Find out where seasoned travellers are heading...
While there are many things that differ across multiple generations (the best way to cook porridge and fold fitted bed sheets, for example), there’s one emotion that transcends age and unifies us all – wanderlust; the urge to see and experience the world.
And just like there are certain things that millennials look for when booking their holidays (such as the availability of unique experiences and trendy design), research shows that baby boomers also have a unique set of travel preferences.
They like to spend quality time in one destination and experience all that it has to offer, including its history and culture. They place a strong emphasis on comfort – a pleasant climate, great food, impressive amenities with a local flavour, and a good variety of activities to choose from.
If this sounds like you, the following resorts offer creature comforts you never even knew you needed while on holiday (personally-scented pillowcases?!), as well as the opportunity to meet like-minded adventurers.
Muri Beach Club Hotel
Sheltered in a turquoise haven on the Cook Islands’ largest island, Rarotonga, Muri Beach Club Hotel is an intimate, 30-room hotel that ticks all the boxes for globetrotting baby boomers. The modern, adults-only hotel is ideally situated on the sandy shores of the region’s most picturesque beachfront, Muri Lagoon, and boasts all the amenities needed for a relaxing holiday including spacious, well-appointed rooms; a central swimming pool; and onsite restaurant and bar; a spa; and an aqua centre.
Here you can choose your room type based on your preferred vista. Premier Garden Rooms offer amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges; Premier Pool View Rooms provide easy access to both the pool and beach; and Deluxe Beachfront Rooms enjoy uninterrupted views of Muri Lagoon.
The hotel’s onsite restaurant, Silver Sands, provides full-service dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and with changing menus and a different theme each night to tantalise your taste buds, as well as room service, there’s no need to leave the hotel for food.
If you’re in the mood for a spot of pampering, Muri Beach Club Hotel’s onsite spa is run by a team of internationally-trained staff who will take you on a journey to revitalise your mind, body and soul, with treatment options including facials, pedicures, body treatments, waxing and skin care.
For a truly memorable experience, the hotel’s award-winning team can help you plan a host of activities and tours, based on your personal preferences, including a storytellers eco cycle tour, sailing trip, lagoon cruise, cultural village tour, or buggy tour.
The Cook Islands are renowned for their natural beauty and Muri Lagoon is the ideal spot to immerse yourself in the country’s outdoor wonder while weaving some activity into your holiday. The hotel offers a range of water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving, and world-class snorkelling, or for a more leisurely pace, you can enjoy a peaceful walk along the shore or a refreshing dip in the glistening waters of Muri Lagoon first thing each morning.
Sinalei Reef Resort & Rainforest Spa
Home to long, white sand beaches, volcanic mountain ranges, lush rainforests, dramatic coastlines and hidden waterfalls, Samoa is a geographical wonderland. Made up of two main islands, ‘Upolu and Savai’i, the natural beauty of this tiny island nation is incredibly vast.
Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa is ideally located within easy access of some of the country’s most iconic features, including the famed To Sua Ocean Trench, a beautiful natural swimming hole with turquoise water, surrounded by lush vegetation that sits in the middle of a lava field near Lotofaga in East Upolo.
To ensure you don’t miss any of Samoa’s natural beauty, we suggest hiring a car and spending some quality time driving around and taking in the diverse landscapes along the way. The roads are quiet, easy to navigate and basically hug the coastline, making it easy to navigate your way back to the resort.
Alternatively, Sinalei offers a couple of great tours that showcase the local beauty, or you can soak up the scenery with one of the many outdoor activities the region is famous for, including kayaking, snorkelling, golfing, beach bowling, and surfing.
Sinalei is a locally-owned boutique resort is nestled within a sheltered lagoon along the southern coast of ‘Upolo Island, a mere stone’s throw from Apia and Faleolo International Airport. Spread across 33 elegantly-groomed acres of lush vegetation, the resort’s grounds embody the very best of its island home, including breathtaking tropical vistas and friendly Samoan hospitality steeped in culture and a deep, soulful history.
Choose between perfectly-appointed garden villas nestled amongst lush gardens or beachfront villas offering incomparable ocean views. A refined, yet relaxed dining experience awaits you at Sinalei, where everything is grown onsite or sourced locally and is served in accordance with the resort’s farm-to-plate philosophy.
This luxury resort on the uninhabited island of Kunfunadhoo in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll encourages you to spend your entire holiday barefoot – a sentiment that perfectly encapsulates its carefree, back-to-nature philosophy.
Tucked amongst verdant foliage along a private stretch of beach, each villa at Soneva Fushi is a Robinson-Crusoe inspired architectural masterpiece featuring natural design elements such as sustainably-sourced wood, cotton, and wicker, as well as outdoor bathrooms.
Spend your time alternating between your private pool and hammock, ducking out the front of your villa for a quick snorkel through UNESCO biosphere-protected coral reefs, and riding your bike across the island to the resort’s many dining options (including dedicated ice cream and chocolate rooms!)
There’s also a spa, glass-blowing studio, outdoor movie theatre, garden observatory with high-powered telescopes, bookstore, and endless activities and adventures to fill your time with. Whether you have a hankering for a personalised tour of the resort’s organic veggie gardens or would prefer to get out and explore a local Maldivian village, the team at Soneva Fushi will not only cater to your needs but exceed your expectations at every turn.
Tokoriki Island Resort
Fiji’s most awarded adults-only boutique island resort is located in the Mamanuca Islands and promises a secluded escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, with an authentic Fijian twist.
All 36 beachfront bures and villas are private, freestanding and decorated in an intoxicating fusion of contemporary style and local design, including tropical gardens and outdoor showers.
The resort is home to an indulgent spa, featuring individual and couples’ treatment bures – where water trickles gently over freestanding volcanic rock walls – that are designed to ensure you enjoy a truly relaxing experience. Upon arrival you can secure unlimited spa treatments with professionally-certified therapists for the duration of your stay; just ask the team at reception.
The natural beauty of Tokoriki Island allows you to be as active or as idle as you like. Choose between kayaking, snorkelling or diving, relaxing by the pool, swinging in your hammock or exploring the striking local landscape.
Take a look at Tokoriki Island Resort’s Instagram account and you’ll be convinced there’s nowhere in the world that does sunset quite as well as Fiji’s number one resort. Afternoon drinks at the pool bar and the sweet sounds of the famous Tokoriki Band are the perfect accompaniments to skies streaked with hues of pink and gold.