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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
Together, Barefoot – Our Favourite Place To Be! Tropica Island Resort
Posted 8 Nov 2016

Planning a vacation with your spouse, closest friends, or just a long haul adult only break? While it may not be the first thing you look into when picking a hotel/resort, opting for an adult only resort can make a big difference in your overall luxury travel experience. That’s where Tropica Island Resort fits the bill perfectly.

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The Tropica Island Experience

Nestled into a private sheltered bay on the beautiful sun drenched island of Malolo, Fiji’s adult only Tropica Island Resort is only a short distance from Nadi International Airport but seemingly worlds away, promises a haven of romance, privacy and fun. Leave the kids and cares behind - it’s all about you and your better half.

Getting to this dreamy haven, we boarded an inter-island transfer catamaran from Port Denarau Marina (departs three times a day) at 9.00am which took 2 hours via other islands – this would normally take 55 minutes direct otherwise. Mid and lower decks provide air-conditioned comfort while the open-air top deck provides magnificent views of the surrounding islands and resorts along the way. Professional speedboat and water taxi transfers are also available on request one way or return, or alternatively for something really special a number of companies operate a seaplane transfer which will have you at the island in 10 minutes.

Relaxation & Rejuvenation

Arriving to the island, we were welcomed by the resort staff and their beautiful singing by the pier. Armed with a tropical welcome cocktail to toast our arrival to Paradise, guest manager’s Nancy and Joe made us feel right at home and part of the Tropica family at that moment. We were given a quick introduction to resort facilities and ushered along the sandy and scenic lush garden paths to our unique Beachfront Bure set alongside a white sand beach and coconut palms. Our Bure has an intimate unpretentious atmosphere and sits in quiet gardens with their own beach access and stunning panoramic views across the ocean and neighboring resorts. Waking up to the sound of the Pacific waves outside our Bure was absolute bliss.

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While endless water views from our own beachside sun lounges or hammock are undeniably romantic, cuddling on our very own verandah swing also has its own dreamy appeal. Plenty of space for lounging on the grass too but definitely great for sand, sea and sun lovers - all about R&R!

Thanks to a recent renovation, the resort boasts 12 fully refurbished Beachfront Bures, 4 Deluxe Beachfront Bures and 14 new resort rooms - all with air conditioning. A boutique stocks a range of resort wear, jewellery, handicrafts, souvenirs, pharmaceutical and toiletry items.

Attentive customer service and welcome from the friendliest staff on earth is unrivalled. They love to sing, dance, play, laugh and share in the Fijian culture and they will go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

The Perfect Setting

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The open-air restaurant and bar with top-quality international and local cuisine and intimate, incredibly attentive service and complimentary water sports are just some of the features of this hideaway. The resort definitely offers total relaxation as we soak up the sun in the fresh water horizon pool overlooking the turquoise waters of the pacific. It is peaceful, intimate and perfect for relaxed sunbathing as we sip on a cocktail. The ultimate serene setting! Free wifi is also available throughout the resort so you can post those real-time updates on social media. Sure to make anyone jealous.

Here, the water is always warm, and we’re on Fiji Time (at your own pace). There’s lots of fun events, from Beach Bocce played frequently, to the landscaping team teaching you to weave, husk coconuts, climb a palm tree, drink fresh coconut juice or extract herbal remedies – lots always unfolding.

There’s always a romantic atmosphere for couples especially so at night when the resort is lit with bamboo fire torches combined with soft singing of both English and Fijian classic songs from the staff throughout dinner. Happy Hour is between 6pm-7pm and no other perfect place to relish in this then from their sunset bar. We indulged ourselves in a few of their scrumptious cocktails, watched a picture perfect sunset and enjoyed the rest of the evening with their talented in-house band. Plenty of opportunities for romance — savour a romantic candlelit dinner for two on the pier dock reserved only for private dinners, a long stroll on the beach, or endless sunset views from ‘The Point’.

The resorts speedboats are ready to whisk you away to a private picnic with white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, or escorted snorkeling and diving day excursions or if you prefer even a sunbathing session for two at a nearby sandbank. Serenaded sunset cruise with champagne and canapés is also on the cards. Rustic relaxation reign supreme!

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Surfing and day trips to the infamous Cloud 9, Cloudbreak and Tavarua Island can be arranged too with fishing trips tailored to your requirements and experience.

