the freedom to indulge in between. Indulging is, of course, the easy part with a choice of award winning restaurants available to suit every taste and mood, allowing you to fulfil your gourmet wanderlust.

• Location: Ratchaprasong District. Closest Skytrain: Ratchadamri • 354 guest rooms, Club Rooms and 1 – 2 Bedroom Suites, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool. Gym and Day Spa • 5 restaurants and 1 bar • Satellite TV, DVD and Bluetooth sound systems in all rooms • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily. Kasara Rooms have Lounge access entitling them to all day snacks and refreshments, and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 5pm–8pm daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid lunch or dinner available at the Spice Market • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 years in most room types. Max 2 adults in Garden Terrace rooms and Max 3 people in 1 Bedroom Suites • Honeymoon Bonus: Celebration cake, floral arrangement and fresh fruit platter (proof required) • Children’s Policy: The Anantara welcomes children year round and a Kids Club is available


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Chiang Mai Chiang Mai is the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom and it sits high among the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern Thailand.

The perfect location to explore this diverse Province, it is renowned for its abundant cultural heritage and traditions. Famous for its ethnic hill tribes, ancient temples, elephant camps, famous night bazaar, mountain trekking and hand crafted goods including umbrellas, jewellery, woodwork and pottery, no visit to Thailand is complete without a visit to this visually beautiful region. Be sure to bring your sense of adventure.

THE DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI. SEE PAGE 91 FOR RESORT DETAILS


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Tamarind Village PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: A2

Inspired by local history and culture, Tamarind Village was the first ‘Lanna’ style boutique property of its kind built in Chiang Mai. Set in the quieter region of town and surrounded by ancient temples and quaint shopping streets, this charming boutique resort features 46 guest rooms/suites that are set around a series of cooling, fragrant garden courtyards. Each is designed to reflect the rich ethnic diversity of Northern Thailand, decorated with fabrics and patterns drawn from the various tribes of the region. Tamarind Village is ideally situated in the centre of Chiang Mai's old town, with the weekend markets being located directly outside the resort, offering a lively evening of bartering, shopping and dining on local foods. With a Day Spa, restaurant, pool and friendly staff, this delightful (and very affordable) resort is a fabulous base for people wanting to explore all that this culturally rich region has to offer.

• Location: Chiang Mai’s historic old town. 15 minute drive from Chiang Mai Airport • 41 guest rooms and 5 suites, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool. Day Spa • 1 restaurant • Satellite TV in all rooms and suites • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 people per guest room/suite • Honeymoon Bonus: 60 minute Traditional Thai Massage per person (min 3 nights) • Children’s Policy: Tamarind Village welcomes children year round however it does not offer a Kids Club or activity program. Babysitting available (charged)


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Rachamankha PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: A2

Rachamankha is a charming boutique hotel set within over two acres of manicured gardens. Offering a more ‘authentic’ experience, this 25 room/suite property is located in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city next to one of its most famous temples, Wat Phra Singh. Its architecture and landscape design celebrate local Lanna heritage and building practices and the result is an intriguing, atmospheric alternative to many of the region’s larger resorts. Rooms are simple yet sophisticated, built using traditional methods and decorated with beautiful antiques personally sourced by the owner. Its al fresco restaurant serves traditional fare that pays tribute to Lanna, Burmese and Shan cuisine – simple, fresh and delicious dishes that are beautifully accompanied by its extensive wine list. This is a thoughtfully designed hotel that encourages its guests to enjoy its intimate ambiance, to admire its beautiful antiquities, and to relish its peaceful simplicity.

• Location: Chiang Mai’s historic old town. 10 minute drive from Chiang Mai Airport • 22 guest rooms and 3 Suites, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool. Massage facilities available • 1 restaurant and 2 bars • Satellite TV, CD/DVD player and iPod ® dock in all categories • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: A la carte breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid Thai set lunch or dinner available • Occupancy: Max 2 adults in Courtyard Superior Rooms. Max 3 people in Grand Deluxe Rooms. Max 5 people in 2 Bedroom Suite • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine and floral arrangement on arrival (min 2 nights) • Children’s Policy: Rachamankha does not accommodate children U12 years


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137 Pillars House PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: A2

Originally built in 1889 and once owned by Louis Leonowens, son of Anna of "The King & I" movie fame, 137 Pillars House is an elegant 30 room boutique property that has been meticulously restored, offering modern comfort and conveniences ensconced within its elegant 19th Century façade. This stunning all–suite hotel provides guests with a distinctive luxury experience – one of casual sophistication cloaked in exceptional quality, history and attention to detail. The spacious suites combine elegant rattan furniture and décor reflecting the Victorian era with modern conveniences such as high speed WiFi and espresso coffee machines. We highly recommend that befitting the vintage of the resort, you enjoy Afternoon High Tea in The Parlour Lounge or take advantage of the resort’s signature Champagne picnic basket and venture on a day trip. Located in the artistic Wat Gate district, it soon becomes apparent that there is something very special about 137 Pillars.

• Location: Wat Gate. 15 minute drive from Chiang Mai Airport • 30 air conditioned Suites • 1 resort pool. Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 1 bar • Satellite TV, iPod ® dock and espresso machines in all Suites • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily for 2 adults and a complimentary mini bar of soft drinks and local beers (replenished once a day) • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 2 people in all categories. 3rd adult/child U12 years available on a request basis only, subject to availability • Honeymoon Bonus: Floral bed decoration on arrival, bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates upon turn down • Children’s Policy: 137 Pillars welcomes children year round however it does not offer a Kids Club or activity program. Complimentary breakfast for children U6 years


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The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai PRICE RANGE: $250–$400 PP/PN MAP REF: A2

Dhara Dhevi rises with the grandeur of a palace fit for Royalty, amidst 60 acres of landscaped tropical gardens and paddy fields. Ancient Palace like structures, traditional Lanna style villas and Colonial mansions house its luxurious accommodation, restaurants and facilities, providing a sense of opulent luxury. Elegant furniture of a bygone era and exquisite local art adorn the resort’s spacious 1 and 2 bedroom suites, villas and Residences with guests easily mistaken in believing this to be a magnificently restored relic from Chiang Mai’s rich past. This is, however, an as new lavish resort that benefits from modern amenities and infrastructure and despite its serene tranquillity, is only a 10 minute drive from the centre of Chiang Mai. The Dheva Spa is by far its most spectacular feature. A 3,100 square metre sanctuary embellished with ornate hand crafted mouldings and sculptures that took 150 local artisans over 3 years to complete.

• Location: Amphur Muang. 15 minute drive from Chiang Mai Airport • 54 Colonial Suites, 64 x 1 – 2 bedroom Villas and 5 Residences (up to 6 Bedroom), each air conditioned • 2 resort pools and private pools in some accommodation. Gym and Day Spa • 5 restaurants (including Patisserie) and 3 bars • Satellite TV, CD and DVD players in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U11 years in most categories. Some Residences can accommodate larger numbers, dependant on the number of bedrooms • Honeymoon Bonus: Floral arrangement and bottle of sparkling wine on arrival • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Lanna Kids Club operates daily from 9am–5pm for children 4–12 years. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Located 281 kms south of Bangkok (approximately 2-3 hour drive in a private car), Hua Hin is one of the oldest beach resort communities in Thailand. Home to the Summer Palace of Thailand’s Royal Family, Hua Hin’s beautiful white sand beaches, internationally renowned golf courses and relaxed atmosphere have long been popular with Thai locals, and are becoming increasingly popular with international tourists seeking a relaxing beach holiday away from the traditional hustle and bustle found in some of the countries more popular beachside regions.

Hua Hin


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Cape Nidhra Hotel PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: C2

Enviably located in the centre of Hua Hin town on the shores of its beautiful white sand beach, Cape Nidhra is a chic, sophisticated boutique resort that has garnered enormous popularity with discerning travellers. An all–suite hotel, it is modern in its design and décor with glass, earthy tones and rich woods providing an ambiance of contemporary refinement. Private plunge pools accompany all room types and whilst there is a 2 Bedroom Family Suite, the ground floor Garden Pool Suite may better suit young families given the additional space the garden area affords. The convenience of Cape Nidhra’s access to Hua Hin’s street markets, shopping centres, restaurants and nightlife does not compromise the sense of tranquillity that washes over guests on their arrival at this fabulous resort. With a great restaurant, Day Spa and seaside resort pool, it is, however, their friendly and engaging staff that is the icing on this resort’s cake!

• Location: Hua Hin • 59 air conditioned Pool Suites • 1 resort pool and private pools in all Suites. Gym and Day Spa • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • Satellite TV, DVD player and iPod® dock in all Suites • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid lunch and dinner available • Occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U13 in Sky Pool, Deluxe Sky Pool, Garden Pool and Moonlight Pool Suites. Max 4 adults or 3 adults/2 children U13 in Nidhrarom Suite • Honeymoon Bonus: Fruit basket, floral arrangement and honeymoon cake in room on arrival • Children’s Policy: Cape Nidhra welcomes children year round however does not offer a Kids Club or activity program


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Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: C2

This elegant, Colonial style resort was originally opened in 1923 as the Railway Hotel to accommodate visitors to King Rama VI’s Summer Palace, and is considered by many to be Thailand’s first ‘holiday resort’. Lovingly renovated to cherish its history and classic sense of grandeur and grace, it features high ceilings, period furniture, richly coloured Thai silks and polished hardwood floors throughout, whilst providing guests with the contemporary comforts demanded by a 21st Century traveller. Located beachfront, it is an easy stroll into the centre of town, the night markets and the Fisherman’s Pier. Beautiful New England style private pool villas are available for guests wanting an elevated level of privacy and luxury and 2 Bedroom Duplex Suites are the perfect choice for families. Centara’s extensive landscaped gardens, 4 resort pools, Club benefits, kids program, Oceanside Beach Club and Day Spa make this one of Hua Hin’s finest properties.

• Location: Hua Hin • 207 guest rooms and 1–2 bedroom Suites, 4 Deluxe Spa Villas and 38 Pool Villas, all air conditioned • 4 resort pools (including 1 children’s pool) and private pools in some Villas. Gym and Day Spa • 4 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV in all categories. DVD player in all Suites and Villas • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily. Club Room guests are extended special privileges including afternoon tea and evening cocktails with canapés and hors d’oeuvres (5pm–7pm) • Meal Plan: Prepaid half board available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 in most twin guest rooms. Max 3 people in King guest rooms and most suites. Max 4 adults/2 children U12 in 2 Bedroom Duplex Suites • Honeymoon Bonus: Fruit basket, floral arrangement, honeymoon cake and sparkling wine (min 3 nights) • Children’s Policy: Kids Club operates daily from 10am–6pm for children 4–10 years (charged). Teen Zone available for kids 10 years +. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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There are literally hundreds of islands dotted around the coastline of Thailand – each one an alluring mix of enticing ocean, beautiful beaches and verdant jungle. Some are inhabited, some not. Some rise from the ocean in stalagmite fashion while others’ sandy shores melt into the seemingly endless ocean floor. Some are popular with tourists and others are yet to be ‘found’. The choice is immense and the decision often guided by local attractions, the availability of accommodation and your sense of adventure. Phuket is the largest island in Southern Thailand, and is fringed by some of the country’s most beautiful and popular beaches. The Krabi Province is renowned for its spectacular beauty as striking limestone karsts rise majestically from the surrounding ocean. Khao Lak, with its land and marine national parks is the perfect choice for nature lovers and active travellers. With so many wonderful Thailand island escapes to choose from, you are sure to find your own tropical paradise.

Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak & Outer Islands


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Iniala Beach House PRICE RANGE: $2000–$2100 PP/PN MAP REF: D2

Iniala Beach House is quite simply, stunning. Consisting of 3 villas and a 1 bedroom Penthouse, it combines art and luxury living to create a unique accommodation experience. Hand chosen international designers were given the opportunity to create bespoke spaces with no limit to their imagination or budget. The result is an eclectic collection of beautiful suites each distinctive, creative and lavish in their own right, featuring exquisite art, antiquities and hand crafted pieces of furniture. Located beachfront, the villas comprise 3 bedrooms, living area, 3 bathrooms, private pool and a double Spa Suite where guests can enjoy their own daily relaxing treatments. Each Villa comes with its own team including driver, butler, chef, Spa therapist and housekeeper allowing for a customised service approach to suit the individual needs and expectations of each guest. A team of Thai and Western chefs are focused on delivering delicious, fresh and innovative cuisine for both Iniala guests and those fortunate enough to secure a table at its enormously popular restaurant EsenZi (formerly Aziamendi) – a globally influenced seafood restaurant. Iniala Shores, its sister property, is scheduled to open in December 2016, featuring 4 luxury 5 bedroom family villas each with private pools, uninterrupted ocean views and Iniala’s elevated guest services, making it the perfect choice for discerning families seeking extraordinary luxury. • Location: Natai Beach. 25 minute drive from Phuket Airport • Iniala Beach House: 3 x 3 bedroom Private Villas and 1 x 1 bedroom Penthouse Apartment. Iniala Shores: 4 x 5 bedroom Private Villas. All air conditioned. • Private pools in each Villa and the Penthouse. Spa Room in each Villa. Gym • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • Satellite TV, Bluetooth sound systems, iPod® dock and espresso coffee machines in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout each Villa • Inclusions: All meals, airport transfers and non–alcoholic beverages

• Occupancy: 6 adults/2 children U14 years in 3 bedroom Villas. Max 2 adults/2 children U14 years in Penthouse. Max 10 people in 5 bedroom Villas • Honeymoon Bonus: N\A • Children’s Policy: ‘The Island of Iniala’ is a Kids Club that doubles as a ‘Kids Only Hotel’ – complete with designer tree house and cave sleeping pods – where kids can stay the night under the watchful eye of the Iniala children’s butlers (overnight cost U$95++). Alternatively, children U14 years can utilise the area for structured activities/ play. Nannies available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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The Sarojin PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: D2

The Sarojin seeks to offer its guests far more than a ‘standard holiday’. With a commitment to extraordinary hospitality and lavish personal service, it aims to create cherished memories and unique holiday experiences. Limited only by their imagination, guests are assisted by staff to personalise their stay ensuring they have the holiday of their dreams. A luxury sunset cruise; an elephant trek through the jungle to a secluded waterfall; a private BBQ on the beach, lit by 100’s of candles – the options are as endless as they are romantic. This multi–award winning boutique resort comprises 56 luxury guest residences located in 7 buildings amidst 10 acres of tropical gardens with access to 11 kms of beach. Each residence is designed to relax and refresh your senses both visually and physically, with a modern colour palette and contemporary décor and amenities. This unique and beautiful resort is the ultimate destination for romantics.

