Related: Ikurangi Eco Retreat
When you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living and back to nature, a fantastic option is to go glamping; the luxurious version of camping which combines all the pleasures of sleeping under canvas with the luxuries that us hotel lovers have come to expect! Glamping has now reached every corner of the globe so you don’t have to stay near to home, in fact where better to get back to nature than a true island paradise. The Pacific Islands offer stunning flora and fauna, exotic palm-leaden beaches and underwater coral gardens. Read on for our guide to the top 3 glamping resorts in the Pacific Islands…
A stunning South Pacific island retreat awaits at the Ikurangi Eco Retreat (pictured above), the Cook Islands only glamping hotel which lies in the capital of Rarotonga. Your surrounding are the captivating Takitumu Mountain ranges, lush green palms and the mango trees of this tropical garden haven.
Choose your accommodation from four Luxury Safari Tents perched upon private timber decks or two Polynesian ‘Are’ Studios; top tip – request the Ariki Safari Tent, it’s the most luxurious, often reserved from honeymooners and includes a claw foot bath set amongst a private garden setting! There is a deluxe outdoor bathroom, a comfortable king-size bed, what I would term the essentials: electricity, hot water and Wi-Fi, and some luxuries too; tea and local artisan coffee facilities, luxury waffle robes and natural bathroom amenities. No matter how charming your tent, it’s the private outdoor deck that will become your favourite spot; chill with a glass of wine and watch the sunset, paradise has never felt so close.
Breakfast is included so you wake to find a tropical breakfast of fresh fruit, artisan breads and cereals right outside your door! There’s plenty to do on the island, go on a jeep safari, tour the local Matutu brewery, visit the nearby lagoon-like Muri Beach, swim in the resort’s pool or take private yoga sessions in the gardens of Ikurangi. Bicycles and snorkelling equipment are complimentary so you can explore your little corner of paradise to your hearts content.
Stay on the idyllic, tropical island of Qamea – just east of Taveuni. Your accommodation is one of 9 beachfront eco safari bures, with the ocean just steps away across the private white sandy beach with the stunning rain forest as your backdrop. Your facilities are comfortable and include lovely luxuries; an ensuite bathroom, raised wooden floors, wooden shutters, comfy queen beds and a private veranda with seating; the perfect spot to ocean-gaze and watch the sunset. As you are so remote, the provide all the food, let them know what you want to try, there’s fresh organic vegetables picked from the organic garden, freshly baked homemade breads, wood fired pizza, freshly caught fish, and Fijian delicacies. There’s plenty to do; snorkel the spectacular coral gardens in front of this boutique resort, scuba dive, surf, fish, kayak, play volleyball and table tennis, or the resort can arrange cultural village visits, hiking the island treks and luxurious massages!
Nestled within a needled ironwood grove, you’ll find seven spacious yurt hales set among towering evergreens and ocean breezes along Hawaii Island’s North Kohala coast. They all have two single beds or one king, a private toilet and sink and indoor and outdoor showers are located nearby too. The yurt village has a sister boutique hotel on the same site and as a guest at the yurt village you can use their facilities which include an eco-spa, jacuzzi, library, media room and a beautiful saltwater infinity lap pool. Meals are also served in the main hotel among the fragrant gardens. There are 50 acres of coastal forests, cliffs, wild groves, ancient valley trails and gardens to explore, guided hikes and excursions can be arranged, and you are also near the small country village of Hawi.