Hello! My fiance and are getting married next year and have our hearts set on Fiji for our honeymoon. I went once when I was a little girl to Turtle Island (during a family week) and Vomo Island and have some great memories, although it was smack in the middle of monsoon season, which obviously is not ideal. Rained most of the time.
Based on all of my research, it looks like the Yasawas make the most sense for us...we want great beaches, warm clear water, and tons of privacy. A place that offers private island picnics is a must as well (not sure which one is the best though). We are not looking to have a nightlife on our honeymoon - we want the peace and quiet. We like upscale places but I don't need to be spoiled rotten or have 24 hour butler service. Just something clean and comfortable will suffice. I care way more about the beach. My biggest question is...which hotel in the Yasawas has the best beach for swimming right off the sand? My fantasy is literally just walking right into the water and hanging out in clear water until I need a break. I was leaning towards Yasawa Island Resort (given I'd been to Turtle), but I read some reviews that mentioned wave activity and rockiness that makes it possible to swim right off the sand. That gives me pause. Also, is it common for YIR to have family weeks in mid-September? That is when we would like to go, but I really don't want to go to a place with small children. Total deal breaker for my honeymoon. I'm pretty familiar with the prices of the hotels, so that isn't a major factor. Would love great value, but I know what things cost.
Vatulele is a wildcard (looks absolutely breathtaking from the photos), but it seems more expensive than some of the hotels in the Yasawas, and i'm not crazy about being so close to Vitu Levu. i love the idea of being somewhere so remote.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Are my concerns about YIR unfounded?