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palm tree near body of water during sunset

Bula from Fiji

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, the island paradise of Fiji is made up of 322 islands (of which 106 are inhabited) and 522  smaller islets. Viti Levu, the largest island in Fiji, is where my journey in 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 was delivered to the table to satisfy some hungry bellies. The 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.