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Return To Paradise Resort Samoa - The Most Relaxing Experiences That Samoa Has to Offer
Posted 23 Jan 2017

Whether you’re in the mood to soak up some rich Samoan culture, enjoy traditional cuisine or savor a luscious spot of authentic Kava drinking, there is a relaxing experience to suit any craving on our beautiful sun drenched island.

Imagine landing in Samoa and being poolside within an hour with a cocktail in hand – that’s what you can do at Return To Paradise Resort Samoa.

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Sun, Sand and Serenity

The resort is exquisitely positioned right by the ocean, which means a white sand walk through an expanse of paradise is a just a few steps from your bed. Dip your toes in the crystal clear sea as you skip along our flat tempered underwater rocks.

Traditional Experiences Filled with Samoan Culture

Let your curiosity draw you into the wonderful traditions of the Fa’a Samoa, a phrase which translates into “The Samoan way of life”. Or immerse yourself in one of our tailored excursions and activities like a visit to the famous ToSua Ocean Trench, one of the most photographed places in Samoa. If you're feeling creative you can learn about the adorable art of lava lava printing, basket weaving or traditional Samoan wood carving.

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If local food and produce is more your thing, you'll love visiting the fresh water springs and ocean piers that are within walking distance of the resort. Have expert guidance in fishing our local waters. Bring your catch back to the resort and our resident chefs will have it prepared and cooked for you to enjoy in a dining experience atop of one of our stunning, yet tranquil beachfront balconies.

Relaxation like You've Never Known It Before

If sitting back and taking in the sights is more your cup of tea, our fantastic location offers countless ideal spots to settle down, pitch up a beach chair and watch the glorious sun set pour over the calm elapsing waves and soft sands. Then stroll back over to the center of the beach front to enjoy one of our specially choreographed fire dance performances, a pillar of Samoan culture.

Villas & Accommodation

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With a number of accommodation options for all budgets, the Resort is truly one that you should not look past. The Presidential Suite is a favorite for honeymooners and couples looking to get some time away. For families, there is the 2 and 3 bedroom beachfront villas that is perfect! You won’t be disappointed when you choose to stay at the Return To Paradise Resort in Samoa.

Samoa is a beautiful country with so many activities and cultural settings that make it a gem in the Pacific. With the Return To Paradise Resort, you have the true embodiment of the Samoan culture, beauty and its people. Choose the resort as your next Samoan holiday destination.

By Aulden Warbrooke And Jade Lee Continue Reading
Tagged: Family, Resorts, Relaxation, Romance
A Guide To Planning Your First Family Holiday To Fiji
Posted 6 May 2016

Gearing up for your annual family holiday and looking for the best place to go? If relaxing is high on the agenda, then a sojourn to the South Pacific will tick all your boxes. In Fiji, you’ll be greeted with warm smiles, warmer weather and some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. With family-friendly five star resorts, child minding services and exciting activities all within easy access, rest assured your Fiji itinerary will be overloaded with fun for the whole family.

Family Cycling Plantation Island
Family cycling, Plantation Island, Fiji

Here’s a lowdown on all the things to keep in mind when planning your first family holiday to Fiji.

Essential Information

It’s important to tick off all the necessary travel admin before jetting off as a family.

Kids On Fijiairways
Kids on-board Fiji Airways

• Make sure your kids have a passport with more than six month’s validity.
• Look into hotels and resorts that permit children (some are adults-only).
• Check with your doctor about any pre-trip vaccination shots required (especially for younger children)
• Pack all the essentials like nappies, wipes and baby formulas. Whilst you can purchase these in supermarkets and pharmacies in Fiji, it’s best to bring your own supplies as they can be expensive.

Best Resorts For Kids

A family holiday is exactly that, a holiday for the whole family. So when it comes to booking accommodation, keep in mind who you’re travelling with. Here are our picks of the top family-friendly resorts in Fiji.

Shangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa

Shangri La Fijian Resort
Lagoon swimming pool, Shangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa, Fiji

If it’s not the Shangri-La’s stunning views that will win you over, then their range of kid-friendly services and facilities certainly will. Every day the hotel runs the Little Chief’s Club, which is catered to kids between 4 – 12 years old. The club’s activity coordinators entertain children with a wide variety of fun activities, including crab racing, scavenger hunts, pottery making and even Fijian singing lessons. Activities take place at the children’s pool, playground or at the beach – meaning your kids will never be bored. The hotel also offers child-minding services - just in case parents want to sneak in a date night or relax with a couple’s massage.

