Fiji – Part 1

Unfortunately I’ve been very neglectful of my blog over the last year.  The problem is getting the time to research new recipes, take photos of the results and write it all up in a post.  Whilst I do still enjoy cooking and playing with new recipes, I unfortunately don’t get time to take photos or write a post.

Having said that, I thought I would write a post on our recent trip to Fiji, which I hope will be useful/interesting to others.

In December last year T and I decided to take a much needed holiday in Fiji.  The trip was actually a sort of last minute decision as we hadn’t intended to go anywhere and the idea of having a holiday in Fiji came on a whim, but after the decision was made we were both very excited as it was to be our first overseas holiday….and our first overseas holiday together.  Unfortunately both T and I have only travelled overseas for work, so the thought that we would be able to enjoy a new country together was exciting.

After we decided on Fiji, I spent a lot of time spent online researching the best place to go.  I am pretty picky when it comes to hotels and as far as I am concerned, when it comes to paying for a hotel I see little point staying somewhere that is not as nice as our home.  Is it just me that thinks this way?

Anyway, after lots of research we eventually settled on the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa.  The reasons for this were the fact that the resort had recently opened and was new and fresh, and the reviews on Trip Advisor all pointed to it being a great place to stay so we made our reservation and organised our flights.

In December we arrived in beautiful Fiji.  At the airport we were met by a member of the resort staff who would take us to the resort by minibus.  This is something you can pre-arrange with the resort and is definitely worthwhile as during our drive to the resort our driver provided us with lots of information about Fiji and it’s culture.

After about an hour we arrived at the resort, and were greeted with a traditional Fijian welcome which involved beating the Lali drum and the concierge team all welcoming us with the traditional Bula greeting.  We were then adorned with more shell necklaces and guided to the reception area.

The resort

One of the locals from Sana Sana vilage

The reception area is upstairs and contains spectacular views of the resort and beach.  The resort is located at Natadola beach which is reported to be one of the worlds best beaches and is definitely the best beach in Fiji.  Whilst we didn’t visit any other beach in Fiji I can definitely attest to the beauty of Natadola beach.

The check in process at the resort was extremely efficient and we were met by the duty manager and immediately escorted to our room which was a Beach Front Suite.  In short, the room was amazing, and to be able to step outside and see the beach was the icing on the cake.

The Beach Front Suite is the largest of the rooms available at the Intercontinental Fiji.  The room is 85 square metres and as the name suggests, is situated right on the beach.  The room includes a separate lounge room and bedroom, large bathroom, Cleopatra bath and your own private terrace with beach views.  The room also includes 2 flat screen tv’s (one in the lounge and the other in the bedroom) and a Bose sound system which includes an iPod dock.

Needless to say not much time is spent in your room (except if you are unfortunate enough to encounter a cyclone, as we did, and I will post about this later) but I feel it does make the trip feel extra special when you do have a beautiful room.

I loved the little touches provided by housekeeping each day, which included the generous replenishment of the Pure Fiji toiletries, hibiscus flowers scattered through the room, and the shell necklaces shaped into hearts left as part of the turn down service.

Beach front suite

I hope you enjoyed part 1 of our trip to Fiji.  Part 2 will include a photo tour of the resort and part 3 our trip to Sanasana village.  Please feel free to leave comments and share your thoughts and/or experiences on Fiji.

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