Fafa Island Resort, Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific

January 28, 2009

Fafa Island ResortTraveling to Fafa Island Resort, Kingdom of Tonga is just hard enough where you do not get the everyday tourist looking for a maitai. However you will be rewarded with beautifully empty white sand beaches, amazing snorkeling and friendly people.

On your arrival to Tongatapu, you will be transferred to Nuku’alofa for a 30 minute launch to the coral island of Fafa. You will spend your time enjoying Fafa Island, with its lush tropical gardens and untouched island vegetation, Fafa Island is a true Robinson Crusoe adventure. There are a variety activities including water sports, excursions to other deserted islands or simply laze in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree.

A maximum of 26 guests stay in traditional Tongan style Fales all facing the beach. The Bungalows are builtFafa Island Resort with natural materials: palm poles, wooden shingles, coconut thatch and palm timber floors. The Luxury and Superior Fales are just a few steps from the waters edge with unobstructed views of the ocean, each with its private beach and they are provided with maximum privacy as they are set far apart from each other.

All Fales have a courtyard with semi open bathroom and the shower in a private flower garden. A covered veranda, spacious bedrooms with king size beds, dressing room, ceiling fan, hammock and beach beds. Some Luxury bungalows have an extra building containing the bathroom, a walk in wardrobe and extra room for 2 beds, plus a large partly covered veranda with comfortable deck chairs.

Dine under the stars in the open air restaurant on the beach or indoors in the traditional thatched Fale. Fafa cuisine is famous for its unique contemporary pacific European gourmet dishes.

If you too would like to visit an exotic island in the South Pacific
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Kingdom of Tonga - Things To Know Before You Go

January 22, 2009

Tongan lady weavingMAJOR CENTRES
Nuku’ alofa is the capital and home of the Royal Palace. Other major centres are Eua island, an ideal retreat for hikers, adventurers and naturalists, and Vava’u island which has two beautiful beaches on the main island and a scenic drive around the west coast with stunning views of Port of Refuge Harbour and the numerous outer islands.

Ha’apai island is a favourite with visitors who are invited to stay in the village and participate in all aspects of village life from ‘kava’ ceremonies, feasting and dancing to hunting ‘feke’ octopus with village fishermen in outrigger canoes.

THE PEOPLE
The majority of Tonga’s 96,000 people live on Tongatapu. Polynesians by race, they speak Tongan and English.

HISTORY
Archaeologists claim Tonga has been inhabited since the 5th century BC. It was first discovered by two Dutch navigators in 1616. They were followed by Tasman, Wallis, Captain Cook, Bligh of the Bounty whose sailors mutineered in Tongan waters, and the missionaries.

Today the Kingdom of Tonga is ruled by King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV who reigns as a constitutional monarch. Formerly a British protectorate, Tonga gained its independence in 1970 and is now part of the British Commonwealth.

NATURE
Vegetation is typically South Pacific with masses of hibiscus and frangipani, coconut groves, pandanus palms and banana plantations.

Not far from Nuku’alofa hundreds of flying foxes cling to high trees at Kolovai. Frigate birds are common, as are the Pacific golden plover, the Pacific black duck, swiftlets (Pacific swallows) and the blue crowned lorikeet.

Tonga was the first Pacific island country to create marine parks or sanctuaries. Four such parks now exist, rich in fish, coral and marine life.

CLIMATE
A warm tropical climate exists throughout the year. There is a mild, dry season May through October, with a hotter, humid season November through April.

CURRENCY
The Tongan dollar or pa’anga equals 100 seniti (cents). Notes are in 50 seniti, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 p’anga denominations. Coins are in 1, 2, 5, 10 and 50 seniti, also 1 & 2 p’anga. Foreign currency exchange is available at most major hotels and the Bank of Tonga. Banking hours are 9:30am - 3:30pm Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 11am Sat. The Bank of Tonga has branches on Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai and ‘Eua.

SHOPPING
Tonga offers duty free items, Island handcrafts and Island wear such as mumus and the Tongan “Pulisami”. Regular shopping hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm. All main stores close on Saturday at 12 noon and do not reopen until Monday. There is no trading of any manner on Sunday.

MEDICAL & HEALTH
Piped water supplies are chlorinated, and are satisfactory for drinking. There are comprehensive medical and dental facilities available. Copyright © Goway 2009

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Fafa Island Resort, Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific & S.V. Seastar

January 20, 2009

Fafa island resortI’ve discovered an exciting new resort and yacht charter company located in the Kingdom of Tonga. To fly to Tonga, you need to fly to the Fiji Islands then catch a connecting flight to the islands of Tonga.

Last summer some of my best/favorite clients spent a week on Fafa-Island Resort, Nuku’alofa, Kingdom Of Tonga, South Pacific and checked out the yacht S.V. Seastar for me.

Here is their report:

Fafa Island was beautiful and gave us the same feeling as we had in Matamanoa Island, Fiji. The kids really enjoyed it too and I’m so glad we went ahead with the trip.

I would definitely recommend the resort. It was so peaceful and beautiful and had all the comforts we needed. The food was very good and there was plenty of it. You are best to be on the meal plan. The outdoor bathrooms were amazing and very easy to feel comfortable with as they were very private from other guests. Most of the staff were Fijian, so you know that means they were warm, friendly and fun to talk to.

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A Local Kine Greeting!

