Escape Travel consultant Lynsey Greig recently returned from a wonderful holiday to Fiji. “It sounds corny but it was a life changing experience going to Fiji,” she says. “The Fijian people were unbelievably special and the country is gorgeous.” From swimming with sharks to eating fabulous food and spending a night on the famous Treasure Island, her Fijian holiday was jam-packed. We had a chat to Lynsey to find out all about it.
What did you love most about Fiji?
The people! I was made to feel so welcome, almost like I'd come home. They were always smiling and they were so generous and hospitable. No matter what job they had they were happy all the time. They really made my holiday unforgettable. I heard they were friendly but I had no idea how much exuberance they have for life.
Where was your favourite spot?
Treasure Island. The managers Irene and Ray were so lovely, the scenery was amazing and the water was crystal clear. Leroy the watersports organiser took us snorkelling at a reef in the middle of the ocean and I got to swim with amazing fish and a reef shark.
What were some of the highlights of your trip?
A day trip to Tivua Island with Captain Cook tours was amazing. The island is like its own oasis in the middle of nowhere as they only allow a certain number of people to the island every day. The lunch they prepared was delicious. They also set up a ‘pop up’ day spa and gave massages under the palm trees.
Did you do any other tours or experiences?
There were two day tours we did with Captain Cook. One was the day trip to Tivua Island and the other a dinner cruise around the Denarau harbour. Both of these tours were amazing not only because of the beautiful scenery but because the staff were so lovely, hospitable, friendly and funny. They really did make the day even more special.
What was your favourite local experience?
Besides everything I have previously mentioned. We had lunch one day at a local Fijian restaurant in Denarau called Nadina. The manager was lovely and the food was amazing, so fresh and so delicious. I also got to drink out of a fresh coconut which was great. It doesn’t get anymore local than that. It was lovely.
Any other highlights?
We were greeted at the airport in Fiji by some Fijian males singing and playing guitar which was a lovely welcome. The best Pad Thai I have ever eaten was at a lovely Asian Restaurant called Maravu at The Hilton. Also, I discovered that besides relaxing in Fiji you can scuba dive, white water raft and go driving in dune buggies.
Where did you stay?
I was very fortunate to stay at The Westin in Denarau for the first three days in a King Room by myself. It was very traditionally decorated, spacious and just a lovely room to stay in. We also went to the coral coast and stayed at the Outrigger on the Lagoon. That was lovely. It is set out to imitate what a Fijian Village would look like. Their day spa sits on a hill with an amazing view and we had the most amazing dinner at the Sundowner Bar where I had the nicest steak dinner I have ever had. We were also lucky enough to stay out on Treasure Island for one night. Besides the hosts being absolutely amazingly fun and hospitable, the resort was lovely. The rooms are very nice and the property is a really good option for couples or families. The live band that played at night time was fantastic and the staff were so lovely.
What else did you get up to?
For the first 2 days in Fiji we attended an Expo where we were able to go around to 50 different accommodation providers, tour activity providers, airlines and transfer companies from all over mainland Fiji and the surrounding islands. I feel that I gained a good understanding of what Fiji truly has to offer beyond what I got to experience myself while I was there.
Would you go back?
I would go back in a heartbeat and I cannot wait to start recommending Fiji to my customers.
Want to see and experience Fiji for yourself? Contact Lynsey Greig on 07 3482 3640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lynsey is a consultant at the Escape Travel North Lakes store in Queensland.