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ISL ANDS IN THE SUN

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ISL ANDS IN THE SUN The ultimate island vacation conjures dreams of secluded powdery white beaches, stunning warm lagoons, relaxing days, tropical islands and sunsets. As experts in travel to the islands of Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, Cook Islands and Asia, we were the first to specialize in travel to Tahiti and have sent thousands of travelers on vacations to these unique and exotic parts of the world. Now with over 40 years experience in travel to some of the most amazing islands on earth, we have a genuine passion for each of these very special places. Islands in the Sun and Travel2 pride ourselves in working exclusively with travel agents. If you don’t have a favorite travel agent, let us know, we would be glad to recommend an expert so you can start planning your island escape. Our team of specialists are second to none. They provide customized vacations based on their intimate experience and your clients dreams. They can share insider tips on everything from budget hideaways to exclusive resorts for the most discerning traveler. Whether you are planning an unforgettable honeymoon, a special vacation, or a quick island getaway – we offer vacations with flexibility coupled with insider advice and superior first hand experience. The Islands in the Sun collection is comprised of just some of our highly recommended island resort experiences available. These are a sample of our favorite places to stay that embody the meaning of a true island vacation. These extraordinary resorts are perfect for exotic, unique, luxurious or adventurous romantic island vacations. Ask about our special savings and offers for honeymooners, weddings and anniversaries as well as other special romantic touches!

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STYLE OF LUXURY

RESORT TRANSFERS

With such a variety of extraordinary resorts through the South Pacific and Australiasia which have set new standards of luxury over the last few years. Choosing the right resort is now more important than ever as architecture, décor, facilities, size and service combine to produce unique and very distinctive properties. Three equally exceptional, yet completely different types of luxury resorts have emerged and we call them: Elegant, Modern and Barefoot.

Resorts in the region are accessed in various ways. From Seaplanes to speedboats, helicopters to yachts, and cars to domestic flights; the transfer experience can be amazing in itself.

ELEGANT Grand and spacious rooms are finely appointed and accompanied by extensive marble and granite in the bathrooms. Guests tend to dress up for meals and dine in impressive restaurants. Large lobbies and main pool areas often form the centerpiece of these expansive properties. MODERN Chic and trendy places to stay, these resorts feature rooms with cutting edge design and fashionable décor. BAREFOOT Smaller boutique resorts that are environmentally friendly, these intimate properties offer a more relaxed and casual atmosphere.

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Access to the resort is via seaplane, domestic flight, or helicopter. Access to the resort is via speedboat or luxury vessel.

RESORT FEATURES Various wildlife found at resort’s location. Resort offers nightlife options.

Resort is conservation focused.

Resort has overwater villas/ bungalows.


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Tahitian Islands Officially known as French Polynesia, Tahiti and her 120 islands are speckled over 1.5 million square miles of ocean in the eastern South Pacific. This exquisitely exotic Pacific destination blends the best of two cultures, Polynesian warmth and French chic, on a canvas of breathtaking landscapes melting the hearts of the worlds’ great romantics. Tahitian Islands offer an intoxicating pool of enchanting resort experiences, virgin islands to explore, adventure sports, nature experiences and the famous black pearls.

Manihi

Tikehau

Bora Bora

Taha’a

Huahine Rangiroa

Raiatea Moorea

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BORA BORA Romantics from around the world have laid claim to this island where intimacy is fused with delectable luxury amongst Mother Nature’s finest. The castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky, lush tropical hillslopes blossom with hibiscus, while motu circle the lagoon. Glowing white-sand beaches meet emerald waters teeming with colored fish that animate the coral gardens also home to giant friendly manta rays. Overwater bungalows and thatched-roof villas are signatory to fabled Tahitian ambience.

HUAHINE Huahine comprises of Huahine Nui (big) and Huahine-Iti (little) joined by a narrow isthmus and enclosed within a protective necklace of coral gardens rich with sealife. Draped in lush tropical flora, dramatic geography, Huahine also hosts a watermelon and cantaloupe industry. A rustic scenic road w inds through ra infore st canopies passing small villages of colorful modest homes to the ancient Maeva Village where a wealth of archaeological sites provide insight into island life 1000 years before.

TAHA’A “Vanilla islands” so called because of the precious orchid that prospers in its numerous plantations impregnating an inebriating aroma that perfumes the coastal plains and small villages. A less modernized yet enchanting paradise, Taha’a is an ancient volcano set in an emerald lagoon surrounded by tiny islets and stunning white sand beaches. Visitors discover the pearl in its naturally preserved environment and explore picturesque archaeological sites. An authentic, intimate island experience.

MOOREA It’s a recipe for romantic utopia, a stunning tropical island endowed with dramatic views once reserved only for the gods. A convenient 10 minutes from Tahiti by air and visitors find themselves transfixed in awe of the sheer beauty of Cook’s and Oponohu Bay, their crystalline lagoons surrounded by volcanic mountains trimmed with threads of waterfalls and tumbling fern-softened cliffs. Magnificent expanses of both white and black sand beaches make Moorea unique among the Society Islands.


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Hilton Hotel Tahiti Hilton Hotel Tahiti ticks all the luxury getaway boxes, blessed with glittering views of the turquoise lagoon and exotic guest rooms and suites that meld exquisite Tahitian style with relaxed French elegance. Located just 3 miles from Tahiti’s Faa’a International Airport and only minutes from the rich cultural attractions of French Polynesia’s invigorating capital city of Papeete, Hilton Hotel Tahiti is a quintessential South Pacific experience. The hotel is also a convenient gateway for exploring the island’s mountainous interior adorned with deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls or visiting other islands in the archipelago.

After a day on the water or shopping in the colourful city centre, guests can sink into the divine sparkling Infinity Pool, indulge in a soulful Spa treatment or relax with a tropical fruit cocktail. Special events are meticulously managed by professional staff who ensure seamless success. Romantic attentions and trimmings to weddings and ‘ceremonies of love’ cement lifelong Tahitian memories. Built over the lagoon, the Hilton Hotel Tahiti’s sophisticated main restaurant specializes in exotic fresh seafood cuisine and fine wines. The vibrant Quinn’s bar comes alive with Polynesian music to dance the night away.


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InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa Each morning an outrigger canoe, adorned in tropical flowers, delivers breakfast to romantic over water bungalows, gifted with sweeping views of the lagoon, reef and the Pacific ocean beyond. Sun bathing and the magnificent sunset can be savoured from an exclusive sundeck with private lagoon access. Feeding fish and rays in the Lagoonarium is a morning ritual for guests to partake. The Resort’s swim-up bar offers a delectable end to a day of water sports or island exploration. The lagoon and mountains of Moorea set the stage for traditional Polynesian dinner shows performed by ‘Les Grands Ballets de Tahiti’ exclusively at the InterContinential. A secluded spot at

the far end of the resort is the Lotus Restaurant, an overwater classic known for its gourmet and degustation menus (chef’s choice tasting menu). Accompanies by fine french wines, soft piano music and a seductive lagoon location make this the most romantic setting on the island. The InterContinental Spa connects guests with local customs through treatment specialties while quenching the universal yearning for a little rest, relaxation and rejuvenation in a comfortable private room, a tented pavilion overlooking the bay or a secluded villa.


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Manava Suite Resort Tahiti Designed by Tahitian architect-designer Bruno Hervochon, this premier Papeete resort reflects authentic Polynesian décor blended with the contemporary luxuries. Steep cloud-draped mountains, deep verdant valleys, luxuriant ferns, swift invigorating rivers and black sand beaches await on “this island of love” offering numerous adventure safaris and hiking excursions and an activity directory to rival a phone book. The fabled waters of Tahiti that surround Manava Suite Resort have created a playground of enviable recreation pursuits including dolphin watching, surf and body boarding, jet ski, 18-hole golf course, scuba diving, and a dreamy sunset cruise.

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti is located in the island’s northwestern region, in the community of Punaauia, conveniently only five minutes from Faa’a International Airport and ten minutes from the city centre. Offering 121 guest rooms including superior rooms to multibedroom duplex suites and apartments from which to choose, Manava is ideal for honeymooners staying for a week, to leisure travelers en route to the outer islands.


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Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa A truly magical South Pacific escape cradled between two bays on the heart-shaped island of Moorea, the all-bungalow resort is blessed with a backdrop of velvety green mountains and embraced by a crystal clear ten-acre lagoon. Exotic wood interiors create a laid-back Polynesian experience from the overwater, beach and garden bungalows all presenting a melting panorma. Overwater bungalows have floor-windows to view the ballet of tropical fish below that can be joined from a private bungalow landing. There are a myriad of tempting ways to experience the lagoon above and below the waterline. Sailboat or canoe sunset cruises, off-shore or reef line fishing, water-skiing, Jet-ski or parasailing. Try Aqua walking or the Aquascope ride which is

a thrilling ecological submarine adventure that glides among dolphins, stingrays, manta rays and captures unforgettable shark feeding experiences. Discover the essence of Moorea at the Spa through island healing traditions using exotic native treatments and ingredients. Enjoy casual fare to extraordinary gourmet creations drawing from a host of unique Indigenous Asian and French cuisine and fine wines. Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa offers an exotic locale for special events receptions, theme parties and Polynesian weddings. Creative catering staff take the “bored” out of board meetings and international conferences with innovative diversions such as underwater scavenger hunts, jeep rallies, beach Olympics, and fireworks.


