5 Luxury Escapes in Polynesia
Szczuka, Andy, The Independent (London, England)
Astonishing beauty comes as standard at these island lodgings. By Andy Szczuka
This legendary Samoan hotel started life as an English gentleman's club; it subsequently expanded with the arrival of American servicemen during the Second World War and began selling drinks and burgers, then offering rooms. Today, it's run by founder Aggie Grey's son, but retains its kitsch charm, with plenty of wicker, frangipani, banana trees and live music. In addition to the obvious coastal attractions, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum - where the author is buried - is a short drive away.
Aggie Grey's Hotel, Apia, Samoa (00 685 22 880; aggiegreys.com). Doubles from $150 (107), room only
Comprising a beach house, bungalow and villa, this Rarotonga retreat offers a stunning private setting. Separated from a bath- warm lagoon by a stretch of coconut palms, the lodgings come with deck areas that lead down to white sand. The degree of luxury varies from the simply furnished bungalow to the tropical chic villa. All come with self-catering facilities and a home-entertainment centre, but the focus is undeniably outdoors, with a marine reserve on the doorstep.
Heliconia, Titikavaka Village, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (00 61 2 8006 4798; heliconiahideaway.com). The bungalow starts at NZ$300 (113), including a welcome hamper
POSADA DE MIKE RAPU
Part of Chilean group Explora's portfolio of bold lodgings in dramatic locations, this 30-room hotel overlooks the Pacific. …