• Location: Pakrang Cape, Khao Lak. 1 hour drive from Phuket Airport • 56 air conditioned Garden and Pool Residences and Spa Suites • 1 resort pool and private pools in all Pool Residences and Spa Suites. Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV and Bluetooth sound systems in all accommodation. Espresso coffee machine in Spa Suites • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: All day à la carte breakfast with sparkling wine for 2 people. Spa Suites also include 1 x 60 minute massage per room per night of stay • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 adults in Garden and Pool Residence. Max 4 people in Spa Suite. Max 6 people in 2 Bedroom Pool Residence • Honeymoon Bonus: Fruit basket, floral arrangement, honeymoon cake and sparkling wine (min 3 nights) • Children’s Policy: The Sarojin does not accommodate children U10 years


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Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: E2

Nestled amidst magnificent tropical gardens, expansive lagoons and fringed by a stunning turquoise beach, Anantara Mai Khao offers guests a tranquil and luxurious escape from their everyday. Its 91 Pool Villas are scattered throughout the resort, designed for privacy using traditional Thai architecture and featuring southern Thai style décor complemented by modern comforts such as Bluetooth sound systems and espresso machines. Understated and elegant, each Villa includes a private deck, outdoor terrazzo tub for 2, Sala with day bed as well as indoor/outdoor showers. Anantara’s Balance Wellness concept allows guests the opportunity to combine their holiday with a wellness program that focuses on detox, healing or therapeutic treatments tailored to suit their needs and goals. Or you can simply relax at the beachfront infinity pool, jump on a push bike to explore the area or enjoy sunset cocktails in the leafy canopy of the chic Tree House lounge.

• Location: Mai Khao Beach. 20 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 91 x 1– 3 Bedroom Pool Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 resort pool. Private pools in all Villas. Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV, Bluetooth sound systems, iPod® dock and espresso coffee machines in all Villas • Complimentary WiFi throughout each Villa • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid set lunch and dinner at La Sala Restaurant available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 in Pool, Lagoon and Sala Pool Villas. Max 6 people in 2 Bedroom accommodation and the Royal Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: Honeymoon room set up and a bottle of sparkling wine (proof required) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 10am–6pm for children 4–12 years. Charges apply to some activities. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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SALA Phuket Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: E2

Located on the stunning Mai Khao beach away from the crowded tourist areas,

• Location: Mai Khao Beach. 20 minute drive from Phuket Airport

SALA Phuket is a beautiful luxury resort

• 79 air conditioned and fan cooled guest rooms,

that features private swimming pools in

Pool Villas and 1 – 2 Bedroom Pool Villa Suites

63 of its 79 villas and suites. Combining indigenous Sino Portuguese architecture

• 3 resort pools. Private pools in all Villas and Suites. Gym and Day Spa

• Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/1 child U12 in Deluxe Balcony Rooms and Garden Pool Villas. Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 in Sala Pool Villas and 1 Bedroom villas/ suites. Max 6 people in 2 Bedroom Villas Suites. • Honeymoon Bonus: Floral arrangement, fruit

with minimalist, modern design, this is an

• 1 restaurant and 2 bars

elegant resort that is as relaxing and tranquil

• Satellite TV and DVD in all accommodation

in room on arrival. Half hour couple’s massage

as it is sophisticated. Using contemporary

• Complimentary WiFi throughout resort

(min 4 nights)

décor with a fresh white and neutral palette,

• Inclusions: Breakfast daily

all of the overtly romantic accommodations

• Meal Plan: Prepaid set lunch and

feature open air bathrooms, creating a

dinner available

sense of the exotic. 3 resort pools, an award

and chocolates and bottle of sparkling wine

• Children’s Policy: SALA welcomes children year round however does not operate a Kids Club or activity program. Family friendly accommodation

winning restaurant and Day Spa make a holiday here an absolute pleasure.

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: F2 The Dusit Thani is a long–time favourite of travellers to the Laguna region. Set amidst acres of tropical gardens fringed by the stunning white sands of the Andaman Sea, it provides a tranquil oasis to weary holiday makers with an array of recreational facilities

• Location: Bang Tao Bay. 20 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 225 guest rooms, Club Rooms and Suites and 28 x 2 Bedroom Pool Villas, all air conditioned • 1 resort pools (including dedicated children’s

•M  eal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available •O  ccupancy: Max 3 people in all guest and Club Rooms and Suites. Max 6 people in all 2 bedroom accommodation •H  oneymoon Bonus: Floral arrangement, fruit

area). Gym and Day Spa

and a bottle of Dusit house wine on arrival

to suit all ages and interests. Its 253 well

• 4 restaurants and 2 bars

•C  hildren’s Policy: Kids Club operates daily

appointed guest rooms, suites and private

• Satellite TV in all accommodation

from 9am–6pm for children 4–12 years.

pool villas feature elegant Thai influenced

• Complimentary WiFi throughout resort

Children’s playground. Babysitting available

décor and furnishings. Families are well

• Inclusions: Breakfast daily. Guests staying in

(charged). Family friendly accommodation

accommodated in some of the best value

Club Rooms enjoy additional privileges such

2 Bedroom Pool Villas found in the Laguna

as daily afternoon tea and evening cocktails

region, complimented by a Kids Club

(5pm–6pm)

and playground.


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Angsana Laguna Phuket PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

Located on scenic Bang Tao Bay with direct access to the Andaman Sea, Angsana features 402 accommodations that vary from stylish guest rooms through to 2 bedroom Lofts and 3 bedroom private pool villas. Designed and decorated in a contemporary Thai style, all feature deluxe amenities ensuring superior comfort regardless of the configuration of your travelling group. This is a fabulous all round resort, ideal for couples and families alike. A huge tree house inspired Kids Club operates daily with areas and activities for different age groups. A 323 metre free-form swimming pool meanders through the resort complete with a lazy river, whirlpools, toddler’s tub and activity zone. 5 restaurants, 2 bars, Day Spa, activity centre and beach frontage all ensure guests are entertained, fed and relaxed as required. Its chic (and very popular) XANA Beach Club, is the perfect place to relax during the day and dance during the evening.

• Location: Bang Tao Bay. 20 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 372 guest rooms, 1 – 2 bedroom Lofts and 2 bedroom Suites. 30 x 3–4 Bedroom Pool Residences. All accommodation air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 resort pool (323 metres). Gym and Day Spa • 5 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV and audio system in each accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in guest rooms/1 bedrooms. Max 5 people in 2 bedrooms. Max 7 in 3 bedroom and max 9 people in 4 bedroom • Honeymoon Bonus: Upgrade to a higher room category (conditions apply) and honeymoon amenity in room • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 9am–6pm for children 4–16 years. Babysitting available (charged). Children U12 years dine free when accompanied by paying adult (conditions apply). Family friendly accommodation


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Banyan Tree Phuket PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

The premier resort in the Laguna complex, the Banyan Tree Phuket is consistently ranked as one of the best properties in Asia. Their luxurious free standing pool villas are scattered throughout the resort’s lush gardens offering a sense of privacy, tranquillity and space. Designed to reflect a traditional Thai home with a décor of rich woods and resplendent Thai silks, all 1 and 2 bedroom pool villas feature an open air oval bathtub, private deck and contemporary amenities including a complimentary daily replenished non–alcoholic mini bar. Eclectic dining options are available and in addition to the 5 restaurants, guests can take a Long Tail Boat Dinner Cruise or have a romantic dinner in the middle of the lagoon. There is a daily activity program available for children and the resort opens onto an 18–hole par 71 golf course. Fully renovated in 2015, the Banyan Tree is certainly the jewel in Laguna’s crown.

• Location: Bang Tao Bay. 20 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 90 Pool Villas and 46 x 2 Bedroom Pool Villas, all fan cooled and air conditioned • 1 resort pool and private pools in all Villas. Gym and Day Spa • 5 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV, iPod ® dock and espresso coffee machines in all Villas • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast and once daily replenished mini bar of soft drinks and snacks • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: 2 adults/1 child U12 in all Pool Villas. Max 5 people in all 2 Bedroom Pool Villas • Honeymoon Bonus: Floral arrangement, fruit platter and bottle of wine in Villa upon arrival • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 8am–6pm for children 5–12 years (charges apply to some activities). Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree Phuket PRICE RANGE: $650–$700 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

Those seeking a superior level of privacy and luxury should look no further than the DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree. This

• Location: Bang Tao Bay. 20 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 14 x 1 Bedroom, 10 x 2 Bedroom and

• Inclusions: Daily breakfast served in Villa once daily replenished mini bar of soft drinks and dedicated Villa Host

boutique resort has only 25 individual

1 x 3 Bedroom DoublePool Villas, all air

•M  eal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available

villas, each with a full length glass enclosed

conditioned and fan cooled

•O  ccupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults/1 child U12

bedroom pavilion that ‘floats’ within a private • 2 resort pools and 2 pools per Villa.

in 1 Bedroom, 5 people in 2 Bedroom and 6

wading pool, encircled by a verdant garden

people in 3 Bedroom DoublePool Villas

Gym and Day Spa located at Banyan Tree

that surrounds your own 15 metre infinity

• 5 restaurants and 2 bars located at

edge pool. The Thai influenced interiors of

Banyan Tree. Kitchens in all Villas

the 1–3 Bedroom Villas feature state of the art audio visual technology and a steam room. With a dedicated villa host to

• Satellite TV, audio visual system and

•H  oneymoon Bonus: Floral arrangement, fruit platter and bottle of wine in Villa upon arrival •C  hildren’s Policy: Children are welcome to use

espresso coffee machines in all Villas

the complimentary Kids Club at the Banyan

• Complimentary WiFi throughout resort

Tree. Babysitting available (charged). Family

look after your every need and access to all

friendly accommodation

the facilities available at the Banyan Tree and greater Laguna complex, a DoublePool holiday is both unique and decadent.

Banyan Tree Phuket Spa Sanctuary PRICE RANGE: $600–$650 PP/PN MAP REF: F2 Banyan Tree Phuket Spa Sanctuary is an

Breakfast is served daily in your Villa and

adult only boutique resort inclusive of

with access to all the facilities available at the • Inclusions: Daily breakfast served in Villa,

• Complimentary WiFi throughout resort

unlimited in–villa massages. Offering an

Banyan Tree and greater Laguna complex,

wellness consultation, daily morning Yoga,

abundance of Spa elements, nourishing

you are guaranteed to enjoy a relaxing and

daily ‘Thai’ high tea in the afternoon at the

cuisines and an award winning Day Spa,

beneficial holiday.

‘Cha’, daily in-villa 90 minute massage sessions

guests are encouraged to embark on a journey of rejuvenation, relaxation and wellbeing that is assisted by an individual wellness consultation. Each of the resort’s 12 Spa Sanctuary Pool Villas feature a ‘floating’ bedroom pavilion, as well as a sunken outdoor bath and a private steam room.

• Location: Bang Tao Bay. 20 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 12 Spa Sanctuary Pool Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • Private pools in each Villa. Gym and Day Spa located at Banyan Tree • 5 restaurants and 2 bars located at Banyan Tree • Satellite TV and DVD in each Villa

(60 minute massage and 30 minute refreshing time) and once daily replenished mini bar of soft drinks and snacks • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 2 adults per Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: Floral arrangement, fruit platter and bottle of wine in villa • Children’s Policy: Sanctuary does not accommodate children U12 years


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The Slate, Phuket PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: E2

Formerly the Indigo Pearl, The Slate is inspired by Phuket’s tin mining heritage. This strikingly unique resort features modern, industrial design and décor. Metals, concrete and raw wood are teamed with rich, vibrant colours and contemporary pieces creating a beachside ‘urban style’ oasis that will have design enthusiasts enraptured. Each guest suite is unique, drawing inspiration from such things as natural foliage, the ocean or Phuket’s rich history, combining them with raw materials, brass and copper to create individual sanctuaries that are as intriguing and inspiring as they are comfortable. Dining is a delight with the resort's many restaurants crafting authentic dishes using nutritious ingredients that celebrate a variety of international cuisines. There is a myriad of activities available to suit all interests and a complimentary daily Kids Club. Located away from the crowded tourist areas, The Slate is a serene sanctuary that will delight its guests on many levels.