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InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa A grand or petite Polynesian Wedding, an intimate ceremony to renew vows or for simply sharing romance, InterContinental Moorea specializes in the authentic time honored traditional practice as was performed by a priest or tohua with costumes, music, dance and flowers. It’s difficult to imagine a more romantic custom and setting where the enchanting atmosphere is extended to candlelight dining, traditional Tahitian gifts and surprises, cocktails served on the veranda of private bungalows under a tropical moon, or sailing off for a romantic picnic on one of the surrounding islets for an afternoon of sun and swimming. For a truly extraordinary experience take the plunge for an underwater wedding or renewal of nuptials.

In the heart of the Resort’s tropical garden, the Hélène Spa © has created a magical blend of natural alchemy between ancestral Polynesian traditions and French savoir-faire. Part of the Moorea Resort lagoon is home to four bottlenose dolphins brought from a similar facility in Hawaii or “retired” from the US Navy in San Diego. They are lovingly cared for by a scientific and veterinarian team who enable guests to watch and feed them, swim and play with them in the comfort of small groups. A sea turtle rehabilitation centre forms part of a larger program of sea turtle conservation in French Polynesia. Famous Tahitian black pearls and creations by skilled local artisans can be found at the resort, around the island, or at the daily craft market.


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Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa The Moorea Pearl Resort offers to lovers the most tender and romantic attentions to ensure lifetime momentos. “Romantic Rendezvous” range from special private dinners in the bungalow to unique Polynesian wedding ceremonies. This traditional Polynesian style hotel offers suite and bungalow stays set on a wide, shallow lagoon surrounded by the island’s fern-softened cliffs laced with tumbling waterfalls. Villages of pastel-painted houses with garland gardens of hibiscus and bird-of-paradise, trim this magical island. The dream creations of Chef Pascal Bionaz have created a paradise for epicureans with exquisite gastronomic delights featuring subtle blends of Polynesian flavours. Be entertained

poolside with classes on local cuisine, flower crown creation and how to dance Tahitian-style. To discover the amazing beauty of Moorea, snorkeling and diving, jeep safaris, helicopter rides, motu picnics, island tours by canoe with shark and ray feeding, horseback riding, mountain hiking, deep-sea fishing, and dolphin and whale watching take guests to the heart of nature. The Resort’s efforts to provide guests the most authentic Polynesian experience possible extends to holistic healing spa rituals and traditional tattooing by native Polynesian tattoo artist who uses customary black ink and state-of-the-art machinery and hygienic standards.


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Legends Resort Moorea While the island’s natural beauty is emphatically legendary, the Resort’s namesake pays tribute to village elders and the myths and legends set on their island, kept alive, and passed on to new generations. To further honour this history and authenticity the property has been built in harmony with natural island environment using noble materials such as exotic wood and stone that blend with the colours and shimmer of this mythical location. This private haven is set on 17 acres with uninterrupted breathtaking views stretching the crystal clear obscenely blue waters of the lagoons, the majesty of the Pacific Ocean and lush

tropical landscapes. It simply transports guests to a time and place of peace, freedom and intimacy. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, each villa features a spacious panoramic deck including a Jacuzzi, sun loungers, and a pool house to enjoy in total privacy the natural beauty of Moorea Island and idyllic weather. A lovers paradise. Legends Resort owns a private beach on a motu (islet) exclusively available to guests via 10 minute boat ride, perfect for sunbathing, napping, snorkelling, reading and playing.


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InterContinental Thalasso Resort & Spa On a barrier reef coral island of “two hearts”, Motu Piti Aau, Intercontinental Thalasso Resort and Spa is unquestionably destined for romance. Its enchanting Blue Lagoon Chapel is a heavenly venue for a wedding ceremony or a renewal of vows. A glass-bottom walkway over the lagoon leads the bride to her waiting groom. While the Thalasso Deep Ocean Spa, the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere which draws on deep sea water to replenish the body’s minerals and restore equilibirum, is the Resort’s centerpiece, guests can immerse in a plethora of cultural and recreational activities including a submarine tour,

turkish bath, helicopter tours, canoeing, shark and ray feeding, kayaking, snorkeling, stargazing and handicraft demonstrations. Gourmet cuisine served in a Polynesian atmosphere is the order of the day in Le Reef, while the Sands is a more casual option. Bubbles Bar is a trendy poolside lounge. From beach villas relax under palms on the shore of the main white sand beach taking in views of Otemanu Mountain. All of overwater villas have a spacious shaded terrace, with direct access to the lagoon, sun lounges and a big pontoon for sunbathing. A glass-bottom coffee table in the suite provides uninterrupted up-close views of the lagoon’s sea life.


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Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa Love at first sight of Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort’s lagoon is common. Honeymooners and romantics from around the world have laid claim to this island. Castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky, lush tropical slopes and valleys bloom with hibiscus, while palm-covered motu circle the lagoon like a delicate necklace. Perfect white-sand beaches give way to emerald waters where psychedelic colored fish animate the coral gardens. This resort is located on the island Motu Tevairoa, 10 minutes by boat from the Bora Bora airport, home to 50 Over Water Bungalows, 10 Beach Bungalow Suites and 20 Garden Pool Suites.

Imagine feeding fish from the comfort of the living room. Overwater suites feature glass bedside tables and a glass coffee table in the center of the room for guests to view underwater lagoon life from the comfort of the bedroom. The coffee table even has a top that slides open to feed the fish below. From the large sized outdoor terraces the world famous Otemanu mountain provides a compelling outlook. In collaboration with a marine biologist 30 artificial reefs have been created under the overwater bungalows. This coral nursery is part of a global environment program led by the Resort team to protect the environment and to build awareness amongst international guests.


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The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort With sumptuous cuisine and timeless Tahitian traditions, The St. Regis Resort Tahiti provides the many pleasures of paradise and an ultimate escape for romance and seclusion. Relax into an 80 minute Signature St. Regis Polynesian Massage, a private Champagne Sunset Cruise or dinner on the candlelit Spa deck over the Resort’s private Lagoonarium. Over water and oceanfront pool villas range from Premier to Royal all easily translating to islands of tranquility-styled in exotic woods and marble, and featuring a private terrace and gazebo. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is proud to entertain its

littlest guests with an array of fun-filled activities at the Kids Creativity Club. St. Regis Bora Bora Resort guests enjoy jet skiing, jeep safaris, shark & ray feeding, sailing, diving, hiking and sunset cocktail cruises. The resort’s splendorous Miri Miri Spa is located on its own private island pampering with Tahitian and Pacific Rim treatments in seven glorious spa treatment rooms. To ensure a memorable resort experience it proudly offers The St. Regis Butler service for all of the resort’s villas.


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Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa On arrival by boat to this rocky lagoon island a gracious envoy, to the tune of ukulele, welcomes holidaymakers and honeymooners from around the globe. Suspended between crystal waters and limitless blue skies, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa bungalows nestle in an idyllic cove of white sand and perch on majestic lava rock hillside. Venture beyond the pampered realm of the villa and the addictive Tahitian pace of life, a wealth of recreational diversions await. Explore the azure lagoon with snorkel or a cruise on a catamaran stopping off with a picnic on the resort’s unspoiled private island, Motu Tapu.

Choose an overwater suite and marvel at the spectacular marine life of the South Pacific Ocean as it floats past glass panels in the floor. Unwind in the spectacular infinity pool with stunning views of the lagoon or cool down with a local cocktail at the relaxed Ta Le Le Beach Bar. Take in views of the Mt. Otemanu volcano and the islands of Tahaa and Raiatea from the hilltop Nui Spa and sample delicious local cuisines from the Iriatai Panoramic Restaurant. While many claim Bora Bora to be the most beautiful island in the world, it is indisputably one of the most romantic.


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Le Maitai Polynesia, Bora Bora The “Pearl of the Pacific”, as baptised by Captain Cook on discovery, offers legendary scenery of an island draped in tropical vegetation, a grand primeval volcano peak emerging from the sea, spectacular sunsets, a gorgeous beach and a dazzling lagoon alive with coral, tropical fish, dolphins, turtles and other captivating marine life. Located at the Southern tip of Bora Bora island nestled against the mountain Le Maitai Polynesia Resort offers garden and ocean view rooms, or beach and overwater bungalow accommodation, all with air conditioning. Within walking distance of famous Matira Point, this property is charming by design – pandanus thatched roofs for the beach and overwater bungalows, rare and exotic woods combined with elements of traditional Polynesian art including shells, carved mother-of-pearl and woods foster a rich

authentic Polynesian ambience. A Polynesian Evening is hosted each week with a delicious seafood buffet and a traditional show of music and fire dance. Flowers garnish beds on arrival and a glass coffee table doubles as a real-life marine-aquarium revealing a marine world brimming with tropical fish. Go with the flow and experience the natural beauty above and below the water cruising lagoon en route to an amazing snorkel or diving adventure in the Coral Gardens to feed rays and sharks – an exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime experience. Bora Bora at last is affordable and reasonably priced with Le Maitai, which offers good value for money. In Tahitian, Maitai means “All is great”!