January 20, 2009

PalotaPalota Taamu introduces himself to golf legend Jack Nicklaus at the Royal Kaanapali Course Friday afternoon. Taamu stopped by after work at the Sheraton where he spent part of his day teachng Nicklaus’ grandkids how to play ukulele. Palota Taamu is also the firedancer at the Sheraton Maui. Jack Nicklaus was on Maui for the Wendy’s Champions Skins Game at the Royal Kaanapali Golf Course. Courtesy Maui News.

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An intimate, educational walking tour of Rome should be on your bucket list!

January 20, 2009

ColoseumLove4adventure.com is a must do when you’re in Rome! The tour guides are educated on all things Rome. Jason Pittelli is the CEO (Chief Explorations Officer) of love4adventure. It is his passion for adventure that inspires the engaging, personalized travel experiences he provides to his guests as he brings history alive in the Eternal City.

Jason & company have a way of explaining the history that makes it all come alive before your eyes. They provide a great service especially if you are short on time, hate standing in line, want to learn about Rome, eat one of the best meals Rome has to offer, enjoy the history, local culture etc.

It’s also a great way to scoot around the endlessly long lines of tourists - for instance - we walked into the Colosseum, our guide picked up our tickets for us, we bypassed the incredibly long line of tourists waiting to get in, enjoyed an informative tour, were able to spend time taking pictures and all, then were ready to leave approx 30 minutes later, passed the same long line of tourists and they had barely moved 5 feet!

We were educated on the Roman Forum, Coloseum, Vatican including the Sistine Chapel and St.trevi fountain Peters - as well as getting a taste of what life was really like for the Emperors, Senators and Gladiators of ancient Rome. My mouth waters when I recall the incredibly delicious pasta, wine and bread we enjoyed at one of their favorite little cafes’ that would be impossible to find on our own.

I feel a tour with Love4Adventure is a mandatory requirement for all of my Clients wanting to visit Italy! I am looking forward to them opening offices in other cities very soon. For more info, feel free to contact me at Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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Bella Roma - Beautiful Rome!

January 20, 2009

Roman ForumI have not had a chance to sit down and write about my recent trip to Italy this last fall. There are so many fantastic memories to share, little hideaways we’ve discovered as well as meeting some incredibly lovely people. Italy rocks! I would like to blog about it on this site - even tho its called See the South Pacific - I am branching out and will be sharing pictures, snippets about the trip.

Bella Roma - Beautiful Rome!

We arrived in Rome via the train yesterday. We are staying at Evas Room, which I highly recommend. Only 175.00 EU for a triple room, including tax & cont. breakfast. Eva’s Rooms is placed in the heart of the Historical Center in Rome as well as the district of high fashion shopping of the Rome. In the immediate proximities of Eva’s Rooms B&B there you can walk to the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Condotti street, the Colosseum and Trastevere. Evas Room staff are very friendly and do speak a little English. We certainly feel safe since we need to pass thru 3 keyed doors to access our room, plus the armed Polizia protecting the street.

Today, Juan, (the Hotel Manager) at Evas Room recommends a hop on/hop off bus tour (take the red bus) to get us acquainted with the city. It’s a double decker bus with individual headphones plugged into a recorded tour with access to 7 languages. You also receive an informative and easy to read map of the city so you are able to track your progress of the tour. There are 12 stops on the tour where you are able to hop on/hop off. The entire tour takes 2 hours and hits all the highlights like the Roman Forum, the Vatican & St. Peters, Trevi Fountain as well as the Coloseum. Your ticket is is 16.00EU and is valid for 24 hours. I would suggest riding the entire circle around Rome, hitting all the highlights, then continue riding and jump off to view the sites/eat lunch, then jump back on to continue the tour. Stay tuned for more info on our fantastic Italian holiday - ciao bella!

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We loved our honeymoon on Turtle Island, Fiji!

January 16, 2009

pontoon dinnerWe did love Turtle Island! It was so wonderful to be away and feel so taken care of - the people were incredibly friendly. We basically did every single activity on the entire island, LITERALLY! but, that’s what we were there for, and we SO enjoyed it. Thanks for all of your help leading up to it.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year!
Pete & Maris - 2008

Turtle Island Resort is located in the Yasawa Islands, Fiji and has been described by Conde Nast Traveler as hyper-romantic, Turtle Island offers everything from exotic Fijian honeymoons, to wedding ceremonies, to vow renewals and anniversaries, to private beaches, and the opportunity to rekindle true love and romance.

Reserve one of their 14 private beaches. Nap in a hammock in front of pristine ocean waters. Plan an exotic picnic, or treat yourself to a four-handed “Lomi-Lomi” massage. Relax at one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Call us for more details at 800 644-6659.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Singles Supplement Special

January 13, 2009

Its about time - when cruising, singles usually have to pay a high premium to cruise. Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers many sailings on which single guests pay a lower additional fare as compared to standard single supplement fares. Sailings which feature a reduced add-on fare for single guests are featured here.

NOTE: Standard single supplements normally range from 40% to 100% above the advertised cruise fare for double occupancy. Select voyages featured here offer single supplements of only 10 - 30%

2009 Single Guest Fare Specials Add-On Voyages
Alaska - Seven Seas Mariner (Suite categories D - H only)

30% - Aug. 26, 2009
30% - Sep. 2, 2009
30% - Sep. 9, 2009

Antarctica - Minerva (Stateroom categories A - SA only)

15% - Jan. 14, 2009
15% - Jan. 25, 2009

Grand Asia Pacific - Seven Seas Mariner - Grand Voyage (Suite categories D - H only)

30% - Sep. 9, 2009
25% - Sep. 16, 2009
25% - Dec. 2, 2009

Call us at 800 644-6659 for more details and lets go cruising!

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