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Ithaa restaurant, Conrad Rangali, Maldives
Written by Vicki New Zealand & South Pacific Specialist
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Hidden Beaches resorts with a difference

If you’re looking for something special or refreshingly different, our Hidden Beaches collection may have just the answer.

We asked our team of Hidden Beaches specialists to share the unusual experiences that stood out for them as particularly quirky or memorable at beach resorts and hotels on their travels. From breakfast delivered by canoe to arriving at your hotel on a paraglider, here are their suggestions...

Breakfast delivered by canoe in French Polynesia

Breakfast delivered by canoe, Le Taha’a Private Island and Spa.

A delicious Polynesian breakfast can be delivered to your villa by canoe

Le Taha'a Private Island and Spa isn’t just a Polynesian paradise with powder-soft beaches, palm trees and coral reefs, it’s also a culinary experience. There are three restaurants offering a wide selection of local and international specialities, and romantic dinners and private picnics can be arranged. You can even have breakfast delivered to your villa by canoe, accompanied by a ukulele serenade. When you’re not sampling the culinary delights, spend time in the spa or snorkelling in the turquoise lagoons overlooked by green volcanic peaks.

Paraglide into Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

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Making an entrance, Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

If you’re feeling adventurous, make a dramatic entrance to Six Senses Zighy Bay on the Northern Musandam Peninsula of Oman. You can choose to arrive by road through the dramatic mountainous scenery, by speedboat across Zighy Bay or from the sky on an exhilarating paraglide ride. The resident paragliding professional at Six Senses will take you around the mountain range, gliding over the bay, before making a soft landing on the private sandy beach. Built in a traditional Omani village style, the resort is stylish, remote and intimate.

Dine by a waterfall, Sarojin, Thailand

Private candlelit dining at the jungle waterfall, Sarojin, Khao Lak

A romantic table for two, near Sarojin, Thailand

The Sarojin is renowned for its exceptional service and beautiful setting. The spacious, contemporary-style residences blend crisp, minimalist design with the richness of traditional Thai decor. There are well-tended grounds with a jacuzzi and large swimming pool. A range of dining options are available, including the possibility of a private champagne dinner at a nearby waterfall, a gourmet picnic breakfast on a private island, or cocktails and canapes in the jungle.

Walk in Tom Hank's footsteps as a castaway in Fiji

Tokoriki Island Resort, Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands

Tokoriki Island Resort, Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands

Tokoriki is a peaceful, luxurious island retreat on a private island on the Mamanucas, a volcanic archipelago lying to the south of the Yasawa Islands. There are plenty of activities every day including a Monuriki Castaway Island tour. Monuriki is the island made famous by Tom Hank’s film ‘Cast Away’. Explore this uninhabited island on foot with a guide who'll explain how the film was made and its key locations. Other activities include champagne island-hopping and snorkelling tours. Or simply relax in your traditional, wooden bure and sip cocktails while watching the sunset.

Enjoy a ten-course tasting breakfast at Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil

Barbecue at Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil

A delicious seafood barbecue at Ponta dos Ganchos resort

The Ponta dos Ganchos resort is tucked away on a private peninsula, encased in rich green foliage, spilling down to an emerald sea. The beachfront restaurant offers sophisticated fare including the option of a gourmet ten-course breakfast. From the beach you can stroll across the candlelit causeway to a private island for a special place to dine. Make sure you book the table – there’s only one on the island, where a dedicated waiter will look after your every need.

Dine in an underwater restaurant in the Maldives

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Underwater dining at Ithaa restaurant, Conrad Rangali, Maldives

Enjoy eating fresh seafood as you watch tropical fish swim by at Conrad Rangali's restaurant, Ithaa (meaning 'mother of pearl' in the Maldivian language of Dihevias). Situated more than 16 feet below sea level in the Indian Ocean, the glass-enclosed restaurant cost about $5 million to build. As a diner you can enjoy 180-degree views of coral reefs, manta rays and sharks, as well as a wide range of tropical fish and other aquatic species.

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