One of the rare joys of travel is coming back to a place and finding it even more wonderful than you remembered. Even better when you are greeted as a long lost friend.
As usual the food was superb, especially the traditional Fijian lovo (cooked in the pit with hot stones) and kokoda (coconut and fish ceviche) and "Italian night". My 2 year old son loved almost everything - no tacky pre-made "nuggets and chips" here!
Host Luigi is truly, madly, deeply welcoming. Watching him take off around the lagoon with a golf-cart full of children was hilarious.
Hostess Margaret is like a swan - effortless grace and serenity on top, but out of sight her legs are paddling madly to make all your wishes and whims come true. This time she outdid herself by organising a treasure hunt on their private desert island, complete with transport by kayak and local fishing boats and finishing with poolside Margaritas.
A wish was vaguely expressed to try the 6-hole golf course. No mention of bookings, fees or dress standards. Instead, sets of clubs quietly appeared by the breakfast table. On our last visit, we were interested in the traditional method of cooking in the hot springs and voila! someone went and cooked us a pudding.
But the magic is that despite the warm and attentive service, and the range of activities, there is complete privacy, quiet and relaxation when you want it. Time and tide permitting, you can do as little or as much as you like.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimate 42-acre beachfront haven. A combination of elegant Italian style with legendary Fijian hospitality, gourmet quality food and absolute relaxation. Activities can include bouncing around on the trampoline or jumping off the slide in the aqua fun park, snorkeling, fishing, golf, village tours, therapeutic massage, dolphin sighting, scuba diving, bush walks. Alternatively, do absolutely nothing! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Dolce Vita Holiday Villas Fiji/Savusavu