Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the South Pacific for Romantic Getaways

September 7, 2016

The phrase South Pacific conjures all kinds of paradisiacal images: turquoise water, castaway beaches, colorful culture, unusual tropical fruits, exotic cocktails and, of course, overwater bungalows. While all-inclusives in this region are as rare as a pearl in an oyster, the options that do exist are luxurious and romantic to the core. Whether it’s the Islands of Tahiti, Australia, Fiji, Bali or the Philippines, these 12 all-inclusive resorts are intimate and highly personalized. Say hello to our favorites.

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | Royal Davui Island Resort
Royal Davui Island Resort Courtesy Royal Davui Island Resort

Royal Davui Island Resort – Fiji

Guests arrive to this 16-villa resort, located on the 10-acre private island of Ugaga, first on plane, then by boat. The journey is well worth it: Each villa features a private plunge pool; Banyan Bar & Restaurant serves traditional Fijian fare; and Davui Spa taps into natural Fiji products like exotic nuts, flowers and coconuts.

Even the simplest of beach ceremonies features little luxuries like French Champagne, a Fijian choir, Fijian-warrior escorts and leis.


Splurge on one of three honeymoon packages, which include amenities like sarongs for the couple, a massage for two, a diving course and a private beach picnic.

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | Apulit Island, El Nido Resorts
El Nido Resorts Courtesy El Nido Resorts

El Nido Resorts – Apulit Island, The Philippines

At Apulit Island in Taytay Bay — a 3.5-hour journey from Manila via van, plane and boat — 50 overwater cottages are the main draw. Other charms include snorkeling the house reef, kayaking around the island and relaxing at the pool. Each guest’s beach bag and slippers, woven by natives, are free to take home.

Ceremonies take place on the Octagon Pier or on a white sandy beach lined with coconut trees. Reception dinners are made from organically produced local vegetables and locally reared livestock.


Take love to new heights at this sustainable-minded resort by rappelling down a limestone cliff; swim through Lover’s Cave; or chill out in a cabana with a couple’s hilot massage.

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Courtesy Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort – Vanua Levu, Fiji

This 17-acre former coconut plantation on the island of Vanua Levu, an hour’s flight from Nadi International Airport, overlooks Savusavu Bay. Guests stay in 25 thatch-roof huts, or bures, and are greeted on arrival with a coconut foot scrub.

Two Fijian warriors carry the bride to her groom to the tune of conch shells and the beating of a lali drum. Dinner for two is served at the end of the dock, with lanterns lighting the way.


Book a boat ride — accompanied by acoustic-guitar solos — to Naviavia Island, the resort’s neighboring deserted island, armed with a bottle of champagne and a picnic basket. Dive the world-class Namena reefs, or sign up for beach yoga together.

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa
Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa Courtesy Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa

Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa – Vanua Levu, Fiji

This 160-acre tropical paradise (located on the island of Vanua Levu, a 50-minute flight from Nadi International Airport) was featured on an episode of The Bachelorette. The 43 villas include the Edgewater overwater bures, opened in December 2013 in the adults-only area, which features private beaches and ladders into the lagoon for snorkeling, swimming and kayaking.

Spots reserved for weddings include the rainforest, the beach, a mountaintop villa and a seaside patio, complete with Fijian wedding costumes for the couple and a Fijian-warrior escort for the bride.


Cozy up on daybeds near the shore, explore a nearby reef with a PADI-certified guide, or hold hands on a hike through Lotu Island Cave. Other activities range from golfing to a banana-leaf body wrap.

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | Bedarra Island Resort
Bedarra Island Resort Courtesy Bedarra Island Resort

Bedarra Island Resort – Queensland, Australia

On a private island six miles off the coast of Mission Beach near the Great Barrier Reef (a two-hour drive from Cairns), this sustainably minded rainforest property (think solar power and rainwater collection) comprises eight villas, including the Beach House, introduced April 2014 and flaunting a plunge pool and deck.

After beachfront vows, host an alfresco seafood reception for up to 14 guests, paired with a signature cocktail created with you and your partner in mind.

Amp up the romance with a staff-packed, candlelit picnic on a private beach or deserted island. Guided snorkeling trips to the outer Great Barrier Reef can be arranged.

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | Club Med Bali Nusa Dua
Club Med Bali Nusa Dua Courtesy Club Med Bali Nusa Dua

Club Med Bali Nusa Dua – Bali, Indonesia

Among bougainvillea gardens in the Nusa Dua region, this 264-room resort is convenient to the temples of Tanah Lot and Uluwatu. A late-night seafood spot overlooks the sand, dotted with thatch beach umbrellas and bales (Indonesian-style shelters).

Eco-chic wedding packages include recycled-paper invites, bouquets of locally grown flowers, and a sand-ceremony keepsake, plus an organic cake for the reception.

