ROYAL DAVUI IS­LAND RE­SORT

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Ro­mance is fre­quently in the air at Royal Davui, an adults-only prop­erty on a small is­land at Beqa La­goon, 10km south of Viti Levu. It’s a smart bou­tique re­sort of­fer­ing the kind of in­di­vid­ual ser­vice and pri­vacy not al­ways pos­si­ble at larger re­sorts. There are 16 stylish vales (“homes” in Fi­jian), each with its own heated plunge pool, spa bath, sep­a­rate lounge, sun deck and wet bar, plus views of the sur­round­ing reefs and neigh­bour­ing is­lands. Vales range from Is­land Plunge Pool to the su­perb Royal Davui Suites East and West (take you pick: sunrise or sunset vis­tas). Vales have ev­ery mod con, in­clud­ing Jacuzzi, per­sonal bar and pri­vate deck. Guests who are feel­ing so­cia­ble might join oth­ers for sunset cock­tails be­neath the gi­ant tree that gives its name to the Banyan Bar and Res­tau­rant. Din­ner is taken ei­ther in the res­tau­rant, on a se­cluded din­ing deck or in the pri­vacy of one’s vale. Food is de­scribed as “an ir­re­sistible fu­sion of Pa­cific rim cuisines”. Meals are in­cluded in the tar­iff. Beqa La­goon is renowned for its colour­ful un­der­wa­ter life, which is safe­guarded by a marine re­serve stretch­ing for more than 2km around the is­land. Snorkelling gear is pro­vided, along with Ho­bie Cats, sea kayaks and pad­dle­boards. Dive or learn to dive on wrecks and soft corals and swim through caves and vivid marine life, all within 30 min­utes of the re­sort. Land ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude reef tours and cook­ing classes, vil­lage vis­its, beach games and pic­nics on a de­serted sand­bar. At the Davui Spa, mean­while, guests can choose from a full range of re­lax­ing and re­ju­ve­nat­ing treat­ments de­signed by Pure Fiji. Royal Davui is also avail­able on an ex­clu­sive-use ba­sis, per­haps as a spec­tac­u­lar wed­ding venue – with hon­ey­moon to fol­low.

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