Sheraton Fiji

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Fijian Bure, Sheraton Fiji Hotel, Fiji

At Sheraton, parents have the luxury of taking a well-deserved break whilst resting assured that their little ones are entertained and well taken care of. The resort’s LaiLai Kids Club is renowned as one of the best in Fiji, offering a comprehensive daily program of educational and fun activities. Whether it’s Fijian language lessons, fish feeding, dancing or face painting, there’s bound to be something for every child. The Club is free for all kids; however, a full evening program is available with the Kid’s Club at the cost of FJD 25 per child, per evening.

Outrigger Resort

Outrigger Beach Resort
Outrigger Beach Resort, Fiji

Now it may sound clichéd, but at Viti Levu’s Outrigger Beach Resort, kids actually do come first. Being family friendly is the focus at this 5-star resort and the options are pretty impressive. For the tiny tots there’s the Kids Club (3-12 years), which specialises in Fijian games and poolside activities. Meanwhile the Teen Activity Program is designed to impress even the most hard-to-please teenager. They’ll be making spears, exploring sand dunes and hiking through the rain forest.

Fun Activities For Kids

Beachside Fun

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Banana boat ride, Plantation Island, Fiji

Fiji’s beaches alone will keep your little ones happy. Think soft white sand, warm waters and plenty of marine life to play with. Banana boat rides are particularly fun and is an activity the whole family can participate in.

Snorkelling

South Sea Cruises
South Sea Cruises, Fiji

Mana Island is filled with colourful fish, making it a popular beachside location for easy snorkelling. Young children who aren’t strong swimmers can join in on the fun too! South Sea Island allows guests and children to marvel at the incredible underwater marine life via a semi-submersible.

Kula Eco Park

Kula Echo Park
Kula Eco Park entrance, Fiji

Allow your kids to get up close and personal with the wild side of Fiji with a fun day trip out to Kula Eco Park. Enjoy a family nature walk through acres of natural forest to explore the forest canopy and to witness Fiji’s spectacular bird, reptile and marine life.

Tips For Travelling With Kids

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Kids playing with sand, Plantation Island, Fiji

• Pack your kid’s favourite toys, which can help them to settle into a new location. Utilise toys as rewards on the plane to keep them calm and occupied.
• Fiji has a tropical climate and so it’s a good idea to watch your water intake. Pack water bottles to keep the kids hydrated at all times.
• If your child is a fussy eater, pack some tinned food or their favourite snacks – you never know when that might come in handy.
• When travelling with young children, make a note to bring your own car or booster seats.
• Don’t plan too many activities in the first two days as they are often write-off days. Young children require time to adjust to a new environment and so expect some chaos at the beginning of the trip.
• Don’t be afraid to use the nanny services available at the resort. Most of these child minding facilities offer a wide variety of kid-friendly activities, bound to keep your little ones entertained, while you jet off to a relaxing massage.

By Jennifer Liu Continue Reading
Tagged: Activities, Adventure, Family, Resorts
Weather In Fiji & The Best Time To Visit
Posted 26 Apr 2016

Boasting a warm, tropical climate all year round, Fiji is the perfect destination for an idyllic beachside holiday. Depending on your personal preferences and other external factors, the best time to visit Fiji may vary accordingly.

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Are you ready? (Plantation Island)

WET VS DRY SEASONS

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Rakiraki, Fiji

Fiji is a tropical destination made up of two major seasons – a wet summer season from December-April and a dry winter season from May-November. The weather is consistently warm throughout the year with maximum temperatures remaining at 26-31 degrees, meaning you can expect to pack thongs and swimwear no matter when you leave.

  • Wet Summer Season: December – April

In the wetter summer months, visitors can expect hot and humid weather. The monthly averages tend to be around a maximum of 28-30 degrees with lows from 21-23 degrees. Odd local showers and thunderstorms can occur sporadically throughout the day for short durations (1-2 hours), typically followed by sunshine. Due to the high temperatures and increased humidity, there is also an increased risk of cyclones during this period.

 

  • Dry Winter Season: May – November

In the drier winter months, visitors can expect fine warm days. The monthly averages tend to be around a maximum of 26-27 degrees with lows from 20-21 degrees. This period of time in Fiji is characterised by low rainfall and humidity, making it ideal for travel. As the weather remains warm and balmy, travellers can still enjoy beachside activities like swimming and snorkelling.

