There was an old soap ad in the 1970s where a wealthy couple is bathing in their bubble baths on board their private jet and the husband picks up the phone and connects with the pilot. “Simon … Tahiti” he says, and the plane banks to head towards the island paradise.
Well, Tahiti isn’t the only dream luxury holiday destination (though you might want to take a look at Bora Bora). Let us point out 5 next level island getaways and next time you and your love are getting soapy 35,000 feet up, you can have these suggestions ready to tell your pilot.
Aloha! It’s your Maui villa
The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is heaven on earth for those who enjoy natural wonders and high-thrill watersports. Try a spot of surfing, kiteboarding or kitesurfing or go snorkelling in one of the protected bays.
Snorkel the Molokini Crater, a small underwater volcano that doubles as a sanctuary for marine life or take a drive along the Hana Highway, a winding, 102-kilometre stretch of road that will keep you mesmerised with the amazing scenery between Kahului and Hana.
Now, for the very lush accommodation, well you could climb in to a California king size bed in your very own three-bedroom villa, right on the sandy shore. Flanked by manicured gardens and with its own tiled terrace, it’s built for outdoor living with indoor comfort. Settle back in the jacuzzi or sip cocktails in your beachfront cabana.
The huge gourmet kitchen is perfect for your private chef to whip up your favourite seafood meals or you could score an invitation to a luau and join in the festivities. At around $2,246 AUD per night and sleeping six, you can make like Richard Branson and pretend Maui is your personal island hideaway.
A transformed fortress in majestic Majorca
The divine Cap Rocat is an exclusive resort in Cala Blava, Majorca. Originally a 19th-century fortress carved out of the cliff face, the architecture has been retained and creatively transformed into a boutique 26-suite hotel.
The Fortress infinity pool is one of the premier attractions with its uninterrupted views across Palma Bay. The pool deck is sumptuously furnished with ridiculously comfy lounge beds from which to order your cocktails, exactly the way you like them.
Your Cap Rocat suite boasts three terraces, one for each level, so you can decide to have breakfast on one, snooze in a hammock on another and enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the third. Marble bathrooms with full-sized bath tubs and walk-in rain showers add further luxe to your accommodations.
A wellbeing spa, a fine dining restaurant and an open-air eatery will cater to your needs nicely. At around $700 AUD per night, do you think you could cope with such indulgence?
“Simon … Bora Bora”
How much privacy and seclusion can you bear? Well at the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora, you can have all you want, but still be around other holidaymakers if you want to. Your over water bungalow comes complete with a private plunge pool that’s all yours so you don’t have to share with other romantics.
If you prefer, you can commune with the exotic reef fish in the tranquil lagoon.
Pop on a mask and take a half-day snorkel safari tour and wander through the colourful corals. You can even book an excursion led by the resort’s resident marine biologist and help to feed the fish.
Your bungalow offers wi-fi, a large TV with satellite channels and DVD player, a private patio, a beautiful bathtub, air-conditioning and a spacious living and dining area. Expect to pay around $2,174 AUD per night.
Moorea Island … or Fantasy Island?
The French Polynesian island of Moorea is unfamiliar to many people but for those who have been, it represents a memory of serene tropical indulgence.
The Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort will have you ensconced in French elegance, treated to warm Polynesian hospitality and surrounded by the peace and calm of an island paradise.
Dine barefoot on the sand at a table for two, with candlelight from a crystal table chandelier and watch the sky as its colours perform a kaleidoscopic dance. Be spoiled by talented spa therapists who will use pure essential oils and exotic natural ingredients to massage your body and have you feeling like you’re floating on air.
If you want to get the adrenaline coursing through your body, you can choose from skydiving or jet skiing or take a tour to discover the stunning waterfalls. Play a round of golf or tour the island on a boat and see it from a different angle. A Luxury Bungalow on the beach front with a king size bed is around $870 AUD per night.
“Heaven of all Heavens” in Phi Phi, Thailand
With a tag line that confident, you’d feel pretty sure you’re signing up for a special experience. And so it is, at Paresa Resort in Phi Phi, Phuket. Perched amid tropical forests with an outlook to the glittering sea, Paresa is billed as “an oasis of tranquility and unrivalled luxury”.
Your Ocean Pool Suite boasts 140 square metres of space, its own private infinity pool, an outdoor shower and a large sun-drenched patio with a four-poster sun lounger. The interior décor is romantic and luxurious featuring elegant teak touches and a high-end marble ensuite with a bath tub that looks out over the Andaman Sea.
The Spa by Paresa provides a sanctuary with five double treatment suites that include steam showers and baths. Have your nails done, your hair styled or an invigorating Thai massage. The resort’s own hydroponic gardens yield the luxury ingredients used in the treatments.
You can also avail yourself of mind training, yoga, reiki and meditation. The tariff for the Ocean Pool Suites sits at around $974 AUD per night.
Which island getaway will you choose?
Each of our 5 next level island getaways offers its own individual appeal. Maybe you want to travel a shorter distance or perhaps you want to get right away from everything. Wherever you go – to any of our suggestions or to one you research for yourself – you’re bound to have the experience of a lifetime.