JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU RE­SORT

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Named for the French oceanog­ra­pher and son of Jac­ques, the John-michel Cousteau Re­sort is the per­fect place to learn to dive or for snorkelling around the coral reef. Ex­pe­ri­enced divers can ex­plore the bril­liant sub­ma­rine life at 13 dive sites in and around Savusavu Bay. The re­sort’s dive op­er­a­tion, L’aven­ture Jean-michel Cousteau, of­fers Padi-cer­ti­fied div­ing cour­ses and pack­ages, a full-ser­vice dive shop with gear to rent or buy, and trips ac­com­pa­nied by a res­i­dent marine bi­ol­o­gist. But div­ing and snorkelling are not the only at­trac­tions of this fam­ily-friendly re­sort at the south­ern end of Vanua Levu. With 25 bu­res and suites amid 7ha of co­conut palms and gar­dens and sur­rounded by white-sand beaches, it’s five-star Fiji with as much ac­tion or re­lax­ation as you can take. On-wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude kayak­ing, pad­dle­boats, glass-bot­tom boat rides and sail­ing on the re­sort’s cata­ma­ran. On land there are na­ture hikes, man­grove tours, reef walks, rain­for­est and wa­ter­fall hikes and tra­di­tional medicine walks, vis­its to nearby Nukubal­avu vil­lage or Savusavu farm­ers’ mar­ket. There’s a kids’ club and swimming pools (one with a slide), ten­nis, vol­ley­ball, moun­tain bikes, trampoline, board games and video room – and, by the bar, an adults-only ocean­front “Seren­ity Pool” flanked by day beds. The beach­front spa, mean­while, spe­cialises in Fi­jian-inspired treat­ments. There are ear­ly­morn­ing yoga ses­sions and, at night, stargaz­ing or per­haps a kava cer­e­mony. This year, re­sort own­ers Canyon Eq­uity an­nounced the com­ple­tion of sweep­ing multi-mil­lion-dol­lar re­fur­bish­ments and the in­tro­duc­tion of new Deluxe Ocean­front two-bed­room bu­res “to pro­vide more flex­i­bil­ity and pri­vacy for two cou­ples or fam­i­lies to share ac­com­mo­da­tion, with pri­vate en­trances and sep­a­rate en­suite fa­cil­i­ties”. Chef Ray­mond Lee pre­sides over the open-air res­tau­rant, which is strong on lo­cally caught fish and seafood in a menu that changes daily. Re­sort rates in­clude all meals, non-al­co­holic drinks and trans­fers from and to Savusavu air­port.

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