Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Queen’s Birthday Travel Got You Royally Stuck? Here’s a Few Regal Spots to Toast the Queen in Style

After the slew of long weekends to kick off the year, Queen’s Birthday is a silver lining of the otherwise wintery clouds across Aotearoa come June. If you’re looking to embrace the chill by exploring local hotspots in our own backyard or jet-set across international waters to chase some sun, it’s the perfect opportunity for a break away – so why not make it one fit for royalty?

Whether with your family, best mates, your soul mate or on your own, take this opportunity to feed your wanderlust and add more coveted memories to your 2022 highlight reel by living it up at these royally-inspired holiday destinations, suggested by our mates at booking.com.

Rotorua, New Zealand

Famous for its shooting geysers, bubbling mud pools, natural hot springs and rich Māori culture, it’s no wonder Rotorua  is a go-to holiday destination close to home for families, friends and couples alike. Enjoy a soothing soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a luxurious wellness spa after marvelling at the area’s distinctive thermal landscapes.


Where to stay: Live it up like royalty at the Prince’s Gate Hotel, a historical, boutique-style hotel in the heart of Rotorua. This classical 4-star hotel is opposite the Polynesian Spa and the famous Government Gardens. Dating back to 1897, the hotel has many stylish guest rooms decorated with classical embellishments from another era. Guests will find themselves relaxed and soothed during their stay as the hotel offers thermally heated pools and a sauna. There is also a restaurant and bar on-site offering breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner – there’s no need to leave!

Matatufu, Samoa

If you find yourself craving the heat of the tropics, summer is just a short flight away as you escape to stunning Samoa, renowned for its rich biodiversity, genuine hospitality and luxurious retreats. Whether you’re a thrill seeker exploring wild jungle trails for a dose of adrenaline or a foodie looking to tickle your tastebuds with the fresh tastes of local Samoan cuisine, there’s something for everyone on a holiday in Samoa – perfect for Queen’s Birthday!


Where to stay: Feel pampered from head-to-toe when staying at the Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa; the perfect island getaway for the tropical traveller. You’re sure to have some fun in the sun as guests can enjoy complimentary snorkelling gear and paddle board rentals on-site. Furthermore, scenic cruises and cultural tours can be easily arranged at the hotel’s reception so that guests can fully immerse themselves in Samoan culture and learn about the island’s rich history.’

Sunshine Coast, Queensland

From the bright lights of the Gold Coast to the technicolour underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland has a slice of paradise to suit every traveller. Make the most of your Queen’s Birthday weekend by diving head-first into oceanside escapes, bustling city life and cultural attractions that will leave you awestruck.


Where to stay: Rest and recharge in privacy at The Retreat Beach Houses where guests can lounge on a spacious balcony overlooking the ocean and native bush. Whether it’s dipping your toes in a lagoon-style swimming pool, playing an invigorating game of tennis or cooking up a delicious meal using the property’s barbecue facilities, guests will find themselves perfectly content with The Retreat Beach Houses’ luxurious essentials, fit for a king.

Ubud, Bali

For those looking to extend their long weekend into a full blown holiday that would make others glow with envy, lose yourself by escaping from the mundane to magical Bali. Whatever your budget, you’ll find the holiday worthy of royalty in the Island of the Gods! Home to forested volcanic mountains, pearly-white beaches, rainbow-esque coral reefs and rich local culture, Bali is a traveller’s paradise that will make you never want to leave.


Where to stay: Surrounded by serenely lush paddy fields in the north side of Ubud, peaceful retreats await you in the tranquillity of Bliss Ubud Spa Resort. Allow yourself to melt into the natural beauty of Bali with a spa at your doorstep and yoga classes to help balance body, mind and spirit. What’s more, guests can explore the numerous craft workshops, restaurants and surrounding greenery on bicycle with the hotel’s on-site bike rental services. Guests can even take a peek at Balinese royal living by taking a quick bike ride to the historic Ubud Palace. The cherry on top of it all? Guests are assured that stayin a minimum of 3 nights will receive a one-time complimentary 30-minute massage. This family-run accommodation offers Balinese-style rooms with authentic touches at every corner and has also earned itself a Travel Sustainable property badge on Booking.com.

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