• Location: Nai Yang Beach. 10 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 136 Suites, 35 Pool Suites, 7 x 1 - 2 Bedroom Pearl Shell Suites and 7 x 1 - 2 Bedroom Private Pool Villas, all air conditioned • 3 resort pools (2 x adult only and 1 family). Gym and Day Spa • 5 restaurants and 3 bars (inc. Shore Thing Beach Club) • Satellite TV in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in all categories except for D–Buk Suites which accommodate 2 adults/2 children U15 years, 2 Bedroom Pearl Shell Suites (max 4 people) and 2 Bedroom Private Pool Villa (max 5 adults/2 children U12) • Honeymoon Bonus: Floral arrangement, fruit and bottle of sparkling wine in room on arrival and return airport transfers • Children’s Policy: The Tin Box Kids Club operates daily from 8am–6pm for kids 4–12 years (free). Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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The Pavilions Phuket PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

Nestled in the hills that overlook Layan Beach, The Pavilions is intimate, secluded and child free, making it the ideal resort for a romantic escape. Each of their 49 private pool villas is a haven of tranquillity – a spacious and elegant retreat of contemporary design and deluxe amenities that imbue privacy and relaxation on those fortunate enough to holiday here. For those who can bear to drag themselves away from their villa, the 360° Bar is an absolute must visit. Perched high on the hill overlooking Phuket, cocktails and tapas simply taste better with its scenic backdrop beautifully lit by the hues of the setting sun. The Plantation Club is a stand out restaurant that serves wonderful culinary delights in a charming Colonial designed venue, and the Day Spa is worthy of a visit on the first day so that you don’t miss any opportunity for ongoing indulgent treatments.

• Location: Hillside overlooking Layan Bay. 25 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 49 private Pool Villas, each air conditioned • 1 resort pool and private pools in each Villa. Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 1 bar • Satellite TV and iPod ® dock in each villa • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily and welcome foot massage on arrival • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 2 people per villa and max 6 people in 3 Bedroom Pool Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: Special room decorations on arrival and a surprise gift • Children’s Policy: The Pavilions does not accommodate children U16 years


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Amanpuri PRICE RANGE: $550–$600 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

Amanpuri was the first Aman Resort ever built, and from its success and reputation for excellence has grown a hotel brand synonymous with luxurious, rejuvenating and exquisite holiday experiences. Unlike many of Thailand’s luxury resorts who adopted a ‘contemporary chic’ design, Amanpuri stayed true to traditional Ayutthayan architecture, creating a sense of timeless serenity and beauty. Interspersed throughout a meandering coconut plantation, its pavilions and villas open onto outdoor sundecks with a private lounging Sala. Rich woods, fine linens, local artefacts and antiquities, blooming orchids and luxury amenities are presented in a simple yet sophisticated décor that fashions a tranquil sanctuary. Fringed by the fine white sands and vibrant aqua marine waters of Pansea Beach, this resort provides a level of casual luxury that few others of its standard manage. Fresh innovative local and international cuisine is served across its 4 restaurants. The Aman Spa has one of the best reputations in the country and the hilltop gymnasium is equipped to a level that puts many of its urban equivalents to shame. Its diligent and friendly staff are, however, its greatest asset – anticipating your needs long before you do. This is an extraordinary resort and lucky are those who have enjoyed its welcome embrace. • Location: Pansea Beach. 30 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 40 x 1 – 2 Bedroom Pavilions and 44 x 2 – 9 Bedroom Villas, all air conditioned • 2 resort pools and private pools in many of the pavilions and all of the villas. Gym and Day Spa • 4 restaurants and 3 bars • Satellite TV, iPod® dock and espresso machines in many Pavilions and Villas

• Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/1 child U12 in 1 Bedroom Pavilion. Max 4 people in 2 Bedroom Pavilion. Number of people in villas dependant on number of bedrooms • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of Champagne and special turndown on arrival • Children’s Policy: Amanpuri welcomes children year round and offers a selection of kids and family friendly

• Complimentary WiFi throughout resort

activities (charges apply to some). Babysitting available

• Inclusions: Return airport transfers. Bonus inclusions

(charged). Family friendly accommodation

offered during low season (1 Apr – 30 Nov)


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Trisara PRICE RANGE: $700-$750 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

Trisara, in Sanskrit, means ‘The Garden of the Third Heaven’ and after spending time here you’ll agree that it is heaven on earth. Ambling down a gentle hillside amidst tropical forest and gardens, its 48 ocean facing Pool Villas and Suites and 2–6 bedroom private Residences feature sophisticated interiors that marry local woods, marble and artefacts with contemporary living and luxury amenities. Designed for privacy, its opulent accommodation is surpassed only by its attentive staff who exude a warm friendliness with the utmost discretion. The daily Kids Club for children 4–12 years is highly appreciated by parents wishing to partake in the resorts many activities, including golf (20 mins away) and the Day Spa’s sublime Royal Trisara 6 Hand Massage. There are yachts to charter, reefs to snorkel and Sunday brunch is served to the sound of live jazz music. Little wonder this is one of Thailand’s most famous luxury resorts.

• Location: Nai Thon Beach. 15 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 39 x 1 – 2 Bedroom Pool Villas and Suites and 21 x 2–7 Bedroom Private Residences, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool. Private pools in all accommodation. Gym and Day Spa • 3 restaurants and 1 bar • Satellite TV, iPod ® dock and espresso coffee machines in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 years in most 1 Bedroom Pool Villas and Suites. Max 4 adults/2 children U12 in 2 Bedroom. Max 3 adults or 2 adults/1 child U12 per bedroom occupied in all Residences • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of house Champagne, romantic floral arrangement and scented candles (min 2 nights) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 8.30am–7pm for children 4–12 years. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Cape Panwa Hotel PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: G3

Cape Panwa has a long history of accommodating Royalty, international celebrities and lovers of luxury, who have all appreciated its unique location, its beautiful accommodation and its tranquillity. Set amidst the remnants of a Colonial coconut plantation fringed by turquoise waters and ideally located near local shops, restaurants and night markets, this is a stunning resort that offers hotel rooms, suites, pool villas and the unique 3 bedroom ‘Panwa Lodge’ – a private mansion with a pool and a prime beachfront location. Families are well accommodated in the Family Suite, and the provision of children's activities and facilities ensure that both children and parents can enjoy a stress free break. Good food is an integral part of any holiday, and with its 5 dining venues, Cape Panwa is sure to satisfy the most particular palate. 3 decades after it opened, this resort continues to welcome weary travellers and send home rejuvenated, relaxed guests who promise to return time and time again.

• Location: Panwa Beach. 50 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 204 Suites and Villas and a 3 bedroom Lodge, all air conditioned • 2 resort pools and private pools in some accommodation. Gym and Day Spa • 5 restaurants and 4 bars • Satellite TV and DVD in all rooms. iPod® dock in higher room categories • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid lunch and dinner available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in Junior Suites. Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U13 in Cape Suites. Max 5 adults or 4 adults/2 children U13 in Family Suites and Pool Villas. Max 6 adults/3 children U13 in 3 bedroom Panwa Lodge • Honeymoon Bonus: Fruit basket, floral arrangement, bed decoration and celebration cake in room on arrival • Children’s Policy: Children are welcome year around at Cape Panwa and a games room is open daily from 8am–10pm for their use (unsupervised). Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Andara Resort & Villas PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

There are exquisite resorts and then there is Andara. Nestled hillside overlooking Kamala Beach, this luxurious boutique hotel offers tropical living and extraordinary service at its best. Its 26 luxury 3–6 bedroom villas and 37 spacious 1–4 bedroom Suites each benefit from a clever design that merges indoor and outdoor living without compromising privacy. Palatial in size and appointment, the Villas each feature a private pool and mesmerising ocean views, whilst both accommodation types include a kitchen, contemporary Thai décor and the finest amenities. Naturally, the kitchen is there to be used by your private chef and not your own hand, and this can be arranged in house via your personal attendant, should you decide to never venture from your accommodation. Of course, never leaving your villa would see you relinquish the opportunity to enjoy the resorts many facilities including dinner at its renowned Silk Restaurant, serving Thai cuisine prepared using the freshest local ingredients and time honoured techniques. And while the therapists will come to your room, a visit to its pampering Day Spa should be relished. There is even an Italian designed motor yacht available for private day and overnight charters. In a word – Andara is bliss. • Location: Kamala Beach. 40 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 37 x 1–4 Bedroom Suites and 26 x 3–7 Bedroom Pool Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 resort pool and private pools in 52 of the 63 accommodations. Gym and Day Spa • 1 restaurant and 2 bars. Kitchens in all accommodation • Satellite TV, iPod® dock, Bose ® sound systems and espresso coffee machines in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily for 2 people per bedroom, seasonal fresh fruits and flowers in room on arrival and complimentary shuttle to the beach & Kamala Village

• Meal Plan: Prepaid set Thai lunch and dinner available • Occupancy: Max 2 people per bedroom with 1 additional child U12 years permitted in each Suite/Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: Candlelit dinner for 2 people to the value of THB 2,500 total (min 3 nights). N\A 24 Dec–05 Jan) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 9am–6pm for children 4–12 years. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Keemala PRICE RANGE: $450–$500 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

There is something alluring and intriguing about a resort that flies in the face of convention, such as Keemala – a new luxury hillside retreat comprising 38 pool villas of unique and rare design. Hidden within a canopy of rainforest, each of the villas has been inspired by ancient mythic tribes resulting in a lavish array of exotic accommodation that mimics birds’ nests, tree houses, nomadic tents and clay cottages. Under each of the rustic façades however are oversized beds with fine Egyptian cottons, standalone bathtubs, 21st century amenities and eclectic furnishings that create a sophisticated sense of style, character and elegance. In keeping with their undertaking for rejuvenation and life enhancement, each of the 2 dining destinations offer a Healthy Living Cuisine version of their standard menu, and the Day Spa embraces traditional healing approaches. Happily, however, in an effort to maintain true balance, Keemala have an extraordinary wine list and the perfect locations in which to enjoy them.

• Location: Kamala. 40 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 16 x 1 – 2 bedroom Clay Pool Cottages, 7 x 1 bedroom Tent Pool Villas, 7 x 1 bedroom Tree Pool Houses and 8 x 1 bedroom Birds Nest Pool Villas, each air conditioned • 1 resort pool and private pools in all accommodation. Gym and Day Spa • 1 restaurant, 2 dining destinations and 2 bars • Satellite TV and coffee machines in all Cottages/Villas • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily, daily fresh tropical fruit and Fast–track VIP service for international arrival guests at Phuket Airport • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 2 adults in 1 bedroom Clay Pool Cottage and Tent Pool Villas. Max 3 people in Birds Nest Pool Villa and max 4 in 2 bedroom Clay Pool Cottage and Tree Pool House • Honeymoon Bonus: Floral arrangement and bottle of sparkling wine on arrival (proof required) • Children’s Policy: Keemala does not accommodate children U14 years


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Rosewood Phuket PRICE RANGE: $450–$500 PP/PN MAP REF: G2

Luxury brand Rosewood’s first foray into Thailand is located in the aptly named Emerald Bay – or ‘Crystal Beach’ as the locals often refer to it, due to the intense sparkle that reflects from it azure ocean. Fringed by a fine golden sand beach and idyllically serene, it is, however an easy 5 minute tuk tuk ride into the hustle and bustle of Patong. This eco sensitive resort will have 71 spacious Villas and Pavilions, each set in landscaped gardens to ensure privacy and seclusion. Contemporary beach house worthy décor of neutral tones and Thai inflections will create a relaxed ambiance that will flow throughout the resort, in keeping with Rosewood’s ethos of creating individual, luxurious hotels that are inspired by the local culture, history and geography. With 4 restaurants, a vast array of recreational options, an opulent wellness centre, gymnasium and wedding pavilion, Rosewood Phuket promises to be another award winning resort amidst their incredible global collection of individual and timeless hotels.

• Location: Emerald Bay. 45 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 71 x 1 – 2 bedroom Pavilions and Villas, all air conditioned • 2 resort pools and private pools in all accommodation. Gym and Day Spa • 4 restaurants and a bar • Satellite TV, Bluetooth sound systems and espresso coffee machines in all Suites and Villas • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 2 adults/1 child U12 years in all 1 Bedroom Pavilions and Villas. Max 6 people in 2 x accommodation • Honeymoon Bonus: Complimentary in room floating cocktails and canapés at sunset and a sunrise sparkling breakfast served in room (min 5 nights) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club will operate daily for children 2–12 years • Please note: Rosewood is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2017. Information is correct at the time of printing, but may alter once the resort opens.


