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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!