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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Castaway in a spacious hideaway around Bora Bora lagoon overlooking compelling views of spectacular Mount Otemanu. On this magical island ringed by delicate coral islets and a translucent turquoise lagoon, expressions of love come easily. Exchange vows on a pristine coral beach, a tiny island, aboard a catamaran or in a Polynesian wedding chapel. Inspired by local architecture exotic overwater bungalows perched on stilts and shorefront villas along a private beach offer a restful airy ambience. To accentuate the feel of Polynesia, special touches include unique art, private pools, deep bathtubs and wide open doors to panoramic fresh-sea air and lagoon views. Indulge in the natural scents of sandalwood and frangipani on a journey along a suspended walkway above tree plantations to

a welcoming spa retreat specializing in natural treatments and French Polynesian rituals. Dining is a recipe for romance – divine views and imaginative culinary creations showcasing the seafood specialties, accompanied by the finest wines. The Four Seasons Resort offers an expansive outdoor event terrace and an open-sided outdoor pavilion both on picturesque beaches ideal for exclusive functions. Water sports are at the ready, for novices and experts scuba diving is stunning, sailing, shark and ray feeding exhilarating. Sacred sites and breathtaking vistas can be experienced on a 4-wheel drive safari.


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Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa “Uporu” island, known as Taha’a, is a wild little paradise located 143 miles west of Tahiti, in the Society Islands Archipelago.

lovingly rubbed, the fruit then releases its incredible liquoriceflavoured perfume.

Taha’a, with the rich aroma of vanilla lingering heavily in the air, offers a glimpse of the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitians. The flower-shaped island’s simple beauty is charmed by soft mountain shapes and surrounded by tiny motu with glowing sand beaches. In the fertile valleys cutting within the island, local farmers grow watermelon, vanilla, and copra.

The resort offers 48 Over Water Suites and 12 Beach Villas with private patio and tropical gardens, private swimming pool at beach villas, spacious lounge and terrace, private decks with direct access to the lagoon from over water bungalows.

The precious vanilla orchid grows under the humid shade of Taha’a’s tropical forest. Cultivated and married by passionate men, the divine flower becomes fruit. After being dried and

The Resort’s Manea Spa is blessed with an exceptional site within the shade of a coconut grove between the meandering waters of a small lake and the lagoon – built from natural materials in pure Polynesian style to ensure harmony with its island environment.


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Te Tiare Huahine Beach Resort Tucked away in a small bay on the Tahitian island of Huahine, the tropically lush and luxurious Te Tiare Beach Resort can only be accessed by boat, in itself a journey into Polynesian island life. For an experience in ultimate luxury a Premier Deep Overwater bungalow or Shallow Overwater bungalow is ideal, both with separate shower and jacuzzi-tub. Beautiful beachfront bungalows located on the tranquil palm studded white sand beach or a Garden bungalow cradled among lush tropical gardens are divine options. An enormous effort has been made to restore the island’s archaeological sites. An excursion can be taken to the remains

of prehistoric villages, which lend clues to a civilization that existed at least 1000 years ago. Te Tiare Beach Resort presents a lavish Tahitian Buffet featuring Polynesian delicacies. Tahitian musicians accompany spinetingling singing while the men dance the exotic tamure and the women perform the uid hand-story dancing of the aparima. Island tours, picnic trips, sunset cruises, snorkeling in some of the loveliest lagoons this side of paradise, surf transfers, horseback riding and deep sea fishing embellish an incredible getaway.


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Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort Tikehau with its graceful oval crown of pink-sand beaches, is drenched in spellbinding natural beauty, an exquisite Polynesian island pearl. Located on secluded beaches fringed with palms, the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is home to traditional Polynesian-styled Beach and Over Water bungalows each with glass floor windows framing the fabled Tahitian waters drifting hypnotically by. Due to its abundant tropical fish populations, pioneering international marine researcher Jacques-Yves Cousteau declared Tikehau the richest atoll on the face of the earth – also affectionately dubbed “the Robinson Crusoe Island” in a series of islets. This heavenly island is also is a retreat for many bird colonies known to locals as the “Bird’s Island”.

From a barefoot beach lunch to starlight dinners of European and Polynesian cuisine, Tikehau Pearl presents an exceptional blend of elegant informality and Polynesian hospitality in an exclusive hideaway. The bar and restaurant located poolside provide an idyllic setting to observe the shimmering night skies – a star-gazer’s dream. Beneath a full moon there is no taming the soft jade glow of the lagoon shallows. Many excursions and activities are proposed to benefit from this heavenly location. The Resort’s Manea Spa specializes in the rich massage custom of Polynesia using 100% natural products inspired by traditional remedies and resources.


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Fiji Islands Of the 322 islands that make up Fiji, the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, north of Fiji’s largest island Viti Levu, have movie star histories providing the backdrop to flicks like Tom Hanks’ Castaway and others. The Yasawa Islands represent the face of the real Fiji, with locals sharing their laid-back lifestyles with guests. From simple experiences to six-star resorts, there’s nothing that can’t be delivered by the friendliest people in the Pacific.

Labasa VANUA LEVU Yasawa Islands

Taveuni

Rakiraki Mamanuca Islands Nadi VITI LEVU Sigatoka Suva Beqa Vatulele

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NADI & SURROUNDS Nadi is where the Fiji experience begins. All international flights land and depart from its airport, which is also the lilypad for island-hopping. A cluster of accommodation cater for the most thrifty or fussy traveller. Crowded shops and markets – where bargaining is a must, along with attractions like the Denarau Marina and Lautoka Wharf. Hop aboard a sailing ship to pass away hours between flights.

YASAWA ISL ANDS Six main islands and a dozenplus smaller islets make up the volcanic Yasawa group, which form a chain off the northwest coast of Viti Levu. The 1980 teen romance The Blue Lagoon, which made Brooke Shields famous, was filmed on location in the islands. The unspoiled scenery which made the movie so picturesque, remain – crystal clear waters, pristine white sandy beaches and dramatic monoliths surrounded by ink-blue lagoons.

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This stunning compact collection of 32 smaller islands is amongst the most popular for tourists. The weather is the finest in Fiji – year-round sunshine, calm seas and gentle breezes. The fussy tourist can choose from 24 beach resorts, eighteen of them on uninhabited islands. Scuba diving is world-class, with each resort offering its own dive operator to shepherd guests through deep and shallow dives. Fiji’s tourism crown.

Vanua Levu and Taveuni and a clutch of smaller islets comprise the northern Islands. Renowned for eco-tourism, the resorts on Vanua Levu in the south-east are self-contained, with no amenities or restaurants nearby. The scuba diving in Rainbow Reef is considered amongst the best in the world for soft corals, and the national parks and nature reserves enthrall the naturelover. For the seeker of tranquility and calm beauty.


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Tokoriki Island Resort, Fiji Nestled on a secluded island, the most northern of the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, and a short 22 miles from Nadi is Tokoriki Island Resort. A boutique retreat for couples seeking an affordable indulgence in paradise, Tokoriki exudes Fijian hospitality and is a relaxed blend of contemporary Island style and Fijian design. All Bures and Villas are enveloped in lush tropical gardens and positioned beach front, furnishing guests with a front row seat for that romantic South Pacific sunset. Freestanding in design, the Bures and Villas also feature air-conditioning, large king size beds, outdoor (and indoor) showers, with the silky sand of the beach just steps from your private deck. The Sunset Pool Villas combine elevated views with the privacy of your own horizon

edge plunge pool and cabana, for that extra holiday indulgence. Discover the beauty of the surrounding coral reefs by snorkelling directly from the beach or dive with Tokoriki’s professional PADI Gold Star 5 Palm Dive Team. Experience Fijian culture with a visit to the Village, relax with a sublime Spa treatment, enjoy a picnic on your own private island or simply soak up the sun by the horizon edge pool. Tokoriki Island Resort will provide you with an authentic experience of Fiji. The friendly and accommodating staff are your hosts and their genuine hospitality is memorable to say the least. At Tokoriki Island Resort you’ll arrive as a visitor but leave as a friend!


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Sonaisali Island Resort Sonaisali Island Resort is the perfect, tropical island escape for couples, families and friends with the choice of doing as much or as little as you choose.

The resort boasts 2 world-class restaurants with an extensive variety of gourmet meals to choose from, plus a selection of bars with an impressive premium wine cellar.

Sonaisali is located just 300m from Viti Levu and only 25 minutes drive from Nadi International Airport. The resort is a multi award-winning property, and was the first island resort in Fiji to be Green Globe certified. There is 24-hour access to the island via a boat transfer service. The luxury accommodation comprises of 123 fully air-conditioned rooms with a combination of Beachfront Hotel Rooms, Oceanview Bures and Beachfront Spa Bures.

Resort facilities include a large lagoon-style pool with swimup bar, the Frangipani Spa centre plus a variety of activities to please everyone and includes luxury catamaran sailing, dive and snorkelling trips, horse-riding, sports fishing, jet skiing, Paintball, kids club, Fijian firewalking and traditional meke performances. Sonaisali Island Resort also specializes in romantic weddings.


