How to Become the Envy of Others: Choose One of These Four Fijian Resorts and Never Come Back
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You know the all-too-familiar real estate proclamation: all that truly matters is location, location, location? Well, the same could apply when it comes to picking a resort in Fiji. If all you demand is a beautiful beach, comfy digs, towering palms, great food, and a roster of outdoor adventure, there's no shortage of fantastic places to kick back and rewind. But each resort caters to a slightly different type of vacationer.
The Mamanuca Island group (pronounced: mama-NEW-thas) sitting off the west coast of Nadi is a collection of tiny coral islands that each personify the mental image of Robinson Crusoe's castaway locale. In fact, Tom Hanks and his trusty pal Wilson washed ashore on one of these islands, Monoriki, in the film Castaway. What you didn't see in that movie was the resort. Actually, scores of resorts. Poor Tom. He could have been ducking into a barreling tube, getting a massage, washing lobster down with a stubby of Fiji Bitter, or just kicking back in his own private bure.
To aid your South Pacific celebration of all things beach, here are a few of our favorite Fijian resorts if sea and sand is what you're after. Three of them are in the Mamanucas, and the last sits on Vanua Levu, near the town of Savusavu.
This 160-acre island located at the northern reaches of the chain is all about multisport fun in a truly romantic setting. Thirty-four bures and villas sit peppered along a white-sand beach, each with a private outdoor shower (the Sunset Pool Villas also come with a private pool and sandstone terrace). The Dolphin Bar and restaurant serve up excellent seafood, including lobster caught by local fishermen. The kokoda (ko-KOND-a), a mélange of lime-marinated walu and prawns served with coconut milk in a split coconut shell, comes highly recommended. The resort has a small fleet of windsurfers among other gear, which is the perfect way to cool down after a hike up into the island's interior. Staffers here love to play volleyball and will gladly take you on. And just recently the resort added a decadent pool to complement the ocean out the front door. As with most of the areas in the Mamanucas, Tokoriki has its own dive shop with daily departures out to spots like the Supermarketa smorgasbord of fish and coral life where you'll likely see gray reef sharks. Tokoriki was one of the founding members of a local group to protect the Mamanucas' fragile environment, and general manager Erin McCann can help explain the rich marine life that blesses this portion of Fiji.
877-828-3864; www.tokoriki.com. Doubles per night cost around U.S. $464 and include most activities other than diving. Meals are about U.S. $60 per person per day extra.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication