When you live in a region that’s named after an ocean then it’s no wonder that water is both an obsession and something that’s taken entirely for granted – it’s everywhere. The Pacific is on the doorstep, the sand between your toes and the endless watery vistas an ongoing fascination. Dive in to our Pacific special!
J. Hunter Pearls, Fiji
J. Hunter Pearls is committed to developing Fiji’s blue economy through the Fiji Pearl Development Plan, launched at the UN Oceans conference in New York last year as one of Fiji’s 17 commitments to upholding Sustainable Development Goals. Fijian pearl pioneer Justin Hunter was the key player in drafting the plan which focuses on developing the local pearling industry through community owned and run farms throughout Fiji. The ambitious plan offers coastal villages which have given their fishing rights over to marine protected areas a tangible return for their sacrifice.
Unlike most other gems that are extracted from the ground through mining, the pearl is the only gem that is grown inside the body of a living animal. Truly organic, the cultivation of these ocean gems requires pristine waters in order to produce top quality and pearl farmers take on the role of stewards of the sea in order to protect their investments. Cultured salt water pearls are the most sustainable of gems as the company doesn’t extract – they actually improve the environment they farm in as these areas become no-fishing zones, allowing coral reefs to thrive along with the species that inhabit them. Working closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and FLMA work will begin soon on setting up the first two village farms in Vanua Levu.
Furthermore oysters are filter feeders and play an important role in cleaning the water and acting as an indicator species for water quality.
J. Hunter Pearls says “Any decline on our water conditions can be seen in the health of our oysters which are regularly monitored, so it’s essential we look after the area we farm in and prevent any possibility of water pollution from entering these marine areas.”
The company’s farms work according to a strict environmental code of practice ensuring all farming practices have as little negative impact as possible on areas they farm.
Their passion for the ocean and preserving the precious coral reefs is part of a collaboration with goldsmith Marco of Totoka Jewelry. Having a goldsmith with this level of expertise on Savusavu is a bonus and they are proud that this level of quality can be achieved in Savusavu.
Six Senses Spa, Fiji
Six Senses Spa Fiji on gorgeous Malolo island is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Fijian village. Surrounded by lush tropical jungle, its design embodies the Six Senses philosophy that well-being is crucially linked to the calm and rejuvenating benefits of nature. Cascading water features flow down through the village and into the tropical greenbelt, nourishing the beautiful fig and baka (banyan) trees, providing a home for rare iguanas and offering healing visual and auditory experiences for guests.
The Spa Village is entered via stepping stones leading to the arrival bure (lounge), a place to socialise, relax and explore the resort’s wellness offerings and make reservations. It is also home to the Six Senses retail collection, full of the latest temptations including yoga wear and mats, wellness gemstone water bottles, jewellry and locally sourced throws, candles, burners and other accessories. There is also a full range of skincare products displayed on organically-shaped timber counters and shelves.
If guests prefer to blend their own ingredients for a body scrub, wrap or face mask, the Alchemy Bar features floor to ceiling shelves with ceramic and glass pots filled with oils, local herbs, fruits and spices.
Nail aficionados can enjoy a manicure and pedicure at the Nail Bar over a glass of a healthy juice or smoothie. From effortlessly elegant to bright and summery colours, the Bio Sculpture Gel system, also known as The Gentle Gel, ensures long lasting results and a chip-free holiday.
In the consultation room, experts use a non-invasive wellness screening to measure key physiological biomarkers and prepare personalised programs.
The four treatment bures are secluded between the trees around a circular path. Resembling traditional village bures, their organic and earthy design combines a neutral colour palette with grounding dark timber floors and wooden beams.
For guests who want to work up a sweat, the fitness bure combines high-tech cardio equipment and weight machines with functional training. They can experience different fitness methods, classes and programs, with their feet firmly on the ground or defying gravity up in the air in various aerial yoga poses.
Yoga and meditation can be taken outdoors onto an elevated pavilion with sweeping ocean views from every angle (downward dog, triangle, warrior or tree pose).
Malamala Beach Club and South Sea Cruises, Fiji
It was always going to be a success; a private island beach club, a stunning menu, fabulous service, easily accessible from Denarau marina and, surprisingly, an affordable day out.
When Malamala opened its doors in late 2017, owners South Sea Cruises knew they had it right. With Fiji’s favourite chef Lance Seeto at the helm, Malamala was always going to be more than just a beach club.
Lance’s menu is super cool and combines the latest trends from Melbourne’s famed Flinders Lane restaurants with Pacific influences. It’s an explosion of the senses – the colourful food matched perfectly with the colourful surrounding water and perfect white sand beach.
Day passes to Malamala include transfers from Denarau hotels, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, towel service and non-motorised sports equipment for snorkelling, kayaking and stand-up paddling. Resort pick ups from the Coral Coast are also available. Private cabanas and butler service can be booked in advance.
