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Mice Asia Net : July 2009
fiji a magical fijian haven story By Tania de Jong Melbourne-based entertainer tania de Jong was fortunate to stay at one of the world’s most beautiful resorts in Fiji. she filed this report for miceasia.net magazine. is situated on Malolo Island, the largest of the beautiful Manumuca group of islands. Fly into Nadi and then catch a catamaran, helicopter or sea plane into this wonderful haven. As we approached we could see and hear a group of people singing and playing guitars. Upon disembarking they adorned us with their specially-designed necklaces and we realised that the musical welcome was just for us. Another song, huge smiles and shouts of “bula” immediately created a feeling of warmth and love. We stayed in a Deluxe Oceanfront Bure with its own plunge pool. All the bures have gorgeous outdoor day beds, outdoor showers and sun lounges on the foreshore which is literally 10 metres from your front door. The bures are large, very comfortable and beautifully appointed in a rustic modern Fijian style and have wonderful views of the lagoon. They are romantically lit every night when you return from dinner and every afternoon your biscuit jar is topped up with the most delicious freshly baked white chocolate and macadamia cookies. And that is just the start of the gastronomic delights. Meal times are keenly observed in the dining area overlooking the lagoon. You can choose your own table each day ranging from undercover, on the terrace or a romantic dining option right on the waterfront. The food is really top class with young Australian chef Shane Watson creating some of the best menus I have experienced in a while. He has the local suppliers bringing him the pick of local fish, mud crabs, scampi, beef and other produce and has spent a great deal of time L 52 miceAsia.net iku Liku means “calm waters” and there was no doubt about the wonderful sense of calm that set in progressively during my stay at this outstanding resort. Liku Liku Lagoon Resort getting to know where to obtain the finest vanilla beans, fresh herbs, spices and so on. Breakfast ranges from yummy pastries and freshly baked breads to a juice maker for a very healthy start to the day. Cooked offerings include hand picked mud crab omelette with papaya relish, poached eggs with young asparagus, marlin and hollandaise sauce or banana pancakes with pineapple and passionfruit sauce and coconut ice-cream. The menus change every lunch and dinner. Everyone raved about the food and, in spite of being full every meal, we could not wait to see the next offerings. There was also a traditional Lovo and Meke night combining fire-cooked traditional dishes including fish in coconut milk, taro, pork and a cultural performance by the local dancers and singers. Other themed dinners included an Indian night and a BBQ night complete with divine chilli mud crabs, whole baby snappers... is your mouth watering yet? Overwater bungalows Liku Liku is a trail blazer in so many respects. It was the first Fijian resort to build overwater bungalows. And they are stunning. The main difference between them and the other bures is the fact that you can sit on your balcony and watch the fish swim past or look through the glass viewing pane which is specially-lit at night. And to go snorkeling you literally just climb down a small ladder and you are above the reef. They also have gorgeous baths from which you look out over the water and view the stunning sunsets. Activities might include a snorkeling safari setting off right outside