HEAD DIRECTLY TO: Waiheke Island, a 30-minute ferry ride from Auckland, the island is home to olive groves, beautiful beaches and fabulous wineries, including Mudbrick Winery which has a Tuscan-like vine-covered restaurant that looks out over the valley.
WHERE TO STAY: Book into The Oyster Inn, a beautifully designed boutique hotel and restaurant located in the heart of Waiheke’s shopping and eating precinct, Oneroa. The under-floor heating and Aesop toiletries are an added bonus!
WHERE TO STAY: The Sofitel Nusa Dua villas effortlessly blend the outdoors with the indoors. Spacious rooms open up to a private terrace garden with splashes of vivid colour from heliconias and frangipani. You can spend all day poolside or head down to the beach for a massage and a swim before choosing which restaurant in the hotel to dine in, all are superb.
HEAD DIRECTLY TO: The Coral Coast. Families will love the new Kula Wild Adventure Park featuring Fiji’s only rollercoaster forest canopy zip rail ride and hillside water slide, the 110m Kula Splash Mountain Jungle Slide.
WHERE TO STAY: Right next door to Kula is the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort where you can loll about at one of the pools, enjoy a cocktail at sunset after a bobo massage and get possibly the friendliest ‘Bula’ greeting in Fiji!
HEAD DIRECTLY TO: Kowloon. Hong Kong is a world city full of chic restaurants, bars and hotels, and it just keeps getting better. Drop your bags off at the new Kerry Hotel on the waterfront at Victoria Harbour and explore!
DON’T MISS: Across on Hong Kong Island, walk up Aberdeen Street to PMQ. Previously the Police Married Quarters, PMQ has recently been revitalised and is home to scores of creative and design industries. Perfect for pressie buying!
WHERE TO STAY: The new Kerry Hotel where all five of the hotel’s restaurants as well as its bar offer outdoor landscaped terraces overlooking Victoria Harbour. There are also more than 1,000 art pieces on display.