The Guide to Planning a Luxury Weekend in Niue
You might have the luxury to treat yourself to an island escape but perhaps not the luxury to spend more than a long weekend. No matter; Niue is a small enough island to enjoy over three to four days (depending on the plane schedule) but we can’t promise that you won’t be left wanting more. The South Pacific paradise offers stays in secluded island villas and glorious activities, from encountering marine life in some of the clearest coastal waters to simply indulging in a tropical massage. With that, it’s time to plan your luxury weekend in Niue.
Whether you’re planning a weekend to celebrate a special occasion or seek a bit of luxury “just because”, this guide will assist with a luxury itinerary (or two), as well as where to stay, how to get around, what to do and where to dine.
A Weekend in Niue (A Relaxed Itinerary)
Below is an overview of a relaxed luxury itinerary for Niue, giving you a balance of rest and adventure. Long-weekend itineraries in Niue start on Friday and end on Monday to match the plane schedule.
- Day 1 – Arrive in Niue, check-in at your luxury accommodation and ease the flight aches with a spa treatment or yoga session
- Day 2 – Join a scuba diving trip or swim with whales
- Day 3 – Find Niue’s quiet snorkelling/swimming spots, such as Matapa Chasm, Avaiki Cave and more
- Departure day – Treat yourself to some Niuean souvenirs at the Airport Market, Kauhi Krafts and more before getting prepared for departure on a famous Niue plane day.
A Weekend in Niue (An Alternative Itinerary)
If the above itinerary doesn’t fit your interests, then check out our more detailed alternative below.
See the full itinerary: Niue Luxury Itinerary: 3 Days
Where to Stay
No matter where you stay, you’ll be able to drive, cycle or taxi to just about anywhere in Niue. With that in mind, choose an accommodation in Niue that speaks to you. While the island isn’t home to five-star resorts, it certainly has high-quality stays, including:
Scenic Matavai Resort – Niue’s only resort provides commanding views, modern well-appointed guest rooms, two outdoor pools, a pool bar and a restaurant. Different room upgrades are available, the most luxurious being the Deluxe Clifftop Rooms.
Lau’s Getaway – Two lavish villas with attractive timber interiors and private balconies with a fitted bathtub. Guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine, a breakfast hamper, an espresso machine, binoculars for whale watching and more.
Namukulu Cottages – Five self-contained cottages with private decks and steps away from an outdoor swimming pool. You’re welcomed to the cottages with “Plane Day Pizzas”, as well as freshly-baked bread each day during your stay.
Stone Villas – Conveniently located in Alofi yet nestled away in tropical forest surroundings, these Niuean limestone-constructed villas provide a tranquil retreat. The stay includes car rental, airport transfers and a phone to make local calls for free.
Dive into more details on the above accommodations, as well as more recommendations, in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Niue.
How to Get Around
Niue likes to keep things simple when it comes to transport. The island’s quiet roads are easy to drive around or even cycle thanks to plenty of rentals available. Choose between the following ways to get around Niue:
Car rental – Car rental is the most popular way to travel the island’s 123km (76 miles) of paved roads. To add to the convenience, car rental companies offer pick-up/drop-off anywhere on the island. Find out more in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue.
The Taxi – If you’re not a fan of driving yourself, the next best option is “The Taxi”. Yes, pay attention to the “The” as there is only one. Find out more in The Guide to Taxis in Niue.
Bicycle rental – For those of you feeling fit and/or conscious about reducing your carbon footprint, bicycle or e-bike rental is a worthy consideration for exploring just for a weekend. See The Guide to Mountain Biking in Niue for more details.
Check out our guide on How to Get Around Niue for more details on each transport option.
What to Do
For such a small island, Niue offers big experiences. Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, you’re sure to find an activity or tour to suit you. Some top recommendations include:
Swimming with whales – Niue is one of the rare places in the world where you can legally swim with humpback whales. Combined with water visibility that can reach 80m and you have an experience you’re unlikely to forget. Note that the whale season is between July and September/October. Learn more in The Guide to Swimming with Whales in Niue.
Massage – Swap the action for a range of healing massages, body scrubs and yoga sessions. Either have a massage in the privacy of your own accommodation or in a clifftop studio nestled in forest with Maulu Spa. Discover more in The Best Spas in Niue.
Scuba diving – Get more out of Niue’s crystal clear tropical waters by scuba diving through dramatic underwater chasms and caves. Find out more in The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue.
Snorkelling/swimming – One of the most charming aspects of Niue is its array of swimming spots, including chasms, natural pools and caves carved into the cliffs. Take your pick from the 10 Best Places to Snorkel in Niue.
For many more things to do, check out the 10 Luxury Activities in Niue.
Where to Eat and Drink
What’s a weekend getaway without good food? Be sure to book a spot for any of Niue’s hugely popular eateries, as most only have a few tables. Our dining recommendations include:
Vaiolama Cafe – Perched atop a 30m cliff with its own mini golf course, this cafe offers more than just crowd-pleasing meals for lunch and Happy Hour drinks on Thursday evenings.
Kaiika Restaurant – The premium sushi platters prepared by a Tokyo chef are the main reason to call into this restaurant ranked as one of the top sushi restaurants outside of Japan.
Dolphin Restaurant – Dine at the Scenic Matavai Resort‘s restaurant for beautifully presented plates on their a la carte menu.
All Relativf – Start or end your evening with fresh-fruit cocktails, smoothies and more at this trendy cocktail bar in Niue’s main shopping complex.
Learn more about where to wine and dine using The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue.