This scattering of islands just east of Australia is home to island nations like Fiji, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands and Vanuatu. You can dial down to island time, enjoy languid days that ebb and flow with the sun, crab omelettes for breakfast, cocktails and torch-lit nights, overwater bungalows that feel as private as if you were the first to discover the Pacific. There are plenty of water-based activities to enjoy together: kayaking, snorkelling and some of the world’s best diving. Adrenalin junkies can hike Bora Bora’s mountainous interiors, go laver tubing in Tahiti or climb the Solomon Islands’ volcanos.
Get out on the lagoons – swim in them, snorkel under them, cruise them or see them from the air in the comfort of your own scenic helicopter ride. Treat yourself!