Top of the Class: Hotels in the Pacific with the Highest Grades

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Schools dole out final grades and, like the Harvard of hotels, so do we. To conclude our call out of Kiwi Collection’s top properties by region we head to the lands down under. Herewith, the four hotels and resorts in the Pacific with the highest HQ (hospitality quotient).

Laucala Island
This Fijian oasis is home to just 25 villas, yet a lengthy list of amenities. It’s also quite self-sustaining; drawing mostly on the island’s own agriculture and resources for its fine dining and building materials. Guests must apply to gain admittance to these accommodations, but like an Ivy League school, getting in is a privilege worth vying for.
Percentage grade: 96
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Rooms, Spa & Fitness, Attention to Detail, Wow/Hip Factor, Location and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Hilltop spa, David McLay Kidd-designed golf course, equestrian center, quad bikes, five restaurants, 14 charter boats, and privacy.

Saffire Freycinet
Another boutique and private paradise, this one is set within the wilds of Tasmania. Its architecture is a stunning tribute to the region’s organic shapes. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows creates a near seamless relationship between the great indoors and even greater outdoors.
Percentage grade: 88
Best subjects: 9s across 8 of 10 categories
Aptitudes: Modern design, all-inclusive option, complementary mini bar, and guided activities.

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
On French Polynesia’s mini atoll of Motu Tautau, facing Bora Bora, sits this resort of over-water bungalows and garden villas. If all the turquoise water becomes to much, there’s the Manea Spa to take refuge in, shaded by a coconut grove. This is where Robinson Crusoe wished he’d been shipwrecked.
Percentage grade: 87
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service and Rooms
Aptitudes: Lagoon, coral reef diving, private pools, and helicopter tours.

Spicers Peak Lodge
Offering just 10 suites in Queensland’s Scenic Rim region, this luxury lodge offers a quiet retreat with vast views. Since it’s not far from Australia’s Granite Belt, good wine isn’t hard to come by. Sip a few glasses with a seven-course meal at the restaurant, that is after your day of bush walking and mountain biking.
Percentage grade: 86
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Wow/Hip Factor and Location
Aptitudes: Day spa, private picnics, outdoor fire, stargazing, and wine tasting.

Honorable Mentions:
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Percentage grade: 85
Best subjects: 9s in 6 categories and 8s across the rest
Aptitudes: Eco resort, Qi Gong meditation, wellness activities, and certified organic cuisine.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Percentage grade: 85
Best subjects: 9s in 5 categories and 8s across the rest
Aptitudes: Kauri Cliffs championship golf course, game fishing and hunting, sailing, and diving.

Matakauri Lodge
Percentage grade: 85
Best subjects: 9s in 6 categories
Aptitudes: Lakeside, New Zealand mountains, spa, and proximity to outdoor activities.

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