Swaying palm trees, crystal clear water, endless sandy beaches. Nothing says ‘relax’ like a classic island escape and with 2020 throwing travel plans across the globe into disarray, we are daydreaming about a 2021 remote island getaway. With so many beautiful locations in the Pacific Islands, we are ready to book a tranquil escape as soon as borders reopen. Here are five of our favourite remote island getaways, where being socially distanced is a given.
1. Loloata Private Island Resort, Papua New Guinea
Loloata Private Island Resort is Papua New Guiena’s newest luxury island resort, offering 68 contemporary and luxuriously appointed rooms and overwater bungalows, with surrounding white sandy beaches and an onsite wellness spa. No expense has been spared at this boutique tropical hideaway, set on an exclusive private island, located on the edge of the Papuan Barrier Reef. Surrounded only by tropical beauty, serenity and premium hospitality, guests feel a million miles away whilst still within easy reach of the international airport. Loloata was designed with the environment in mind, and seamlessly integrates with its pristine location in a conscious and respectful manner, sensitive to the marine reserve that surrounds it. This private island resort guarantees a luxurious, relaxing and unforgettable experience. www.loloataislandresort.com
2. The Brando, Tetiaroa, Tahiti
Famous for its regular stream of celebrity guests, The Brando sits on its own private island of Tetiaroa. Offering the ultimate in luxury and privacy, there are just 35 villas available and the island is only accessible by the resort’s plane or boat. From one bedroom villas to three bedroom residences, each room offers seclusion and separation from other guests. Five bar and dining options cater to every whim, and the resort’s spa takes relaxation to the next level. The island was previously used by Tahitian royalty for their summer retreat, and then Marlon Brando who considered it his own personal sanctuary. With a focus on environmental purity and sustainability, the resort is close to operating at a carbon neutral level, with renewable energy, sea water air conditioning, and the Tetiaroa Society on site. www.thebrando.com
3. Tavanipupu Private Island Resort, Solomon Islands
Tavanipupu is considered one of the world’s most striking Island resorts and is easily regarded as the best place to stay in Solomon Islands. Formerly a coconut plantation, it was transformed into a dreamy island paradise in the 1970s by a British interior decorator. The exclusive 13-hectare island features just 10 bungalows, five of which have been recently renovated. Guests are treated to simple but luxurious island-style accommodation, featuring rattan furnishings, a plush king-size bed, oversized bathrooms, and private deck with ocean views. To enhance tranquillity, the resort’s bungalows have no telephones or televisions; however there is complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access in the main lounge areas for those guests who don’t want to disconnect fully. www.tavanipupu.com.sb
4. Nusa Island Retreat, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
Offering beautiful bungalows, unlimited diving, fishing, and surfing, Nusa Island Retreat is a haven for the active explorer that is also seeking tranquility and pure escape. Situated only a few minutes boat ride from the capital of New Ireland, Kavieng, the intimate and private 11 room resort is perfectly positioned to the conveniences of town, yet far enough to be a world away. The retreat is set on a sheltered white sandy point which offers safe swimming and encompasses picturesque views back across the aqua blues of Kavieng Harbour. It exudes a relaxed and easy going feel from the moment you set foot on the beach. www.nusaislandretreat.com
5. Le Méridien Ile des Pins – Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
The striking Le Méridien Ile des Pins resort is nestled on the Isle of Pines, which sits off the southeast coast of New Caledonia’s main island. Accessible by plane or by ferry from the main island, the Isle of Pines is a true get-back-to-nature experience. Surrounded by sweet-smelling coconut groves and towering pine trees, the resort offers 49 beautifully bright and airy rooms, each of which features tranquil terraces, oversized soaking tubs and stunning views of the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage Listed lagoon.
Outside the resort, guests can take a dip in the Isle of Pines’ famous natural swimming pool, known for its crystal-clear waters and tropical marine life, sail on a traditional outrigger boat, explore deserted islets, snorkel or dive amongst the lagoon’s coral or hike the Isle’s nature reserves and trails. lemeridieniledespins.com.
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