Bula…wel­come to par­adise

My Wedding - - YASAWA RESORT & SPA | VENUE -

Agreat deal of New Zealan­ders see Fiji as one word…Den­erau!!! But as I re­cently dis­cov­ered, on my very first trip to the “friendli­est peo­ple on earth”, Fiji is much more than kava and warm wel­comes. A short 40 minute flight from Nadi Air­port had me search­ing fran­ti­cally for our grass land­ing strip, at the very top of the Ya­sawa Is­lands group. My much more re­laxed (and much younger) pilot seemed un­per­turbed…he had done this flight hun­dreds (per­haps thou­sands) of times be­fore.

Then, like the prover­bial par­ty­ing of the Red Sea, the dense for­est be­low us opened up and within sec­onds we had landed, our bags were un­packed and our first (of many) cock­tails were in hand. I couldn’t help but think I was be­ing wel­comed by Mr. Roarke and Tat­too to Fan­tasy Is­land!!!

“Bula! Wel­come to Ya­sawa Is­land Re­sort and Spa.” This ex­clu­sive re­treat on one of the most re­mote and un­spoiled is­lands of Fiji.

Take your vows on the sands of a de­serted beach, be­fore a trop­i­cal sun­set or un­der the south­ern stars. You needn’t de­cide un­til you get there. In­vite the choir from nearby Bukama vil­lage, choose tra­di­tional dec­o­ra­tions and trop­i­cal flow­ers or sum­mon a guard of Fi­jian war­riors. A wed­ding at Ya­sawa is yours to com­mand – make it as elab­o­rate or as sim­ple as you like.

Ya­sawa is home to Fiji’s first beach­front spa, just me­tres from the ocean’s edge on a sweep of soft white sand. The Bar­avi Spa draws its name from the Fi­jian word for beach and has been care­fully con­structed in a blend of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary styles, with an ocean-view mas­sage deck perched over the sands in the open air, fanned by sea breezes. Their sig­na­ture mas­sage, the Bar­avi Rhythm, is per­formed by two syn­chro­nised ther­a­pists, work­ing in time with the sound of the waves.

Bar­avi Spa treat­ments and tech­niques have been sourced from around the world and adapted to lo­cal Fi­jian prod­ucts and sym­bol­ism. Hot rock ther­a­pies use black vol­canic peb­bles to re­flect the fiery rift that cre­ated Ya­sawa Is­land.

Hon­ey­moon Suite

The name says it all - Lo­ma­lagi, the Fi­jian word for heaven. Hid­den from the rest of the re­sort at the end of a de­serted white beach, the Hon­ey­moon Bure Lo­ma­lagi is a pri­vate re­treat with its own hori­zon pool over­look­ing the ocean. This is Ya­sawa at its best – ab­so­lute lux­ury and com­plete seclu­sion.

Lo­ma­lagi has a vast split-level de­sign, cre­at­ing sep­a­rate liv­ing and sleep­ing ar­eas that open to ex­pan­sive tim­ber decks out­side. Even the bath­room has ac­cess to the decks, along with a shower for two with views of the beach out­side. Lo­ma­lagi has the finest lux­ury fea­tures and bed linen, Bvl­gari bath­room ameni­ties and a Bose Wave sound sys­tem.

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