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Cliphead
3rd January 2011, 19:49
To take a break somewhere exotic, money no object. Recommendations please.

MarillionFan
3rd January 2011, 20:08
To take a break somewhere exotic, money no object. Recommendations please.

Palestine.

You did say exocet didn't you?

Cliphead
3rd January 2011, 20:13
Palestine.

You did say exocet didn't you?

I had considered the weird as well as the exotic, getting my pic taken underneath the crossed swords in Baghdad for instance.

Really looking for somewhere different, out of the way, exclusive, once in a lifetime kinda thing. Fascinated by Easter Island, Tahiti, Antarctica, you get the idea. Anybody actually been to any of these places or anywhere else they could recommend?

DimPrawn
3rd January 2011, 20:15
Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa Hotel - Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Hilton Hotels (http://www.hilton.co.uk/borabora?WT.srch=1)

Cliphead
3rd January 2011, 20:17
Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa Hotel - Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Hilton Hotels (http://www.hilton.co.uk/borabora?WT.srch=1)

Now that's a candidate, only 45 mins from Tahiti!

Zippy
3rd January 2011, 20:26
I've always fancied a trip on one of those scientific survey ships - the Galapagos Islands maybe?

Cliphead
3rd January 2011, 20:31
I've always fancied a trip on one of those scientific survey ships - the Galapagos Islands maybe?

Can you do that? That would be a cool trip to do.

Ruprect
3rd January 2011, 20:57
Antarctica?

Cliphead
3rd January 2011, 20:58
Antarctica?

Yeah, been considering there.

MarillionFan
3rd January 2011, 21:10
I had considered the weird as well as the exotic, getting my pic taken underneath the crossed swords in Baghdad for instance.

Really looking for somewhere different, out of the way, exclusive, once in a lifetime kinda thing. Fascinated by Easter Island, Tahiti, Antarctica, you get the idea. Anybody actually been to any of these places or anywhere else they could recommend?

I always wanted to go to Easter Island and have researched it. They put an airport in when Costner did a film there and I understand that's spoilt it somewhat.

The missus has been to Tahiti. The south sea islands have always been high on my list but not visited. I would go for Patagonia over Antarctica & always fancied Pitcairn Island(as an out of the way place, but they did have some issues a few years back). I would always recommend Nepal and a visit to Bhutan, plus Indonesia is a cool country with lots and lots of different islands/peoples.

Cliphead
3rd January 2011, 21:18
I always wanted to go to Easter Island and have researched it. They put an airport in when Costner did a film there and I understand that's spoilt it somewhat.

The missus has been to Tahiti. The south sea islands have always been high on my list but not visited. I would go for Patagonia over Antarctica & always fancied Pitcairn Island(as an out of the way place, but they did have some issues a few years back). I would always recommend Nepal and a visit to Bhutan, plus Indonesia is a cool country with lots and lots of different islands/peoples.

Polynesia is moving up the list, had a look at Pitcairn and the fact it's not easily accesible adds to the attraction, definitley a possibility.

Moscow Mule
3rd January 2011, 21:30
Anywhere you can fly to will have a 5 star hotel - but have a look at some of the outlying French Polynesian islands. Some of them are just awesome, from rocky outcrops to coral atoll lagoons.

I have to say I didn't really enjoy Bora Bora, all of the coral was washed out and they really haven't looked after the place - but those over-water cabins are quite cool and can be found in a few places.

If you don't fancy French Poly, try the Cook Islands - Aitutaki is simply amazing. I went when I was travelling years back and took my wife there for our honeymoon. It hasn't really changed in the intervening 8 or so years.

I can also recommend Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The story of the place and the Moai is fascinating. I spent New Years there a few years ago - truly a magical place that looks like you've asked a child to draw an island, town here, volcano there, cliffs at one end, awesome beach at the other, but it is a pain in the arse to get to, 8 hours or so either from Papeete or Santiago.

Best way to get to the South Pac is a return ticket with Air NZ to Auckland - their business class is like first on other airlines as they don't have a 1st class and you get free stopovers across the Pacific.

Cliphead
3rd January 2011, 21:36
Anywhere you can fly to will have a 5 star hotel - but have a look at some of the outlying French Polynesian islands. Some of them are just awesome, from rocky outcrops to coral atoll lagoons.

I have to say I didn't really enjoy Bora Bora, all of the coral was washed out and they really haven't looked after the place - but those over-water cabins are quite cool and can be found in a few places.

If you don't fancy French Poly, try the Cook Islands - Aitutaki is simply amazing. I went when I was travelling years back and took my wife there for our honeymoon. It hasn't really changed in the intervening 8 or so years.

I can also recommend Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The story of the place and the Moai is fascinating. I spent New Years there a few years ago - truly a magical place that looks like you've asked a child to draw an island, town here, volcano there, cliffs at one end, awesome beach at the other, but it is a pain in the arse to get to, 8 hours or so either from Papeete or Santiago.

Best way to get to the South Pac is a return ticket with Air NZ to Auckland - their business class is like first on other airlines as they don't have a 1st class and you get free stopovers across the Pacific.

Now we're getting closer. So Auckland to French poly and from there to the outlying islands?

Moscow Mule
3rd January 2011, 21:40
Now we're getting closer. So Auckland to French poly and from there to the outlying islands?

Yup, have a look at this lot - Air Tahiti : Domestic airline of Tahiti and her islands > (http://www.airtahiti.aero/home.php)

You can also get the ferry to Moorea from Papeete which is pretty cool too.

Cliphead
3rd January 2011, 21:43
Yup, have a look at this lot - Air Tahiti : Domestic airline of Tahiti and her islands > (http://www.airtahiti.aero/home.php)

You can also get the ferry to Moorea from Papeete which is pretty cool too.

Thanks, this is what I was looking for.

Moscow Mule
3rd January 2011, 21:44
You can also get a South Pacific Lonely Planet which is pretty good too.

Cliphead
3rd January 2011, 21:48
You can also get a South Pacific Lonely Planet which is pretty good too.

That's useful, thanks again.

Zippy
3rd January 2011, 21:54
Can you do that? That would be a cool trip to do.

I believe so but typically I can't find it now.

Any of these (http://www.expeditiontrips.com/search/results.asp?destid=11) appeal?

Cliphead
3rd January 2011, 21:58
I believe so but typically I can't find it now.

Any of these (http://www.expeditiontrips.com/search/results.asp?destid=11) appeal?

The cruises don't appeal but the semi guided tours look very interesting, now I'm getting spoiled for choice. Another good call.

Zippy
3rd January 2011, 22:03
The cruises don't appeal but the semi guided tours look very interesting, now I'm getting spoiled for choice. Another good call.

Make some more money and do a couple!

Cliphead
3rd January 2011, 22:19
Make some more money and do a couple!

Money's not the problem just time...

MarillionFan
3rd January 2011, 22:49
You can also get a South Pacific Lonely Planet which is pretty good too.

I've got that. It#s pretty good.