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Likuliku Lagoon Resort & Spa Likuliku means Calm Waters – and it is in the calm waters of Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago where jetties thread across the stunning Likuliku lagoon to Fiji’s first and only overwater bungalows. The Lagoon was an ancient safe harbour for the war canoes during times of tribal combat. In honour of this history the Resort presents a bold experiment in design featuring a narrative of an ancient village, at its heart is a magnificent main building in the style of a Fijian canoe house. It is here guests savour the delights of Likuliku’s signature restaurant, lounge bar and private function room, The cuisine is fresh and creative and changes daily, showcasing the finest local produce with

emphasis on seafood, lush tropical fruits, and the diversity of cultures that have shaped the South Pacific. No visit to Fiji is complete without experiencing the true depths of beauty when diving. Specialist operators will personally escort guests to some of the best sites in the world. A myriad of land and sea pursuits are for the taking. Snorkelling adventures are steps from beach and overwater villas. Laze by the spectacular horizon-edge pool or take bush walks and nature trails to breathtaking views of the Mamanuca Islands. Visit the local village and learn about local ancient sites or charge your adrenalin with windsurfing or game fishing.


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Royal Davui Island, Beqa Lagoon Rising out of crystalline Beqa Lagoon, Royal Davui Island is 40 minutes by helicopter from Fijis gateway Denarau or by Royal Davui’s private aircraft to Pacific Harbour and then a short launch transfer to the island. Redefining laid-back luxury, Royal Davui offers 16 exquisitely appointed and air-conditioned vales that are created with couples in mind, with private terraces, stone plunge pools and views of white sandy beaches over sapphire waters. Menus are included in the tariff, designed daily using fresh seasonal ingredients. Seafood plays a large part in the Fijian diet with fish being offered on the menu daily. Our menus are designed to compliment our tropical Fijian climate.

Award-winning Pure Fiji bathroom amenities infuse the villas with tropical aromas, and each villa’s private Jacuzzi spa invites couples to relax. Snorkel or scuba dive to explore the private coral reef, or venture further for world-class angling and catamaran sailing.


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Navutu Stars Resort, Fiji Unwind on an intimate and secluded island in the Yasawas, rated one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth, “that looks just like the pictures”. Navutu Stars offers barefoot luxury in a hush-hush tropical paradise, with an emphasis on sound ecological values. The resort is an ecologically balanced island sanctuary of pristine white beaches, dramatic monoliths, crystal clear lagoons, and rich marine life. Relax in one of the nine spacious and immaculate bures combining traditional Fijian architecture with modern comfort and design under coconut palms.

The resort offers truly special gourmet dining and spa experiences. The organic spa features naturally crafted treatments blended from such local ingredients as aloe vera and coconut flakes, as well as modern cosmetics from certified organic South Pacific farms. Stylish Italian and Pacific Rim flavours are created daily using freshly caught fish and fabulous produce from Navutu’s own organic gardens.


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Yasawa Island Resort & Spa This romantic Utopia melted hearts all over the world in the blockbuster movie starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins frolicking in Yasawa’s dramatic Blue Lagoon caves, with its hidden chambers linked to the sea by underwater passages. On one of the most remote and precious islands of Fiji with just 18 luxury beachfront villas, this all-inclusive retreat presents the perfect stage for many more love stories. Elope on the sands of a deserted beach, before a tropical sunset or under the southern stars. Invite the choir from the nearby village, choose traditional tropical decorations or request a guard of Fijian warriors. On a secluded beach hides the Honeymoon Bure Lomalagi, with its own horizon pool overlooking the ocean.

Yasawa Island Resort and Spa is surrounded by 11 deserted beaches, ideal for a private picnic simply by boarding a boat, armed with a hamper prepared by the chef. With the Chief’s permission, guests may visit the nearby village where school children welcome in song. At the resort, guests enjoy a lovo (feast), an evening meke (dance ceremony), or the spine-tingling resonance of Fijian voices when the village choir pays a visit. Set out in search of the Pacific’s greatest game fish aboard a state-of-the-art vessel amid this world-class sports-fishing destination.


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Matangi Private Island Resort Distinguished by its magnificent treehouses this fairy-tale romantic destination is as refreshing as it is charming. Defined by the captivating island landscape – an oasis of restful shades of green rainforest, white sand beaches, and volcanic rock faces rising from crystal clear waters and fringing coral reefs, possessing a beautiful balance of elegance with nature. Matangi Private Island Resort is undoubtedly one of the finest honeymoon havens in Fiji specializing in intimate ceremonies and romantic getaways embellished by fine dining and island inspired spa nurturing.

Matangi’s beachfront and ocean view bungalows, hand-built by local Fijian craftsmen of traditional design with bamboo walls and coconut palm thatched roofs, lend a harmonious balance between modern comforts and traditional island flair. This glorious intimate hideaway is an exclusive privately owned 240acre unique horseshoe-shaped Fiji island paradise abounding in marine diversity, a recipe for superb snorkelling and premier scuba diving. Imagine a laid back afternoon from the lagoon pool, to a nap on the hanging day-bed, followed by a sunset from the overwater deck in the company of a delectable cocktail before a sensuous candlelight dinner under spectacular starry skies.


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Vomo Island Resort If you have ever imagined an island paradise so perfect and private that the only footprints you’ll see in the sand are your own, then look no further. Fiji’s Vomo Island is just 15 minutes by air from Nadi or 90 minutes by boat. Vomo Island Resort is a secluded paradise nestled between Fiji’s stunning Mamanuca and Yasawa group of islands. An uncrowded place of rich simplicity and relaxation, with an abundance of recreational activities. Choose from one of 28 luxurious villas, resting either right on the beachfront between the palms and frangipani trees or tucked quietly away into the hillside.

For more space for your family try the 3 bedroom Royal villa with your own private pool or for up to 8 adults wanting total luxury the 4 bedroom residence with your own pool, includes your very own butler, French champagne on arrival and nightly canapes. Vomo, where a-la-carte meals are inclusive is renown for it’s international cuisine and fresh local seafood. Secluded beaches give you the chance to wind down at your own pace, whilst the entire island is bordered with colourful reefs, perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling. When the moment comes to say goodbye – you will leave dreaming of your return.


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Vatulele Island Resort Vatulele is considered one of the most exclusive islands in the world, surrounded by pristine white beaches and crystal clear aquamarine waters. The 19 Villas or bures of Vatulele are carefully and thoughtfully placed along the South coast of the island and are encapsulated by the 2 top premium villas; The Point and Vale Viqi. The cornerstone and major influence in the design of the Bures is Santa Fe meets South Pacific. The idea was to ensure that each Bure embodied a barefoot luxury essence, in a simple space in which to free the mind and refresh the soul. The Bures are spacious and private, offering easy access to the water and white sandy beach.

All Bures offer King size beds, air-conditioning, mini bar, wine bar, DVD player with flat screen monitor, sound system, iPod docking station, hammock and outdoor shower. The crystal waters of Vatulele invite every kind of water-based activity. For those who are even more active, there is a tennis court. The guides will take you on hikes into the jungle, where you can learn about the natural surroundings of the island. You can also arrange the ultimate picnics on a secluded beach away from the resort. Vatulele Island resort somewhere between 5 stars and heaven!


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InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa Experience authentic Fijian ambiance on a glorious palmfringed white sand beach, snorkel nearby reefs or hit the rolling surf. Located on the beautiful and picturesque Natadola Beach on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, InterContinental is perfectly positioned for breathtaking 360-degree views of the Bay, exotic gardens and sugar cane train that meanders through the property. Lagoon and beachfront suites spread onto a double terrace for pure and simple relaxation on the day bed or in the private Cleopatra bath as the sun sets over Natadola Bay.

To have and to hold in the InterContinental’s divine glasswalled wedding chapel backlit by expansive views of the South Pacific makes for a truly magical union. Set among frangipani-scented gardens and bluer-than-blue views, every bridal wish and culinary desire is catered for with the assistance of event specialists. This lavish resort serves the finest in hospitality from elegant dining to relaxed á la carte and buffet-style affairs in a fun environment – all featuring local fresh produce and international flavours. A cocktail lounge and poolside bars enhance the urge to unwind.


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Cook Islands With ďŹ fteen islands sprinkled over 850,000 square miles of the blue PaciďŹ c, many offerring paradise-style rest for the wearied business bones and the family holidaymaker alike. Brimming with famous laid-back Polynesian hospitality, the bounties of these true tropical paradises are being experienced in greater

Amuri Ureia Arutanga

Vaipae AITUTAKI Tautu

numbers by the discerning traveller who hankers for relaxation, style and unmatched friendliness.

Palmerston

AITUTAKI Manuae Takutea Atiu

Avarua Mitiaro Mauke

Matavera Arorangi RAROTONGA

RAROTONGA Muri

Aroa Mangaia

Vaimaanga Titikaveka


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AITUTAKI The magnificent Aitutaki Lagoon, renowned as one of the most beautiful island lagoons in the world, sits in the middle of the South Pacific surrounded by coral reefs and small islets. Visit the locations of the TV program Survivor Cook Islands, filmed on this wonderful atoll. But the greatest exertion for holidaymakers need only be scuba diving amongst the coral and world-class marine life, then strolling back to a 5-star luxury hotel or beach hut accommodation.

RAROTONGA The most populated of the Cook Islands, Raratonga boasts the Islands’ parliament buildings, the international airport and palmstudded white beaches as far as the eye can see. Snorkel, scuba dive, bike, hike or horse-back ride during the day, and at night dance, take in a show or feast at one of the fine restaurants. A must is a church service on Sunday, where the haunting capella singing will lift the spirits before another adventurous day.