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Paresa Resort, Phuket PRICE RANGE: $500–$550 PP/PN MAP REF: F2

Perched hillside overlooking the Andaman Sea, this luxurious resort exalts in its mantra that it is ‘the heaven of all heavens’, and when you first arrive you indeed believe you have found Paradise. Greeted by the Paresa staff (lovingly referred to as Angels) the views up and down the coast are breathtaking, as are its lavish suites and 2 and 3 bedroom villas. Each features a cliff hugging private pool with expansive terrace, four poster sun lounge, indoor/outdoor bathrooms and contemporary décor using warm woods, white linens, local Thai artefacts and deluxe amenities. Dining here is a gourmet delight with Diavolo one of the best known Mediterranean restaurants in Phuket, while Talung Tai serves delicious authentic Thai cuisine. For those inspired by the culinary offerings, there is a Cooking School onsite and decadent Day Spa inspired by Thai ancient healing using natural ingredients. By far the most memorable experiences are the Bespoke Adventures created specifically for you by the Paresa ‘Dream Team’. Presented as an Experiences Menu it allows you to select from jungle treks, private island tours or even catching your lunch from a long tail boat, and it is these little touches, together with its incredible location, that will ensure that your stay at Paresa will long be remembered as ‘heavenly’. • Location: Kamala Beach. 40 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 48 Pool Suites, Villas and Residences with 1 to 6 bedrooms, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool and private pools in each accommodation. Gym and Day Spa

• Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in all suites/residences except for Cliff Pool Villa (max 2). Max 6 people in 2 Bedroom Ocean Pool Residence. Number of people in 3 – 6 bedroom Villas dependant on number of bedrooms • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of Paresa sparkling wine,

• 2 restaurants and 1 bar

1 x 45 minute couples massage or 1 Thai set dinner

• Satellite TV, Bluetooth sound system, iPod® dock and

(food only) and romantic room set up (min 3 nights)

espresso machines in all accommodation

• Children’s Policy: Paresa welcomes children year round

• Complimentary WiFi throughout resort

however do not have a Kids Club, but do offer kids

• Inclusions: Daily sparkling wine breakfast for 2

suitable activities. Babysitting available (charged).

people (1 bedroom) or 4 people (2 bedroom) and daily shuttle to/from Kamala Beach. Spa Pool Suite guests enjoy complimentary 30 minutes daily massage per person. Grand Residence guests receive complimentary return airport transfers and VIP lounge airport access on departure

Family friendly accommodation


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Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: G2

This 5 star ‘Sino Portuguese’ style resort is located on a secluded part of beautiful Karon Beach. Enormously popular with the family market, it features its own landscaped water park with lazy river, four swimming pools, waterslides, waterfalls and other aquatic activities. There is a complimentary Kids Club and interconnecting rooms are available, but it should be noted that they do so via the balcony and not an internal door. Romantic couples are not overlooked however, with an adult only pool, indulgent Day Spa and beautiful Club Lounge in which to enjoy quiet evening drinks and canapés. All of the 262 guest rooms, suites and villas at the Centara Grand Beach Resort are ocean facing with a private balcony or terrace and 1 and 2 Bedroom Pool Villas are also available. This is a great all round resort and one of our most popular, with friendly and attentive staff who go to great lengths to ensure your holiday exceeds your expectations.

• Location: Karon Beach. 55 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 252 air conditioned guest rooms and suites and 10 x 1 – 2 Bedroom Pool Villas • 7 pools including an adults’ only pool, children’s pool, lazy river, Jumping Cliff and water slides. Gym and Day Spa • 3 restaurants and 4 bars • Satellite TV in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort (limited speed) • Inclusions: Daily breakfast. Club room guests receive additional benefits including lunch time snacks, afternoon tea and evening cocktails with canapés and hors d’oeuvres (5.30pm–7pm) • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 2 adults/1 child U12 in most king rooms/ suites. Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 in all twin rooms and suites. Max 5 adults or 4 adults/3 children U12 in 2 Bedroom Pool Villa and Royal Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: Welcome fruit, floral arrangement and bottle of sparkling wine (min 3 nights. Proof required) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Activity program operates daily for children 4–11 years from 10am–6pm. Some activities incur costs. Babysitting available (charged)


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Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: G2

Le Méridien has long been a favourite of visitors to Phuket. Set among 40 acres of landscaped gardens fringed by a beautiful, secluded white sand beach, its extensive facilities and services provide guests with days of limitless activity. Striking Thai architecture houses its 470 guest rooms, suites and 2 and 4 bedroom Grande Suites. Each features modern, contemporary décor, hardwood floors and a private balcony or patio. A complimentary Kids Club operates daily for children 4–12 years who can enjoy a day of fun, educational activities and games under the supervision of qualified, nurturing staff, leaving their parents to enjoy a little ‘me’ time at the Day Spa or lie poolside, undisturbed and worry free. With Patong’s nightlife and markets only 10 minutes drive away, Le Méridien offers guests the convenience of being close to the action, but the serenity that comes from not staying in the heart of it.

• Location: Relax Beach. 50 minute drive from Phuket Airport • 470 guest rooms and suites including panoramic Oceanfront 2-bedroom Grande Suites. • 3 resort pools (including 1 children’s pool). Gym and Day Spa • 7 restaurants and 3 bars • Satellite TV in all accommodation • Charged WiFi available throughout resort • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast for 2 people daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in Deluxe Garden View and Deluxe Pool View Rooms. Max 2 people in Deluxe Ocean View and Junior Suites • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine, fruit and floral arrangement on arrival and a 50 minute spa/massage treatment per couple (min 6 nights. Proof required) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 9am–7pm for children 4–12 years. Babysitting available (charged). Interconnecting rooms available on request basis


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Six Senses Yao Noi PRICE RANGE: $700–$750 PP/PN MAP REF: D2

Six Senses philosophy of creating exceptional experiences in settings of incredible natural beauty is embraced at their Yao Noi property. Scattered hillside, with awe inspiring views of Phang Nga Bay’s spectacular limestone pinnacles, its 55 oversized 1 and 2 Bedroom Pool Villas are built using local teak, with thatched roofs and expansive terraces set amidst lush tropical gardens. Rustic luxury stops here though as 21st century technology such as a specialised wine fridge, espresso machine and Bose® sound system feature in the simple but elegant décor. Given its incredible location, there is an enormous array of excursions available for adults and children alike – snorkelling, diving, rock climbing, bike trails, cooking classes, village tours and even yachting. But this is not boot camp and whatever excursions and activities you want to enjoy, the resort will happily arrange to suit your schedule, not theirs. Relaxing, serene and stunningly beautiful – this is a wonderful resort.

• Location: Koh Yao Noi, Phang Nga Bay. 70 minute vehicle and launch transfer from Phuket Airport • 55 x 1 – 2 Bedroom Pool Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 resort pool and private pools in all Villas. Gym and Spa • 3 restaurants and 1 bar • Satellite TV, DVD, Bose™ docking stations and espresso coffee machines in all Villas • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 people in 1 bedroom Villas. Max 5 people in 2 bedroom Villas • Honeymoon Bonus: Honeymoon amenities, candlelit in villa dinner and a 60 minute signature couples massage (min 5 nights) • Children’s Policy: Six Senses Yao Noi welcomes children year round however does not operate a Kids Club or activity program. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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The Racha Resort PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: D2

There are some resorts that just ooze chic sophistication and The Racha is certainly one of those. Located against a backdrop of a luminous turquoise ocean and a powdery white sand beach, this stunning eco luxury island resort features 85 private retreats dotted across twenty acres of lush tropical gardens. Each blends minimalist elegance with creature comforts – private terraces, open air rain showers, outdoor day beds and 21st century technology, decorated in a stark white palette contrasted against rich hardwood furniture. The resort offers a wonderful selection of guest activities such as yoga, snorkelling, diving, nature walks, mountain biking, canoeing and ATV tours. Or for a quieter pace, guests can retreat to the elegant Club Del Mar, with its cool vibe and refreshing cocktails that can be enjoyed both day and night. Only 35 minutes by boat from Phuket’s Chalong Bay, The Racha is a stunning retreat in an idyllic location.

• Location: Racha Island. 1 hour 45 min vehicle and boat transfer from Phuket Airport • 84 air conditioned Villas and Pool Suites and The Lighthouse • 3 resort pools and private pools in some accommodation. Gym and Day Spa • 3 restaurants and 1 bar • Satellite TV, DVD, iPod ® dock and Bluetooth Sound System in all accommodation. Espresso coffee machines in higher categories • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 2 adults/1 child U12 in Deluxe Villas. Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 in all other 1 bedroom suites and villas. Max 5 people in 2 Bedroom Grand Pool Suite • Honeymoon Bonus: Honeymoon set up, bottle of wine and an upgrade to a pool villa (subject to availability at time of check in) • Children’s Policy: The Racha welcomes children year round however does not operate a Kids Club or activity program


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Rayavadee PRICE RANGE: $250–$300 PP/PN MAP REF: D2

It is no secret that as regions go, few are more visually blessed than Krabi. Dense, tropical jungle enshrouds dramatic limestone cliff formations that rise majestically from the turquoise ocean that is abundant with marine life. It is here you will find Rayavadee – an exquisite resort so committed to environmental sustainability it built its award winning 2 storey circular pavilions and pool villas in between existing trees to guarantee they blended seamlessly within the natural surrounds. Spacious and elegant, this is the most luxurious resort in the province. Each accommodation type features tropical décor with polished wood and richly coloured fabrics creating an overtly Thai sense of style. Some room types have an outdoor terrace and for those seeking an elevated experience opt for a spa or pool suite where days and nights can be spent fauna and star gazing in secluded privacy. This is a unique property and it should be on everyone’s holiday bucket list.

• Location: Phranang Peninsula. 25 minute vehicle and short speedboat transfer from Krabi Airport • 96 x Pavilions and 5 x 2–3 bedroom Villas, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool and private pools in some accommodation. Gym and Day Spa • 4 restaurants and 1 bar • Satellite TV and DVD/CD players in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in 1 bedroom Pavilions. Max 5 people in 2 bedroom Pavilions. Max 6 people in Rai Talay and Rayavadee Villas (2 bedrooms) and Max 9 people in Phranang Villa (3 bedrooms) • Honeymoon Bonus: Fruit, floral arrangement, bottle of sparkling wine and a 75 minute massage for 2 people (min 4 nights. N\A 21 Dec-10 Jan) • Children’s Policy: Rayavadee welcomes children year round offering kids activities. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Aava Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: D2

Chic and uber cool, Aava is a Scandinavian owned resort that sits on Nadan Beach – a 9km stretch of pristine golden sand in the small fishing village of Khanom, located on the mainland in south east Thailand, opposite Koh Samui. Modern, architecturally designed accommodation features luxury appointments and Nordic styling, creating a contemporary haven that soothes the senses. There are 4 accommodations to choose from – Deluxe Bungalows, the more private Superior Bungalow, Poolside Villas and 2 Bedroom Family Villas providing maximum space and comfort. Aalto restaurant creates innovative dishes using fresh ingredients combined with the imagination of their international guest chef, and an onsite bakery produces excellent pizza for a more relaxed fare. There is a strong focus on wellness and a daily program of activities is available. Or grab your snorkel and go in search of Khanom’s pink dolphin population – a species as rare and beautiful as Aava’s incredible location.

• Location: Khanom Village. 3 hours’ drive from Krabi Airport or 1.5 hrs drive from Surat Thani Airport • 8 Deluxe and 10 Superior Bungalows. 6 Poolside and 4 Family Villas. All air conditioned • I resort pool and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 1 bar • Satellite TV in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 people + 1 infant in Deluxe, Superior and Poolside accommodation. Max 5 + 2 infants in Family Villas • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine, homemade chocolates, fruit basket and floral arrangement on arrival • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates from 8am–10pm dependant on demand. Babysitting available (complimentary during above hours). Children under 12 years eat free (conditions apply). Family friendly accommodation


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Soneva Kiri PRICE RANGE: $750–$800 PP/PN MAP REF: C3

It’s obvious on your arrival at Soneva Kiri that you are somewhere extraordinary. Located on the Island of Koh Kood, there are 36 Private Pool Villas – each of varying, imaginative design, all with private pools, all secluded amidst lush tropical gardens and offering between 1 – 6 bedrooms. Built of wood with open air bathrooms and elegant, effortlessly chic furnishings, each comes with a personal electric buggy and attentive, but non–intrusive private butlers. Its smallest 1 bedroom villa is 403 square metres whilst the Private Cliff Pool Reserve with 6 bedrooms, its own water slide, private gym, games room and sunken outdoor dining area comes in at an admirable 2,928 square metres. But extraordinary enters a new dimension when you investigate its experiences and dining options. Cinema Paradiso shows a film nightly in the open air ‘theatre’ – a jungle enshrouded auditorium. Children are entertained and educated under the watchful eye of professional childminders in ‘the Den’ – a giant moulded bamboo playground shaped like a manta ray. 'Treepod Dining' takes fine dining to new heights…literally… in a bamboo pod that is hoisted into the foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest. There is a chocolate room. A cheese room. Even an Observatory. Soneva Kiri celebrates extraordinary. It offers an ethereal holiday experience that will be forever remembered and always cherished. • Location: Koh Kood. 70 minute private plane from Bangkok Airport • 36 x 1 – 6 bedroom Pool Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 resort pool and private pools in all accommodations (waterslides in all 4 bedroom + Villas). Gym and Six Senses Day Spa • 4 restaurants and 1 bar. Kitchens in all Villas of 2 bedrooms + • LCD Monitor, DVD, iPod® dock and espresso machines in all villas • Complimentary WiFi in Villas and in designated public areas • Inclusions: Breakfast daily, Villa Butler, bespoke chocolate and creative ice–creams from the chocolate room/ice–cream parlour and use of electric buggy during your stay

• Meal Plan: Half and full board plans available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults/1 child U12 in Villas. Max 4 adults/2 children U12 in 2 bedroom Villas. Max 12 people in 4 bedroom Villas. Max 14 people in 5 bedroom Villas. Max 16 people in 6 bedroom Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: In Villa BBQ for 2 people, selected Spa treatment for 2 people and commemorative honeymoon amenities (min 4 nights. Proof required) • Children’s Policy: The Den Kids Club operates daily from 10am–6pm for children 6 years + (complimentary). Nannies available for children U6 years (charged). Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Thailand’s third largest island lies off its east coast in the Gulf of Siam, approximately 1 hours flight from Bangkok. Stunning white sand beaches, an aqua marine ocean, tantalising cuisine and an abundance of local hospitality ensure Koh Samui tops the ‘ideal holiday paradise’ list of many travellers. Shopping and world class dining are readily available along one of Samui’s most famous and beautiful tourist regions, Chaweng Beach. Divine luxury resorts are scattered throughout the island offering the perfect base to explore its many villages, beautiful beaches and vibrant regions.

