12 Things to Stop Doing Right Now

In this fast-paced interconnected world, it is easy to get stuck in habits that really don’t do us any good. These habits slow us down, make us feel bad and can unintentionally hurt others. We have collected a list of 12 habits we think should be a thing of the past.

  1. Sending angry emails

Receiving an unfriendly or angry email can really ruin your day. We all know this. Yet, it can be so tempting in the heat of the moment to pound the keyboard and get all that anger into a craftily worded email that stabs right to the reader’s heart. The easiest way to stop this habit is to write a draft email when you are angry. Save it and do not send it until you have re-read it a few hours later when you are a little calmer and have gained more perspective on the issue. Then perhaps you will see the best action is to delete the unsent email.

  1. Giving unsolicited advice

Just like an unfriendly email, unsolicited advice can really be hurtful. If someone has not asked for your ideas or suggestions on something, maybe there is no need to tell them your thoughts. It can come across as arrogant and misplaced. Especially if you are trying to give advice to someone you hardly know. Keep it to yourself and be ready to share only if you are asked to.

  1. Trying to please everyone

Abraham Lincoln said this best

‘You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.’

So, stop trying so hard to keep everyone happy and know that for a lot of the time, you will be succeeding in keeping most people happy. Good enough.

  1. Comparing yourself to others

It is easy to look only at other people’s lives on our social media accounts and think everyone looks happier, wealthier, skinnier or more adventurous than us. We can start to think that what we have is not good enough. Time for a little perspective:

 

If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.

If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.

  1. Holding grudges

The problem with holding a grudge is that it requires a whole lot of energy to keep up. You have to remember at all times why you are so upset with the other person, you need to continue to go out of your way to show your displeasure and you have to avoid them at all times. What an effort! Perhaps this energy could be better directed elsewhere. Like, perhaps towards making a change in the world.

  1. Mindless TV watching

It is only force of habit that sees us slump down on the sofa and flick through the TV channels now. If you want to watch something you can now stream it at a time that suits you. If you still find yourself wasting time flicking through channels on a TV and sitting through ads, you really need to find something else to do with your time.

  1. Repetitive phone checking

Your phone has alert sounds. It makes sounds when a message comes in. There is no need to keep looking at it. We have got used to looking at our phones when we are in semi-awkward situations. Like waiting in a queue, sitting in a waiting room, or basically anytime we are in close contact with strangers and are at a loss for anything else to do. Stop spending so much time looking at your screen and look around you.

  1. Talking down to yourself

Phrases like “I can’t do . . .,” “I’m not good at . . .” and “I don’t know how to . . .” only serve to focus us on our shortcomings and question our abilities and self-worth. Instead, change the way you talk to yourself. Talk in a way that is empowering and solution-oriented. Remind yourself that you have the skills and talents you need. And, what you don’t have, you can learn.

  1. Kicking yourself for something you should have / shouldn’t have done

Stop fixating on the past. Remove shoulda, coulda, woulda from your vocabulary and let’s move onwards and into the next point.

  1. Procrastinating about a goal.

Get on with attaining a goal you have wanted for a long time. If you really want to achieve this goal, just start. Start small, start with one step. As one famous quote says, it only takes one step to start a journey, or as in an ancient Chinese proverb;

 

A man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones

 

  1. That one bad habit you have always wanted to quit

It could be quitting smoking, reducing alcohol, changing your diet, whatever that habit is that you want to stop. Now is the time to stop doing that one thing that your future self will thank you for.

  1. Thinking micro.

Our final item on our list is to stop thinking that your words and actions have no impact on others’. In this interconnected world, micro thinking is outdated. For better or for worse your actions and your words do have an impact on the world around you. If nothing else from this list, take away the idea that what you say and do can have an impact far beyond you. This is a powerful realization, so let’s use it for good.

Let’s stop waiting for a better world,

Let’s start working on one together.

7 Unusually Compelling Reasons to Visit Scotland

Scotland is too often overlooked as a travel destination in favour of other European destinations, but we think it needs to be on everyone must-see list. From this land of mystery, stunning landscapes and fascinating history we have gathered our 7 compelling reasons why we think Scotland is worth a visit.

