Fiji actually consists of 332 islands of which only 110 are permanently inhabited. The major islands include Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Viti Levu, where the Nadi International airport is located. From here you can easily reach by jet, seaplane or boat all of the other islands within the archipelago. Although impossible to experience it all, LAX will take on four distinct places in Fiji to start with. Whether you are looking for a secluded honeymoon retreat or a solid fishing trip, surf, scuba adventure or family vacation we’ll cover everything you might be looking for and more.
Although Fiji is one of the most welcoming places to visit, an experienced and reputable travel agency can make all the difference. Culturally, many Americans ignore travelers insurance when planning vacations, but, when international travel is concerned, it is highly recommended and well worth the negligible price, especially when weather, flights and connections can be unpredictable. For a first class Fiji experience, the family owner and operated Fiji Vacations, can provide the trip of a lifetime and can customize an individual experience for you and your companions. They have personally traveled to every island and most of the resorts throughout in order to develop their unique recommendations and packages and can be reached at www.fijivacations.com. Whether you are a backpacker, enjoy the more pampered travel experience, or something in between, Fiji can offer you the trip of a lifetime.
Matangi Island Resort
Whether you are on your honeymoon, romantic getaway or in need of a babymoon, Matangi Island Resort has everything two lovers could possibly desire. The definition of a lover’s paradise, Matangi Island Resort is a private island only accessible by boat or sea plane. To arrive here is an adventure in itself, but well worth the effort to literally escape from daily life and embrace the unknown with your significant other. From secluded picnic lunches on remote spots around the island, to private in-room or beach side candle light dinners, the welcoming staff at this heavenly resort goes to great lengths to ensure your visit on the island is a lover’s dream come true. Every detail has been carefully designed and planned for your enjoyment at Matangi from the bottles of French champagne stocked in their famous tree house bungalows, with French doors that open to the ocean, outdoor showers exposed to a rain forest canopy, private gardens with Jacuzzi hot tubs and divans for relaxing to specially crafted air conditioned beds designed by the owners themselves where you can listen to the sounds of the rain forest through wide-open windows yet sleep blissfully in air conditioned comfort at the same time. When you awake from possibly the best sleep you’ve ever had, you will discover that the steps to your bungalow have been swept with palm leaves and the entire white sand beach has been raked and smoothed for your pleasure. It is an understatement to suggest that these high-end accommodations hold nothing back.
The history of Mantangi runs deep in the family. Frederick George Mitchell arrived in Fiji during the great Fiji rush of 1870 where he met and eventually married a Fijian princess Adi Matila Maraama Nikai Viada. In time he was able to purchase Matangi Island and passed it on to his five children. One son, Frederick passed Matangi onto his daughters, Flora and Cheek (Penelope) where Flora and her husband, Noel Douglas built their dream resort from the ground up on this rare gem of an island. Noel and Flora started with just one Bure when they first opened and have since created this magical retreat as you see it today.
For a morning or afternoon excursion, the world-famous famous Horseshoe Bay located on the western coast of Matangi and only accessible by boat or kayak, provides the perfect intimate getaway. The waterfront beach bure is fully equipped with sea kayaks and snorkeling gear, as well as a swinging bed and lounge chairs to unwind on. Here, you are truly off-grid with turquoise ocean views to the horizon, a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine, what more could a couple want? Matangi also offers a wide variety of activities from diving packages, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, waterfall hikes and swimming to fishing. There is an abundance of activities for those seeking a more adventurous experience. For a more soothing digression, the new “over the sea” spa is known for the full body showers handcrafted by the local Fijians – all of the spa services are each uniquely designed. As is standard throughout Fiji, the hospitality must be experienced to understand how truly warm and caring Fijians are. Guest are encouraged to explore and enjoy the island as much as they wish, and when the inevitable time comes to depart, they gather in song as you slowly head off by boat and back to reality. Matangi will captivate you for a lifetime.
The Hideaway Adventure Island
Koro Sun is an intimate Fijian paradise unlike any other. Located on the island of Vanua Levu, and partially situated in tropical gardens, rain forest and lagoon, Koro Sun is a four star resort, offering five star service and accommodations. In addition to the incredibly warm Fijian welcome from the staff — a refreshing coconut juice drink and raw coconut foot massage — owners Jack and Patsy personally make each guest feel at home and greet all their guests on a first name basis. They offer a true family experience.