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Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: E5

Anantara’s Bophut property is a lesson in all things wonderful about Koh Samui. Located an easy walk away from Samui’s now famous but still quaint, Fisherman’s Village, Anantara offers guests a luxury retreat set amidst landscaped gardens laden with fragrant tropical blooms. The hotel’s guest rooms and suites are all designed in a vibrant contemporary Thai style using a rich colour palette combining earthy tones with coloured silks, that contrast beautifully against its dark timbers. As with all Anantara properties, a holistic program is available to guests including fitness, healthy cuisine and a 4 day Wellness Journey. Its convenient beachfront location lends itself to a myriad of water sports for the more active minded, and the whole island of Samui can easily be explored using this as its base, returning at sunset to enjoy delicious cocktails and the tranquillity that permeates from this truly beautiful resort.

• Location: Bophut Beach. 15 minute drive from Koh Samui Airport • 106 guest rooms and suites and 2 Beachfront Pool Suites, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool. Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV and DVD player in all accommodation. iPod ® dock and espresso coffee machines in all suite accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 2 adults in Premier Garden View Rooms. Max 3 people in Deluxe Garden View and Sea View rooms. Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 in all other categories • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine and romantic Loi Krathong (floats) ceremony (proof required) • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 9am–6pm for children 4–12 years. Babysitting available (charged)


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Six Senses Samui PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: D5

Scattered atop Koh Samui’s northern most headland, Six Senses private wooden villas are the embodiment of rustic luxury. Landscaped within natural vegetation, many offer sweeping panoramic views over the Gulf of Thailand and private swimming pools. All feature a sun deck for personal dining, a Private Butler, outdoor showers, oversized bath tubs and elegantly simple décor in earthy tones that contrast against clean whites and vibrant pops of colour. The award winning ‘Dining on the Rocks’ restaurant is widely regarded as one of the Island's best, offering both regional and international cuisine served with a 270o breathtaking view. The Spa offers exquisite treatments and days easily disappear in the vast cliff hugging infinity pool that melts magically into the horizon. Whilst there is much to do on this Island, summonsing the desire to leave this stunning resort’s tranquil environment will be an effort in itself.

• Location: Headland in northern Koh Samui. 15 minute drive from Koh Samui Airport • 66 Villas including 1 x 2 bedroom ‘Retreat’, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool and pools in some Villas. Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV, Bluetooth sound system and espresso machine in each Villa • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N/A • Occupancy: Max 2 people in Hideaway Villa. Max 3 people in Pool, Ocean View Pool, Ocean Front Pool and Ocean Front Pool Villa Suites. Max 4 people in The Retreat • Honeymoon Bonus: Honeymoon amenities, sparkling wine and chocolates in Villa. 1 dinner for 2 at Dining on the Rocks (min 5 nights) • Children’s Policy: Six Senses welcomes children year round however does not operate a Kids Club or activity program. Babysitting available (charged). Children U6 dine free. Family friendly accommodation


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Amari Koh Samui PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: E6

One of Koh Samui’s most popular resorts, The Amari, re–opened its doors in April 2016 following a 12 month refurbishment program that saw this 25 year old property completely revamp its guest rooms, public and outdoor areas, Day Spa and restaurants. Its fresh new look incorporates contemporary Thai décor, updated technology, an alternative dining option in the street food inspired Amaya Food Gallery, and a new Voyager Lounge offering a cool escape from the sun. What’s not been changed however, is its long held guest appeal, charm, and friendly, attentive staff. The resort’s rooms and suites remain located across 3 wings – Garden, Thai Village and Beach – with the former 2 separated from the Beach Wing by Chaweng Beach Road. Ever popular with families, there is a Kids Club (garden side), 2 children’s pools and a variety of 2 bedroom accommodations located throughout the resort. Welcome back old friend – we’ve missed you.

• Location: North Chaweng Beach. 10 minute drive from Koh Samui Airport • 84 Garden Wing Rooms, 92 Deluxe Thai Village Wing Rooms, 12 Beach Wing Rooms/Suites and 5 x 2 Bedroom Family Suites, all air conditioned • 2 resort pools (including children’s areas). Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid lunch and dinner available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in most accommodation. Max 4 people in Deluxe Family Duplex and 2 Bedroom Family Suites • Honeymoon Bonus: Honeymoon set up in room on arrival • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 10am–6pm for children 2 – 12 years. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: E5

For 20 years the distinctive Colonial style of the Centara Grand Beach Resort has held court on Chaweng Beach, and its long held popularity shows no sign of waning. With ocean facing balconies in many rooms, an extensive range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and configurations, a raft of adult and children’s facilities and activities, prime beach frontage and a location ideal for exploring Chaweng’s shopping, restaurant and nightlife strip, it is easy to see why this charming resort keeps guests coming in their droves. With décor relevant to its Colonial façade, its elegant rooms and suites are spacious and well appointed, with modern amenities and in some instances, feature a private plunge pool. A complimentary Kids Club, playground and children’s pool make this a very popular resort for families, although couples and singles are likewise well provided for, guaranteeing this fabulous resort at least another 20 years of popularity.

• Location: South Chaweng Beach. 20 minute drive from Koh Samui Airport • 203 air conditioned guest rooms, suites and pool suites • 2 resort pools (1 children’s pool). Gym and Day Spa • 3 restaurants and 3 bars • Satellite TV in all rooms • Complimentary WiFi in resort ‘hot spots’. • Inclusions: Breakfast daily. Club room guests receive additional benefits including lunch time snacks, afternoon tea and evening cocktails with canapés and hors d’oeuvres 5.30pm–7pm • Meal Plan: Half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in Deluxe Ocean Facing and Premium Deluxe Ocean Facing Rooms. Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 in Deluxe Pool, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bedroom Grand Pool, Premium Pool and Royal Suites • Honeymoon Bonus: Welcome fruit, floral arrangement and sparkling wine (min 3 nights. Proof required) • Children’s Policy: Kids activity program operates daily from 8am–6pm. Babysitting available (charged).


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Vana Belle Resort PRICE RANGE: $350–$400 PP/PN MAP REF: E5

The mythical Thai Himavanta Forest was the inspiration behind Vana Belle – an exquisite boutique resort nestled in a stunning cove on Chaweng Noi. A member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection, it has 80 spacious suites and villas that each feature their own private pool, expansive terrace, luxurious marble bathroom and open plan living space that is tastefully decorated with finely crafted furnishings, dramatically sculptured light fixtures and artwork inspired by its fabled muse. Private Butlers are assigned to guests staying in the 2 highest categories providing them with daily afternoon tea in a resort location of their choosing, and evening cocktails served with canapés. The exotic Vana Spa provides pampering treatments by skilful therapists using premium branded products. Its 2 restaurants bring unforgettable authentic flavours to life using the freshest of ingredients in creative cuisine. Unashamedly indulgent, everything about this stunning resort is designed to provide guests with an unparalleled luxury holiday experience.

• Location: Chaweng Noi. 15 minute drive from Koh Samui Airport • 80 Pool Suites and Pool Villas, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool and private pools in all rooms. Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV, DVD/CD Player, iPod ® dock and Bluetooth sound systems in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily for 2 people. Tropical Pool Villa and Ocean View Pool Suites also include butler service, daily afternoon tea and complimentary evening cocktails of their choice served with canapés from 6pm–7pm • Meal Plan: Prepaid lunch and dinner available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/1 child U12 in all rooms • Honeymoon Bonus: 2 Golden Storm cocktails with canapés served at the Lobby Lounge, 1 romantic milk and honey bath set up one evening of their choice and 1 Sparkling Sunrise breakfast for 2 in suite/villa (min 5 nights) • Children’s Policy: Vana Belle welcomes children year round but does not offer a Kids Club or activity program. Babysitting available (charged).


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Banyan Tree Samui PRICE RANGE: $500–$550 PP/PN MAP REF: E5

Banyan Tree Samui’s 88 spacious and decadent pool villas are scattered across a series of cascading terraces on a secluded hillside that ambles down to a private cove in Lamai Bay. Each of the elevated structures are designed to reflect traditional Thai architecture and inflection but with a contemporary twist. Their open design allows pool access from the bedroom, the sun deck and the bathroom, affording equal doses of convenience and indulgence. Its award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Samui, featuring The Rainforest, offers holistic and innovative wellness experiences and with a Kids Club and 2 bedroom Family Villas, it is the perfect choice for discerning families seeking a luxury Samui getaway. As with any holiday, it is the friendliness of the staff and their attention to detail that promotes your stay to extraordinary, and from the burning of the daily changing ‘scent’, to the provision of a nightly ‘treat’ at turndown, the Banyan Tree Samui delivers ‘details’ galore.

• Location: Lamai Bay. 30 minute drive from Koh Samui Airport • 88 x 1–2 bedroom Pool Villas, all air conditioned • 1 resort pool and a private pool in each Villa. Gym and Day Spa • 3 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV, Bluetooth sound systems and espresso coffee machines in all Villas • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid set lunch and dinner available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in 1 bedroom accommodation. Max 5 people in Family Ocean Pool Villa (2 bedroom) • Honeymoon Bonus: Fruit, floral arrangement and honeymoon cake on arrival • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 8.30am–5pm for children 4–12 years. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Kamalaya Koh Samui PRICE RANGE: $250–$300 PP/PN MAP REF: F5

Located beside a cave where Buddhist monks once made their spiritual retreats, Kamalaya has harnessed all the residual good energy and the result is an award winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort. Standard programs offer solutions for detox, stress, burnout and healthy lifestyle improvement, or tailor made programs can be designed to assist you to reach your specific goals and needs. All programs are taken from ancient Ayurveda, Naturopathy and traditional Chinese Medicine using techniques to restore balance, rejuvenation, cleansing and good health both emotionally and physically, dependant your needs. Accommodations range from Hillside Rooms through to 2 bedroom beachfront villas, allowing guests of all budgets to benefit from their Wellness Programs and small group retreats. Kamalaya is, however, far more than bricks and mortar. It is about community, wellbeing and reconnection. About healthy, restorative cuisine. About rejuvenation and positivity. About taking steps in the right direction – and never looking back.

• Location: Laem Set Beach. 45 minute drive from Koh Samui Airport • 25 x 1 – 2 Bedroom Villas, 26 Suites and 24 Hillside Rooms, all fan cooled and air conditioned • 2 resort pools and private pools in some accommodations. Gym and Wellness Centre • 2 restaurants and 1 Tea Lounge • CD and stereo system in all accommodation • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: 1 x Body Bio–impedance Analysis (BIA), 1 x initial wellness consultation and complimentary attendance at daily holistic fitness activities • Meal Plan: Prepaid breakfast, lunch and dinner or full board rates available. All meals included in Wellness Programs • Occupancy: Max 2 people in all Hillside Rooms. Max 3 people in other room types except 2 Bedroom Villas which accommodate 4 people • Honeymoon Bonus: Fresh fruit and floral arrangement • Children’s Policy: Kamalaya is designed for adults who seek the time, place and expertise to improve their wellbeing and therefore children U16 are not recommended


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Vanuatu Climate April through to October is Vanuatu’s official ‘dry’ season, when day time temperatures average 26 degrees Celsius. Evenings during this period can get cool, particularly if you are in Tanna or the southern islands, and we do recommend that you take warm clothes if travelling throughout those months. November and December are warmer. January to March are Vanuatu’s hottest months with a day time average temperature of 29 degrees Celsius and increased rain and humidity. Currency The Vatu is the base unit of currency. ATM’s, currency exchange and banks are located at the airport and major town centres on Efate and Espiritu Santo. We recommend that if you are travelling to Tanna or any of the other islands, that you exchange money in either Port Vila or Luganville before you go. Tipping Neither tipping nor bargaining is practiced in Vanuatu. Electricity The electrical current in Vanuatu is 240 volts AC 50z. It uses a 3 pin power outlet identical to Australia and Australian appliances work in Vanuatu without an adaptor. Some smaller resorts still have French 2 point plugs. Passports & Visas Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your anticipated return date, and you must possess an onward ticket. A visa is not required for a tourist entry into Vanuatu for stays of under 30 days, if you are travelling on an Australian or New Zealand passport. Please check for all other nationalities.

Check in & check out times Check in at most resorts is between 2pm–3pm and check out is generally between 10am–12pm. If you wish to guarantee your room’s availability on arrival you must pre-book an additional night’s accommodation or be prepared to wait until standard check in time. Etiquette Modest attire should be worn outside of bathing areas, to show respect for local customs. Internet Charged WiFi is available in most resorts in Vanuatu although it is limited and can be unreliable. Language Bislama (Pidgin English) is the national language of Vanuatu although French and English are also official languages, and are widely spoken throughout the country. Driving Cars in Vanuatu are left hand drive, the opposite of Australia. Language Hallo – Hello Tank yu tumas – thank you very much


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Whilst not the largest island in the archipelago, Efate is the most visited and is home to Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital city and commercial hub. Located around a magnificent natural harbour, this endearingly quaint town hosts a wonderful array of restaurants that feature a selection of different cuisines that are fast making it famous for its gourmet delights. The surrounding landscape offers rolling green countryside, rugged coastline and secluded beaches. Featuring the majority of Vanuatu’s resorts and hotels and a growing number of exciting day tours and activities, Efate provides visitors with the ideal combination of a tropical beach/harbour side holiday with convenient access to Port Vila and the Island’s many attractions.

