Paradise has a few new names ..
The islands of the South Pacific complement a vacation in New Zealand perfectly. Those looking for a place to enjoy somewhere to relax and recharge should consider one of these new additions to the Southern Crossings South Pacific offering: The Brando, Vatu Vara or Kokomo Private Island.
When Marlon Brando filmed Mutiny on the Bounty on Tetiaroa atoll in the 1960s he loved it so much he bought the island as the ultimate retreat from Hollywood. Nearly 60 years on and so it remains, a remote and unspoiled island paradise to escape the cares of the rest of the world.
It was Brando himself who had the vision of a luxury eco resort which was brought to reality with the opening of the Brando resort in 2014.
A 20 minute scenic flight by private plane from Papete, Tahiti guests are delivered to a remote, luxurious and eco-friendly resort.
Accommodation is provided in 35 generously proportioned and luxuriously appointed one-,two and three-bedroom villas, each with its own beachfront access, outdoor dining area and private plunge pool.
Guests of the resort are provided with a choice of dining venues and a wide range of activities including tennis, cycling, snorkelling, diving, sailing, paddleboadring and kayaking. They also have the opportunity to learn about Polynesian art and culture with music and dance lessons, hand-craft classes and cooking demonstrations. Or simply relax and indulge at the Varua te ora Polynesian spa.
Much thought has gone into the resort’s design and operations. Utilising renewable energy sources such as solar power, sea water air-conditioning and coconut oil as fuel, the resort is now carbon neutral and close to self-sustainable.
A purpose-built eco station is dedicated to the preservation of the area’s precious biodiversity and guests are encouraged to interact with the scientists and researchers at the EcoStatio to learn more about the resort’s beautiful surrounds. Naturalist guides and researcher-led touring options introduce visitors to the local bird and marine life.
On the other side of the South Pacific, rising out of the cobalt waters of Fiji’s remote Lau group of islands is a tiny and very exclusive piece of paradise. Secluded and unspoiled, this all-inclusive luxury resort is accessed only by the resort’s private plane. With just three villas the island Vatuvara also available for exclusive use.
Each of the one-bedroom air-conditioned villas feature a luxurious ensuite, private indoor and outdoor dining areas, a kitchen, spa and heated infinity pool. The traditional Fijian thatched roofs crown high ceilings and frame the stunning lagoon views.
The resort offers delicious locally sourced cuisine, nurturing spa treatments and a range of land and water-based activities including scuba diving, snorkelling. paddle-boarding, fishing, a 4 hole golf course, picturesque island walks, picnicking on a secluded beach or relaxing in a hammock with a good book.
Also in Fiji, encircled by the famous Great Astrolabe Reef, Kokomo Private Island resort (officially opened March 2017) is a scenic 45 minute helicopter transfer from Nadi and a million miles from the cares of everyday life. Here, days are spent snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, diving, fishing, swimming, relaxing in the day spa, enjoying a hit of tennis .. or simply doing nothing at all.
Accommodation is in 21 one-,two- and three-bedroom beachfront villas dotted along the island’s sandy white beaches, 4 exclusive hilltop residences nestled amidst the rainforest or in the ultimate beachfront luxury residence. Each accommodation option has its own infinity pool, separate living area and outdoor decks. The three-, four-, five- and six-bedrooms residences also have their own kitchen facilities – perfect for private catering options. All meals, WiFi, nanny / buttler services and a wide range of resort facilities and activities are included in the tariff.