Nukubati Island is the most environmentally conscious resort in the South Pacific

August 22, 2008

nukubati islandRecently I had the pleasure of visiting Nukubati Island Resort on my 5th trip to Fiji. Upon arrival I realized I have really been missing the boat in not visiting this little island paradise sooner. Nukubati achieves the essence of true authentic Fijian hospitality. The owner, Jenny was born and raised in the area, traveled to Australia for her advanced education, met and married her husband and the two of them returned to her roots to raise their children and open Nukubati Island Resort.
Nukubati, is a small, private, luxury island situated inside the Great Sea Reef, off the north coast of Vanua Levu in the Fiji Islands.
Nukubati has four spacious beachside bungalow suites and three deluxe honeymoon bures. The rooms are louvred, light and airy, with ceiling fans and are decorated in a style reminiscent of Fiji’s gracious colonial past. The rattan furniture is custom made to the traditional designs of the old plantation days.
The Fijian staff cater and care for you during your entire visit - the food is outstanding! It’s a blend of local recipes with a twist to satisfy any palette. If you have specific requests, feel free to let them know in advance so the Chef will be ready upon your arrival to the resort.
Your sea Captain and Dive Instuctor, Allen was raised on the reef. There are 7 bures and 7 boats - so plenty of adventure opportunities for everyone.
Nukubati Island caters to both the romantic couples as well as the ones looking for a little adventure in their holiday. [Read more]

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Relaxing at the Hotel Hana Maui

August 15, 2008

hotel hana maui poolWhen you travel to Hana for a few days, you are stepping back in time and visiting the real, authentic area of Hawaii that few people take the time to visit. Do not bother to drive both directions in a day - if that’s the plan, then just wait until next time you visit the islands and plan your stay around finishing up your Hawaiian holiday with a few nights in Hana. The drive to Hana is absolutely lovely and an experience in itself that should not be rushed. You will see beautiful waterfalls and travel thru a bamboo rainforest, crossing 54 one way bridges!

I suggest renting a convertible or jeep for the drive so you are able to fully enjoy the smells of the tropical flowers as well as the vast array of colorful birds along the way. At the end of the Hana Highway, on the lush eastern coast of Maui, is the legendary Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa, where tranquility is a way of life and the heated horizon pool is lit by tiki torches in the evening. Extremely romantic!

However, the trip will take you at least 3 hours. There aren’t any little cafes, etc. along the way so I suggest stopping off at a deli, purchasing an inexpensive cooler, loading it up w/ice, sodas, snacks and perhaps sandwiches. While you are loading up your cooler, keep in mind there are very few restaurants in Hana and only two very small grocery stores, so you may want to also include your favorite pupus (snacks) and a good bottle of wine.

The Sea Ranch Cottage located at the Hotel Hana Maui is my favorite cottage in all of Hawaii. There is nothing better then lounging on your lanai in your private spa tub overlooking the ocean.

The Hotel also offers a wonderful happy hour as they will have beautiful hula and song everynight. The key to Hana is take your time getting there - it really is the time to stop and smell the flowers!

Have a fabulous time - you get to experience old Hawaii - no golf courses, t.v. or radio!

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