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Condé Nast UK has released the Worlds Top 100 hotels, airlines, cities, countries, islands and more. Some of our favourite South Pacific luxury accommodations and places have made the list below.


The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa is number 1, with gorgeous overwater bungalows and sumptuous facilities we can see why. Blessed by year-round sun, pristine lagoon waters of varying celestial shades of blues, and a gentle way of life, Bora Bora combines the best elements of nature to make any visit an unforgettable one. Other fantastic accommodation on this list includes: at number 2, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in New South Wales’ outback, number 4 is the Park Hyatt in Sydney followed by the lavish Qualia on Hamilton Island. Longitude 131 takes 6th place offering amazing desert experiences in the Northern Territory. Places 7 and 8 both go to New Zealand properties, Blanket Bay in Glenorchy just outside of Queenstown in the South and Kauri Cliffs in the far north.

Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island comes in at number 10 followed by Hayman Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Also in New Zealand is the Farm at Cape Kidnappers in the Hawkes Bay at number 13. For those wanting to experience something a little different Bamurru Plains in Australia’s Northern Territory might just be for you at Number 14. At 15 Lillianfels in the Blue Mountains provides amazing views for its guests. 16 goes to Capella Lodge on the exclusive Lord Howe Island. Sal Salis on the coast of Western Australia took place 17. The famous Huka Lodge, Taupo, NZ comes in at 18 followed by the exclusive Wharekauhau Lodge. Rounding out the list at number 20 is Lizard Island, located in the stunning Great Barrier Reef.

These accommodations all come highly recommended by the team at Luxury Adventures, contact us today to include one in your next South Pacific itinerary.


In the Islands destinations category, Fiji sails in at number 15. Offering 300 islands, spread over 1.3 million square kms and some of the friendliest people on earth, it’s place on the list is well deserved. Not far behind is The Great Barrier Reef at number 20. There are no questions why this beautiful spot is a wonder of the natural world, it is the ideal destination to lie on the beach, swim, surf, snorkel, sail, fish, bushwalk and birdwatch. Australia took out number 7 in the country category. With such a diverse climate and landscapes, this is the place where you can visit year round. With consistent warm weather in the Northern areas and four seasons in the south, there is never an off season. New Zealand, at number 9, is a country rich in culture and history. Vacations here can be packed with action, adventures or simple relation can definitely be the order of the day here, with such amazing scenery this is a must!

Luxury South Pacific Accommodation 2011:

1. InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia
2. Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
3. Freycinet Lodge, Tasmania, Australia
4. Park Hyatt Sydney
5. Qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia
6. Longitude 131˚, Uluru, Australia
7. Blanket Bay, Glenorchy, New Zealand
8. Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand
9. Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania, Australia
10. Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
11. Hayman, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
12. The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania
13. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
14. Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory, Australia
15. Lilianfels Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
16. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia
17. Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef,Western Australia
18. Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand
19. Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate, Wairarapa, New Zealand
20. Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Top Islands 2011:

1. Greek Islands
2. Maldives
3. Bali
4. Barbados
5. Mauritius
6. Balearic Islands
7. Zanzibar
8. St Lucia
9. Seychelles
10. Phuket
11. Sicily
12. Antigua
13. Sardinia
14. Cuba
15. Fiji
16. Corsica
17. Madeira
18. Bahamas
19. Malta
20. Great Barrier Reef

Top Countries 2011:

1. Italy
2. USA
3. Turkey
4. Thailand
5. France
6. India
7. Australia
8. South Africa
9. New Zealand
10. Greece
11. Spain
12. Canada
13. Malaysia
14. Brazil
15. Mexico
16. Argentina
17. Vietnam
18. Croatia
19. Cambodia
20. Portugal

Tony Townley is a luxury lifestyle specialist and owner of Luxury Adventures.

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