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Fiji's Tokoriki Island Resort Is Little Slice of Paradise

March 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Go with us as we escape on a private island about 75 miles off the coast of mainland Fiji that will make the shoulders of even the highest strung relax just a bit. We're talking about Tokoriki Island Resort in the outer surroundings of the Mamanuca Islands--where it takes a 90 minute catamaran ride and fishing boat transfer to reach. This boutique resort is the quintessential definition of Fiji-time because there is little to worry about since the only thing you might be late for is snorkeling.

One very important feature of Tokoriki is the staff. Arriving on the island to a hearty BULA!, wooden bead lei and a traditional island song made us feel like we had truly arrived somewhere special. Bordering a personal concierge, we were escorted to our hut and shown around the grounds. Mysteriously, it made us feel familiar, as if we had been here before; that's what Fiji does!

We stayed in a private bure, a Fijian hut with everything you need for the ultimate in pampering and rejuvination. The killer views are uninterrupted here and constantly change to keep it interesting. The TV was replaced with a hammock and the in-room desk replaced with a private outside shower.

Lush grounds offer the decor, with fresh flowers and plants in each room to brighten up the natural wood and remind you that you are in the tropics. The main bure is perched over the infinity pool overlooking the beach and ocean to the front and lush rainforest to the back.

An evening of torch lighting, an outside Mongolian-style BBQ meal and more singing was topped off with a Kava ceremony. One of the staff, Josua took us through the Fijian ceremony of mixing, serving and presenting the ground Yaqona root, Fiji's national drink. About nine of us sat around the Kava bowl as we clapped and talked to our fellow guests. The social atmosphere made the experience more jovial.

Sadly, we couldn't stay forever. We were made to feel extremely welcome, but it probably wouldn't go over too well if we overstayed. We sat in the main bure waiting for the boat to collect and return us back to the mainland. In a final taste of making us feel like we were family, the staff gathered around to sing a traditional Fijian farewell song. Can it get any more 'island' than that?

Bures start at $635 per night.

Disclosure: We stayed at Tokoriki Island Resoret as a guest of Air Pacific and Tourism Fiji, but rest assured all of our photos, opinions and decreased stress levels are completely our own.

[Photos: Rayme Gorniak for HotelChatter]

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