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 Savusavu, Fiji

PEAK VS OFF PEAK SEASONS

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 Plantation Island

  • Peak Season: July-September

These dates coincide with school holidays in Australia and New Zealand, making it a busy period for travel, especially amongst families. As a result, you can expect more crowds and families at the beach, resorts and at popular islands. Prices for airfares and accommodation will also see a slight increase during this period to meet the demand.

 

  • Shoulder Season: May-June, October

Both periods are short shoulder seasons, during which you can visit Fiji without expecting a flock of fellow tourists. Resorts and popular tourist spots will feel less crowded and travel fares should be lower.

 

  • Off Peak Season: November-April

As these dates coincide with Fiji’s wet season whereby visitors can expect more rainfall and humidity, there are fewer tourists compared to the dry season. Similarly, prices in airfares and accommodation will see a slight dip – making it a value-worthy time to travel to Fiji if you don’t mind the odd showers here and there.

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 Rakiraki, Fiji

 

WHEN TO VISIT FIJI

 

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 Plantation Island Resort, Fiji

 

Still can’t make up your mind on when to visit Fiji? Here’s our breakdown.

  • Most Popular (Expensive) Time To Visit: July-September, December-January

The most popular time to visit Fiji is during the peak dry season from July-September, when the weather is most pleasant and school holidays are in full swing for Australia and New Zealand. As a result of the increased demand, this is also the most expensive time to travel to Fiji. Similarly, expect to see more crowds and increased travel fares for the December-January period, which coincides with Christmas and New Year celebrations, as well as school holidays.

 

  • Cheapest Time To Visit: October-April

Flights and accommodation in Fiji will be comparatively cheaper during the off peak and shoulder seasons from October-April. This is when Fiji has most of its rain and so you may find a lot of special deals on offer. However, this period of time coincides with typhoon season so travellers need to prepare for the potential occurrence of cyclones.

 

  • Best Time To Visit: October-November

For pleasant weather, cheaper prices, better deals and fewer crowds, the best time to visit Fiji is from October to early November. Coming right after the peak time, this period signals the start of the rainy season however, weather is still relatively dry and temperatures remains warm. It’s also right before the summer season and Christmas rush, meaning resorts and tourist spots are less crowded and travel costs haven’t yet skyrocketed. 

There aren’t any major public holidays in Fiji and so hotels, restaurants and shops remain open throughout the year.

 

By Jennifer Liu Continue Reading
Tagged: Activities, Adventure, Family
10 Family Friendly Things To Do In Fiji
Posted 12 Apr 2016

Fiji is renowned as a family-friendly holiday destination, offering something to please everyone. It’s also the ultimate beachside escape for those who are keen to seek out exciting adventures and activities that the whole family can enjoy.

With tropical paradise in sight at every corner you turn, here are 10 family friendly things to do in Fiji.

1. Enjoy Resort Activities at Plantation Island Resort 6. Have Fun At The Mud Pool
2. Hop On The ‘Finding Nemo’ Family Cruise 7. Relax at The Garden of the Sleeping Giant
3. Build Fish Houses At The Shangri La Marine Education Centre 8. Go Zip Lining
4. Visit Kula Eco Park 9. Hop On The Blue Lagoon Cruises
5. Join A Day Tour 10. Enjoy Water Sports Activities With Adrenalin Fiji

1. Enjoy Resort Activities At Plantation Island Resort

Plantation Island
Plantation Island Resort, Malolo Lailai

Want to settle in a resort that provides all the fun? Plantation Island Resort’s new waterpark, fitted with six modules, an Action Tower and a spring-free Aqua Trampoline, is guaranteed to keep your children entertained, while you jet off to a relaxing massage. The resort also offers a bungee trampoline, mini golf, wood carving, dolphin safari and nature walks that the whole family can participate in.

2. Hop On The ‘Finding Nemo’ Family Cruise

South Sea Cruises
South Sea Cruises

Surprisingly, Nemo can be found outside the Great Barrier Reef and in the Fijian waters. Organise a fun family day trip out to the South Sea Island, where you can hop on a cruise to explore Fiji’s stunning underwater oasis. This is ideal for families with small children, who will beam at the sight of all the colourful coral and incredible marine life surrounding them. South Sea Cruises run two-hour boat trips to the South Sea Island via a semi-submersible vessel, which means you don’t even have to get wet. Rather, sit beneath the surface and enjoy looking at the coral and fish through large windows. Alternatively, guests can snorkel to see the rich sea life up close.

