Kids’ par­adise

Holiday with Kids - - Fiji -

Af­ter two days of en­joy­ing the water, reef and rain­for­est, I soon re­alise it’s next to im­pos­si­ble to walk any­where with­out soon run­ning into a Fi­jian nanny sur­rounded by grin­ning chil­dren. Pass­ing by a group of three broth­ers, the nanny en­cour­ages them to in­tro­duce them­selves and I’m sud­denly sur­rounded by a cho­rus of “Bula I’m Jack and I’m six”, “Bula I’m Ge­orge and I’m four” and a slightly more timid “I’m Dan and I’m three”. I’m soon for­got­ten as they con­tinue eat­ing choco­late ice- cream and ex­plain­ing to the nanny which Ninja Turtle is their favourite and why.

The kids’ club usu­ally takes place at the beach and con­sists of ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from watermelon crack­ing, her­mit crab racing and na­ture walks to cos­tume mak­ing, dance lessons, coconut leaf weav­ing and, per­haps best of all, sto­ry­telling around an open fire at Mon­key Rock.

To­day, how­ever, the weather is just that lit­tle bit too hot for young ones to be tramp­ing about out­doors. My friends and I turn up with their three-year- old Char­lotte and she runs straight into the nanny’s lap, in­tro­duces her­self and set­tles in to watch ‘Dora the Ex­plorer’. Mum and dad are com­pletely for­got­ten.

But this is fine with us, as it’s golden hour (and happy hour) at Cast­away. The sun is set­ting over the blue-as-blue- can-be hori­zon and we look on from our stun­ning van­tage point at Sun­downer Bar, munch­ing on gourmet wood-fired piz­zas.

Down below, the beach is crowded with chil­dren and their nan­nies play­ing among the waves, and a few me­tres away their is a group of teenagers pass­ing a ball with some of the staff mem­bers.

The par­ents watch on, drink in hand and chat­ting among them­selves. I guess that’s the charm of Cast­away – it turns ev­ery­one into matavu­vale (fam­ily).


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