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The Best of Fiji

Updated on October 10, 2014

Kokoda in a Coconut Shell


Fiji for the Day

I was invited to learn about some exciting properties in Fiji at the Baleen Restaurant at the Portifino Hotel and Yacht Club in Redondo Beach.

The orchids on the table was a lovely welcome, as was the tall hibiscus tropical cocktail. We dined on Kokoda (a cold fish soup with coconut milk and herbs) in a coconut shell. It was garnished with kiwi and lime.

The teriyaki style salmon was served with sweet potatoes and mixed vegetables. Other guests enjoyed chicken stuffed with sun dried tomato and spinach.

While enjoying this divine lunch, we learned about two unique properties in Fiji that offer guests and authentic South Pacific experience.

For dessert the staff served a coconut creme brûlée with an orchid as garnish.

Looking out at the Redondo Beach harbor we learned about the Koro Sun Resort and Yasawa.


Koro Sun Resort in Fiji

The two most important islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, which account for about three-quarters of the total land area of the country. The Koro Sun Resort is located on Vanua Levu.

The resort looks and feels like Hawaii 100 years ago on the second largest island in Fiji. Owned by Jack and Patsy Young for the last 14 years. When Jack and some friends went on a dive trip, they found out that this former Methodist camp was available to purchase by auction. Jack liked the clear water ideal for dive trips, unspoiled lush tropical location and warmth and friendliness of the Fijian people clear waters, so he bought it.

The 160-acre sanctuary is where a lush rainforest meets a sparkling reef within a coconut plantation and private lagoon.

The resort is ideal for couples and families with 43 private bures and villas individually appointed with tropical decor and fully air-conditioned. Your stay is all-inclusive – from airport transfers to gourmet fare and complimentary non-motorized water sport activities. Beverages are additional.

Families enjoy the one and two bedroom Edgewater Villas on the lagoon built plantation-style with pine wood and thatched roofs.

There is a dining room and ocean front restaurant serving Pacific Rim style cuisine with coconut milk and cream, fresh fish and fruit. The food is cooked in Earth ovens offering smoky flavors.

Active guests enjoy salt river kayak trips, bicycle adventures and snorkeling. There is a nine-hole putting green and PADI certified crew to take guests to an offshore reef to see hammerhead sharks.

For those who enjoy spa treatments, the resort offers a banana leaf body wrap and coconut oil massage in the Rainforest Spa.

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Do you have spend a day on a deserted beach on your Bucket List? Yasawa has 11 magnificent beaches. You can book a private day at one of the beaches with champagne and a picnic lunch.

This is where the Brooke Shields movie, Blue Lagoon was filmed. Guests can also book a 1/2 day Blue Lagoon cave trip.

There are 15 words in the Fijian language for Heaven and ‘Yasawa’ is the first.

Located on the 22 km long Yasawa Island, the resort is the only commercial development on the 6 Fijian Village island. This is where you will immerse yourself in authentic culture with the 70 Fijian employees.

Fisherman come to the property every morning with fresh lobster and fish for lunch and dinner each day.

There are 18 thatched roof bures just steps from the beach. Your bure is air conditioned with Fijian style decor. Out on your expansive sun deck is a private outdoor shower and personal hammock.

Guests can enjoy the ultimate spa experience for a single payment of $450 (plus tax) per person per stay. It allows guests a 50 minute spa treatment for every night you have booked at Yasawa. Stay for seven nights and have seven spa treatments!

Choose from body polishes, body packs, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing.

Yasawa Island Resort and Spa welcomes children 12 years of age and older at the resort all year. For families with children under the age of 12 there are several periods for children of all ages.

Family Weeks 2014-2016

20 September – 12 October, 2014; 14 December, 2014 – 13 January, 2015; 28 March – 25 April, 2015; 20 June – 19 July, 2015; 19 September – 11 October, 2015; 12 December, 2015 – 10 January 2016; 01 February – 22 February, 2016; 24-31 March, 2016.

Yasawa Map

What to Bring To Fiji

Extra Memory Card
Bug Spray
Underwater camera
Mask and Snorkel
Short sleeve shirt


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      4 years ago

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I would love to taste the Kokoda soup, especially in a coconut shell. You made Fiji sound so inviting. Love how you described the experience. If only I could visit today!

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      Jill Weinlein 

      4 years ago from Southern California

      The people in Fiji are very friendly.

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      Raimer Gel 

      4 years ago

      I haven't been there yet, but I know that it is a great nation to visit. I can't wait to see it.

    • Jill Weinlein profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Weinlein 

      4 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Phyllis.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      OMGosh! I am putting these Fiji resorts on my bucket list for sure. This is a great hub with detailed information and beautiful images. I enjoyed reading about these resorts.


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