TAVE­UNI PALMS

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A mul­ti­ple tourism award win­ner over a num­ber of years, Tave­uni Palms is one of sev­eral re­sorts on Tave­uni, Fiji’s third-largest is­land 6km east of Vanua Levu. A fab­u­lous reef that’s home to al­most 400 species of colour­ful coral and 1,500 types of fish has made Tave­uni fa­mous among divers and snorkellers, but the lush “Gar­den Is­land” it­self is pretty won­der­ful too, with vol­canic peaks, bush­walks and wa­ter­falls and pro­lific bird life. If ex­clu­siv­ity is your thing, Tave­uni Palms has it in spades. Its three two-bed­room vil­las are each sur­rounded by a acre or more of pri­vate gar­dens, with a pri­vate beach and per­sonal swimming pool. A staff of seven ser­vices each villa, on call to an­swer a guest’s ev­ery need – in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing su­perb food and wine – with­out in­trud­ing on their pri­vacy. From the sea­side Beach Villa to the el­e­vated Hori­zon Spa and Grand vil­las with their sen­sa­tional views, all come with ev­ery mod­ern amenity, in­clud­ing a full en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre and li­brary, an ipod loaded with mu­sic, an ipad and un­lim­ited com­pli­men­tary Wi-fi. Dé­cor is muted, in el­e­gant soft creams and white. There are pol­ished wooded floors and Ital­ian tiles, king beds, beau­ti­ful bath­rooms and out­door showers, daybeds, ham­mocks, lofted ceil­ings and wa­ter hy­acinth fur­ni­ture. Cham­pagne awaits guests on ar­rival, there’s com­pli­men­tary all-day room ser­vice, and all meals and non-al­co­holic drinks are in­cluded in the tar­iff. For those who can drag them­selves away from the lounger be­side the pri­vate pool, the ac­tiv­i­ties menu is long and var­ied: snorkelling and scuba div­ing (nat­u­rally), kayak­ing, day sails, kite­board­ing, pad­dle­board­ing, stargaz­ing, rain­for­est hikes and wa­ter­falls, deep-sea fish­ing, bird­watch­ing, surf­ing, is­land-hop­ping… or you could just or­der up a mas­sage on your pri­vate deck.

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