Collect experiences not possessions.
The simple life is all about collecting experiences and memories rather than possessions – a philosophy synonymous with travel, which gives way to all kinds of rewarding adventures near and far.
Some of the most foolproof ways to achieve simplicity-derived happiness include getting out and enjoying the great outdoors; unplugging from the distractions of today’s technology-driven society; and immersing yourself in community spirit.
The following three resorts prove that the age-old saying, “the simple life equals a happy life”, is true.
Toberua Island Resort
Toberua Island Resort is a private-island resort set on four sandy acres of lush, tropical gardens located in the middle of a secluded azure lagoon off the east coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu.
Home to 15 thatched-roof bures scattered along the island’s oceanfront and one three-bedroom villa overlooking clear water and white sand, the resort’s ambience fuses contemporary décor with traditional Fijian style and warm hospitality.
It’s a place to step away from the clamour of modern society and unwind with some of the best things in life: good company, good food, good views.
While the rest of the world keeps spinning, Toberua offers a quaint and totally unique step back in time, rejecting the glitz and glamour of the travel industry in favour of bona-fide laid-back South Pacific charm.
This resort boasts an impressive range of outdoor activities – from PADI-certified diving to sailing, SUPing and a nine-hole par three that’s only playable at low tide – that allow you to appreciate the local natural beauty and embrace each day with zest.
Toberua has been awarded a distinguished PADI Green Star Dive Centre Award, which is granted to PADI dive centres and resorts that demonstrate a dedication to conservation. They recently adopted a dive site in front of the resort, and once you arrive, you’ll understand why they want to protect and preserve their beautiful surroundings.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu boasts a refreshingly unfussy vibe, where everyone is barefoot and where the everyday stresses of life are left behind and you can reconnect with nature.
The leisurely chic resort is perched on the banks of a turquoise lagoon, fringed by coral reefs, white sandy beaches and rich, tropical vegetation. Its Lagoon Villas offer the quintessential Maldivian over-water experience where you can soak up a stunning sunset from the comfort of bed – it doesn’t get much simpler than that!
The resort offers a range of tailored activities to ensure guests of all ages leave feeling refreshed, enriched and inspired. ‘Water Play’ and ‘Dream Dive’ make the most of the crystal-clear waters that surround the resort; ‘Go Eco’ educates travellers about the life beneath the sea’s surface; and ‘Island Table’ is dedicated to dining pleasures.
For a truly disconnected experience, Embudhoo is a deserted, white-sand island that guests from Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu can visit. There’s the option to head over via speed boat for a private picnic, with nothing to interrupt other than blue skies, turquoise water and the soft call of birds from within the island’s untamed rainforest vegetation.
For those who want to unplug from modern life entirely and spend an evening under the stars, there’s one solitary villa on the island that is equipped with the essentials for a comfortable night and nothing more. A wholesome reminder that sometimes less is more.
Le Lagoto Resort & Spa
Located on a private, coconut-fringed beach and boasting traditional Samoan-style bungalows, Le Lagoto Resort & Spa is a magical place to unwind.
The resort is a secluded, peaceful base to explore all the wonders of Samoa’s ‘big island’, Savai’i, including waterfalls, blowholes, lush rainforest and deserted beaches.
Set against a backdrop of white sand and sparkling blue lagoons, Le Lagoto is a haven for the whole family to slow down, recharge, and leave the rest of the world behind. Spend precious time together exploring local villages, cycling the coastal road, taking long walks in the sand at sunset, or making the most of the resort’s complimentary paddleboards and kayaks.
Celebrate traditional Samoan delicacies with Le Lagoto’s theme nights. Their Thursday buffet and fiafia night and Sunday Polynesian BBQ night are not to be missed. You’ll enjoy local dishes including roast pork cooked in umu, baked fish, oka, taro in coconut cream and more. An absolute must try while staying at this resort is their freshest and finest lobster… we rate it some of the best we’ve ever had!