Braveheart

Scotland is one stunningly beautiful, wild and rugged country, so, it is not surprising that is has been the backdrop of so many famous films. If you are looking for some fantastic places to visit and extremely photo-worthy sights we suggest Stirling Castle and the surrounds. Located just outside Stirling in the battlefields of William Wallace’s famous battle for Scottish independence from the English King Edward I, the castle and hills were also the locations for the filming of Braveheart starring Mel Gibson as the brave Wallace. The 12th century Stirling Castle has been lovingly restored to its former glory with staff on hand to tell you all the tales of the original William Wallace or Hollywood gossip about the filming of the movie. Just across on the next hill is the Wallace Memorial a splendid 246-step tower, which offers incredible views over the entire area of the battle, and some more very photo-worthy scenes.

Hogwarts Express

The Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William was made even more famous when it was used in the Harry Potter films as the Hogwarts Express. It travels daily from Fort William to Mallaig, crossing the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct on a six-hour return journey through stunning mountain scenery and wide-open landscapes. We suggest sitting on the left-hand side of the train for the best views and photo opportunities.

Unsolved Mysteries

No trip to Scotland would be complete without visiting the site of one of the world’s most famous unsolved mysteries, the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. According to legend, this monster has made a home of this beautiful loch for countless centuries. If you aren’t lucky enough to see a monster, you can still see the much-photographed Urquhart Castle that stands alone on a thin slice of land jutting out into the Loch. Now a spectacular ruin set against the stunning lake, it is one of Scotland’s most photographed buildings.

For a more intellectual mystery, visit The Rosslyn Chapel famously featured in the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

‘When I decided to write The Da Vinci Code, I knew that its finale would have to take place at the most mysterious and magical chapel on earth — Rosslyn.’ 

Dan Brown

This beautiful Chapel holds a mystery beneath the floor in a stone crypt that according to legend is where the treasure of the Knights Templar is hidden. Visit and experience the aura of mystery that has caused this intricately carved chapel from the 15th century to become the subject of conspiracy theories that date centuries.

The “right to roam”

Scotland has a rule that applies to all land called the ‘right to roam’. Meaning you can walk almost anywhere in this beautiful country without fear of trespassing. So, if you spot a fantastic sight and you want to get in closer for a better look, you can! Enjoy one of the few places in this world where you can take a walk in the countryside without limits and let your curiosity take over.

Castle Stays

When in this romantic part of the world, it only seems right that one should indulge in a night in a Castle. Browse through some of the many Castle accommodations on Scott’s Castle Holidays and find yourself a medieval castle to call your own for a night or two.

Our favourite is Kilbryde Castle where Sir James Campbell and his wife Carola will welcome you to stay in the castle that has been the home of their family since 1659. Stay in the former kitchen and lower residence with access out into the majestic gardens that attract visitors from far and wide on the few days they are open to the public. This accommodation option is guaranteed to make you feel a little bit royal.

Edinburgh

The vibrant capital of Scotland needs to be on every list of places to visit. This historical, yet modern, city is a striking mix of old cobbled streets, medieval buildings and traditional stores together with modern shops, edgy festivals and a lively nightlife scene overlooked by Edinburgh Castle sitting atop of an extinct volcano in the heart of the city. Add to this the sounds of bagpipes, Gaelic singing, the smell of the great food scene, and the taste of an aged whiskey and you will never want to leave this city again.

Kilts 

For our final reason to visit Scotland, we had to mention the traditional Scottish Kilt that is still a common sight, worn proudly by many men in town and country across Scotland. Perhaps we have seen Braveheart a few too many times, but we just love seeing a man in a kilt. Luckily Heritage of Scotland still stocks a full range of Kilts for all the clans, along with a wide range of stunning accessories, clothing and even tartan dresses that would make a perfect memento of your visit to this incredible country of mystery, history and more.

And as the Scottish farewell goes ‘Haste Ye Back’ or ‘come back soon’.

