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Why You Should Have A Destination Wedding In Fiji
Posted 11 Apr 2016

Who doesn’t love a destination wedding? It’s a great opportunity for friends and family to come together on your special day, in a location which they may have never thought to experience before. What’s even more perfect is that the wedding can often segue nicely into the honeymoon, no additional logistics required. No need to um and ah any longer, here are 10 good reasons why the dreamy islands of Fiji would make for a memorable destination wedding.

1. Stunning Resorts 6. An Exotic Experience
2. All-Inclusive Wedding Packages 7. Adventure & Fun With Your Nearest & Dearest
3. Picturesque Memories 8. Luxury & Privacy At It's Finest
4. Be Different 9.  The People
5. Two for One 10. The Price

1. Stunning Resorts


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Outrigger, Fiji

Fiji’s world-class hotels and resorts are what wedding venue dreams are made of. Offering breathtaking views, premium services and too-good-to-be-true wedding packages, a destination wedding in Fiji is a no-brainer. The resort facilities are always incredibly impressive, with all you could possible want (and more) in the one place. Some places even have their own chapel too! Popular Fijian mainland resorts to consider for your wedding include InterContinental Fiji Golf & Spa Resort, Shangri La, Outrigger and Warwick. If you prefer island resorts, some of our favourite picks include Tokoriki, Treasure Island and Castaway Island

2. All-Inclusive Wedding Packages


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When it comes to experience, the wedding planners in Fiji are next to none. Many of the resorts are designed to accommodate for weddings and work hard to provide excellent services to facilitate. For couples who want to take the stress out of planning your big day, look for holistic wedding packages that cover accommodation, food, entertainment, a wedding coordinator, photography, decorations, minister or celebrant, massages, hair and makeup, staff and transfers. Now you can enjoy your special day, fuss free!

3. Picturesque Memories


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This may be stating the obvious but Fiji is a beautiful country and serves to be an idyllic backdrop for your wedding. Your wedding photos alone will speak more than a thousand words and spark wedding envy in every way possible. Picture having the ceremony on the beach, underneath a floral wreath in the early afternoon as the sun begins to set over the horizon. Every moment you spend in Fiji (from the lead up, to the big day, to post-wedding) will feel incredible as you wake up to palm trees, luscious greenery and the clear blue ocean.

4. Be Different


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Cloud 9, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

If a traditional wedding isn’t what you’re after, Fiji also provides other wedding alternatives to consider, such as the newly built Cloud 9. Experience the most special day of your life in the middle of the Pacific Ocean surrounded by clear, turquoise blue water and neighbouring islands on a two level floating platform. Opt for a laidback wedding ceremony on this floating island and allow your guests to change into their swimsuits afterwards to enjoy the day in the sun with water sports, wood fire pizza and an open bar.

5. Two for One


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Likuliku Island Resort, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Having a destination wedding in Fiji means that you can enjoy your honeymoon immediately after matrimony. Wedding packages often include accommodation in luxury suites with private balcony dinners and couple’s massages, which makes the transition into marriage life very comfortable. You can also take this time to explore other islands in Fiji, which are designed for honeymooners and adults only. Paradise is served best at the Likuliku Lagoon resort, which houses villas hovering over the clear waters. This is the ideal honeymoon spot, with privacy, intimacy and snorkelling right at your doorstep.

6. An Exotic Experience


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Want your wedding to be unconventionally memorable? Fijian wedding packages offer the option to include exotic, cultural practices. This could include a singer, Fijian choir, tribal drumming ritual, Polynesian fire dancing or dining lovo style, where food is prepared in hot rocks submerged in the earth and steamed to perfection. Taking this path will give a whole new meaning to having a destination wedding.

7. Adventure & Fun With Your Nearest & Dearest


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Hilton Hotel, Nadi

When else will you get the opportunity for friends and families to be in one place together for an extended time? Fiji isn’t just about white sandy beaches and basking under palm trees, it has so much more to offer. Integrate some action into your destination wedding by exploring various islands on day trips and go snorkelling to witness the expansive underwater oasis. Hotels will help organise day trips and activities at a discounted rate for groups. Organise for said activities pre or post wedding to extend the celebration with your closest family and friends.

8. Luxury & Privacy At It’s Finest

The resorts in Fiji pride themselves on offering their guests a premium product and for those seeking to add a serious touch of luxury on their special day, this is the perfect location for it. Take your destination wedding to new heights by marrying on one of the spectacular Fijian islands. Many of these islands are adults-only and cater for a smaller amount of guests, providing unparalleled intimacy and seclusion. One of our favourite picks is Royal Davui Island – with only 16 villas available for guests. Each villa is fitted with a private plunge pool, spa bath, sun deck and wet bar, perched amongst surrounding reefs and islands. Celebrating the big day on your own private tropical island - it doesn’t get more luxurious than that.

9. The People


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What will make a destination wedding in Fiji even more special is by sharing it with the Fijians themselves. The Fijians are some of the happiest and friendliest people in the world and will go to great lengths to ensure your stay is perfect. Ask anyone who has travelled to Fiji and they will stand by this claim. It’s arguably one of the happiest days in your life and to celebrate it amongst the presence of friendly and joyful locals is a plus.

10. The Price


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Not to be ignored, weddings are expensive. The benefit of a destination wedding is that it is surprisingly more affordable than having it at home. When you decide on a package in Fiji the overall cost and stress is considerably less than doing it yourself. In Fiji, you have everything you need in one place. It may also be cheaper because of a smaller guest list, so you only have the very nearest and dearest of friends and family. To ensure that guests don’t spend more than they need to, recommend that their presence is their wedding gift.

By Jennifer Liu Continue Reading
Tagged: Community, Family, Leisure, Romance, Wedding
In Transit 24 Hours in Melbourne (Part 2)
Posted 22 Jun 2015

With its hole in wall cafes, hidden street art, cobblestone laneways and clandestine restaurant entrances, there’s more to the cultural and sporting capital of Australia than meets the eye.

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Art Galleries
Take a 10 minute walk to St Kilda Road where you will find the National Gallery of Victoria. Art plays a big role in Melbourne's overall culture and there are few better places to take in some of Australia’s greatest offerings than the NGV. Part gallery, part museum, part garden and all cultural hub, it's a truly expansive facility featuring an eclectic mix of art and exhibits ranging from ancient Egypt all the way to post-modern impressionism. General entry is free. 

The second art gallery is in the Ian Potter Centre that you can visit while you are still at Federation Square.

Walk and laneways
Continue to walk along St Kilda Rd to the Shrine of Remembrance and return to the city through parklands that include the Royal Botanic Gardens. 

When back in the city don’t miss out on the arty laneways including Hosier and Rutlege Lane opposite Federation Square, Centre Place between Collins Street and Flinders Lane and Degraves Street. 

Shopping Mecca
Take a short walk to the Emporium on Melbourne Central, Bourke Street Mall and tree-lined Collins Street, the ultimate shopping strip and business centre.

China Town
Don’t miss the fine dining experience in the Chinatown district in Little Bourke Street.  There’s souvenir shopping down that way, too.

South Wharf & Docklands
Catch the City Circle from Spring Street yet more top shopping at South Wharf’s Direct Factory Outlet.  Stroll the street or have dinner and soak up views of the city, Southern Observation Wheel, Bolte Bridge and Westgate Bridge at night.

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What not to miss? 
Watching the sunset at South Bank followed by dinner on the waterfront. The restaurants along the South Bank precinct are high-end French, Italian, Japanese and Seafood establishments.  Dinner cruises are also popular as a way to combine good food and an enjoyable spectacle.

Have a bit more time? Here some tips if you are not time conscious.
 
- Stroll around Melbourne's spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens and enjoy a Devonshire tea by the lake.
- Cross the Westgate Bridge for amazing views of the city skyline as well as scenic suburbs and Albert Park, site of the Melbourne Grand Prix.
- Walk along leafy Lygon St in Carlton for an authentic Italian meal, it’s the place where Melbourne’s famous café culture was born. 
- Take a tram to the bayside suburb of St Kilda for a swim, meal or walk along the waterfront promenade to Luna Park. Take a ride on the world's longest running 'human operated' Scenic Railway (Big Dipper).
- Visit Queen Victoria Market for a cheap meal, to pick up a souvenir and enjoy the atmosphere.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: 27 February to 15 March

The world’s largest food and wine festival takes place in Melbourne in every year in various venues around the city.  Now in its 23rd year, the festival highlights why Melbourne is a world-class gastronomic destination, attracting visitors from across Australia and around the globe. From famous dining spots to unexpected places, rooftop bars to hidden cellars, each year the festival puts up a remarkable show.  

For more info: melbournefoodandwine.com.au

Getting there and away

Fiji Airways flies direct to Melbourne 7 days a week.

Organise your Fiji Holiday

-    Flights to Melbourne - Fiji Airways operates flights to Melbourne daily from many international ports including flights from Nadi to Melbourne, Los Angeles to Melbourne (via Nadi), Honolulu to Melbourne (via Nadi) and the Pacific Islands to Melbourne (via Nadi).
-    Visit our Special Offers page to find great partner deals from Melbourne and all our other ports and cities we fly to.

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By Glen Smith continue reading
Tagged: Activities, Community, Leisure, Relaxation
In Transit: 24 Hours in Melbourne (Part 1)
Posted 10 Jun 2015

Melbourne is a fusion of stunning gold-rush heritage architecture, modern skyscrapers and sports complexes, surrounded by lush parkland, beautiful waterways and interesting urban suburbs. It’s the perfect stop-over when you’re on your way to or from Fiji – a 24 hour stop-over here is a great way to clear the cobwebs after a long flight from Europe or America.

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Melbourne’s grid of city streets with its maze of gothic laneways is best explored on foot.

As you will discover, it’s obvious that the city places a great deal of emphasis on the arts particularly literature, performing arts, culinary arts and visual arts as well as sport and recreation which has become central to the Melbourne landscape.

Start the 24-hour experience from the iconic Flinders Street Station, Melbourne’s meeting point, straddled between the Yarra River and Flinders Street at the corner of Swanston Street. Its dome, analogue clocks, tower and distinct Edwardian style makes it a standard feature of the city. With its proximity to attractions it is the perfect place from which to base your adventure.

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In no time, the aroma of coffee from gourmet outlets had tempted us to walk across to Degraves Street, a famous lane featuring bars, café, and restaurants.

After hot chocolate and waffles we walk to Federation Square to visit the Tourist Centre, enquire about current events and things to do including free public transport. We picked up a map of Melbourne city and downloaded the Melbourne Official Visitor Guide to kick off our wanderings. Our top tip from the Tourist Centre was to experience premier examples of Melbourne architectural splendor, including St. Paul's Cathedral and the Melbourne Town Hall.

Without any delay, we cross the street to admire St Paul’s Cathedral, a striking Gothic design both inside and out. The atmosphere inside is of peace and serenity, shutting out the noise of busy city life outside its doors.

City Circle Tram

To get our bearings, we hopped on the City Circle Tram which operates on a circular route through the Melbourne CBD and covers all of the essential stops you'll need to visit in order to see Melbourne in one day.  The free tram runs every 12 minutes and allows passengers to get on and off as they please.

Here is suggested itinerary for a day in Melbourne

Yarra River

Walk along the scenic Yarra River from Federation Square, past Rod Laver Tennis Centre to Melbourne’s proud sporting heritage, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which includes the Australian Sporting Museum and Racing Museum.

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South Bank
Visit Southbank right across from Flinders Street Station, a world of waterfront shopping, dining and arts, incorporating the Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct and Crown Entertainment Complex (Melbourne's casino) along the Yarra.

Eureka Skydeck
You won’t miss the towering spectacle of the Eureka Tower, the highest point in the city and a great way to see the entire layout of Melbourne. Eureka Skydeck is the tallest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere.

Getting there and away

Fiji Airways flies direct to Melbourne 7 days a week.

 

Organise your Fiji Holiday

-    Flights to Melbourne - Fiji Airways operates flights to Melbourne daily from many international ports including flights from Nadi to Melbourne, Los Angeles to Melbourne (via Nadi), Honolulu to Melbourne (via Nadi) and the Pacific Islands to Melbourne (via Nadi).
-    Visit our
Special Offers page to find great partner deals from Melbourne and all our other ports and cities we fly to.

 

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Yarra River

Walk along the scenic Yarra River from Federation Square, past Rod Laver Tennis Centre to Melbourne’s proud sporting heritage, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which includes the Australian Sporting Museum and Racing Museum.

By Glen Smith continue reading
Tagged: Activities, Community, Leisure, Relaxation
Kahawa Coffee Shop in Suva
Posted 21 Jan 2015

From humble beginnings over 15 years ago, Kahawa Coffee Shop has grown to become one of Suva’s most popular havens for the astute diner. If you are looking for great coffee in Suva or a quick bite to eat, look no further than Kahawa.

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Sporting an appetizing menu of fresh produce and home-made pastries and sweets, the Kahawa Coffee Shop, located on Level Two of Suva Central Building, is a sanctuary of comfort and relaxation for a weary traveller amidst the hustle and bustle of Suva’s busy CBD. 

On my first visit, I found it difficult to choose from the numerous appetizing options, but soon settled on freshly squeezed fruit juice, a toasted Walu Panini and a visit to the popular salad bar.

I approached Suva’s only ‘make it yourself’ salad bar and filled my bowl with a variety of cold meat, capers, thinly sliced red onion, grated carrot, crisply green lettuce, sweet corn, marinated eggplant, hard-boiled eggs and fresh bean sprouts.

Whilst waiting for my freshly squeezed fruit juice and toasted Walu Panini to arrive, I admired the effectiveness and simplicity of Kahawa Coffee Shop’s business model. The venue has successfully managed to attract patrons from a wide demographic, from the professional elite to school children.

The delicious sweet juice was produced from all locally sourced ingredients and was the perfect healthy refreshment for a busy, humid Suva day. The toasted Walu Panini was served with a homemade creamy mustard sauce that seamlessly complemented the fish. 

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For those with a sweet tooth, Kahawa Coffee Shop doesn’t disappoint. There is a daily selection of mouthwatering homemade pastries and baked goods. The chocolate, carrot and walnut cupcakes definitely caught my attention, however sadly, my lunch hour was over and I had to hurry back to the office.

Next visit, I will satisfy my cupcake passion and top it off with a dairy-free seasonal fruit smoothie!

Kahawa is the perfect place to meet a special someone, read a great book, laugh with friends, get your daily caffeine fix, devour scrumptious sweets or enjoy a delicious, healthy meal. 

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Check out some of Suva’s other dining venues such as <Daikoku Japanese Restaurant> Suva’s vegetarian eatery: Highland Natural Foods.

Getting to Suva

Fly to Suva with Fiji Airways. From Suva Airport, head to Albert Park in the city centre to attend the Hibiscus festival. 

Fly to Nadi with Fiji Airways. From Nadi airport, you can easily reach Koroivulo Park and Prince Charles Park for the Bula Festival and Lautoka for the Sugar festival.

Organise your Fiji holiday

Flights to Nadi -  Fiji Airways operates flights to Nadi daily from many international ports including flights from Sydney to Nadi,flights from Auckland to Nadiflights from Los Angeles to Nadi and flights from Hong Kong to Nadi.

Flights to Suva - Fiji Airways operates flights to Suva regularly from many domestic and international ports including flights from Nadi to Suvaflights from Sydney to Suva and flights from Auckland to Suva.

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The Eco Cafe La Dolce Vita on Fiji Time
Posted 31 Dec 2014

For those of you that remember Brooke Shields in the Fiji-shot 1980 film, The Blue Lagoon, the Eco Cafe on Queens Highway will transport you straight back to that hand-built beachside hut that had us all sinking our feet into the sand.

Located 30 minutes from the quaint town of Sigatoka, the Eco Café is an all-natural restaurant built in perfect harmony with its tropical surroundings. It practically begs the environmentally conscious traveller to make the right choice and step out onto its wooden balcony for lunch. Preaching eco-tourism before it was in vogue, this unique restaurant calls to those travellers that recognise the energy and serenity in places like the Eco Cafe and are convinced to settle - if only for a meal.

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We stopped at this establishment on a Sunday morning for a quick brunch during one of our rushed trips back from Nadi. As we step out of the car, the charismatic Degei and his beautiful Italian wife, Fabianna, the owners of Eco Cafe, warmly greet us as if they were expecting us.

One could see the satisfaction and happiness in their eyes, which resonated through their smiles as they proudly ushered us inside. I quickly realised that Degei (or Dangz as his friends like to call him), and Fabi were living their dream. We felt an instant connection.

Standing at the entrance, you are straddled between two very distinctively different places. The one behind you, a busy road that hosts many tired and weary travelers, like myself, speeding to their next meeting or engagement and the one in front is home to those who have the time to crawl onto a mat for a quiet time on the beach and bask in nature’s glory.

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As you walk in, you are overwhelmed with the peaceful atmosphere of the café. Dangz’s daughter leans over the counter with a friendly smile to shake our hands. The unique Fijian artifacts and shells on the wall behind her compliment the neatly woven bamboo carpeting on the floors and the colorful cushions that line up on the wooden bench in front of me. The finely-cut tables are situated in the middle of a hand-built bamboo and thatch gazebo overlooking the white sandy beach and the azure waters of the Coral Coast. As if on cue, the cool tropical breeze sweeps through the doors to keep us from feeling the heat of the Fijian sun.