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Breakas Beach Resort PRICE RANGE: $150–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: I13

Set amid lush tropical gardens, Breakas Beach Resort is a 3.5 star boutique adult only resort that is nestled on a private sandy cove on the Pango Peninsula–only 6 kms from Port Vila. Its spacious freestanding fares are scattered throughout the resort featuring either garden or beach views and are traditional in their design with thatched ceilings and roofs, coral walled open air bathrooms and local timber shutters. This is a romantic, relaxed, ‘feet in the sand’ style resort where new friends are often made over cocktails at sunset in one of the most social resort bars in the country. Overlooking one of Port Vila’s best surfing beaches (with both left and right hand breaks) and a coral reef ideal for snorkelling, Breakas is a fantastic and affordable resort from which to explore Efate or to rejuvenate weary souls.

• Location: 20 minute drive from Port Vila Airport • 63 Tropical Garden View and Beach Front Fares, all fan cooled • 1 resort pool • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • Fares are free of electronic entertainment • Charged broadband in public areas • Inclusions: Continental breakfast, introductory scuba diving lesson in resort pool and guided reef walks/ cultural tour of local village • Meal Plan: Prepaid full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults in all fares • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of Champagne • Children’s Policy: Breakas does not accommodate children U15 years


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Warwick Le Lagon Vanuatu PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: I13

One of Vanuatu’s largest and most popular resorts, Warwick Le Lagon is set on 75 tropical acres, fringed by the Erakor Lagoon, only a few minutes drive from downtown Port Vila. With contemporary Melanesian décor throughout and featuring hotel rooms, bungalows and luxury villas, the resort has an accommodation type to suit every guest's needs and requirements. One of the few resorts in Vanuatu that not only welcomes families but encourages them, Le Lagon offers a daily Kids Club for 3–12 year olds, a dedicated children’s pool, complimentary meals for children U13 years, a games room, Fun Factory Playground and family suitable accommodation. Activities abound for people of all ages including a 12–hole golf course with driving range, and when teamed with its extensive resort facilities that include an indulgent Day Spa, it makes Le Lagon a fabulous all round, full service resort.

• Location: 20 minute drive from Port Vila Airport • 108 guest rooms, 26 Bungalows and 8 Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 4 resort pools (1 dedicated children's pool) and private pools in 4 Villas. Gym and Day Spa • 3 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV and DVD in all rooms. Luxury Villa’s also feature iPod® dock and Nespresso™ coffee machines • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily. Luxury Villa’s also include sunset canapés and Champagne • Meal Plan: Prepaid all–inclusive plan available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U13 in guest rooms and Lagoon Bungalows. Max 2 adults in luxury Villas. Max 4 people in Erakor Residence (2 bedroom) • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine and fruit platter • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 8am–4.30pm and 5.30pm–9pm for children 3–12 years. Babysitting available (charged). Fun Factory play area. Max 2 children U13 years dine free at resort (conditions apply). Interconnecting rooms available on request


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Iririki Island Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: I13

Located on its own 69 acre tropical island in Port Vila harbour, Iririki is one of Vanuatu’s most well known and popular holiday resorts. Fully refurbished, the resort re–opened opened in May 2016 with as new accommodation that includes both Waterfront and Island Fares (bungalows) and Deluxe Apartments and Penthouses. With a private beach, Day Spa, variety of restaurants, fabulous off shore snorkelling, brand new Jewel Casino, extensive water activities and a complimentary Kids Club for 3–12 year olds, Iririki is a great ‘all round’ resort that appeals to all market segments. Only 5 minutes from Port Vila via a ferry that operates 24 hours a day, the convenience of this peaceful resort to the restaurants, facilities and day trips offered by the nation’s capital, is one of its best assets.

• Location: Iririki Island (Port Vila Harbour). 15 minute drive and 5 minute ferry transfer • 70 fares, 59 Deluxe Apartments and 6 Deluxe Penthouse Suites, all fan cooled and air conditioned • 2 resort pools. Gym and Day Spa • 5 restaurants and 3 bars. Kitchen facilities in apartments • Satellite TV in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily • Meal Plan: Prepaid half and full board available • Occupancy: Max 3 people in Island Fares and 2 in Premium Waterfront Fares. Max 4 adults or 2 adults/3 children U13 in all apartment accommodation • Honeymoon Bonus: N/A • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 10am–6pm for children 3–12 years. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: I13

One of Vanuatu’s most well known properties, Holiday Inn offers guests a fun and relaxed resort experience. Situated on 60 acres of tropical landscaped gardens that meander into the translucent waters of the Erakor Lagoon, it’s a fabulous choice for couples and families alike. With a Kids Club, playground, family pool with interactive water features, interconnecting hotel rooms and some of the ‘coolest’ family suites in the South Pacific, families with children of all ages are well entertained. Couples are certainly not overlooked, however, with an adult only pool and the adjacent lagoon front Villas providing a more luxurious and private guest experience. With an extensive array of land and water based activities including a 9 hole golf course, welcoming staff and contemporary rooms featuring simple yet stylish décor, a stay at the Holiday Inn is sure to please.

• Location: 20 minute drive from Port Vila Airport • 133 guest rooms, 2 Suites, 3 Family Suites, 3 Family Villas and 7 Overwater Villas, all air conditioned • 2 resort pools (including dedicated children’s splash zone). Gym and Day Spa • 2 restaurants and 2 bars • Satellite TV in all accommodation • Charged WiFi throughout resort • Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U13 in twin bedded rooms. Max 2 adults in king bedded rooms. Max 2 adults/3 children U13 in Family Suite. Max 2 adults/2 children U13 in Family Villa. Max 2 adults in Overwater Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: N\A • Children’s Policy: Complimentary Kids Club operates daily from 9am–9pm for children 3–12 years. Max 2 children U13 years eat free from kid’s menu when accompanied by paying adult. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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The Terraces Boutique Apartments PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: I13

Set atop a cliff overlooking the beautiful Erakor Lagoon, The Terraces provides stunning, contemporary apartment style accommodation, only 10 minutes walk from the centre of Port Vila. Both the Studio accommodation and 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments are elegantly furnished with modern décor and luxurious fittings, with some Apartments featuring a private plunge pool on an extended balcony. A gym, tennis court, infinity edged resort pool and

• Location: 20 minute drive from Port Vila Airport

Bedroom Apartment

• 16 x 1–2 bedroom Apartments, each fan cooled • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of French Brut, and air conditioned • 1 resort pool and private pools in some accommodation. Gym and in room massage available • Restaurant and Bar located at sister property Mangoes, 5 minute walk away

matching sarongs and floral arrangement in room on arrival (min 2 nights) • Children’s Policy: Children U5 years are not accommodated at The Terraces. Neither a Kids Club or activity program operates for children 5 years +

• Satellite TV, iPod ® dock and espresso coffee machines in all 1–2 bedroom Apartments

restaurant at its sister property Mangoes

• Complimentary WiFi throughout resort

(2 minutes by foot) make this ultra modern,

• Inclusions: Tropical breakfast daily

sophisticated resort a must for independent

• Meal Plan: N\A

discerning travellers seeking a convenient

• Occupancy: Max 2 people in Studio Guest

tropical escape.

Apartment and Max 5 people in Terrace 2

Rooms, Max 3 people in Terrace 1 Bedroom

Mangoes Resort PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: I13 Mangoes is a boutique, adult only, all bungalow resort that is nestled into a garden landscape rich with tropical plants, atop a cliff overlooking the Erakor Lagoon. With a focus on privacy and romance, this laid back,

• Location: 20 minute drive from Port Vila Airport • 29 bungalows and apartments, all fan cooled and some air conditioned • 3 resort pools and private pools in Lagoon

affordable resort exudes tranquillity. Its

View Pool Bungalows and Garden View Pool

bungalows are some of the highest standard

Apartments. Gym and in room massage

offered in Port Vila, each decorated in such a

available

way as to create a contemporary yet tropical

• 1 restaurant and 1 bar

feel. Three inviting pools cater to the resorts

• Satellite TV in all accommodation

58 guests although if your budget permits we highly recommend staying in any of the 10 accommodations that have their own private plunge pool for a little extra indulgence.

• Complimentary WiFi in restaurant. Charged elsewhere • Inclusions: Light continental breakfast daily • Meal Plans: N\A • Occupancy: Max 2 people in all accommodation • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of French Brut and Vanuatu memento (min 2 nights) • Children’s Policy: Mangoes does not accommodate children U18 years


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The Havannah Vanuatu PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: H13

Quite simply, The Havannah Vanuatu is stunning! Located on the shores of one of Vanuatu’s most beautiful beaches, 35 minutes drive from Port Vila, its freestanding villas are contemporary in their design and luxurious in their appointment. Catering exclusively for couples, each offers an enticing combination of style and comfort, with some featuring a private infinity plunge pool while others have their own private access to a magnificent split-level lagoon pool. The Point Restaurant, widely regarded as one of Vanuatu’s finest, is the perfect place to indulge and experience sumptuous gourmet cuisine that focuses on Vanuatu’s many organic products and fresh seafood. Couples may choose to dine here or enjoy an intimate beachside dinner around a blazing bonfire, indulge in a romantic “table for two” on the private jetty or have chef cook a delicious BBQ in the privacy of their own Deluxe Waterfront Villa. There is a wide choice of activities at The Havannah Vanuatu ranging from total relaxation to adventure sports. Enjoy a game of tennis, a leisurely kayak, sail, SUP, snorkel in the crystal clear waters, or dive enthusiasts can explore the live coral and abundant fish varieties of Havannah harbour. Or simply indulge in a relaxing couples’ treatment at Arôm'Essence Day Spa. Close enough to easily visit Port Vila town and yet a world away from reality, this is certainly one of Vanuatu’s best boutique resorts and is the perfect choice for discerning couples looking for a romantic escape. • Location: Samoa Point. 25 minute drive from Port Vila Airport • 17 Garden View, Lagoon Pool, Waterfront and Deluxe Waterfront Villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 resort pool and private pools in Waterfront and Deluxe Waterfront Villas. Day Spa • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • Satellite TV, DVD and iPod ® dock in all Villas. Espresso coffee machines in Deluxe Waterfront Villas • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort

• Inclusions: A la carte breakfast and daily shuttle to/from Port Vila • Meal Plans: N\A • Occupancy: Max 2 people in all Villa types • Honeymoon Bonus: Honeymoon gift (min 3 nights) • Children’s Policy: The Havannah does not accommodate children U16 years


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Eratap Beach Resort PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: I13

Located on its own Peninsula, Eratap is one of Vanuatu’s most beautiful boutique resorts. Situated on 8 acres and with 3 private beaches, it offers its guests luxurious accommodation in a natural environment that exudes peace and tranquillity. Each of the spacious Melanesian influenced 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Villas are located beachfront and feature stylish contemporary décor, with a limited number having their own plunge pools for the ultimate in indulgence and privacy. Surrounded by coastal forests, reefs, waves, lagoons, islands and mangroves, Eratap offers guests many activities including snorkelling, kayaking, surfing and fishing. As one of the few luxury boutique resorts that accommodate children 7 years + during school holiday periods, we recommend you book early as this stunning little resort is enormously popular.

• Location: Eratap Peninsula, 35 minute drive from the Airport • 12 x 1 – 3 bedroom villas, all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 resort pool and private pools in 4 villas. Day Spa • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • Satellite TV, DVD and iPod ® dock in all villas • Complimentary WiFi in each villa • Inclusions: A la carte breakfast daily, return airport transfers and daily shuttle to/from Port Vila • Meal Plans: N\A • Occupancy: Max 2 in Honeymoon and Plunge Pool Villa 9. Max 3 in 1 Bedroom Villas. Max 4 in Plunge Pool Villa 10, 5 in 2 Bedroom Villas and 6 in the 3 Bedroom Villa • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of Champagne per Villa and a free massage per person (min 3 nights and valid only to guests staying in Honeymoon Villas or Plunge Pool Villas) • Children’s Policy: Children U7 years not accommodated at Eratap. Children 7–15 years are welcome during designated family weeks (around school holidays). During family times, activities operate from 10am–11.30am and 2pm–3.30pm. Babysitting is not available. Family friendly accommodation.