Age of Outrage and the Decline of Tolerance

Being outraged is becoming the norm in our society today. It is the age of outrage as we become outraged at everything. We get outraged when someone has a different political view, a different point of view about sex, marriage, abortion or just choosing not to say Merry Christmas. We love to get outraged at it all and let everyone know how strongly we feel.

What is the point of this outrage or perhaps more importantly is there any point at all? In this interconnected world we live in, embracing a culture of outrage only builds walls, creates chasms between people and alienates entire sectors of society. We seem to have become so busy defending our points of view that we miss the point of being connected. The point of being connected is to learn how to understand each other, to learn how to work together on the problems facing our world and to harness this connection to find ways to make this world a better place. Outrage will not change the world; only tolerance can do that.

Why Are We So Outraged?

Looking around online it is obvious that the one thing that is meant to help us connect with each other has, in fact, become a vehicle for blind outrage. The Internet seems to bring out our worst human tendencies. Blind rages, victimization, stereotyping, threatening and disrespect flow smoothly from our keys to the screen igniting Internet battles. Why do we do this? Why are we so outraged when confronted with a different viewpoint? Is this our new norm?

Anti-discomfort

We live in prosperous times. We are not in the midst of a great depression or a world war. Life is actually pretty good for most of us. Not many of us have ever had to deal with hardships that were normal in generations before. And so somehow we have become so used to this level of comfort that we now believe that we should be comfortable at all times. We should not feel put out, be inappropriately challenged or feel obliged to do something we don’t want to. We feel entitled to our space, our point of view, our freedom of choice and to be left in peace in our comfort-zones. We do not want to have someone’s different point of view shoved down our throats. Translated; we feel we should not have to read something we disagree with, listen to a different point of view or share a seat on a bus with someone different to us. With this sense of ultra entitlement to complete comfort, we easily slip into feeling entitled to be outraged when something pierces our comfort zones. In truth, we have forgotten how to be tolerant of others.

Tribe Culture

No matter how outrageous our point of view on a topic is, we can always find news articles, stories, and websites that confirm our view. More than that, within seconds we can find a whole tribe of people who also agree with our point of view. Within this new tribe of like-minded people, we no longer question our point of view or spend time thinking more deeply about whether it is accurate. We are in our comfort-zone with others who hold the same view. With our tribes support, we are ready to go to war to defend our right to believe our point of view. And so, we wage war against the faceless villains who disagree with our views; the them and they, whoever they are. We are so easily outraged by a comment or opinion written by someone we don’t even know and have no intention of trying to. We can hide behind the anonymity of our computers with the backing of our tribes and we rage battle against anyone who dares confront us with something we don’t believe.

Missing the Intention

When we communicate online we can convey information, but not the intention. We miss all the vital visual clues that come with face-to-face confrontations. Because we don’t have all the information about the intention of the other, we fill in the gaps with a stereotype. If we don’t like what someone is saying we assume that none of their values line up with ours, we see them as completely ‘on the other side’. Our worst tendencies and assumptions fill in the missing information about the writer. We assume the other person is an idiot, a racist, a scam artist, or a Trump supporter. These assumptions would not be made if we were having this debate across a dinner table with family.

Addicted to Outrage

The scariest thing about this outrage is the addictive nature of it. If we are honest, we can admit we like the feeling of being morally superior. We like to think we know best and that our points of view are uniquely correct. We like to have a meaningful crusade to go to battle for. We have a sense of entitlement that we deserve something better and that we are somehow not getting it. We deserve more than what we have been given and we are looking for someone to blame.

Tolerance is the key

In this connected world, you would think being tolerant would be the default position we take when reading something that challenges our beliefs. That reading and learning something new would drive us to seek to better understand people and points of view that are different to ours.

But tolerance requires an acceptance of discomfort. It requires stepping out of our entitled comfort-zones. Tolerance requires constantly challenging our own points of view and being open to the opinions of others. If we do not, we risk forgetting tolerance forever. We need to be uncomfortable, challenged and disagreed with. These are the things that make us grow, innovate and learn.