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Pacific Resort, Rarotonga Poised discreetly on the glorious Muri beach along the south eastern coast of Rarotonga, Pacific Resort emulates the graceful beauty and tranquility of its natural surroundings. Lush tropical gardens, majestic mountains and an obscenely blue lagoon. Built to harmonise with Mother Nature this 64 room boutique resort offers respite from life’s chaos with its divine blend of modern comforts and traditional island hospitality. A place where simple, lazy days unfold into luxurious evenings and gather pace for fun-filled nights. Remember the most valued recreation here is pure relaxation, however, days can be cherished swimming, sunbathing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking around the islands and its small

islets or through fun group lessons at the Beach Hut focusing on cultural skills. Culinary delights range from casual beachfront dining, secluded romantic options for couples barefoot on the beach or lingering indoors to an official summons by beating drums that signal an authentic Cook Island feast. Say ‘I do’ the Polynesian way. The bride is assisted graciously to her seat on board a traditional Cook Islands vaka, garlanded with flowers. As she nears the shore, a warrior raises the parau to his lips and sounds a clear note to announce her arrival to the waiting groom and wedding guests. Simply elegant to elaborately sophisticated traditional-style ceremonies or renewals are seamlessly choreographed by the Resort.


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Te Vakaroa Villas, Rarotonga Set right on Muri Beach, Te Vakaroa Villas is a remarkable gated haven, offering unsurpasssed views of the remarkable Muri Lagoon and beyond the reef to the South Pacific Ocean. The contemporary designs of the six villas are sympathetic to the natural surroundings, complete with floor-to-ceiling sliders that open onto a large private patio over looking their Infinity pool and Jacuzzi – the ideal places to unwind and enjoy a tropical cocktail. A short stroll along the beach gives access to some of the island’s renowned restaurants. Guests can enjoy a fully hosted holiday or choose to be full self-catering – each villa has a beautiful fully appointed kitchen.

Muri Lagoon is a water playground for snorkelling, kayaking, kite surfing and swimming. Kayaks and snorkelling equipment, are complimentary for those who want to pull themselves away from their luxurious villa to explore the attractions of the lagoon.


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Sea Change Villas, Rarotonga Sometimes a holiday is all about removing yourself from the real world to a place where total privacy in peaceful surroundings simply soothes the soul. Imagine warm crystal clear waters gently rippling over white coral sands surrounding the private decks of the luxurious beach front villas. Or the equally luxurious lagoon view villas nestled amongst fruit trees and gardens looking to the tropical lagoon with an aquarium full of fish. Fresh water swimming pools provided in all villas are surrounded by large private decks and tropical gardens ensuring complete privacy whilst relaxing in peaceful surroundings.

Every luxury is provided for our guests within each of the beautifully designed villas including full kitchens, TV with home theatre systems, king size beds, air conditioning and spacious bathrooms and all fully en-suited. Also for guest use is kayaks, bicycles and snorkelling equipment, along with Satellite TV, IPOD/MP3 docking stations and wireless internet. Sea Change is about rest and relaxation in fabulous private surroundings blending seamlessly into a stunning piece of South Pacific Paradise. “Winner Best Villas and Suites 2009 – Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards”

Little Polynesian, Rarotonga With only 10 overbeach Ares (bungalows) and four Pia Tiare (garden units), only a privileged few can claim to have enjoyed the enriching experience of the Little Polynesian way of life. For more than 30 years the Little Polynesian has been catering to international guests seeking a richer experience of the true South Pacific. Upon entering intimate lodgings guests instantly note the unusually high roofing, a long but almost forgotten trademark of traditional Cook Islands architecture. Planted on a white sandy beach of world class beauty and hidden within the foliage of palms and lush tropical greens, these intimate Cook Islands lodgings of traditional architecture and grounds have been designed with the purpose to integrate

harmoniously with nature’s splendor and charm. Each of the luxury bungalows are sweetened by a private gazebo and daybed overlooking the white sandy beach of Titikaveka. Inviting king size beds also face the lagoon while out-door showers and spa tubs make for blissfully romantic bathing under the stars. Spectacular sunsets and twilight evenings make weddings and renewals paradisiacally intimate. If a more formal affair is preferred a church wedding can also be arranged. The adults-only policy ensures absolute privacy making it an ideal honeymoon or romantic getaway.


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Muri Beach Club Hotel Muri Beach Club Hotel is a magical setting for couples and redefines South Pacific romance located on an exotic white sandy beach, with the tropical lagoon waters lapping at your feet, and the sun setting over the mountains, your hotel just steps away. Exchange vows on the beach or in the cool of the air-conditioned reception room overlooking the pristine lagoon. Muri Beach Club Hotel is a privately owned boutique adults only Resort, perfect for couples as a romantic escape. The Resort enjoys an enviable location on the best stretch of beach facing the famous Muri Lagoon on the island of Rarotonga. The Beachfront rooms all have stunning views across the lagoon & the small off-shore islands (motu’s).

The resort offers world class facilities designed to pamper guests, and include a Fine Dining Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner specializing in Pacific Rim Cuisine. Boutique in style and service, the Muri Beach Club Hotel invites you to experience the real rhythm of Rarotonga....in absolute chic sophistication. The Muri Beach Club Hotel prides itself in delivering its promise, just for you.


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Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is the only resort in the Cook Islands with overwater bungalows and its own private island. With views of one of the world’s prettiest lagoons the Resort’s 37 thatched-roof bungalows are distinctively Polynesian by design. Located on absolute beachfront, deluxe beachfront bungalows are spacious and airy and just steps from the water’s edge. With book in hand guests can slump into the private hammock, strung between two palm trees hanging a step or two from the deck. Amongst coconut palm groves and tropical foliage Garden Bungalows are only a very short walk to the beach. The Island Night is a fantastic opportunity to see first hand the wonderful

Cook Islands culture, singing, drumming and dancing. The Resort truly delivers a wonderful taste of the Cook Islands. Dining at the Flying Boat Beach Bar & Grill is a highlights with its quintessential island-style sandfloor and overlooking the amazing Aitutaki Lagoon. Fresh, innovative menus feature many locally produced ingredients. Buffet dinners, as well as a la carte options can all be enjoyed at the Bounty Restaurant, also the stage for fantastic theme nights. Imagine eloping to this enchanting paradise, for a traditional beach wedding meticulously planned with all the joyous trimmings of a Cook Island ceremony.


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Pacific Resort, Aitutaki Pacific Resort Aitutaki is a holiday delight for the senses. A soul soothing tempo and extraordinary landscapes set a backdrop for cuisine that will excite the palate and decadent digs that have shaped this Resort of global esteem. Bestowed the highest acclaim as the “World’s Leading Boutique Island Resort” by the World Travel Awards 2008 & 2009 – the Pacific Resort Aitutaki is a siren of the Pacific limited to just 27 luxurious absolute beachfront bungalows, suites and villas, all with panoramic ocean. Villas are gorgeously appointed in an eclectic blend of timber furnishings. Beachfront Villas are of split-level spacious design perched on spectacular black volcanic rock with an outdoor

staircase meandering down to the sandy beach. The Resort pride’s itself on choreographing ultimate weddings amongst tropical gardens complete with water lily ponds and dramatic volcanic rock features, on Rapae beach, part of Aitutaki’s ‘champagne’ stretch of white sandy beach, or the Village Limestone Church, architecturally magnificent steeped in tradition and local history. Magical memories. For fun, take a trek to the island’s highest point, join daily cultural activities, amble on the lagoon amble in single or double kayaks or snorkel amazing reefs. Take a guided lagoon or island cruise, scuba dive, or join a deep sea big game fishing run for marlin, tuna or wahoo.


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Australian Islands

Lizard Island Cooktown

Wild natural islands with rare bird and marine life and ancient rock formations, to tropical and reef islands

Cairns Dunk Island Bedarra Island

– these are just a few of the delights of the escapes dotted around the world’s largest island but smallest continent, Australia. From sandy beaches to rainforests to untamed wildeness areas, Australia’s islands

Townsville

offer a smorgasbord of delights for the adventurer to the sedate holidaymaker. Let’s not forget superb

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island cuisine!

Mackay

Hayman Island Hamilton Island Brampton Island

Rockampton

Wilson Island Heron Island

Bundaberg

Brisbane

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Uluru

Alice Springs

QUEENSLAND

Sydney

Rockhampton Bundaberg

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Newcastle

Canberra

Brisbane NEW SOUTH WALES

Perth Adelaide

Sydney Canberra VICTORIA Melbourne Adelaide

TASMANIA Hobart

Kangaroo Island

Lord Howe Island


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GREAT BARRIER REEF The reef – made up of hundreds of stunning tropical islands world-famous for their golden beaches – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Teaming with rare marine life across more than 3000 individual reef systems, the largest marine reef in the world draws visitors the whole year round. No wonder – from environmentalists, nature-lovers to wide-eyes visitors, the internationally-famous attraction offers the world’s ultimate reef experience.

