Maybe you’re an avid island hopper? Or the type of traveller who doesn’t like to stay in the same spot for too long? Or perhaps you simply like to cram in as many unique experiences and sights as possible while on holiday?
If so, you’re the ideal candidate for what we, in the travel industry, like to call split-stay combos, which in a nutshell are when guests divvy up their holiday time between different resorts, destinations and offerings.
Below are our savviest hacks for split-stay combos and making the most out of your next holiday!
Island Hopping in Fiji (Qamea + Tokoriki)
Upon arriving in Fiji, you will take a 90-minute scenic domestic flight from Nadi Airport to Taveuni on Fiji Link. From there you will be taken by car and then boat to the stunning Qamea Island, where you will spend a few nights at Qamea Resort & Spa.
Located in the pristine islands of Fiji’s north, the award-winning boutique resort is an oasis of lush tropical flora, skirted by two kilometres of pristine beaches and tranquil waters with breathtaking coral gardens and world-class surf. With just 15 bures scattered throughout 100 acres of swaying coconut palms and verdant gardens, it’s an intimate escape catering to maximum 30 adults.
Your journey from Qamea to Tokoriki will begin with a 90-minute domestic flight back to Nadi, followed by a 30-minute helicopter ride out to Tokoriki Island Resort, where you’ll be greeted by stunning natural surrounds of crystal-clear water and white-sand beaches, warm Fijian hospitality and caring attention to detail.
The boutique resort – which holds the title of the country’s most awarded property – is home to just 36 beachfront Bures and Villas, all of which are private, freestanding and decorated in an intoxicating fusion of contemporary style and authentic Fijian design, including tropical gardens and outdoor showers.
Exploring the Baa Atoll in Luxury (Soneva Fushi + Vakkaru)
After arriving at Male International Airport, you will be taken by Tesla to the Soneva Airport lounge and then over to Soneva Fushi via seaplane.
Hidden among dense foliage within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Baa Atoll on the deserted island of Kunfunadhoo, Soneva Fushi is a 59-villa resort that is world renowned for pioneering the back-to-nature, barefoot luxury trend. Fusing the Robinson Crusoe fantasy with an intelligent approach to service, aesthetic and experience, it is an evocative setting for a relaxing holiday.
After a few blissful days here, you will be taken by speedboat over to Vakkaru Maldives. Vakkaru is a timeless sanctuary located in a breathtaking enclave also within the Baa Atoll. A lush and secluded floating paradise of palm-lined beaches and powder white sand, the five-star resort epitomises tropical escapism.
When you’re ready to tear yourself away from the bluest water you’ll ever see, your departure home will be another seaplane back to Male Airport.
A Side of Indonesia You’ve Never Seen (Nihi Sumba + Five Elements Bali)
Once you arrive in Denpasar (Bali) you will be transferred by car to the stunning Fivelements Retreats, near Ubud.
Surrounded by tropical greenery, Fivelements is an award-winning eco-conscious retreat with a focus on designing high-impact wellness strategies, destinations, products and services aimed at supporting individuals, couples and organisations through enduring life transitions and transformation.
After your retreat is finished, you will be transferred back to Nguri Rai International Airport (Denpasar) where you will take a short 60-minute flight via Nam Air or Wings Air to Tambolaka Airport (Sumba). From there you will be picked up in a luxury Safari 4WD and taken on a one-and-a-half-hour adventure to Nihi Sumba.
Located on Indonesia’s most unexplored island, Nihi Sumba is a soulful destination where rugged meets unregulated freedom. Operating in perfect harmony with the stunning local environment and Sumbanese people, Nihi Sumba features 27 pool villas set on 467 acres of tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands wrapped around the stunning Nihiwatu beach.
From Singapore to the Island Archipelago on its Doorstep (Bawah Reserve + Raffles Singapore)
For a perfect juxtaposition between city and beach, we recommend a split-stay between Raffles Singapore and Bawah Reserve.
Opened in 1887, Raffles Singapore is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world, and no visit to the country is complete without a stay at Raffles; it’s an icon and a luxurious one at that.
After your stay at Raffles, your fully-escorted transfer out to Bawah includes pickup from your hotel at 7am, ferry from Tanah Merah (where you’ll have lounge access at the ferry terminal) to Batam, car transfers in Batam and an amphibious plane journey out to the island for an 11.45am arrival.
Enveloped by lush tropical greenery and azure blue ocean, Bawah Reserve rests in sheltered, carefree seclusion 160 nautical miles (300km) northeast of Singapore in Indonesia’s remote Anambas Archipelago, which comprises 295 islands.
Singlehandedly the best destination in the world for nature lovers, the sustainable-luxury resort comprises an archipelago of islands, and is home to 13 beaches; stunning coral reefs; ancient, untouched forests and crystal-clear lagoons.
Your return trip leaves Bawah at 1pm and arrives into Singapore a 4.45pm. If you’re leaving Singapore on the same day, you need to make sure your flight leaves after 8.30pm to allow time to get to the airport and check in to your flight.
The Sights of Samoa (Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa + Le Lagoto)
Samoa’s number one luxury resort, Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, is located on the main island of Uplou and is a cruisy 45-minute drive from Faleolo International Airport. You can book a transfer direct with the resort’s reservations team.
Sinalei is a mix of pristine scenery, friendly hospitality, and soulful traditions. It’s an untouched paradise that has incomparable beauty, amazing staff that end up feeling like family and an abundance of natural wonders nearby, including the celebrated To Sua Trench.
The luxury resort embodies the very best of its island home, including breathtaking tropical vistas and soul-enlightening Samoan hospitality. Choose between perfectly-appointed garden villas nestled amongst lush gardens or beachfront villas offering incomparable ocean views.
For a different side of Samoa, take a scenic 40-minute drive to Mulifanua Wharf, Upolu. Catch a short ferry ride across to Salelologa Wharf, Savaii, and then a drive along the coast of Savaii to Le Lagoto.
Located on a private, coconut-fringed beach and boasting traditional Samoan-style bungalows, Le Lagoto Resort & Spa is a magical place to unwind. 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.