PW's 12 Days Of Christmas : DAY V Tropical Holiday Destinations

United States Party

December 19, 2017

Olivia Iaea|Pacific Weddings

If you're looking for your own private-island retreat, you don't have to leave the country--head just west of Maui to the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.The smallest publicly accessible Hawaiian island, Lanai has been reinvented by her new owner, Oracle's Larry Ellison. Luxurious oceanfront rooms are appointed in dark hand-carved woods with every possible amenity including high definition televisions in the bathroom mirrors and truly the softest sheets ever. Lounge in private pool cabanas with an endless ocean view, dolphins playing in the distance and rugged cliffs beyond.

The Four Seasons Resort Lanai is a real life paradise with five-star service, ocean-view rooms, and Nobu restaurant offering their world class sushi. Honeymoon activities allow you to be as busy (or relaxed) as you like.We took a spin class in the sumptuous fitness club and watched as dolphins distracted us in the best possible way. Horseback riding took us into the upcountry pines for a completely different perspective of the island, and if you're a golfer, this is your heaven on earth. A brief 45 minute ferry ride from Maui is your ticket to paradise. Pack your bags and leave tonight.

Escape the frosty winter and travel to French Polynesia, where the water is turquoise blue and the weather is perpetually warm. The famous overwater bungalows on Pinterest really do exist at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora in the South Pacific. 

The tropical resort offers 85 overwater bungalow suites and 15 overwater suites with their own plunge pools, all of which sit atop a turquoise lagoon. There are also seven beachfront villas across a semi-private beach. 

These luxurious accommodations are not for the budget conscious. But if you're really seeking the ultimate tropical oasis including spacious accommodations and even a personal assistant, Bora Bora is the place.

Stunning views of the beach, lagoon, and Mount Otemanu are just a few reasons you'll never want to leave this dreamy paradise. Each villa sits on a secluded white-sand beach and has its own garden, swimming pool, whirlpool, hammock, and private outdoor dining options.

The resort offers plenty of opportunity to explore. Take jet skis out to walk on sand bars in the middle of the lagoon or rent complimentary stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and snorkeling gear. Or, of course, just relax poolside with a cocktail in hand. The resort also offers private charters, the ultimate way to experience surrounding islands.

Photo right: Jose Villa

Another perfect escape: Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji is a serene resort on Malolo Island designed for couples only. Translated as "a place of calm waters", Likuliku is the perfect holiday getaway for honeymooners.

The Fijians greet you with a musical welcome, eager to share their rich culture while fresh tropical drinks flow. Likuliku hosts Fiji's first over-water bures (cottages), built in the style of an authentic Fijian village. With paths adorned in colourful tropical foliage, you are sure to find your paradise. With lots of activities offered on resort, you can do as much or as little as you please.

Hawaii'ss Hyatt Regency Maui Resort is a great choice when traveling with children. Their newly renovated suites provide plenty of space for the entire family and an ample amount of privacy for two. Enjoy a couple's massage in an oceanside bungalow while the kids play poolside. They'll be happy sailing through the maze of slides and swinging bridges, while you relish a little well deserved pampering.