Five alternatives to Bali for your next tropical holiday

Bali. Been there, done that? With plenty of luxury accommodation options and a tropical climate on offer, each of these beautiful destinations is a compelling alternative for your next sun-drenched getaway


One of the great debates among Australian travellers is whether to choose Bali or Fiji. Both destinations boast pristine natural landscapes and luxury accommodations and offer an array of both active and leisurely activities. Fiji comprises over 50 hotels and resorts sprawled across more than 320 islands in the South Pacific. In an archipelago that spans three million square kilometres, Fiji hotels and resorts offer a luxury travel experience that synergises authenticity with conservation and sustainability. Namely, the marine conservation at Kokomo Private Island, the sustainable design at Six Senses Fiji and villas stilted over the ocean at Likuliku Lagoon Resort.


Here is a list of hotels and resorts in Fiji we are coveting.

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok offers an authentic experience and showcases the natural beauty of Indonesia while providing a more restful location for guests and visitors alike. A volcanic island located east of Bali in Indonesia, Lombok comprises four main regions: North Lombok, West Lombok, Central Lombok and East Lombok. Lombok is increasingly becoming a sought-after tourist destination, particularly among travellers who seek a more genuine Indonesian experience. Its appeal lies in its minimal development and lower tourist influx, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in an authentic setting.


Read more about the Indonesian islands beyond Bali you are missing out on here.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa


Characterised by its beautiful landscape, picturesque beaches and lush greenery, the Philippines stands out as a destination that offers holistic and healthful experiences for the body, mind and soul. Today, many people are simply seeking alternative methods to feel good while travelling, whether it be basking in their surroundings, treating themselves to spa visits or staying at health-focused resorts specialising in longevity. From families looking for a tropical getaway to singles looking to elevate their well-being, the Philippines offers resorts and experiences that cater to everyone.


Find our suggestions for the best Filipino island getaways that should be on your bucket list here.

Romblon, Philippines. Photo by pixmike on Unsplash.

Krabi, Thailand

Thailand is a popular destination for discerning travellers seeking diverse experiences, with Bangkok and Phuket frequently dominating discussions, but how about Krabi? Krabi is distinguishable for its vast turquoise body of water and is dotted with limestone formations; its appearance is akin to the likes of Maldivian islands. Krabi boasts coral reef vistas perfect for coral diving. Attractions at Krabi include hot springs, a wildlife sanctuary, sea caves, national parks and limestone cliffs that draw rock climbing enthusiasts from around the world.


Read more about Krabi’s pristine beaches here.


In the South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu’s archipelago consists of roughly 80 islands boasting pristine waters and white sandy beaches. Vanuatu has a less-developed and untouched landscape than Bali and prides itself on the steps the nation has taken towards a sustainable future. In 2019, the Royal Caribbean cruise line, in conjunction with Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwa, announced the cruise line will be creating the world’s first carbon-neutral cruise destination set to launch in the coming years. In 2023, The Republic of Vanuatu joined the Movement for a 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Future; a significant milestone that showcased Vanuatu’s dedication to the global fight against climate change. Vanuatu emerges as a travel destination fitting for adventurers, nature lovers, and luxury travellers. It is also family-friendly.

The Palm House Vanuatu
The Palm House Vanuatu

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