LORD HOWE ISL AND This world-heritage listed island is a microcosm of the best nature has to offer. Packed into just 7 square miles long and 1.2 miles wide are a world-class tropical lagoon, breathtaking beaches, crystal-clear waters and forests covering two-thirds of the island’s land mass. Throw in fabulous restaurants coupled with privacy and a welcome lack of ritzy resorts, and Lord Howe is the destination for the sophisticated traveller.

K ANGAROO ISL AND If untamed wild terrain, sea lions basking in the sun and some of the best gourmet food an Aussie island has to offer sounds appealing, the 96 miles long Kangaroo Island is for you. Located off the South Australian coast, a quick boat ride or flight from Adelaide will land you in this wildlife sanctuary boasting five Wildlife Protection Zones.


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Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef Australia’s trademark understated luxur y coupled with irrepressible natural beauty Lizard Island is very special. Lizard Island’s distinguishing feature is its close proximity to the best known diving location on the Great Barrier Reef- the Cod Hole where divers can come face to face with a massive yet curious Potato Cod. Shuffle in flippers straight from the beach with snorkel at the ready to experience coral gardens, psychedelic tropical fish and giant clams. The Ribbon Reefs near Lizard Island are renowned for some of the best big game fishing in the world. On shore, explore secluded, pristine beaches by foot or dinghydon’t forget the gourmet picnic hamper for two. The Osprey

restaurant has a relaxed and intimate setting overlooking the beach and ocean, which inspires the daily changing menu showcasing the finest local produce and freshest seafood. Accommodation ranges from rooms with a view to the stunning ‘Pavilion’ perched high above the Coral Sea on Sunset Ridge. The Pavilion combines complete seclusion with spectacular panoramic views from an expansive decking area, private plunge pool, sun lounges and daybeds. Children 12 years and under are not catered for on Lizard Island ensuring peace and privacy.


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Hayman The Hayman experience begins before arrival and lingers long after leaving. The 1-hour luxury launch transfer from Great Barrier Reef Airport and Hayman across the spectacular Whitsunday Island Passage is the perfect entrée to the Hayman experience. Families relish Hayman for its fun friendly feel and watersports and activity program. Water sports, racquet sports, scuba diving, snorkel safaris, sea kayaking, tube rides, water skiing, dinghy hire, fishing charters, lunch drop offs at private beaches, Kids Club, Personal Training, pilates, and tennis lessons, to mention a few. Located in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef on the southerly palm-fringed shore of Hayman, the resort hugs a sweeping beach and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

Beyond the beach, a large sand flat with fringing coral reef hosts a stunning array of coral formations and marine life. White Cockatoos, Painted Lorikeets, Kookaburras, Herons, and colonies of endangered Proserpine Rock Wallabies also inhabit the island. and are part of an ongoing breeding program. Hayman presents elegant resort living in 212 beautifully appointed rooms, suites, penthouses and a beach villa situated within Retreat, Pool, Lagoon and Beachfront Wings, all featuring private terraces or balconies. Why not elope to Hayman? Then revisit each anniversary to renew love, relax and rejuvenate.


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Hamilton Island Perfectly placed in the Great Barrier Reef, amongst the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers a charismatic experience like no other with its glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, world class coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and a busy activity directory. With the gorgeous island chapel or barefoot on the beach, Hamilton Island is a spectacular wedding venue, and dedicated wedding consultants on site to meticulously craft and manage special attention, at every step. Couples are left to focus on each other. Daily tours to the Great Barrier Reef, restaurants, pools, shops and boutiques, 12 miles of bushwalking trails and a year-round

warm temperature – Hamilton Island is a therapeutic escape. Its spectacular views and design by champion golfer, Peter Thomson Perrett, elevate the Hamilton Island Golf Club to the highest class. Sprawling neighbouring Dent Island, it is the only championship island golf course in Australia. Hamilton Island offers the perfect setting for all types of corporate events including conferences, product launches, exhibitions and incentives. With the spectacular island location, convention facilities for 10 to 1000 people and a dedicated team of event professionals, Hamilton is an ultimate conference and incentive destination. A variety of hotel guest options from 3-5 stars.


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qualia, Great Barrier Reef The striking qualia is a unique Australian expression of worldclass accommodation tucked into the secluded northern most tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the astonishing beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Personalised and intuitive service is paid to 60 individual pavilions, all charmed with stunning views and some featuring private plunge pools. qualia caters only for persons over the age of 16. A luxurious selection of spa treatments crowns a deliriously rejuvenating getaway. For those whom golf is a ‘relaxing’ rather than frustrating pursuit a round on the Hamilton Island Golf Club on neighbouring Dent Island, Australia’s only island championship golf course will support their expectations.

For the more adventurous spirit, try a diving or snorkeling tour, pursue all manner of water sports, or, why not charter the services of a yacht and meander the Whitsundays, picnic on the glorious sands of Whitehaven Beach, or take a bird’s eye view on a scenic helicopter flight. qualia has two serene pools, a fitness centre, library, private dining room, two bars and restaurants presenting the freshest and finest cuisine. Alternatively retreat to the pavilion and order in-room platters, or discover other restaurants on the Island in a personal golf buggy. For a truly in intimate wedding affair or corporate retreat, request exclusive use of the entire resort!


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Dunk Island, Great Barrier Reef Ancient rainforest, tropical island splendor, cheek-to-cheek with the Great Barrier Reef Dunk was suitably dubbed “the island of peace and plenty” or Coonanglebah by local Aboriginal people. From its internationally admired natural beauty to its vivacious spirit for fun, Dunk is a holiday delight for the senses to be shaped by personal desire. A romantic getaway, adventure fuelled family celebration, or a simple return to quiet pleasures with close friends. For a soft start a rainforest walk taking in spectacular views from the summit of Mt Kootaloo, a snorkel at Muggy Muggy Beach, a leisurely lunch by the pool or surrender to an ultimate indulgence for two at Dunk’s luxurious spa – a secluded

sanctuary designed to evoke total relaxation. For a more upbeat pace there are day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, diving, charter fishing, water skiing, jet ski tours, kayaking, horse riding on the beach, tandem skydiving, golf, tennis, archery and mountain biking. As with island adventures, when it comes time to nosh let the appetite take the lead amongst spectacular buffets, the best in international style dining, chic café and bars. All rooms are stylishly appointed with three categories of accommodation, each with beach or garden views.


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Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island With the unique environment top of mind by design, the luxurious Southern Ocean Lodge oats atop a secluded sculptured cliff on a dramatic stretch of deserted coast, commanding staggering views of the wild Southern Ocean, its sprawling sugar white coastal sands and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness.

Signature design elements such as sandblasted limestone oors and recycled spotted gum feature walls, as well as contemporary bespoke furnishings and artworks commissioned from local Kangaroo Island artisans promote a real sense of place and complement a philosophy of true ecological sustainability.

This internationally celebrated lodge showcases nature and contemporary opulence even through its distinguished epicurean culture fed by a profusion of fresh seafood, unique local produce and the acclaimed vignerons of South Australia.

The secluded Southern Spa features signature treatments with Kangaroo Island botanicals to relax and rejuvenate. All inclusive rates include gourmet breakfast, light lunch, 4-course dinner with inspired daily menu, all beverages (cellarmasters list additional), island airport transfers and exceptional guided adventures and experiences. An experience that is the very essence of Australia.

The 21 deluxe eco chic suites feature lavish furnishings and sleeping areas, sunken lounge, glass-walled ensuite and outdoor terrace, each extending to arresting views.


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Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island A ‘treasure island’ of extraordinary contrasts, with dramatic volcanic peaks, lush forests, rolling surf and serene lagoons. Rising from the Tasman Sea just 430 miles northeast of Sydney, the tiny breathtakingly pretty Lord Howe island is just 7 miles long and 2 miles at widest. To preserve Lord Howe’s precious natural environment a mere 280 people are privileged to call it home and no more than 20 guests are hosted at Capella Lodge private beach hideaway. Long recognised for its pristine natural heritage, around 75% of the island is permanently preserved as marine park and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982. The boutique Capella Lodge perches above Lord Howe Island’s spectacular Lover’s Bay, and delivers all the hallmarks

of opulent beachside living. An intimate nine contemporary beach-house style suites featuring floor to ceiling windows, timber floors, marine ply joinery and custom furniture pieces create to create light-filled interiors and sophisticated seashore ambience. The petite Capella Spa indulges body and soul. A signature menu of rejuvenating and relaxation treatments embraces the Island’s endemic kentia palms and marine environment. Capellas innovative menus change daily showcasing fresh Island fish, house-made pasta, organic Island greens, dailybaked breads and Lodge-churned ice creams. Combining pristine natural beauty with relaxed luxury, Capella Lodge delivers a unique and exclusive Lord Howe experience.


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Bedarra, Great Barrier Reef Dedicated to no more than 32 guests at once Bedarra is arguably Australia’s most exclusive resort, an indulgent tropical haven lying off the coast of Cairns. With just 16 architecturally exquisite Australian-style villas cradled by rainforest, peace and privacy is paramount. Slip away to a hidden bay with a gourmet hamper complete with bubbles in a dinghy or wander at leisure on walking tracks and discover the treasures of pristine coastal rainforest, which few have ever known. Therapeutic spa treatments may be more the desired pace. Begin and end the day with delectable eats. Just to tease, imagine Smokey Bay oysters with miso and wakame followed by pan seared reef fish and a saffron vanilla buerre

blanc. Or perhaps something to satisfy a craving – simply ask. Removed from the main resort area, are two Pavilions set in secluded locations with views over Wedgerock Bay. All living spaces are expansive, luxurious, and connected with the latest entertainment technologies. Tying the knot in the exotic beauty and calm of this elegant retreat is certainly a memory to behold. Design a signature cocktail for guests to enjoy, as vows are being exchanged on a secluded beach, followed by a fabulous fi ve-star seafood feast under the stars. For those who appreciate the natural wonder of beautiful design, Bedarra is golden.