Known as the adventure island, Koro Sun unquestionably contributes to Vanua Levu’s reputation. The resort provides a daily adventure guide with activities and pursuits to keep even the most adventurous traveler captivated during their stay. From water sports and worldclass diving, to island activities and village visits, to the golfer looking to partake in a few swings to keep up his stroke, this resort offers a little of something for everyone. In addition to the various outdoor pursuits, and some not so strenuous endeavors, Koro Sun provides an amazing variety of cultural experiences to partake in for individuals and families alike.
Not so secret anymore, Koro Sun is also known for hosting a season finale from the hit show, The Bachelorette. This coveted resort has now made it to the top of the charts for romance and Hollywood-type treatments, and has inspired couples from all over the world to visit Koro Sun to indulge in their remake of this experience through their exclusive “Passion Under the Palms” package. Included in the royal stay are private candlelight dinners under the stars, couples massages and private golden sand beach picnics.
Along with the variety of activities, there is a first-class selection of accommodations to suit every taste. The resort features bures for the couple or small to medium size families, from over-water two-story private villas, to streamside villas and even a tree-top honeymoon bure. The over-water villas are fully equipped with a full kitchen, two baths, decks, dining area, living area, and master suite, with surrounding ocean views from all sides and a refreshing fresh-water plunge pool. With so many things to keep you busy here, relaxing in your luxurious bure should not be overlooked. Jack also happens to be an architect and a specialist in alternative solar energy, and has brought his trade to Koro Sun. The resort was one of the first green, alternative energy resorts, and the main private villa is LEED certified.
Dining is another adventure at Koro Sun. The menus are always fresh and new, and usually feature a choice of fish or seafood, caught daily, and ingredients hand-picked from the resort’s own garden. The meals are all inclusive, with breakfast and lunch served in the main dining area, while dinner is usually served overlooking the lagoon, often accompanied with live local music for a truly Fijian experience. For those looking for exclusivity, an indulgent romantic experience, or even an action packed adventure, Koro Sun does it all exceptionally well.
Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
Top Beach Destination
With breathtaking views along the drive, the trip from the airport to this Intercontinental Resort is peaceful and relaxing. While best known for one of the top 25 beaches in the world, Natadola Beach, the Intercontinental has many other surprises in store. The resort does a remarkable job of combining the architecture and style of the traditional Fiji village with the modern, blending both into a comfortable, yet contemporary feel. In keeping with the upscale Intercontinental brand catering to world travelers, the resort provides every amenity imaginable, with a first-class touch. With four swimming pools, a tranquil and eminent spa, 24-hour gym, the 18 hole Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, golf clinics, a dive and surf center, and luxury retail shops, it’s certain every guest will find something of interest. The beauty of Natadola Beach, and the world renowned Fijian hospitality, make the resort a popular destination for honeymooners and wedding parties, with the chapel providing exceptionally romantic and picture perfect ocean views. For adults and couples seeking seclusion, there is the adults only infinity pool, virtually extending to the ocean, and conveniently situated next to the Toba Bar & Grill, with friendly servers attending to your every need.
A favorite feature in each room is the outdoor Signature Cleopatra bath, situated on the balconies with a couch and chairs for lounging. A floor to ceiling curtain extending the length of the balcony allows you to be as private or as semi-private as one desires. And not forgetting the petite travelers, the resort is one of the few that caters to families, providing the smallest of details to keep every member engaged and enjoying all that the resort has to offer. Cribs, children’s baths, special family pool areas, babysitting services and an almost magical kids club, with activities for all ages, are standard fare here.
At night, the resort comes alive with the fire bowls and torches situated throughout, reflecting off the water. With world-class dining options ranging from casual to formal to sitting poolside, the evening is another new experience entirely. The best part of Fiji however, is of course, the Fijian people and their truly welcoming nature. Hospitality and Fiji are one and the same — treated as family, you will miss this enchanting place the moment you leave.