Practicing tolerance helps us keep our worst tendencies in check. We live in a time when we can communicate internationally in seconds. Our ability to connect is incredible. Tolerance teaches us that in this interconnected world we are going to read something we disagree with. We will come across things we are offended by. But tolerance allows us to be more resilient, more patient and less judgmental when we do. Tolerance helps us understand that the faceless idiot online is actually someone not so different to you. Tolerance can open our eyes to the possibility that all our opinions matter and that together we may actually be able to find new solutions to the real problems facing our planet, rather than wage wars over different viewpoints.

May 12, 2018 – The Maestro Touch

We arrived at the studio a bit too early, so we decided to grab un caffè at the bar just around the corner. A few minutes after nine we rang the bell at Luciano’s studio.

As usual Luciano, or Il Maestro, as Massimo respectfully likes to call him, was already standing in the door where he greeted us shyly with his trademark smile. Seeing this modest and somewhat timid man, one would be surprised to find out that his hands had produced thousands of bags for some of the top Italian fashion brands over the years. He really is a Maestro.

Heading inside we spotted Luciano’s son Fabio in the back of his atelier. Fabio is as shy as his father and seems to have inherited the same passion for craftsmanship. Every time we see him he is always working with such concentration at one of the big tables. Today he is working on the same fabric prints as yesterday, but all in another colour. We couldn’t help but stare way too long at the beautiful patterned materials.

Not long after our arrival, the studio bell notified us of the arrival of Massimo. Luciano was now ready to show us what he had made; a complete B-bag sample. And, to our surprise, it looked good: Il Maestro had managed to even find a solution for the B-bag’s voluptuous curves! Except for one thing that was bothering the men. The attachments of the handles were not to their liking. They felt they looked uneven, and after precise measuring, their fear was confirmed.

Luciano and Massimo then commenced a hunting quest through the many drawers and along the few dusty shelves and cupboards. Rummaging through the thousands of iron templates to find the right shape of attachment for our B-bag. After some time, to our amazement, one of them found the right one. Luciano did then did the cutting and showed us a rough result.

Of course, now, with different attachments of the bag handles, we had to adjust the rest of the handle as well. Which then, in turn, changed the whole appearance of the bag. Leading to more than an hour discussing handles: different types, what material to use for its filling, its width and how much of a visual impact this would have on the bag and so on. At one point even Fabio participated in the debate!

Then Massimo had his eureka moment. He tried to explain it to us, but from the look on our faces, he could tell we were not seeing what he could see in his mind’s eye. He began to draw it on a piece of carton and while he was drawing, Luciano started to assemble the idea with leftover faux leather pieces. Once Luciano clicked onto what he thought Massimo was talking about, he then disappeared into the back of the studio. We could hear him mumbling about where he had left his scissors and which yarn type to use. Then there was a click, followed by the rattling of a machine, again another click, and the sound of the machine slowing and stopping. He then hastily walked back to our table with the actual envisaged bag handle in his hand. We all loved it.

Upon our request, he made the same handle sample, but this time with a little thicker filling. The result was perfection!

Not bad for a morning’s work! As it was only just past noon we now had plenty of time for a tranquil lunch before heading back the airport. We thanked the two craftsmen for their time, helpfulness and effort. Said our goodbyes to Massimo, who had another appointment to attend. We, ourselves, left the village with a great amount of satisfaction and confident that things are now moving in the right direction.

Alla prossima – Until Next Time

May 11, 2018 – Sample Number Three…

We are due to meet Massimo at Luciano’s studio at 9 am and by chance, we meet him in the parking place just a few minutes before nine. He had arrived on his motorbike, as he exclaimed, “It’s such great weather for a motor ride” to explain his different choice of transportation today.

After a quick update, we proceeded to the studio and rang the doorbell. Luciano who had opened the gate from inside his atelier greeted the three of us at the door, surrounded by his barking dogs.

Behind one of the desks in the studio was again Fabio. Silently working on an assignment for one of Italy’s famous fashion brands. I have to admit we experienced some difficulties keeping our eyes averted from the fabrics and prints of the brand that he was working with. But, onto more important tasks, our bags!