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Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef Be shipwrecked in style on a secluded desert island amongst the world’s wondrous Great Barrier Reef. A divine sweep of white sands, home to rare turtles and birds is Wilson Island both part of the Great Barrier Reef, and surrounded by it. Step off the beach into a kaleidoscope of marine life, including coral and fish. Wilson is divine by virtue of its sheer simplicity. It’s about enjoying the lack of glitz and welcoming the uncomplicated pleasures of island life and sharing with just 12 others. There is a myriad of Great Barrier Reef hotels and resorts, but none like Wilson Island. It offers comfortable, designer-inspired tent accommodation, with reef and ocean views.

Wilson is the perfect size to ‘rent an island’ for a weekend or longer... Guests can also relax at The Longhouse, a spacious, open-sided central complex with dining and lounge facilities, where bourgeois campers unwind over a drink at the end of the day. Wilson Island is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, approximately 45 miles north east off the coast of Gladstone and 9 miles from nearby Heron Island. Gladstone Airport is accessible from all major Australian airports.


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Brampton Island, Whitsunday Islands For couples seeking a romantic escape Brampton Island Resort is an ideal sanctuary for seclusion and romantic attentions. This large and beautiful Island National Park is surrounded by golden sandy beaches, coral gardens and an array of walking and jogging tracks graced by spectacular views. Lonesome beaches are the perfect place for a lazy picnic. A discreet dropoff can be arranged with the concierge and kept under wraps for a romantic surprise. Brampton Island accommodation consists of only 108 guest rooms ranging from beachfront with spectacular views out to the Whitsunday Islands, to Palm Rooms which are amongst beautiful tropical gardens.

At the base of the Whitsundays Island Passage, Brampton Island has 12 divinely beautiful beaches, with seven easily accessible on foot via the National Park. Just offshore guests can explore spectacular fringing reefs brimming with an amazing array of marine life or take a snorkeling or fish feeding tour, or a guided rainforest walk. Reward the energetic efforts with a rejuvenating massage, facial, or body wrap in The Sea Spa. Savour a range of delicious dining options from casual island style for a light snack, to elegant intimate dinners for couples, all created with the freshest and finest ingredients.

Heron Island Created on a bed of coral in the living heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is one of Mother Nature’s best, a rare wonderland afloat in a World Heritage protected coral cay.

It’s also a natural choice for those who like to explore and laze on beaches or cosy up on a private picnic far from crowds. The vibe on Heron is supremely relaxed.

Observing nesting Green and Loggerhead turtles is a seasonal highlight, along with birds of all sizes and kinds which have made their home here. Whales love to visit and call in regularly. The translucent waters surrounding the island host flourishing coral gardens and sea creatures great and small in abundance and spectacle. It’s a mecca for divers, snorkellers and visitors keen to school up on marine facts during guided island and reef walks and semi-submersible cruises.

Casually styled rooms, 109 of them, overlook gardens, beach or reef and are cleverly appointed to ensure guests truly break from the stresses of the daily grind. While available at the Resort, televisions and telephones are nowhere to be found in guest rooms. Access to Heron Island is via launch or a spectacular helicopter transfer to the island from Gladstone Airport on the Queensland coast of Australia.


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Asia From Singapore to Hong Kong, Thailand to Indonesia, Asian cities are amongst the liveliest on earth. The busiest sea ports, biggest shopping centres, tallest buildings and most luxurious tourist hot spots can be found across Asia, the largest continent in the world. The rich European heritage of many countries washes through the architecture, cuisine and lifestyles of some of the most bustling and most populated places on the planet.

THAILAND Bangkok

Khao Lak

Koh Samui

Phuket

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KHAO LAK Southern Thailand’s azure Adaman coastline is home to some of the world’s most spectacular beaches, and Khao Lak is no exception. Don’t expect to run into many other people on its deserted white beaches, or bump into other divers in its awesome dive sanctuaries. About an hour and a half’s spectacular drive from Phuket International Airport, the nature lovers’ paradise against a jungle backdrop will enchant even the fussiest tourist.

KOH SAMUI The third-largest island in Thailand, Koh Samui has a reputation as a hippy island paradise but also offers the discerning traveller remote palm-swaying beaches, virgin rainforests and fi ve-star digs. Along with crowded beaches with locals peddling their wares and services, the more reclusive tourist can find isolated snorkelling paradises. This has it all, from western bars and nighstrips to more exotic Asian offerings – including outside gogo bars.

PHUKET From Las Vegas-style shows to the Sino-Portuguese splendours of Old Phuket Town, Phuket has become one of the ‘mustsee’ destinations of Thailand and one of Asia’s hottest tourist destinations. ‘Fun’ defines this popular beach island which offers world-class diving, a hectic night life, superb accommodation and cuisine and plenty of places to escape the madding crowd. Surrounding islands are easily accessible from this centrally located paradise for brief sightseeing tours or longer expeditions.

BALI The Hindu population of this Indonesian island are the friendliest and the diversity of scenery and cultural experiences is the most surprising of any island. From the gentleness and artistic depth of Ubud to the glitzy rollicking fun of Kuta beach, Bali is a holiday delight for the senses. The rolling rice paddies and mountain villages are the geographical backdrop to the pulsating western-style beaches and bar hubs that has made Bali a favourite Australian haunt.


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Sheraton Grande Laguna, Phuket Set against a dazzling backdrop of bright white sand and sparkling indigo lagoons, Sheraton Grande Laguna offers endless recreational opportunities. The lush green hills and coconut groves of Phuket captivate the minds of even the most discerning travelers. Phuket’s natural beauty emphasizes solitude and peace. Take a leisurely swim in our 323m serpentine pool complemented by glistening shades of azure or pamper your body and soul at Angsana Spa, complete with a luxurious product line. Savour the epitome of fine dining al fresco amongst greenery or overlooking the sunset with one of our signature

gourmet dishes available from one of our seven dining and entertainment venues. All of our 423 beautifully appointed guest rooms and villas provide touches of luxury to every moment of your experience. Rooms are spacious with a touch of elegant opulence and our exotic culture is reflected throughout.


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Banyan Tree, Phuket Fringed by the golden sands and gentle waves of the Andaman Sea, Banyan Tree Phuket is a magnet for couples relishing artful opulence, privacy and knock-out service. The ambience is supremely grand, amenities synonymous with Banyan Tree premium villa experience. Deluxe villas are elegantly appointed with rich Thai décor. The villa’s alfesco jet-pool dissolves life’s pressures before a garden of tropical flowers in full bloom, butterflies flitting by and cicadas punctuating the night with rhythmic hum. Phuket’s environs are blessed with legendary beauty, crystal clear waters, spectacular underwater life, majestic limestone cliffs, tropical forests and magical places like Phang Nga Bay,

the Phi Phi Islands and the Similans. Work up an appetite lazing on glorious deserted beaches, touring truly exhilarating excursions sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sea canoeing, deep-sea fishing and island hopping; or stay on land and try horse riding, elephant trekking and a jungle safari. Romantic eclectic dining experiences feature a restaurant afloat in the middle of the resort’s main lagoon, underneath a banyan tree overlooking the lagoon – exclusively for two, or the award winning Saffron renowned for its creative selection of Thai cuisine prepared using traditional methods passed down through generations.


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The Chedi Phuket The Chedi Phuket is the gateway to a tropical island paradise. With views out to the Andaman Sea, thatched cottages sit cosily under a canopy of coconut groves, where landscaped slopes gently descend to meet a private stretch of sandy shore on Pansea Beach. The handsomely furbished one-bedroom and two-bedroom cottages have handcrafted teak floors underfoot, secluded sun decks, and private verandahs for couples to snuggle, mums and daughters, and best friends to reconnect. With sand between the toes, let the belt out for authentic Thai cuisine served with unobstructed views of the Andaman Sea. Live classical Thai music complements the enchanting seaside

dining experience with fresh fish seafood and prime cut meat from the BBQ charcoal. Almost a resort within a resort, the spa and wellness retreat with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and its own plunge pool, pampers using rejuvenating therapies derived from traditional Thai and contemporary curative approaches. Chedi is family friendly catering children’s menus, baby sitting and a plethora of fun options including tennis courts and exciting water recreation. Business and conference facilities enable special events flavoured with the rustic serenity of Phuket and its warm spirit of true island hospitality.

The Sarojin, Khao Lak The Sarojin is an award wining luxurious romantic boutique resort providing exceptional personalized services and excursions “just for 2“, beautifully ensconced on an 7 miles secluded white sand beach in Khao Lak. Bordering fi ve spectacular national parks, the world famous dive sanctuaries of the Similan Surin islands and Phang Nga Bay renowned for its dramatic limestone islands and captivating sea cave canoe journeys and as three 18 hole golf courses. The Sarojin’s team of personal guides and the elegant “imagineer” are the ultimate concierge, delight in creating very personal and tailor made experiences and adventures “just for 2”.

