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pacific // solomon islands the view gorgeous and the massages heavenly. As well as pummelling and pampering you can go reef snorkelling in warm waters teeming with marine life, explore the island by bike, catch your supper on a fishing expedition, visit a traditional village on a nearby island, or head off for a gourmet lunch on a private sandy beach, just the two of you. After four blissful days at Tavanipupu we head back to Honiara and board a flight to Gizo (in the Western Province), from whence it’s a seven-minute trip on a speedboat to the über-chilled Sanbis Resort (sanbisresort.com). Life at this eco-friendly island paradise is lived on or over the water. There are just six bungalows, which all sit right at the water’s edge and have views across a lagoon from their private decks. The decor is rustic and simple (again, don’t expect any mod-cons – you won’t even find a power socket in your bungalow!). The sublime overwater spa will definitely 90 holidaysforcouples.travel demand some of your attention, but the SB Bar, at the end of the jetty and overlooking the lagoon, is where you’ll spend most of your time at Sanbis. It’s the heart of the resort and the last word in laid-back loveliness. There’s Wi-Fi access and a big-screen TV if you need a fix of the ‘real world’, as well as the ‘only overwater woodfired pizza oven in the Pacific’ – what a brilliant claim to fame. They also serves the most incredible lobster (another thing the islands are famous for). It’s cheap, it’s plentiful and it’s delicious. Snorkelling around here is seriously unmissable. You can step down from the SB Bar straight into waters filled with extraordinary fish, coral and a WWII relic, or catch a boat to nearby Kennedy Island, where it’s even better. This tiny uninhabited island is named after JFK who, together with his crew, was stranded here for a time during WWII. There’s not much to do on land, but swim out just a few metres from the shore and it’s like Finding Nemo has come to Top left and above: Time will stand still at the seriously chilled Sanbis Resort, located on a secluded island near Gizo – relaxation guaranteed. Top right: take a boat to Fatboys Resort (solomonislandsfatboys.com.au) for a meal in this legendary overwater restaurant that’s probably the most famous place in the Solomons life. There are exotic rainbow-coloured fish, reefs festooned with colourful coral, starfish, shells... the only problem is you have to keep stopping to remove your snorkel and gasp excitedly, ‘Did you see that?’ Which is pretty much what you’ll be saying during your entire time in the friendly and oh-so beautiful Solomons Islands. H // The writer travelled as a guest of Solomon Islands Visitor Bureau and Solomon Airlines. GINNY “Swim out just a few metres from the shore and it’s like Finding Nemo has come to life”