Fiji, I Have A Crush On You
In August I was fortunate enough to host 11 wonderful agents to Fabulous Fiji. My ten year anniversary in the travel industry is fast approaching and I have to be totally honest with you, I have not really had the urge to visit to Fiji before, to me it was more of a holiday destination where people would just go to relax and sip on cocktails (not that there is anything wrong with that – just not my cup of tea) but I am happy to say that after this visit my view was not the same.
Our first stop was at the amazing Outrigger Resort and Spa, a true five star experience on the Coral Coast. The outrigger is massive and they offer everything from modern hotel rooms to traditional bure style. They have one of the most amazing day spa’s and wedding chapels I have ever seen, with views of 40km of ocean front.
The following day we were off to a site inspection of the Hideaway and then a night at the Naviti. Hideaway probably has one of the most beautiful stretches of beach front on the Coral Coast and they also have a PADI dive centre on site. Bures are all traditional in style and most have outdoor sunken spa baths. The beach front bures are stunning. They are situated right at the end of the resort and offer uninterrupted ocean views. Overall, beautiful location, helpful and fun staff with a family friendly atmosphere.
That night we stayed at the Naviti and I can assure you that this property is fantastic! Pool is a great size, offers a swim up bar and being the only all year round, all inclusive resort, they really do have something for everyone. Rooms are large all with balconies, unless you are in a garden view ground floor.Next stop, The Warwick, which was my favourite hotel on the Coral Coast. Traditional in style but modern. It is a large resort but still feels intimate. The hotel is built to reflect a plane. Everything from reception, to restaurants, pools and bar areas are the cockpit – the epi centre of the hotel. Rooms are located on the wings of the aeroplane. This houses all garden view, ocean and Warwick deluxe rooms. There is a designated adults only pool as well.
Next stop…Royal Davui island … We had hit the mother load. Stunning stunning stunning. The resort is everything you would think it would be and so much more. Every villa similar but slight differences in layout and views. The staff are incredible, the food was delicious, the water was pristine and the cocktails went down way to easy. Royal Davui is everything and anything one could very want or need.
Our last stop was Lautoka. To be very honest I was scared. Scared about stepping from complete luxury to 3.5* but to be honest First Landing Resort was everything I had come to love about Fiji. It was relaxed yet proud, inviting and non pretentious. Something has to be said for the joy you feel when you sit eating dinner with your feet in the sand.
Before our flight out we did venture to four properties for site inspections on Denarau, the three Starwood properties and the Sofitel. Westin was by far my favourite! Clean and concise and true to the Westin brand. Sheraton villas was family overload! Great pool area with a swim up bar over looking the Mamanucas. The Sheraton was very…for lack of a better word … Peach. The buildings are peach, the interior is peach and the feel is well a bit peach. Great facilities, great extensive grounds with great restaurants and so close to the Golf club.
Next, The Sofitel… Well bonjour Sofitel! Brilliant room layouts compact but they felt big. Probably the nicer “beach” out of the Denarau properties we viewed. Amazing suites for families with a little nook for the kids, themed with bunk beds and game consoles. Love, love, loved it!
The one thing that I loved the most about Fiji was the word Bula. The word is heard everywhere you go. Every couple of steps you are greeted with a smiling Fijian face saying “bula”. Their happiness and joy for life is infectious and their passion and love for their culture and homeland is unlike anything I have seen in the world. It has so many meanings: hello, goodbye, welcome, love and so much more. It means life! A blessing of health and happiness and to celebrate life. Enjoy how much a simple word can transform your entire day.