After experiencing one of the resorts popular day trips to Modriki Island, where the famous Castaway movie starring Tom Hanks was shot, it was a great way to unwind, relax the mind and body at the Resort’s Day Spa. Their range of products and treatments using local Fijian skin and body care products definitely promises total rejuvenation and wellbeing. Heavenly pampering couples massages, radiant facials and luxurious spa manicures and pedicures, was a great way to start our sensory journey to body and mind rejuvenation. Options are endless, soaking in coconut and cinnamon aromas, indulging in an exotic body polish cleansed with fresh sugar cane crystals, whatever treatment you choose, their professionally certified therapists ensure you leave feeling relaxed and revitalized.

For couples looking for a dream place to get married with breathtaking sea views of the Pacific Ocean receding into the horizon, the resort offers to help you craft the perfect wedding or honeymoon experience.

The resort is undoubtedly an ideal place to stay for adults looking for fun, or to celebrate those special occasions – whether it be a wedding, special anniversary, birthday or just a family or friends getaway. Romantic? Undoubtedly. Unique? Absolutely!

Seize the opportunity and make the very most of your luxury holiday and go to a place where you and your partner have only dreamed of visiting - Tropica.

This place will make anyone feel very special! Place Tropica Island Resort at the top of your next Fiji holiday and you won’t be disappointed.

[Images supplied by Tropica Island Resort]

By Tui Ganilau Continue Reading
Tagged: Resorts, Relaxation, Romance, Honeymoon, Rejuvenation
Getting Married In Fiji – What You Need To Know
Posted 4 May 2016

You’ve found the ideal partner, bought the ring and even made a head start on your vows. All that’s missing is the perfect place to tie the knot. Well, look no further than Fiji - an island getaway that will make your wedding a truly unforgettable experience. Boasting some of the best resorts (and views) in the world, there’s a reason why so many couples flock to the South Pacific islands to say, “I do”. However, before you book your ticket and ship your wedding gown, here are the essential things to know about getting married in Fiji.

The Practicalities

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Weddings in Fiji are recognised as legal worldwide. Visitors from overseas are required by law to obtain and sign a marriage license from the nearest marriage registry or district office prior to the wedding ceremony. Ideally, this needs to be arranged at least three days prior to your wedding day, but special licenses can be organised to suit your plans. Registry offices are closed on weekends and public holidays, so factor this into your itinerary and timings. However, most resorts will organise the license for you as part of a wedding package. Don’t forget to bring important documents like a valid passport and your birth certificate. If applicable, you’ll also need to bring a divorce or death certificate.

Wedding Packages

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Castaway Island, Fiji

The wonderful thing about having a wedding in Fiji is that you can tailor the ceremony to suit your needs, schedule and budget. Intimate celebration for friends and family? Tick. Three-day festival featuring everyone you’ve ever met? Tick. Fiji is famous for its all-inclusive wedding packages, with resorts typically offering full service deals, meaning you won’t have to lift a finger. It’s a pretty attractive prospect for a busy bride and groom. Packages normally include venue hire, accommodation for the newlyweds, a Minister to officiate, Island choir, traditional Fijian wedding guard plus cake! Wedding packages in Fiji average around FJ $8000 per couple in the high season, though you can find options to suit all budgets. To give an indication of rates, currently The Hideaway Fiji offers an amazing wedding package for just FJ $2599 - it comes with all the trimmings including venue hire, floral arrangements and even a personal wedding coordinator. Meanwhile the world famous Castaway Resort is offering a 5-night wedding package for FJ $8050 (low season) or FJ $8295 (high season). This stunning package covers all the basics in addition to a champagne sunset cruise around the island following the wedding ceremony. Ultimately, the price comes down to your personal preferences and budget – just know that anything is possible and there is something to suit every couple.

Best of The Bunch - Where To Say “I Do”

If you thought picking a ring was hard, think again. When it comes to the perfect wedding venue, it’s safe to say that Fiji’s idyllic islands and world-class resorts will have you spoilt for choice. Here are some of our favourite picks. For Beachside Beauty

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Treasure Island, Fiji

Treasure Island is one of the few self-contained paradises in Fiji. The entire island is family owned and every villa is just thirty metres away from glistening white beaches and crystal clear waters. With competitive wedding packages starting from FJ $1521, Treasure Island is one of the most romantic destinations in the South Pacific to say, “I do” without breaking the bank.

For Something Different

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Cloud 9, Roro reef, Fiji

Cloud 9 is unlike any other wedding venue in the world. Imagine getting married in the middle of the ocean on a floating platform, surrounded by nothing but pristine turquoise blue water. Catering up to 100 guests, Cloud 9’s location offers complete privacy and breathtaking views of the incredible Mamanuca and Yasawa Island groups. A quick speedboat ride from Fiji’s main islands, there’s no better spot to tie the knot.

