Get Some R&R in Niue
Niue might be better known for its active adventures, from scuba diving to whale swimming, but Niue also can provide an effortlessly relaxing holiday. On an island with very few tourists at a time, a small population of locals and vast areas of tropical forest, plantations and coastline, Niue can’t help but provide a tranquil setting for some R&R time. Combine that with some of the ways to relax in Niue that we list below and you’re in paradise…
Before we get to the best ways to relax in Niue, be sure to bookmark the 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List featuring more amazing experiences.
1. Treat Yourself to an Island Massage
Combined with Niue’s soothing tropical temperatures and stunning settings, a massage in Niue is the ultimate way to relax. There is a range of massage styles available on the island, from Balinese to traditional Niuean, where you get to choose to either have a heavenly massage in one of the island’s massage rooms or in the privacy of your Niue accommodation. Learn more in The Best Spas in Niue.
2. Learn How to Weave
Just like knitting, crochet or beadwork, doing Niuean handicrafts such as weaving is a soothing process. Learn how to make your own Niuean handicrafts, whether it’s at the Scenic Matavai Resort‘s weaving session in their entertainment program or by visiting the local ladies’ weaving group at the Niue Council of Women taking place in Alofi on Wednesdays. Learn more about Niuean handicrafts in The Guide to the Niuean Culture for Travellers.
3. Do Some Yoga
Niue also makes an idyllic and unique location to find your zen and do some yoga. Maulu Spa offers private yoga sessions in the comfort of your accommodation, providing all the equipment to make your session seamless. Experience Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga or even combine a massage experience with Yoga Nidra. Find out more in Where to Do Yoga in Niue.
4. Join a Wellness Retreat
Forget bustling Bali or Thailand, Niue presents a much quieter wellness retreat destination – the perfect environment to relax and rejuvenate. Niue hosts several wellness retreats throughout the year, often featuring yoga, fitness classes, one-on-one nutrition consultations and more. Find out more about the wellness retreats available in the guide to Wellness & Yoga Retreats in Niue.
5. Stay in a Private Villa or Holiday Home
Niue is an island of boutique accommodations, where privacy and tranquillity are never too hard to find. Stay in one of the island’s relaxing holiday homes and villas, which often feature private whale watching decks, a deck to watch the sunset with a glass of wine, coral gardens or something else. Browse for places to stay in the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Niue or splurge in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Niue.
6. Bathe in Niue’s Natural Crystal Clear Pools
While there are three accommodations on the island with swimming pools, nothing quite beats the relaxation of bathing in Niue’s natural pools. In fact, the waters of the Matapa Chasm and Avaiki Cave were once exclusively reserved for the kings and nobles of the island. Check out Niue’s top swimming spots in the 10 Most Beautiful Swimming Holes in Niue.
7. Float Over Niue’s Tropical Marine Life
Seeing Niue’s marine life is effortless, as fantastic snorkelling spots can be accessed straight from shore. Niue’s waters thrive with colourful soft and hard coral, tropical reef fish and few exciting surprises like seasnakes and the occasional turtle. Check out the 10 Best Places to Snorkel in Niue for some of our favourite picks.
8. Indulge in Refreshing Cocktails
What’s a tropical getaway without sipping on cocktails made from real fruit?! Niue gives you plenty of excuses to do just that, whether it’s at the Pool Bar of the Scenic Matavai, while watching the sunset at happy hour from the Vaiolama Cafe, or trying some colourful creations at the All Relativf cocktail bar. Check out the 9 Best Bars in Niue for places to relax with a drink.
9. Go for a Quiet Walk
Niue is blissfully uncrowded, which means you can easily find yourself on one of the island’s beaches or sea tracks without a soul in sight. With Niue’s sea tracks being short, it’s not a place to over-exert yourself making a walk in Niue a real relaxing experience. See The Guide to Walks in Niue for inspiration on where to walk.
10. Read a Good Book
It might be cliche but enjoying some downtime with a good book is still an excellent way to relax in Niue. Lay back with your feet up and delve into the world of your story where you’re highly unlikely to be disturbed on this peaceful island. For some relevant reading for your holiday, try Tales of Niue Nukututaha by Zora Feilo, Niue Rising by Toke Talagi and New York to Niue by Ashley Graetz.