Celebrating Oceania’s Excellence: Winners of the 2023 World Travel Awards

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Every year, the World Travel Awards recognize the best in the global travel and tourism industry. This year’s prestigious World Travel Awards – Asia & Oceania edition was hosted at the Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam recently. The best brands and names in hospitality, travel and tourism in Oceania came together, celebrating a tough few years in the rear view mirror and the resurgence in travel and interest in the region. Let’s take a closer look at the well-deserved winners in Oceania:

Oceania’s Leading Island Destination 2023: Cook Islands

The Cook Islands have long been celebrated for their pristine beaches, clear waters, and vibrant culture. This award recognizes the islands’ enduring charm and appeal, making them a top choice for travellers seeking a tropical getaway.

Oceania’s Leading Beach Resort 2023: Malolo Island Resort, Fiji

Nestled in the heart of Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago, Malolo Island Resort stands out as Oceania’s leading beach resort. It’s no surprise that this pristine paradise, with its palm-fringed shores and crystal-clear waters, has received such acclaim. Guests can expect a truly immersive tropical experience with a wide range of activities, water sports, and luxurious accommodations.

A couple walks to a sumptuous island picnic spread at the Malolo Island Resort, Fiji.

Oceania’s Leading Dive Destination 2023: The Islands of Tahiti

The Islands of Tahiti have once again claimed their title as Oceania’s leading dive destination. With a stunning underwater world filled with vibrant coral reefs, marine life, and intriguing shipwrecks, it’s a diver’s dream come true. The clear waters and diverse marine ecosystems make this destination a must-visit for diving enthusiasts.

Oceania’s Leading Boutique Resort 2023: Taveuni Palms Resort, Fiji

Taveuni Palms Resort is a hidden gem in Fiji, known for its intimate and bespoke holiday experiences. This boutique resort offers a limited inventory of luxury villas, ensuring privacy and seclusion for guests. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and facing a private beach, it’s the epitome of decadence and pampering in an idyllic setting.

Oceania’s Leading Executive Club Lounge 2023: Club InterContinental @ InterContinental Wellington, New Zealand

InterContinental Wellington’s Club InterContinental Lounge in New Zealand offers an exceptional experience for travellers seeking luxury and convenience. With stunning views, exclusive services, and a serene ambience, it’s the perfect place for business or leisure travellers to unwind and enjoy premium amenities.

Oceania’s Leading Family Resort 2023: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Fiji

For families looking for a no-holds barred holiday in a tropical paradise, the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa in Fiji is an unbeatable choice. With a range of family-friendly activities, dedicated kids’ clubs, and spacious accommodations, it’s a place where everyone can create cherished memories.

Oceania’s Leading Green Hotel 2023: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa in French Polynesia sets an example for sustainability in the luxury hospitality sector. This award recognises its commitment to eco-friendly practices, preserving the natural beauty of the region for generations to come.

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is even lovelier than these pictures, you’ll see. Pic: ©Johan Drone Adventure

Oceania’s Leading Hotel Suite 2023: Imperial Suite @ Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

The Imperial Suite at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa is the epitome of opulence and comfort. Offering breathtaking ocean views, personalised services, and spacious living areas, it’s a haven for those seeking the ultimate luxury experience in Fiji.

Oceania’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2023: The Residence @ The George Christchurch, New Zealand

The Residence at The George Christchurch in New Zealand offers an exclusive experience for discerning travellers. With its elegant design, private courtyard, and impeccable service, it’s the pinnacle of luxury accommodations.

Oceania’s Leading Private Island Resort 2023: The Brando, French Polynesia

The Brando in French Polynesia has long been the benchmark for exclusivity and sustainable luxury. Situated on its private atoll, this eco-friendly resort offers unparalleled luxury, seclusion, and eco-conservation. It’s the perfect retreat for those seeking the ultimate private island experience.

Oceania’s Most Romantic Resort 2023: Seabreeze Resort Samoa

The Seabreeze Resort Samoa captures the essence of romance with its intimate setting and breathtaking ocean views. It’s the ideal destination for couples seeking a romantic escape in a serene and idyllic atmosphere.

Enjoying a tropical cocktail at Seabreeze Samoa. Pic: Seabreeze Samoa

Oceania’s Leading Tourist Board 2023: Tourism Fiji

Tourism Fiji continues to excel in promoting the beauty and culture of Fiji to the world. This award recognises their dedication to showcasing Fiji as a premier travel destination and welcoming visitors with open arms.

From a macro view, let’s go more granular – if we can call country-wise granular! We continue our exploration of the winners, highlighting the best in the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, and Micronesia.

Cook Islands

Oceania’s Leading Resort & Cook Islands’ Leading Villa Resort for 2023: Pacific Resort Aitutaki

The Pacific Resort Aitutaki has not only won recognition as Oceania’s leading resort, but also for having the leading villa resort in the Cook Islands. This remarkable resort presents overwater bungalows and beachfront villas, making it a haven for honeymooners and discerning travellers. The stunning Aitutaki Lagoon provides a mesmerising backdrop for an unforgettable vacation.

Cook Islands’ Leading Resort 2023: Etu Moana

The Etu Moana Resort, another jewel in the Cook Islands’ crown, has been recognised as Oceania’s leading resort. Nestled amidst lush gardens, this eco-friendly resort offers a harmonious blend of nature and comfort. Guests can enjoy private villas, a tranquil pool, and the serenity of the nearby beach.