First, we addressed the Augustina-bag. We were not happy with the thickness of the bag or with the top. In order for Luciano to see what we wanted for our bags, we had brought some images with us showing examples of the desired thickness, the lines / straight lines and the seams. He then showed us some different solutions with the new materials we had sent, fillings etc., to choose from. After a long discussion of what we would encounter when using these different sorts of materials, we agreed on one sort of thickness and finish. Luciano then walked to the back of the atelier while we continued discussing the bag among ourselves.

After a short while, he returned with a rough sample. This sample ignited a volley of comments and arguments back and forth between Massimo and Luciano. This continued until just before 1 pm when we decided it was time to take a break for Pranzo (lunch).

With a couple of hours allocated for an Italian lunch, we had time to return to the hotel for a quick lunch and to grab our sweaters as the temperature had dropped a lot. Massimo took the time to return to his office, promising to meet us a little later.

After lunch, we returned to the studio to find Luciano with a sample of the Augustina-bag ready, which finally met all our expectations. It was sample number three… we think.

We then took on the Betty-Joan bag, which, according to Luciano would be quite a challenge for him to assemble. “But!” he exclaimed, while he made a turn and disappeared somewhere at the other end of the atelier, “there might be a solution!”

Upon his return, he held in his hands two different versions of the side of the Betty Joan -bag. Apparently, Luciano had already made two samples with side fillings a few days before our visit, in order to show us the outcome. He added that he wasn’t fully happy with the results but, he had picked up some new ideas from our morning meeting on the Augustina-bag, which he thought he could incorporate. He promised to show us something better the next morning.

So at around 5.30 pm, we concluded the day. As we left, we commented that we were very happy with the exchange of ideas, tips and above all, with the possible solutions presented. We agreed we all would meet again the next morning at 9 am back in the studio.

 

Alla prossima – Until Next Time

Give Truth A Chance – 27 Truth Quotes Worth Sharing

They say a lie travels faster than the truth, and these days it seems to be the case. Fake news and false stories travel around the world in a matter of seconds, while the truth seems to lag a few days behind.

Fake news articles, lies and scandalous stories are created to ignite a reaction; sadness, joy, fear, anticipation or hatred. And, as humans, we are programmed to share these stories and ideas that get a reaction. But, this desire to share is how fake news and lies can spread through our social networks faster than the speed of light. In this fast-paced world, we only have a few seconds to decide if something is worth sharing or not. In those few seconds we must learn to pause and think; is it true?, is it fair?, and is it kind?

We think the truth needs a little help to catch up, so in order to put a spotlight back on the importance of truth, we have found 27 great truth quotes that are really worth sharing.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

~ Buddha

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

~ Thomas Jefferson

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

~ Albert Einstein

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

~ Elvis Presley

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

~ Mark Twain

Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

~ Michael Jackson

A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.

~ Aesop

Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.

~ Malcolm X

The biggest consequence of telling a lie is, it leads to telling another one. 

~ Gary King

There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can’t tell the truth without lying.

~ Josh Billings

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.

~ Abraham Lincoln

A half Truth is a whole lie.

~ Yiddish Proverb

Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow colour-blind. 

~ Austin O’Malley

With lies, you may get ahead in the world – but you can never go back.

~ Russian proverb

A lie has speed, but Truth has endurance

~ Edgar J. Mohn

If you want to ruin the Truth, stretch it.

~ Unknown author

The Truth needs no rehearsal.

~ Barbara Kingsolver

There’s one way to find out if a man is honest ~ ask him. If he says, “Yes,” you know he is a crook.

~ Groucho Marx

Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so I try to conserve it.

~ Mark Twain

A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.

~ Unknown author

We tell lies when we are afraid….afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us.

But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.

~ Tad Williams

There is no such thing as an inconsequential lie.

~ Gary King

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.

~ William Faulkner

In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot. 

~ Czesław Miłosz

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now — always.

~ Albert Schweitzer

Our final quote comes from a speech Pope Francis gave earlier this year on World Communications Day. We think his words sum up the kindness we want to see more of in this world.

where there is shouting, let us practise listening;
where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;
where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;
where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;
where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;
where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions;
where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;
where there is hostility, let us bring respect;
where there is falsehood, let us bring truth.

