Fiji May 2014
So it begins… My annual trip to Fiji for business. It happens each May to coincide with the invite only Fiji Tourism Exchange. I generally extend my conference dates by 2-3 weeks to visit various resorts in Fiji. These visits help renew confidence in resorts, inspire me and allow me to keep a pulse on the Fiji resorts we sell. Trust me, the resorts that we offer and suggest to our clients are a direct result of our personal experiences. If we didn’t like it you probably wouldn’t either…
This years trip is unique, I am visiting BRAND new resorts that I have never seen or experienced previously so it is exciting!
24 April – Flight to Fiji on Fiji Airways was a perfect flight. The flight departed on time at 1130pm and I was able to sleep 9 of the 10.5 hours to Fiji.
26 April – Day 1 The Remote Resort
I arrived into Nadi Airport and cleared customs and immigration with a breeze. I was met and greeted by our ground team, Pacific Destinations and off I went to catch my domestic flight.
When you fly Island Hoppers to connect to the Northern Islands or Mamanucas it is seamless transition in comfort. Their new, clean aircraft and lounge make the transfer an upgrade from the standard inter island option, Pacific Sun. We took off from Nadi at approximately 700 am and arrived an hour later in Taveuni. There I was met by a taxi driver whom was the friendliest guy and on our drive to the wharf (15 minutes) he pointed out various interesting things. The drive was stunning!
The boat crossing from Taveuni to The Remote Resort was a quick 25 minutes and the boat was safe, comfortable and covered to protect from sun and sea spray.
Ahhhhhh… glistening in the sun was this beautiful white sandy beach with a backdrop of hundreds of coconut trees. Four Villas and a Main Pavilion (restaurant and bar) were scattered down the beachfront. It was spectacular. We arrived to a greeting of Fijians playing guitar and singing standing on the reef as we arrived on a extreme low tide so the reef was exposed. The owner/manager walked out to give each of us reef shoes to walk to shore.
The Remote Resort was definitely remote and the design of the resort and villas reflect that. I would classify them as Rustic Modern Luxury. Each Villa boasts expansive views of the ocean, with nice decks outfitted with comfy outdoor furniture perfect for reading or sipping cocktails at sunset. The entire Villas are either pocket doors that open completely up or screened in Louvered windows to let the ocean breeze come straight in. The Villas have king beds and large outdoor bathrooms, sitting areas indoors and out and each deck with a private plunge pool to take a quick dip! I am staying in the 2 Bedroom Villa which is PERFECT for 2 couples or a family as it has a complete kitchen in it! The chef comes down and whips up breakfast, lunch or dinner if you don’t want to go to the restaurant!
I got settled into my villa and then wanted to hit the ground running! I had a full day of activity ahead and it was only 10am.
11:30 am- We gathered snorkeling gear, donned tennis shoes and off to the waterfall we went. A 25 minute boat ride across to Bouca Village where we hopped into a waiting truck and up to the top of a mountain we went. Then by foot we hiked up a rarely used path up the forest to a secret waterfall. The trek up was short, steep at times but extremely awesome and heck the car did most of the work for us! The Waterfall was different than most I’ve seen, it was a tall flat sheet of black rock with nice gentle falls and perfect for taking a dip into! We enjoyed a beer (Fiji Gold) before the trek down.
Once back at the boat we went off to the Pearl Farm where we saw the men working on J Hunter Pearls. Just off to the farm there was a 2 really great snorkeling spots and we did them both before heading back. I saw loads of colorful clams, fish and corals. That was an action packed first day and we got back to the resort at about 330pm. Just enough time to shower and head down for the Kava ceremony in the main dining area.
The Remote Resort is an all inclusive Fiji resort that offers guests an authentic Fijian experience! Being an owner occupied resort there is an extra level of care and anticipatory service. This was going to be a great stay!
5:00pm – I was greeted by the band boys and the Owner Dan whom offered me champagne straight away (off to a great start) As soon as the other new guests arrived we went upstairs to the loft where the band boys play and drink kava… The band boys at The Remote Resort knew a ton of English songs and sang them really well!
We dined on lobster, the largest lobster I have seen in Fiji in 35 years! It was HUGE. It was delicious. After some wine, a great meal, superb entertainment, wonderful company (owners Dan and Natasha) it was my bedtime.
930pm- Bedtime, windows open (screens on them) and I can hear the ocean….
PS. The Beds are SO comfy and I think I fell asleep when my head hit the pillow.