A little over a week ago, I was sitting in a hammock, reading a great book and listening to the sound of gentle waves lapping at the shore. The only thing that could remotely annoy me were the ever present "mozzies", but even they were easily tamed with some local insect repellant. My husband and I had seven whole days of peace and tranquility. We had relaxation overload. We met new friends and learnt a lot about different cultures. It was an experience that I shall never forget, and one that I would most eagerly repeat, time and time again. Our "honeymoon" we had waited almost ten years for, was amazing. So here is my "sharing is caring" post - and a review of sorts - if only to get you all to visit this little peace of heaven! Enjoy....
Leaving Melbourne at 2am was never going to be ideal, and try as I may, I could not get a wink of sleep! So we landed in Nadi a bit worse for wear. Greeted by a lovely driver, we jumped in his car and took a
delightful slightly hair raising two and a half hour drive up the coast. From there, it was a 30 minute boat ride, across the seas to a little island called Beqa. And on that island was our destination - Lalati Resort & Spa. Thankfully, we had these beautiful coconut drinks and a foot massage to greet us! Oh, and singing and smiles from the local staff.
This was the view from our room. Literally steps away from the beach. The sound at night, of the gentle high tide waves, was beautiful.
Looking out to the jetty from the social hub of the resort. When I say social, I mean it's here that you can sit around with any or all of the other 16 guests. Yep, the most guests at this resort at any one time is 18. And I think that's what makes it so. damn. special. Oh, and the fact there's no children - which was perfect for all the honeymooners and late honeymooners like ourselves! You can slip in to the water from the jetty and snorkle to your heart's content. We saw so many beautiful fish there and amazing big blue starfish!
My husband - just hanging around.
Some of the wonderful staff - Ollie, Josiah and Chantal. They all live in surrounding villages on the island. And they were all gorgeous souls! Josiah was most impressed that I could upload a photo for him to Facebook - so he now has a profile pic!
On our fifth day, Josiah took us on a visit to his village - Lalati village. It's only a five minute walk from the resort, but it was like stepping back a bit in time. EVERYONE wore a smile. And the kids were just divine! We all had a hoot taking photos, singing and dancing. Unforgettable.
And on this visit, we took a look inside their church. Fijians are quite a religious bunch, with churches in each village. This gorgeous little piece of handwork was inside, so I had to get a photo!
This is me with Captain Josiah after I'd been snorkelling. We took a boat trip out to the middle of the ocean and were dropped on to the reefs. To say I was shitting myself would be an understatement, but I sucked it up and relaxed. It paid off. We saw reef sharks and amazing fish. The coral was beautiful.
And this is us with a local firewalker. Yep, these fellas are known for their ability to walk on hot rocks that have been burning for seven hours. Not even a flinch!
Excuse the grainy photo from my iphone, but this little cherub kept me company during a Kava drinking and dancing ceremony in the village! We had lots of fun taking photos!
There was no escaping patchwork for me! This darling skirt was offered to me to wear when we went on a hike up a mountain to a beautiful waterfall. We had to walk through another village to get there, and the local women do not wear pants, only skirts, so to show our respect, we had to wear skirts over our pants whilst walking through. Certainly doesn't go with my runners!
And this my friends? This is a photo of two extremely relaxed and re-juvinated human beings! I took it just before we departed the island and headed back to the mainland.
I left Lalati with more than I came with. Not in terms of possessions, but my heart was full. The people I met and the places we visited just re-itereated to me how bloody lucky I am. And how much "stuff" we have. We left some of our stuff over there. Basically because they needed it more than we do. I wish I could have had the foresight to have taken lots more with us.
So there you have it. A destination that I would strongly suggest you all get to one day!
Have you been on a holiday lately? Where would you suggest we dream of going to next?