For An Authentic Fijian Style Wedding

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Koro Sun Resort, Fiji

While Fiji is famous for its beaches, the nation also has some of the world’s most spectacular rainforests. Opt for the rainforest wedding package at Koro Sun Resort and get married under a lush, green canopy of trees. The wedding ceremony is performed in the Virgin Rainforest, complete with a Fijian choir and traditional Kava tasting! There’s also the option of having traditional Fijian warriors as escorts for the bride.

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Tagged: Romance, Wedding
The Best Private Villas In Fiji For A Romantic Escape
Posted 21 Apr 2016

If your idea of the perfect romantic escape involves relaxing amidst a tropical paradise and waking up to the sound of waves, you need to keep reading. Whether it’s for a romantic honeymoon, to celebrate a special anniversary or simply to get away, Fiji will exceed your expectations in every way possible. Renowned for its azure blue waters and wide array of luxurious resorts and villas, Fiji offers couples unrivalled intimacy and privacy amongst a scenic backdrop.

Here’s our pick of the best private villas in Fiji, designed to make your romantic escape unforgettable.

Matamanoa Island Resort

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Matamanoa Island Resort is an adults-only haven, clad with native bush, palm trees and pristine coral reefs. No daytrippers or children under 16 are permitted on the island, making it ideal for couples looking for peace and tranquility amongst an unspoiled marine sanctuary. The beachfront villas are strategically positioned to face the glistening Pacific Ocean, and come with a private plunge pool, gazebo day beds, wet bar and outdoors shower.

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For the ultimate luxury experience, the island’s Veidomoni Spa is located a short way up the hill with expansive views of the island and ocean. The spa has also been designed without walls so guests can enjoy the sounds and breeze of the sea while relaxing in a tranquil treatment.

HOW TO GET THERE

Nestled amongst the Mamanuca Island group, Matamanoa Island is north of the main island Guests can travel via helicopter or seaplane from Nadi International Airport or travel by boat with South Sea Cruises from Port Denarau.

Tokoriki Island Resort

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Voted Trip Advisor’s most romantic destination in Fiji, Tokoriki is an adults-only resort that should top the list for couples and newlyweds. Stay in one of the beachfront bures or the sunset pool villa, where you can indulge in your personal infinity pool and enjoy stunning views of the sparkling ocean via a double daybed. The resort is also well known for its food and wine, with a renowned Teppanyaki restaurant on site to satisfy couples with a taste for culinary delights.

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Guests can travel 15 minutes by boat to experience four hours of seclusion on Monu Island. This unique experience includes a beachside picnic with French sparkling wine and snorkelling until your heart’s content.

HOW TO GET THERE

Tokoriki Island Resort is located in the Mamanuca Islands, and a 12-minute helicopter or seaplane ride away from Nadi International Airport. Guests can also get to the resort via a 1-hour boat ride with South Sea Cruises from Port Denarau.

Likuliku Lagoon Resort

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Likuliku is the only resort in Fiji with over water bures. The 10 unique and spacious bures sit majestically above the coral reef, each luxuriously appointed with overlooking views of the beautiful Likuliku Lagoon and ocean. The direct translation of “Likuluki” means calm waters, which makes snorkelling here a must-do. Step into the dazzling aquarium from the comfort of your bure or spend the day basking under the sun from your private deck.

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Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a breeding ground for turtles. If you don’t already snorkel, this should be a great incentive to start. The lagoon is home to several species, including Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback and Olive Ridley.

HOW TO GET THERE

Likuliku Lagoon Resort is located on Malolo Island and is part of the Mamanuca groups of islands. Transfers are available from Port Denarau with South Sea Cruises.

Emaho Sekawa Resort

Emaho Sekawa is a 5-star all-inclusive private sanctuary, offering the definitive romantic experience, in the most breathtaking setting. Choose from three private villas and enjoy panoramic views of the South Pacific Ocean as well as the nearby mountains. Designed for couples that want to escape the everyday hustle and bustle to reconnect with each other, this luxury resort offers utmost privacy and personalised services that will have you never wanting to leave.

DON’T MISS

Turn up the romance by dining at one of the romantic venues on offer, including Emaho Sekawa’s unique “Under The Stars” evening, which comes with a bonfire and an outdoor bed.

HOW TO GET THERE

Emaho Sekawa Resort is located on the south coast of Vanua Levu (Fiji’s second largest island), and a 25 minutes’ drive from Savusavu Town. Fly directly from Nadi and land in either Savusavu or Labasa.

By Jennifer Liu Continue Reading
Tagged: Resorts, Romance
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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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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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
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