Wikipedia states: “A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation, attracting visitors for vacations and/or tourism. Resorts are places, towns or sometimes commercial establishment operated by a single company.
Towns which are resorts — or where tourism or vacationing is a major part of the local activity — are sometimes called resort towns. If they are by the sea they are called seaside resorts. Inland resorts include ski resorts, mountain resorts and spa towns. Towns such as Sochi in Russia, Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, Barizo in Spain, Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy, Druskininkai in Lithuania, Cancún in Mexico, Newport, Rhode Island, in the USA, Ischgl in Austria, St. Moritz in Switzerland, Blackpool in England and Malam Jabba in Pakistan are well-known resorts.
In North American English, the term “resort” is now also used for a self-contained commercial establishment which attempts to provide for most of a vacationer’s wants while remaining on the premises, such as food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping. The term may be used to identify a hotel property that provides an array of amenities and typically includes entertainment and recreational activities. A hotel is frequently a central feature of a resort, such as the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Michigan. A resort is not always a commercial establishment operated by a single company, although in the late twentieth century this sort of facility became more common.
The Walt Disney World Resort is a prominent example of a modern, self-contained commercial resort. Self-contained resorts are common in the United States but exist throughout the world. Resorts are especially prevalent in Central America and the Caribbean. Closely related to resorts are convention and large meeting sites. Generally these occur in cities where special meeting halls, together with ample accommodations as well as varied dining and entertainment, are provided.”
When he was asked to describe the South Pacific Island of Bora Bora, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Michener simply said it was “the most beautiful island in the world”.
From Hawaii and New Zealand to the Cook Islands, Tahiti or Fiji, the same is true across the entire South Pacific. Thousands of islands lie in the bright tropical sunshine, with crystal clear turquoise water lapping up onto soft sand beaches as white as snow. A luxury cruise through the South Pacific may be as close as you can come to heaven on earth.
Elite Cruises and Travel can make any arrangement for you to visit this earthy corner of paradise.
From a honeymoon at a deluxe resort in Tahiti, to a beachfront suite on Maui in Hawaii, or a private island retreat in Fiji, we can arrange any kind of deluxe vacation in the South Pacific.
Hawaii is the jewel of the Pacific, and there are so many incredible ways to see the Hawaiian Islands. A cruise on the Crystal Symphony with Crystal Cruises can take you around many islands, including Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii, where you can experience thundering waterfalls, rich scenery and crashing waves.
There are many luxury cruises throughout the South Pacific, and many other stunning islands inviting you. The Yachts of Seabourn offers a deluxe month-long cruise of the South Pacific Islands on the Seabourn Sojourn. Stop in Papeete, Tahiti, the capital of French Polynesia, to shop for black pearls and brightly-colored sarongs, then sail away to Bora Bora to feed the sharks from your glass-bottomed boat. Rarotonga in the Cook Island is one of the most popular stops in the South Pacific, famous for its delicious seafood, stunning beauty and gracious welcome.
We can make plans for your luxury cruise to some of the smaller South Pacific islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises, where can you can walk on the pink sand beaches of Tuamotus, hike through the lush jungles of Huahine, and watch the dolphins swim free in beautiful Moorea.
Elite Cruises and Travel can also arrange deluxe tours or cruises to New Zealand. Whether you want to ski in the Southern Alps, bungee jump over sparkling rivers, walk through history in the picturesque Bay of Islands or dine in the upscale restaurants of Auckland or Wellington, we can plan your perfect tour.
Tauck Tours and Globus Tours can combine all of the highlights of New Zealand with the mystery and majesty of neighboring Australia, where you can snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy cosmopolitan Sydney and its world famous Opera House, and then watch the red sunset on mystical Ayers Rock.
The South Pacific is full of variety and wonder, from koalas and kangaroos, to rainforests, outrigger canoes, and incredible cuisine, any deluxe cruise or tour to the sunny South Pacific promises to be a trip to paradise.