At the mere mention of the Pacific Islands, you’ll be dreaming of white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, secluded islands and the like. The region is home to some of the world’s most pristine coastal locations. Plus, an array of stunning seaside resorts to boot. From Fiji to Tahiti and the smattering of stunning islands in between, the islands each boast a distinct culture, landscape and approach to health and wellness. These destination resorts make the most of their surroundings. They integrate a holistic approach to wellbeing with rest, relaxation, and the all-important laidback luxe. So, here are the best luxury wellness retreats in the Pacific Islands to visit.
This article was originally published on April 23, 2020, and was last updated on July 22, 2022.
Six Senses Fiji
Sat on the shores of a private beach on Malolo Island in Fiji, Six Senses have created an eco-friendly paradise of crystalline waters and breeze-filled palm trees. The signature Six Senses Spa can take care of all your relaxation needs. Meanwhile, the jungle gym will keep you on your toes. Offering dedicated sleep, fitness and yoga retreats, there’s a great selection of wellness programmes to help you reset and refresh. While you’re away, there’s plenty to keep you amused. From surfing and cooking classes to sailing and diving, you’ll while away the hours on the golden sand beach.
Navutu Stars Fiji Yasawa Islands Resort
Set among an archipelago of volcanic islands, Navutu Stars Fiji Yasawa Islands Resort is a tranquil and intimate resort. It hosts a maximum of 20 guests at any given time. The 10 beachfront rooms are located along three bays. So it guarantees you the utmost privacy during your time in the Yasawa Islands. Guests can indulge with their choice of spa treatments. Many of them use locally sourced ingredients and medicinal plants. Meanwhile, yoga classes offer a unique combination of Ashtanga and Iyengar practice designed by acclaimed practitioner Torika Tabua.
Iririki Island Resort & Spa
Though it lies just a three-minute boat ride from Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, a stay at Iririki Island Resort & Spa will leave you feeling like you’ve found your perfect, secluded private island paradise. Choose from eight different room types. Nourish your body at one of seven on-site restaurants and bars. Then, indulge by exploring one of the many nearby attractions. Activities include snorkelling, sailing or exploring the island’s wildlife. Iririki Spa—located on the highest point of the island—offers a wide range of treatments. It uses products from acclaimed skincare brand Thalgo. Treatment rooms and massage suites overlook the island’s beautiful beaches, and with nothing but the sound of crashing waves in the distance. So, you’ll be hardpressed not to relax.
St Regis Bora Bora
The five-star resort is located in Vaitape, Bora Bora, and features overwater pavilions, five bars and restaurants and a whole host of wellness-focused activities. The Clarins-operated Miri Miri Spa—located on its own islet—offers unbeatable views of the surrounding private lagoon. It boasts a Hammam, Jacuzzi and sauna, as well as a wide range of restorative treatments. An outdoor tennis court, swimming pool and private beach make for the perfect places to while away a morning, while guests also have access to non-motorised water sports equipment.
This luxury private island in Fiji is where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enjoyed a babymoon during their royal tour of Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, and Tonga. Offering a conscientious approach to luxury travel, the resort raises funds for the Vatuvaru Foundation to support coastal communities affected by climate change. Guests at this exclusive resort—which has only three villas—can enjoy private yoga instruction, water adventures from kayaking to stand up paddleboarding, and even get their PADI diving certificate.
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Sofitel Marara Beach Resort
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Matira Bay, Sofitel Marara Beach Resort brings its own brand of luxury to the shores of Bora Bora. In summary, overwater bungalows feature glass floors and spacious terraces and boast all the amenities you would expect from a cosmopolitan hotel. The hotel’s on-site restaurants offer a blend of traditional French and Polynesian flavours, while the One Soul Spa derives its treatments from traditional Polynesian healing plants and treatments.
Le Taha’a Tahiti
With just 58 suites and villas and lying just a 14-minute helicopter ride from Bora Bora, Le Taha’a is an intimate boutique resort that offers a relaxing experience in the heart of Polynesia. The Tavai Spa uses monoi, a traditional floral coconut oil, in many of its treatments which helps to soothe tired travellers bodies and minds. Shuttles take guests to Taha’a’s nearby jogging track, while a tennis court and fitness centre offer on-site exercise options. There are also outrigger canoes and kayaks available for hire at your leisure.
Aitutaki Lagoon Wellness Resort
This private island resort has been frequented by the likes of Carey Grant, Marlon Brando and John Wayne. The only private island resort and spa in the Cook Islands, overwater and beachfront bungalows are steeped in luxury while maintaining a barefoot luxe appeal that blends into its surroundings. Spa Polynesia Aitutaku offers a wide range of spa and beauty treatments, boasts a sauna and fitness centre and a whole host of outdoor equipment (including kayaks, stand up paddleboards and snorkels) available for hire. So, it really is an island paradise.