Cook Islands’ Leading Boutique Hotel 2023: Little Polynesian

The Little Polynesian Resort in the Cook Islands has secured its place as Oceania’s leading boutique hotel. This intimate retreat offers a secluded and romantic ambiance. With its beachfront villas, private pools, and stunning lagoon views, it’s the perfect choice for couples seeking a peaceful and luxurious escape.

All the shades of blue at the Little Polynesian Resort. Photo Credit: David Kirkland


Fiji’s Leading Hotel Suite 2023: Natadola Suite @ InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

The Natadola Suite at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is in a class of its own when it comes to luxury and comfort in Fiji. Overlooking the serene Natadola Bay, this sprawling suite offers sweeping ocean views, a private plunge pool, and personalised services. It’s the perfect choice for those seeking an elevated Fijian experience. And lest you were wondering if the InterContinental Fiji was being immediately familiar, it’s because it won Oceania’s Leading Family Resort for this year.

Fiji’s Leading Resort 2023: Taveuni Palms Resort

The Taveuni Palms Resort in Fiji has earned the title of Oceania’s leading resort. This boutique property provides guests with an intimate and secluded experience. With only a few villas on a private beach, it’s a tranquil oasis where travellers can indulge in privacy and luxury.

 French Polynesia/ Tahiti & Her Islands

French Polynesia’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2023: Three-Bedroom Beachfront Villa Estate @ Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

With unmatched views of the Mount Otemanu, the Four Seasons Bora Bora is a statement of a holiday.

The super-luxe Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora in French Polynesia boasts the leading luxury hotel villa in the region. The Three-Bedroom Beachfront Villa Estate is a lavish retreat with stunning views of Mount Otemanu and direct beach access. It’s an ideal choice for families or groups looking for opulence and space.

French Polynesia’s Leading Resort 2023: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is not just home to a remarkable villa but also Oceania’s leading resort. With its iconic overwater bungalows, luxurious spa, and unparalleled views of the lagoon and the South Pacific, it offers an unrivalled experience in French Polynesia.


Micronesia’s Leading Resort 2023: Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan

In the heart of Micronesia, the Crowne Plaza Resort, Saipan reigns as the region’s leading resort. With its beachfront location, water sports, and proximity to cultural attractions, it’s a destination that combines leisure and adventure.

Our journey through the 2023 World Travel Awards takes us further into the pristine corners of Oceania, unveiling the top destinations and accommodations that personify luxury, comfort, and exceptional experiences. Now, we delve headfirst into the winners from New Caledonia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

New Zealand

New Zealand’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2023: The George Christchurch

The George Christchurch claims the title of New Zealand’s leading boutique hotel as well as Oceania’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa! Nestled in the heart of Christchurch, this chic and contemporary hotel offers a refined stay. With its picturesque gardens and delectable dining, it’s a haven for travellers seeking luxury in the South Island’s largest city.

New Zealand’s Leading Business Hotel 2023: InterContinental Wellington

In New Zealand, the InterContinental Wellington has been recognized as the leading business hotel. This prestigious hotel caters to discerning business travellers with its modern amenities, central location, and exceptional conference facilities.

New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s Leading Resort 2023: Le Méridien Nouméa

Le Meridien Noumea Resort and Spa
Le Méridien Nouméa: The destination’s leading resort in 2023.

The Le Méridien Nouméa in New Caledonia stands as the destination’s leading resort in 2023. Set against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, this exquisite resort offers a blend of French sophistication and Pacific Island charm. With its elegant rooms, azure pools, and proximity to Nouméa’s vibrant culture, it’s a gateway to relaxation and exploration.


Samoa’s Leading Hotel 2023: Seabreeze Resort Samoa

Besides taking the crown as Oceania’s leading Romantic Resort for 2023, the Seabreeze Resort Samoa also takes the crown as Samoa’s leading hotel in 2023. Perched on the southern coast of Upolu, this adults-only retreat offers a tranquil and intimate atmosphere. Guests can enjoy stunning ocean views, infinity pools, and a spa for the ultimate relaxation.


Tonga’s Leading Resort 2023: Sandy Beach Resort

In Tonga, the Sandy Beach Resort is celebrated as the leading resort. Nestled on the shores of Foa Island in the Ha’apai group, this eco-friendly resort offers pristine beaches, vibrant marine life, and opportunities for water-based adventures.


Vanuatu’s Leading Boutique Resort 2023: Tamanu on the Beach Resort and Spa

Tamanu on the Beach Resort & Spa in Vanuatu has secured its place as Oceania’s leading boutique resort. Located on the shores of Aore Island, this serene retreat boasts tropical gardens, stunning coral reefs, and a rejuvenating spa—a perfect escape for those seeking a tranquil paradise.

These remarkable destinations and accommodations offer a glimpse into the diversity and splendor of Oceania. From the French-inspired elegance of New Caledonia to the boutique luxury of New Zealand, the serenity of Samoa’s Seabreeze Resort to Tonga’s Sandy Beach Resort’s natural beauty, and the intimate charm of Vanuatu —Oceania’s 2023 award winners promise unparalleled experiences for travellers seeking the best that this region has to offer.

As you plan your next escape to Oceania, consider these exceptional destinations and accommodations for a journey filled with relaxation, adventure, and cherished memories. Book your stay at one of these award-winning establishments and embark on an unforgettable adventure in the South Pacific. Check out our other blogs, the freshest holidays from Fiji, (No? Cook Islands, maybe?) or just read more details about the WTA winners by going to their pages. At any point of time, if you want some help on planning the perfect South Pacific escape, call our South Pacific Specialists at 1300 991 751!

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