The Warwick Resort.
The pool at The Warwick Resort.
The exclusive Namale Resort.
For island enthusiasts, it's back to Fiji. Stay in you own tropical bure set in lush gardens and choose between doing a little of everything, or a lot of nothing.
The Namale Boutique Resort is in Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu. It was built about 30 years ago but is now privately owned and has been totally refurbished.
Accommodation is in comfortable bures, decorated island-style with soft white mosquito netting, wooden floors, cool green tiled bathrooms and a good sound system with CDs at the desk for your use. The bures are set in lush gardens and each day fresh hibiscus are placed in your bure. Your key is on a piece of wood which has your name engraved in it you get to keep this.
A walk through the gardens takes you to the main bure where meals are served. You can also sit here quietly and read, take over a jigsaw someone has started, or chat to other guests. The bure is open and cool, surrounded by greenery, and its staff, like everyone at Namale Boutique Resort, is friendly, warm and helpful.
There are 14 named and mapped dive sites nearby and each morning at 8.30am you can take the boat to one of them. Horseriding is popular and there is a good track leading to the top of a hill where the views are quite breathtaking.
At 2.30pm each afternoon there's a guided trip to the Resort's privately-owned rainforest, a reef walk during low tide (culminating in an impressive blowhole) and a guided tour of a local village. The island supports two villages, and most of the people who live there are employed at the Resort.
There are plenty of activities for you to think about: kayaking, water skiing, sailing, wind surfing, paddle boating, hiking, snorkelling among the colourful coral, badminton, tennis, croquet and a putting green.
If you want a family holiday, The Warwick on Fiji's Coral Coast has something for people of every age. Set on 11 hectares of garden, The Warwick has 250 rooms, either looking at the mountains or the ocean. Each room has a television, air-conditioning, balcony, mini bar and refrigerator.
The hotel has two wings, each with a swimming pool, tennis courts and a gym and squash centre. The white sandy beach stretches the length of the property and from it you can snorkel, scuba, fish, windsurf or canoe.
There are daily activities for children such as apple bobbing, scavenger hunts and relay races along the sand. They can also learn Fijian crafts such as weaving, and may even pick up a few local words.
A torch lighting ceremony at sunset, complete with conch shell blowing and drumming is well worth a look, as is their fire walking ceremony. A bus visits a local village where visiting children can play with the locals.
You can choose from four restaurants, two of which offer free meals to children under 12. The other two charge 50 percent of the menu price for kids' meals.
Namale and Warwick Resorts.
Qantas Holidays: Five night packages to Namale Boutique Resort start at $3841 per person from Sydney and Brisbane, $3891 from Melbourne, $4382 from Adelaide $4572 from Perth. Five night packages to Warwick Resort start at $1011 per person from Sydney and Brisbane, $1061 from Melbourne, $1552 from Adelaide and $1742 from Perth. This offer is valid for sale until November 30, 2000 for low season travel. Conditions and seasonal surcharges apply.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Qantas Holidays: Ph: 13 14 15
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises against travel to Suva and urges visitors to register with the Australian High Commission in Fiji. For more information contact them on 1300 555 135 or see their website on www.dfat.gov.au