Complimentary honeymoon treats include a scuba dive, a massage for two and a photo sesh. Chill at the adults-only Zen pool, opened spring 2014, and build in pampering at the Turkish bath. Or conquer fears together at the flying-trapeze academy.

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan
Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan Courtesy Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan

Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan – The Philippines

Located in Mactan just a few miles from Cebu, Crimson Resort features 250 guest rooms and 40 private villas with handcrafted furniture and local accents. The resort’s three-tier infinity pool is a fine place to lounge, but once you step into your villa’s plunge pool overlooking the private beach, you may never want to leave.

Both day and evening torch-lit beach ceremonies are available. Or keep your feet sand-free with an ocean-view garden ceremony. Customized ballroom receptions come with welcome drinks for all guests, a dinner buffet, a three-tier fondant cake and a dedicated wedding butler.

Reserve a villa to receive your own villa host who will greet you on arrival, book activities and dinner reservations (fancy a private meal on the beach?) and even pack a to-go breakfast on departure day. Don’t leave without taking advantage of the complimentary couple’s massage at AUM Spa. — Kim Kuhn

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | Namale Resort & Spa
Namale Resort & Spa Courtesy Namale Resort & Spa

Namale Resort & Spa – Vanua Levu, Fiji

Celebs such as Donna Karen and Meg Ryan have flocked to this 14-bure (hut) sanctuary on the island of Vanua Levu. Each bure’s sliding-glass doors lead to a deck overlooking the Koro Sea. Its 10,000-square-foot spa is perched on a volcanic cliff and offers alfresco massages.

Local touches for the ceremony include a Fijian choir, a team of six Fijian warriors as escorts, an aisle of flowers, a lei for the groom and a floral crown for the bride.

Take your meals wherever you like — on the beach, even inside a cave. Ask for one of the five honeymoon bures, built on lava pinnacles; each houses a spa tub for two and an oceanfront deck.

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | Nukubati Private Island
Nukubati Private Island Courtesy Nukubati Private Island

Nukubati Private Island – Fiji

With just seven suites and Fijian-style bures (huts), this low-key luxury hotel occupies its own private island. Entirely off the grid, it’s the only resort with access to the Great Sea Reef. Canapés and champagne are served daily at sunset, delivered to wherever you are.

Sunset ceremonies on the beach kick off with the bride’s arrival in a raft decorated with flowers before being escorted down the aisle by two Fijian warriors.

Indulge in a Fijian massage with virgin coconut oil, or enjoy a romantic picnic on a sandbar. Adrenaline-fueled guided activities include surfing, sport fishing and diving.

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | The Remote Resort
The Remote Resort Courtesy The Remote Resort

The Remote Resort – Vanua Levu, Fiji

Open since summer 2013 and reachable exclusively by boat from Taveuni or Savusavu, this resort is perched on a 64-acre peninsula of Vanua Levu in northern Fiji, on the tip of the Rainbow Reef. Up to 10 guests stay in four high-design villas, each featuring a private plunge pool.

Suited for eloping couples, wedding ceremonies include an escort of two Fijian warriors. Cap off the nuptials with a private candlelit dinner or, for a small group, local seafood dishes cooked in a traditional lovo (in-ground oven) and served beachfront at the Main Pavilion & Bar.

Choose from 25 dive sites, including the Great White Wall, or snorkel with manta rays. Staff will even pack up a picnic for the beach.

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | The Brando
The Brando Courtesy The Brando

The Brando – The Islands of Tahiti

Opened July 2014 on the private atoll of Tetiaroa (30 miles north of Tahiti and a 20-minute plane ride away), this 35-villa property merges luxury with sustainability. A former retreat for Tahitian royals now owned by Marlon Brando’s estate, the resort offers all-inclusive rates that include a daily massage and one excursion of your choice per day.

All the goods for a destination wedding are here, such as classic-French and Polynesian-inspired cuisine for the reception dinner and bridesmaid pampering at the spa, where villas encircle a pond blanketed with lilies.

Pedal off into the sunset on bicycles, paddle to a neighboring island, and enjoy 24-hour private dining in your villa; ingredients are culled from the Brando’s organic gardens.

Best South Pacific All-Inclusive Resorts | Turtle Island Resort Fiji
Turtle Island Resort Fiji Courtesy Turtle Island Resort Fiji

Turtle Island Fiji

Guests stay in 14 beachfront bures (huts) at this plush escape, a short seaplane ride from Nadi International Airport. The 500-acre private-island resort is rooted in romance: Blue Lagoon, starring Brooke Shields, was filmed here.

Staff craft traditional Fijian attire of hand-painted tree bark for the couple. A conch-shell blower announces the bride’s sunset arrival on a raft, while a local Fijian choir is in full swing. Guests don floral garlands around their necks.

Opt for a day trip to snorkel or visit a local village, or stay behind with your sweetie for a private beach picnic of lobster and champagne — there are 14 beaches to choose from.


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