The tropical resorts of the South Pacific just might define what it means to be a romantic hotel. In fact, is there anything that screams “honeymoon” more than overwater bungalows, clear blue water, and powdery white sand? All the more impressive, then, that with so much beauty and luxury on offer in the region, these five properties stood out for discerning Travel + Leisure readers.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.
Related: The World’s Best Awards 2019
French Polynesia made a strong showing, as always. Two winners, Four Seasons Resort (No. 4) and the St. Regis (No. 3), are on Bora Bora, whose legendary reef and imposing volcanic silhouette are so postcard-perfect they barely seem real. One reader praised the Four Seasons staff as “warm, welcoming, and intuitive,” while a fan of the St. Regis was similarly impressed by the hospitality there: “Best place on earth with the best service ever.”
Nearby Mo’oréa is just as dreamy, and it’s home to our fifth-place winner, the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa. Fiji, too, is a reader favorite: Six Senses Fiji (No. 2), on Malolo Island, stuns, with 24 villas, each with a private plunge pool, plus additional residences. “A great place for surfing,” added one fan.
Ahead, see how this year’s winners stacked up, and read more about this year’s top pick.