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Lomalgi Resort

Thursday, August 8, 2002
Lomalagi means "heaven" in Fijian, and if heaven is private, remote and lush, this resort is perfectly named.

Lomalagi means "heaven" in Fijian, and if heaven is private, remote and lush, this resort is perfectly named. It could also mean 500m of private beachfront fringed with beautiful coconut palms.

Collin McKenny owns the 10ha property which has been a working coconut plantation for more than 100 years. It is the only resort on the South Pacific's largest bay, Natewa, and many people worked hard to carve the resort out of jungle and thick, metre high shrubbery. It is just 30 minutes along the Hibiscus Highway from Savusavu airport, and after driving through heavy bush, it is breathtaking to be welcomed by extensively landscaped grounds which are linked with wide wooden walkways, all gently lit at night.

Lomalagi accommodates just 12 guests in six huge, deluxe villas with private decks — in fact their number one rule is privacy. Each is built into the hillside, making the most of wonderful views of the ocean, and has been given the name of a Fijian bird. All you need to do is slip your shoes off and enter a world like no other.

Local hardwoods have been used in the construction and furniture made from palms past their fruit-bearing years giving a true island feel. Each has a comfortable queen-size bed, locally made rugs, a fully serviced kitchen, large bathroom and the decks have comfortable lounges and a dining table. There are no telephones, but there are video players and a library to choose from. Artwork and sculptures complete the decor.

The hexagonal dining pavilion overlooks the S-shaped pool which is filled with filtered sea water and looks out to the ocean. Two waterfalls interact with the north-facing pool which has sun all day long.

A nearby game house has a regulation pool table, video and library.

Lomalagi is all about choice and guests' preferences are taken into consideration on all aspects. Nothing is pre-prepared and they do like to know special needs and requirements before guests arrive. Your villa kitchen is fully equipped so you can do your own catering, have meals delivered to you or dine in the pavilion alone or with other guests. You can also choose between à la carte, American plan or all-inclusive.

There is no waterskiing or jet-skiing to break the silence, and there are no organised activities. That doesn't mean there is nothing to do though.

You can snorkel off the beach, explore the bay in a two-person kayak, take out the mountain bikes, go deep-sea fishing, night fishing or horseriding or just stroll around the gardens.

There is a nine-hole par three golf course close by, and a visit to the local village and school is interesting. Or you might like to hire a car, charter a plane or seaplane for a land or air tour of the surrounding areas.

Location

The Fijian Island of Vanua Levu.

Cost

Lomalagi Villas start at about $585 per couple per night, based on a minimum three night stay.
Qantas flies daily to Nadi starting at $708 from Brisbane; $725 from Sydney; $808 from Melbourne; $1153 from Adelaide; $1339 from Darwin and $1369 from Perth, per person.
Connections to Savusavu with SunAir cost about $180 per person.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Lomalagi Resort
Box 200 PO Savusavu Fiji Islands
Ph: 0011 679 881 6098
Fax: 0011 679 881 6099
www.lomalagi.com
lomalagi@is.com.fj
Qantas: Ph: 13 13 13

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