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Aquana Beach Resort PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: I13

Nestled on the edge of a turquoise lagoon 15 minutes drive from Port Vila town centre, Aquana Beach Resort is one of Vanuatu’s premier family friendly resorts offering a Nanny service that is unlike any other in the country. Far less formal than a standard Kids Club, Aquana’s Nannies are on hand at the resort between 7.30am and 9pm to keep children safe, happy and entertained while their parents relax nearby. Complimentary whenever parents are on site, nannies interact with families casually on an 'as needs' basis – joining in games, going snorkelling or swimming in the pool with youngsters, allowing parents the opportunity to enjoy their own holiday pursuits. Team this with 1 and 2 Bedroom Bungalow accommodation and a highly regarded resort restaurant, this little boutique resort all but guarantees a relaxing family holiday. • Location: Eratap Peninsula, 35 minute drive from Port Vila Airport

• 13 x 1 – 2 bedroom Bungalows all fan cooled and air conditioned • 1 resort pool. Day Spa • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • Satellite TV and DVD player in all Bungalows • Complimentary WiFi throughout the resort • Inclusions: A la carte breakfast and daily shuttle to/from Port Vila • Meal Plans: N\A • Occupancy: Max 5 people in 2 Bedroom Deluxe Bungalows. Max 3 adults in 1 Bedroom Bungalows and max 2 adults/2 children U13 In 2 Bedroom Garden Bungalows • Honeymoon Bonus: N\A • Children’s Policy: Complimentary nannies are available from 7.30am–9pm daily, entertaining children 0–12 years. Nannies are not ‘booked’ but rather interact with families on an ‘as needs’ basis. Babysitting is available (charged) for those who prefer a dedicated nanny. Family friendly accommodation


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Ramada Resort Port Vila PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: I13

Ramada Resort Port Vila is a newly built

• Location: 15 minute drive from Port

full service beachfront resort situated on

Vila Airport

the cliffs of Erakor Lagoon, just a few minutes • 67 Junior Suites, 8 Studio Apartments and 5 x from downtown Port Vila. Each of its 80

2 Bedroom Apartments, each air conditioned

self–contained Studio, Junior Suite and 2

• 1 resort pool and gym

Bedroom Apartments feature panoramic

• 1 restaurant and 3 bars (1 swim up). Kitchen

lagoon views and contemporary décor.

facilities in all accommodation

• Occupancy: Max 2 people in Studio. Max 3 people in Junior Suites. Max 4 adults or 4 adults/2 children U12 in 2 Bedroom Apartments • Honeymoon Bonus: Welcome cocktail at Sports or Lounge Bar and a bottle of house wine and fruit platter in room on arrival

A resort restaurant and Sport and Lounge

• Satellite TV in all accommodation

• Children’s Policy: Ramada Resort welcomes

Bars allow guests the flexibility of choosing

• Charged WiFi throughout resort

children year round and offers a kid's activity

an independent self–catering holiday or

• Inclusions: Buffet breakfast daily and 1

utilising the resort’s extensive services.

free drink during stay (beer, soft drink or

Conveniently located only 5 minutes’ drive from town, Ramada Resort Port Vila is an

house wine)

program. Family friendly accommodation • Please note: Resort scheduled to open April 2017. Information is correct at the time of printing.

• Meal Plans: Prepaid full board available

ideal holiday destination for couples and families alike.

Nasama Resort PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: I13 Set beachside overlooking Pango Bay just 10 minutes local bus ride from Port Vila, Nasama Resort offers deluxe self contained

• Location: 20 minute drive from Port Vila Airport • 30 Beachview Studios, 6 Luxury Oceanfront

• Inclusions: Room only • Meal Plans: Prepaid breakfast available • Occupancy: Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2

apartment style accommodation. The resort’s

Suites and 7 Seaview 2 Bedroom Apartments,

children U18 years in Beachview Studios. Max

43 Studio, Suite and 2 Bedroom Seaview

all fan cooled and air conditioned

2 adults/1 child U18 in Oceanfront Suite. Max 6

Apartments each feature a fully equipped

• 2 resort pools (1 children’s pool). Day Spa

kitchen, sophisticated contemporary décor

• 1 restaurant and 1 bar. Kitchen facilities in all

with modern furnishings, ocean views and daily servicing. The resort’s infinity pool is complimented by an ocean rock pool, and both the guest BBQ and onsite Café Vila provide alternatives to in room dining. Be independent. Be pampered. The holiday choice is yours at Nasama.

accommodation • Satellite TV, DVD play and iPod ® dock in all accommodation • Complimentary WiFi throughout resort

people in 2 Bedroom Apartment • Honeymoon Bonus: Floral arrangement on arrival • Children’s Policy: Nasama welcomes children year round however does not offer a Kids Club or activity program. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Espiritu Santo, or Santo as it is more affectionately known, is the largest island in the group and its capital Luganville, is Vanuatu’s second urban centre. Featuring some of Vanuatu’s best known attractions including the beautiful Champagne Beach and the Ri Ri Blue Holes, it is however, most famous for its incredibly pristine snorkelling and reef diving. Conveniently accessed from most resorts in Santo is the SS President Coolidge, a luxury liner that was converted into a World War II troop ship that sank in 1942 after hitting 2 allied mines, and is today one of the most popular dive sites in the South Pacific. When you combine these attractions with beautiful scenery and an extremely welcoming local community, you have a holiday experience like no other.

Espiritu Santo IMAGE COURTESY OF VANUATU TOURISM. ©DAVID KIRKLAND


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Moyyan House by the Sea PRICE RANGE: $150–$200 PP/PN MAP REF: G10

One of the few resorts in Vanuatu where you open your fare door and stand on a fine white sand beach that edges a beautiful turquoise lagoon, Moyyan is a paradise for romantic couples of all ages. With only 6 fares catering to a maximum of 12 people at any one time, staying at this beautiful property is a relaxing and tranquil experience. Its contemporary style accommodation has been architecturally designed to work in harmony with the tropical climate and is stylishly furnished to ensure guest comfort. Moyyan is a place where people come to rediscover ‘time’ – time to enjoy each other’s company, time to explore the beauty that Santo offers, and time to spend enjoying life’s simple pleasures like reading a good book, snorkelling pristine waters or luxuriating in treatments at the Day Spa.

• Location: 20 minute drive from Santo Airport • 6 fan cooled Bungalows • No resort pool. Day Spa • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • Bungalows are free of electronic entertainment • Complimentary WiFi in all Bungalows • Inclusions: Tropical breakfast daily and return airport transfers •M  eal Plans: N\A •O  ccupancy: Max 2 people per Bungalow •H  oneymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine, room upgrade subject to availability at the time of check in, 1 hour couples massage and Picnic lunch for 2 •C  hildren’s Policy: Moyyan does not accommodate children U16 years


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Aore Island Resort PRICE RANGE: $100–$150 PP/PN MAP REF: G10

Aore Island Resort offers its guests a ‘best of both worlds’ holiday – a relaxing boutique Island resort experience but with the convenience of being located only 10 minutes from Luganville, Santo’s major town centre. Its island location allows for excellent snorkelling offshore, kayaking around its coastline, canoeing directly to a Blue Hole or the standard island holiday pursuit…doing as little as possible for the longest possible period. Its close proximity to the mainland however, allows you to easily explore the wonders that this region offers. Swimming in the iridescent waters of Champagne Beach, exploring World War II relics and diving the famous SS President Coolidge wreck. With just 18 comfortable bungalows scattered either beachfront or throughout the lush tropical gardens, this affordable resort provides its guests with a casual, laid back holiday experience in a beautiful setting.

• Location: Island off Espiritu Santo. 5 minute drive from Santo Airport followed by a 10 minute launch • 18 fan cooled Studio and 1 bedroom Bungalows • 1 resort pool. Day Spa • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • Bungalows are free of electronic entertainment • Charged broadband internet access in public areas • Inclusions: Continental breakfast daily and scheduled ferry runs to/from Santo • Meal Plans: Prepaid full board or dinner only available • Occupancy: Max 2 adults in Studio Beachfront/Gardenview Bungalows. Max 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children U12 in 1 Bedroom Beachfront or Gardenview Bungalows • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of sparkling wine • Children’s Policy: Aore welcomes children year round however does not offer a Kids Club or activity program. Babysitting available (charged)


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Bokissa Private Island Resort PRICE RANGE: $250–$300 PP/PN MAP REF: G10

Bokissa is a privately owned and managed Island Resort set on 175 acres of rainforest surrounded by stunning white sand beaches, crystal blue water and spectacular coral reefs. Each of the comfortable, thatched bungalows are spacious, feature tropical décor and are located within metres of the beachfront, sheltered by enormous beach trees. Located only 25 minutes by boat from Luganville, Bokissa guests can not only enjoy all the local wonders of Santo but also the island’s exclusive Malo River Kayak Tour to the blue holes, rainforest treks, turtle dives and most impressively, fabulous snorkelling straight off shore from your fare. Families are welcome year round and yet Bokissa remains a popular choice with romantic couples seeking a picturesque, relaxing private island experience. • Location: Island off Espiritu Santo. 10 minute drive from Santo Airport followed by a 25 minute launch

• 15 Beachfront Fares, 1 Deluxe Beachfront Fare and 1 Beachfront Duplex Spa Villa (interconnecting), all air conditioned and fan cooled • 1 resort pool. Massage facilities available • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • Fares are free of electronic entertainment • Charged WiFi in the main hall • Inclusions: All meals and return airport transfers • Occupancy: Max 2 adults/1 child U13 years in Beachfront Fares. Max 4 adults or 2 adults/3 children U13 years in Deluxe Beachfront Fares. Max 4 adults in Beachfront Duplex Spa Villas • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of Champagne, flowers and tropical fruit platter on arrival OR complimentary Champagne candlelit dinner for 2 on the jetty (min 4 nights) • Children’s Policy: Bokissa welcomes children year round however does not offer a Kids Club or activity program. Family friendly accommodation


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Ratua Private Island PRICE RANGE: $300–$350 PP/PN MAP REF: G10

Ratua is unique. Located a scenic 30 minute boat ride from Santo and set on 146 acres, the resort comprises 13 Balinese wooden villas, each over 200 years old, faithfully reconstructed on the Island and carefully sited to provide stunning ocean views and privacy in 3 separate ‘villages’. All have a private deck and are adorned with eclectic antiques and curios collected from all over the world. Additionally, there is a Safari tent with ensuite, located on the edge of the jungle, decorated in homage to the Golden Age of explorers. Ratua is a place where couples and families can spend quality time together–kayaking, snorkelling, fishing, swimming with horses or the local sea turtles or mountain biking. Or you can do nothing but luxuriate in its spectacular Over Water Spa. Strongly committed to sustainability and assisting the Ne Van community, this 100% not for profit resort is both beautiful and quirky, and gives you respite from the stresses of your ‘every day’.

• Location: Island off Espiritu Santo. 15 minute drive from Santo Airport followed by a 30 minute launch or 1 hour flight direct to Island from Port Vila • 13 x 1–2 Bedroom Villas and 1 Luxury Safari Tent, all fan cooled • No resort pool. Day Spa • 1 restaurant and 2 bars • Villas are free of electronic entertainment • Complimentary WiFi in Yacht Club • Inclusions: Full breakfast daily and return airport transfers • Meal Plan: Prepaid full board available • Occupancy: Max 2 people in Deluxe Villas and Luxury Safari Tent. Max 4 people in Family 2 Bedroom Villas. Max 5 people in Grand Villas • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of Maligno wine (min 4 nights) • Children’s Policy: Ratua welcomes children year round however does not offer a Kids Club or activity program. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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To visit the Island of Tanna is akin to visiting another world, it is so vastly removed from our ‘every day’. It is most famous for Mt Yasur Volcano, widely considered to be one of the most accessible live volcanoes in the world. Best viewed at dusk, you can walk to within 100 metres of the edge of the crater and witness first hand, Mother Nature’s awesome display. But there is so much more to Tanna. There are numerous traditional villages known as ‘Kastom’, which still live today as their ancestors did, participating in age old ceremonies. Snorkel in a turtle colony. Swim in blue holes. Explore the stunning Lemnap underwater cave. Watch whales during their migration or relax on a black sand beach. If time permits, allow a minimum 3 to 5 day stay in Tanna as there is so much to see and do.

Tanna IMAGE COURTESY OF VANUATU TOURISM. ©DAVID KIRKLAND


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White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa PRICE RANGE: $200–$250 PP/PN MAP REF: I12

If you are looking for a holiday with an adventurous skew, then look no further! Australian owned White Grass Ocean Resort offers the highest standard of accommodation and the greatest selection of tours on Tanna. Built on a bluff overlooking the ocean, this fabulous resort is the perfect base for your stay on this incredibly diverse island. Individual bures feature sea views and classic Pacific décor although your holiday experience here is dependent on far more than your accommodation. Snorkel pristine volcanic reefs directly offshore; take a snorkelling tour to Turtle Reef; visit remote ‘Kastom’ villages; watch the passing whales from the comfort of White Grass’ restaurant; or of course, visit the majestic Mt Yasur Volcano. To bear witness to the might of Mother Nature as you watch Her spit molten lava high in the air is as humbling as it is awe inspiring. Allow for a 3 day stay here...minimum!