~ Pope Francis

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Disconnect in Paradise – Fiji

As summer approaches we can’t help but begin to think about holidays and booking a place to disconnect and escape from it all for a week or more. If you are looking for a holiday destination that offers relaxation, rejuvenation and a chance to really switch off from work for a few days, we think an island escape is just what the doctor ordered and our pick is Fiji.

Located in the South Pacific, this small island paradise is about as far from the maddening crowd as you can get. Made up of over 300 small islands, Fiji is a place to really relax and soak in some of the most perfect untouched views this beautiful planet has to offer.

Castaway

Our favourite island to escape to this summer is Castaway Island; a small exclusive island located 20km off the coast of the main island and Nadi International airport. Accessible only by boat, seaplane or helicopter, you can really disconnect and enjoy the island’s gorgeous white sand beaches, pristine clear water and vibrant coral reefs. The only downside you may never want to leave.

Stay

Castaway Island is home to one of Fiji’s most luxurious resorts, the Outrigger Castaway Island Resort. Stay in one of the resort’s traditional Oceanside Bure bungalows complete with modern amenities and five-star service. With own private beach to wander along undisturbed and a coral reef a few steps from the shore just waiting to be explored, you will not miss an Internet connection. Welcome to total relaxation.

Explore

If you feel like moving from your beach utopia, Heli Tours Fiji are ready to take you on a breath-taking scenic helicopter flight of the islands. They can arrange private flights over the main island where you can see the mountain range they call the ‘Land of the Sleeping Giant’. Your private pilot will be able to tell you the legends and stories of this fabulous Pacific paradise as you also fly out over the many islands scattered in this idyllic spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.


Sail Away

Once you have seen the islands from the air, you will want to get out on the water and really see their beauty up close. Coral Cat Sailing offer exclusive sailing trips letting you relax on a spacious deck under the sails while your captain sails you around the aquamarine waters and towards some of the more remote islands on the outer reef. Look out for the dolphins, turtles and flying fish! Stopping for the afternoon at one of the more remote islands allows you to enjoy snorkelling on the reef or relaxing under palm trees while the crew prepares a traditional Fijian BBQ lunch. A perfect way to wind down and spend some time disconnected from the modern world.

Shop

For a fabulous gift or memento from your trip to this Pacific paradise we love Hot Glass Studio. This local glass studio produces some of the most fantastic glass creations we have seen, all in the stunning blues and turquoises of the Fiji islands. We guarantee you will find something unique and beautiful in this studio that will not look out of place in any part of the world.

Dine

Wild Thyme is our pick for dining in tropical style. Not only is this restaurant noted as Fiji’s top modern vegetarian dining experience, Wild Thyme also delivers impeccable service in a perfectly intimate tropical location with spectacular views out over the ocean.

We suggest starting with the Beetroot Carpaccio, followed by the Baked Spiced Pumpkin Crunchy Rice Balls, served in shaved coconut, sautéed bok choy and ginger saffron foam. To finish you must try the Adi Chocolate Tart served with coconut ice cream on a sea salt crisp. Divine when also paired with one of their large selection of vegan wines or bespoke cocktails.

Relax

In our opinion, an island getaway is all about relaxing, and a little bit of pampering. Our favourite spot for both is the Bebe Spa. Located on a hill known to locals as Vakalomalagi Hill or Heavenly Hill, you will be reclining above a lush tropical rainforest overlooking the ocean and feeling the fresh ocean breeze while enjoying one of the many traditional treatments on offer. We suggest the Vakaviti Massage to release the tension of the modern world. A combination of Fijian and Hawaiian massage you will be in a state of serenity before long. Finish with a shower in the sky on one of the many private balconies overlooking the ocean from on high.

Unlike many holidays, an escape to Fiji is a chance to really switch off from the world, and actually relax and unwind. We know you will return home refreshed, rejuvenated and wanting to go back for more. That is, of course, if you don’t decide to stay on Castaway forever!