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A wan­der­lus­ter shows us the beauty of Dor­dogne Val­ley in France

Whether it’s a hon­ey­moon, an­niver­sary or wed­ding you’re plan­ning, a cel­e­bra­tion of love is some­thing to be savoured and shared with our sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers. Much can be said about the 333 beau­ti­ful is­lands that con­sti­tute the coun­try of Fiji where turquoise wa­ters and lush land­scapes are said to have re­ju­ve­na­tive pow­ers in the di­men­sion of love. With two direct flights from Sin­ga­pore to Fiji through Fiji Air­ways, the 5 is­land par­adises that we’re about to rec­om­mend are just a few com­fort­able hours away.


Known as the is­land ‘where the sun comes to rest’, the pic­turesque beaches of Malolo are a favourite for sun­set wed­dings. Stretch­ing over 2,000 acres, the is­land is the largest of the Ma­manuca archipelago which con­sists of a chain of 20 is­lands and is some of Fiji’s most pho­tographed and filmed lo­ca­tions. The des­ti­na­tion has played host to re­al­ity tv-se­ries like Sur­vivor and fea­ture films like Cast­away. For an un­par­al­leled ex­pe­ri­ence on the is­land, visit the Liku­liku La­goon Re­sort which con­tains a rich la­goon filled with ma­rine and land bio­di­ver­sity promis­ing you a refuge away from the world. Bet­ter yet, al­low the group of singing Fi­jian mu­si­cians at the re­sort to ser­e­nade you on your jour­ney to re­dis­cover love. The is­land is a mere 10 min­utes away by sea­plane west of Viti Levu.


Bear­ing the lit­eral mean­ing of ‘heaven’ in the Fi­jian lan­guage, the is­land of Yasawa was once off lim­its to tourists and vis­i­tors mak­ing its stat­uesque and stun­ning land­scapes a vir­tu­ally un­touched Eden. The is­land it­self is a per­fect place to de­tox in a break from civ­i­liza­tion with no shops or banks lo­cated on the is­land. Cou­ples may re­dis­cover na­ture’s beauty in all its glory by vis­it­ing the pop­u­lar Drawaqa is­land, which holds one of the best manta ray sa­faris or the mys­te­ri­ous Sawa-i-lau caves where the for­ma­tion of an­cient lime­stones were made through waves. Op­tions rang­ing from lux­u­ri­ous 5-star to flash­packer re­sorts are avail­able on the is­land.


The Tave­uni is­land of Fiji is the only place in the world that one may find its na­tional flower, the Tag­i­mou­cia which ori­gins bear the leg­end of a princess flee­ing for the moun­tains af­ter be­ing forced to marry some­one she did not love and her tears turned into the red beau­ti­ful flow­ers. The is­land of Tave­uni boasts some of the most ex­otic flora and fauna you would ever see lo­cated within its her­itage parks at Waitabu Ma­rine Park and Bouma Na­tional Her­itage Park. An in­ter­est­ing anec­dote is that the In­ter­na­tional Date Line runs through Tave­uni and you’ll be the first to see the dawn­ing of a new day on this is­land with your loved one.


For an ul­tra lux­u­ri­ous ex­clu­sive ro­mance, all stops point to Dol­phin Is­land. Sit­u­ated on the Sun­coast side of the main is­land, book­ings here are done on an ex­clu­sive-use ba­sis where you would be the only guests. Only a to­tal of up to 8 guests are able to stay on the is­land at any given time so imag­ine a Swiss fam­ily Robin­son but on a 5-star re­sort scale. Spend the night in the hill­top sleep-out bure and leave your chil­dren with the is­land nanny to rekin­dle a night of ro­mance in this open-air bed­room lit by can­dle­light.


The horse­shoe shaped Matangi is­land, was one of the three tiny vol­canic is­lands that were once off-lim­its to the tourists in Fiji and of­fers pack­ages tai­lored to cou­ples look­ing to re­new their vows, get mar­ried, or just en­joy spa treat­ments. Its sig­na­ture vil­las in­clude three se­cluded tree houses which con­tain a pri­vate sun deck, out­door lava rock shower, out­door Jacuzzi and a great view of the sun­set. In­cluded in the book “1,000 Places to See Be­fore You Die”, the spec­tac­u­lar nat­u­ral beauty of the is­land and the warmth of the Matangi fam­ily at its is­land re­sort will set you on a jour­ney of rein­vig­o­rat­ing the lost spirit of love.

*Ef­fec­tive Jan­uary 17 on­wards, Fiji Air­ways will be of­fer­ing twice weekly flights from Sin­ga­pore to Fiji de­part­ing on Wed­nes­day and Fri­day and re­turn­ing on Tues­day and Fri­day. The air­line is of­fer­ing a sale pe­riod from Jan­uary 16th on­wards to Fe­bru­ary 12th to Fiji.

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