Taveuni Palms Fiji
Taveuni Palms is world-renowned for its exquisite accommodation and facilities, unsurpassed attention to detail and award-winning luxury and service. Set on the Fiji garden island of Taveuni, the boutique resort comprises oceanfront villas, each with a private pool, nestled among their own acres of lush tropical gardens, all completely secluded from each other. The resort strikes the perfect balance, offering the pinnacle in island romance, where honeymooners can enjoy absolute luxury and privacy, and a tropical paradise for families who seek the ultimate island escape, offering a complimentary nanny service and a personal staff of seven.
Your personal staff is on call to provide you with exquisite food and wine, and indulge you in unsurpassed service and amenities.
Fiji Marriot Resort Momi Bay
Experience pure island magic and luxury accommodations at the five-star resort in Momi Bay, Fiji. Relish the opportunity to sleep above the lagoon in one of the signature over-water bure villas. Enjoy the use of a private balcony or terrace to take in sunset views of the pool, lagoon or ocean. Designed with indigenous architecture in mind, the bures feature modern décor and vaulted ceilings.
Enjoy drifting off to the gentle ocean breeze and waking up to the sound of lapping waves in one of the romantic adults only over-water bures, with direct access to the lagoon from the deck of your spacious bure.
Indulge your tastebuds at the elegant Fish Bar restaurant. The menu features an abundance of local seafood mixed with your favorite grilled meat dishes accompanied by breathtaking views of the ocean.
Spoil your loved one by indulging in a private waterfront cabana dinner for two, featuring a specially crafted five course menu including French champagne.
Available daily 12pm – 10pm, the menu features the best from the land and the sea, private cabana dining for special occasions and romantic dinners, a panoramic view of the ocean and breathtaking sunset views.
Overlooking panoramas of the Pacific Ocean, Sunset Bar is the perfect evening destination to unwind and indulge in Fiji’s striking sunsets with a signature cocktail, wine, beer or refreshment.
Unwind with The Countess Cocktail that has recently been rewarded as Best Tropical Cocktail by the Sydney Morning Herald. A refreshing and perfectly balanced combination of vodka, limoncello, Campari and grapefruit juice. Served over ice with flamed orange zest. Open daily, 11am – 11 pm.
Malolo Island Resort and Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji
Ahura Resorts recently announced that their already multi award-winning resorts, Malolo Island Resort and Likuliku Lagoon Resort (above), have added to their prestigious awards list by being named in the top 2 positions in the annual USA Conde Nast Readers Choice Awards 2017 for Australia and the South Pacific.
Ahura Group General Manager Steve Anstey says, “This is significant recognition from Conde Naste readers and our loyal guests who voted our family resort Malolo Island Resort and luxury adults-only Likuliku Lagoon Resort into the two top positions this year.”
Ahura Fijian owner and Managing Director, Tony Whitton, said, “This is big news, not only for both of our resort teams, but for Fiji as a destination. That we have Fiji resort experiences continually being counted amongst some of the best in the world and holding their own with other famous hotel and resort brands – some of who are giants in the industry.”
Ahura Resorts also announced that its Likuliku Lagoon Resort was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame at this year’s ANZ Fiji Tourism Excellence in Tourism.
In other news Malolo Island Resort introduced a new hospitality management team with the arrival of Executive Chef Ryan Ward and Group Food & Beverage Manager Bridie Bush. Bringing extensive experience from high profile and award-winning operations in the UK and Australia, and hailing most recently from the renowned Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane, Ryan and Bridie are set to launch some fresh ideas and new flavours whilst expanding on Malolo’s already excellent culinary reputation.
Ward, who for the past 5 years has been busy as Senior Sous Chef for GOMA’s food and beverage operations, and Chef de Cuisine for the Two-Hatted GOMA Restaurant, is no stranger to the varying tastes of tourists and guests.
Joining Ryan is food and beverage specialist and his partner in life, Bridie Bush, who also hails from GOMA, where she coordinated the huge undertaking of the food and beverage operations of the 3 Gallery dining outlets, in addition to the functions and events. Bridie joins Malolo’s parent company Ahura Resorts as the Group Food & Beverage Manager, which will have her overseeing not only Malolo’s operations, but also sister property next door, Likuliku Lagoon Resort. www.maloloisland.com
Ernie Els to headline the Fiji International
Four time Major winner Ernie Els will headline the 2018 Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways, to be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from 2-5 August 2018.
Affectionately known as The Big Easy due to his fluid golf swing, Els will be swinging easy on the course and taking it easy away from the course as he enjoys the best that Fiji has to offer.
The announcement of the popular South African playing for the first time in Fiji coincides with news in March that Els was appointed captain of the International Team that will take on the United States (led by a resurgent Tiger Woods) when the Presidents Cup is played at Royal Melbourne, Australia in 2019.
It’s another milestone in his glittering career that includes eight appearances as a player in the International Team; Els was a captain’s assistant during 2017’s Presidents Cup.
Now in its fifth year, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways has attracted a long list of world class players to the tropical nation, with Els the most recent addition.
He joins a plethora of former major champions who have taken on the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course including Fiji’s own Vijay Singh, Mike Weir and Angel Cabrera.
The Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways makes for the ultimate golf fan tropical escape, with the popular Beach Oasis on the 8th hole at Natadola Bay Championship Course providing a luxurious vantage point to catch a bevy of international golf stars in action.
With first class hospitality provided by the award winning InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, the week can feel less like a professional golf tournament and more like a paradise retreat with breathtaking views of the Coral Coast.
Ramada Resort Port Vila, Vanuatu
Located just a short drive from downtown Port Vila is the destination’s most exciting new resort development, Ramada Resort Port Vila. This purpose-built resort which opened in 2017 enjoys an idyllic position nestled on the banks of a tropical lagoon. The 80 self-contained suites and apartments with private balconies all have gorgeous vistas overlooking the emerald waters of Erakor Lagoon The lagoon style pool, complete with swim-up pool bar, is a great place to cool off and relax with a cocktail.
When it comes to dining guests can enjoy The Akiriki Restaurant, The Lounge Bar or The Sports Bar, and there’s also a Pool Bar which is open seasonally. Guests can also choose to have meals and snacks delivered to them anywhere in the resort including poolside or in their rooms.
The suites and apartments are modern, clean, spacious and they have all the amenities you’d expect including full kitchens for those looking to self-cater.
The Kesorn Spa offers guests an oasis to enjoy a Thai inspired treatment. There are also three meeting rooms and high-speed WiFi throughout as well as a tour desk to assist guests to arrange tours and activities in Port Vila.
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
Stunning over-water villa accommodation and breakfast delivered to your private balcony by traditional canoe? Now that’s unique and is just one of the fantastic offerings at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu.
If you are searching for that perfect ‘somewhere special’ to spend time with loved ones and create lasting memories, then a break in an over-water villa at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu is your perfect choice. These villas, located on the resort’s private Erongo Island, offer the perfect tranquil experience for a private tropical getaway.
Take in uninterrupted views from your private balcony, which also features direct access to the lagoon’s warm waters.
Located in the South Pacific, just a short ﬂight from the east coast of Australia and Auckland, and with a variety of accommodation options, Holiday Inn is the ideal holiday destination for you, your loved one and your family.
To make inquiries or book your next island holiday, get in touch directly with the resort reservations team on: P: +678 22 040 E: email@example.com
Iririki Resort & Spa Vanuatu
Escape the cold for a warm winter vacation at Iririki Island Resort & Spa which describes itself as ‘The Jewel of the South Pacific’.
Located just a three-minute complimentary ferry ride from Port Vila town and set across 69 acres of spectacular tropical landscaped gardens, you’ll be surrounded by clear blue waters – the ideal resort to warm you up this winter.
There are different accommodation options, from traditional fares to modern self-contained rooms with private balcony, jacuzzi overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The resort boasts two outdoor swimming pools, a private beach, the luxurious Iririki Day Spa, the fabulous Jewel Casino and a Kids Club.
An array of wining and dining options are available, including Azure Restaurant, which overlooks the stunning Port Vila harbour. The resort also hosts beautiful weddings, as well as providing meeting and event facilities. They have the perfect package for singles, couples, families and events, so plan your winter getaway with Iririki Island Resort & Spa now by visiting www.iririki.com
Taumeasina Island Resort, Samoa
On the northern coast of Upolu Samoa, Taumeasina Island Resort is located just outside of Apia and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the lush mountains of Upolu. The four and half star resort is situated on its own private island, accessible via a causeway and is the only island resort in Samoa. The drive is easy, the service is first class and the resort itself makes a lasting impression.
The resort consists of 80 Oceanview hotel rooms and 25 two and three-bedroom Waterfront villas with fully self contained facilities.
Taumeasina Island Resort caters to couples, families travelling together and the business and MICE market.
The resort features two private beaches, cascading resort pool, fine dining and casual restaurants, lobby bar, sunset bar overlooking the ocean, day spa and a number of venue options for wedding ceremonies. For the more active guests the resort offers snorkeling, kayaking, catamarans, tennis court and beach volley ball equipment.
Taumeasina Island Resort is not only an amazing holiday destination, but also offers state of the art conference facilities, a business centre and meeting spaces. It is the ideal location to host conferences and business engagements; catering for groups of ten to 550.
The Island boasts views of the beautiful turquoise lagoon and Pacific Ocean, as well as the lush mountainside of Upolu island.
For luxury, flexibility and a vacation everyone will remember, its hard to look past Taumeasina Island Resort.