Dolphin Island, Fiji

On Dolphin Island you can have crayfish for every meal. The private island is one of three properties under the wing of Huka Retreats and is a luxury castaway experience. Arrive by private boat to crystal-clear water, palm trees and golden sand. The retreat offers its maximum of eight guests exclusive use of the 5.5ha, meaning the entire island is yours. The food is the highlight here. Under the culinary eye of Huka Lodge's executive chef, there's an abundance of tropical fruit and freshly caught fish.

Laucala Island, Fiji

When a resort has the highest ratio of staff to guests anywhere in the world, you can rest assured your every wish will be granted. The 1300ha of unspoiled land, owned by Austrian Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, has it all. Think mountains, tropical forests, turquoise bays and pristine beaches. Each of the 25 luxury villas has its own infinity pool and — of course — 13 staff. The resort also has its own livestock and grows fruit and vegetables used in the five-star restaurant.

St Regis, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

You'll need a golf cart to get around this resort, it's so big. You might even need one in the bungalow — the biggest measures 12,000sq m. The St Regis is located on a 18ha fantasy island set against the backdrop of the towering majesty of Mt Otemanu. There's a private yacht, tennis courts, helipad, butler service and multiple restaurants (the chef is Michelin-starred Jean-Georges).

The St Regis on Bora Bora in French Polynesia is so large you'll need a golf cart to get around. Photo / Supplied
The St Regis on Bora Bora in French Polynesia is so large you'll need a golf cart to get around. Photo / Supplied

The Brando, Tahiti

The island of Tetiaroa could have stayed a secret forever if not for Marlon Brando, who bought it just over 50 years ago. In 2014, a decade after the Hollywood legend's death, his dream of creating one of the world's most unique island getaways came true with the opening of The Brando, Tahiti. This luxurious eco-friendly resort has become the ultra-posh hideaway for royals and celebrities. Guests spend their time in the onsite spa, exploring the lagoon by outrigger canoe and ordering room service from one of two Michelin star restaurants. If that doesn't impress you, the resort uses seawater air conditioning, solar electricity and generators that run on coconut oil.


Tavanipupu Private Island Resort, Solomon Islands

This dot of an island in the South Pacific Ocean had a prior life as a coconut plantation before it was transformed into a dreamy island paradise in the 1970s. The five-star resort on 13ha of heaven has 10 bungalows, white beaches and floral gardens. Guests can spend their time paddle-boarding, kayaking, snorkelling or in the spa overlooking the Coral Sea.