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South Pacific Stays with a Different View

Published 8th Feb 2022

The South Pacific offers a range of unique and unusual accommodation options with unforgettable views.  But there are a few that are less mainstream, quirkier, and offer you a holiday experience that is definitely one for the travel bucket list. If you’re looking for more in the South Pacific, read on to find out more about these stays with a different view so you can add them to your travel list.

Tahitian Guesthouses

Tahitian Guesthouses, also referred to locally as pensions (pronounced pone-see-owns), are typically family-operated lodgings that allow you to connect with the local culture in a more authentic way. These properties are small and don’t provide the facilities of a resort - instead they feel more like a B&B.

They range in style from a personal bungalow to a room in the family’s house, but all offer the same memorable experience. From home cooked meals and communal areas for dining and relaxing to having the owners or on-site managers acting as your personal guide on local excursions, it truly is a unique way to see how Tahitian’s live and how their local community interacts!


The Fales of Samoa and Tonga are a traditional accommodation style more often found within a resort. Therefore, they offer you a room with a difference but with the surrounding resort facilities so you really get the best of both worlds.

These traditional buildings are a standalone structure built from natural materials – coconut palm poles, thatched roof and woven leaf blinds. For privacy, you pull down the blinds and for protection against midges and mosquitoes, you have a fan and mosquito net. In addition to staying in a novel room type, these Fales are always set directly on the beach right by the water’s edge. This means you will enjoy some of the most breath-taking and amazing views right from your room!

Floating Accommodation

Overwater Bungalows and the South Pacific are synonymous with one another. But have you heard about Fiji’s floating accommodation? It’s an overwater room type, but it floats rather than being fixed to the seafloor, meaning it makes it onto our list of unusual accommodation types.

At Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa you can stay in their Floating Bures complete with a jetty and private front deck. This gives you direct water access and your own kayaks for use during your stay. These bures have all the standard comforts you would expect from a luxury boutique resort.

If you’re looking for a luxury South Pacific holiday with a view, take a look at the floating accommodation available in Fiji is Serenity at Savasi Island. Serenity is a stunning 140ft three-masted schooner moored permanently at the resort’s marina providing penthouse and stateroom luxury cabins plus on-board facilities such as sun deck with Jacuzzi and bar, lounge and dining room and cinema room. For the ultimate stay be sure to book in at the Bridge Deck Penthouse with a private deck!

Enjoy South Pacific Views with Spacifica Travel

If any of these unique and unusual accommodation options have made your travel wish list then reach out to Spacifica Travel’s South Pacific specialists on 1800 800 722 today!

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