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Located in the South Pacific Ocean, the island paradise  of Fiji is made up from 322 islands (of which 106 are inhabited) and 522  smaller islets.

Viti Levu, the largest island in Fiji, is where my  journey into Fiji begins.

Checking into the Fiji Beach Resort and Spa, the mood is  relaxed yet alive with this country’s island spirit.  Each staff greets you with a warm, welcoming  smile followed by the traditional bula hello.

The luxury of space is plentiful, with 273 rooms spread  across lush tropical gardens.  Each room  enjoys the serenity of ocean views.

With a stretch of one and a half kilometres of private  beach and seven pools, there is no shortage of places to unwind and escape the  heat.

After settling into the hotel, a transfer arrives on  ‘Fiji time’ to drive to Antoinettes restaurant at Nadi Bay Hotel.

Sampling the cheaper option for dinner at the Nadi Bay  hotel proved to be a delight, as the atmosphere was calm, relaxed and  enjoyable.

The first thing you notice about Antoinettes is the  Fijian feel.  Styled by pacific thatched  hut roof over the tables, tribal masks hang around the walls.

There is an abundance of potted palm trees and a very  mellow musician serenading guests into a Pacific vibe.

Starting the evening with a cocktail concoction called a  ‘Fijian warrior’, a smorgasbord of meals were delivered to the table to satisfy  some hungry bellies.

Entree included a choice of fresh seafood and local  cuisine, which filled the night air with delectable aromas.

There is also a choice of western and Asian meals, and  even pizza on the menu.

For a cheaper option without cheating an authentic Fijian  atmosphere and fantastic food, Antoinettes at Nadi Bay Hotel is a great choice  for a meal.

Kate Webster is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause. Born out of a life-long love of travel, the ocean, wildlife and conservation and fascination with the world is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography.

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