Eco Café serves indigenous Fijian food as well Italian food such as pasta and wood-fired pizza. The menu ranges from Kokoda or Fijian Ceviche-a raw fish salad that is marinated in fresh coconut milk and lemon juice, served with chilies and garnished with fresh spring onions - to juicy burgers made from fresh local meat and garnished with produce that is grown in their farm or surrounding villages.

While alcohol isn't served at the cafe, guests are encouraged to bring their own at a small corkage price. Soft drinks however are strictly not allowed in the cafe.

Once we place our orders, it is time to explore this temporary escape a little more. I find Dangz and Fabi busy in their kitchen humming their favourite tunes as they cut and clean fruits and vegetables while the stone oven flickered in the background. Dangz and Fabi along with the kids built the stone oven six months ago. They explain that all their ingredients are locally grown, and cooked without gas, and electricity.

About five meters from their kitchen is the Lovo Bure, a wood and straw hut where Lovo is prepared. For those who aren’t familiar with Lovo, it is a traditional Fijian method of cooking usually with a pit dug on the ground and covered with hot stones to cook the greens, roots and meat that are wrapped in leaves. Eco Café is known for their traditional Lovo session where guests are encouraged to participate including the collection of greens and preparation of the food for the Lovo.

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Dangz explains that cafe prides itself on its eco-friendly methods, fresh food and its relaxing atmosphere. The couple’s philosophy is to work in harmony nature to lead a stress free life. “We have our own gardens, fish from the sea, hunt, use traditional methods of cooking and avoid disturbing nature. We have to be one with nature.”

The family operated café opened three years ago on the 100 metre beach front property that sees a modest number of guests who come to watch the iridescent waters lapping on its shores or the beautiful sunsets as they enjoy freshly made Fijian and Italian food.

When our lunch arrives, there is no talking. As we devour the hot plates in front of us, I can only hear those around me gesticulating something along the lines of “oh this is too good!” and “wow, it’s amazing”. The expressions on their face told me they were, at the very least, satisfied with their meal.

Sean Lees, an expat friend the United States working in Suva who happened to come to the Eco Cafe with his wife Melissa and daughter Sophia, was all praise about the wood fired pizza. He had called the Eco Café half an hour before arriving to place his orders so he was served on arrival.

“I was told to try the chicken pizza by a friend and I agree that it is the best – it is the real super thin crust Italian pizza that you would find in Italy,” said Sean.

“I would recommend that you have it with fresh lime juice. In the middle of the Queens road, is this super cute place with the best pizza I have ever had in Fiji and the United States. I would recommend Eco Café to everyone. Just don’t crowd it too much.”

Right next to the café is a bigger Bure, home to the couple and their children. Typical of a Bure, the single room home is a living room for the family by day and converts to a bedroom by night. Facing the sea it acts as a cooling room when it gets too hot outside.

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One would wonder what Fabi who comes from the fashion-conscience Milan would be doing in Fiji. Fabi travelled around the world in search of her “La Dolce Vita” and found it in Fiji. She fell in love with Fiji’s simplicity when she first came over a decade ago. She moved here permanently in a bid to live a in a natural environment that was free from pollution. She later met Dangz and they have an eight year old son. Fabi and Dangz are joined by Dangz children in their home that embodies the rugged beach shack with a sophisticated edge.

Out on the front, a child swings on a rope swing as a carefree spirit on the beach. The laughter of the little girl is infectious as she swings around the rope that is tied to a tree on one end and fastened between her toes on the other. I am instantly tempted to give it a try.

This experience is a shortcut back to childhood longing as I drown in the familiar sound of coconuts being scrapped in the backyard and Bob Marley’s music echoing through the kitchen. Kids’ laughter fills the air as they ride horses on the beach or splash in the water on this beautiful sunny day. We are all in a simple Fijian mirage, on a hut, in the sand, on holiday – our souls and body at liberty for the day.

And maybe in the end that’s what it’s about. The possibility that we can escape from our real lives even if just for a day and set up base somewhere else by the sea with almost nothing but ourselves and the food we love. A slice of pizza maybe?

Getting to Fiji for a holiday

Fly to Nadi with Fiji Airways. From Nadi airport,  Sigatoka is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes drive from Nadi Airport on the Queens Highway.  

Organise your Fiji holiday

Flights to Nadi -  Fiji Airways operates flights to Nadi daily from many international ports including flights from Sydney to Nadi,flights from Auckland to Nadiflights from Los Angeles to Nadi and flights from Hong Kong to Nadi.

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By Naziah Ali continue reading
Tagged: Community, Leisure, Relaxation
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