Try a private charter on the luxury boat Lady Sarojin, a jungle adventure complete with champagne, a rejuvenating oriental spa massage lulled by the sounds of the Andaman sea, a thai cooking class and lunch by a river, or a romantic diner on a secluded beach or by a candlelit jungle waterfall... the limits are only your imagination. Designed in a contemporary Asian style with just 56 luxurious and spacious guest residences, The Sarojin provides exceptional personalized experiences and is ideally suited for couples, luxurious honeymoons, romantic adventures and intimate weddings. No children under 12 years are permitted to stay.


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Six Senses Hideaway, Koh Samui On a gently sloping headland on the northern tip of Samui Island, Six Senses Hideaway cleverly blends into 20-acres of indigenous vegetation while framing amazing panoramas to the Gulf of Siam and outlying islands. With just 66 contemporary villas capturing views at every turn, a spirit of space and seclusion has been created. Most of the villas have private infinity-edged swimming pools that melt into the horizon creating peaceful isolation despite the resort’s facilities being close at hand and augmented by extraordinary personal butlers who can be called upon for all things. A Thai wedding ceremony officiated by Buddhist Monks is phenomenally beautiful with its many rituals and blessings.

A Thai or western service can be arranged by Hideaway event specialists. Six Senses Hideaway Samui has the reputation for serving some of the best food on Koh Samui and uses the freshest herbs, vegetables, and organic greens from the resort’s own gardens. Choose to explore by boat or traverse Samui by foot, elephant, motorcycle or car, there’s a wealth of natural beauty and cosmopolitan luxury to discover. While the most visited areas have roads lined with shops and businesses, much of the island remains covered with coconut groves, rice paddies and forest.


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Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui A tucked-away hillside resort on the mystical Gulf of Siam spacious Thai villas are wrapped in tropical gardens, coconut groves and an amphitheatre of sky, sea and islands. The Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is remarkable. The architectural challenge of constructing suites with private lap pools on the side of a tropical Everest is astounding, as is maintaining impeccable service traversing with haste in the buggies. Nestled on the hillside or steps from the beach, the Resort’s 60 one-bedroom villas are a deliciously romantic escape, while the 14 one- to fi ve-bedroom residence villas are ideal for guests who require extra space and privacy. Each accommodation includes swanky al fresco living spaces, a private infinity pool

and astonishing panoramas of Laem Yai Bay, the island of Pha Ngan and the Gulf of Siam. Share marriage vows in this mystical realm. Imagine how a hillside Thai villa – with its own infinity pool – swaddles couples in chic seclusion. In the forest spa, a private treatment sala (sundeck) awaits the couple exclusively. Four Seasons staff can help you craft every memorable detail. Revel in the many faces of Thailand. Enjoy the forest spa. Dine at hillcrest or beachside. Splash in the private bay. And explore a pristine world of untouched beaches, hidden waterfalls, reefs, rainforest and sunshine.


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St Regis Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali On the soft, sandy beaches of Nusa Dua, the Garden of Bali, St Regis presents a unique resort culture, a glamorous yet supremely relaxed barefoot luxury.

From help with special dining options such as villa barbecues, arranging day trips, or for a wedding, the St Regis Butler service is available to perform a great range of services.

St. Regis Suites and Villas are magnificent, gracefully furnished each reflecting the spirit of Bali where the beauty is in the detail of the Balinese art, brilliant splashes of colour, beautiful woods, and fine artifacts.

Designed to accentuate the beauty of the beachfront setting, the Cloud Nine Chapel is surrounded by a pond that overflows and cascades down steps. A wood-terraced reception area sits beyond the pond, right at the beachfront. Divinely romantic.

Cocktails and canapés in the classic King Cole Bar provides a snapshot of how each resort restaurant shines with its own character and cuisine.

For business or purely social, the Resort offers exceptional venues including the Astor Ballroom – a prestigious venue for government and corporate meetings, a grand Presidential Suite, the intimate Newport meeting room, and a unique garden Amphitheatre – also a splendid wedding venue.

The onsite Water Sports Centre is pleased to arrange snorkeling, kayaking, wind-surfing, canoeing, or kite surfing equipment.


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The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali Discover a place where you can be at your best. Upon entering a Westin hotel, we welcome you with sights, sounds and scents to stir your soul and replenish your spirit. Leave the outside world behind and allow your senses to be elevated. Nestled on white sandy beach of Bali’s southern coast, The Westin Resort is a fi ve star resort set to provide travelers with the highest level of comfort which blends in the soft touches of Balinese hospitality. Each guest room and suite features the acclaimed Heavenly Bed, a flat-screen television, an electronic safe, Voice Mail system and Broadband Internet access. Royal Beach Club rooms are the resort’s premier room type. This luxurious category entitles guests to an array of exclusive

privileges including access to a private lounge serviced by unobtrusive attendants 24 hours a day. 24 Royal Beach Club rooms and 25 suites are located in a separate wing suitably distanced from mainstream activity to offer splendid garden and ocean views. Facilities outside of the guestroom include a large freshwater pool and a relaxing saltwater pool each with its own waterfall. If a non-water activity is preferred, The Westin Resort Bali boasts four floodlit tennis courts, WestinWORKOUT, and a rejuvenating Westin Spa. You have found your place to relax, revive and experience total renewal.


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Anantara Seminyak, Bali Surrounded by the natural brilliance of Bali’s Seminyak coast, Anantara Seminyak is an estemmed retreat steps from the rolling Indian Ocean and Seminyak Village, an upmarket outpost of chic restaurants, boutiques and hip nightlife. Toast the world-famous Seminyak sunsets from the private balcony of a glorious suite furnished in true elegant Anantara style, contemporary Balanese-inspired furniture, free flowing spaces, to-die-for terrazzo tubs. The Penthouses are the most grand at 420 square metres of pure James Bond style luxury, with sensuous indoor-outdoor infinity pool and 270 degree panoramic views. Anantara Seminyak offers unique expeditions to explore the

vibrant tropical nature and spiritual heartland of the island of Bali. The adrenalin of white-water rafting on the Ayung River, a hike to view a spiritual sunset from the sea temple Tanah Lot, stroll the cultural hub of Ubud or take an elephant safari through pristine rainforest jungle. To cap an adventurous day, relax at the infinity-edged swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a traditional massage or a Ayurvedic spa therapy. Indulge the ultimate in fine dining in one the resort’s six destination restaurants. Seal love in tropical island elegance. Anantara’s chic culture creates heavenly moments and blissful traditional wedding ceremonies which leave an everlasting impression in the heart.


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The Chedi Club, Ubud Nestled in an exclusive estate surrounded by lush greenery and verdant rice fields, this captivating natural beauty coupled with killer splendor The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah in Ubud, Bali is one of the finest luxury retreats in the world. A mere 20 elegantly appointed villas and suites gracefully scattered over a 5-hectare expanse of rural landscaping ensure privacy is of the essence. Here, traditional Balinese architecture, Hadiprana artifacts and contemporary comforts combine stunningly to create designer residences, glorious bedrooms, semi-outdoor bathrooms, private courtyard entrances and gardens. A personal butler is assigned to all villas. For the ultimate restorative getaway the Spa Villa is a rare find.

Only three in total each with a private massage suite, sauna, cold plunge pool and an exclusive semi-outdoor rainforest shower and bathtub which completes this pinnacle in luxury indulgence. Guests of the Spa Villa enjoy a morning massage, an afternoon spa treatment and a special spa breakfast for two. Overlook lush paddy fields and the Gunung Agung volcano from the comfort of the restaurant and Club Lounge with a cocktail in hand or before a delectable menu of traditional Balinese and Asian cuisine. Nature lovers will find the The Bird Lounge a captivating choice for cocktails and cigars. A ballad of birdsong from the nearby Tanah Gajah Aviary seasons the air.

The Legian, Seminyak, Bali Fronting a huge expanse of peaceful beach, The Legian’s uncompromising standards of luxury and crisp elegance has earned its reputation on the global map of ‘chic’ Bali resort experiences. Set along the dashing Seminyak strip on Bali’s southeast coast there’s style, inspiration, and butlers by the yard. For those who romanticize about tying the knot on the island of the Gods, The Legian offers uniquely contrasting settings, a tropical garden backlit by the ocean, or a spectacular inland location encompassed by a vista of terraced rice fields, lush coconut palms and the mighty volcano, Gunung Agung. Beautifully integrated within landscaped scented gardens and lotus ponds, The Legian prides itself on imparting a culturally

authentic experience throughout its range of studio, deluxe, to designers suites, 66 in all. For absolute exclusivity, the new Beach House tucked in a secluded alcove has separate living and dining conveniences and a 16m infinity pool overlooking the shimmering Indian Ocean. A spectacular venue for a couple in search of a luscious wedding locale. Spilling out onto the terrace, the all-day restaurant specializes in contemporary European menus with Asian influences. Unwind at the hands of traditional practitioners at The Legian Spa, or request a private rubdown in the suite. There’s also a high-tech gymnasium, steam-room and pedicure lounge.


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