• Location: Location: 5 minute vehicle transfer from Tanna Airport • 15 fan cooled Ocean View Bures • 1 resort pool and 2 reef swimming holes. Day Spa • 1 restaurant and 1 bar • Bures are free of electronic entertainment • Complimentary WiFi in lounge/bar • Inclusions: A la carte breakfast daily, return airport transfers and daily guided snorkelling tour to Turtle Reef • Meal Plan: N\A • Occupancy: Ocean View Bures vary in size and can accommodate either 2 people, 3 people, 4 people or 2 adults/3 children U12 • Honeymoon Bonus: Bottle of wine on arrival (min 3 nights) • Children’s Policy: White Grass welcomes children year round however it does not offer a Kids Club or activity program. Babysitting available (charged). Family friendly accommodation


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Island Escapes Booking Terms & Conditions Please read these booking terms and conditions carefully as they set out the basis upon which bookings are accepted by Island Escapes Pty Ltd A.C.N. 106 125 142. 1. Parties. The parties to this agreement are you and Island Escapes, where “Island Escapes”, “the Company”, “we”, “our”, or “us” means Island Escapes Pty Ltd A.C.N. 106 125 142 and its employees and agents, and “you”, “your”, a “client” or a “passenger” means any person taking advantage of and/or receiving the benefit of the services offered by Island Escapes and any other persons included in a booking through Island Escapes. If you are using the services of a travel agent, the agent deals with Island Escapes as your agent at law, and not as the agent of Island Escapes. 2. Application & Acceptance of Terms and Conditions. Any services supplied to you by Island Escapes are supplied pursuant to these booking terms and conditions. The booking of travel arrangements with Island Escapes shall be an acknowledgement that either you or your travel agent as your agent have read and accept these terms and conditions. Island Escapes reserves the right to vary the terms and conditions from time to time. Island Escapes accepts the following forms of payment: cash, cheque, direct bank deposit, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. The authorization to use a credit card indicates your compliance with our booking terms and conditions and that you acknowledge that you are 18 years of age or older and that you understand and agree with the Booking Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy. 3. Brochure Veracity, Validity & Accuracy This brochure is valid from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2018. 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A statement in writing setting out the amount due or owing by you to Island Escapes as at the date mentioned in the statement will be conclusive evidence that such amount is due or owing by you and of all other matters set forth in the statement. 10. Late Bookings: Bookings made within forty–five (45) days of departure will only be accepted if full payment is received by Island Escapes at the time of reservation. For international bookings made within seven (7) days of departure a service fee of $50.00 (inclusive of GST) will apply. 11. Cancellations, Alterations, Refunds and Reissues: Prior to Final Payment: If you cancel your holiday at any time you will forfeit your deposit and may also forfeit deposits paid to third parties. After Final Payment: In addition to forfeiting your deposit you may be liable for cancellation fees charged by airlines, cruise lines, hotels, sight seeing, shipping, transfer, vehicle hire services, and the like, amounting to all or a portion of monies paid. Once Your Holiday has Commenced. No refund whatsoever is available for a cancellation after the date of commencement of the holiday package, or in respect of any itinerary item, fares, accommodation or any other service not utilised. Document reissue fees: After documents have been issued for bookings, Island Escapes will charge a fee of $25.00 (inclusive of GST) per booking, in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground/cruise operators or airlines. A document reissue means an alteration to an existing booking and not a transfer to another package. Transfer to another package may incur cancellation fees as well as a reissue fee of $25.00 (inclusive of GST). Land only service fee: A service fee of $30.00 (inclusive of GST) per booking will be applied. Land only bookings must include a minimum of one nights’ accommodation or one days’ car hire. Sundries Fee: At Island Escapes’ absolute discretion, and regardless of whether a reservation is made, a service fee of $30.00 (inclusive of GST) may be charged where multiple attendances, telephone calls, letters, facsimiles and/or emails are required to make a reservation. 12 Items not included in the price of your holiday: Airfares, departure taxes and associated taxes not detailed in the itinerary; passport, visa and other governmental fees; insurance; room service, internet access, telephone calls, laundry and other hotel charges not detailed in the itinerary; meals and beverages not detailed in the itinerary; gratuities; excess baggage charges; any costs expenses or losses incurred in the event of your illness or injury; any costs expenses or losses arising from you being refused access to or being removed from any location; and any other cost, expense or loss of whatever nature not specifically included in the itinerary. Island Escapes does not accept responsibility for any expense, cost or loss incurred in relation to such matters and you agree not to hold Island Escapes so responsible. 13. Passport Names: It is your responsibility to ensure all names being used to make a booking with Island Escapes are exactly the same as those appearing in the relevant passport. Any name/initial or spelling changes will incur a $75.00 (inclusive GST) per fee per change, together with any fees which may be imposed by airlines or other parties with respect to the change. 14. Insurance: It is your responsibility to arrange your own insurance. Island Escapes recommends adequate coverage against losses through such things as cancellation charges, baggage loss, medical expenses and theft. Island Escapes does not own or operate an insurer and you agree not to hold us responsible for any decision made by insurers. 15. Visas and Health Requirements: It is your responsibility to find out about applicable visa, passport, customs, quarantine, health, immigration and other requirements of countries you are intending to visit or pass through. Island Escapes accepts no responsibility for these matters or for refusal of entry into the country/ countries of your destination and you agree not to hold Island Escapes so responsible. 16. Credit Card Required: To secure payment for items not included in the price of your holiday, certain services providers, including such as airlines, cruise lines, hotels, sightseeing, shipping, transfer, vehicle hire services and the like may require validation of a current credit card. Island Escapes does not accept responsibility for any consequence of this practice, and you agree not to hold Island Escapes responsible for such consequences. 17. Reward Programs/Frequent Flyer Points: Airfares forming part of any booking may or may not attract reward programs/frequent flyer points. It is your responsibility to check whether any airfares do or do not include reward programs/ frequent flyer points. Reward programs/frequent flyer points are not within the control of Island Escapes and you agree not to hold Island Escapes responsible for any such matters. 18. Monies Not Held on Trust: All monies paid by you to Island Escapes will be the property of Island Escapes and will be a debt due and payable to the travel service provider. You agree and acknowledge that such monies will not be held by us on trust for and on behalf of you and we may hold such monies in any account as we see fit, including with our own and/or other customer monies.


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19 Information Island Escapes Collects: The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth) commenced in March 2014 and has replaced the definition of 'personal information' in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) with the following: 'personal information means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable: whether the information or opinion is true or not; and whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not. (‘Personal Information’). The types of personal information that Island Escapes may collect from you will depend on the circumstances of collection and on the type of service you request from Island Escapes. Such information may include, but is not limited to, details such as your name, date of birth, gender, contact details, address, image, flight and other travel details, credit/debit card number and expiry date, billing address, telephone numbers, Frequent Flyer number or other loyalty program membership details, dietary requirements (if any) and health issues relevant to your travel arrangements. 20 How we collect personal information: Island Escapes may collect personal information about you when you use Island Escapes’ services or make or update a booking to use our services, submit a quote or other communications with Island Escapes, fill out medical and other forms associated with your travel, visit our websites, or otherwise interact with us. As well as collecting information directly from you, there may be occasions when we collect information about you from a third party. These third parties may include: travel agents and other people who make or update travel or freight bookings on your behalf, or otherwise interact with us on your behalf, including when you make an inquiry with a travel agent but do not proceed to a booking. 21. Disclosure of Personal Information: As Island Escapes is required by law to obtain your consent to the collection of "sensitive information" Island Escapes will rely upon paragraph 2. herein, that is the booking of travel arrangements with Island Escapes shall be an acknowledgement that either you or your travel agent as your agent have read and accept these terms and conditions and have consented to the collection of all information which is provided to us for use in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and/or in connection with your holiday. You authorize Island Escapes and/or its servants and agents to make such disclosure on your behalf and agree that such disclosure shall not constitute a breach of confidence or duty and that you will not hold us liable for such disclosure, whether pursuant to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (as amended by the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 (Cth)), in tort, in contract or under any equal opportunity or other legislation. You authorize and acknowledge that Island Escapes may transfer outside Australia Personal Data collected for the purposes of your holiday, and further you allow parties outside Australia to have access to such Personal Information, without the prior written approval, so long as such information is required for the purposes of performing obligations in connection with and related to your holiday. Island Escapes takes all reasonable steps to ensure the security of all information it collects from risks such as loss or unauthorised access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure of data. However, no data transmission over the internet or information stored on servers accessible through the internet can be guaranteed to be fully secure. These activities are undertaken at your risk. Island Escapes will, on request, provide you with access to the information it holds about you, unless there is an exception which applies under the National Privacy Principles (as amended from time to time), including for the purpose of correcting or updating that information. Island Escapes may recover from you its reasonable costs of supplying you with access to this information. Island Escapes takes all reasonable steps to ensure that only authorized employees are permitted to access personal information, and they may only do so for permitted business functions. Island Escapes may also disclose your personal information to its suppliers and third parties that perform other services for Island Escapes in connection with the sale and provision of all of Island Escapes’ services, including third parties who: (i) provide customer service; (ii) provide information technology services such as airline related systems, data storage, distribution services, passenger and freight booking and processing systems, communication networks, software and system development, maintenance and support, and information processing, analysis and reporting; (iii) provide services in the course of investigating a complaint or a security incident. Where such parties are located overseas, you may have rights to enforce such parties’ compliance with applicable date protection laws, but you may not have recourse against those parties under the Australian Privacy Act in relation to how those parties treat your personal information. (iv) external service providers, including those providing billing services, catering services, chauffeur services, airport lounge operations, and ground handling services (such as check–in agents, freight handling and special assistance). If you do not consent to the use or disclosure of such personal information by Island Escapes in accordance with these terms and conditions, Island Escapes may not be able to provide to you the services or entitlements set out in these terms. 22. Entire Agreement: These terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and Island Escapes, and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, there will be no variation of or addition to the terms unless agreed by us in writing. Please note that no supplier, travel agent or their employees or agents are authorised to make any warranty or representation on our behalf. You have read and agree to the terms and conditions and warrant that all information provided by you to Island Escapes is true, complete and correct. You request Island Escapes to accept your booking and upon acceptance by Island Escapes, you agree to be bound by these booking terms and conditions.

23. Severability: To the fullest extent possible any part hereof being a whole or part of a clause shall be capable of severance without affecting any other part of these terms and conditions. 24. Third Party Providers: You acknowledge and agrees that Island Escapes may utilise Third Party Providers in relation to and in connection with your Holiday. 25. Limitation of liability: Island Escapes excludes all liability and warranties to the maximum extent possible under law or statute including, but not limited to, any loss or damage whatsoever (including but not limited to loss or damage to property of whatsoever nature, physical and psychological injury, economic loss, disappointment or inconvenience) that may arise in any way (including but not limited to breach of contract, breach of statutory duty or negligence) in connection with the offer or supply of goods or services through or by Island Escapes or by any third parties [“the Services”]. You agree and warrant that Island Escapes will have no liability to you in respect of any advice or representation as to any matter concerning, the Services, the Engagement or attempted Engagement and/or any other services provided to you by Island Escapes. Island Escapes will not be liable to you in contract, in tort or otherwise in relation to the Services performed or any breach of these terms or any other matter relating to the Services or in relation to any error (whether negligent or a breach of contract or not) regarding information supplied to you before or after delivery of the Services other services provided to you by either Island Escapes or a third party. You acknowledge and agree that: (a) You will rely on your own knowledge and expertise in selecting the Services for a particular purpose and any advice or assistance given to you by or on behalf of Island Escapes will not be deemed to be given to you as an expert or adviser; and (b) you accept full responsibility on placement of a booking with Island Escapes that you have correctly identified the Services which are to be provided to you by Island Escapes. Island Escapes will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by you as the result of incorrect identification of the Services, nor give a credit if you have incorrectly booked the Services. To the fullest extent permitted by Law, Island Escapes excludes all liability for any loss or damage whatsoever (including but not limited to loss or damage to property of whatsoever nature, physical and psychological injury, economic loss, disappointment or inconvenience) that may arise in any way (including but not limited to breach of contract, breach of statutory duty or negligence) in connection with the offer or supply of goods or services through or by Island Escapes or by any third parties. Should the law impose an obligation upon Island Escapes which may not be excluded, then to the fullest extent permissible by law, Island Escapes’ liability is limited, at the discretion of Island Escapes, to a maximum of a refund of monies paid by you to Island Escapes or the re–supplying of the relevant goods or services, whichever is the lesser. Without limiting the generality of the above Island Escapes does not accept responsibility or liability, and you will not seek to hold Island Escapes responsible or liable, for any acts, omissions or defaults of service providers such as airlines, hotels, site seeing, shipping, transfer, vehicle hire services, or cruise lines and the like, whether negligent or otherwise, or for your acts, omissions, defaults, conduct, state of health, condition or other circumstance or for any events beyond Island Escapes’ control. You agree to indemnify Island Escapes against any such claim. 26. Governing Law and Jurisdiction: These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Victoria and Courts of Appeal from those Courts and waive any right they may have to claim that those Courts are an inconvenient forum. 27 Indemnity: You agree to indemnify Island Escapes, agents, officers, employees, other authorised representatives its officers, successors and assignees and hold them harmless from and against all claims made against Island Escapes in respect of any loss, including consequential loss, damage, injury or death arising out of, or in any way connected with and against all claims, suits, demands, damages, liabilities, costs or expenses arising in any way out of or in any way connected to your booking through Island Escapes and or any other services provided by Island Escapes or a third party to you. 28. Booking Terms & Conditions: Island Escapes may at any time and, in its absolute discretion modify or amend the terms and conditions upon which goods or services are supplied to you including these terms of use and such modifications will be binding upon you once displayed on this web site (www. islandescapes.com.au) . You should regularly check the terms and conditions displayed on this web site. 29. Access to Information and Dispute Resolution: Island Escapes’ External Privacy Policy, available at www.islandescapes.com.au (“External Privacy Policy”) sets out how Island Escapes manages personal information. Any queries in relation to access to your personal information or a complaint about a breach of your privacy/other matter or in order to query on how your personal information is collected or used please forward your complaint or query to: Island Escapes, PO Box 283, Ashburton VIC 3147. 30. Other Agreements: If there is any inconsistency between these terms and conditions and any other booking order submitted by you (whether in writing, verbally or otherwise) or any other arrangements between the parties, these terms and conditions prevail unless specified in writing and signed by the parties. 31. Membership & Affiliations: Island Escapes is a participant of the AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents) Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS)–AFTA member number 12742 and an accredited IATA (International Air Transport Association) agency–023 5974 4


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