3. Build Fish Houses At The Shangri La Marine Education Centre

Fiji’s Shangri La Resort places a strong focus on ecological sustainability and has recently launched the coral gardens project and the Marine Education Centre. This is open to guests and is a great way for children and the whole family to learn about marine conservation and to get involved through meaningful activities such as fish house building. Fish houses help preserve and grow the fragile coral reef system – an initiative that’s crucial to help propagate and revive Fiji’s coveted coral life. The resort will also supply you with Google Map coordinates so that your children can identify the exact location of the fish house they have built even after the trip.

4. Visit Kula Eco Park

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Kula Eco Park, Sigatoka

Fijians pride themselves on their focus for ecotourism and work hard to preserve their precious wild life and ecosystems. At the Kula Eco Park visitors can explore Fiji’s spectacular bird, reptile and marine life amongst a natural forest. Opt for the Family Fun Self-Guided Tour, which involves hand feeding the Hawks Bill sea turtles and hiking through the exhibits of Fiji’s wildlife. Expect an adventure-filled day with the kids amidst a tranquil setting, as you cross bridges, climb up valley walls and arrive in the forest canopy.

5. Join A Day Tour

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Rivers Fiji, Navua

Sign up to a day tour which combines adrenaline filled activities like river canoeing and bamboo rafting, with cultural experiences like visiting a Fijian Village. You’ll get a chance to marvel at the biggest waterfall on the Navua River and also experience a magical waterfall swim. Transfer from your punt on to the bamboo raft and enjoy a smooth ride down stream, immersed in what nature has to offer and surrounded by the sound of the forest and the birds. Finish the day with a tour of the village where you can watch locals crack open a coconut with bare hands and learn how to basket weave. It’ll be a family day out to be remembered.

6. Have Fun At The Mud Pool

Telling the kids they have full permission to roll in mud is something they would never expect to hear, but at the Sabeto Valley Mud Pool and Thermal Spring parents will voluntarily want to do the same. The Sabeto hot water springs are a therapeutic opportunity to experience a hidden asset of Fiji. The sulfur in the mud is said to have a restorative effect on the body and the mud can also be used on the face as a DIY facial.

7. Relax at The Garden of the Sleeping Giant

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Garden of the Sleeping Giant, Nadi

Deemed the best kept horticultural secret in the South Pacific, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant offers a unique experience to discover a whole new world of flora, including the majestic orchid flower. This is an enjoyable activity for families looking to escape from the heat and be shaded under a canopy of rich and lush vegetation. Entry fees to the garden for an adult is $16 and $8 for children. This is a small expense for something truly beautiful.

8. Go Zip Lining

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Witness a different view of Fiji from the treetops of the thrilling Zip Line. This activity is for the more adventurous family, with 16 giant ziplines that take you through the spectacular rainforest of Viti Levu. Soar through the incredible wildness settings and exotic beauty of caves, canyons and mountaintops, for an adrenaline-rushing experience sure to excite the entire family. Opt for the 3-hour Zip Line tour which includes transportation, lunch, equipment and a walk-through tour.

9. Hop On The Blue Lagoon Cruises

Blue Lagoon Cruises
Blue Lagoon Cruises

If you’d rather spend the family holiday hopping from island to island, Blue Lagoon Cruises offers three options for exploring the vast islands of Fiji. To provide a taster, the four-day Wanderer Cruise will sail around the incredible Yasawa Islands, starting with the palm-covered Mamanucas, to the vivid southern islands. Guests can hop on and off daily to soak up the strikingly beautiful island scenery, go snorkelling, or simply relax on the picture-perfect beaches. This is an exciting way to see a great deal of Fiji every day and to find paradise both onshore and in the water.

10. Enjoy Water Sports Activities With Adrenalin Fiji

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Banana Boating, Plantation Island

If your family wants to do something beyond relaxing by the pool, Adrenalin Fiji offers an impressive array of activities designed for thrill seekers and water sports fanatics. Family friendly activities include kayaking, banana boat rides, water skiing, snorkelling tours and parasailing. Adrenalin Fiji is also a water sports provider for popular resorts on Denarau Island including Hilton, Sofitel, Radisson and Wyndham. If you happen to stay at one of these resorts, simply book with Adrenalin Fiji and the crew will be on the beachside waiting to provide you with an unforgettable day of fun.

By Jennifer Liu Continue Reading
Tagged: Activities, Adventure, Family
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
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