Where Next? Travel inspiration from our Holiday Experts
If you’ve just returned from holidays, or if it’s been a while between trips, you may be struggling with choosing where you should go next. Well, never fear: our Holiday Experts plan to make that a whole lot easier with their top picks! Chosen based on activities, the following list covers a destination suitable for absolutely everyone—from the shoppers to the surfers and everyone in between! Take a look for yourself and see if you can’t catch the travel bug!
Shop the day away in Hawaii!
While famous for its beautiful beaches and pristine blue waters, Hawaii is also extremely well known for its incredible shopping!
Visit Waikiki, the heart of Hawaii’s shopping industry, to explore boulevards lined with both high-end and affordable brand names including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Apple and Victoria’s Secret. The shops are open so late that you won’t have to miss out on the sun and surf.
Some of the best buys you will find in Hawaii include designer wear, beauty products and Polynesian style finds! Retailers in the lobbies of hotels (including Sheraton Waikiki and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani) are perfect for high end shopping. Purchase your favourite beauty brands including Clinique and Tom Ford from the Sephora store in Kalakaua Avenue and don’t miss out on visiting The International Marketplace in Waikiki to get your hands on some local souvenirs, t-shirts and other gifts to take home to family and friends!
Visit Malamala Beach Club in Fiji
Unwind in ultimate style! Surrounded by Fiji’s famous crystal-clear waters, Malamala Beach Club introduces you to the world’s first beach club, situated on its very own island.
Grab your day pass and enjoy white sand beaches, luxurious beachside cabanas, a resort style infinity pool and stunning views across the Mamanuca Islands. With a delicious a-la-carte menu featuring light bites to tame your cravings, share platters to indulge in with friends and pacific inspired meals, you will leave this tropical paradise feeling completely satisfied!
Located just 20-minutes from Port Denarau, this exclusive hangout is the best way to appreciate the natural wonders of Fiji. Take a 25-minute boat ride to your destination for a day of pure ecstasy and, when staying at Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay or Sheraton Fiji Resort, a coach will take you to and from the boat!
Ride a wave in Samoa
The empty breaks and perfect tubes rolling off the reef in Samoa are the dream of any surfer! This is the perfect place for those who are advanced and looking to challenge themselves on the shores of this incredible group of tropical islands.
Make sure to take your own board to experience the clear warm water all to yourself as there are not many hire shops! The biggest surf is during the dry season, between May and October, when waves can reach over 3-metres high. For the most consistent waves, head up to Upolu’s south coast or, for totally of the beaten track breaks, try Savai’l. The Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort is just a short walk from the ferry terminal which offers boat trips to this neighbouring island.
If Samoa sounds like the holiday destination for you, visit http://www.mysamoa.com.au/ today to book your dream vacation!
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef
With about 7,000 kilometres of coastline and thousands of islands and reefs, there is a whole new world lying beneath the surface of Queensland’s waters just waiting to be discovered!
Dive into world’s biggest aquarium, the Great Barrier Reef. The UNESCO World Heritage reef is home to colourful corals, exotic fish and fascinating marine life. The reef is incredibly large, stretching across more than 2,000 kilometres. There are so many different places to dive in the Great Barrier Reef!
To have the reef right on your doorstep, stay amidst the Whitsundays Islands at the Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island. Tropical North Queensland is another popular destination for discovering the reef and, when staying in Cairns, there are many tours that take divers to the best spots. Stay at the Hilton Cairns and more!
Play water sports all day in the Maldives
The clear stretches of lagoon in the Maldives are perfect for adventure seekers! Whether you’re an active traveller, an adrenaline junkie or you just want to see your holiday destination from a different perspective, there is a sport on offer for you.
Take in the sights of the Maldives with a bird’s eye view from a seaplane. Return to the ground and get your heart racing with a jet ski tour, water skiing or banana boat towing. Those active holiday goers will also have plenty to enjoy with canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, parasailing and windsurfing on offer!
Each resort can provide access to water sport activities. Snorkel off the beach of the Sheraton Full Moon Resort or take a diving course with an experienced dive worker at the Furaveri Island Resort & Spa.
Post by Charlotte Hird
Charlotte is a Gold Coast based writer with a passion for travel. Her mind is always on the beach, sun and her next holiday destination!