Thursday, June 11, 2009
In the Malolo dialect likuliku
means "calm lagoons or waters", and that sounded good enough for Kelly Landry to agree to check it out.
Malolo Island is in Fiji's Mamanuca archipelago, 25km from Nadi. Visitors reach the island by boat, seaplane or helicopter. It looks like a traditional Fijian village from a distance, and that's the idea, but it is one that offers five-star luxury. The adults-only resort is perfect for honeymooners.
Guests are greeted at Masima Island, a small island connected to Malolo Island by a walkway. Warriors in traditional dress present leis and welcome drinks.
The 45 bures come in three styles, and 10 of them are over the water. They are modelled on typical Fijian village houses, with 22 craftsmen from the Lao group of islands overseeing construction. There is hand-crafted timber inside, traditional bush poles lashed together with coconut fibre, wild bamboo woven for wall linings and thatched palm roofs.
All are air-conditioned and have king beds and private balconies. Views can be enjoyed from outdoors or indoors even from the bathtub. Guests snorkel straight from the deck and rinse off under an outdoor shower.
Gourmet cuisine is a big part of the Likuliku Lagoon experience. Each day a chef's canapé plate is delivered to your bure. All meals are included in the cost of your stay.
Fijiana Restaurant is the centrepiece, with views over the lagoon, gardens and pool. The cuisine is fresh and creative, making the most of local produce seafood and tropical fruits are prepared in mouth-watering ways. It changes each day and a mini-degustation is served at lunch and dinner. There are also themed evenings highlighting local cultural elements.
Dua Tale Bar and Lounge is the best spot for pre-dinner drinks or to take a break from the sun during the day. Dua tale means "one more".
Likuliku Lagoon Resort on Malolo Island, an hour's boat trip from Nadi.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort is offering three nights' accommodation in a Garden Beachfront Bure for $1317 per person twin share. You will be welcomed with a lei and sulu
on arrival and all meals and return launch transfers are included, as is complimentary use of non-motorised water sports and snorkelling equipment.
This special package is valid for sale until July 31, 2009 and for travel until March 31, 2010. The price is based on travel wholly within these dates and is land only, per person based on twin share. Extra nights may be required to connect with flights on certain departure dates. All subject to availability. Any changes will require a requote from Travel Associates.
Pacific Blue, international airline of Virgin Blue, has flights to Nadi.
One-way fares from
- Brisbane $269
- Sydney $289
- Melbourne $349
- Darwin $379
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at June 11, 2009 and are subject to change.
Prices correct at June 11, 2009.
For further information
Ph: 136 789
Ph: 1800 234 444
Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Ph: +679 672 0978
Fax: +679 672 4299
Visas: Australian visitors to Fiji are issued a visa on arrival. They last one to three months.
Electricity: 240V at 50Hz using the same pins as Australia.
Time Zone: GMT +12.
Currency: The Fiji dollar.
Telephone Code: + 679.
It is recommended travellers to Fiji see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information, visit www.welltogo.com.au or www.smartraveller.gov.au.