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Seduced by the SOLOMONS I Do some time travelling in the Pacific, in a chain of glorious islands where time has stood still, writes Ginny Cumming 88 t’s always thrill when you discover a brilliant holiday destination. But when you find one that’s gorgeous, supremely chilled and only around three hours from Australia (Brisbane), you’ve really hit gold. The Solomon Islands are one such destination. This is a place of unhurried simple pleasures and astonishing natural beauty. The capital, Honiara, is definitely worth a visit, but let’s be honest, a trip to the Solomons is all about escaping to one of the 900-odd remote islands that make up this nation. We were lucky enough to call two of them home during our trip to this magical part of the world. First stop was Tavanipupu Private Island Resort (tavanipupu.com), via a 25-minute flight on an eight-seater plane and then a 20-minute boat ride that made us feel as if we were the only people in the world. Located in the most beautiful, remote spot you can imagine, Tavanipupu is apparently the most luxurious resort in the Solomons. There are just 12 wooden bungalows, all with thatched roofs, vaulted ceilings and four-poster king beds. Instead of Wi-Fi, air-con or a TV you get a private porch with day bed, hammock and lagoon views. But even without mod-cons this place is still fit for a king – or a future king, anyway: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed at Tavanipupu during their tour of the Pacific in 2012. Rumour has it the heir to the heir, George, was even conceived here. Romantic dinners for two are served on a private jetty in a setting that screams holiday fantasy, but the majority of meals are enjoyed in a tropical, open-air dining room. Walking there from your bungalow takes you past a little lagoon that looks like it’s straight out of Gilligan’s Island (there was no millionnaire or movie star when we were there, but you can bet they come here in droves). Across from the lagoon, sitting above the water, is a tiny shack that you’ll barely notice, but do not miss a visit here. It’s the resort’s spa – the setting is rustic,